Author Guidelines


Author guidelines for those looking to publish with FEBS Open Bio can be found in pdf format HERE

GUIDE FOR AUTHORS

Aims and Scope

Submission procedure

Open Access publication fee

Author inquiries

Policies

Ethics in publishing

Work involving human or animal subjects or tissues

Conflict of interest

Submission declaration

Role of the funding source

Data accessibility

Open Access copyright license

Education Section

Manuscript preparation

Overleaf

Word processing software

Article structure

Title page and Abstract

Material and methods

Results

Discussion

Conclusions

Acknowledgements

Author contribution statement

References

Tables

Figures

Supporting Information

Data sharing service

Data accessibility

Nomenclature and units

Math formulae

Suggested reviewers

Submission checklist

After acceptance

Early View

Proofs

Article publicity

Changes to authorship

Aims and Scope

FEBS Open Bio is an online-only open access journal for the rapid publication of research articles in molecular and cellular life sciences in both health and disease. The journal's peer review process focuses on the technical soundness of papers, leaving the assessment of their impact and importance to the scientific community.

FEBS Open Bio publishes experimental findings, critical analysis, methodological and technical innovations, and hypotheses. Novel or innovative work is encouraged, but papers describing sound science of a confirmatory nature in developing fields or extending knowledge of an important topic from one organism to another will also be considered.

Articles originally submitted to other FEBS Press publications (FEBS Letters , The FEBS Journal and Molecular Oncology) can be transferred for consideration by FEBS Open Bio with their original reviewer reports, without the need to resubmit or reformat the manuscript.

The Education section of FEBS Open Bio is devoted to research articles in molecular and cellular life sciences education, with the aim of disseminating advice on education techniques and resources. Article dealing with best practice, innovative methods, teaching bioinformatics, and use of technology in education are welcome, as are those more specifically aimed at internationalization, training or career planning.

FEBS Open Bio offers:

  • Easy online manuscript submission and tracking system

  • Fast and helpful peer review - median time to first decision 28 days in 2016

  • Transfer service for articles from other FEBS journals, conserving peer reviews

  • Fast publication

  • Accepted articles published online within 7 days

  • Author-corrected final version available within 20 days

  • All articles are deposited in PubMed Central and indexed in PubMed

Submission procedure

Papers should be submitted using the FEBS Open Bio online submission system, https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/febsopen. You will be guided stepwise through the creation and uploading of your files. The system automatically converts source files to a single PDF file of the article, which is used in the peer-review process. You are welcome to submit your manuscript as a single file to be used in the peer-review process. Only when your paper reaches final revision stage will you be requested to deliver the individual files in the correct format for publication of your article. All correspondence, including notification of the Editor's decision and requests for revision, takes place by e-mail.

All submitted manuscripts undergo a technical check in the editorial office to ensure they comply with the journal's Guide to Authors. Manuscripts are then assigned to a member of the Editorial Board with the appropriate expertise. The handling editor decides whether the article is of sufficient quality for consideration, and if so, invites two expert reviewers. Reviewers are asked to judge whether each paper reports original, primary work, on the soundness of the experimental data and if this data supports the conclusions drawn. The handling editor makes the final decision of whether to accept, reject or invite revision of a manuscript. Our median time to first decision in 2016 was 28 days.

Open Access publication fee

FEBS Open Bio is an Open Access journal with no subscribers. A fee is payable by the author or research funder to cover the costs associated with publication. This ensures each article will be immediately and permanently free for anyone to access. The Open Access publication fee for this journal is $1495, excluding taxes. Authors will be asked to pay the article publication charge on acceptance of their article. For articles for the Education Section, the publication costs will be covered by FEBS.

Your institute or funder may have an agreement with Wiley to pay all or some of the article publication charge on your behalf. You can check here. Waivers and discounts are available to authors from countries eligible for the Research4Life programs. You can check the lists of countries here.

Questions related to Open Access publication fees and waivers should be sent to cs-openaccess@wiley.com

Author inquiries

For inquiries relating to the submission or reviewing process, please contact the Editorial Office at openbio@febs.org. Contact details for questions arising after acceptance of an article, especially those relating to proofs, will be provided by our publishers, Wiley.

