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Scope of journal
Types of articles
Submitting an article
Submitting online

Creating a PDF file

Suggesting reviewers

If you need help

Submitting by mail

Editorial correspondence

Manuscript preparation
Language and spelling

Title page


Materials and methods




Units & abbreviations

Journal policies
Terms of consideration



Scope of Journal

Archaea provides rapid peer review and publication of articles dealing with any aspect of research on the Archaea, including, bioinformatics, biotechnology, environmental adaptation, enzymology, genetics, metabolism, molecular biology, phylogeny, and ultrastructure.

Types of Articles Published

Archaea is intended primarily as a medium for reporting original research, both theoretical and experimental, although technical reviews are also included. Preliminary reports, or reports presenting results of only one aspect of a larger study, will normally be declined.

Submitting an Article for Peer Review

Submitting your manuscript online To speed the processing of manuscripts, authors are asked to submit papers online via the Archaea Submissions Page ( Manuscripts for online submission should comprise a single file in PDF format, complete with text, tables, figures and captions.

Creating a PDF file In creating the PDF file, please take care to ensure that all fonts are embedded. Files in excess of 2–3 MBytes can be difficult to handle. To limit the size of your file, select an appropriate Acrobat coversion setting (see "Adobe PDF Settings" under "properties" in Acrobat Distiller).

Authors without the Adobe Acrobat software can create a PDF file with the free Web services: Create Adobe PDF Online or PDFOnline.

Suggesting reviewers When you submit a paper, you will be invited to suggest the names, and supply the email addresses, of up to five individuals who you believe well qualified to evaluate your work. However, it is not mandatory to suggest reviewers. Moreover, although the editors will be glad to consider your suggestions, they will not be obliged to accept them. In naming possible reviewers, please exclude anyone with whom you have worked during the last three years, or with whom you have a family or business relationship.

If you need help For assistance in submitting a manuscript online, please email the editorial office at: .

Submitting a manuscript by mail Send one hard copy of the manuscript plus a single digital file, preferably PDF, on an IBM-format floppy disk, zip disk or CD-ROM to:

The Editors, Archaea
Heron Publishing, 202-3994 Shelbourne St.
Victoria, British Columbia
V8N 3E2, Canada

The digital file should include all components of the article (i.e., text, references, tables, figure captions and, if possible, figures). If figures cannot be included with the other components of the paper, separate electronic image files may be supplied.

Editorial correspondence Acknowledgment of receipt and other correspondence relating to a manuscript submitted for publication will be addressed to the corresponding author indicated on the first page of the manuscript.

Manuscript Preparation

Language and spelling All articles are in English. Spelling corresponds to the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary. Foreign words and phrases that occur in the body of the dictionary should not be italicized.

Format Manuscripts should be double spaced with wide margins. All pages must be numbered, bear the senior author's name, and be formatted to standard US letter size (21.5 × 27.9 cm; 8.5 × 11 inches).

Title page Page one should be reserved for the title of the paper, the name(s) and address(es) of the author(s), the telephone number, fax number and e-mail address of the corresponding author, a running head of up to 50 characters and spaces, and any necessary footnotes.

Summary Page two should be reserved for a concise summary and an alphabetical list of keywords or phrases, excluding those in the title, to be used in compiling the volume index.

Materials and methods The description of experimental procedures should be sufficient to allow repetition of the work. Details should be omitted where reference can be made to published procedures. However, except in the case of standard procedures, methods should be outlined even when reference is made to a published description. Procedures published in sources that will not be readily available to most readers of Archaea should be described in full.

References Articles cited in the text will be referred to by the name(s) of the author(s) with the year of publication in parenthesis. If both are in parenthesis, no punctuation separates the name(s) of the authors(s) and the year of publication. Consecutive citations in the text are placed in chronological order and separated by commas. If there are more than two authors, only the senior author's name is given, and this is followed by the phrase et al., which should be in roman, not italic, type.

Beginning on a separate sheet, references should be listed alphabetically at the end of the article thus:

Varndell, I.M. and J.M. Polak. 1987. EM immunolabeling. In Electron Microscopy in Molecular Biology: A Practical Approach. Eds. J. Sommerville and U. Scheer. IRL Press, Washington, pp 179–200.

Vreeland, R.H. and L.I. Hochstein. 1992. The biology of halophilic bacteria. CRC Press, Boca Raton, 336 p.

Woese, C.R., O. Kandler and M.L. Wheelis. 1990. Toward a natural system of organisms: Proposal for the domains Archaea, Bacteria, and Eucarya. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 87:4576–4579.

Biological Abstracts should be used as a guide to the abbreviation of journal titles. Personal communications, unpublished data, or papers in preparation or submitted for publication should not be listed as references, but incorporated in the text.

Tables Tables should be numbered with Arabic numerals and have an explanatory title. Each table, with title, should be on a separate sheet. Tables will be printed in portrait orientation only.

Figures All illustrative material must be of publication quality. Figures cannot be redrawn by the Publisher except at the author's expense.

When reproduced at final size, lettering on figures should be 1.5 to 2.5 mm in height (capitals and numerals). A sans-serif font (e.g., Arial, Helvetica, Zurich) is preferred, and lettering must be of the same style for all figures in a paper. Figures should be designed to fit one (8.23 cm), one and a half (11.5–12.5 cm), or two (17.16 cm) column widths, with a maximum height of 23.4 cm. For the best reproduction, figures should be submitted at the size they are to appear in the journal. Multipart figures should be assembled on a single A4 or 21.5 × 27.9 cm (8.5 × 11 inches) page.

Use only solid or open symbols, and avoid the use of light lines or fine-screen shading. Distinguish areas within a diagram with solid white or black fill, hatching, or cross-hatching.

Units and abbreviations Systéme Internationale (SI) units of measure and their abbreviations should normally be used, although certain non-SI units are also acceptable including liter (l), minute (min), day, week and year, the last three of which should be spelled out in full.

Whole numbers less than 10 are spelled out unless followed by a unit of measure. Otherwise, numbers are represented by numerals provided that they do not occur as the first word in a sentence.

Journal Policies

Terms of consideration A paper submitted to Archaea must contain original work, must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere, and must have been read and approved by all those named as authors. Submissions are considered on the understanding that, if accepted, the copyright will belong to the Publisher. Authors will be required to sign a copyright transfer agreement before the manuscript will be published.

Editing Articles may be edited after acceptance, but authors will have the opportunity to review and approve any changes.

Distribution Archaea is published both in print and online. Articles will be made free online six months after first appearing online. Authors may arrange immediate free online distribution by payment of a fee (see Charges, below).

Unrestricted Web distribution There is no mandatory charge for publication in Archaea. Authors have the option, however, to arrange for the unrestricted distribution of their articles from our Web server from the time of first publication. The fee for this service is US$75.00 per page.

Colored illustrations Authors will be billed US$600.00 for the first colored figure and $50.00 for each additional colored figure as contribution toward the cost of printing.

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