Journal of Biobased Materials and Bioenergy
ISSN: 1556-6560 (Print); EISSN: 1556-6579 (Online)
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|Instructions for Authors|
|The goal of the creation of a biobased economy is challenging to agriculture, forestry, academia, government and industry. The extractable resources of the Earth are finite, regardless of the quibble over when they will be depleted. The economic, political and social demands for biobased chemicals, materials and energy are expected to radically transform the materials industries, particularly the plastics industry as well as the biofuel industry. These changes will be based on the principles of sustainability, eco-efficiency, industrial ecology, and green chemistry and engineering. In keeping with the growth of knowledge in this field, there is a strong need for a forum to share original research related to biobased materials and bioenergy. The Journal of Biobased Materials and Bioenergy (JBMB) has been created as an international peer-reviewed periodical to fulfill the need for communication in these research areas. This journal will encompass related research activities in all fields of science, engineering and the life sciences. JBMB publishes original, full length papers using timely state-of-the-art reviews (with author's photo and biography) and short communications encompassing fundamental and applied research.|
|JOURNAL POLICY: It is JBMB policy to
publish only original and unpublished research work therefore JBMB does
not wish to receive any papers on research work that has already been
reported in parts or contains already published text, data, figures,
tables or other illustrations or any copyright materials whatsoever that
has been submitted or accepted for publication either in a journal or
conference proceedings elsewhere in any form, in print or in electronic
media. Authors work should contain no form of plagiarism (i.e. ideas,
data, words, figures, etc.). When submitting a manuscript, authors
should make a full statement to the Editors that the research work
contained in their manuscript is completely original and unpublished. If
redundant or duplicate publication is attempted or occurs authors should
expect immediate editorial action to be taken including prompt rejection
of the submitted manuscript. Submission of any manuscript that contains
redundant or duplicate publication of the same or very similar research
work violates the policies of this journal.
It is the sole responsibility of all authors to ensure that all manuscripts are new, original and not published previously in any form any media, shall not infringe upon or violate any kind of copyrights of others and does not contains any plagiarized, fraudulent and improperly attributed materials. Extended and modified versions of previously published abstracts, papers in any conference or journal are not allowed whatsoever.
Corresponding author should provide a clear statement confirming this while submitting manuscript to any ASP journal. Is this manuscript 100% original and unpublished? Has this manuscript been published in parts (figures/text/tables) in any conference proceedings or journal in any media or language or format whatsoever? Is this manuscript from free from plagiarism (including self-plagiarism) and copyright infringement?
Authors must follow this "Journal Policy" strictly.
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|ETHICAL COMPLIANCE: Research papers
reporting animal or clinical studies should, where appropriate, contain
a statement that they have been carried out with animal or human ethics
committee approval. All scientific studies should be carried out in
accordance with the relevant national and local guidelines. Each
author(s) warrants that his or her research institution has fully
approved the protocol for all scientific studies involving animals or
humans and that all experiments of any kinds were conducted in
compliance with ethical and humane principles of research after ethics
CONFLICT OF INTEREST DISCLOSURE: The corresponding author should include a statement describing any type of financial conflicts of interest in journal article on behalf of all authors including affiliations, all sources of funding, or any kinds of relationships, that may be associated with conflicts of interest. In case, no conflict of interest exits, then a statement will should be included as “The authors declare no competing financial interest.”
REQUIREMENT FOR FUNDING DISCLOSURE: Authors should clearly report all funding sources including any grant numbers in the research article to meet funding disclosure requirements.