All authors are required to register for Author Services. Author Services enables authors to track their article, after acceptance, through the production process to publication online. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production. The author will receive an e-mail with a unique link that enables them to register and have their article automatically added to the system. Authors can nominate up to 10 colleagues to have complimentary access to the article once published online. Visit our Author Services site for more details on online production tracking, tips on article preparation and submission, and more.

Please ensure that a complete e-mail address is provided when submitting the manuscript. You can track accepted articles and check Wiley author FAQs at http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/default.asp. Answers to any queries may be found on the Author FAQs, but if further support is needed Author Support can be contacted at cs-author@wiley.com.

Policies

Ethics in publishing

All submissions to FEBS Open Bio should conform to standard ethical guidelines, details of which can be found on the website of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

See also Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals http://www.icmje.org

FEBS Open Bio employs a plagiarism detection system (iThenticate). By submitting your manuscript to this publication you accept that your manuscript may be screened for plagiarism against previously published works.

Work involving human or animal subjects or tissues

The work described in your article must have been carried out in accordance the ARRIVE Guidelines for reporting in vivo animal experiments ( http://www.nc3rs.org.uk/arrive-guidelines). Please include, in the Materials and Methods section, details of ethical guidelines (national or institutional) that were followed, and a description of any surgical procedures and peri-operative care.

Research involving human subjects or human tissues should comply with The Code of Ethics of the World Medical Association (Declaration of Helsinki) http://www.wma.net/en/30publications/10policies/b3/index.html. Please include a statement within the Materials and Methods section, indicating that informed consent has been obtained from each subject, and that the study methodologies have approval from the appropriate local ethics committee.

Conflict of interest

All authors are requested to disclose any actual or potential conflict of interest including any financial, personal or other relationships with other people or organizations within three years of beginning the submitted work that could inappropriately influence, or be perceived to influence, their work.

Submission declaration

Submission of an article implies that the work described:

  • Has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis or as an electronic preprint)

  • That it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere;

  • That its publication is approved by all authors and, tacitly or explicitly, by the responsible authorities where the work was carried out.

Role of the funding source

You are requested to identify who provided financial support for the conduct of the research and/or preparation of the article and to briefly describe the role of the sponsor(s), if any, in: study design; in the collection, analysis and interpretation of data; in the writing of the report; and in the decision to submit the article for publication.

Data Accessibility

FEBS Open Bio encourages authors to share the data behind the results in their paper. Submission of a research article is taken to imply that the authors are willing to make available to academic researchers any cell lines, DNA clones, antibodies or similar materials that have been used in the experiments reported.

Authors should comply with available field-specific standards for the preparation and recording of data. We recommend authors refer to the Minimum Information for Biological and Biomedical Investigations (MIBBI) Portal for prescriptive checklists for reporting biological and biomedical research where applicable: http://www.biosharing.org/standards/mibbi.

Authors must deposit all ‘structured’ data sets (e.g. gene sequences, protein structures, microarray data) in the appropriate public databases and include the accession number in their paper in a section titled Data.

Authors may also share the raw data underlying other figures and tables included in their paper, using the data sharing service provided below.

Open Access copyright license

This journal is Open Access; all articles will be immediately and permanently free for everyone to read and download.

If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

FEBS Open Bio offers corresponding authors the following license agreement:

Creative Commons Attribution License CC BY

To preview the terms and conditions of this open access agreement, please visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.

Education Section

The Education section of FEBS Open Bio is devoted to research articles in molecular and cellular life sciences education, with the aim of disseminating advice on education techniques and resources. Article dealing with best practice, innovative methods, teaching bioinformatics, and use of technology in education are welcome, as are those more specifically aimed at internationalization, training or career planning. There is no cost to authors for this section as the publication costs will be covered by FEBS.

Manuscript preparation

Manuscript preparation is crucial for the success of your article. Along with evaluating the technical quality of your results, the Editor and reviewers will judge your manuscript based on language, overall clarity and intelligibility. Poorly written articles, as well as spelling and grammatical mistakes, may ultimately lead to the rejection of your article, even though the scientific quality would warrant publication.For more informationabout language editing and copyediting services pre- and post-submission, visit http://wileyeditingservices.com/en/.

