Author Guidelines

Editorial Procedure

Ciencia adheres to a double-blind review process. Prior to submitting their paper, authors are requested to take note of the following:

  • The manuscript is composed of 6,000-8000 words maximum including references;
  • The manuscript should be blinded, strictly not mentioning the author names and affiliations on the title page;
  • A title page, submitted in a separate file, is provided to include the author names, affiliations and contact details of the corresponding author. Disclosures or research funding particulars are mentioned here.

 

Manuscript Submission

It is implied that submitting a manuscript means that the research project has not been published previously. It also implies that it was not under review for publication in any other journals. There should be a consent from   the co-authors and from the institutional authorities where the project was undertaken. Should there be any claims for compensation, the publisher must not be legally bound to settle any monetary demands.

Permission

The inclusion of published figures, tables or excerpts by authors should be sought approval from the copyright owner/s for both hypertext and printed text formats. Evidence of the approved permission should be included. Without submitting the evidence, the material is assumed to be originated from the authors.

Title Page

Please Follow the required template for title page below:

  • A title that is brief and informative
  • The author/s’ affiliation/s such as the  institution, department, city, state, country
  • A fully active and functional e-mail address of the corresponding author
  • The 16-digit ORCID of the author/s if available.

 

Abstract

Please include an abstract of 150-250 words which do not state vague abbreviations and unverified or unspecified references.

Key Words

Please include 4 to 6 keywords for the purpose of indexing.

Funding

If the research project is funded, state the name of the funding agency.

Conflicts of Interest/Competing Interest

Please provide appropriate disclosures.

 Availability of Data and Material

Please make all data and material ready for transparency if and when a reviewer would require the proponents to do so.

Code Availability

All software applications or any custom coding used is made readily available during the review process.

Text Formatting

Submit the manuscripts in Word file.  Please be guided to use the following:

  • A normal font, plain 12-point in Times New Roman style for text;
  • Italics is used  for emphasis;
  • Field functions are not used;
  • A tab stop command for indention is preferred not the space bar;
  • In making tables, the table function is utilized not spreadsheet;
  • For equations, the equation editor or MathType is used;
  • Save the file in docx format (Word 2007 or higher).

If mathematical figures are utilized, the manuscripts can also be submitted in LaTex  format.

LaTeX macro package (Download zip, 188 kB) 

Headings

Please limit to only three levels of specified headings.

Abbreviations

Define the abbreviations at first mention and stated consistently all through out the text.

Footnotes

Footnotes could be utilized to provide added information that may state the citation of a source that is part of the reference list. These are not consisted entirely of a reference citation. Avoid the inclusion of bibliographic particulars of a reference. Figures or tables should also be avoided in footnoting.

Acknowledgements

Place the acknowledgements of people, grants, funds and the like in a separate section on the title page.

References

Citation

Refer to the quick guide on how to cite sources using the American Association Format (APA) Version 7.

https://libraryguides.vu.edu.au/apa-referencing/7GettingStarted#s-lg-box-wrapper-24941435

Reference List

Refer to the quick guide on how to reference sources using the American Association Format (APA) Version 7.

https://libraryguides.vu.edu.au/apa-referencing/7GettingStarted#s-lg-box-wrapper-24941435

Tables

  • The numbering of tables should be in an Arabic numeral format.
  • Citation of tables is done in text successively in numerical order.
  • Please supply a title caption for each table describing the content of the table.
  • Properly cite published sources by specifying the original material at the end of the table caption.
  • A superscript lower-case letter (Or asterisks for significant values and other statistical data) should be used when footnoting tables and these are included under the table.
  • Use horizontal lines, not vertical lines in constructing tables.

 

Statistics

Refer to a quick guide in reporting quantitative data using APA format.

https://my.ilstu.edu/~jhkahn/apastats.html

https://www.statisticssolutions.com/reporting-statistics-in-apa-format/

Avoid reporting the data in a paragraph and repeating the results in a  table format.  Just report the data in either a paragraph or a table so as not to commit redundancy in writing the results of your study.

In reporting ANOVA data, the p-value should be presented along with the effect size in the form of partial eta squared (ηp 2).

 

Artwork and Illustrations

Electronic Figure Submission

  • All figures are to be supplied electronically
  • Specify the graphics program utilized to create the artwork.
  • The acceptable format is EPS for vector graphics. Use TIFF format for halftones. MSOffice is also preferred.
  • The fonts should be embedded in the files if vector graphics are utilized.
  • Name your figure files with “Fig” followed by number figure, for example Fig1.eps.

 

Line Art

  • Preferred definition: Black and white graphic with no shading.
  • Avoid faint lines and/or lettering and ensure that all lines and letters in the figures are readable at your final draft.
  • 1mm (.03 pt.) wide is the preferred positioning of the lines.
  • A minimum resolution of 1200 dpi is required for scanned line drawings.

 

Halftone Art

  • Preferred definition: paintings, drawings or photographs wit fine shading are allowed.
  • Indicate the magnification used in photos by employing scale bars in the figures.
  • The minimum resolution of 300 dpi is preferred in halftones.

 

Color Art

  • Color art is published for free.
  • Please ensure that the main information is legible if black and white print version is shown.
  • If black and white figures are printed, avoid referring to color as legends in the captions.
  • RGB in 8 bits per channel is preferable for color illustrations.

 

Figure Lettering

  • Helvetica or Arial (sans serif fonts) is preferred for lettering.
  • Be consistent sizing your letters until the final artwork following about 2-3 mm (8-12 pt)
  • Difference in sizes within an illustration has to be slight. For example, do not use 8-pt type on an axis and 20-pt type.
  • Do not use effects like outline letters and shading
  • Avoid the inclusion of titles or caption in your figures.

 

Figure Numbering

  • Arabic numerals are the required numbering for all figures.
  • Citation in text in successive numerical order is acceptable for reporting figures.
  • Lowercase letters (a, b, c etc.) are used to denote figure parts.
  • If appendix is used with one or more figures, continue the consecutive numbering. Avoid numbering the appendix, “A1,A2, A3, etc.”

 

Figure Captions

  • State a concise caption that describes accurately the figure. Include the captions in the text file of the manuscript not in the figure file.
  • Begin the figure captions with “Fig.” in bold type succeeded by the figure number in bold type as well.
  • Do not include any punctuation after the number and at the end of the caption.
  • Describe all components in the figure as part of the figure caption. Use shapers like boxes, circles, arrows and the like as coordinate points in your graphic illustration.
  • Specify published materials by citing the original source at the end of the figure caption.

 

Figure Placement and Size

  • If possible, figures should be presented separately from the text.
  • Figures should fit in the column width.

 

 

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