Writing Rules

Instructions for Authors

Appropriate subjects for contribution to SRLS are described in the “aims and scope” section.  Original Research papers should typically be no longer than 6.000 words but can be up to a maximum of 8000 words (without references). Papers that describe new taxa should follow taxonomic procedures described in Winston (1999), a reference which is recommended by the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN). Please refer to Tsang et al. (2016) for more details.

Scientific report: This type of paper presents important new research results of broad significance. Reports should include an abstract, an introductory paragraph, figures or tables, conclusions, and references. Materials and Methods can be added to the supplementary files.

Review paper: Review articles will also be considered but after initial contact with the Editor in chief. They should typically be no more than 7000 words and concisely present an area of interest in life sciences Review articles are not expected to adhere to a strict format, though the title page and abstract should be included as described below. Reviews can be up to 7000 words and include up to 100 references, and 4-6 figures or tables. Reviews do not contain supplementary material. They should describe and synthesize recent developments of interdisciplinary significance and highlight future directions. They include an abstract, an introduction that outlines the main themes, brief subheadings, and an outline of important unresolved questions. Unsolicited offers of Reviews are considered. Proposals in the form of an enhanced abstract, one figure, and a list of 5-10 of the most important recent citations should be emailed to mnaderi@ku.edu.tr.

Short communication (or Short note): Short note is a concise paper devoted to the rapid publication of new research works, findings, new records expected to attract the attention of and have a beneficial impact on researchers working in relevant fields of life sciences. Such papers should be up to 2000 words and contain no more than 20 references and 3 display items (figures and/or tables). The abstract should not exceed 75 words. Short notes should normally follow the general format described below, but results and discussion sections should be combined. 

Order of Sections (Original Research papers)

Manuscripts should be arranged in the following order:

  1. Title
  2. Author(s), complete name(s) of institution(s) (affiliation address)
  3. Running title
  4. Abstract
  5. Keywords
  6. Introduction
  7. Material and Methods
  8. Results
  9. Discussion
  10. Conclusion
  11. Acknowledgments
  12. References
  13. Tables
  14. Figures and figure legends

Manuscript structure:

Text preparation

Non-English speakers are strongly encouraged to have their manuscripts checked by a native speaker before submission. Manuscripts must be prepared in 12-point font size (Times New Roman), line numbered, double-spaced throughout, with a left-hand margin of 4 cm and a right-hand margin of 2cm in A4.


Concise and informative. Titles are often used in information-retrieval systems. Avoid abbreviations and formulae where possible.

Author names and affiliations
Please clearly indicate the given name(s) and family name(s) of each author and check that all names are accurately spelled. Present the authors' affiliation addresses (where the actual work was done) below the names. Indicate all affiliations with a lowercase superscript letter immediately after the author's name and in front of the appropriate address. Provide the full postal address of each affiliation, including the country name and, if available, the e-mail address of each author.
Corresponding author
Clearly indicate who will handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing and publication, also post-publication. Ensure that the e-mail address is given and that contact details are kept up to date by the corresponding author.

 Running title (may not exceed 60 characters and spaces, should be italic and appeared right after the affiliation(s) address(es))


Should succinctly and clearly describe the major findings reported in the manuscript. Avoid specialized terms and use only usual acronyms. All others must be spelled out on the first reference. The abstract must not exceed 300 words.

Keywords (at least three keywords which should not be repeated in the Title)


Presents the purpose of the study and its relationship to earlier work in the field. The introduction should not be an extensive review of the literature and usually is less than one formatted page.

Material and Methods

Presents the locality of the investigation, if any, and describes especially new procedures in detail. Previously published procedures should be referenced. Modifications of previously published procedures should not be given in detail except where necessary to repeat the work.


Presented in figures, tables, or text. Integrating Results and Discussion in one single section can be accepted upon managing editor decision.


Should be concise (usually less than two formatted pages) while focusing on the interpretation of the results; should not repeat information in the “Results” section.


