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INSTRUCTION FOR AUTHORS - SUBMISSION TO ASIA PACIFIC JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR BIOLOGY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY (APJMBB)

The Journal aims to promote research in all relevant areas of molecular & cellular biology and biotechnology in the Asia Pacific region through publication of research articles, both basic and applied. Papers must be written in English. Standard papers, research notes and review articles will be considered for publication. Submission of a manuscript will be taken to imply that it reports unpublished work that is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, that all authors have agreed to its submission and that, if accepted, it will not be published again in the same form in any language without the consent of the Malaysian Society for Molecular Biology & Biotechnology. It is the Journal's policy that copyright be assigned to the Malaysian Society for Molecular Biology & Biotechnology in respect of all papers accepted for publication. Statements and opinions expressed in the articles and communications herein are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the Editor(s) or the publisher. No responsibility can be accepted for any inaccuracies or omissions, and no guarantee is made in respect to the contents.

Submissions: The Journal will publish the following types of papers: Review / Mini Review articles (invited and submitted), Research Notes (brief reports less than 12 A4 pages), Methods (short, detailed notes on current experimental protocols), Focus on an Institution (short piece written to highlight established and up and coming research facilities in the Asia Pacific Region), Letters to the Editor (share your thoughts and comments on the progress in molecular biology and biotechnology and how it is bringing change to our society), and Book Reviews.

Authors are requested where possible to submit manuscripts in soft copy to Dr Rosemary Susan Lees at apjmbb@um.edu.my, but submission of hard copies will also be accepted (please provide three copies, along with a cover letter) and should be sent to:

Dr Rosemary Lees (Editorial Manager),
The Centre for Research in Biotechnology for Agriculture (CEBAR),
Level 5, Block B,
IPS Building,
University of Malaya
50603 Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia.
Tel: 603-79676990 Fax: 603-79676991.
E-mail: apjmbb@um.edu.my

Along with the submitted manuscript, a Cover Letter should be sent, addressed to Asia Pacific Journal of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, and including the following text:
On behalf of all the authors, I declare that:
a) The enclosed manuscript in its present form has not been published elsewhere, either as a whole or in part;
b) It will not be submitted to another journal unless it has been officially rejected or withdrawn from consideration by APJMBB;
c) I agree on the transfer of the copyright to the Publisher on acceptance of this manuscript for publication.

Acceptability: Each manuscript is assigned to an Associate Editor. After preliminary examination to establish that it appears within the scope of the Journal, the manuscript will be sent to three independent referees from the Asia Pacific region. The referees will review the manuscript for originality and significance of the work described and recommend its acceptability for publication. The Chief Editor and the Associate Editors will make the final decision as to the acceptability of the manuscript.

Review Process: Authors are encouraged to provide names and full addresses of 3 suggested reviewers when submitting manuscripts. The final choice of reviewers will be at the discretion of the Chief Editor and the Associate Editors. Please note that manuscripts sent out for review will be sent to Reviewers complete with author names and affiliations. The corresponding author is notified, generally within 1 month after submission, of the reviewers’ decision to accept, reject or require modification. When a manuscript is returned to the corresponding author for modification, it should be returned within 2 weeks, failing which the manuscript is considered withdrawn.

Galley-proofs: Upon acceptance, once the high quality soft copies of all figures have been sent to apjmbb@um.edu.my, the manuscript will be type-set and sent to the corresponding author for proof-reading. The corresponding author is required to return the manuscript with corrections, if any, within 2-5 working days. Failing which, the manuscript may be published in a later issue.

Copyright Policy: The Asia Pacific Journal of Molecular Biology & Biotechnology requires the corresponding author to sign a copyright transfer agreement and a letter of undertaking on behalf of all authors. These documents are sent to the corresponding author when the manuscript is accepted and scheduled for publication. These documents must be signed by the corresponding author to enable publication of the manuscript.

Typescript: Papers, where submitted in hard copy, should be typed double-spaced on one side of A4 paper with wide margins (2cm / 1inch) and the sheets numbered consecutively. Figures and tables should be grouped together at the back of the manuscript on separate sheets. All Research Notes should be organized into Abstract (150-200 words), Introduction, Materials & Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgements and References. Research Notes should not exceed 12 typed pages (excluding Tables and Figure Legends) and written as one continuous article without sub-headings, except for Abstract and References.

Title Page: A title page should be included which contains: (1) Title of paper; (2) Names of all authors given in full; (3) Institutional affiliations of authors; (4) Name and address of corresponding author; (5) Short running title (no more than 45 characters); (6) key words (maximum of 6 in alphabetical order, suitable for indexing). The corresponding author is also required to supply full postal address, telephone and fax numbers and email address (if available).

References: Article and journal titles should be cited in full. References should be listed in alphabetical order according to the surname of the first author and expressed as indicated below:

Journal citation: Chan, T.K., Herlina, S. and Ruangsap, B. 1993. Cloning of promoter sequences from Escherida coli. Journal of Molecular Biology 45: 567-575.

Book Chapter: Chan, T.K. 1992 Plasmids of enterobacteria. In Pathogenesis of bacterial infections, ed. A. Ramirez and S. Aquino, pp 235-243. Kuala Lumpur: Protea Press.

Book: Herlina, S. and Tan, F.H. 1992. Molecular aspects of typhoid fever. Kuala Lumpur: Protea Press.

Personal Communications: These should be mentioned in the text in the following form: (U. Laopinkarn, pers.comm.)

Units / Abbreviations: Authors should follow the SI system of units. Non-standard abbreviations should be employed only where multiple use is made, and should be defined on their first appearance in both the main body of the text and in the Abstract.

Tables: Tables should be numbered consecutively (Table 1, Table 2, etc) and typed double-spaced on a separate sheet. Tables should bear an appropriate caption, contain horizontal rules only, (one above and one below column headings) and all abbreviations clearly explained in the footnote.

Figures and Photos: : Illustrations and photographs of high quality and with good contrast should be submitted in soft copy to apjmbb@um.edu.my following acceptance of a manuscript for publication. Figure numbers must be clearly labelled. Colour photographs are accepted, but charged according to the coloured page charges.