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Instructions to Authors
European Journal of Biology (Eur J Biol) is an international, scientific, open access periodical published in accordance with indepen- dent, unbiased, and double-blinded peer-review principles. The journal is the official publication of İstanbul University Faculty of Science and it is published biannually on June and December. The publication language of the journal is English. European Journal of Biology has been previously published as IUFS Journal of Biology. It has been published in continuous publication since 1940.
European Journal of Biology aims to contribute to the literature by publishing manuscripts at the highest scientific level on all fields of biology. The journal publishes original research and review articles, and short communications that are prepared in accordance with the ethical guidelines in all fields of biology and life sciences.
The scope of the journal includes but not limited to; botany, zoology, hydrobiology, animal and plant systematics, ecology, environmental biology, microbiology, radiobiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, biotechnology, physiology, toxicology, cell biology, cancer biology, neurobiology, develop- mental biology, stem cell biology, regenerative and reparative biology, nanobiotechnology, system biology, tissue enginee- ring, biomaterials, and omic sciences.
The editorial and publication processes of the journal are shaped in accordance with the guidelines of the International Council of Me- dical Journal Editors (ICMJE), the World Association of Medical Edi- tors (WAME), the Council of Science Editors (CSE), the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the European Association of Science Editors (EASE), and National Information Standards Organization (NISO). The journal conforms to the Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing (doaj.org/bestpractice).
Originality, high scientific quality, and citation potential are the most important criteria for a manuscript to be accepted for pub- lication. Manuscripts submitted for evaluation should not have been previously presented or already published in an electronic or printed medium. Manuscripts that have been presented in a mee- ting should be submitted with detailed information on the organi- zation, including the name, date, and location of the organization.
Manuscripts submitted to European Journal of Biology will go through a double-blind peer-review process. Each submission will be reviewed by at least three external, independent peer reviewers who are experts in their fields in order to ensure an unbiased evaluation process. The editorial board will invite an external and independent editor to manage the evaluation pro- cesses of manuscripts submitted by editors or by the editorial board members of the journal. The Editor in Chief is the final authority in the decision-making process for all submissions.
An approval of research protocols by the Ethics Committee in accordance with international agreements (World Medical As- sociation Declaration of Helsinki “Ethical Principles for Medical Research Involving Human Subjects,” amended in October 2013, www.wma.net) is required for experimental, clinical, and drug studies. If required, ethics committee reports or an equiva- lent official document will be requested from the authors.
For manuscripts concerning experimental research on humans, a statement should be included that shows the written informed con- sent of patients and volunteers was obtained following a detailed explanation of the procedures that they may undergo. Information on patient consent, the name of the ethics committee, and the ethi- cs committee approval number should also be stated in the Materi- als and Methods section of the manuscript. It is the authors’respon- sibility to carefully protect the patients’anonymity. For photographs that may reveal the identity of the patients, signed releases of the patient or of their legal representative should be enclosed.
European Journal of Biology requires experimental research stu- dies on vertebrates or any regulated invertebrates to comply with relevant institutional, national and/or international guidelines. The journal supports the principles of Basel Declaration (basel-declara- tion.org) and the guidelines published by International Council for Laboratory Animal Science (ICLAS) (iclas.org). Authors are advised to clearly state their compliance with relevant guidelines.
European Journal of Biology advises authors to comply with IUCN Policy Statement on Research Involving Species at Risk of Extinction and the Convention on the Trade in Endangered Species of Wild IUCN Policy Statement on Research Involving Species at Risk of Extinction and the Convention on the Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.
All submissions are screened by a similarity detection software (iThenticate by CrossCheck).
In the event of alleged or suspected research misconduct, e.g., plagiarism, citation manipulation, and data falsification/fabrica- tion, the Editorial Board will follow and act in accordance with COPE guidelines.
Each individual listed as an author should fulfil the authorship criteria recommended by the International Committee of Medi- cal Journal Editors
(ICMJE - www.icmje.org). The ICMJE recommends that authors- hip be based on the following 4 criteria:
1. Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND
2. Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intel- lectual content; AND
3. Final approval of the version to be published; AND
4. Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in en- suring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.
In addition to being accountable for the parts of the work he/ she has done, an author should be able to identify which co-a- uthors are responsible for specific other parts of the work. In addition, authors should have confidence in the integrity of the contributions of their co-authors.