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Open Journal of Genomics

ISSN: 2075-9061
Volume 4, 2017

Author Guidelines

OPEN JOURNAL OF GENOMICS is a scholarly journal that is available online to the reader "free of charge”, the journal primarily based on the peer-reviewed open access mode of publication. Journal committed to the rapid publication processing of original research articles, reviews, and letters in all sub-fields of genomics. The journal publishes articles describing important developments within the field that are of interest for the global scientific community.


Manuscripts could be directly submitted to ojgen@rossscience.org for peer review. Each peer-reviewed manuscript that is published in a Ross Open Journal is openly accessible via the Internet in an easily readable and printable PDF format for free to all.

Manuscript must be submitted by one of the authors of the manuscript, and should not be submitted by anyone on author's behalf. The author(s) must have to confirm that the manuscript (or any part of it) has not been published previously or is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. Furthermore, any illustration, structure or table that has been published elsewhere must be reported, and copyright permission for reproduction must be obtained from the relevant authorities.

For all online submissions, please provide your complete manuscript in the form of a single zipped folder containing soft copies of all the materials (main text in MS Word), figures/illustrations in TIFF, PDF or JPEG, and chemical structures drawn in ChemDraw (CDX) as separate files, while a PDF version of the entire manuscript must also be included, embedded with all the figures/illustrations/tables/chemical structures etc.

A successful electronic submission of a manuscript will be followed by an acknowledgement to the principal/corresponding author within 72 hours of the dispatch of the manuscript.

Any questions with regards to the preparation of and submission of your manuscript to the journal should be addressed to ojgen@rossscience.org and copied to editorial@rossscience.org

MANUSCRIPT PREPARATION: The manuscript should be written in English. All pages must be numbered sequentially, which will facilitate the reviewing and editing processes of the publication.

Manuscript Length:

There is no restriction on the total number of pages, figures, tables, video clips, animation and datasets, that could be included with each published article online. Authors should include all relevant supporting data with each article.

Manuscripts Published:
The Journal accepts letters/ short communications, original research articles, and mini/full-length review articles, article commentaries, proceedings of conferences, brief reports, editorial and translations written in English.

Thematic Issues:
The journal also considers thematic issues for publication. A thematic issue will be a collection of articles (minimum of 5, maximum of 25 articles) based on an important topic within the field. Mini-Thematic Issue is consisting of 3 to 4 articles could also be published. All thematic issues could consist of review and research articles.

Each thematic issue must have at least one Issue Editor, the Issue Editors' main responsibility is to invite the authors for the thematic issue and to conduct peer review of all the submitted manuscripts.

Editorial Board Members of the journal will receive a special discount of 100% on the total Article Processing Charges of their published article in a thematic issue.

Authors from developing countries will be offered discounts on the publication fee. A short summary or proposal, describing the scope of the issue, along with the title of thematic issue should be submitted to the Editorial Office at email to ojgen@rossscience.org

Manuscript Organiztion: Manuscripts for research articles and letters submitted to the respective journals should be divided into the following sections; however, there can be an extension in the number of sections in review articles in accordance with the requirements of the topic.

  • Title
  • Abstract
  • Manuscript Text
  • List of Abbreviations (if applicable)
  • Conflict of Interest (if applicable)
  • Acknowledgements (if applicable)
  • Reference Section
  • Appendices (if applicable)
  • Figures/Illustrations/Schemes (if applicable)
  • Chemical Structures (if applicable)
  • Tables along with Captions (if applicable)
  • Supplementary Material (if applicable)

Title: The title should be precise and must not be more than 100 characters. Authors should not use the non-standard abbreviations within the title. The title must be written in a title case except for articles, conjunctions and prepositions. Authors should also provide a short ‘running title’.

Abstract: A brief summary should be submitted which must not exceed 250 words, summarizing the essential features and the scope of an article. The use of abbreviations should be minimum and the references may be cited in the abstract.

Manuscript Text: The main text should commence on a separate page and should be segregated into separate sections.

For Research articles, the preparation of the manuscript text must be structured into separate sections as:

  1. Introduction
  2. Materials and Methodology
  3. Results and Observations
  4. Discussion
  5. Conclusion

For Review articles, the manuscript should be divided into title page, abstract and the manuscript text. The text may be further subdivided according to the areas to be discussed within the article. The authors should avoid presenting material which has already been published in a previous review. The authors are advised to present and discuss their observations in brief. The manuscript style must be uniform throughout the text and 10 pt Arial fonts should be used. The full term for an abbreviation should precede its first appearance in the text unless it is a standard unit of measurement. The reference numbers should be given in square brackets [] in the text. Italics should be used for Binomial names of organisms (Genus and Species), for emphasis and for unfamiliar words or phrases. Non-assimilated words from Latin or other languages should also be italicized e.g. per se, et al. etc.

Special Characters: All special characters used within the article, MUST be embedded in the text, these special characters should be inserted as a symbol and should not be a generated by the application of any format styling (Symbol font face).

