Instructions for Authors: Preparing and Submitting an Abstract
Contributors to Toxins 2017 Supplement Issue of Toxicon
Please ensure the following:
- Full contact information for the corresponding author and names of the co-authors is provided.
- The abstract is prepared in English.
- The character count of the abstract does not exceed 2000 characters including spaces (approximately 500 words). The character count does not include author information. You may submit one chart or figure. Inclusion in the publication is subject to space limitations.
A maximum of 6 keywords is permitted.
Abstracts must be uploaded to this website portal by clicking on the “Abstract Submit Button” shown below.
The deadline date to submit abstracts is Friday, September 30, 2016.
The abstract should be concise and factual. Each abstract should briefly state the purpose of the research, the principal results, and major conclusions. Abstracts should be structured as follows:
Titles should be concise, specific, and informative, and should relate to the key points of the work.
Author names and affiliations
Information should include author name, affiliation, city, state/province/region, and country. To specify individual author information, use lower case letters of the alphabet sequentially next to the author’s name and corresponding author information. The author information should appear immediate after the author name listing.
Corresponding author contact information
Information should include: author name, affiliation, e-mail address, mailing address, city, state/province/region, zip /postal code, and country. The corresponding author should be indicated with an asterisk after his/her name in the listing of authors. The corresponding contact information should appear immediately after the line listing the authors’ information.
Briefly state the precise objectives of the research or study question and explanatory background.
Clearly state the experimental methodology. Describe the study setting, basic design of the study, its duration, and the duration of follow-up. State the clinical disorder(s), important eligibility criteria, key sociodemographic features of patients, and number of participants. Explain the interventions (for clinical trials) or exposures (for observational trials).
Results should be clear and concise. The main outcomes of the study should be reported and quantified, including baseline characteristics and final included/analyzed sample, along with confidence intervals or P values.
The main conclusions that are supported by the study should be presented indicating clinical or health policy implications.
Immediately after the abstract a maximum of 6 keywords should be provided to be used for indexing purposes. General and plural terms and multiple concepts should be avoided. Abbreviations should be used sparingly; only abbreviations firmly established in the field should be used.
Abbreviations should be defined at their first mention in the text, and should be used consistently throughout the abstract.
Ensure that each illustration has a caption comprising a brief title and a description of the illustration. For pictures or images, accepted formats are jpg, gif, png, and pdf. Picture files should be saved to the smallest file size of acceptable visual quality.
Tables should be numbered consecutively in accordance with their appearance in the text and should carry a descriptive label.
Figures and tables should be called out next to the relevant text in the manuscript.
Every reference cited in the text should also appear in the reference list (and vice versa).
There are no strict requirements on reference formatting at submission. References can be in any style or format as long as the style is consistent. Where applicable, name(s) of author(s), journal/book title, chapter title/article title, year of publication, volume number/book chapter, and the page numbers must be present.
Financial support of the research being published should be indicated.
Please see accompanying sample abstract for additional guidance. Submitted abstracts that do not comply with the required format will be returned for proper formatting.
The following list will be useful during the final checking of an article prior to sending it to the journal for review.
Ensure that the following items are present:
One author has been designated as the corresponding author with contact details:
- E-mail address
- Full postal address
All necessary files have been uploaded, and contain:
- All figures with captions
- All tables (including titles)
- The manuscript has been “spell-checked” and “grammar-checked”
- All references mentioned in the reference list are cited in the text and vice versa
- Permission has been obtained for the use of copyrighted material from other sources (including the Internet)