The International Society of Environmental Indicators (ISEI Journal) is focused on the use and development of plant and animal indicators of environmental health, inclusive of molecular to community and landscape-level research investigations. The Editorial Board encourages manuscripts that employ indicators and biomarkers as they relate directly to specific measurable effects in ecological and human populations. The status of aspects of environmental health that are under study and the applicability of environmental indicators in guiding the development of regulatory policy should be clearly addressed in the manuscript. Manuscripts addressing only laboratory-based toxicity testing will not be considered.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR AUTHORS
Research Article – Must not exceed 10,000 words (including text, citations, and figure legends), conforming to research paper style guidelines.
Research Note -- For publishing brief notes on original research, not required to conform to the standard format of a full paper, but subject to standard peer review
Brief Communication -- intended for non-peer reviewed reports on developments of interest to the JEI readership.
Letter to the Editor – generally intended to comment on recent ISEI Journal publications.
If authors would like to verify the appropriateness of their content for inclusion in ISEI Journal, they are encouraged to email the Editors prior to official review and file submission.
Examples of topic categories are listed:
Indicators for Ecological Risk Assessment
Indicators for Human Health Risk Assessment
Government Policy & Regulatory Applications
Indicators for Landscape Ecology
Aquatic Plant Indicators (both unicellular and multicellular)
Terrestrial Plant Indicators (including lichens)
Microbiological Indicators (including Cyanobacteria and paramecia)
Wildlife Indicators: Vertebrates and Invertebrates
Physical indicators of hydrological and geological conditions
Chemical / Geochemical Indicators
Submission of Manuscripts.
All manuscripts must be submitted online through the journal’s home page. Only original papers will be considered. Manuscripts are accepted for review with the understanding that the same work has not been published, is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, and that the submission has been approved by all authors and by the institution where the work was performed. Any person cited as a source of personal communications must have consented to the citation. Written authorization may be required at the Editor’s discretion. Articles and any other material published in ISEI Journalrepresent the opinions of the authors and should not be construed to reflect the opinions of the Editors or the Journal.
The entire manuscript must be single-spaced (including title page, text, references, footnotes, figure legends, and tables). All text should be justified. Title and abstract should be on the same page. The title page must include the title, authors’ names and addresses (at the time the work was performed), as well as the current telephone/fax numbers, and e-mail address of the corresponding author. All manuscripts must include an abstract not to exceed 250 words as well as a list of three to six key (indexing) terms. The abstract should be written in italic font, Time New Roman 12 point. The key terms must follow the abstract and be on the same page. A running head not to exceed 60 characters, including spaces, must appear only on the title page, placed near the bottom.
Authors should prepare their title page using the following format:
TITLE OF YOUR MANUSCRIPT: ALL CAPS 14 POINT BOLD
AUTHORS’ NAMES (Time New Roman 14 point; all caps)
Authors’ affiliations and addresses (Time New Roman 12 point)
Body of abstract in italics (italicized Times New Roman 12 point)
Keywords (followed by list of terms in Times New Roman 12 point)
Use1 inch margins throughout. Each page should contain line numbers in the left-hand margin, consecutive throughout the manuscript (these will be omitted in the final formatted version). Page numbers are to be placed in the lower right-hand corner, starting with the title page and including pages with tables, figures, and legends. Line spacing throughout the manuscript and tables should be 1.0, with one extra space between sections, and with right margin justification. Times New Roman in 12 pt font is the preferred typeface for manuscripts, with the minimum font size as 10 point for tables. Tables should be consecutively numbered with the table number in bold, centered above the table. The text in the headings should be separated from the table by a line. The minimum point size for symbols in figures is 12, larger is preferred. Paragraphs are indented 5 spaces and not separated by extra line spacing. One space following the period is to be used between sentences.
