Nature in Singapore

Instructions To Authors

1. PUBLISHING IN NATURE IN SINGAPORE
1.1. Submission of Manuscripts for Consideration for Publication

Nature in Singapore (NiS) is a), a free, peer-reviewed, online journal of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum for which there are no page charges and publishes articles on the natural history, biology, botany, zoology, ecology, and conservation biology of the Republic of Singapore. The journal will also publish articles from outside Singapore that deal with species or taxonomic groups whose natural distributions overlap with Singapore. In particular, articles on new sightings, new records, or rediscoveries of nationally extinct species of animals and plants, as well as the natural history of Singapore, are targeted. Articles on topics outside the stated policy will be accepted at the discretion of the Editor/Editorial Board of NiS.

NiS will consist of a single volume each year, starting with Volume 1 in 2008, the online journal having been established on 1 October 2007. There will be no issues, and articles will be uploaded to http://lkcnhm.nus.edu.sg/nus/index.php/nhmpublications/nis as soon as they are ready for publication.

To expedite publication, authors are advised to strictly adhere to the guidelines in this document. Manuscripts submitted to this journal must be original and must not be submitted elsewhere unless they have been withdrawn or rejected.

It would be preferable, where possible, that representative material or voucher specimens mentioned in articles published in this journal be deposited in the following:

  1. Herbarium, Singapore Botanic Gardens (SING)
  2. Herbarium, Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, National University of Singapore (SINU)
  3. Zoological Reference Collection, Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, National University of Singapore (ZRC)

Manuscripts on zoological topics are to be submitted to the Associate Editor, Mr Kelvin Lim, at kelvinlim@nus.edu.sg.
Manuscripts on marine topics are to be submitted to the Associate Editor, Dr Peter Todd, at dbspat@nus.edu.sg.
Manuscripts on botanical and all other subject matters are to be submitted to the Editor, Associate Professor Hugh Tan, at dbsttw@nus.edu.sg.

1.2. Provisional Acceptance of the Manuscript

All manuscripts will be sent to one or two reviewers. The Editor decides on provisional acceptance or rejection based on comments submitted by the reviewer(s). The author will receive notification of the decision, together with her or his returned manuscript and the comments of the reviewer(s).

2. PRESENTATION OF THE MANUSCRIPT

Manuscripts must be in English. Authors whose native language is not English should have their work checked by a person well versed in the English language before submitting the manuscript. It is not the responsibility of the Editor(s) or reviewer(s) to provide language assistance, and manuscripts may be rejected if poorly written. Manuscripts must be in Microsoft® Word (.doc or .docx) word processing software format. All submissions must be in compliance with the NiS formatting style. For the convenience of authors, a Template for Authors with the NiS formatting style is provided for the preparation of a manuscript for submission. For more information on the NiS journal formatting style, please download the Style Guide for Nature in Singapore and Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (For Editors).

3. REVISION OF REFEREED MANUSCRIPTS, PROOFS, AND PUBLICATION
3.1. Submission of Manuscript for Acceptance and Publication

Once the manuscript is provisionally accepted, it is returned to the author with the recommendations of the reviewer(s) and corresponding Editor. The author(s) must respond to each of the comments and incorporate necessary changes into the manuscript. The author(s) should also provide justification for any disagreement with the recommendations via email to the corresponding Editor.

The corrected document should be sent back to the corresponding Editor via email.

Manuscripts will only be accepted once the author has addressed all of the recommendations or comments of the reviewer(s), and ensured that the format of the manuscript and illustrations comply with the format of NiS. If the format of the corrected manuscript is not found to be suitable, the corresponding Editor may request the author(s) to re-format the manuscript (also applicable to figures, illustrations, and tables). This would necessarily delay the publication of the manuscript.

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