These guidelines are intended to give you the information needed to submit your
paper to the IMJ and present it in accordance with our requirements.
All papers are pre-screened to ensure that your manuscript satisfies the following
- Originality: is the work scientifically rigorous, accurate and
novel? Does the work contain significant additional material to that already published?
Has its value been demonstrated?
- Relevance: is the material appropriate to the scope of the journal
to which it is submitted?
- Motivation: does the problem considered have a sound motivation?
Does the paper clearly demonstrate the scientific interest of the results?
- Referencing: has reference been made to the most recent and most
appropriate work? Is the present work set in the context of the previous work?
- Clarity: is the English clear and well written? Poorly written
English may obscure the scientific merit of your paper. Are the ideas expressed
clearly and concisely? Are the concepts understandable?
Criteria for Publication
To be accepted for publication in IMJ, research articles must satisfy the following
- The study presents the results of primary scientific research.
- Results reported have not been published elsewhere.
- Experiments, statistics, and other analyses are performed to a high technical standard
and are described in sufficient detail.
- Conclusions are presented in an appropriate fashion and are supported by the data.
- The article is presented in an intelligible fashion and is written in Standard English.
- The research meets all applicable standards for the ethics of experimentation and
- The article adheres to appropriate reporting guidelines and community standards
for data availability.
Original papers should be submitted as a single unsecured .pdf/.doc/.docx/.rtf file
that includes all figures and tables. Original manuscript can be uploaded through author dashboard on our portal.
Original research papers submitted to the IMJ Research Journals should not exceed
Papers must be typed in a font size no smaller than 10 pt, and presented in two
column layout with single line spacing on one side A4 paper. All pages should be
numbered. Author can refer to sample format of the paper, which is be available
at downloads. All accepted papers will be edited into the IMJ Research Journals house-style.
Language, spelling and grammar
All papers must be written in US International English. If English is not your first
language, you should ask an English-speaking colleague to proofread your paper.
Papers that fail to meet basic standards of literacy are likely to be declined immediately
by the editors.
Acronyms and abbreviations
Acronyms and abbreviations should be clearly defined on their first occurrence in
the text by writing the term out in full and following it with the abbreviation
in round brackets.
Title should be concise but informative and should not include a subtitle. Titles
should not begin with words such as "a", "novel", "new" or "the".
These should immediately follow the title. For multiple-authored articles, list
the names of all the authors, followed by author’s academic/professional details.
This should be informative and suitable for direct inclusion in abstracting services
as a self-contained article. It should not exceed 200 words. It should indicate
the general scope and also state the main results obtained, methods used, the value
of the work and the conclusions drawn. No figure numbers, table numbers, references
or displayed mathematical expressions should be included.
Papers should be divided into numbered sections, subsections and, if necessary,
sub subsections (e.g. 3, 3.1, 3.1.1, etc.).
Vectors and matrices should be displayed in bold and variables in italic. Italics
should not be used for emphasis.
Figures and figure captions
Figures will be reproduced exactly as supplied, with no redrawing or relabeling.
It is therefore imperative that the supplied figures are of the highest possible
quality. Each figure should be explicitly referred to in numerical order. Figures
should be embedded within the text at the appropriate point. Figure captions should
be as concise as possible. Figure keys should appear in boxes within the figure
Figures with multiple sections should be labeled (a), (b), (c), etc. Use a comma
to separate quantities from units on figure axes, e.g. "time, ms". Characters, subscripts
and superscripts used in figures should be consistent with those in the text.
IMJ Journals encourage the use of color for the online version of its articles.
Authors supplying color figures enjoy the benefit of their work being presented
online in full color.
Each table should be referred to explicitly in the text. Tables should be referred
to in numerical order. Avoid the use of unusual mathematical characters or graphical
material in tables, since the markup language may not be able to reproduce this.
If your table contains such material, it will be set as a figure.
Algorithms should not be boxed and should be set as normal text, not as a figure
or a table.
