Submissions will be returned to authors if they do not comply with the manuscript and figure guidelines that follow.
Please read these guidelines completely and carefully.
All manuscripts must be written in the (American) English language and submitted as Microsoft Word documents in standard 12-point font (e.g. Times New Roman, Arial, Symbol), double-spaced with one-inch margins. Text should appear in black. Please include all elements except for figures in one Microsoft Word manuscript document. Do not use columns, section numbering, page numbering, headers or footers, boxed text, tracked changes or comments in your manuscript. Manuscripts must be prepared in accordance with ACS Style Guidelines.
Manuscripts are expected to be concise, well organized and clearly written. The manuscript must follow ACS Style Guidelines, and the format of the paper should be organized as follows:
Manuscripts should include the following sections:
Ensure citations and references comply exactly with SLAS guidelines (based on ACS guidelines).
Figures should be presented as simply and clearly as possible with the minimum symbology necessary to convey the information contained. Each variable in a figure should be represented in only one way — for example, either by a different symbol or by a different line pattern, but not both. To the extent possible, labels and annotations should be placed directly on the figure rather than in the caption below the figure. Recommended approaches for improving the clarity and style of figures can be found in The Visual Display of Quantitative Information by Edward Tufte. All abbreviations in figures should be spelled out in figure legends.
Prepare each table with a title. User Arabic numerals to number tables. Each table must be understandable independent of the text. Tables should be created in Microsoft Word and be editable. Tables should be included in the Microsoft Word main manuscript document and positioned at the end (after the references), not within the text of the manuscript.
Mathematical equations should be numbered sequentially using Arabic numbers in parentheses, for example, Eq. (1). In the text, equations should be referred to as Eq. (1), Eqs. (2)-(6). All equations should be legible so that every character is easily recognized. All symbols used should be defined in the text. If a special font (other than Symbol) is required for symbols, this should be indicated in a note to the editor.
Any text, tables, or figures reproduced from previously published work can only be reprinted with written permission from the copyright holder. Permissions statements must be submitted with the manuscript files and must include print and online publication. Acquiring permission is the sole responsibility of the author. The publication from which the material is taken must be cited in the references and any required “reprinted with permission” statements must be included as appropriate in text or legends by the author. For more detailed information about permissions, visit the RightsLink website.
When requesting permission, identify SLAS Discovery or SLAS Technology as a “Publisher, STM” (in the RightsLink dropdown menu). SLAS journals are published in partnership with SAGE Publications, and SAGE is a member of International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers (STM), which usually allows signatory publishers and their authors to use small amounts of other signatory publishers' materials without payment of a fee. For more info, visit SAGE Rights and Permissions.
There is no charge for printed images that appear in black and white. Authors who wish to publish color images in print may do so for a fee. Color charges are $800 for the first color page and $200 for each color page thereafter. Otherwise, figures will print in black and white free of charge and they will appear in color online only. If authors choose the color option for print, an invoice will be sent later in the production process.
To complement a manuscript, authors may provide additional (supplemental) text, tables, figures, charts, graphs, data, references, movies, etc. for online publication with an article. Supplemental files should be prepared and submitted separately from the main manuscript and figure files.
The review process is confidential and reviewers are obliged not to discuss papers or authors with anyone outside of the SLAS editorial staff. Manuscripts are typically evaluated according to these Reviewer Guidelines and initial feedback is provided to authors within four weeks after submission. Manuscripts may be accepted as written, declined as inappropriate, or as is most often the case, pending revision. Authors are then offered the opportunity to revise and resubmit their manuscript and provide explanations in response to reviewer questions or suggestions. Revisions and responses are re-reviewed by the editor-in-chief and/or peer reviewers before final publishing decisions are made. Invited reviewers are asked to decline their invitations if they have any perceived conflict of interest with the author, the author's affiliation and/or the topic of the paper.
SLAS conducts conventional single-blind reviews in which reviewer names are always concealed from the submitting author. As part of the submission process, authors are asked to provide names, company names and e-mail addresses of experts who could be called upon to review their manuscripts. Recommended reviewers (preferred reviewers) should be experts in the field who can provide objective assessments of the manuscript. Please be aware of any conflicts of interest when recommending reviewers. For example, reviewers recommended by authors should not:
Authors also are asked to share names of individuals that they do NOT want invited to review their work. SLAS editors will consider these recommendations and requests without obligation.
A Contributor Form must be completed upon acceptance for publication.
To comply with the guidance for authors, publishers and research funding agencies issued by the Research Information Network (RIN), SLAS Discovery and SLAS Technology require all authors to acknowledge the sources of their funding in the Acknowledgements section of their manuscripts, or to state: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.
Manuscripts are considered for publication with the understanding that if a paper is accepted, copyright is transferred to SLAS, and that no paper presenting the same information has been or will be published elsewhere. If part of a contribution has appeared or will appear elsewhere, the author must specify the details in the comments portion of his or her submission.
Simultaneous submissions of manuscripts to multiple journals at the same time is not acceptable — please do not submit manuscripts that may be under consideration by another publication or electronic medium. Published manuscripts may be published elsewhere only with the written permission of SLAS. For more information, see SAGE’s Author Archiving and Re-Use Guidelines.
Authors whose research was funded by an NIH grant are responsible for submitting the final, accepted version of their manuscripts to PubMedCentral. Please note, however, that SLAS journals content does not become open access until 12 months following the date of final (print) publication of the manuscript. SLAS Discovery and SLAS Technology offer open access options that are compliant with major funding mandates of RCUK, NIH and Wellcome Trust. The open access fee is $3,000.
All prospective authors must recognize and disclose any conflict of interest, or potential conflict of interest, that may bias their work, or could be perceived to bias their work, and acknowledge all financial support and any other personal connections. SLAS follows the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors.
In accordance with the Council of Science Editors, SLAS recognizes that as a general guide, the term "research misconduct" applies to any action that involves purposeful manipulation of the scientific record such that it no longer reflects observed truth, or mistreatment of research subjects. The concepts of negligence and deceit are central to the definition of research misconduct. Research misconduct generally falls into one of four areas: fabrication of data, falsification of data, plagiarism, and unethical treatment of research subjects.
If SLAS suspects misconduct by authors, reviewers, editorial staff, or other editors, it will take action. This duty extends to both published and unpublished papers. SLAS will first seek a response from those accused. If SLAS is not satisfied with the response, SLAS will ask the employers of the authors, reviewers, or editors, or some other appropriate body (perhaps a regulatory body) to investigate. In the case of its own editorial staff, SLAS will conduct the investigation itself. SLAS will make all reasonable efforts to ensure that a proper investigation is conducted. If this is not possible, or does not happen for whatever reason, SLAS will make all reasonable attempts to persist in obtaining a resolution to the problem and a correction of the record if it is needed.
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SLAS Discovery and SLAS Technology offer free access to peer-reviewed scientific content one year after final (print) publication. SLAS journals also offer immediate open access options to ensure author compliance with major funding mandates of RCUK, NIH, Wellcome Trust and other agencies. The early open access fee is $3,000.
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