Equations: Chemical equations, chemical names, mathematical usage, unit of measurements, chemical and physical quantity & units must conform to SI and Chemical Abstracts or IUPAC.

Units of Measurements: All kinds of measurements should be reported only in International System of Units (SI).

List of Abbreviations: If abbreviations are used in the text, these should be defined in the text where first used, and a list of abbreviations should be provided.

Conflict of Interest: Financial contributions to the work being reported and discussed, should be clearly acknowledged, as to avoid the conflict of interest.

Acknowledgements: Acknowledgements for anyone (individual/company/institution) who has contributed to the study by making substantial contributions to conception, design, acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data, or who was involved in drafting the manuscript or revising it critically for important intellectual content could also be reported under acknowledgements section.

Reference Section: References must be listed in the ACS Style only. All references should be numbered sequentially [in square brackets] in the text and listed in the same numerical order in the reference section. The reference numbers must be finalized and the bibliography must be fully formatted before submission.

See below few examples of references listed in the ACS Style:

Journal Reference:
[1] Banner DW, Harvary P. Crystallographic analysis at 3.0-A resolution of the binding to human thrombin of four active site-directed inhibitors. J Biol Chem. 1991; 266: 20085-20093.

Book Reference:
[2] Crabtree RH. The Organometallic Chemistry of the Transition Metals, 3rd ed.; Wiley & Sons: New York, 2001.

Book Chapter Reference:
[3] Levey GS, Klein I: Disorders of the thyroid. In Stein JH, ed. Internal Medicine. 5th ed. St Louis: Mosby, 1998: 1323-1349.

Conference Proceedings:
[4] Jakeman DL, Withers SGE. In Carbohydrate Bioengineering: Interdisciplinary Approaches, Proceedings of the 4th Carbohydrate Bioengineering Meeting, Stockholm, Sweden, June 10-13, 2001; Teeri TT, Svensson B, Gilbert HJ, Feizi T, Eds.; Royal Society of Chemistry: Cambridge, UK, 2002; pp. 3-8.

[5] National Library of Medicine. Specialized Information Services: Toxicology and Environmental Health. http://sis.nlm.nih.gov/Tox/ToxMain.html (accessed May 23, 2004).

[6] Hoch JA, Huang S. Screening methods for the identification of novel antibiotics. U.S. Patent 6,043,045, March 28, 2000.

[7] Kirby CW. Thesis, University of Waterloo, 2000.

Some important points:

  • All references MUST be complete and accurate.
  • All authors MUST be cited and there should be no use of the phrase et al.
  • Online citations should include the date of access.
  • Journal abbreviations should follow the Index Medicus (MEDLINE).
  • Reference format should be strictly followed as mentioned above in the examples.
  • Avoid using superscript in the in-text citations and reference section.
  • Abstracts, unpublished data and personal communications (which can only be included if prior permission has been obtained) should not be given in the reference section but they may be mentioned in the text and details provided as footnotes.
  • The authors will be encouraged to use a recent version of EndNote or Reference Manager when formatting their reference list, as this allows references to be automatically extracted.

Appendices: In case there is a need to present lengthy, but essential methodological details, use appendices, which can be a part of the article. The information should be provided in a condensed form, ruling out the need of full sentences. A single appendix should be titled APPENDIX, while more than one could be titled as APPENDIX A, APPENDIX B, and so on.

Figures/Illustrations/Schemes: The authors should provide the figures as separate files, as well as embedded in the text file, and figures should be numbered consecutively in the order of their appearance. Each figure should include a single illustration. Each figure should be closely cropped to minimize the amount of white space surrounding the illustration.

If a figure consists of separate parts, it is important that a single composite illustration file be submitted, containing all parts of the figure.


For Line Art image type, which is generally an image based on lines and text and does not contain tonal or shaded areas, the preferred file format is TIFF or EPS, with colour mode being Monochrome 1-bit or RGB, in a resolution of 900-1200 dpi.

For Halftone image type, which is generally a continuous tone photograph and contains no text, the preferred file format is TIFF, with colour mode being or RGB or Grayscale, with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi.

For Combination image type, which is generally an image containing halftone in addition to text or line art elements, the preferred file format is TIFF, with colour mode being or RGB or Grayscale, in a resolution of 500-900 dpi.


For illustrations, the following file formats are acceptable:

  • EPS (preferred format for diagrams)
  • PDF (also especially suitable for diagrams)
  • PNG (preferred format for photos or images)
  • Microsoft Word (version 5 and above; figures must be a single page)
  • PowerPoint (figures must be a single page)
  • TIFF
  • JPEG (conversion should be done using the original file)
  • BMP
  • CDX (ChemDraw)

Ross Science will not process figures submitted in GIF format.


