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Submission Preparation Checklist

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

Subscription Policies

Subscription Period: All subscriptions are sold on a calendar year basis, with subscriptions becoming activated on the first day of the year and expiring on the last day of the year, which shall constitute the volume for the year. All subscriptions are to be prepaid and FSSH cannot accept only purchase orders for subscriptions. Subscription price may change without notice. FSSH retains the right to alter policies and terms at any time.

Print subscriptions: Subscription orders received after one or more issues of the current year’s volume have been mailed will be shipped the appropriate back issues for that volume. Subscriptions are available for current volume only. Orders for a previous volume will be treated as a back issue order.

Online Subscriptions: Subscription orders are activated upon receipt of payment and will expire at the end of the calendar/volume year. An online subscription includes access to all pas issues in addition to the current year’s issues. If an online subscription is not renewed, the customer retains access to the year(s) previously purchased, but loses access to all other back issues. This access will remain in effect for as long as FSSH offers online subscriptions.

Claims: FSSH agrees to ship all issues for which the customer has subscribed in accordance with the terms described above. For non-receipt due to postal difficulties, a reasonable attempt will be made to honor claims one time. Claims for missing issues must be made within 90 days of the shipping date. FSSH will honor claims for non-receipt of issues if the claim is made within the designated period.

Back Issues: Same sales policies above are associated with back issue orders. Please contact with FSSH for further information.

Cover Letter

Papers must be submitted with the understanding that they have not been published elsewhere (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture, review, or thesis) and are not currently under consideration by another journal published by or any other publisher. The submitting (Corresponding) author is responsible for ensuring that the article's publication has been approved by all the other coauthors. It is also the authors' responsibility to ensure that the articles emanating from a particular institution are submitted with the approval of the necessary institution. Only an acknowledgment from the editorial office officially establishes the date of receipt. Further correspondence and proofs will be sent to the corresponding author(s) before publication unless otherwise indicated. It is a condition for submission of a paper that the authors permit editing of the paper for readability. All enquiries concerning the publication of accepted papers should be addressed to editor@fssh-journal.org or fssh.editor@gmail.com

General Format

Before submission of the new manuscript authors should consider the following general rules for preparation of the manuscript. Please read these instructions carefully and follow the guidelines strictly.

Fonts: Important – Use Times or Times New Roman 12 point size only (other sizes as specified), and Symbol font for mathematical symbols (in the text and in the figures).

    • Justification should be set to full (or left only, if preferred).
    • Do not underline: Use italics, bold or bold italics instead.
    • Line spacing should be set at 2 (Double).
    • Leave a line space between paragraphs and sections.
    • Leave a line space between section titles and text.
    • Leave only one space after a full stop.
  1. Manuscripts must be typed on A4 (210 × 297 mm) paper, double-spaced throughout and with ample margins of at least 2.5 cm. All pages must be numbered consecutively. Starting with the title page as p.1, the text, which begins with p.2, is to be arranged in the following order: abstract, brief introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion, acknowledgements, references, figure legends, tables.
  2. The first page of the full manuscript must begin with the title of the paper centered on the page in 14 point Bold Title Case (title case means first letter of each main word capitalized), the names of the authors (Initials – followed by a period each – Family Name) with the main author’s name mentioned first, the names and locations of the authors’ affiliations (Title Case), and the e-mail address of the main author. The title page must provide the title in English, a short title of not more than 45 characters (including spaces) to be used as running head, up to five topical key words in English for subject indexing, the full postal address of the corresponding author to whom proofs will be sent. The title should be brief and should indicate the species studied. Subtitles are not encouraged.
  3. The abstract should not exceed 250 words, should be one paragraph and should be free of references and abbreviations. It should indicate clearly the scope and main conclusions of the paper.
  4. The introduction should give the pertinent background to the study and should explain why the work was done.
  5. The materials and methods (or methodology) should give essential details, including experimental design and statistical analysis.
  6. The results should present the findings of the research. They should be free from discussion. Results should be written in the past tense.
  7. The discussion should cover, but not simply repeat the new findings and should present the author's results in broader context of other work on the subject interpreting them with a minimum of speculation.
  8. The acknowledgements should be as brief as possible.

