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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.
  • 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).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • 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.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

The journal welcomes concise reports of original research
in all areas of biochemistry and biophysics. Papers on nutrition
or medical biochemistry will be considered only if they are of
general biochemical interest. Started in 1964 (as Indian
Journal of Biochemistry), IJBB is a premier peer reviewed
bimonthly R & D journal. It publishes original research
articles in all areas of biochemistry and biophysics including:
 Growth factors, hormones, enzymes, structure, regulation,
intermediary metabolism, catalytic mechanisms,
coenzymes, vitamins, trace elements
 Membrane biochemistry, ion channels, signal transduction,
cell-cell communication, transport, carrier proteins
 Lipids, glycobiology
 Immunochemistry, antigen-antibody binding, receptors,
biomolecular recognition
 Molecular basis of genetic diseases, disease processes,
host-virus interactions, viral assembly and structure
 Ageing, apoptosis, oncogenes
 Neurochemistry
 Drug targeting, delivery, drug design
 Structure-function relationships of biomolecules, proteinprotein
and protein-DNA interactions, protein folding,
mechanisms, conformational studies, computer simulation,
novel DNA structures and their biological implications
 Surface forces, micelles and microemulsions, colloids,
electrical phenomena, etc. in biological systems
 Toxicology, biochemical aspects
 Plant and microbial biochemistry
With a wide circulation, IJBB is covered by many national
and international abstracting/indexing services, such as: Anal
Abstr, Anim Bread Abstr, BiolAbstr, Biotech Abstr,
ChemAbstr, CurrAdv, CurrCont, Excerp Med, Dairy SciAbstr,
Food Sci& Tech Abstr, HelmintholAbstr, Indian SciAbstr,
Medline/Pub Med, NutrAbstr, SciCitInd, Rev ApplEntomol,
Rev Plant Path, Vet Bull, Trop Dis Bull, etc. Abstracts of
papers published in IJBB are also available free online at
Bioline as well as our website, http://www.niscair.res.in
Papers on nutrition/agricultural/medical biochemistry shall
be considered only if they are of general biochemical interest.
Experts with extensive research experience may contribute
Minireviews' in their specific subject areas.
It is necessary that the authors get their biological material
identified and quote once, on its first citation in the paper, the
technical name of the species concerned in full, preceded by
its popular name where possible and followed by the name of
the author, e.g. the scorpion Heterometrusfulvipes(C L Koch)
Manuscript should be submitted in triplicate in type written
form to the Editor, Indian Journal of Experimental Biology,
National Institute of Science Communication and Information
Resources, CSIR, Dr. K. S. Krishnan Marg, Pusa Campus,
New Delhi 110012, India. Submission of a manuscript to this
journal implies that it is not under consideration for
publication elsewhere.
The manuscript can also be submitted through e-mail, as
attachment, using word processing software MS Word, along
with hard copies.
Authors are advised to see a recent issue of the journal to
get familiar with the format and practices adopted in respect of
various elements of a paper.
General style: Manuscript should be presented in as
concise a form as possible and prepared in double space on
one side of the paper. Pages should be numbered
consecutively, and the matter should be arranged in the
following order: title; name(s) of author(s); department(s) and
institution(s); abstract; introduction (no heading for it);
materials and methods; results; discussion; acknowledge-ment;
and references. Abstract, tables, and captions for figures
should be typed on separate sheets.
Title: The title should be such as to be useful in indexing
and information retrieval. If a paper forms part of a series, a
subtitle indicating the aspect of the work covered in the paper
should be provided. A short running title should also be
Abstract: The abstract, usually not exceeding 200 words,
should indicate the scope and significant content of the paper
highlighting the principal findings and conclusions. It should
be in such a form that abstracting periodicals could use it
without modification.
Introduction: The introductory part should be brief and
state precisely the aim of the study. Reviewing of the literature
should not exceed what is necessary to indicate the reason for
the research undertaken and the essential background.
Materials and Methods: The nomenclature, source of
material and procedures should be clearly stated to enable
other workers to repeat the work if necessary. New methods
should be described in sufficient detail, but if the methods are
clearly well recognized, a mere reference to them will do;
modification(s) if any, should, however, be given.
For vertebrate animal experimental model, authors should
follow ethics prepared by INSA, Animal Welfare Division of
the Ministry of Environment & Forest, Council of International
Organisation of Medical Sciences (WHO/UNESCO), NIH and
Results: Only such data as are essential for understanding
the discussion and main conclusions emerging from the study
should be included. The data should be arranged in unified and
coherent sequence so that the report develops clearly and
logically. The data should be statistically analysed, and the
level of significance should be given. The same data should
not be presented both in tabular and graphic forms. Only such
tables and figures as are necessary should be given.
Interpretation of the data should be taken up under discussion;
in some cases, however, it may be desirable to combine results
and discussion in a single section.
Discussion: Long, rambling discussion should be
scrupulously avoided. The discussion should deal with the
interpretations of results without repeating information already
presented under results. It should relate the new findings to the
known and include logical deductions.
Acknowledgement: Acknowledgement should be brief and
for specific assistance only, not for providing routine facilities
References: References to literature should be numbered
consecutively, following the same sequence in the text and the
list appended at the end, and should be indicated in the text by
numbers placed in superior position, e.g. Sympathomimetic
drug adrenaline has been reported to cause relaxation for the
gut in certain Teleost fishes.
