The Online Journal of Molecular Methods & Techniques
Submission Guidelines
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1. Papers must be written in English.

2. All submitted manuscripts should contain original research not previously published and not under consideration for publication elsewhere.

3. Rich text format files (.rtf), text files (.txt), HTML files (.htm, .html), Portable Document Files (.pdf) are the only file formats accepted. Articles with images must be submitted as .pdf or .rtf files, with the images already embedded in the document. To make a Rich Text Format document from Microsoft Word, at the bottom of the "Save As" dialog box, choose "Rich Text Format" from the "Save As Type" drop-down menu. You will require Adobe Acrobat to turn your file into a .pdf. If you cannot submit your manuscript in any of these formats, please contact Molecular at

4. File size should not exceed 500 k.

5. Submit your files using your online administrative panel (you must first register and create a UserID and Password).

If you are unable to submit your article via the Internet, please read the following instructions.
Please send the following:

1. One printed copy of the manuscript, complete with high quality graphics (will not be returned).

2. Individual electronic files containingthe following information:
A. A cover letter file separate from the manuscript file with comments for the Editor and suggested reviewers.

B. A separate file of the the Summary (abstract) ( no longer than 200 words).

C. A complete electronic copy of the manuscript text on disk, identical to the print copy. This can be either a PDF file containing both text and figures, or separate text files, prepared in Microsoft Word 6.0 or a later version.
  • Manuscripts submitted without a proper text file will be returned.

    D. Graphic Files must be prepared in TIFF or EPS format. Please read the section entitled Electronic Figures for important details on graphic formats and preparing electronic art.
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    E. A list of text files including:
    1. file name
    2. file format
    3. platform (Macintosh, Windows)

    F. A list of graphic files including:
    1. software program application
    2. compression formats, if applicable
    3. corresponding figure number
    For a text document that was saved as a Microsoft Word 7.0 file called Manuscript.doc on a Macintosh:
    Manuscript.doc,Microsoft Word 7.0, Macintosh

    For a graphic figure that was saved as a TIFF file (w/LZW compression) called Figure1.tif on a Windows PC using Adobe Photoshop:
    Figure1.tif, TIFF, Windows, AdobePhotoshop, LZW compressed, Fig. 1

    All files should be submitted on 3.5 inch diskettes, Zip disks, or CD-ROM and organized as follows:

    1. Printed on 8.5 x 11 high-quality paper

    2. Double spacing throughout

    3. One-inch (2.54 cm) margins

    4. Text typed in a font size of at least ten points

    5. Manuscript is to be arranged in the following order:

    (a) title, author(s), and complete name(s) of institution(s)

    (b) running title

    (c) summary

    (d) introduction

    (e) experimental procedures

    (f) results

    (g) discussion

    (h) references

    (i) figure legends

    (j) tables

    (k) figures

    6. Number all pages with the title page as page 1.

    7. Indicate the suggested location in the text of each figure and table.


    • as short and informative as possible

    • should not contain non-standard acronyms or abbreviations

    • should not exceed two printed lines

    Title Page

  • contain names of all authors and their complete mailing addresses

  • to whom all correspondence about the manuscript, including proofs, will be sent:


    a) name

    b) telephone and fax numbers

    c) email address


    • should succinctly and clearly describe the major findings reported in the manuscript

    • must not exceed 200 words nor contain abbreviations or specialized terms

    • should be understandable in itself, since it is frequently used as an abstract


    • presents the purpose of the studies reported and their relationship to earlier work in the field

    • should not be an extensive review of the literature nor, in general, exceed two typed pages

    Experimental Procedures

    • brief but sufficiently complete to permit a qualified reader to repeat the experiments reported

    • only truly new procedures should be described in detail

    • cite previously published procedures in References


    • presented in figures and tables

    • some results not requiring documentation given solely in the text

    • extensive discussion not in Results section


    • concise

    • focused on the interpretation of the results rather than a repetition of the Results section.


    • cited in text by number rather than author and date

    • numbered consecutively in the order of appearance in the manuscript

    • References for journals and books should be in the following styles:

    1. David, K., Kim, D.;(1999) Online Journal of MTM 1, 1-8

    2. Sambrook, J., Fritsch, E. F., and Maniatis, T. (1989) Molecular Cloning: A Laboratory Manual, 2nd Ed., Cold Spring HarborLaboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, NY

    Journal names are abbreviated according to Chemical Abstracts. Authors are fully responsible for the accuracy of the references.

    Tables and Figures

    The number of tables and figures used to present data essential to illustrate or prove a point should be kept to a minimum.

    Tables should have titles and sufficient experimental detail in a legend immediately following the title to be understandable without reference to the text. Each column in a table must have a heading, and abbreviations, when necessary, should be defined in the legend.

    Figures should have titles and explanatory legends containing sufficient detail to make the figure easily understood. All legends should be printed consecutively in a separate section of the manuscript. Appropriately sized numbers, letters, and symbols should be used so they are no smaller than 2 mm in size after reduction to a single column width(87 mm), a 1.5-column width (120 mm), or a full 2-column width(178 mm). Superscript and subscript characters are not excluded from this rule. Numbers, letters, and symbols used in multi-paneled figures must be consistent. The abscissa and ordinate should be clearly labeled with appropriately sized type, and units of measurement must be given. Failure to comply with these specifications will require new figures and delay publication. Scales for plotting the data should be marked by short index lines, but every index line need not be numbered. Use standard symbols found in MS Word with symbols and curves identified in the legend and not on the figure. Indicate the figure number on the front of each figure.

    Electronic Figures

    Submit both text and graphics as a single Adobe Acrobat PDF file. Your manuscript in PDF format will be circulated on the Web for review. For more information on the Adobe Acrobat application program go to

    Create graphics using applications that are capable of preparing high resolution TIFF or EPS files acceptable for publication. If your paper is accepted we may require submission of graphics as separate TIFF or EPS files for on-line publication.

    If you cannot submit your manuscript as a PDF file, you may submit separate text and graphics files online. We will only accept the text of your manuscript as a Microsoft Word file created with MS Word 6.0 or a later version. Other word processing programs will not work for review. Do not embed figures in the text.

    For graphics, certain application programs such as Microsoft Office (PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Access), Corel Perfect Office (WordPerfect, Quattro Pro, Presentations), Lotus SmartSuite (Freelance Graphics, 1-2-3, Approach, WordPro) and SigmaPlot are not acceptable, since they were not intended for high resolution imaging necessary for publication.
    We will accept only graphics saved as TIFF or EPS files. The list of acceptable graphic Mac OS and Microsoft Windows applications may be found at These applications can be used to successfully create high quality TIFF and EPS files and you will find instructions on how to save them properly at this URL. Because more applications are added as testing continues, please review this list periodically.

    Please submit your manuscript to
    Online Journal of Molecular Techniques and Methods
    3414 Troy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90068, USA.