Suggesting the Reviewers

Authors are asked to facilitate the review process by providing the names and e-mail addresses of at least three suitable reviewers, on the understanding that the editor is not bound by any such nomination. Failure to follow this request may delay the handling of your paper, since the editorial office may specifically ask you to nominate potential reviewers for papers covering unfamiliar areas.

Note: According to the recent study, either suggesting or excluding reviewers can significantly increase a manuscript's chances of being accepted.

File Size and Format

Manuscripts will be distributed to reviewers via the Web. However, reviewers who use telephone modems may experience unacceptable download delays if the files are too large. A number of simple tricks can be used to avoid unnecessarily large files. Do not scan pages of text. Do not scan printed Figures unless no original digital document exists. If a scanned figure is unavoidable, please use Adobe PhotoShop or a similar program to edit the file and reduce the file size (not necessarily the image size) as much as possible before submission. For example, crop the picture to exclude surrounding "white space." Do not carelessly use colour. Black and white line drawings or gray-scale figures should not be saved as color documents; this will increase file sizes without increasing the information content of the file. Do not use colour unless absolutely needed to convey information.

We request to submit article in Microsoft Word format (.DOC). If you are using another word processor please save final version of the manuscript (using 'Save As' option of the file menu) as a Word document. In this case please double check that the saved file can be opened in Microsoft Word. We cannot accept Acrobat .PDF or any other text files.

Preparing the Manuscript

FSSH Journal is an international, peer-reviewed and open access scientific journal that provides a high-visibility forum to the scientific community for the publication of top-tier original research according to the scope of the journal.

FSSH Journal publishes high quality research work in the following forms:

Research Articles

Research articles present original research and address a clearly stated specific hypothesis or question. Papers should provide novel approaches and new insights into the problem addressed. Research Article should arrange in the following order: abstract, brief introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion, acknowledgements, references, figures, tables.

Reviews/Mini-Reviews

Review articles are an attempt by one or more authors to sum up the current state of the research on a particular topic. Ideally, the author searches for everything relevant to the topic, and then sorts it all out into a coherent view of the “state of the art” as it now stands. Review Articles should inform about:

  1. the main researchers working in a field
  2. recent major advances and discoveries
  3. significant gaps in the research
  4. current debates
  5. future directions

Only review articles from experts in the field will be considered for publication.

Short Communications

Short communication is for a concise, but independent report representing a significant contribution in the field. Short communication is not intended to publish preliminary results. But if these results are of exceptional interest and are particularly topical and relevant will be considered for publication. It should be no more than 2500 words, and could include two figures or tables. It should have at least 8 references. Short communications will also send for peer review.

Research Note

A technical note is an article giving a brief description of a technique or procedure. It may also refer to the modification of a technique, procedure or equipment of interest to the journal. It should be no more than 2500 words, and could include two figures or tables. It should have at least 8 references. Technical notes will also send for peer review

Letters to the Editor

This section is for discussion of topical scientific matters, including those published in the journal and for miscellaneous contributions.

Ethical Guidelines/Editorial Policy

Papers must be submitted with the understanding that they have not been published elsewhere (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture, review, or thesis) and are not currently under consideration by another journal published by or any other publisher. The submitting (Corresponding) author is responsible for ensuring that the article's publication has been approved by all the other coauthors. It is also the authors' responsibility to ensure that the articles emanating from a particular institution are submitted with the approval of the necessary institution. Only an acknowledgment from the editorial office officially establishes the date of receipt. Further correspondence and proofs will be sent to the corresponding author(s) before publication unless otherwise indicated. It is a condition for submission of a paper that the authors permit editing of the paper for readability. All enquiries concerning the publication of accepted papers should be addressed to editor@fssh-journal.org or fssh.editor@gmail.com .

