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Instructions to Authors

It is important to follow these instructions carefully. Failure to do so may delay publication of your manuscript.


Bioscience Horizons is a continuous publication journal.

For detailed instructions on preparing your manuscript, please see our style guide.


1. Papers are expected to be primarily the work of the student author and thus the student will always be the first and corresponding author on the published paper. It is accepted that he/she may have graduated by the time the manuscript is submitted.

2. Where appropriate the paper may contain multiple authors to reflect both the intellectual ideas and practical research contributions to the paper, but the student author should accept responsibility for the team.

3. For multi-authored papers, the student author will be required to include a statement of responsibility in the manuscript that specifies the contribution of every author. These include designing the study, conducting experiments, writing the manuscript, technical support and conceptual advice. The student author is expected to be the main contributor in at least three of these areas.

4. For multi-authored papers, all authors are expected to review the final version of the manuscript prior to submission to Bioscience Horizons.

5. For single authored papers, students are encouraged to seek advice from their supervisor while preparing their submission.

6. Students who author papers have responsibility for the content of their papers.

7. Submission to Bioscience Horizons must be authorised by the student’s Departmental or School project supervisor or another senior academic member of staff.

8. During the review process, all communication will be between the Editorial Board and the student author.

9. Supervisors may advise students on how to respond to reviewers’ comments but only students may rewrite.

10. The journal’s Editorial Board is responsible for deciding whether the manuscript should be accepted, returned for revision, or rejected.

11. No paper will be published unless a countersigned Author Checklist has been received as indicated above.

12. A review article should be a comprehensive and critical insight into the topic. Ideally, it should include an original figure or graphical abstract, which is a visual representation of the topic being reviewed (similar to a typical 'News & Views'-style overview in the journal, Nature).

13. The title page must contain:
Abstract length (in words)
Total length of text (in words, and in characters including spaces), including all legends and methods, but not Abstract or references
The number of references
The main text should contain subsections where appropriate.
The main body of the text, including all figure legends and including the Methods section if applicable, must not exceed 5000 words.
References do not count towards this word limit.


Submission of a manuscript implies that it reports unpublished work, that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere and that, if accepted, it will not be published elsewhere in the same form, either in English or in any other language, without the consent of the publisher.

The journal will consider publication of work that has previously been presented as either a short abstract or poster at a conference, but not as a full paper. If previously published tables, illustrations or more than 200 words of text are to be included, then the copyright holder's written permission must be obtained. Include copies of any such permission letters with your paper.


It is a condition of publication in the Journal that authors assign copyright to Oxford University Press. This ensures that requests from third parties to reproduce articles are handled efficiently and consistently and will also allow the article to be as widely disseminated as possible. In assigning copyright, authors may use their own material in other publications provided that the Journal is acknowledged as the original place of publication, and Oxford University Press is notified in writing and in advance.

Upon receipt of accepted manuscripts at Oxford Journals authors will be invited to complete an online copyright licence to publish form.

Please note that by submitting an article for publication you confirm that you are the corresponding/submitting author and that Oxford University Press ("OUP") may retain your email address for the purpose of communicating with you about the article. You agree to notify OUP immediately if your details change. If your article is accepted for publication OUP will contact you using the email address you have used in the registration process. Please note that OUP does not retain copies of rejected articles.


Permission to reproduce copyright material, for print and online publication in perpetuity, must be cleared. Evidence in writing that such permissions have been secured from the rights-holder must be made available to the Editorial Board. It is also the author's responsibility to include acknowledgements as stipulated by the particular institutions. Oxford University Press can offer information and documentation to assist authors in securing print and online permissions: please see the Guidelines for Authors section.

Third-Party Content in Open Access papers
If you will be publishing your paper under an Open Access licence but it contains material for which you do not have Open Access re-use permissions, please state this clearly by supplying the following credit line alongside the material:

Title of content
Author, Original publication, year of original publication, by permission of [rights holder]

This image/content is not covered by the terms of the Creative Commons licence of this publication. For permission to reuse, please contact the rights holder.


OUP offers pre-submission language editing through Oxford Language Editing, a service for researchers all over the world. Language editing, particularly if English is not your first language, can be used to ensure that the academic content of your paper is fully understood by the journal editors and reviewers. Visit to find out more about the freelance editors available and the different services offered. Please note that edited manuscripts will still need to undergo peer-review by the journal.

Editor in Chief

Dr Momna Hejmadi

University of Bath

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