Headers should be formatted as in the following examples:
First order header (all letters capitalized, bold font)
Second order header (only first letters capitalized, bold font)
Animal care and procedures
Third order header (First word capitalized, bold font)
Assay of rat chow
Fourth order header (First word capitalized, bold, italic font)
Manuscripts submitted to the ISEI Journal must be formatted in Microsoft Word (2003 or newer). Authors should write in clear, concise English. The responsibility for all aspects of manuscript preparation rests with the authors. Extensive changes or rewriting of the manuscript will not be undertaken by the Editor. It is the responsibility of the author to obtain permission to use previously published material and clearly indicate origin of same. Permission must be obtained from the original copyright owner, which in most cases is the publisher. All sources of financial sponsorship are to be acknowledged, including the names of private and public sector sponsors. This includes government grants, corporate funding, trade associations, and contracts. Along with manuscript submittal, authors should provide five names and contact information for prospective reviewers, although actual use of these reviewers will be the decision of the editor.
The complete document will be submitted as a single file with tables and figures embedded in the text in the location that you would like them to appear in the manuscript, with the understanding that the editors may need to move these elements in the final layout. Do not submit tables and figures in separate files.
Illustrations submitted (line drawings, halftones, photos, photomicrographs, etc.) should be clean originals or digital files. Digital files are recommended for highest quality reproduction and should follow these guidelines:
· 300 dpi or higher
· not larger than one journal page
· EPS, TIFF, JPEG, or PSD format only
· embedded in text along with proper legend, not submitted as separate files
Tables should be embedded in the text, not submitted as separate files. Tables should be used only when they can present information more effectively than running text. Care should be taken to avoid any arrangement that unduly increases the size of a table, and the column heads should be made as brief as possible, using abbreviations liberally. Columns should not be used to contain only one or two entries, nor should the same entry be repeated numerous times consecutively. A short descriptive title should appear above each table with a clear legend and any footnotes suitably identified below. All units must be included.
Figures and Graphs.
Figures should be embedded in the text, not submitted as separate files. Symbols and lettering should be compatibly sized for optimum readability, with no less than 12 point. Figures should be completely labeled, taking into account necessary size reduction. A figure should be saved in such a way that all elements are grouped, so it can be transferred as a single unit.
Formulas and Equations.
Particular care should be used in preparing manuscripts involving mathematical expressions. Simple fractional expressions should be written with a slant line rather than in the usual manner, so that only a single line of type is required. Empirical and structural formulas and mathematical and chemical equations should be arranged to fill adequately the width of a single or double column. Subscripts and especially superscripts should be written with care and exponents should be set up in a single line. All signs such as; + - = < > should be spaced, but the components of mathematical products should not be spaced. Chemical structural formulas should be submitted as copy suitable for direct photographic reproduction. Do not use structures when a simple formula will suffice. Do not use multiple lines unnecessarily. All furnished art must be complete. Compound numbers and other material to appear in the copy should be lettered, not typewritten. The editors and website will notadd material to original art.
Please ensure that you have obtained and enclosed all necessary permissions for the reproduction of artistic works, (e.g. illustrations, photographs, charts, maps, other visual material, etc.) not owned by yourself, and ensure that the contribution contains no unlawful statements and does not infringe any rights of others. By submitting your work to this journal, you agree that you indemnify the ISEI Journal, the International Society of Environmental Indicators as well as its affiliates and representatives, against any claims in respect of the above warranties.
The Council of Science Editors’ Scientific Style and Format: The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers (7th ed.), 2006 will be the primary reference for style.
All references must be cited in the text by author’s name and year of publication typed within parentheses (Jones 1993) for sole author, (Jones and Bartlett 1994) when there are two authors, or (Jones et al. 1995), (Howe 1993a, b; Howe 1994; Johnson 1999, 2002; Bartlett et al. 1994) when there are more than two authors. The references section must follow the text and present the cited authors in alphabetical order. Each line after the first of each reference must be indented using the "hanging paragraph" format by 3 spaces. If there is more than one reference by one author or group of authors in the references, they must be placed in chronological order. Use small letters (e.g., 1998a) for references published in the same year by the same authors. Abbreviate journal titles in accordance with the CSE Manual (see web site given above for examples).
NOTE: it is of utmost importance that sufficient detail be included when referencing unpublished material, such as scientific and technical reports and their parts, to allow retrieval by readers. To that end, for all such unpublished references, include an availability statement.