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Instructions for Authors

Metallomics Research introduces international open access journal and online publication systems, which covers all aspects of biomedical sciences related to trace elements, including analytical chemistry, biochemistry, toxicology, epidemiology, nutrition, pharmacology, medical sciences, environmental sciences, health science, agricultural science, etc.
In Metallomics Research, manuscripts are rapidly reviewed, and authors are informed the editor’s decision within two weeks after submission. Manuscripts are unacceptable if they have been or will be submitted for consideration by another journal.

Human and animal rights

A manuscript describing research on human subjects should contain a statement on the manner in which the study was complicated with the code of ethics of the World Medical Association (Declaration of Helsinki). The protocol of research on animals should also be approved by the appropriate committee in line with the Guide for the Care and Use of laboratory Animals.

Submission guidelines

1.Type of manuscripts

Metallomics Research publishes regular articles, reviews, notes (short communications). Manuscripts must be submitted in English.

1) Regular articles:

The manuscript being submitted must consist of original research performed by the authors and the research must include new information that is of significance. There is no restriction on the number of words.

2) Reviews:

Metallomics Research publishes both of regular reviews, and invited reviews. In regular reviews, the authors review scientific discoveries including the recent results of the author(s). Invited reviews are submitted by invitation from the Editorial Board, and encompass recent important scientific discoveries about metallomics.

3) Notes:

Metallomics Research publishes papers containing new and important facts but limited research results derived from incomplete or partial studies as Notes. Informational data sets obtained from the fields of health sciences or small-scale clinical studies are also considered for publication, and Notes should not exceed 3,000 words.

2.Manuscript preparation

1) Cover letter:

The cover letter should include information on the corresponding author (the corresponding author’s name, affiliation, and address, telephone/fax numbers, and e-mail address). Statements about the conflict of interest should be included.

2) Manuscript:

The manuscript should be submitted as a single file of Microsoft Word file and PDF files containing tables and figures. Please use Times New Roman font in 12-point size for Word files. All files should have a page setup for A4-sized (210 mm wide × 297 mm high) paper when printed. If necessary, tables can be displayed horizontally in your Word file. About pagination, sequential numbers should insert at the bottom of the page in the middle, and set the title page as page 1.

3) Title page:

The first page should include the following: (1) category of the manuscript, (2) title, (3) a short running title (within 50 words), (4) full names of the authors, (5) departments or institutions in which the work was performed, (6) the full postal address, e-mail address, and the telephone number of the corresponding author. An asterisk (*) should be added to the right of the corresponding author’s name.

4) Summary and keywords:

Page 2 should contain a summary within 250 words as well as 3 to 6 descriptive keywords, listed in decreasing order of importance. The first 3 keywords must be independent, as they will be used in a keyword combination in the index (within 80 characters). Abbreviations should not be used as keywords.

5) References and Notes:

Cite references in the text by using superior Arabic numerals in the order in which they appear in the text. Examples of correct reference format are as follows:

Standard journal articles

[1] Du SL, Leng T, Gu YH, Ushijima H, Kodama H: Long-term treatment with high-dose zinc sulphate in 36 children with Wilson’s disease. Biomed Res Trace Elem 13: 85-88, 2002.

Books and monographs

[2] Kodama H. Molecular genetics and clinical aspects of Menkes disease and occipital horn syndrome. Massaro EJ (ed): Handbook of copper pharmacology and toxicology. Humana Press, New Jersey, 2002, 319-332.

6) Tables and figures:

Tables and figures: Authors are encouraged to prepare figures and schemes in color. There is no additional cost for publishing full color graphics. (Additional fee of the colored reprints is required).
Tables and figures should be included on a separate page. Each of them must be referred to in the text. Explanatory matter should be placed in footnotes below the tabular matter and not be included in the title. Figures and photographs must be clear, with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi.

7) Conflicts of Interest:

Authors must identify and declare any personal circumstances or interest that may be perceived as influencing the representation or interpretation of reported research results. If there is no conflict of interest, please state “The authors declare no conflict of interest associated with this manuscript.”

3.Submission of manuscripts

Authors should fill out the required items on the dedicated online submission form and submit it with the manuscript file attached.

  • If you want to send several files, please zip them into one file before sending.
  • The maximum size of files that can be sent at one time on the form is 3MB.
  • If you are having trouble submitting through the form, please send the manuscript directly to e-mail ( ) as an attachment. In the body of the email, please include the same information as the items on the online submission form.

Peer review

1) With the exception of Invited Reviews, manuscripts will be reviewed by two or more referees, whose opinions will form the basis of the final decision by the editor.

2) Please submit the revised manuscript no later than one month from the date of notification of manuscript revision by the editor. A manuscript that is not revised within two months may be rejected.

3) If the revised manuscript is likely to be delayed, please contact the publisher by e-mail ( ) in advance.

After acceptance

Upon acceptance, the corresponding author will be sent an invoice for the publication fee.
Please pay as soon as an online payment form by credit card is sent by the email. Once you have completed this, your article will be processed and you will receive the proofs. (If the publication fee is not paid within 2 months after the payment request is issued, the acceptance of the manuscript will be cancelled.)
After finishing proofreading, the article will be published online.

Publication Fee

This journal does not charge submission fees.
The publication fees for this journal are 50,000 JPY per article for Japan Society for Biomedical Research on Trace Elements members and 70,000 JPY per article for non-members.

Basic charge (JPY)

*There is no additional charge to publish figures in color.
*The publication fee includes taxes.

Editorial Office

Seishinsha, co. Ltd.,
Japan society for Biomedical Research on Trace Elements

2-8-13 Fukashi, Matsumoto-shi, Nagano 390-0815, Japan

Tel: +81-263-32-2301
Fax: +81-263-36-4691
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