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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

For first submission, a single complete pdf file that includes all figures and tables is required. Upon acceptance, authors are advised to use the IJEMD_LATEX Macro Package to prepare their manuscripts using Latex, or the IJEMD_MW template for Microsoft Word users to help speed the task of formatting their manuscripts.

Manuscript Preparation

Your manuscript text file should begin with a title page that includes author affiliations and contact information, as well as an asterisk indicating the corresponding author. We recommend that each part begin with a related written introduction that explains the work’s context. It’s fine if there’s some overlap with the Abstract. Please do not include any references in the abstract and make sure it serves as both a general introduction to the subject and a quick, non-technical review of the important findings and their consequences.

 There are no special requirements for the major body of the text. Everything’s up to you to organize it in the method that works best for your research. In many circumstances, though, the following structure will suffice:

  • Introduction
  • Methods
  • Results and Discussion (without subheadings)
  • Conclusion

The main body of content should then be followed by:

  • References (limited to 60 references, though not strictly enforced)
  • Acknowledgements (optional)
  • Author contributions (names must be given as initials)
  • Additional Information (including a Competing Interests Statement)
  • Figure legends (these are limited to 250 words per figure)
  • Tables (maximum size of one page)

You may combine the manuscript text and figures into a single file up to 3 MB in size for first submissions (not updated manuscripts). Figures can be included at appropriate points in the text or gathered at the conclusion. Supplementary data should be grouped together and sent as a single file, preferably in PDF format.


Your Methods section should be no longer than 1,500 words. Make sure it contains enough experimental and characterization data so that others can duplicate your findings. You ought to:

  • Include standard methods and experimental techniques in your description.
  • Only identify commercial reagents or instrumentation vendors if the source is important to the experiment’s success.
  • Identify sources for any kits you use in your procedures.
  • Include any experimental protocols that describe the synthesis of new compounds.
  • Use the systematic name of any new compound and put its bold Arabic numeral in the heading for the experimental protocol, indicating it thereafter by its assigned, bold numeral.
  • Describe the experimental protocol in detail, referring to amounts of reagents in parentheses, when possible (eg , ).
  • Use standard abbreviations for reagents and solvents.
  • Clearly identify safety hazards posed by reagents or protocols.
  • Report isolated mass and percent yields at the end of each protocol.

You must provide a statement of ethical approval in the Methods section if you’re reporting studies on live vertebrates (or higher invertebrates), humans, or human samples (see detail for further information on preparing these statements).


Your references are not copied and pasted. As a result, it’s critical that you format them appropriately, as they’ll be electronically linked to external databases whenever possible. The standard referencing style is used at IJEMD. As a result, double-check your references while formatting them:

  • Run sequentially (and are always numerical).
  • Sit within square brackets.
  • Only have one publication linked to each number.
  • Only include papers or datasets that have been published or accepted by a named publication, recognized preprint server or data repository (if you include any preprints of accepted papers in your reference list, make sure you submit them with the manuscript).
  • Include published conference abstracts and numbered patents, if you wish.
  • Don’t include grant details and acknowledgements.

In your reference list, you should:

  • Include all authors unless there are six or more, in which case only the first author should be given, followed by ‘et al.’.
  • List authors by last name first, followed by a comma and initials (followed by full stops) of given names.
  • Use Roman text for Article and dataset titles, with only the first word of the title having an initial capital and written exactly as it appears in the work cited, ending with a full stop.
  • Use italics for book titles, giving all words in the title an initial capital.
  • Use italics for journal and data repository names, abbreviating them according to common usage (with full stops).
  • Use bold for volume numbers and the subsequent comma.
  • Give the full page range (or article number), where appropriate.


Printed journals:

Schott, D. H., Collins, R. N. & Bretscher, A. Secretory vesicle transport velocity in living cells depends on the myosin V lever arm length. J. Cell Biol156, 35-39 (2002).

Online only:

Bellin, D. L. et al. Electrochemical camera chip for simultaneous imaging of multiple metabolites in biofilms. Nat. Commun7, 10535; 10.1038/ncomms10535 (2016).

For papers with more than five authors include only the first author’s name followed by ‘et al.’.


Smith, J. Syntax of referencing in How to reference books (ed. Smith, S.) 180-181 (Macmillan, 2013).

Online material:

Babichev, S. A., Ries, J. & Lvovsky, A. I. Quantum scissors: teleportation of single-mode optical states by means of a nonlocal single photon. Preprint at (2002).


Please keep any acknowledgements brief, and don’t include thanks to anonymous referees and editors, or any effusive comments. You may acknowledge grant or contribution numbers. You should also acknowledge assistance from medical writers, proof-readers and editors.

Author Contributions:

You must supply an Author Contribution Statement as described in the author responsibilities section of our Editorial and Publishing policies.

Please be aware:

  • The author name you give as the corresponding author will be the main contact during the review process and should not change.
  • The information you provide in the submission system will be used as the source of truth when your paper is published.

Competing Interests:

You must provide a declaration of competing interests. You should include a declaration proclaiming that there is no conflict of interest. Your statement must be clear and concise, explaining any potential conflict of interest (or lack thereof) for EACH contributing author. When your work is published, the information you provide in the submission system will be used as the source of truth. 

Examples of declarations are:

The author(s) declare no competing interests.

Withdrawal Policy:

Author(s) can withdraw their manuscript within three days of submission without incurring any penalties. However, if they withdraw after the peer review process, during production, or after online publication, a withdrawal penalty will apply. On the approval of Withdrawal, a formal letter will be sent to the corresponding author by the IJEMD Editorial Office. According to the journal’s withdrawal policy, withdrawal charges are applicable in such cases.

Withdrawal charges: $250 US


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