Author Guidelines

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Authors can submit their manuscripts through online at Articles need to be submitted in preferably MS Word format. Files can be compressed into a .zip folder and attached in case if you have more than one document to submit. SOAJ makes it simple for the authors to submit their papers by sending a mail to attached along with all the required files and the manuscripts.

All the articles submitted to SOAJ, once for review towards the corresponding journal must be an exclusive submission. Article that has been submitted to SOAJ should be new manuscript and should not be in accepted/published state in any other related journal.

SOAJ accepts papers of all the internationally acceptable formats, mostly falling under but not limited to the categories of Research paper, Review, Short communications, Editorials and Case Reports.

All the papers that have been accepted undergo the mandatory Peer-review process. This takes a minimum of 4-6 weeks of time after which the fate of the publication would be decided depending upon the quality of the research. All papers will be thoroughly checked by our editors and reviewers and published after enough revisions.

*Note: Please follow our Publication Ethics for authors' ethical guidelines and best practice.

Article Processing Charges

Article Processing Charges (APC) constitutes the central mechanism for funding the open access based scholarly publishing. SOAJ applies minimal APC which covers the overall editorial work flow, production, long-term hosting thereby allowing permanently unrestricted online access to the published works. Charges are payable once the article has been accepted for publishing.

Types of Manuscripts and Format

Authors can send their manuscripts confined but not limited to the following formats

  • Research Paper: The conventional type in most of the manuscripts that have no strict limits for words. Methods and Results sections are the key as they depict your aims and research with a proper ending under Conclusion.
  • Editorials: These are the shorter manuscript versions that may not last more than 1000 words. Anyhow can be accompanied with the support of references, if the article is more than a page. These articles do not undergo regular peer-review for publishing.
  • Review paper: A review paper that covers the recent research trends or the developmental breakthroughs in the related fields. Review papers normally contain around 20 pages of length. SOAJ accepts unsolicited papers but with 100% peer-review for publication.
  • Short Communication: Articles under short communication are those having very impactful and novel discoveries ever in the related field. Short communications generally will not last more than 4,000 words and must be a purely new finding of research in any field.
  • Policy Paper: SOAJ is determined to get papers from individuals, charities, societies whose products, services, solutions be published as policies. These can be future white papers for them.
  • Case Reports: This article should present the relevant information about the patient and early reports of new drug reactions. Case reports mostly are confined to original clinical case histories that disseminate the field of general medical knowledge and health science. SOAJ is keen to accept papers like those that contain images and videos that depict the exact clinical condition of the subject.
  • Conference Report: SOAJ encourages to process conference reports submitted by individuals or related societies of that particular conference. Conference report comprise of words between 1,000 to 6,000 depicting about the recent finding presented in the conference.
  • Image Report: In the fields of medical and clinical studies, images play a vital role in identifying any particular condition. Image based reports that give illustration about the image can be published with SOAJ.
  • Clinical Study: Studies conducted as a part of clinical trial tend to be published in prior to the experimentation with human volunteers as a part of the trial for particular medicine. SOAJ supports the standard format to be followed for publishing such reports in our journals.

Manuscript Preparation Guidelines

In order to get published with us, there are some basic criteria that we consider for an ideal manuscript before it goes down into actual peer-review process.

Cover letter: The authors need to provide a cover letter addressing the journal Editor-in-Chief/Editor regarding submission of the article, also giving a statement that all authors approved the manuscript and its submission to the journal and mention about the contents attached along with it.

Authorship: Authorship is attributed to those, who have given out their genuine efforts in putting their research on to the paper. Authorship makes the contributors whoever has given their inputs towards the paper accountable for the work. SOAJ reminds its authors to have a clear vision regarding authors and contributors.

Title Page: Title of the article must be comprised of words that are precisely framed between 10-25. Authors’ Full names, affiliations and e-mail addresses should be included in his page.

Abstract: An abstract is the index of the whole article and it is vital for fate of the research. Abstract must be of 250-300 words. Each abstract should include the following sub-headings, but these may vary according to the type of the article.

  • Objective
  • Materials & Methods
  • Results
  • Conclusion

Keywords: Keywords that are marked important for the article need to be mentioned as a separate section. Each keyword need to be followed by comma or semicolon. Three to ten vital keywords can be placed in this section.

Abbreviations: Abbreviations (used if any) need to be given a mention at the end of the paper for reference in a list form. These abbreviations help the readers and viewers understand the purpose and usage of the particular terms.

Body of article: Body of the article is the main content of the paper and there is no word limit for this. It includes separate sections such as Introduction, Materials & Methods, Results and Conclusion. Author can imbibe the content of his/her own research as much as he/she can. The body of the article can be mentioned with clear side-headings, paragraphs and bullet points.

Contributors List: As contributors are different from authors, whose contributions have supported the work to get a final form, SOAJ recommends to mention the contributors list, if any.

Conflicts of Interest: Recommended to mention about conflicts of interests to avoid future hiccups after paper’s publication.

Acknowledgement: Mostly includes about the fund support or facility support that enabled the paper to be published. Mention of grant numbers (in case of funded articles) is often recommended.

Ethical Guidelines for the Use of Human and Non-human Animals in Research

While reporting experiments involving human and non-human animals, researchers should indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) for human subjects and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2000 and Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (published by the National Academy of Science, National Academy Press, Washington, D.C.) for the non-human subjects respectively. Also, the researchers are indicated to provide the informed consent, wherever possible based on the experimentation carried out with the human subjects.

References: References are the key for the whole manuscript and come last after the body of article. References need to be in the same numerical sequence with that of the references given in the body text. This is to enable easy identification of the references and reduces our editorial office efforts and also to ensure consistency and quality.

All Journals of SOAJ follow the below reference format:

1. Below 6 authors

Author 1, Author 2, Author 3, Author 4, Author 5, Author 6. Article Title. Journal Abbreviation. Year; Volume:page numbers.

For example: Holzer R, Balzer D, Cao QL, Lock K, Hijazi ZM. Device closure of muscular ventricular septal defects using the Amplatzer muscular ventricular septal defect occluder: immediate and mid-term results of a U.S. registry. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2004; 43:1257-1263.

2. Above 6 authors

Author 1, Author 2, Author 3, Author 4, Author 5, Author 6, et al. Article Title. Journal Abbreviation. Year; Volume:page numbers.

For example: Moreyra AE, Huang MS, Wilson AC, Deng Y, Cosgrove NM, Kostis JB, et al. Trends in incidence and mortality rates of ventricular septal rupture during acute myocardial infarction. Am J Cardiol. 2010; 106:1095-1100.

3. For Book refrences

Example: Herrmann RK, Finkle F. Linking theory to evidence in international relations. In Carlsnaes W, Risse T, Simmons BA (Eds.), Handbook of international relations. London, England: Sage. 2002; pp. 119-136.

Supplementary Files: Supplementary files that may include data in any form supporting the purpose of research are supposed to be mentioned separately as they will be given as an appendix to the main article.

Tables: Any part of the paper that includes tables need to be mentioned clearly in the body. Table must have a title and avoid created with pictures and vertical rules. Tables either can be included in the paper itself or can be given as extra files.

Figures: Figures that are vital for the paper’s content need to be mentioned in the body. Figures can also be included in the paper or can be given as extra files. Tables should not be submitted as figures.

Copyright: Articles once published under SOAJ comply with The Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0 that allow copy, share, transmit and distribute the paper provided the source is acknowledged properly.