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SLAS Technology Manuscript Category Descriptions and Examples

For all manuscript categories, be prepared to submit word count; all author names, academic degrees, affiliations; and a short title of up to 45 characters. Indicate the name, complete street mailing address, telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail address for the author to whom correspondence should be directed. It is preferable for contact information to be provided for all coauthors, especially telephone numbers and e-mail addresses. Table and figure legends and any permissions information should be included at the end of a manuscript. To complement a manuscript, authors may provide additional (supplemental) text, tables, figures, charts, graphs, data, references, movies, etc. for online publication with an article.

Original Research
Original Research Reports contribute new, original, novel, significant information and applications. Original Reports are a minimum of 2,000 words with no maximum word limit and include no more than 7 figures and tables combined. Comparisons or conclusions must be supported by data. Original Reports may concentrate on improved quality, increased process speed, reductions in sample volume, reductions in process costs, or innovations in informatics or data handling to list a few examples. The editorial staff and reviewers will evaluate a manuscript's content against its length and may suggest shortening the manuscript as appropriate. Original Reports are peer reviewed by at least two experts in the field. [MANUSCRIPT EXAMPLE]

Reviews
Reviews do not cover original research but rather provide an authoritative overview of the results of many different reports on a particular topic into a coherent narrative about the state of the art in that field. Reviews provide information about the topic and also provide at least 100 journal references to the original research. Reviews may be entirely narrative, or may provide quantitative summary estimates. Reviews are a minimum of 2,000 words with no maximum word limit and include no more than 7 figures and tables combined. They are peer reviewed by at least two experts in the field. Unsolicited Reviews may be submitted for consideration, but it is recommended that prospective authors first contact the Editor-in-Chief to discuss potential article topics. Reviews should include the world review or overview in their titles and their abstracts should state that the article is a review or survey. Format is less restricted than Original Research articles, but should include a Cover Sheet, Title, Abstract, Introduction, Main Text/Sections, Summary/Conclusions and References (plus tables, table legends and figure legends). [MANUSCRIPT EXAMPLE]

Technology Briefs
Technology Briefs are practical descriptions of an innovative new process, technique, instrumentation, device or software containing technical content that would be of interest and use to readers of SLAS Technology, but do not contain the same level of data or existing comparisons to justify publication as an Original Report. Innovation Briefs are typically shorter than original reports (approximately 2,000 words)and include no more than 7 figures and tables combined.. Innovation Briefs are peer reviewed by at least two experts in the field. [MANUSCRIPT EXAMPLE]

Perspectives
Perspectives explore topics of general interest to the laboratory technology community. They may support the editorial theme of a special issue, or profile a unique or otherwise pertinent technology, person or company. They vary in length and may be invited by the editors or submitted without invitation. Perspectives are peer reviewed by at least one expert in the field. [MANUSCRIPT EXAMPLE]

Methods and Protocols
Methods and Protocols manuscripts describe in detail major technical and methodological developments in life science and biomedical research. Manuscripts can include software as well as research technique methodology that advances how life science and biomedical research is conducted. Manuscripts should provide detailed descriptions of the method or protocol, including validation or application of the method toward a specific question of interest to life science and biomedical researchers. Furthermore, these manuscripts should provide experimental evidence of an improvement over current methods. Methods and Protocols are a minimum of 2,000 words with no maximum word limit and include no more than 7 figures and tables combined. They are peer reviewed by at least two experts in the field.

For more examples, browse published manuscripts at SLAS Technology Online.