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Author Guidelines

 

 

This guide depicts how to prepare your paper for submission. We advocate you read this in full if you have not antecedently submitted a manuscript to Mega Journals. We also suggest that before submission you acquaint yourself with Mega Journals' style and content by reading the guidelines.

1. Arrangements for Mega Journals Articles

All the manuscripts should be submitted by the corresponding author through the website.

1.1 Research Articles

Research Articles are innovative (Ahead of the times) papers whose conclusions (closing) represent (constitute) a significant advance in the understanding (realizing) of a significant (substantial) problem and have directly, far-reaching implications.

Research articles are generally 3,000~5,000 words of text (including references, notes and captions) and are anticipated to show a major progress.

Research Articles include an abstract, an introduction that outlines the main theme, method and experiment, and summary or conclusion. Materials and Methods should usually be included which will also be needed to support the paper's conclusions.

1.2 Letters

Letters are short reports of creative research focused on an outstanding finding whose importance means that it will be of interest to scientists in other fields. They should have less than 30 references.

They begin with a fully referenced paragraph, of about 200 words, (definitely no more than 300 words) aimed at readers in other disciplines. The letters (up to ~2500 words including references, notes and captions or ~3 printed pages) should include an abstract, an introductory paragraph, up to four figures or tables. Materials and Methods should usually be included, which should be needed to support the paper's conclusions.

1.3 Review Articles

Review Articles are generally up to 4500 words including references, notes and captions and they describe new developments of interdisciplinary significance and highlight future directions. They include an abstract, an introduction that outlines the main theme, and an outline of important unresolved questions.

 

2. Manuscript selection

2.1 Manuscripts should be clear and simple so that they are accessible to readers in other disciplines and to readers for whom English is not their first language.

2.2 Authors will be notified of decisions by e-mail.

2.3 Double submissions of the same manuscript will not be acknowledged and will be deleted. Mega Journals treats all submissions confidentially.

2.4 Our review process is also confidential and identities of reviewers are not released. Manuscripts that are selected for in-depth review are evaluated, commonly, by at least two outside reviewers.

2.5 Referees are contacted before being sent a paper and asked to return comments within 2 to 3 weeks for most papers.

2.6 Selected manuscripts are edited to improve veracity and clarity and for length.

2.7 If a paper was rejected upon reviewers' reports or editor's opinion, authors are welcome to resubmit it after considering reviewer's or editor's comments and the manuscript will go through a new review process to guarantee the quality of published articles.

2.8 Mega Journals makes decisions about submitted papers as rapidly as possible. All manuscripts are handled electronically throughout the consideration process.

3. Format of Research Articles, and Review Articles

Manuscripts are preferred to be presented in the following order:

  1. title
  2. abstract and keywords
  3. text (including figures, figures legends, and tables)
  4. end notes
  5. references
  6. appendices

 

3.1 Title

Titles do not exceed two lines in print. This correspond 90 characters (including spaces) for Research Articles. Titles do not normally include numbers, acronyms, abbreviations or punctuation. However, if the numbers, acronyms, abbreviations or punctuation describe the article and widely known they could be included to the title.

The title should include sufficient detail for indexing intentions but be general enough for readers outside the discipline to apprise what the paper is about.

3.2 Abstract

The abstract explains to the general readers why the research has been done and why the results are substantial. An abstract should include such contents: the purpose of the research, the materials and methods and the results. Please do not include citations or undefined abbreviations in the abstract. The preferred length of the abstract is less than 300 words.

3.3 Text

Research articles should fill no more than 5 pages. A Research article has within about 3,500 words of text and, additionally, up to six small showing items (figures and/or tables) with brief legends, reference list and methods section if applicable. A composite figure (with several panels) usually needs to take about half a page, equivalent to about 600 words, in order for all the elements to be visible. Our preferred format for is APA and MSWord is also acceptable. We prefer the use of a 'standard' font, preferably 10-point Times New Roman. For mathematical symbols, Greek letters and other special characters, use normal text or Symbol font. Word Equation Editor/Math Type should be used only for formulae that cannot be produced using normal text or Symbol font.

3.4 Methods

If brief (less than 200 words), they can be included in the text at an appropriate place. Otherwise, they should be described at the end of the text in a 400-word (maximum) 'Methods Summary'. Detailed descriptions of methods already published should be avoided. If more space is required for Methods, the author should include the section 'Methods Summary' and provide an additional 'Methods' section at the paper. The Methods section should not normally exceed 1,000 words of text, and should be subdivided by short bold headings referring to methods used.

3.5 End notes

End notes are brief and follow the reference list. Papers containing supplementary information contain a statement after the reference list:

Acknowledgements should be brief, and should not include thanks to anonymous referees and editors, inessential words, or effusive comments. Acknowledgements can contain grant and contribution numbers. Author Contributions: authors are required to include a statement to specify the contributions of each co-author. The statement can be up to several sentences long, describing the tasks of individual authors.