About Authorship

Authorship is an explicit way of assigning responsibility and giving credit for intellectual work. The two are linked. Authorship practices should be judged by how honestly they reflect actual contributions to the final product. Authorship is important to the reputation, academic promotion, and grant support of the individuals involved as well as to the strength and reputation of their institution.

Disputes sometimes arise about who should be listed as authors of an intellectual product and the order in which they should be listed. When disagreements over authorship arise, they can take a substantial toll on the good will, effectiveness, and reputation of the individuals involved and their academic community. Many such disagreements result from misunderstanding and failed communication among colleagues and might have been prevented by a clear, early understanding of standards for authorship that are shared by the academic community as a whole.

FSSH Journal do not require all authors of a research paper to sign the letter of submission, nor do impose an order on the list of authors. Submission to FSSH Journal is taken by the journal to mean that all the listed authors have agreed all of the contents. The corresponding (submitting) author is responsible for having ensured that this agreement has been attained and for managing all communication between the journal and all co-authors, before and after publication. Any change to the authors list after submission, such as a change in the order of the authors or the deletion or addition of authors needs to be approved by a signed letter from every author.

Minimum Requirements for Authorship

All persons designated as authors should qualify for authorship, and all those who qualify should be listed. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content. One or more authors should take responsibility for the integrity of the work as a whole, from inception to published article.

Authorship credit should be based only on:

  1. Substantial contributions to conception and design, or acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data and
  2. Final approval of the version to be published.

Conditions a and b must be met. Acquisition of funding, the collection of data, or general supervision of the research group, by themselves, do not justify authorship.

Authors should provide a description of what each contributed, and editors should publish that information. All others who contributed to the work who are not authors should be named in the Acknowledgments, and what they did should be described.

Minimum Requirements for Acknowledgments

List all contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship, such as a person who provided purely technical help, writing assistance, or a department chair who provided only general support. Financial and material support should also be acknowledged.

Groups of persons who have contributed materially to the paper but whose contributions do not justify authorship may be listed under a heading such as "clinical investigators" or "participating investigators," and their function or contribution should be described, e.g., "served as scientific advisors," "critically reviewed the study proposal," "collected data," or "provided and cared for study". Because readers may infer their endorsement of the data and conclusions, all persons must have given written permission to be acknowledged.

Coauthor Contributions

Authors are strongly encouraged to include a statement in the end notes to specify the actual contribution of each coauthor to the completed work. FSSH Journal allows two coauthors to be specified as having contributed equally to the work being described.

About Peer-Review

FSSH Journal aims at rapid publication of high quality research while maintaining rigorous but sympathetic peer review process. Manuscripts (other than those that are of insufficient quality or unlikely to be competitive enough for publication) will be peer-reviewed by two or more experts in the fields, and a decision is returned to the authors in about one month. If due to special circumstance, the review process takes more time, authors will be informed by email. Manuscripts with significant results will be reviewed and published at the highest priority and speed. Possible decisions on a manuscript are:

  1. accepted as it is
  2. accepted after minor revision
  3. accepted after major revision
  4. rejected

If minor revision is required, authors should return a revised version as soon as possible within 15 days. If major revision is required, authors should return a revised version within 25 days.

About Duplicate Publication

Material submitted to FSSH Journal must be original and not published or submitted for publication elsewhere. Authors submitting a contribution to FSSH Journal who have related material under consideration or in press elsewhere should upload a clearly marked copy at the time of submission and draw the editor's attention to it in their cover letter. If a part of a contribution that an author wishes to submit to FSSH Journal has appeared or will appear elsewhere, the author must specify the details in the cover letter. Consideration by the FSSH Journal is possible if the main result, conclusion, or implications are not apparent from the other work, or if there are other factors, for example if the other work is published in a language other than English.

