We are in the process of assembling the largest Encyclopedia of Bioscience and Medicine. This collection contains manuscripts written by the most authoritative scientists in different fields of biology and medicine. All manuscripts are of high impact. Already, Frontiers in Bioscience is a major resource for scientific information and is one of the most eminent resource on the Web for obtaining the latest information in scientific advancement. Of course, this would not have be feasible without an orchestrated effort of so many dedicated scientists who manage a part of the process. The unique feature of the encyclopedia is that its contents will be kept up-to-date by our managing editor team and their elite group of contributing authors.
Over 750 managing editors are contributing towards the creation of this platform, developing unique special issues dealing with specific subjects. The unique feature of the articles appearing in these issues is that each manuscript will be periodically revised by the authors. This will insure that the content of Encyclopedia will remain up-to-date at all times. Each special issue includes 5-30 manuscripts authored by individuals recognized for their seminal work in special fields of biology and medicine. The encyclopedia currently holds over 3000 published manuscripts, however, it will ultimately include 8000 manuscripts. This unique resource will remain as a renewable scientific platform for all scientists. The topics of special issues of the Encyclopedia are, by and large, those funded by NIH, NSF and other funding agencies. Thus, in essence, manuscripts published in the special issues of the “Encyclopedia of Bioscience” are mostly reflective of lifetime achievements of scientists in their own specialized fields in medicine or bioscience.
Managing Editorship: Open Invitation
We would like to invite you to join the elite group of our managing editors who are actively participating in creation of the “Encyclopedia of Bioscience,” a unique resource on the web. At the present, nearly 750 scientists have been appointed as managing editors and we are certain that with so much enthusiasm and support, we can make our ambitious goal a reality. We invite you to make a special issue in line with your expertise. If you are interested, please fill out the following form and submit it in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org so that we confirm your appointment. Once your issue is launched, your editorial profile and special issues will go online.
DR. FIRST NAME, LAST NAME
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Degree (MD or PhD):
Title of the issue:
Note: When filling out the form, please do not make any alterations to the tags. Tags are labeled inside brackets (<>). For each piece of information, only the first letter should be in capital letters. In future, if information within the form changes, please fill out a new form and submit it again. Publication date of the editorial profile and special issue is the date that the first manuscript is finally published.
If you are already a managing editor and would like to change a pre-existing editorial profile, fill out the new form shown above and send it by email to email@example.com. Submit change only if there are following changes (change in affiliation, email or substantial change in number of publications >10). Title the email: Change in editorial profile.
Offers to Our Managing Editors
As a managing editor, you are entitled to also become the editor of the journal. When your issue is launched, your profile will be included on line at: https://bioscience.org/abdlist.htm and https://bioscience.org/home/special/title.htm. Once your name is added to the database of managing editors, visitors can search for it online at https://bioscience.org/home/special/titles.htm.
As the managing editor of the journal, you will be able to freely express your ideas and opinions within the “editor platform.” Your name will become synonymous with the most authoritative voice on the web since we will dedicate an entire site to you. You will be able to implement your own ideas and design features in your special issue which will contain the most referenced articles. You will also be able to link the issue to your own page on the web and vice versa, publish meeting announcements, or other relevant information within your special issue.
You can also post jobs available in your laboratory in the classified ad section of FBS, free of charge. As an active member of managing editor team, you will receive a complimentary annual membership to the Frontiers in Bioscience that will give you an unlimited access to the electronic platforms.
If your special issue is selected amongst the top three platforms, you will also receive an award. The awards will be announced in a ceremonial gathering of all managing editors which will be when the “Encyclopedia of Bioscience” is fully compiled.
Steps in Creation of Special Issues
1. Fill out the managing editor’s form and provide a tentative title and start date of your issue. Please place the managing editor’s form, tentative title and launch date in the body of an E-mail and send it to the editorial office firstname.lastname@example.org. If necessary, you can change these at a later date.
2. To start the process, please prepare and distribute invitation packages to the contributing authors. It is essential that you invite only authors who have published extensively and are well known in the field. The invitation package includes an invitation letter (template letter for invitation of authors) and a submission form.
