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International Journal of Nature and Life Sciences is an open access, international and double blind peer-reviewed e-journal. Articles sent to the journal are requested to review by two referees as long as suitable for our focus and content. Two positive decisions are required for a manuscript to be considered for publication. In case one of the referees reviews the articles positively and the other negatively, Editorial Board examines referees' reviews and may decide to send the article to a third referee to review or return it to its author. If any of the referees accept the article with revisions requiring, Editorial Board makes the final decision and reserve the right to reject it in case revision are not made.
Aims and Scope
International Journal of Nature and Life Sciences aims to contribute to the literature by publishing manuscripts at the highest scientific level on all fields of botany, biology and pharmacology. The journal publishes original articles, reviews and short communications that are prepared in accordance with the ethical guidelines.
The scope of the journal includes but not limited to; biological and pharmacological effects, biochemistry, biophysics, molecular biology, microbiology, and aquatic biology on topics research and review articles are published. The target audience of the journal includes specialists and professionals working and interested in all disciplines of botany.
The editorial and publication processes of the journal are shaped in accordance with the guidelines of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), World Association of Medical Editors (WAME), Council of Science Editors (CSE), Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
A. Publication Language
1. Articles and all appendices are accepted in English only.
2. Authors are responsible for the English proofreading of the papers.
3. Editorial board may request the language reduction during the evaluation process of the submitted article.
4. If the article is accepted for the Journal, it will not be published before the language reduction.
B. Plagiarism Policy
Respecting intellectual property rights is a foundational principle of the International Journal of Nature and Life Sciences (IJNLS)'s Codes of Ethics. Plagiarism, in which one misrepresents ideas, words, computer codes or other creative expression as one's own, is a clear violation of such ethical principles. Plagiarism can also represent a violation of copyright law, punishable by statute. Plagiarism manifests itself in a variety of forms, including. Verbatim copying, near-verbatim copying, or purposely paraphrasing portions of another author's paper. Copying elements of another author's paper, such as equations or illustrations that are not common knowledge, or copying or purposely paraphrasing sentences without citing the source. Verbatim copying of portions of another author's paper with citing but not clearly differentiating what text has been copied (e.g., not applying quotation marks correctly) and/or not citing the source correctly.
Self-plagiarism is a related issue. In this document we define self-plagiarism as the verbatim or near-verbatim reuse of significant portions of one's own copyrighted work without citing the original source. Note that self-plagiarism does not apply to publications based on the author's own previously copyrighted work (e.g., appearing in a conference proceedings) where an explicit reference is made to the prior publication. Such reuse does not require quotation marks to delineate the reused text but does require that the source be cited.
Plagiarism can be said to have clearly occurred when large chunks of text have been cut-and-pasted. Such manuscripts would not be considered for publication in IJNLS. Plagiarism in any form, at any level, is unacceptable and is considered a serious breach of professional conduct, with potentially severe ethical and legal consequences. All authors are deemed to be individually and collectively responsible for the content of papers published by IJNLS.
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Manuscripts with excessive duplication will be rejected.
A) Article Writing Codes Last update: 18.10.2018
The articles that are sent to be evaluated for publication in International Journal of Nature and Life Sciences are designed according to the rules stated below:
1. Please write your text in good English. The length of the article should not exceed 30 pages. The softcopy of the article is to be typed in Times New Roman font as a Microsoft Word document. Margins are: 2,5 cm on the top, 2,5 cm at the bottom, 2.5 cm from the right and left.
2.The title of the article aligned in the centre in bold with font-size 14.
3. Author(s’) name(s), name of the current institution, department name and e mail address are to be filled in on the copyring form. Since the blind refereeing is employed in the journal, information about the author(s) should not be mentioned on the article.
4. Initially, there has to be a ‘abstract’ of the article in at most 200 words. Key words (at most 6 words) are to be written.
5. Titles in the text are to be numerated with Arabic figures (e.g. 1., 1.1,1.1.2...etc.) with depth not more than
6. The main titles are to be in font-size 12 in bold, the subtitles and the followings are to be in font size 12, in bold and italics.
The text must be written in 1.5 - spaced 12 point-size.
7. Tables and diagrams are to be titled and numerated. Titles must be positioned above the tables (e.g. Table 1. Name of the table), and under the figures (e.g. Figure 1. Name of the figure).
8. References (APA style) to the sources must be given in parenthesis in the text (e.g. Satıl, 2015; Kıvcak et al., 2016; Korkmaz and Selvi, 2016; Zain and Khan, 2017).
9. All the sources referred in the text following the rules stated above must be acknowledged in the bibliography, and sources that are not cited in the text should not be on this list. Sources must be put in alphabetical order and must be regulated according to the examples shown in ‘bibliography writing’ part.
10. To present the last form of the article organized according to the publication rules before the publication process is in the author’s charge; the articles are not published unless they are presented in the appropriate text format.
11. Please note that we accept manuscript in .doc, and .docx formats. Figures and table should be submitted inside of the main manuscript. Please see our Instruction for Authors and Author Guidelines link (Acknowledgements is also strongly recommended).
13. Manuscript processing charges: only for ACCEPTED manuscript USD 50 (for domestic authors 150 TL.) per manuscript (Fast publication: USD 70 - 250 TL.).
B) Reference Examples - APA (American Psychological Association) style
- Erdem, F., Doğan, G., Kıran, Y., Evren, H. (2017). Morphological, anatomical, palynological and karyological characters of endemic Sideritis vulcanica (Lamiaceae) from Turkey. Internetional Journal of Nature and Life Sciences, 1 (1), 1-11.
- Polat, R., Cakilcioglu, U., Satıl, F. (2013). Traditional uses of medicinal plants in Solhan (Bingöl-Turkey). Journal of Ethnopharmacol, 148 (3), 951-963. doi:10.1016/j.jep.2013.05.050
Books, Proceedings of Conferences
- Baytop, T. (1999). Therapy with Medicinal Plants in Turkey (Past and Present). Istanbul: Nobel.
- Davis, P. H. (Ed.) 1965–1985. Flora of Turkey and the East Aegean Islands (vol. 1–9). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
- Erdoğan, T., Değirmenci, P., Çakılcıoğlu, U., Demirci, B., Başer, K. C. H., Kıvcak, B. (2014). Essential oil composition of Centaurea aggregata Fisch. & Mey. ex. DC. subs. aggregata. 45. International Symposium on Essential Oils (ISEO), 07-10 September, İstanbul, Turkey. Natural Volatiles and Essential Oils, Special Issue, 1, 250.
- Koenig, W. A., Joulain, D., & Hochmuth, D. H. ( 2004). Terpenoids and related constituents of essential oils. MassFinder (3. edition). D. H., Hochmuth (Ed.). Convenient and Rapid Analysis of GCMS, Hamburg, Germany.
- Khatun, S. (2014). Management of fusarial wilt of the medicinal plant, Coleus forskohlii (Willd.) Briq. PhD. Thesis, Burdwan University, India.