In citing references to research papers, names and initials of
authors should be followed, in order by the full title of the
paper, the abbreviated title of the periodical (italicised), the
volume number, the year (within circular bracket) and the first
page reference, e.g. Lowry OH, Rosebrough NJ, Farr A L &
Randall RJ, Protein measurement with folin-phenol reagent. J
BiolChem, 193 (1951) 265. For names of periodicals, the
standard abbreviations listed in the International serials
Catalogue, published by International Council of Scientific
Unions Abstracting Board (ICSUAB), Paris, France, should be
used. If the reference is to an article published without any
authorship in a periodical, the title of the article takes the place
of the author in the citation e.g. The content, influence and
value of scientific conference papers and proceedings, Unsco
Bull Libr, 16 (2016) 113. In case of accepted papers, names
and initials of authors, title of the paper and the name of the
journal be given followed by the word "in press" within
circular brackets, e.g. Ghosh AK &Saha S, Correlation and
modulation of Ehrlich ascites tumor growth with tumorplasma
IgA, Indian J ExpBiol, 55 (2017) (in press). Reference
to a book should include, in the following order, names and
initials of authors, title of the article, the title of the book
(italicised), name of publishers and place of publication
(within circular bracket), year and the particular page
reference, e.g. DeoMadhav G, Bacterial infections, in Tropical
molecular medicine (Oxford University Press, New Delhi)
1999, 90. If the reference is to the work of an author published
in a book by a different author or edited by a different person,
the fact that it is cited from the source book (italicised) should
be clearly indicated, e.g. Mukherjee Biswapati& Ray
Krishnangshu, Pharmacologists' approach towards
understanding of non antibiotics. In: Non antibiotics: A new
class of unrecognized antimicrobics, (Ed. by AN Chakrabarty,
Joseph Molnár, SG Dastidar& Noboru Motohashi; National
Institute of Science Communication, CSIR, New Delhi, India)
2017, 28.
Proceedings of the conferences and the symposia should be
treated in the same manner as books. Reference to a paper
presented at a conference, the proceedings on which are not
published, should include, in the following order, names and
initials of authors, title of the paper (italicised), name of the
conference, place where the conference was held and date, e.g.
Thathachari Y T, Structure of collagen, paper presented to the
Symposium on solid state physics, Indian Institute of Science,
Bangalore, India, 1-3 February, 2016.
Reference to a thesis should include the name of the author,
title of the thesis (italicised), university or institution to which it
was submitted and the year of submission, e.g. Vijayaraman K,
Physiological responses of the freshwater prawn,
Macrobrachiummalcolmsonii to the heavy metals, cadmium,
copper, chromium and zinc, Ph.D. thesis, Bharathidasan
University, Thiruchirappalli, 2016.
Reference to a patent should include names of patentees,
country of origin (italicised) and patent number, the
organization to which the patent has been assigned (within
circular brackets), date of acceptance of the patent and reference
to an abstracting periodical where available, e.g. Trepagnier J H,
US Pat 2, 463, 219 (to El du Pont de Nemours & Co.) 1 March
1949; ChemAbstr, 43(1949) 7258.
Even if a reference contains more than two authors, the
names of all the authors should be given. The Abbreviation et
al, idem, and ibid should not be used.
Unpublished papers and personal communications should be
indicated in the references e.g. (Pandey A B, unpublished
data/work); (Pandey A B, personal communication).
Tables: Tables should be typed on separate sheet of paper
without text matter on the page. They should be numbered
consecutively in Arabic numerals and should bear brief title.
Column headings should be brief. Units of measurement should be
abbreviated and placed below the headings. Negative results should
be indicated as 'nil' and absence of a datum by a dash. Inclusion of
structural formulae inside the tables should be avoided.
Illustrations: Three sets of illustrations are to be
submitted. Illustrations must be numbered consecutively in
Arabic numerals. Captions and legends to the figures should
be self-explanatory and should be typed on a separate sheet of
paper and attached at the end of the manuscript. Line drawings
should be made in Indian ink on white drawing paper
(preferably Bristol board), cellophane sheet or tracing paper.
For satisfactory reproduction the graphs and line drawings
should be drawn to approximately twice the printed size. The size
of letters, numbers, dots, lines, etc. should be sufficiently large to
permit reduction to page size (178 mm) or the column size (85
mm) of the journal, without loss of detail. In case of photographs,
prints must be on glossy paper and must show good contrast. In
case of photomicrographs, magnification should either be
mentioned directly on them using a bar, or explained in the
legend. If an illustration is taken from another publication,
reference to the source should be given and prior permission
secured. Illustrations should be protected by thick cardboard
packing against damage during transit. Illustrations should be
referred to in the text by numbers.
Footnotes: Footnotes should be avoided as far as possible.
Essential footnotes may, however, be indicated by
superscribed asterisk mark (*).
Structural Formulae: The number of structural formulae
should be restricted to the bare minimum. Wherever the
purpose is adequately served by giving chemical or common
names, these should be given.
Enzyme Nomenclature: For enzymes only the trivial
names recommended by the IUPAC-IUB Commission should
be used. In some cases, where the enzyme is the main subject
of a paper its code number and systematic name should also be
stated at its first citation in the paper.
Abbreviations: Standard International practices for
abbreviations should be used in the text and illustrations
without full stop mark.
Galley proofs without illustrations are sent to authors to
for final corrections. Authors should ensure that the data
submitted for publication are error-free. The practice of
supplying reprints has since been stopped. However, the PDF
file of the article can be accessed through NISCAIR's Online
Periodicals Repository (http://nopr.niscair.res.in/) after its

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