3. Once you have the names of about 5-30 authors, you can then give the authors a deadline of about 12-24 months after you have received their acceptance letter to submit their manuscripts. You will note, however, that not everyone, because of their heavy schedule, will be able to meet the deadline. However, this will work to your advantage since you will not suddenly receive a large number of manuscripts that need to be peer reviewed. The number of manuscripts to be included in your issue is entirely at your discretion. You can always add manuscripts to your issue at any time.
4. Please note that only high impact articles from scientists, well known in their field, can be considered suitable for publication. The corresponding author should be at least associate professor, be a recipient of an NIH or similar awards, should have published at least 20-50 articles in the field, preferably in high impact journals such as Science, Nature, Cell, etc and should cite such articles in the review.
5. Publication of primary research articles in the special issues requires prior approval of the editorial office of Frontiers in Bioscience for impact determination. We also highly encourage that you send reviews that you feel that they might not have a high impact for determination of impact prior to submission to the peer review process. This is a rapid process that normally takes less than one day and therefore does not add to the duration of peer review.
6. Please advise the authors to review the “Guidelines to Authors” and for each manuscript that they submit to adhere to the formatting instruction of FBS. Author package is available at: https://bioscience.org/home/rmf.htm. There is no limitation on the number of pages, color figures, black and white figures, number of tables or references. To avoid confusion, please advise the authors to submit their manuscripts to you and not to the editorial office of FBS. Please also advise the authors to note that only basic publication of reviews is sponsored by FBS and authors of primary research articles bear the cost of publication. The publication forms are available upon request.
7. Once you receive a manuscript, please arrange the peer review. Each manuscript should be reviewed by at least two reviewers. You can act as one of the reviewers. A second reviewer may be one the authors of your special issue. If possible, please also review the manuscripts to make sure that they are free from grammar and spelling errors and that their formats adhere to the ones recently used by the Frontiers in Bioscience. In case that this is not feasible for you, you can assign the entire review process to this office and notify the authors to submit their manuscripts to the editorial office and provide your name as the managing editor of the special issue.
8. Send the manuscripts that require revision back to the authors.
9. Please consider only the highest quality manuscripts for review. We have started a tradition of excellence at the Frontiers in Bioscience and would like to maintain this high quality. The impact factor of the journal is entirely dependent on the managing editors and the authors of their special issues.
10. Send manuscripts, (not figures) and reviewer comments as an email attachment to the editorial office at email@example.com. In a separate email, please include your name and indicate that you are the managing editor and that the manuscript has been peer reviewed and accepted by you. Please note that a formal acceptance will be sent to the authors after the manuscript is sent to the editorial office of Frontiers in Bioscience.
11. Once a manuscript is received, you will receive an acknowledgment letter. In case that you do not receive such a letter, you can infer that the manuscript has not been received. Upon submission, all publication processes will be done at the Frontiers in Bioscience.
12. Authors, normally receive a first galley for correction and revision within 24-48 hours after the manuscript has been received from you and once corrected by the author, the final manuscript will be published in your issue. On the first day of the month of indexing (Jan 1 and June 1), each manuscript will be entered into databases of indexing services and will be assigned a PubMed and a DOI number. Manuscripts generally go online two months ahead of the indexing date. For example, if the citation date appears as [Frontiers in Bioscience 12, xxxx-xxx, January 1xxxx] on the first page of published manuscript, the date of publication will be Oct 1, xxx and the date of entry of the manuscript into the databases of indexing services will be on January 1, xxxx.
13. When a final galley is received from corresponding author, the manuscript will be published and will be placed in your issue. For manuscripts that are sponsored by FBS, publication is arranged depending on the availability of funds and normally the lead time varies between 6-12 months. Thus, the lead time for publication is at minimum 6 months.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the steps required for publication?
