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1 Submit the initial manuscript as a single .pdf file (preferably), with the MS Word format (.docx or .doc extension) as an optional back-up format. Insert all of the tables and figures into the text body. The file should be as small as possible. Please do not use non-specific file names, such as manuscript 1, paper 2 or article §, but identify the file by the last name of the first author and first word of the manuscript title.

2 The text should be single spaced, and all of the pages should be numbered consecutively, including the references, tables, and figure legends. Conform to the general style of the journal and write in clear and grammatical English.

3Identify the type in the submission letter:

Original Articles:

Scientific reports of the results of original research. The text is limited to 5000 words including the title page, abstract, text, references, and tables. Abstracts are limited to 250 words.

Review Articles:

Solicited and non-solicited papers on topical subjects will be published. Review articles must be no longer than 6000 words including title page, abstract, text, tables, and references.

Short Communications:

The length and the number of figures are limited to 2000 words (text, including 10 references), plus 2 figures (which can be multi-panel figures) and a maximum of two tables. The format remains the same as for regular articles, except that we ask the authors to be very concise in writing their introduction and discussion.


Letters to the Editor related to papers previously published in IJSPRO. Letters must be submitted within three months of the online publication date of the article discussed in order to be considered. The authors of the original publication will be given the opportunity to respond in the same issue of IJSPRO. Letters and responses must not exceed 750 words in length and should not have tables or figures. Financial associations or other potential conflicts of interest must be disclosed.

Case reports

of single cases will not be considered.

4 Authors must suggest a minimum of 2 Reviewers when submitting their manuscripts for any article type.

Suggest at least 2 competent reviewers, providing their complete contact information, and indicate individuals who may be excluded from the review process.5

5 Identify the author for correspondence on the title page and provide his or her complete mailing address, telephone, fax numbers and an email address. The main email address should be from the institution indicated in author’s affiliation. If a second is given, it should be that of the co-author. Commercial addresses should take lower positions.

6 Use the table function, not spreadsheets, to make tables.

7 Use the equation editor or MathType for equations.

8 Save your file in docx format (Word 2007 or higher) or doc format (older Word versions).

Use Times New Roman font for all of the text and the figure descriptions. Use Arial font on the figures themselves. Right and left justify the body of the text without paragraph indents. Insert all of the tables, figures, and photographs into the body of the text in approximately the desired positions. Use single spacing with no additional space inserted before and after paragraphs.


Below is a guide to the parts of the paper and their formats.


  1. COVERING LETTER : A covering letter which could explain why the paper should be published in the IJSPRO, rather than a specialty journal. One of the authors could be identified as the corresponding author of the paper, who would be responsible for the contents of the paper as also answer.
  2. Title aligned centrally, in upper case except for Latin species names, in bold. The title should succinctly and effectively convey to non-specialists the content of the article with no more than 120 characters. Titles should be in active rather than passive voice, without the use of punctuation or abbreviations. If commonly-understood abbreviations are included in the title, they must be defined in the abstract. If the article reports on results utilizing solely non-human model systems, the species must be indicated in the title.
  3. Authors’ names and surnames aligned centrally, in upper case, first name then family name, ‘and’ in lower case between last two authors, asterisk beside name of author for correspondence, with superscript numbers separated by commas after the authors’ family names to indicate affiliations if there is more than one affiliation.
  4. Authors’ affiliations aligned centrally, in normal type, with superscript numbers before the institute name corresponding to those with the authors name.
  5. Running title: a short version of the title (up to 40 characters including spaces).
  6. Author for correspondence with address (if different from the affiliation address), email address, phone number and fax number (if any) listed in that order.
  7. Abstract: Original and Review Articles must contain an abstract of approximately 250 words. Structured abstracts are required for Original Articles and must have four specified subtitles: Background, Methods, Results, and Conclusion(s). Abstracts are not required for Correspondence. The abstract should not contain any undefined abbreviations or unspecified references.
  8. Keywords Please provide 4 to 6 keywords which can be used for indexing purposes. The first letter of each should be capitalized.
  9. Footnotes as normal text below the keywords, not inserted as special fields. Author for correspondence and Abbreviations used count as footnotes.
  10. Abbreviations used listed alphabetically with the acronym followed by an en-dash and the explanation in lower case (except for proper names) followed by a semi-colon.
  11. Introduction as concise as possible, without subsections.
  12. Materials and Methods sufficiently detailed to enable the experiments to be reproduced, with appropriate subsections for each part of the experiment.
  13. esults and Discussion may be separate or combined, may be organized under subheadings.
  14. Conclusion:
  15. Acknowledgments Acknowledgments of people, grants, funds, etc. and should precede the references. The names of funding organizations should be written in full.
  16. References should be indicated in the text by Arabic numerals in square brackets  and numbered consecutively in order of appearance. The in-text references should not state the full names. The list of references should be typed at the end of the paper in the citation order in the style indicated below. Abbreviations of words in journal titles should be in bold and should finish with a period (e.g., J. Biol. Chem.). Full words in journal titles should not have a full stop (e.g., Cancer Res.). All of the authors’ names should be listed. Place ‘and’ between last two authors. Give the full title of the referenced article. Book titles should be given in full, and in bold. The first and last pages of references cited should be given in full (e.g., 341–347, not 341–7). Please note the positions of commas and spaces. DOI addresses could be helpful in addition. Website addresses should be included in the References section.
    Style in which references are to be cited (papers in journals, books and sections thereof, conference materials):
    • Smith, L.B. and Brown, K.L. A new method for spectrin detection. J. Biol. Chem. 1234 (2003) 2345–2361.
    • Chakraborty, A., Mukhopadhyay, A., Bhattacharyya, D., Bose C.K., Choudhuri, K., Mukhopadhyay, S. and Basak, J. Frequency of 5382insC mutation of BRCA1 gene among breast cancer patients: an experience from Eastern India. Fam Cancer. 12 (2013):489-495. DOI: 10.1007/s10689-012-9590-y
    • Brown, W.C., Smith, D.J. and Jones, H.L. Production of anti-spectrin antibodies. in: Fundaments of Environmental Sciences (McDonald, L.C., Ed.), 10th edition, CBLS Publ. Co., Cecily, 1995, 234–267.
    • Zydel, J. Spectrin-like molecules from E. coli. XXXIX Meeting of the Polish Biochem. Soc., Kielce, 1999, 24–28.
  17. Figures and Legends:
    • Submit only publication quality figures in TIFF or EPS file format. JPEG and GIF files are not permitted.
    • The following resolutions are required to ensure print quality: 1200 dpi for line art; 300 dpi for halftones/color (RGB); 600 dpi for combination halftones/color.
    • Figures should be sized to one-column width (19 picas, 3.25 inches), or two-column width (40 picas, 6.75 inches), as appropriate.
    • Call out all figures in the text. Number all figures sequentially with Arabic numerals in the order cited in the text.
    • Provide double-spaced legends on a separate page to include the figure number and a brief description of the figure.
    • For typeface within figures, use 6-pt to 12-pt Arial or Helvetica font.
    • Gray shading in figures may not reproduce well for publication and should be avoided. Do not use overall background shading in figures. Do not use gray-shaded bars in graphs—use bars with solid, open, or hatched fill. Avoid fine lines and very small type and symbols in figures. Lines should be reasonably dark and type and symbols should be easily read if the figure is reduced for publication.
    • Figures with multiple parts should be labeled and referred to as (a), (b), (c), etc.
    • Obtain written permission to reproduce previously published figures. Credits for the reproduced work are included in the figure legend and must include author(s), title, either publisher and city (and country, if other than US) or periodical name, volume, page, and year. Signed permission forms must be sent to the Cancer Editorial Office upon submission.
    • Do not embed figures in word processing programs (eg, Microsoft Word).
    • Mask any patient identification in photographs; otherwise, a signed permission statement is required (please see Permissions section).
  18. Please submit tables in MS Excel form. Place tables in the Word editor as close as possible to the place of reference in the text. Please use separate rows for each data set. Put Table #. (e.g., Table 1) and a short title at the top of the table in sentence case. References to tables should be given thus: (Table 1) or, e.g., „Table 1 shows the results of the analysis”. Do not embed tables as graphic files. They cannot be edited by the publisher.
  19. AUTHORS’ CONTRIBUTIONS: All authors are encouraged to specify their individual contributions at the bottom of the title page or on a separate page. Any part of an article critical to its main conclusions must be the responsibility of at least one author.

