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Boffin Access Limited - Instructions for Authors
Boffin Access Journals accept original research reports, expert reviews, opinions, case studies, communications, editorials and letters for publication. Authors are requested to follow the guidelines below before submitting manuscripts. Submissions that do not meet the following criteria will not be considered for the review process.
Authors are expected to follow internationally accepted research reporting standards applicable to their field. All medical journals of Boffin Access Limited are members of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, authors are encouraged to follow ICMJE preparation guidelines to maintain universal standards in medical publishing.
Cover Letter and Initial Submission
A cover letter containing an institution/personal letterhead is mandatory for each submission. Take this chance to assert the originality, validity and necessity of your research as well as any future impact your contribution may have in your field of study.
Initial submissions should be sent to the editorial office, addressed to the editor-in-chief of the appropriate journal. Authors will be notified of the status of their submission within 2 days after an initial quality screening and suitability for the journal. Submissions cleared by the preliminary analysis will be sent for evaluation by reviewers.
Declare Conflicts of Interest
Authors must disclose any direct and indirect financial, commercial, personal/career relationship with the manuscript, including any personally held beliefs that are relevant to your work.
Title page should contain the title of the article or running title, subtitle, list of authors, author affiliations, author order and correspondence information. Authors may also choose to include article type, word count, number of tables, figures and other supplementary information.
Authorship and Correspondence
Each authors contribution to the final work such as study design, data collection, paper preparation etc. must be clearly stated, Boffin Access Limited does not arbitrate or be a witness to any disputes among authors. The editorial office will communicate with the corresponding author(s) regarding any revisions, all authors are responsible for the final content.
Abstract is the most read part of any research report. A well written abstract provides the readers with an accurate overview of the paper in only a few words. Verify that you have provided adequate background and explained your motivation, state your methods and key findings, end with the conclusion. Your abstract should be the most concise summary of your paper.
We encourage submitting a graphical abstract for the publication, a graphical depiction tends to attract more readers. Step back for a moment and think of a way to encapsulate your research in pictorial form, you can include a description of 50-70 words. Submit a high-resolution image as a separate file.
For original reports, reviews and case studies authors are required to provide highlights of the article, which can include a maximum of 5 bullet points and no more than 75 words.
Original reports, reviews and case studies should also have a list of keywords used in the paper followed by the abstract, this makes it easier to optimize the article for search engine results. For medical journals authors are requested to use MeSH (Medical Subject Headings list of index medicus) catalogue to present keywords.
Using abbreviations improves overall readability, as such their use in scientific articles is recommended. Each mentioned abbreviation should be fully expanded the first time it appears in the paper. Any abbreviations in the title should be fully expanded.
- Units - Use International System of Units (SI) to present the units
- Drugs - Use the Recommended International Non-Proprietary Name (rINN)
- Species - Use binomial nomenclature, use italics for presentation
- Genes - Use DDBJ/Genebank accession numbers for gene sequences and amino acids
Figures and Tables
Figures and Tables should be submitted as high-resolution individual files in JPEG or TIFF format. Each item must have a legend. Scanned or watermarked images with copyrights are not accepted for publication. In case of reusing a published figure/table authors are required to provide copyright permission from the original publisher and provide proper citation in the text.
Appendix and supplementary data should be submitted in a separate for and cited within the text. Appendix may include figures, tables or relevant citations. A unique link will be provided for all the supporting information on the journal web page.
A declaration stating all funding sources involved in performing the research must be attached with the submission. Any role played by each party providing financial support must also be declared in the statement.
Authors should acknowledge the work of individuals who do not meet the criteria for authorship but otherwise contributed to the study in any way. Research sponsors may also be included in this section.
First five authors
author1, author2, author3, author4, author5. Article title. Journal abbreviation. Year; Volume(Issue):Page numbers.
More than five authors
author1, author2, author3, author4, author5, et al. Article title. Journal abbreviation. Year; Volume(Issue):Page numbers.
Center for Disease Control and prevention, USA, annual report 2011. https://www.cdc.gov/
All content published in Boffin Access journals is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, commonly known as CC BY. Lawful reuse of the article is allowed with proper attribution.
When using previously copyrighted content, such as a figure/table/text, the corresponding author is responsible for acquiring the copyrights from previous owner and citing the original work as necessary.
Quality and credibility are paramount to Boffin Access. In the event that an article needs to be retracted, we follow internationally accepted retraction policy. An article may need to be retracted due to honest errors that were overlooked, flaws in experimental methodology or scientific misconduct. Inaccurate or misleading research reporting has no place in a scientific journal, therefore we waste no time in raising ourselves to meet our exceptional standards. Any papers found to have plagiarized content are retracted immediately. A notification will be published on the website stating reasons for the retraction, the note will include a link to the original paper.
Under this section a note of corrections at various production levels in the published paper will be provided in the subsequent issue of the journal. Only writing, editing, typesetting errors, mistakes in tables and figures are corrected and published.
A list of corrections submitted by the authors will be published under this section. These corrections may not alter the results and conclusions of the published work. Errors in units of measurements, misidentification of strains, authorship, affiliations, etc. are considered for publication. The corresponding author needs to send a notification, with the consent of all authors attached, to the editorial office with the list of corrections.
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