Overleaf

Wiley has partnered with Overleaf, a collaborative, cloud-based authoring tool, to offer you Overleaf Link on Molecular Oncology. Overleaf Link is a dedicated article submission template, where you can write and edit your article in Overleaf, and then submit directly to the journal editorial office.

The article submission template is available here.

For more information, please visit our Overleaf Link webpage.

If you are new to Overleaf there are a number of video tutorials available at this link. If you need any help, we have a direct support arrangement with Overleaf. Please contact them at support@overleaf.com or visit www.overleaf.com/contact.

Word processing software

Any word processing software can be used to prepare your manuscript, provided that the files are saved in one of the common text file formats. The text should be in single-column format and the layout should be kept as simple as possible. Do not justify the text or hyphenate words at the ends of lines. However, do use bold face, italics, subscripts, superscripts, etc. Please use the 'spell-check' and 'grammar-check' functions of your word processor to avoid unnecessary errors. You may embed figures within the text for review purposes, but separate files for each figure will be required for publication.

Article structure

Title page and Abstract

Title. This should state the subject of the manuscript clearly and concisely, with a maximum of 150 characters (including spaces). Titles should be optimized for discovery by search engines, see http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/seo.asp. Avoid abbreviations and formulae where possible. The editors of FEBS Open Bio may edit titles for length and clarity.

Authors’ names and affiliations. Affiliations (where the actual work was done) of all authors should be provided. The corresponding author should also provide a full postal address, telephone number, and an email address. If an author has moved since the work described in the article was done, or was visiting at the time, a 'Present address' (or 'Permanent address') may be indicated as a footnote to that author's name.

Abstract. A concise (a maximum of 250 words) and factual abstract is required. The abstract should state the purpose of the research, the principal results and major conclusions. Non-standard or uncommon abbreviations should be avoided but, if essential, they must be defined at their first mention within the abstract. Include your keywords to optimize discovery by search engines.

Keywords Please provide a maximum of 6 keywords that reflect the significant factors of the whole investigation. Keywords will be used for indexing and information retrieval. Only include abbreviations firmly established in the field.

Abbreviations Please provide a list that defines all abbreviations used in the article that are not standard in the field. Ensure consistency of abbreviations throughout the article.

Running heading Please provide a short title of not more than 50 characters including spaces.

Introduction

State the objectives of the work and provide an adequate background, avoiding a detailed literature survey or a summary of the results.

Material and methods

Provide sufficient detail to allow the work to be reproduced. Methods already published should be indicated by a reference; only relevant modifications should be described. If experiments involving human or animal subjects or tissues have been carried out, then a statement about ethical approval must be included here; see Policies for further information.

Results

Results should be clear and concise. Follow a logical flow for the experiments, which may not be in the same order as they were performed. Include all relevant data needed to support the conclusions.

Discussion

The Discussion should explore the significance of the results, not repeat them. A combined Results and Discussion section is often appropriate. Avoid extensive citations and discussion of the published literature.

Conclusions

The main text should end with a short statement of the main conclusions of the study. This can be part of the Discussion or have a separate heading.

Acknowledgements

These should be collated in a separate section at the end of the article before the references and not on the title page.

  • List here those individuals who provided help during the research (e.g. provided reagents, corrected language, proof reading, etc.).

  • Identify all funding sources (including grant numbers where appropriate).

Author contribution statement

List here the specific contributions of each author (e.g. AA and BB conceived and designed the project, AA, CC and DD acquired the data, AA and CC analyzed and interpreted the data, AA and BB wrote the paper).

References

Where possible, you should cite the primary literature in which observations are first reported rather than reviews. There are no strict requirements on the number of references. Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list and vice versa. Any references cited in the abstract must be given in full. Unpublished results and personal communications should not be included in the reference list, but may be mentioned in the text. Citation of a reference as 'in press' implies that the item has been accepted for publication. Please provide copies of any crucial ‘in press’ papers for reviewing purposes.

References should be numbered in the order in which they are cited within the text. Please use square brackets around reference numbers (e.g.[1,2].