|SUBMISSION OF MANUSCRIPT: Authors are kindly advised to read JBMB policy before submitting their manuscript to JBMB Editors. Authors are encouraged to submit high quality original research work that has not been published or nor under consideration by other journals or conference proceedings elsewhere. Authors should submit manuscript online to the Manuscript Tracking System. Authors are highly encouraged to submit manuscript electronically as a PDF file (preferred) or MS Word file to save time for the reviewing process.|
|Authors should submit a list of FIVE (5) potential referees accompanied with their complete mailing address, telephone, and email address, who may be contacted for reviewing the manuscript though refereeing is done by anonymous reviewers selected by the Editor-in-Chief or Associate Editors.|
|COVER ART: Journal features new cover art time to time. Authors are encouraged to submit high quality color figure/illustration to have their published paper featured.|
MANUSCRIPT PROCESSING FEES: All new manuscripts submitted to this journal after 12am Pacific Time on August 1, 2014 will be subjected to a Manuscript-Processing Fees. Research article publishing is not without occurring costs and the costs have been steadily increasing. To defray part of the publication cost, the journal will charge manuscript-processing fees, to be paid by the authors or their affiliated research institutions. The publication fee will be used to defray part of the occurring expenses associated with manuscript processing, editorial work flow, typesetting, proofreading, printing, online-hosting, and archiving. Authors or their affiliated research institutions are required to pay US$ 850 per article from all Countries. All color figures/illustrations in a manuscript will be published FREE OF CHARGES. When submitting a manuscript through online, it will be processed with an understanding that the corresponding authors fully agree to pay all manuscript-processing fees upon acceptance. The author who submits the manuscript to the journal is fully responsible for the manuscript-processing fees. Accepted peer-reviewed manuscripts will not be processed and forwarded to production until all fees are paid in full to the publisher. Publisher will issue an invoice of manuscript-processing fees after a manuscript has been accepted for publication. Corresponding author will be asked to submit a signed Copyright Transfer Agreement (CTA) along with manuscript processing fees
|FREE OF CHARGES COLOR FIGURES:
Color figures/illustrations are most welcome by the journal as they are effective in conveying complex graphs and photographs. Free of charges color printing will provide an opportunity to publish color figures/illustrations in print at ZERO COST to the authors.
|ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COPYEDITING
It is sole responsibility of the authors to submit their final accepted manuscript in correct English language, free of all typographical/grammatical errors to meet high publishing standards. All authors from non-English language countries should get their final accepted manuscripts copyedited by professional copyediting services at author's own expense. All copyediting services are fully paid for and arranged by the authors. Manuscripts will be processed for publication on a condition that authors submit a certificate of proof along with their final accepted manuscript. A list of professional copyediting editing services can be found below.
|OPEN ACCESS: After the manuscript passed the peer-review/editorial process, the Publisher would allow open access participation in Author ChoiceTM with an advanced payment of $1950 fee where author may select open access publication of their published articles. Open access publication of articles will be allowed only after receiving a full payment.
All open-access articles are permitted with a mutual understanding between authors and Publisher that Journal is able to attribute to authors of published articles a “CC-BY-Non-Commerical (NC)-No-Derivatives (ND)” license where users can download and distribute the work without any alterations of any kind, after giving appropriate credit to original source, but material cannot be used for “any kind of commercial purpose” whatsoever. Neither modifications to the work nor commercial uses of the work are permitted.
INTRODUCTORY MATERIAL: The first page of the manuscript should have a concise title limited to about 15 words and the names of all authors, complete mailing address for correspondence, telephone numbers and email address. Please indicate with an asterisk (*) the author to whom correspondence regarding the manuscript should be directed.
|COLORED GRAPHICAL ABSTRACT: Journal requires COLORED GRAPHIC for the Table of Contents that must be supplied with each accepted article. This 8-10 lines graphical abstract with a 100% original and unpublished colored figure/illustration should be prepared in such a way that it gives the reader an overview of the contents in the article. The graphical abstract should contain the full title of the manuscript and a complete list of all authors. The size of the graphical abstract should be limited to within a space of 8.0 (length) x 2.0 (width) inches.
|COMMUNICATIONS: Highest priority will be given to the communications reporting important new scientific and technological findings. Rapid publication is provided for concise and up-to-date reports. These articles should not exceed three-four published pages. No section headings should be used for these short communications.|
|RESEARCH ARTICLES: Full length papers that report original research work on new ideas in the fields of nanoscience and nanotechnology.|
The state-of-the-art review articles with author's short biography and photo are published. Reviews are limited to a maximum length of 50 journal pages having more than 200 references. It is authors' responsibility to obtain written copyright permissions to reproduce any copyright materials from other sources. Authors are advised to cite proper references in figure/tables captions of all previously published figures/tables/illustrations including their own published work and obtain copyright permissions from appropriate publishers and authors.
