Scope and policy
ACTA BIOLOGICA COLOMBIANA (ABC) is published every four months and divulgates original unpublished results on basic and applied biological research. Manuscripts can be formatted as reviews, research articles, assays, brief communications or news and views communications.
The Journal Editorial board evaluates the scientific merit of all manuscripts, and then sends them for peer review process. Manuscripts can be submitted written in Spanish, English or Portuguese, but the title, abstract and key words must ALWAYS be submitted in both English and Spanish. For manuscripts written in Portuguese, title, abstract and key words must appear in the three ABC languages. All published manuscripts will also appear in the Journal’s web page.
All manuscripts submitted to ABC must respect the guidelines that appear under the Instructions for Authors section. ABC’s editorial board reserves the right to make format changes to the original manuscript. ABC welcomes contributions from anyone wishing to submit, as long as these are within the subject area of the journal and are structured in one of the following formats:
Form and preparation of manuscripts
TYPES OF WORKS
Review articles. It is a manuscript that discusses the current state of knowledge on a particular topic. In it, the author also establishes his/her input and opinion on the subject. The topics covered in these types of articles should be of paramount importance in the area. The maximum number of pages is 30, double-spaced Word document.
Review articles will be accepted for filing only upon invitation and evaluation of the Editorial Committee of the journal.
Research articles. They are scientific writings of original results that include abstract, introduction, materials and methods, results-discussion, acknowledgments and references. They should not exceed 30 pages.
Assays. These are comments were the authors state a personal and critical position about a particular subject based on their work and the literature.
Brief Communications. They are concise and critical comments on an original result of a specific subject in biology in a maximum of 5 pages. Text body should be made without dividing into introduction, materials and methods, etc.. When absolutely necessary, figures or tables can be included, with a maximum of two figures or tables per work.
News and Views. These are concise comments that state the current understanding of a specific subject in biology in approximated 5 pages.
MANUSCRIPT PREPARATION AND SUBMISSION
INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUMISSION OF MANUSCRIPT AND FIGURES
This journal follows the norms of Vancouver for the preparation of manuscripts, adjusted as follows:
Author (s). Each authors’ name should appear in capitals, with the highest academic degree, working center, city and country. Likewise, the name and address of the author in charge of manuscript correspondence should be specified.
Abstract. The abstract includes the central objective of the work, basic procedures (selection of study subjects; observation and analysis methods), most important findings (including specific information or data and statistical analyses when possible) and main conclusions. The newest and more relevant observations of the work must be emphasized. Maximum length is 250 words. It must be submitted in both, Spanish and English.
Key words. Maximum five key words. Use internationally accepted standard words for compilation purposes; they should not be included in the title of the work (common and scientific names, concepts, etc.). Must be submitted in English and Spanish, and organized alphabetically.
Introduction. It should describe the objective of the work and summarize its logical fundaments. Only opportune references must be included, but no data or results.
Methods. Identify the methods, apparatus (give the manufacturer’s name in parentheses), and procedures in sufficient detail to allow others to reproduce the results. Provide literature references for established methods, including statistical methods (see below); offer references and brief descriptions for methods that have been published but are not well known; describe new or substantially modified methods, give reasons for using them, and evaluate their limitations. Identify precisely all drugs and chemicals used, including generic name(s), dose(s), and route(s) of administration.
Authors submitting reviews should include a section describing the methods used for locating,
Results. These will be presented in a logical order, highlighting or summarizing only the most relevant observations. The information contained in the text should not be repeated in tables and figures.
Discussion. It will highlight new and important aspects of the study and the conclusions derived from them. Avoid repeat in detail data or other material already provided in the Introduction or Results sections. The findings will be linked to the objectives of the study and avoid making unqualified statements and conclusions not fully supported by the data. State new hypotheses when clearly justified. Where appropriate, recommendations based on the results will be included.
Acknowledgements. Name all support received for the study in the form of grants, equipment, or reagents. Name those who have provided their intellectual support but whose contributions do not justify authorship, described their contribution, for example, "scientific advice", "critical review of the research project", "data collection ". Technical assistance would be acknowledged in a separate paragraph.
Bibliographic references must be written as follows:
When there are several references in the text they must be cited in chronological order (from oldest to newest), separated by semicolon.
References. Use only strictly necessary references. Before sending the manuscript please check that all citations in the text match those listed in this section and are correctly written in the entire manuscript. It is appropriate to cite as reference abstracts presented at conferences or other scientific meetings. The reference to works accepted for publication but not yet published should appear as "in press", indicating the name of the journal; authors should obtain written permission to cite this work and proof that they are accepted for publication. Information on papers submitted but not accepted should appear in the text as "unpublished observations" and provide with written consent of those responsible for the information source.
As far as possible avoid expressions such as "personal communication" unless this type of information is essential and cannot be obtained from published sources. In these cases, the person's name and date of carrying out the communication must appear in brackets in the text. For data appearing in scientific articles, authors need to obtain written permission from the source of information, and determine of the accuracy of the same. Author(s) must verify the references to the original documents.
References should include last name and initials of all authors. References should be organized in alphabetical order, beginning with the first author.
Use abbreviated journals names according to the style used in NCBI-Journals:
Abbreviations of scientific journals are also available at: ISI Journal Title Abbreviations, Web of Science Help, Caltech Library Journal Title Abbreviations.
To cite articles:
-Six or less than six authors: Include all authors.
-More than six authors: Include until the first six authors and then write et al.