Please style the reference list as follows:

1 Jensen, MK, Linemose, S, de Masi, F, Reimer, JJ, Nielsen, M, Perera, V, Workman, CT, Turck, F, Grant, MR, Mundy, J, Petersen M & Skriver, K (2013) ATAF1 transcription factor directly regulates abscisic acid biosynthetic gene NCED3 in Arabidopsis thaliana. FEBS Open Bio 3: 321–327

2 Capecchi, MR (2005) Gene targeting in mice: functional analysis of the mammalian genome for the twenty-first century. Nat Rev Genet 6: 507–512

3 Brinkman, EK, Chen, T, Amendola, M and van Steensel, B (2014) Easy quantitative assessment of genome editing by sequence trace decomposition. Nucleic Acids Res. 42: e168, doi: 10.1093/nar/gku936

4 Domagalska MA, Sarnowska E, Nagy F, Davis SJ (2010) Genetic Analyses of Interactions among Gibberellin, Abscisic Acid, and Brassinosteroids in the Control of Flowering Time in Arabidopsis thaliana. PLoS ONE 5: e14012. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0014012

5 Sambrook J, Fritsch EF & Maniatis T (1989) Molecular Cloning: A Laboratory Manual. Vol. 3, 2nd edn. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, Cold Spring Harbor, NY.

6 Langer T & Neupert W (1994) Chaperoning mitochondrial biogenesis. In The Biology of Heat Shock Proteins and Molecular Chaperones (Morimoto RI, Tissières A & Georgopoulos C, eds), pp. 53–83. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, Cold Spring Harbor, NY

The use of a tool such as EndNote or Reference Manager is recommended for reference management and formatting.

Tables

Ensure that the data presented in tables does not duplicate results described elsewhere in the article. Tables should be numbered in same order as they appear within the text. Place footnotes to tables below the table body and indicate them with superscript lowercase letters. If using a grid for tables, use only one grid for each table and not a grid for each row. If no grid is used, use tabs, not spaces, to align columns. Tables can be either included at the end of the main text or supplied as separate files.

Figures

Each figure should be submitted as a separate file. Please make sure that figure files are in an acceptable format (TIFF, EPS or PDF) and that the resolution is at least 300dpi. TIFF files may be saved using LZW compression. For further information on the preparation of artwork, please see http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/illustration.asp

Figure captions (a title and a brief description of the illustration) should be included with the main text and not in figure files. Keep text in the illustrations themselves to a minimum and explain all symbols and abbreviations used in the caption.

Supporting Information

FEBS Open Bio is published online only with no strict limit for the length of text or number of figures and tables. Thus, all methods, figures and tables should be included within the main text, and not as supplementary files. Supporting Information in the form of background datasets, sound clips and movies can also be published alongside your article. Captions for each supplementary file should be included at the end of the main text file. Supporting Information will not be copyedited. Please provide the data in one of our recommended file formats. More detailed instructions are available at http://olabout.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-828014.html.

Data sharing service

FEBS Open Bio encourages authors to share the data behind the results in their paper.

Authors must deposit all ‘structured’ data sets (e.g. gene sequences, protein structures, microarray data, etc.) in the appropriate public databases and include the accession number in their paper.

However, we recognize that authors might also wish to share the raw data underlying other figures and tables included in their paper. To facilitate data sharing, Wiley have partnered with the figshare repository. Authors may upload ‘Data Files’ as part of the submission process. Data Files will be available to the editors and reviewers, but will not be formally peer reviewed. Upon acceptance of an article, the Data Files will be deposited free of charge to figshare on the author’s behalf, with a CC0 license (no rights reserved) applied. The data will be assigned a single DOI, which will be added to a Data Accessibility section in the article. The data on figshare will be linked back to the original article in FEBS Open Bio.

VERY IMPORANT: Data Files provided to figshare must not duplicate existing figures, tables or movies in the main text or supplementary information. Figshare is intended as a repository ONLY for those data that would otherwise not be included in the manuscript (e.g. raw data underlying graphs, uncropped western blots, etc.). Please continue to include as supplementary information any files that are essential to the full understanding of your paper.

Authors must not submit data that is sensitive in nature or should not be made publicly available due to privacy, security, and/or safety concerns, such as human subject data or the location of endangered species.

Further information about this data sharing service is available here http://olabout.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-828082.html.