Author is responsible to get permission from previous publisher or copyright holder if an author is re-using any part of paper (i.e. figure or figures) published elsewhere, or that is copyrighted.

The editors consider all material in good faith that their journals have full permission to publish every part of the submitted material including illustrations.

About Plagiarism

Plagiarism is the use or close imitation of the language and ideas of another author and representation of them as one's own original work. Duplicate publication, sometimes called self-plagiarism, occurs when an author reuses substantial parts of his or her own published work without providing the appropriate references. This can range from getting an identical paper published in multiple journals, where authors add small amounts of new data to a previous paper.

Plagiarism can be said to have clearly occurred when large chunks of text have been cut and pasted. Such manuscripts would not be considered for publication in Journals. But minor plagiarism without dishonest intent is relatively frequent, for example when an author reuses parts of an introduction from an earlier paper. The editors will judge any case of which they become aware (either by their own knowledge of and reading about the literature, or when alerted by referees) on its own merits.

If a case of plagiarism comes to light after a paper is published in FSSH Journal, the journal will conduct a preliminary investigation. If plagiarism is found, the journal will contact the author's institute and funding agencies. A determination of misconduct will lead the Journal to run a statement, bidirectionally linked online to and from the original paper, to note the plagiarism and to provide a reference to the plagiarized material. The paper containing the plagiarism will also be obviously marked on each page of the PDF. Depending on the extent of the plagiarism, the paper may also be formally retracted.

Prior Publication

Material published by the author before submission in the following categories is considered prior publication: 1) articles published in any publication, even online-only, non-peer-reviewed publications, 2) articles, book chapters, and long abstracts containing original data in figures and tables, especially in proceedings publications as well as posters containing original data disseminated beyond meeting attendees; 3) widely circulated, copyrighted, or archival reports.

Doctoral dissertations that are made available by UMI/ProQuest or institutional repositories are not considered prior publication. Data portions of submitted papers that have appeared on a website will be permitted, with the proviso that the author inform the Editor at the time of the submission that such material exists so that the Editor can determine the suitability of such material for publication. Failure to do so will result in an automatic rejection of the manuscript. Examples of such work include, but are not limited to, immunofluorescence micrographs and/or animated gif/video files posted on a website, or NIH-mandated posting of DNA microarray data. After the article is published in FSSH Journal, the data should be removed from the author’s website.

Authors with concerns about possible prior publication that does not fall clearly into one of these categories should contact the Editorial Office of FSSH Journal and forward the material for examination.

Once you have submitted your manuscript to FSSH Journal, we ask that you not subsequently post this manuscript, or a revised version of it, to a preprint server. However, if your manuscript receives a final reject decision at FSSH Journal or if you withdraw it from editorial consideration at FSSH Journal, this restriction is then lifted.

Ethical Procedure

FSSH reviewers have a responsibility to report suspected duplicate publication, fraud, plagiarism, or concerns about animal or human experimentation to the Editor. A reviewer may recognize and report that he/she is refereeing, or has recently refereed, a similar or identical paper for another journal by the same author(s). Readers may report that they have seen the same article elsewhere, or authors may see their own published work being plagiarized. In all cases we address ethical concerns diligently following an issue-specific standard practice as summarized below.

The first action of the journal Editor is to inform the Editorial Office of FSSH by supplying copies of 1) the relevant material and 2) a draft letter to the corresponding author asking for an explanation in a nonjudgmental manner. The Editorial Office must approve any correspondence before it is sent to the author. If the author’s explanation is unacceptable and it seems that serious unethical conduct has taken place, the matter is referred to the Publication Committee via Editorial Office. After deliberation, the Committee will decide whether the case is sufficiently serious to warrant a ban on future submissions to, and serving as a reviewer for, FSSH Journals; and/or whether the offending author’s institution should be informed. The decision has to be approved by the Executive Cabinet of the FSSH Council, and the author has the right to appeal a sanction, with the opportunity to present his/her position.

