Instruction for authors
Aim of the journal
Scientia Parasitologica is a peer-reviewed international journal covering all fields of general, human and veterinary parasitology (i.e. molecular parasitology, epidemiology, immunology, taxonomy, ecology of host-parasite interactions, clinical and pathological findings, therapeutic trials, GIS aspects, etc.). The journal is published quarterly (four issues per year): March, June, September, December. It was formerly known as Revista Scientia Parasitologica (volumes 1-10) between 2000 and 2009.
Types of articles accepted
Scientia Parasitologica publishes the following types of articles (in brackets the number of manuscript pages):
General rules for manuscripts
Scientia Parasitologica has a no publication fee policy. All original research articles and short research notes must show new results obtained by the authors. Editors should be informed in the case of any previous results published elsewhere (even partly). When submitting a manuscript, authors are taking full responsibility on any eventual duplicate publication of results. In some case, the editorial board can decide that a manuscript submitted as an original research article should be re-submitted as a short research note if the data given is too short.All manuscripts should be written in English. Manuscripts written in poor English will be rejected without revision, but are subject to re-submission after corrections by the authors. For initial preparation of the manuscripts use a general text editor (i.e. Microsoft Office ®, OpenOffice.org etc.). The recommended page format is A4, with 12 TNR font, and 1.5 line spacing. Titles and headings should be written in bold. Each line of the manuscript must be numbered. Please follow the example from our webpage for any details (www.scientia.zooparaz.net/sample.doc).
Genus and species names must be in italics in all instances they appear (title, abstract, article main body, references etc.). When a species appears for the first time in the text, genus should be written in full (i.e. Ascaris lumbricoides). All subsequent appearances should have the genus name abbreviated (i.e. A. lumbricoides). Generally, first reference to any taxa in the text should be followed by authorship and year of description. Exception refer to well known parasites (i.e. Toxoplasma gondii, Ixodes ricinus, Fasciola hepatica, etc.). All nomenclature used should follow the rules stated by international codes:
Submission of manuscripts
All manuscripts should be sent by email as a single document (*.doc, *.docx), with all tables and figures included at the end, to the technical editor (email@example.com). A reply from him to the corresponding author will confirm that the manuscript has been received and the peer-review process is to begin. If the editorial and/or advisory board finds the manuscript suitable for publication, it will be sent to two reviewers following a double-blinded review system. The comments of the reviewers will be sent to the corresponding author (through the editor) and will be usually subject to revision. After each revision by the authors, the manuscript will be sent again to the reviewers if major changes are required and if the reviewer(s) specifically ask this. These steps will be repeated until the manuscript is suitable for publication. After a manuscript is accepted, proofs will be sent to corresponding author for final approval prior to publication.
Citation of references in the text
Correct references are the responsibility of the authors. Ensure that all references cited in the text are included in the reference list and vice-versa. If not, the manuscript will be rejected without revision.
Cited references in the text should be written in brackets at the end of the paragraph or within the text as follows:
If more authors are cited at the end of one paragraph:
Structure of the articles
All manuscripts should contain the following sections: title page, article body and references. Article body has different structure, according to the type of manuscript (see below).
Title page should contain the following parts:
Article body must follow specific structures according to the type of article:
Reference list should be formatted as following:
Scientia Parasitologica publishes only high quality, original figures (photos, diagrams, charts etc). Printed version will contain only black and white figures, whereas the online version will be in full-color. Authors should note that the figure legends will be the same in both versions, so do not use references to colors (i.e. blue arrow, red arrowhead etc.).
All figures must be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals, and the position of each, should be indicated in the text as following: ”Lesions consisted of infiltrations (figure 1) or massive tissue destruction (figures 2, 3).”
At the initial manuscript submission, figures should be included at the end of the manuscript, before tables. Prior to publication, for the review process, low resolution images should be used in order to avoid excessive file size. Use of composite figures is accepted. In this case, each figure in the composition should be labeled with consecutive letters (a, b, c, d, etc.). For labeling figures always use the low right corner. For microphotographs always use scale bars. The use of guides within photos is recommended (i.e. arrows, arrowheads etc.); use only black or white guides. Always explain guides in the figure legend. For charts, graphs and diagrams use simple templates. Do not overload the charts and graphs with to much data. Use standard deviation in charts and/or graphs, where applicable.
After acceptance of the manuscript, authors will be kindly asked to send the figures as separate files, in high resolution *.jpg or *.tiff files. All diagrams, charts and other figures should be converted and sent as image files. For large resolution images, two size formats are accepted for figures: 2126 x 1535 pixels (corresponding to 18x13 cm at 300 pixels/inch or 9x6.5 cm at 600 pixels/inch). For special cases, other size formats could be accepted by the editor.Figure legends must be included after each figure. Use brief notes. If applicable, specify the staining technique. Always include in the figure legends references to figure guides (arrows, arrowheads etc.). In review articles, copyrighted images are accepted, but prior to publication the written accept of the copyright holder is needed.
TablesUse of tables is recommended for simplifying data presentation (i.e. under Materials and methods or Results sections). Large tables should be avoided. If many data are to be presented, authors must divide them over two or more tables. Tables must be numbered according to their sequence in the text. The text should include references to all tables. All tables must be included at the end of the manuscript, after the figures. Never use landscape page layout for table pages. Each table should have a brief and self-explanatory title. Column headings should be brief, but sufficiently explanatory. Standard abbreviations of units of measurement should be added between parentheses. Any explanations to the understanding of the table should be given as footnotes at the bottom of the table.
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