Data accessibility

If you have deposited data sets in either a public repository (e.g. PDB, Genbank) or are intending to supply data for deposit in the journal’s figshare portal, please include a statement briefly describing the data sets and giving the accession numbers or DOIs.

In addition, throughout the text, accession numbers for data stored in external databases will be hyperlinked to provide access to these data if provided in the following format: Database: XXXX For example, for the entry 1BEN in the Protein Data Bank, use “PDB: 1BEN”.

Math formulae

Present simple formulae in the line of normal text where possible and use the solidus (/) instead of a horizontal line for small fractional terms, e.g., X/Y. Variables are normally presented in italics. Powers of e are often more conveniently denoted by “exp”. Number consecutively any equations that have to be displayed separately from the text (if referred to explicitly in the text).

Suggested reviewers

Please submit the names, addresses and e-mail addresses of up to six potential reviewers. These reviewers must be knowledgeable about the manuscript subject area; must not be from your own institution; at least two of the suggested reviewers should be from a country other than your own; and they should not have recent (less than four years) joint publications with any of the authors. You can also specify whom you would like to exclude from reviewing the manuscript. Note that the Editor retains the sole right to decide whether the suggested and excluded reviewers are used or not.

Submission checklist

Make sure that you:

  • Include the names and email addresses of all authors, and the full postal address, and telephone number of the corresponding author

  • Include lists of keywords and abbreviations on the Title page

  • 'Spell-check' and 'grammar-check' the manuscript

  • Upload all necessary files, including separate figure files at revision stage

  • Check that all the references cited in the text are included in the Reference list and vice versa

  • Include a statement naming the national legislation that has been followed, or institution/local body that approved the ethics of any experimentation involving humans or animals

  • Obtain permission for any use of copyrighted material from other sources (including the Web)

After acceptance

You will receive an email from Wiley giving you details of the publication process and who to contact if you have any queries post acceptance. You will also be given details of how to pay the article publication fee, which must be received before your article can be published.

After your license agreement form has been signed, a copy of your accepted article will be published online on Wiley Online Library as an Accepted Article. Please note that this version will not have been copyedited, and the PDF version will be the same as your submitted manuscript. Your article will then be typeset and you will receive proofs. The final, corrected version of your article will be posted online once we have received your corrections.

Early View

Early View articles are complete full-text articles published online in advance of their publication in an issue. Early View articles are the version of record and are complete and final. They have been fully reviewed, revised and edited for publication, and the authors’ final corrections have been incorporated. As they are in final form, no changes can be made after online publication. Early View articles are given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows the article to be cited and tracked before it is allocated to an issue. After issue publication, the DOI remains valid and can continue to be used to cite and access the article.

A copy of this version will also be deposited in the repository PubMed Central. You may also post a copy of this final version in any repository or scholarly professional network (e.g. your institutional repository or ResearchGate).

Proofs

We will do everything possible to get your article published quickly and accurately. FEBS Open Bio uses a web-based proof correction tool. Your article will be copyedited and typeset, and the corresponding author will then be invited to view the proofs online, via their Internet browser. Web-based proofing provides a faster and less error-prone process as you key in your own corrections, eliminating the potential introduction of errors. If preferred, you can still choose to annotate and upload your edits on the PDF version. All instructions for proofing will be given in the e-mail we send to authors, including alternative methods to the online version and PDF.

It is important to ensure that all corrections are sent back to us in one communication. Please check carefully before replying, as inclusion of any subsequent corrections cannot be guaranteed. Proofreading is solely your responsibility. Please upload all of your corrections within 48 hours. Note that Wiley may proceed with the publication of your article if no response is received.

Article publicity

FEBS Open Bio is keen to assist authors in publicizing their article. If you use social media to promote your article, please mention the journal Twitter account @FEBSOpenBio so that we can retweet your message.

Changes to authorship

Requests to add or remove an author, or to rearrange the author names, after acceptance of your paper must be sent to the Editorial Office and must include: (a) the reason the name should be added or removed, or the author names rearranged and (b) written confirmation (e-mail, fax, letter) from all authors, including those authors added or omitted, that they agree with the addition, removal or rearrangement. Any requests to add, delete, or rearrange author names after the article is published online will follow the same policies as noted above and result in a corrigendum.