CLEMENT J, DE BOCK R. Hematological Complications of Antavirus Nephropathy (HVN) [summary]. Kidney Int. 1992;42:1285.
Books and others monographs
DARNELL J, LODISH H, BALTIMORE D. Biología celular y molecular. 5 ed. Barcelona: Publisher Labor S.A.; 1988.
PANKBURST C, DOUBE BM, GUPTA VV, publishers. Biological Indicators or Soil Health. New York: CAB International; 1997.
FUNDACIÓN NATURA. Plan integral para la conservación biológica y el desarrollo sostenible en el municipio de Encino, Santander. Encino: Fundación Natura, Alcaldía Municipal de Encino; 2000.
JONES C, MCSHEA WJ, CONROY MJ, KUNZ TH. Capturing Mammals. In: Wilson DE, Cole FR, Nichols JD, Rudran R, Foster MS, editors. Measuring and Monitoring Biological Diversity: Standard Methods for Mammals. Washington and London: Smithsonian Institution Press; 1996. p. 53-78.
BECERRA MT. Influencia del disturbio antrópico sobre las comunidades de pequeños mamíferos de bosque seco tropical [Master Thesis] Bogotá: Departamento de Biología, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Nacional de Colombia; 1999.
Stedman’s medical dictionary. 26th ed. Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins; 1995. Apraxia; p. 119-20.
Life Zones or Vegetables Formations of Colombia, [map of vegetation]. Instituto Geográfico Agustín Codazzi, Subdirección Agrológica; 1977.
LESHNER AI. Molecular Mechanisms of Cocaine Addiction. N Engl J Med. In press 1997. Informatics material
MORSE SS. Factors in the Emergence of Infectious Diseases. Emerg Infect Dis [serial online] 1995 Jan-Mar [cited 5 Jun 1996];1(1):[24 screens]. Available at: URL: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/EID/eid.htm.
Hemodynamics III: The Ups and Downs of Hemodynamics [computer program]. Versión 2.2. Orlando (FL): Computerized Educational Systems; 1993.
Captions for figures and tables. Not standard explanations and abbreviations should be on notes under the tables or figures. Identify statistical dispersion measurements such as standard deviation. If you use information published or unpublished of any source, you should have an authorization of this. You should express acknowledgements and attach the written authorization of author rights owner to reproduce the material. The titles and detail explanations will be include in captions and not inside the tables and figures.
Tables and figures. All illustrations, including photographic material, diagrams, maps and graphics are considered figures. Cite each figure and table in the text according to a numeric order, for example (Fig. 4) o (Fig. 3, Fig. 4) or (Table 1.). The total number of figures and tables should not exceed 5. Also, use figures as alternative for tables of many entrances; do not duplicate data in figures and tables, nor repeat information of tables or figures in the text. Tables and figures should appear at the end of the text. Each table and figure should be included in a separate page at the end of the manuscript file. The labeling of each table should be at the head of it, avoid color degradation options. Also avoid designs with excess of lines, different background colors and margins in all edges.
The figures, black and white, must be numbered consecutively with a title at the bottom. Combine several figures into one if they support the same conclusion. Images should be sent in .jpg or .tiff format, 10 x 13 cm size, and 1200 dpi resolution. The publication in color will be financed by the author. If you include drawings or schemes, they should be drawn in a professional way. Labels done by hand or typed are not admitted. Letters, numbers, and symbols should be clear and in the whole figure, and at sizes legible after reduction. Photographs taken through a microscope should have interior scale indicators, placed in the lower right corner of the figure. Symbols, arrows or letters drawn on the photographs should clearly stand out from the background. The interior scale and the identification of staining method employed in the photomicrographs should be mentioned in the figure’s caption.
Abbreviations and symbols. When you used an abbreviation for first time, it will be preceded by the corresponding complete term, except if the abbreviation is a common measurement unit.
Sending of manuscripts
Submission process. Submission is on line only. The cover letter should mention the national and international ethical standards observed, indicate no conflicts of interest and whether it is authorized that ACTA BIOLÓGICA COLOMBIANA publishes the manuscript on line. It also should include author’s name(s), title of work, number of pages, tables and figures, special instructions, addresses, phone number, fax and email address (institutional email addresses are preferred) for correspondence with the author. It is essential to include: Name, address, phone number, fax and e-mail address of 5 possible evaluators. Independent files for text, figures, tables should be prepared.
Important notice: manuscript submission is accepted online only. Manuscripts may be submitted online through the OJS platform of the journal
* Manuscripts sent to authors for major revisions or additional experiments must be returned within two months. After that deadline, they will be treated as newly submitted manuscripts. All accepted manuscripts are subject to editing.
Acceptance of manuscripts by the magazine involve, besides its open access publishing under Creative Commons (CC) Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/en/deed.es_AR), including full text and diffusion through the institutional repository of National University of Colombia and in all specialized databases that the publisher deems appropriate for indexing in order to increase the visibility of the magazine.
ACTA BIOLÓGICA COLOMBIANA, Departamento de Biología, Facultad de Ciencias,Universidad Nacional de Colombia,
[Home] [About the journal] [Editorial Board] [Subscription]
Departamento de Biología, Facultad de Ciencias,
Avenida Carrera 30 # 45-03. Ciudad Universitaria, Bogotá D.C, Colombia.
AA 14490. Teléfono: (57)1-3165000 ext 11337-11338, fax: (57)1-3165310
Oficina: 133, laboratorio 126. Departamento de Biología.