In this section, the author(s) should briefly summarize the main findings of the paper in no more than one paragraph.


Funding sources should be acknowledged as well as database names and accession codes (if applicable) should be mentioned. Brief note(s) of thanks to people who helped with the study or preparation of the paper (optional) can be added. Remember that all those designated as authors must meet all four criteria for authorship. 


      In the text:

All citations in the text should coincide to the following instructions:

For a single author, the author's name (without initials, unless there is ambiguity) and the year of publication; for two authors, both authors' names, separated by and as well as the year of publication (e.g. Mettam and Adams 2009); for three or more authors, first author's name followed by 'et al.' and the year of publication (e.g. Hemami et al. 2011). Citations may be made directly (or parenthetically) and groups of references should be listed chronologically. Multiple references should be separated using "," (e.g. Mettam and Adams 2009, Hemami et al. 2011).

      References list:

References should be arranged first alphabetically and then further sorted chronologically if necessary. More than one reference from the same author(s) in the same year must be identified by the letters 'a', 'b', 'c', etc., placed after the year of publication.


     Reference to a journal publication:

Hemami M.R., Naderi G., Karami M., Riazi B. 2011. Nocturnal activity of Iranian jerboa, Allactaga firouzi (Mammalia: Rodentia: Dipodidae). Mammalia 75(1):31–34.

The authors should include both volume and issue number in the references. The name of the journals should not be abbreviated!

    Reference to a book:

Last F.M. Year Published. Book title. City, State: Publisher.

    Reference to a chapter in an edited book:

Mettam G.R., Adams L.B. 2009. How to prepare an electronic version of your article, in: Jones B.S., Smith R.Z. (Eds.), Introduction to the Electronic Age. E-Publishing Inc., New York, pp. 281–304.

    Reference to a website:

Durant S., Mitchell N., Ipavec A., Groom R. 2015. Acinonyx jubatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2015: e.T219A50649567. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2015-4.RLTS.T219A50649567.en. Downloaded on 16 June 2017.



Figures and figure legends

Overview of the submission and review process

The following is a brief overview of the submission and review process for papers, along with links to the relevant instructions.

  1. Prepare manuscript text in Microsoft Word or open office.
  2. Prepare figures as publication-quality TIFF, JPG or EPS files (minimum resolution of 300 dpi).
  3. Convert the text and figure files into a single PDF file.
  4. Prepare any supplemental data files.
  5. Prepare a cover letter as described.
  6. Submit the manuscript PDF, any supplemental data files, and the cover letter at the submission site
  7. Reviewers will recommend whether the manuscript should be accepted, revised or declined.
  8. If your manuscript is accepted for publication, it will be published as a Paper in Press within one week of acceptance. You will then send the manuscript source files (see 1 and 2) according to the instructions that will be given following acceptance.
  9. Manuscripts may be declined without a full review if they are clearly inconsistent with these guidelines.
  10. Submitted manuscripts must describe original research not previously published and not under consideration for publication elsewhere.
  11. Manuscripts must be written in British English, although papers may be submitted by authors from any country.



Revised and submitted manuscripts must be accompanied by a cover letter that includes a detailed point-by-point listing as to how each of the reviewers’ comments has been addressed and describes any other changes made to the manuscript. Authors are invited to upload a copy of the original manuscript marked with changes using Word with Track Changes, highlighting, or colored text to indicate changes and facilitate the evaluation of the revisions.


Editorial policy

Authorship criteria

Adapted from the recommendation of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE)

Authorship credit should be based on the following:

  1. Substantial contributions to conception and design, acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data.
  2. Drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content.
  3. Final approval of the version to be published.
  4. Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

Ethics Policy

The submission of a manuscript having multiple authors constitutes a representation that all listed authors concur with the submission and approved the final version. The authors are expected to present experimental results accurately. Evidence or allegations of violations of the standard norms for publishing original research — such as publication without approval of all authors, plagiarism, republication of data used previously without acknowledgment, and inappropriate image manipulation — will be investigated. In case of any potential hazards to the animals such as invasive sampling and so on, we require that authors submitting a paper provide the date, approval number or code and or name of the approving committee on research work submitted to the JWB.