Please use this ASP style for Citing Reference in Figure/Table Captions.
Reprinted with permission from ref. [number] include full Reference, Copyright © publisher's name.
EXAMPLE: Reprinted with permission from ref. , Xu, Y., Bai, H., Lu, G., Li, C. and Shi, G., 2008. Flexible graphene films via the filtration of water-soluble noncovalent functionalized graphene sheets. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 130(18), pp.5856-5857.Copyright © American Chemical Society.
Include “biography and photos” of all authors in the end.
|TYPING: All manuscripts must be in English, typed double-spaced on one side of the page throughout (including footnotes, references, tables, legends) on 8.5" x 11" page leaving at least 1 inch left hand margin.|
|ABSTRACT: All manuscripts must contain an informative 150 to 300 words abstract explaining the essential contents of the work, key ideas and results.|
|QUALITY OF FIGURES: It is very important to supply high quality figures in a form suitable for reproduction. All figures, tables, illustrations, photographs should be prepared in such a way that they could be printed in a single column size with a width of 3 1/4 inches or 8.25 cm. Use 14 ARIAL BOLD font for legends and 12 ARIAL font for numbering/wordings in figures, use the same font for all figures. Only if absolutely necessary should figures/tables/photos occupy double columns. Each figure must be referred to in the text and will be printed in black and white unless otherwise instructed by the authors. Each Figure should be submitted on a separate sheet and marked with the name of the author, title of manuscript and figure number. All formulae and figures should be carefully drafted and never drawn freehand. High quality original figures and glossy prints of all photographs are required. Photocopies of the figures and photographs are not acceptable.|
|TABLES: Each table must be referred to in the text. Each table should be typed double-spaced on a separate sheet and identified sequentially by Arabic numerals corresponding to the order in which they appear in the text. Each table should have a brief explanatory title, which should be labeled unambiguously. The position of each table should be clearly marked in the text.|
|UNITS: Internationally accepted units of measurement must be used. The units of measurement are used in conjunction with their numerical values; the units should be abbreviated as suggested below. If more commonly used units are adopted, conversion factors should be given at their first occurrence. Greek symbols may be used.|
|%, şC, nm, µm (not m), mm, cm, cm3, m, h (or hr), min, s (or sec), µg, mg, g (or gm), kg, cal, kcal, in. (or write out inch), ml [write out liter(s)]..|
|The APS style guide can be used as a general reference on matter of units, grammar and formatting.|
|USE OF ABBREVIATIONS IN TEXT: No abbreviations are allowed in the title and abstract and should be defined the first time they are used within the title and text. For example,
First time use as; Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Visible/near-infrared (Vis/NIR) spectroscopy, X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectroscopy, etc.
The "Journal of Biobased Materials and Bioenergy" should be abbreviated as J. Biobased Mater. Bioenergy for the citation purpose in research articles.
|REFERENCES (Use Harvard Referencing):
References should be in the proper Harvard style on a separate page, numbered in the sequence in which they occur in the text. Cite references numerically in a bracket [ ] in the text and list in the same numerical order at the end of the manuscript. References should be listed in the HARVARD Referencing format:
Names of all Authors. The Surname is followed by First name initials. (example; Williams, P. G.)
Year of Research Article Publication (in Bold: 2015)
Title of Research Article.
Full Journal Title (complete journal title in Italics, do not use abbreviated journal titles).
Volume Number of the Journal.
Issue Number of Journal.