Please have the manuscripts reviewed by two reviewers. If the reviewers request changes, please allow the authors to make the necessary revisions before submitting them to Editorial office of FBS. You can act as one of the reviewers. Upon acceptance, please send the manuscript along with the reviewer comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please send two E-mails, one without the manuscript and one with the attached manuscript. In the first letter, please advise us that you are sending the manuscript so that if the Email with the attachment is not delivered, you can be notified. If you are submitting more than one manuscript, please send each manuscript with a separate Email to avoid confusion. Before notifying the authors that the manuscript has been accepted, please allow the FBS to generate and send the official acceptance letter to the authors. The authors will receive the acceptance letter, galley and the necessary publication forms normally in one day. You will also receive a letter of notification that the acceptance letter, galley and forms have been sent to the corresponding author. If you do not receive such a letter, please send us an E-mail.
Are there reviewer forms?
All the forms for managing editors, authors and reviewers can be found in this package.
What are the limitations for the manuscripts?
There is no limitation on page, figure, table, or reference numbers. However, manuscripts normally do not exceed 15 pages (each page contains about 800 word). Inclusion of figures or tables is not necessary but is encouraged. Each manuscript has 1-10 figures and 1-5 tables. However, the title should be less than 75 characters, the abstract less than 175 words and running title less than 55 characters.
Can the preface be included in an issue?
Yes. A preface is a concise document that provides the foundation for creation of the special issue and describes the significance of the issue. Preface can not be published as a journal article and can not be indexed if it does not follow a manuscript guideline. Each preface should have title, table of contents, abstract, introduction, body and references. Included in the reference section, the citations of all articles in the special issue will be included. For this reason, preface is submitted when all manuscripts of a special issue are published and cited by PubMed.
Can the authors use color figures?
Use of figures with color is encouraged. However, permission for use of any previously published figure should be obtained from publisher of the original artwork before inclusion in the manuscript. The authors can easily obtain such permissions by writing a note to the publisher.
May I send a manuscript for inclusion in my own issue if I am one of the authors?
You can send manuscripts that you have authored for inclusion in your issue. In such a case, please send the manuscript to email@example.com for peer review.
Can a special issue include primary research articles?
Yes. However, if you wish to include a primary research article, please send the manuscript first to firstname.lastname@example.org for review and approval. Only high quality-high impact articles can be considered for publication in FBS. Please note that FBS subsidizes only free publication of reviews only. Authors of primary research articles are responsible for publication fee.
I do not see my name in the list of managing editors (https://bioscience.org/home/special/title.htm).
Your name will be added when the first document of your issue is published. At that time, your issue will be created, your profile will go online and your name will be added to the list of managing editors. As you send more manuscripts, they will be added to your issue. When your issue is complete, you can send a preface to the issue for publication.
I do not see all the manuscripts that I have submitted in my issue?
Your issue is part of many other issues that are included in a normal journal issue. There are two journal issues per year. Normally publications that are indexed on Jan 1, and June 1 of each year go online earlier than these dates. Each journal issue is normally designed to include at least 2000 pages. Creation of these issues normally takes about 6-12 months depending on the number of manuscripts that are received and processed. There are close to 750 managing editors who submit manuscripts at different times and for this reason, completion of these issues depends entirely on the number of and the date of such submissions. Each issue is created to include a well balanced representation in different fields of biology and medicine. Moreover, each manuscript is sent to the author for correction and they all require careful review before the necessary files for submission to Indexing services such as PubMed, Current Contents, CrossRef are created. Therefore, please provide us with an ample time to carry out the work that is required to publish the manuscripts of your issue. On occasion, despite the fact that the manuscripts are sent to the authors, they do not return the galley or return incomplete galley or publication form. Also, the authors might not have received the galley or the forms due to an E-mail failure or deletion of these document. You might contact the authors first to inquire whether they have received and submitted their galley and forms.
When should a new editorial form be submitted?
Anytime that you get a promotion, change your position and move to a new institution and particularly if your Email changes, please submit a new editorial form for substitution of the earlier one. Please do not submit a revised version if there is minimal changes such as an increase in the number of your publications or grant numbers. Please use the form provided above and submit a complete new form for substitution of the old one.
What are the publication dates for manuscripts in my issue?