License feature:

SRLS applies the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license to the works we publish. This license was developed to facilitate open access – namely, free immediate access to, and unrestricted reuse of, original works of all types. Under this license, authors agree to make articles legally available for reuse, without permission or fees, for virtually any purpose. Anyone may copy, distribute, or reuse these articles, as long as the author and original source are properly cited. Based on this license, others can distribute the article, create abstracts, extracts, revised versions, adaptations or make translation, without permission from the author while crediting the author(s), and any damage to the author's honor or reputation.

Editorial process

SRLS is founded by Dr. Morteza Naderi and is publishing by the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Koç University. This peer-review journal is published quarterly in electronic format, and articles that have been accepted following peer review are published online ahead of SRLS  and copy-editing as Papers in Press. The Editor-in-Chief, the Associate Editors, and the Editorial Board are responsible for editorial policies. The journal publishes papers based upon original research that, after editorial review, are examined to make novel and important contributions to understanding life sciences.

SRLS aims to provide authors with constructive, fair, and timely reviews. The Editor-in-Chief, Associate Editors, and Reviewing Editors determine the suitability of manuscripts for publication. After receipt of a manuscript by the Editor-in-Chief, it is sent to an Associate Editor, who usually assigns it to two members of the Editorial Board for review. The reviewing editors then make a recommendation for acceptance, revision, or declination based upon the scientific merit and technical quality of the studies reported. External referees are consulted when additional expertise is required. Prospective authors are encouraged to indicate editorial board members and external referees with the expertise needed to evaluate the manuscript.

All Board members and referees that review a manuscript remain unknown to the authors. Submitted manuscripts are treated as privileged information by the editors and referees, who are instructed to exclude themselves from the review of any manuscript that might involve a conflict of interest or the appearance thereof. Manuscripts may be declined without a full review if they are clearly inconsistent with the Editorial Guidelines. This policy is meant to expedite re-submission to a more appropriate journal.

Article processing charge (APCs)

 SRLS is completely free of charge from submission to final publication.

Editorial information

Founder and Director-in-Charge

Morteza Naderi (Arak University, Iran)


Dr. Shahrbano Oryan

Executive Manager

Malihe Erfani (Zabol University, Iran)

Editorial Board

  • Morteza Naderi (Koc University, Iran)
  • Mehrdad Hadipour (Arak, Iran)
  • Mitra Nouri (Arak, Iran)
  • Hamdi R. Rezaei (Gorgan, Iran)
  • Aliakbar Hedaiaty (Gorgan, Iran)
  • Maurizio Sarà (Palermo, Italy)
  • Daniel Frynta (Prague, Czech Republic)
  • Werner Haberl (Vienna, Austria)
  • Ilse E. Hoffmann (Vienna, Austria)
  • Anastasios Bounas (Ioannina, Greece)
  • Javad Ramazani (Dep. of Environment)
  • Mahnaz Azarnia (Kharazmi University)
  • Salar Dorafshan (Isfahan University of Technology)
  • Eskandar Rastegar Pouyani (Hakim Sabzzevari University)
  • Haj Gholi Kammi (Gorgan University)
  • Sharareh Pourebrahim (Tehran University)
  • Malihe Erfani (Zabol University)
  • Aliasghar Abdoli (Shahid Beheshti University)
  • Mohammad Reza Ashrafzadeh (Shahrekord University)
  • Amir Ansari (Arak university)

 Technical editors

Rasoul Khosravi (Isfahan, Iran)
Olyagholi Khalilipour (Khoramshahr, Iran)

Editorial Office
Morteza Naderi, Director-in-Charge
Dep. Of Molecular biology and Genetics
Koc University, Istanbul, Turkey,
Tel. +98-912-5798913
Email: mnaderi@ku.edu.tr