Page Numbers of research article (starting from beginning page to last page of a research article)
Authors could directly copy the references of all research articles in Harvard style from Google Scholar (https://scholar.google.com) and cite accordingly in their manuscripts.
|EXAMPLES OF HARVARD REFERENCING
Journal Articles in Harvard Style
Xu, Y., Bai, H., Lu, G., Li, C. and Shi, G., 2008. Flexible graphene films via the filtration of water-soluble noncovalent functionalized graphene sheets. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 130(18), pp.5856-5857.
Kim, K.S., Kim, K.H., Nam, Y., Jeon, J., Yim, S., Singh, E., Lee, J.Y., Lee, S.J., Jung, Y.S., Yeom, G.Y. and Kim, D.W., 2017. Atomic layer etching mechanism of MoS2 for nanodevices. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 9(13), pp.11967-11976.
2. Book Referencing in Harvard Style
Nalwa, H.S. and Miyata, S., eds., 1996. Nonlinear Optics of Organic Molecules and Polymers. CRC Press.
Nalwa, H.S., ed., 1997. Handbook of Organic Conductive Molecules and Polymers. 4-volume set. Wiley.
Nalwa, H.S. ed., 2000. Handbook of Advanced Electronic and Photonic Materials and Devices, 10-volume set. Academic Press.
3. Book Chapter in an Edited Book in Harvard Style
Krill, C.E., Harberkorn, R. and Birringer, R., 1999. in Handbook of Nanostructured Materials and Nanotechnology, edited by H. S. Nalwa, Academic Press, Vol. 2, pp.155-211.
4. Website in Harvard Style
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) (https://www.nrel.gov/solar)
5. Conference Proceedings in Harvard Style
Kimura, J. and Shibasaki, H., eds., (1995). Recent Advances in Clinical Neurophysiology. Proceedings of the 10th International Congress of EMG and Clinical Neurophysiology, October 15-19; Kyoto, Japan. pp. 10-15.
|Do not use the phrases "et al." and "ibid." in the reference section. Instead, the names of all authors in a reference must be listed.|
|ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: These should be brief and placed at the end of the text before the references.|
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|OFFPRINTS: Authors may order offprints of articles with a minimum of 100 from American Scientific Publishers (ASP) prior to publication. An order form accompanying the page proofs will be sent directly to the corresponding author (*). Please return your offprint order form with the page proofs.|
|ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION: Upon acceptance of the manuscript for publication, authors should submit to the publisher the final version of the manuscript in MS Word format by email to improve the accuracy and speed up the typesetting process. The final manuscript should be clearly labeled with the author's name, manuscript title, the dates of submission and acceptance, and the software package used in preparation. We are also able to accept line artwork/along with the source files to enables us to modify the artwork if required for re-arranging in the journal format.|
|WARRANTIES AND COPYRIGHTS: By submitting the manuscript, the authors warrant that the entire work is original and unpublished; it is submitted only to this Journal and all text, data, figures/tables or other illustrations included in the research article are completely original and unpublished, and these have not been previously published or submitted elsewhere in any form or media whatsoever. All authors are responsible for the complete contents of their manuscript. The author(s) warrant that the work contains no unlawful or libelous statements and opinions and liable materials of any kind whatsoever, do not infringe on any copyrights, intellectual property rights, personal rights or rights of any kind of others, and does not contains any plagiarized, fraudulent, improperly attributed materials, instructions, procedures, information or ideas that might cause any harm, damage, injury, losses or costs of any kind to person or property. Each author(s) agrees to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless American Scientific Publishers and the Editors for any breach of such warranties. It is authors' responsibility to obtain written copyright permissions from other sources (publishers) for reproduction of any figures, tables, photos, illustrations, text or other copyright materials from previously published work. It is the policy of American Scientific Publishers to own the copyright of all contributions it publishes. To comply with the U.S. Copyright Law, a Copyright Transfer Form that transfer copyright of the article to the publisher must be completed by the authors prior to publication of an accepted article in this journal. Authors must submit a signed copy of the Copyright Transfer Agreement with their manuscript.
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