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Instruction for Authors


    Instructions to Authors

    Bulletin of Botanical Research (BBR) is a multidisciplinary academic journal, founded in 1959, sponsored by Northeast Forestry University  in China. It was changed from quarterly to bimonthly in 2006, with 160 pages in A4 format. BBR aims to report the high creativity, significant achievements and scientific development related to any aspect of new taxonomical group, molecular biology, genetic engineering, plant cytology, phytochemistry, plant genetics, plant physiology, and community ecology. BBR has become an important academic journal in botany, with international effect in a certain sense.

    BBR has been included or indexed by the following literature databases, such as Index kewensis, EBSCO,BIOSIS Previews,CAB Abstracts, Center for Agriculture and Bio-science Abstracts, BAP,  CA,Chemical Abstracts SciFinder Scholar, CSA, Cambridge Scientific Abstracts, Ulrich's Periodicals Directory, VINITI,Abstracts Journal, Japan Science & Technology Agency,  Chinese Science Citation Database (CSCD), Chinese Biological Abstract (CBA), Chinese Biological Abstract Database (CBAD), Chinese Academic Journal (CD), Chinese Journal Full-text Database (CNKI), Wanfang Data Information Site (Chinainfo), Chinese Database of Science and Technology Periodicals (VIP). Contributions from authors of all nationalities are welcome. Contributors are strongly encouraged to read these instructions carefully before preparing a manuscript for submission and to check the manuscript for compliance with these notes before submitting it for publication.


    Manuscript preparation

    1. Authors should submit their manuscripts to Bulletin of Botanical Research (BBR) online to facilitate efficient processing. Electronic submission substantially reduces the editorial processing and reviewing time and shortens overall publication time. Manuscripts sent to the authors for revision within 3 months; otherwise, the authors may consider for publication anywhere else. Submission of a manuscript implies: that the work described has not been published before; that it is not under consideration for publication anywhere else; that its publication has been approved by all co-authors, if any, as well as by the responsible authorities at the institute where the work has been carried out. The publisher will not be held legally responsible should there be any claims for compensation. The 'Copyright Transfer Statement' must be signed and faxed to the publisher together with the corrected proofs which will be provided by the publisher shortly after the manuscript has been accepted for publication.

    2. A manuscript can be written in Chinese or English. Please arrange your manuscript as follows: title (no more than 20 words), names of all authors (no more than 6), academic and/or other professional affiliations of all authors (City and zip code), abstract, keywords (3-8 words), China Library Classification number, text, acknowledge, reference, plate description. Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be named in an Acknowledgement section.

    3. A manuscript must place the brief introduction of the first author (including birthday, sex, professional title, academic degree, and research direction) and expenditure source (project name and grant number) on the underside of the first page.

    4. Genus and species names and words to be emphasized should be typed in italic script, or, if this is not available, underlined. The International System of Units should be used wherever possible. Tables should be drawn with 3 horizontal lines, at the top and bottom of the table and between the column headings and the table body. Vertical lines are not used between the columns unless necessary to avoid confusion. When special explanations are needed for certain items in the table, mark them with a), b),…, then give a brief explanation under the table. Submitting tables with an appropriate legend at the head, and numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals in the order in which they are first referenced in the text. Plan tables to fit either one or two column widths (7.6 or 16.6 cm), and to be no taller than 23 cm on the printed page (including the legend). Limit the number of illustrations (graphs, diagrams, photographs) to the minimum needed to clarify the text. The figure number, the author’s name, and an indication of orientation should be written lightly with a soft, black pencil on all figures submitted, either in the margin or on the back. Lettering must be provided by the author. All elements in the drawing should be large enough to withstand reduction. Both axes of graphs must be labeled. The vertical axis must be labeled sideways and read from bottom to top. Photographs must be of high qualify, exhibit high contrast, and be printed on glazed paper. Trim them neatly at right angles to show only essential features. Photomicrographs must have an internal, labeled, scale marker, and the magnification must also be stated in the legend. Plan photographs or groups of photographs to fit either one or two column widths (5-6 cm or 10-13 cm), and to be no taller than 23 cm on the printed page (including the legend). Neatly mount them on a white card, with no space between the individual print. Irregularly or asymmetrically arranged groups of photographs will not be accepted. Letter the individual photographs alphabetically in capitals. Citation in the text should take the form of “Figure 1A” and “Figure 3,4B, and 6”. Submit original photographs for publication and photocopies for each reviewer’s manuscript.

    5. References should be listed in the same order as cited in the text. Unpublished papers, preprint and personal letters should not be referenced, but may be placed in the footnotes. References are to be cited as follows: *Book: Serial number; name and initial(s) of all authors; title; place of publication; publisher; year; Example: Peebles P Z, Jr. Probability, random variable, and random signal principles [M].4th ed. New York: McGraw Hill, 2001. *Single contributions in a book: Serial number; name(s) and initial(s) of all authors; title of article; editor(s); title of book; edition; volume number; place of publication; publisher; year; page numbers Example: WEINSTEIN L,SWERTZ M N. Pathogenic properties of invading microorganism //SODEMAN W A, Jr., SODEMAN W A. Pathologic physiology: mechanisms of disease. Philadelphia: Saunders, 1974: 745-772. *Journal papers: Serial number; name(s) and initial(s) of all authors; full title; journal title (abbreviated in accordance with international practice); year; volume number; first and last page numbers Example: Des Marais D J, Strauss H, Summons R E, et al. Carbon isotope evidence for the stepwise oxidation of the Proterozoic environment [J]. Nature, 1992, 359: 605-609. *Dissertation: Serial number; name of author, title, place granted, institution granted, year Example: Calms R B. Infrared spectroscopic studies on solid oxygen [D]. Berkeley: Univ. of California, 1965. 6.

    6. Manuscripts are selected for publication according to the editorial assessment of their sustainability and the evaluation of independent reviewers. Papers are usually sent to two or more reviewers (single-blind review). Editorial staff will edit accepted papers to improve the accuracy and clarity and shorten them, if necessary.

    7. When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author's obligation to promptly notify editors and cooperation with them to either retract the paper or to publish an appropriate correction statement.

    8. The manuscript review fee is 600 yuan per article, which does not need to be paid by the author and is borne by our journal. The author needs to pay paper charge after the manuscript has been accepted for publication. While the layout fee is charged, the corresponding remuneration shall be deducted and will not be distributed separately. We will send two copies to the author after publication.


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    Address: Editorial Board of Bulletin of Botanical Research, Northeast Forestry University, No.51 Hexing Road, Harbin 150040 Heilongjiang, P.R. China

    Tel: +86-0451-82190611

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