Journal issues have about 2000 pages and are published in Jan, and June of each year. It is almost impossible to predict as when a journal issue can be assembled. A large number of factors impact this assembly and for this reason, it is quite hard to determine the publication date of a given manuscript. Such factors as when a manuscript is received from managing editor, the duration that it takes for authors to return the galley and publication forms, the time needed to process a manuscript, and the resources available are just few of these variables. There are over 750 managing editors who send manuscripts for their special issues and for this reason, the time of submission of accepted manuscripts is highly variable. Managing editors normally send manuscripts on different dates and for this reason, there is no model that can predict when a journal issue which will have sufficient number of pages can be completed. For all these reasons, please note that we are unable to provide exact publication date for any given manuscript. However, we try our best to publish manuscripts as soon as possible.
Can the articles be updated?
All articles over time get outdated and they should be updated by the authors. Normally, articles are updated every two years. The contents of the published article can be used, however, the title, andabstract should be changed and new contents added so that the manuscript can be considered a new publication. All such articles are peer reviewed for publication.
Template Invitation Letter
Frontiers in Bioscience
Dear Dr. [name of the contributing author]:
“Frontiers in Bioscience” is an eminent, peer-reviewed, online virtual library and journal in medicine and biology on the Internet, dedicated to bringing the most up-to-date information to biologists and physicians. The manuscripts published in the “Frontiers in Bioscience” are cited by the Index Medicus, MEDLINE, Current Contents and other indexing services. We are creating an “Encyclopedia of Bioscience” that is dedicated to the assembly of the latest information of specific topics in biology and medicine. As the managing editor of the journal, I would like to invite you to contribute a manuscript to a special edition in this encyclopedia entitled “indicate the title that you chose for the special edition.” The title that you may wish to consider is: “Choose a tentative title, if you are familiar with the author’s work.” We have planned for publication of these special issues on “specify date.” Therefore, it is greatly appreciated if you would let me know as soon as possible whether you agree to cover this or a related subject. On average, each manuscript is 20-25 pages including the figures and tables. Upon publication, your manuscript will be included in the ” Encyclopedia of Bioscience ” which will ultimately contain nearly 8000 manuscripts. Once your manuscript has been accepted and published in the encyclopedia, we will encourage you to revise the manuscript in a year or two or whenever you feel that an adequate advance in science in the particular subject that you are covering warrants a revision of the on line manuscript. You may delete or add to your first published manuscript to prepare the revised manuscript. After peer review and acceptance of the revised manuscript, it will be assigned a new volume, page number and year. This version of the manuscript will substitute the older version of the manuscript which will be transferred to the previous issues of the journal. This mechanism will insure that the content of the encyclopedia will remain up-to-date and as a lasting treasure for the scientific community. Frontiers in Bioscience is extensively being accessed by scientists and its content is being cited by many authors. This wide distribution will insure that your scholarly contribution will be easily accessible to a large audience around the globe. In addition, if you wish, your manuscript will remain on-line in full text indefinitely, making it possible for any reader to access the information at any time. Please review the content of Frontiers in Bioscience (https://bioscience.org), the current issue (https://bioscience.org/home/home.htm) and the Encyclopedia of Bioscience (https://bioscience.org/home/special/encycl.htm) online. Please also carefully review the guidelines to authors and formatting instructions (https://bioscience.org/home/rmf.htm) on line before submitting a manuscript.
If you agree to contribute a manuscript, please fill out the following submission form and send it to me by E-mail. I suggest that you provide a tentative date for submission, normally 6-12 months after you accept to contribute a manuscript. You can change this date in case that you can not meet the deadline. You can submit either an original article or a review. To avoid confusion, please do not submit your manuscript to the editorial office of the Frontiers in Bioscience. Your manuscript including text and figures should be submitted to me by E-mail as attachment. Once your manuscript is received, it will be peer reviewed and once accepted, you will receive an acceptance letter.
I will be looking forward to your favorable reply.
Author Submission Form
Frontiers in Bioscience
Dear Dr. [name of the contributing author]:
Please fill out this form if you intend to submit a manuscript. This form will help us to assemble this special issue in a timely manner.
Please adhere to the date that you provide on this form. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.
Please specify the type of the manuscript that you will submit:
Review in basic science
Review in clinical science
Primary research article
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