 A conflict of interest exists if authors or their institutions have financial or personal relationships with other people or organizations that could inappropriately influence (bias) their actions. A conflict can be actual or potential, and full disclosure to the Editor is absolute requirement. All submissions must include disclosure of all relationships that could be viewed as presenting a potential conflict of interest.


All authors must disclose any financial and personal relationships with other people or organizations that could inappropriately influence (bias) their work. If there are no conflicts of interest, authors should state so. At the time of manuscript acceptance, we ask each author, including the corresponding author, to complete his or her own Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement. Information about this form is available at our web page.

When submitting a manuscript that reports on experiments involving humans or laboratory animals, both the cover letter and the Materials and Methods section of the manuscript must confirm that the experiments have adhered to the legal and ethical requirements of the country in which the study was conducted regarding such experiments.

Authors do not need to pay an article-processing charge.

During submission, you will need to accept and confirm the following conditions:

  • All authors of the manuscript have read and agreed to its content and are accountable for all aspects of the accuracy and integrity of the manuscript in accordance with IJSPRO criteria
  • That the article is original, has not already been published in a journal, and is not currently under consideration by another journal
  • That you agree to the terms of the IJSPRO Copyright and License Agreement, which we strongly recommend you read and, where applicable, Open Data policy. For more information see our Copyright and license policy. Upon acceptance of an article, authors will be asked to complete a ‘Journal Publishing Agreement’ (see more information on this). An e-mail will be sent to the corresponding author confirming receipt of the manuscript together with a ‘Journal Publishing Agreement’ form or a link to the online version of this agreement.
  • All IJSPRO content is Open Access, meaning it is accessible online to everyone, without fee or the authors’ permission. Papers are published and distributed under the terms of the License policy , under which authors reserve the copyright for their content; however, they permit anyone unrestricted non-commercial use as long as the original authors and source are cited.
  • Articles will not be publish until all signatures are received

Copyright transfer Agreement.pdf
Letter of Agreement.pdf

Authors who have been asked to revise their manuscript by the Editors should submit a file which clearly shows the changes that have been made via the ‘track changes’ function or text highlighting, and a clean copy of the revised manuscript (i.e. a file which contains the changes without any highlighting). Authors are requested not to upload a copy of the original manuscript. The revised manuscript has to be sent within 14 days (may be variable based on the correction type)

Authors of accepted manuscripts will receive electronic page proofs and are responsible for proofreading and checking the entire article, including tables, figures, and references. Authors should correct only typesetting errors at this stage; more extensive alterations will result in publication delay and possible additional fees. Page proofs should be returned as promptly as possible, preferably within 48 hours, to avoid delays in publication. It is very important to carefully check every facet of the paper at this stage.