A long line of computer code that fits on to one single-column page may have to
be separated into two lines when typeset. Please take this into account when writing
any code. Code may be typeset in the form of a figure to enable full-column-width.
Mathematics and equations
When writing mathematics, avoid confusion between characters that could be mistaken
for one another, e.g. the letter 'l' and the figure one. Equations should be capable
of fitting into a two-column print format. Vectors and matrices should be in bold
and variables in italic.
If your paper contains superscripts or subscripts, take special care to ensure that
the positioning of the characters is unambiguous. Exponential expressions should
be written using superscript notation, i.e. 5x103 not 5E03. A multiplication sign
should be used, not a dot.
Acknowledgments should appear as a separate section between the Conclusions and
The IMJ Journals use the numerical system for references. You should number your
references sequentially through the text, and each reference should be individually
numbered and enclosed in square brackets (e.g. ). Please ensure that all references
in the Reference list are cited in the text and vice versa. Failure to do so may
cause delays in the production of your article.
Please also ensure that you provide as much information as possible to allow the
reader to locate the article concerned. This is particularly important for articles
appearing in conferences, workshops and books that may not appear in journal databases.
Please provide all author name(s) and initials, title of the paper, date published,
title of the journal or book, volume number, editors (if any), and finally the page
range. For books and conferences, the town of publication and publisher (in parentheses)
should also be given.
Examples of the ways in which references should be cited are given below:
- Smith, T., and Jones, M.: ‘The title of the paper’, IET Syst. Biol., 2007, 1, (2),
- Jones, L., and Brown, D.: ‘The title of the conference paper’. Proc. Int. Conf.
Systems Biology, Stockholm, Sweden, May 2006, pp. 1–7
Book, book chapter and manual
- Hodges, A., and Smith, N.: ‘The title of the book chapter’, in Brown, S. (Ed.):
‘Handbook of Systems Biology’ (IEE Press, 2004, 1st ed.), pp. 1–7
- Harrison, E.A., and Abbott, C.: ‘The title of the book’ (XYZ Press, 2005, 2nd ed.
- Brown, F.: ‘The title of the patent (if available)’. British Patent 123456, July
- Smith, D., and Hodges, J.: British Patent Application 98765, 1925
- Abbott, N.L.: ‘The title of the thesis’. PhD thesis, XYZ University, 2005
- BS1234: ‘The title of the standard’, 2006
- http://www.library.arizona.edu/ej/jpe/volume_3/ascii-lokeriso.txt. Accessed 2006
Appendices & supplementary material
Additional material, e.g. mathematical derivations that may interrupt the flow of
your paper's argument should form a separate Appendix section. However, authors
are encouraged to submit additional material as online supplementary material. This
should be uploaded as an additional PDF during submission. Do not use appendices
to lengthen your article unnecessarily. If the material can be found in another
work, cite this work rather than reproduce it.
After your paper is accepted, we will upload the page proof of your paper to our
website and will send you an email notifying you that it is available for viewing.
We ask you to return your corrections within three working days or sooner. We work
to a tight production schedule and for this reason may publish your paper without
your corrections if the proof reaches you during an absence of which we have not
been informed or if the corrections are not returned sufficiently quickly. Alternatively,
your paper may be postponed to a future issue.
Requests for last-minute corrections, i.e. amendments to the original manuscript,
may be denied at the managing editor's discretion, particularly if these are likely
to delay publication. Major changes-of-mind, e.g. rewriting of whole sections, is
not permitted at this stage.
Completed 'Publication Agreement and Assessment of Copyright' and 'Statement of
Originality' forms are required for all papers. These should be emailed, posted
or faxed to the Editorial Office (address given on the form) once you have uploaded
The forms should be signed by all authors. If this is not practical, the corresponding
author may sign on behalf of all authors.
If you wish to make use of previously published illustrations, diagrams or photographs
in your paper, you must first obtain the written permission of the copyright holder
concerned (usually the publisher) before incorporating the work in your article.
The source of the material must also be acknowledged in full.