3.6 References

References are each numbered, ordered sequentially as they appear in the text, methods summary, tables, boxes, and figure legends. When cited in the text, reference numbers are superscript, not in brackets unless they are likely to be confused with a superscript number. Only one publication can be listed for each number. We preferred articles that have been published or submitted to a named publication in the reference list; papers in preparation should be mentioned in the text with a list of authors (or initials if any of the authors are co-authors of the present contribution).Published conference abstracts, numbered patents and preprints on recognized servers may be included in reference lists, but text, grant details and acknowledgements may not. Please follow the style below in the published edition of Mega Journals in preparing reference lists.

We advise the authors to use the APA style to write the references list. You can visit http://www.apastyle.org/ for detail information. There are some examples for APA style.

 

  • Author A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (Year). Title of article, Title of Periodical, xx(xx), xxx-xxx. doi: xx.xxxxxxxxxx
  • Author A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (in press). Title of article, Title of Periodical. Retrieved from http://xxx.xxx.xxx
  • Article title. (Year, Month). Newsletter source. Retrived from http://xxx.xxx.xxx
  • Author, A. A. (Year, Month Day). Article title. Newspaper title. pp.xx-xx.
  • Author A. A. (Year). Book title [Version]. doi:xx.xxxxxxxxxx
  • Author A. A. (Year). Book title [Version]. Retrieved from http://xxx.xxx.xxx
  • Author A. A. (Year). Book title. Location: Publisher.

3.7 Tables

Tables should each be presented portrait (not landscape) direction and upright on the page, not sideways. Tables have a short, one-line title in bold text. Tables should be as small as possible. Symbols and abbreviations are definite immediately below the table, followed by essential descriptive material as briefly as possible, all in double-spaced text. We also use APA format on tables you can visit http://www.apastyle.org/ for detail information. Here is the example.

Table 1

Error Rates of Older and Younger Groups

Number #

Group 1

Group 2

Group 3

Older 1

Younger 1

Total

1

A11

A21

A31

A41

A51

Y1

2

A12

A22

A32

A42

A52

Y2

...

...

...

...

...

...

5

...

...

...

...

...

...

...

n

A1n

A2n

A3n

A4n

A5n

Yn

Top line: 1.5 pt
Middle line: 0.25 pt
Bottom line: 2.25 pt

3.8 Figures

Mega Journals requires figures in electronic format.

Figures should be as small and simple as is compatible with clarity. The goal is for figures to be comprehensible to readers in other or related disciplines, and to assist their understanding of the paper. Unnecessary figures and parts (panels) of figures should be avoided. Avoid unnecessary complexity, colorful and over amount of details. For instruction, Mega Journals standard figure sizes are 95 mm (single column) and 190mm (double column) and the full depth of the page is 283mm.

Some brief guidance for figure preparation:

  • The figures also are suggested in APA format you can visit http://www.apastyle.org/ for detail information.
  • Units should have a single space between the number and the unit, and follow SI nomenclature or the nomenclature common to a particular field. Thousands should be separated by commas (1,000). Unusual units or abbreviations are defined in the legend.
  • Scale bars should be used rather than magnification factors.
  • Where possible, text, including keys to symbols, should be provided in the legend rather than on the figure itself.
  • Figure quality

At initial submission, figures should be at good quality to be assessed by referees, ideally as JPEGs, PNGs, and BMPs. The suggest size of each figure is less than 600KB since we cannot accept large attachments.

4. Submission

Articles now are being submitted on our website http://www.MJournals.com.

Please be sure to read the information on what to include as essential content-related issues when putting a submission together. Mega Journals authors must make data and materials publicly available upon publication. This includes deposition of data into the related databases and arranging for them to be publicly released on the online publication date.

Copyright Notice

The authors agree that:

  1. Authors of reports of original research should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance.
  2. The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others that this has been appropriately cited or quoted.
  3. An author should not in general publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.
  4. Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors.
  5. When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper. If the editor or the publisher learns from a third party that a published work contains a significant error, it is the obligation of the author to promptly retract or correct the paper or provide evidence to the editor of the correctness of the original paper.
  6. The author assigns, conveys, and otherwise transfers all rights, title, interest, and copyright ownership in this “Work” to our journal when the "Work" is accepted for publication. "Work” means the material submitted for publication plus any other related material submitted.
  7. The assignment of rights to our journal includes but is not expressly limited to rights to edit, publish, reproduce, distribute copies, prepare derivative works, include in indexes or search databases in print, electronic, or other media, whether or not in use at the time of execution of this agreement, and claim copyright in said work throughout the world for the full duration of the copyright and any renewals or extensions thereof.
  8. If the authors cannot obey the previous terms and cause legal problems, the authors will take the full responsibilities.

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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.

  1. 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).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. 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.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.