Scope and policy
BAG. Journal Of Basic And Applied Genetics (formerly MENDELIANA) is published by SAG, Sociedad Argentina De Genética. It is a journal devoted to the publication of original articles covering all the research areas of the Genetic Science in a wide sense.
Review articles, full reports, brief communications, DNA sequences and books reviews will be included in BAG. Maximum length of these articles will be: 30 pages for reviews, 20 for full articles, 5 for brief communications, and 2 pages for report of sequences and book reviews.
Articles in BAG are published either in Spanish or in English, but submission of articles in English is strongly recommended in order to make possible the access to non Spanish speaking peer reviewers.
BAG is part of ‘Núcleo Básico de Revistas Científicas y Tecnológicas Argentinas’ (Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas, CONICET Resolution Nº 1071/07).
Peer review process
Every article will be examined by at least two reviewers, one of them not a member of SAG. Also foreign reviews are often requested.
Frequency of the publication
Every article will be both, electronically issued and, published on a print version.
Open Access policyThis journal provides open free and immediate access to all its contents holding the principle that making the results of a scientific investigation freely available to the public encourages the global exchange of knowledge.
Form and preparation of manuscripts
Parts of the manuscript
They have to be arranged as follows:
a.- Title, author(s) and institutional affiliation(s)
The text has to be written in Times New Roman size 12, double spaced, numbering lines (in Office Word, click in “file”, “configure page”, “design”) and pages.
Sending email@example.com is composed of
1.- Note(s) to the General Editor
The files have to be labeled with the first author´s last name, followed by a low dash and the corresponding part, for example: Pérez_main text, Pérez_note1, Pérez_note2, Pérez_fig1, and so on.
It has to contain title, author(s), institutional affiliation(s) and abbreviated title.
c.- Abbreviated title
d.- Abstract in English
f.- Abstract in Spanish*
g.- Key words in Sapnish*
*Note: the author for correspondence can request the translation of the abstract and key words in English to Spanish to the General Editor, if Spanish is not his/her native tongue.
It has to be written in a clear and concise manner, and be easily understandable by a wide audience. Sentences do not have to start with abbrevations or numbers. One-digit numbers have to be written in letters except when they refer to results of statistical analyses or are followed by units of measure (e.g., 2 ml).
In original research contributions, the following sections have to be included. INTRODUCTION, MATERIALS AND METHODS, RESULTS, DISCUSSION, BIBLIOGRAPHY and ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS (if it corresponds), in bold capital letters, on the left. Subtitles have to be written in italics (not bold), on the left, using capital letters only for the first letter.
Reviews can contain subtitles (not numbered) replacing the sections, on the left, in bold.
Referentes cited in the main text
They have to include only last name(s) of the author(s) and year of publication, and be cited in the BIBLIOGRAPHY section.
(Dimitri, 1978) or Dimitri (1978)
Personal communications have to be cited only in the main text, e.g. Rodríguez (com. pers.) if it is written in Spanish, and Rodríguez (comm. pers.) if it is written in English.
The first time they are used, abbreviated words have to be written in full, with the abbreviation in parenthesis. Common abbreviations, e.g., hour (h) or kilometer (km) can be used without any explanation.
Physical units, symbols and abbreviations
They have to follow the International System of Units. Units used along a text have to be uniform.
Scientif names of organims
They have to be written in italics, as has any other word in a language different from the one in use. Scientific names mentioned for the first time in each section have to be written in a complete form (genus- species- author-cultivar, botanical variety o subspecies, as it may correspond). Following, generic names can be abbreviated but taking special care to avoid confusion if the name of two or more genera begin with the same letter.
Common names of organisms
It has to contain all references cited in the main text,except personal communications
a.- Periodical Journal
Last name and initials of the author (if there are various authors, separated with commas), year of publication in parenthesis, title of contribution, abbreviated name of the journal, volumen, initial and final pages.
Gelvin S.B. (1998) The introduction and expression of transgenes in plants. Curr. Opin. Biotechnol. 9: 227-232.
Johnston S.A., den Nijs T.M., Peloquin S.J., Hanneman Jr. R.E. (1980) The significance of genic balance to endosperm development in interspecific crosses. Theor. Appl. Genet. 57: 5–9.
c.- Book chapter
Lenz L.W., Wimber D.E. (1959) Hybridization and inheritance in orchids. In: Withner C.L. (Ed.) The orchids, a scientific survey. Malabar Krieger, Florida, pp. 261-314.
Last name and initials of the author, year of publication in parenthesis, title of dissertation, type of dissertation, University, place of publication
Neal K.C. (1998) Characterization of the organization and paramutagenicity of the maize R-marbled allele. M.S. thesis, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia.
e.- Communications in scientific events (only if strictly necessary)
Lerner S.E., Arrigoni A., Rogers W.J. ¿Cuál es el rol de la variabilidad genética en la sustentabilidad del sistema trigo? Comunicaciones Libres XXXVII Congreso Argentino de Genética, 21-24 setiembre 2008, Tandil, Buenos Aires; p. 33.
f.- Web pages
Note: additional or unsolicited information does not have to be included.
They have to be prepared in separated pages, numbered with Arabic numbers, and cited as such (not included) in the main text.
The title has to be placed above the table, written in lower case letter, with the first word begining with upper case letter; they have to be understandable by themselves, without suggesting interpretations of the data.
Units and statistical parameters have to be clearly explained either in the main body of the table or in the footnotes.
In each table, the number of lines has to be reduced to a minimum; its is usually enough to have three horizontal lines: one in the upper part below the title and above column headings, the second below column headings, and the third along the last row and above any type of table footnote. Use of vertical lines has to be avoided, except if it is strictly necessary.
Footnotes to the table have to be indicated with lower case superscripts
All tables in one work have to be (if feasible) uniform in format. Tables have to be numbered independendently of figures.
Graphs have to represent the data in a simple and easily understandable form, and be used to summarize data in a more effective way than words.
Preparation of figures files
Alternatively, graphs can be saved as PDF files with a 600 ppi (pixels per inch) resolution or, better, in their final size. Half-tone or photographic works have to be saved as TIF files with a minimum resolution of 300 ppi in their final size. It is recommended that combinations of figures or artistic works containing photographs and text be saved as EPS files, PDF files with 600 ppi resolution or, better, in their final size.Authorizations: it is the sole responsability of the author(s) to obtain the corresponding authorizations from editorial offices or the like when copyright materials (e.g., figures or tables) are reproduced.
Sending of manuscripts
Manuscripts should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For studies of experimental nature o involving human beings, the author for correspondence has to send a second note to the general editor stating (as it may correspond) that the rights of humans and/or animals have been obliged in their development, with adjustment to universal ethical norms, and that no negative environmental impact has been generated.
The editor by him(her)self or after consulting the Editorial Board decides if the contribution falls within the scope of the journal and if it is formally acceptable (it contains all sections, the instructions to authors have been closely followed, it is written in good English or Spanish, as it may correspond, among others)
If the contribution has formal problems, it will be returned to the author for correspondence to solve them before the editorial process is started. If it has no formal problems, the Editor will contact the Associate Editor that he/she considers the best for handling that particular contribution and with no conflicts of interest. The Associate Editor, in time, will contact two referees (minimum) and, on the basis of their evaluations, will give the General Editor one of the following recommendations regarding the contribution:
1. Acceptable in its actual version
For (3), the reviewers will be consulted about their disposition to evaluate the revised version. If the answer is negative, the revised version will be sent to other reviewers.
The final decision on the acceptance of a manuscript is the sole responsability of the General Editor.
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