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Author Guidelines

ROS uses a fully web-based manuscript submission and tracking system for all types of manuscripts. In addition to its online submission, ROS also accepts manuscript submission via email attachments. All the requirements/permissions for online submission also apply to email submission. Submitting your manuscript via email attachment to ROS is taken to mean that you fully agree to the requirements/permissions set forth in the online submission process. For email submission, please send your manuscript via email attachment(s) to: ros.editorial@aimsci.com


The Format for REVIEW ARTICLES

ROS publishes review articles that address high-impact topics on reactive oxygen and related species/entities (including antioxidants). References should be primarily limited to those published in peer-reviewed journals of sufficient quality, especially high impact journals. A high impact journal typically refers to one that has an impact factor of 10 and above. The NIH/NIEHS provides a partial list of high impact journals.

Title Page: It contains the title of the manuscript and the full name and contact information (institution, postal address, email address, phone number, etc.) of the corresponding author(s). The Abbreviations as well as acknowledgment if applicable may be included on the Title Page.

Abstract Page: An abstract must contain no more than 250 words. Abstracts exceeding the limit would be truncated at 250 words.

Key Words Page: Typically 3-6 key words.

Main Text: Typically no more than 7,500 words excluding references. It should be divided into multiple sections. The references should be generally limited to no more than 100 (Please see “Instructions for Preparing References Section” at the end of the “Author Guidelines”).

Illustrations and Legends: Illustrations (e.g., figures, diagrams, schemes) should be typically limited to no more than 5 and provided on separate pages.

Tables and Legends: Tables should be typically limited to no more than 5 and provided on separate pages.


The Format for RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS

ROS publishes research highlights in the form of a brief summary and discussion of a research article involving reactive oxygen and related species/entities (including antioxidants), published in one of the listed most influential journals within the past 12 months:

New England Journal of MedicineJAMA (and JAMA Internal Medicine), Lancet (and Lancet Oncology, Lancet Neurology), Cell (and Molecular Cell, Cancer Cell, Cell Metabolism, Cell Stem Cell, Cell Reports), Nature (and Nature Genetics, Nature Medicine, Nature Methods, Nature Biotechnology, Nature Materials, Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Communications, Nature Structural & Molecular Biology, Nature Neuroscience, Nature Immunology, Nature Cell Biology, Nature Chemical Biology), Science (and Science Signaling, Science Translational Medicine), Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, EMBO J (and EMBO Molecular Medicine, EMBO Reports), Journal of Cell Biology, Journal of Clinical Investigation, Journal of Experimental Medicine, Genes and Development, Genome Research, British Medical Journal, Annals of Internal Medicine, PLOS Medicine, Blood, Immunity, Circulation, Circulation Research, Journal of American College of Cardiology, Neuron, Gastroenterology, and Gut.

Title Page: It contains the title of the manuscript and the full name and contact information (institution, postal address, email address, phone number, etc.) of the corresponding author(s). The Abbreviations as well as acknowledgment if applicable may be included on the Title Page.

Abstract Page: An abstract must contain no more than 250 words. Abstracts exceeding the limit would be truncated at 250 words.

Text: It should typically contain no more than 2000 words excluding references. The text may be divided into different sections. The references should be generally limited to no more than 25 (Please see “Instructions for Preparing References Section” at the end of the “Author Guidelines”).

Illustrations: It should typically contain no more than 2 illustrations provided on separate pages.


The Format for ROS PROTOCOLS

ROS publishes research method protocols in a recipe-style format on commonly used methods for detecting and/or measuring reactive oxygen and related species/entities (including antioxidants) as well as their biological effects. The protocols must deal with established methods that have been previously used by the authors to produce the data published in peer-reviewed research journals. ROS PROTOCOLS are designed to present the readers all the necessary steps for a particular established method along with a brief description of the principles, advantages, and limitations of the method.

Title Page:It contains the title of the manuscript and the full name and contact information (institution, postal address, email address, phone number, etc) of the corresponding author(s). The Abbreviations as well as acknowledgment if applicable may be included on the Title Page.