  • Data Tables should be submitted in Microsoft Word table format.
  • Each table should include a title/caption being explanatory in itself with respect to the details discussed in the table. Detailed legends may then follow.
  • Table number in bold font i.e. Table 1, should follow a title. The title should be in small case with the first letter in caps. A full stop should be placed at the end of the title.
  • Tables should be embedded in the text exactly according to their appropriate placement in the submitted manuscript.
  • Columns and rows of data should be made visibly distinct by ensuring that the borders of each cell are displayed as black lines.
  • Tables should be numbered in Arabic numerals sequentially in order of their citation in the body of the text.
  • If a reference is cited in both the table and text, please insert a lettered footnote in the table to refer to the numbered reference in the text.
  • Tabular data provided as additional files can be submitted as an Excel spreadsheet.

Supplementary Material: We do encourage to append supplementary material, for example a PowerPoint file containing a talk about the study, a PowerPoint file containing additional screenshots, a Word, RTF, or PDF document showing the original instrument(s) used, a video, or the original data (SAS/SPSS files, Excel files, Access Database files, etc) provided it is inevitable or endorsed by the journal's Editorial Management.

Published/reproduced material should not be included unless you have obtained written permission from the copyright holder, which must be forwarded to the Editorial Office in case of acceptance of your article for publication.

Supportive/Supplementary material intended for publication must be numbered and referred to in the manuscript but should not be a part of the submitted paper. In-text citations as well as a section with the heading "Supplementary Material" before the "References" section should be provided. Here, list all Supplementary Material and include a brief caption line for each file describing its contents.

Any additional files will be linked into the final published article in the form supplied by the author, but will not be displayed within the paper. These will be made available in exactly the same form as originally provided, only on our Website. Please also make sure that each additional file is a single table, figure or movie (please do not upload linked worksheets). Supplementary material must be provided in a single zipped file not larger than 10 MB.

Authors must clearly indicate if these files are not for publication but meant for the reviewers'/editors' perusal only.

Permission for Reprodution: Published/reproduced material MUST NOT be included unless you have obtained written permission from the copyright holder, which should be forwarded to the Editorial Office in case of acceptance of your article for publication.

Authors Affiliations: The author will be required to provide their full names, the institutional affiliations and the location, with an asterisk in front of the name of the principal/corresponding author. The corresponding author(s) should be designated and their complete address, business telephone and fax numbers and email address must be stated to receive correspondence and galley proofs.

PUBLICATION PROCESSING: All manuscripts submitted for publication will be immediately subjected to peer-reviewing, usually in consultation with the members of the Editorial Advisory Board and a number of external referees. Authors may, however, provide in their Author Endorsement , the contact details (including email addresses) of four potential peer reviewers for their paper. Any peer reviewers suggested should not have recently published with any of the authors of the submitted manuscript and should not be members of the same research institution.

Proof Corrections: Authors are required to proofread the PDF versions of their manuscripts before submission. To avoid delays in publication, proofs should be checked immediately for typographical errors and returned within 48 hours. Major changes are not acceptable at the proof stage. If unable to send corrections within 48 hours due to some reason, the author(s) must at least send an acknowledgement on receiving the galley proofs or the article will be published exactly as received and the publishers will not be responsible for any error occurring in the manuscript in this regard.

The corresponding author will be solely responsible for ensuring that the revised version of the manuscript incorporating all the submitted corrections receives the approval of all the authors of the manuscript.

Copyright: Authors who publish in ROSS OPEN Journals retain copyright to their work. Submission of a manuscript to the respective journals implies that all authors have read and agreed to the content of the Author Endorsement or the Terms and Conditions. It is a condition of publication that manuscripts submitted to this journal have not been published and will not be simultaneously submitted or published elsewhere. Plagiarism is strictly forbidden, and by submitting the article for publication the authors agree that the publishers have the legal right to take appropriate action against the authors, if plagiarism or fabricated information is discovered. Once submitted to the journal, the author will not withdraw their manuscript at any stage prior to publication.

Articles are licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution non-commercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/) which permits unrestricted, non-commercial use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, providing that the work is properly cited.

Article Processing Charges: Publishing with open access is not without costs. ROSS Open defrays those costs from article-processing charges, because it does not have subscription charges for its research content, believing instead that immediate, world-wide, barrier-free, open access to the full text of research articles is in the best interests of the scientific community.

What do the article-processing charges pay for?

  • Immediate world-wide barrier-free open access to the full text.
  • Developing and maintaining electronic tools for peer review and publication.
  • Preparation in various formats for online publication.
  • Securing inclusion in CrossRef (enabling electronic citation in other journals that are available electronically).

The article processing charges for each article published in the journal are given below:


Article Type
Actual Charges
Discounted Charges
US$ 600
US$ 600
US$ 500
US$ 500
Case Report
US$ 500
US$ 500
Letter/Mini Review
US$ 400
US$ 400
US$ 600
US$ 300
US$ 500
US$ 250
Case Report
US$ 500
US$ 250
Letter/Mini Review
US$ 400
US$ 200

Once the paper is accepted for publication, the author will receive by email an Article Processing Charges (APC) Payment Form, within which payment details have been mentioned. Submissions from the Editorial Board Members of the journal will receive a 100% Discount. Submissions by authors from developing countries will receive discounts on the total article processing charges.

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