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Research Articles

Research Articles should be fully documented reports of original research and are always peer reviewed. They should be written in as concise a style as possible but should still be accessible to the broad readership of JEB.

The total length of the article should not exceed 7000 words (including the main text and figure legends, but not the title page, abstract, materials and methods section or reference list), with a 250-word abstract and a maximum of 10 display items (figures/tables). Supplementary information (figures, tables, movies, datasets, methods) may be published online at the discretion of the editor and reviewers (a strict limit of 50 Mb of supplementary information exists per article).

Manuscripts should be divided into the following sections, in this order:

  1. Title page
  2. Abstract (max. 250 words)
  3. Introduction
  4. Materials and methods
  5. Results
  6. Discussion
  7. List of symbols and abbreviations
  8. Appendix (if applicable)
  9. Acknowledgements
  10. Competing interests
  11. Author contributions
  12. Funding
  13. References
  14. Figure legends
  15. Tables

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Short Communications

Short Communications are short, peer-reviewed articles focusing on a high-quality, hypothesis-driven, self-contained piece of original research and/or the proposal of a new theory or concept based on existing research. They should not be preliminary reports or contain purely incremental data and should be of significance and broad interest to the field of comparative physiology.

The total length of the article (including the main text and figure legends, but not the title page, abstract, materials and methods section or reference list) should not exceed 2500 words, with a 150-word abstract and a maximum of 3 display items (figures/tables). Supplementary information (figures, tables, movies, datasets, methods) may be published online at the discretion of the editor and reviewers (a strict limit of 50 Mb of supplementary material exists per article). 

Articles focusing on original research should be divided into the following sections, in this order:

  1. Title page
  2. Abstract (max. 150 words)
  3. Introduction
  4. Materials and methods
  5. Results and discussion
  6. Acknowledgements
  7. Competing interests
  8. Author contributions
  9. Funding
  10. References
  11. Figure legends
  12. Tables

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Methods & Techniques

Methods & Techniques are short, peer-reviewed articles reporting innovative methodological advances or significant modifications to recognized methods of data collection and analysis.

The total length of the article (including the main text and figure legends, but not the title page, abstract, materials and methods section or reference list) should not exceed 2500 words, with a 150-word abstract and a maximum of 3 display items (figures/tables).

Where possible, the use of the method should be demonstrated by applying it to real physiological data, but it is not necessary to apply the method to test a hypothesis. Methods should be described in enough detail to allow others to replicate and verify the protocol and must show a significant improvement on previous techniques. All methodology should be given within the Materials and methods section, although additional figures, tables and movies may be published online as supplementary information at the discretion of the editor and reviewers (there is a strict limit of 50 Mb per article). Mathematical calculations should be placed in an Appendix if they are likely to interrupt the flow of the manuscript.

Manuscripts should be divided into the following sections, in this order:

  1. Title page
  2. Abstract (max. 150 words)
  3. Introduction
  4. Materials and methods
  5. Results and discussion
  6. Appendix (if applicable)
  7. Acknowledgements
  8. Competing interests
  9. Author contributions
  10. Funding
  11. References
  12. Figure legends
  13. Tables

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Reviews

Reviews in JEB are peer-reviewed and predominantly commissioned articles that aim to provide a timely, insightful and accessible overview of a particular field or aspect of experimental biology research. Longer reviews of up to 7000 words [maximum of 8 display items (figures/tables/boxes)] provide a broad overview of a subject by bringing together data from different fields and organisms, while shorter reviews of ~3500–4500 words [maximum of 5 display items (figures/tables/boxes)] can be more focused on a particular topic. Although authors are free to express their opinions in a Review, they are asked to provide counterbalancing viewpoints where appropriate and to ensure that opinion and fact are clearly distinguishable.

Authors wishing to submit an unsolicited Review should first contact the Reviews Editor.

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Commentaries

Commentaries are commissioned, peer-reviewed overviews of a subject or novel idea that convey the author's perspective on the topic. Authors are encouraged to introduce new or potentially controversial ideas or hypotheses, but opinion and fact must be clearly distinguishable.

Commentaries are a maximum of 4500 words long, with no more than 5 display items (figures/tables/boxes).

Authors wishing to submit an unsolicited Commentary should first contact the Reviews Editor.

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Conversation

Conversation articles take the form of an interview conveying a personal story and we are currently focussing on fieldwork. All articles are edited with approval from the interviewee.

Interviewees are selected by the Editors but if you would like to nominate a researcher to be interviewed, please contact the News & Views Editor.

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Correspondence

Should a reader have cogent criticisms of a paper published in JEB, the journal will consider publishing them in the form of a letter. The authors of the original paper(s) under discussion are given the final right to reply, and any such response may be published together with the correspondence.

Correspondence/Response articles should be a maximum of 1000 words, with no more than 10 references and one figure or table.

The journal reserves the right to edit items of correspondence/response and, where appropriate, to have them peer reviewed. As a courtesy, we usually share the contents of the response with the correspondence authors before publication, but it is intended that the correspondence authors focus on the original papers (and not on the response that results from their correspondence).

To submit a correspondence to the journal, please contact the Managing Editor with a brief description of the article.

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Inside JEB

Inside JEB highlights the key developments in JEB. Written by science journalists, the short reports give the inside view of the science published in the journal. Inside JEB articles are not peer reviewed.

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Outside JEB

Outside JEB is a monthly feature that reports the most exciting developments in experimental biology. These short articles are selected and written by a team of active research scientists. Outside JEB articles are not peer reviewed.

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