If the infraction is less severe, the Editor, upon the advice of the Publication Committee, sends the author a letter of reprimand and reminds the author of FSSH publication policies; if the manuscript has been published, the Editor may require the author to publish an apology in the journal to correct the record. If, through the author’s actions, FSSH has violated the copyright of another journal, the Publication Committee writes a letter of apology to the other journal.

In serious cases of fraud that result in retraction of the article, a retraction notice will be published in the journal and will be linked to the article in the online version. The online version will also be marked “retracted” with the retraction date. 

List of References

The list of references appears at the end of your work and gives the full details of everything that you have cited in the text in alphabetical order by the author’s surname.

All sources must be referred in a consistent manner. Choose from the list of sources below, the examples given, provide a guide to the format and punctuation you should use.

  1. Journal (Print)
  2. Journal (Electronic)
  3. Book
  4. Book Chapter
  5. Conference Papers

Journal Article (Print)

Elements:

  1. Author’s surname, Initial
  2. Publication Year
  3. Article Title
  4. Name of Journal (in standard abbreviation)
  5. Volume
  6. Starting Pages
  7. Ending Pages
  8. Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
  9. Direct link of the published article

Example

Sepaskhah, A.R. and M.M. Ghasemi, 2008. Every-other-furrow irrigation with different irrigation intervals for grain sorghum. Pak. J. Biol. Sci., 11: 1234-1239. DOI: 10.3923/pjbs.2008.1234.1239; PMID 236548759;

Journal Article (Electronic)

Elements:

  1. Author’s surname, Initial
  2. Publication Year
  3. Article Title
  4. Name of Journal (in standard abbreviation)
  5. Volume
  6. Page Numbers (if applicable)
  7. Available at
  8. Accessed on (enter date you viewed the article)
  9. Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

Example

Brittion, A., 2006. How much and how often should we drink? Br. Med. J., 332: 1224-1225.

Available from: http://bmj.bjjournals.com/cgi/content/full/332/7552/1224 [Accessed 2 June 2006].

Book

  1. Author/Editor’s Surname and initials
  2. Year of publication
  3. Title of Book
  4. Edition (if applicable)
  5. Place of publication: (followed by a colon)
  6. Name of publisher
  7. ISBN Number

Example

Anderson, J. and M. Poole, 1998. Assignment and thesis writing. 3re Edn., John While and Sons.

Book Chapter

  1. Author/Editor’s Surname and initials
  2. Year of publication
  3. Title of Chapter
  4. In: (enter editor’s surname and initials)
  5. Book Title
  6. Edition (if applicable)
  7. Place of publication: (followed by a colon)
  8. Name of publisher
  9. Page number
  10. ISBN

Example

Mason, J., 1999. Recent Developments in the Prediction of Global Warming. In: Energy Demand and Planning, McVeigh, J.C. and J.G. Morgue, (Eds.). E&FN Spon., pp: 34-52.

Conference Papers

Conference paper’s should be referenced using the following format and punctuation.

  1. Author’s surname, initials
  2. Date of publication
  3. Title of paper
  4. In: Editor’s surname, initials, (if applicable)
  5. Title of proceedings
  6. Place of conference
  7. Date of conference
  8. Publishers
  9. Page numbers of contribution

Example

Clifton, J.J., 1999. Hazard prediction. In: Disaster prevention, planning and limitation. University of Bradford, 12-13 September 1989. Technical Communications Ltd., pp: 54-64.

 

Submission of New Manuscript

All manuscripts must be submitted electronically through the e-mail to the editor at:editor@fssh-journal.org or fssh.editor@gmail.com

Authors are advised to follow the Guide to Authors in preparing the manuscript before submission. Manuscripts should be submitted to the editor in the following format:

  1. as an electronic document,
  2. as a double-spaced, microsoft word document, and
  3. as an e-mail attachment.

Privacy Statement 

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.

Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.