Abstract Page: An abstract must contain no more than 250 words. Abstracts exceeding the limit would be truncated at 250 words.

Key Words Page: Typically 3-6 key words.

Introduction and Method Principle: Typically 500-1000 words.

Materials and Instruments: Typically 500-1000 words.

Protocol and Steps: Typically 500-1000 words.

Discussion of Advantages and Limitations: Typically 500-1000 words.

Conclusion: Typically 2-5 sentences.

References: Generally no more than 75 (Please see “Instructions for Preparing References Section” at the end of the “Author Guidelines”).

Figures, Tables, and Legends: They should be provided on separate pages.

Supplementary Materials (if applicable)


The Format for ORIGINAL RESEARCH COMMUNICATIONS

ROS publishes original research contributions in the form of either full research articles or short research communications. The manuscripts may address any aspects related to the chemistry, biology, and medicine of reactive oxygen and related species/entities (including antioxidants).

The Format for Full Research Articles

Title Page: It contains the title of the manuscript and the full name and contact information (institution, postal address, email address, phone number, etc.) of the corresponding author(s). The Abbreviations as well as acknowledgment if applicable may be included on the Title Page.

Abstract Page: An abstract must contain no more than 250 words. Abstracts exceeding the limit would be truncated at 250 words.

Key Words Page: Typically 3-6 key words.

Introduction: Typically no more than 1000 words.

Materials and Methods: Typically no more than 1000 words.

Results: Typically no more than 1000 words.

Discussion: Typically no more than 1000 words.

Conclusion: Typically 2-5 sentences.

References: Generally no more than 75 (Please see “Instructions for Preparing References Section” at the end of the “Author Guidelines”).

Supplementary Materials (if applicable)

The Format for Short Research Communications

Title Page: It contains the title of the manuscript and the full name and contact information (institution, postal address, email address, phone number, etc.) of the corresponding author(s). The Abbreviations  as well as acknowledgment if applicable may be included on the Title Page.

Abstract Page: Typically no more than 150 words.

Key Words Page: Typically 3-6 key words.

Introduction: Typically no more than 500 words.

Materials and Methods: Typically no more than 500 words.

Results: Typically no more than 500 words.

Discussion: Typically no more than 500 words.

Conclusion: Typically 2-5 sentences.

References: Generally no more than 25 (Please see “Instructions for Preparing References Section” at the end of the “Author Guidelines”).

Supplementary Materials (if applicable)

 

Instructions for Preparing the References Section for Manuscripts Submitted to ROS

  • References should be cited in the text with a number in brackets (e.g., [1]; [1, 2]; [1–3]; [1, 2, 4]). The references should be listed in numerical order at the end of the document.
  • The references cited must be from peer-reviewed journals of sufficient quality. Authors are strongly suggested to avoid citing articles published in low-quality journals.
  • Books or book chapters are generally considered as non-peer reviewed materials. As such, they generally should not be cited as references for manuscripts (especially review articles) to be published in ROS.
  • The ROS Journal will reformat the references for accepted manuscripts. As such, there are no strict requirements on reference formatting at submission.

 

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.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it being submitted to another journal for consideration.
  2. The submission file (manuscript) is in Microsoft Word document file format.
  3. The text of the manuscript is single or double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed at the end of the text. Please make sure that the entire manuscript including all its tables and figures/illustrations is assembled into one single document and uploaded in Submission Step 2 (Submission Step 2 only allows one single file upload). If, however, the data files (figures/illustrations, tables, etc.) need to be uploaded separately, please upload them in Submission Step 4. Any additional supporting materials, including the cover letter, supplementary data, and the ICMJE Form for Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest, etc. should be uploaded separately also in Submission Step 4. Step 4 allows sequential loading of multiple files.

  4. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
 

Copyright Notice

Submission of an original manuscript to the Journal will be taken to mean that it represents original work not previously published; that it is not being considered elsewhere for publication; that the author(s) agrees to assign copyright to the Journal upon acceptance for publication in the Journal, and if accepted for publication, it will be published in the digital format (PDF) and/or in print and it will not be published elsewhere in the same form, for commercial purposes, in any language, without the consent of the Publisher.

 

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