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ABOUT THE JOURNAL

Focus and Scope

Electronic Journal of Biotechnology is an international scientific electronic journal which publishes papers from all areas related to Biotechnology. It covers from molecular biology and the chemistry of biological processes to aquatic and earth environmental aspects, as well as computational applications, policy and ethical issues directly related to Biotechnology. Molecular biology, genetic engineering, microbial biotechnology, plant biotechnology, animal biotechnology, marine biotechnology, environmental biotechnology, biological processes, industrial applications, bioinformatics and others are some of the main subjects considered. Papers concerning multidisciplinary research are particularly welcomed. This journal will be constrained to ethic canons.

Our journal provides an effective way to publish research and review articles, short communications and technical notes. Also correspondence, book reviews and commentaries are welcomed.  The articles will be managed electronically, examined by a scientific committee and anonymous evaluators and published every two months in HTML and PDF formats. 

We have six editions per year: January 15th , March 15th, May 15th, July 15th, September 15th, November 15th. The journal will maintain the essential characteristics of scientific publications: to have an Editorial Board that evaluates the quality of the article contents, to reflect the state of the art in sciences provided that they make an important contribution to the wealth of knowledge in the subject. The electronic media allows us to overcome the deficiencies of paper editions in terms of its immediateness and the incorporation of multimedia and hypertext.

Section Policies

Editorial

 Open Submissions

 Indexed

 Peer Reviewed

Biotechnology Issues for Developing Countries

 Open Submissions

 Indexed

 Peer Reviewed

Book Review

  Open Submissions

Indexed

  Peer Reviewed

Correspondence

 Open Submissions

 Indexed

  Peer Reviewed

Commentaries

 Open Submissions

 Indexed

 Peer Reviewed

Research Articles

 Open Submissions

 Indexed

 Peer Reviewed

Review Articles

 Open Submissions

 Indexed

 Peer Reviewed

Short Communications

 Open Submissions

 Indexed

 Peer Reviewed

Technical Notes

 Open Submissions

 Indexed

 Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

Receipt of each article is acknowledged by e-mail to the contacting author upon receipt. Preliminary articles will not be considered for publication. The manuscript is read and examined for conformity to the Guide for Authors by the editor. Failure to meet the criteria outlined may result in return of the manuscript for correction before evaluation.

The editor selects two or three referees who are invited, in confidence, to evaluate the manuscript according to the following aspects:

  • Originality of the work.
  • Relevance to scientific knowledge in Biotechnology.
  • Background: Theoretical background adequate. Hypothesis, objectives and clear contribution to Biotechnology. Updated and quality references (75% or more references from the last decade and at the same time from (ISI Web of Science).
  • Methodology: Materials and methods appropriate and adequately described. Sound experimental design.
  • Results: Data concise and sufficient. Statistics analysis when appropiate. Efficiency measurements. Figures clear and correct, only essential data should be included in figures. Elimination of figures, graphs and tables which add little or could be replaced by a few sentences or a statement of numerical values is recommended.
  • Discussion: In-depth discussion, correct interpretation.
  • Formal Aspects: Correct language, references properly cited. High quality figures. Adherence to usual and consistent nomenclature. Title and summary sufficiently informative.

All the above items will be evaluated as outstanding, good, fair, mediocre or poor by an assessment form given to evaluators.

The article could be: accepted with no further revision; accepted after minor revision (no further review required); accepted only after major revisions, inappropriate for the journal; rejected.

If the paper is accepted after major revisions, it must be send again for review to the same evaluators.

FINAL DIGITAL TEST (GALLEY PROOF)

The authors are requested to do the galley proof before the article is available for public. They must check the HTML versions. After receiving the authors final approval for the HTML, the PDF version is generated, according author's corrections. The full text in HTML is immediatly released.

Publication Frequency

Journal articles are published as part of an issue with its own Table of Contents with the following frequency: January 15th; March 15th; May 15th; July 15th; September 15th and November 15th.

All accepted articles abstract will be published under "Nex Issues" as soon as they complete the payment procedure.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research and information freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQ)

Scientists, students and people in general, from all around the world visit us for different purposes. The following are the most frequently asked questions.

If you don't see your particular question here, please send it to us (edbiotec@ucv.cl).

A. General

What's Electronic Journal of Biotechnology? 

It is an Open Acces international scientific journal, published only in electronic format, that publishes papers from all  areas related to Biotechnology. It covers from molecular biology and the chemistry of biological process to aquatic and earth environmental aspects, as well as computational applications, biotechnology industry, policy and ethical issues directly related to Biotechnology. Papers accepted for publication are subjected to a publication fee of US$600 which is independent of  the length of the manuscript and number of figures and tables.

For more information go to Guide for Authors.

How long has the journal existed?

Our journal has been published since April 1998. You can access all our issues at Archives.

How can I cite a paper published in this journal?

In the section Reading Tools on the right side of each paper you will find the link "How to cite this article" that has the following formats of citation :

  • ISO 690-2
  • Vancouver
  • ABNT
  • APA
  • BibTeX 
  • CBE 
  • EndNote-EndNote format (Macintosh & Windows)
  • MLA 
  • ProCite-RIS format (Macintosh & Windows)
  • RefWorks
  • Reference Manager -Ris 
  • format (Windows only)
  • Turabian

Who reads this journal?

Scientists and students usually consult our journal.

How many editions do you have?

We heve six editions per year: January 15th; March 15th; May 15th; July 15th; September 15thand November 15th.

Is there a printed version of the journal?

No, our journal is only available in electronic format, but you can print the PDF version of every article.

What type of documents do you publish?

We publish:

  • Biotechnology Issues for Developing Countries
  • Book Reviews
  • Commentaries
  • Correspondence
  • Research Articles
  • Review Articles
  • Short Communications
  • Technical Notes

For more information go to Guide for Authors.

Can I use the material of the journal on my Web site?

Yes, but you MUST contact and advise the editor at edbiotec@ucv.cl.

Can I create a hotlink to the journal from my own site?

Yes, you can. You do not need to ask for permission.

Who are the Editorial Board members?

You can find this information at Editorial Board.

In which databases is Electronic Journal of Biotechnology indexed?

  • Atlas de la Ciencia
  • Bioline International
  • Clase and Periodica
  • Chemical Abstracts
  • Directory of Open Access Journal (DOAJ)
  • Thomson Reuters BIOSIS Previewes
  • Thomson Reuters Biotechnology Citation Index
  • Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports
  • Thomson Reuters Science Citation Index Expanded (Web of Science)
  • Latindex
  • SciELO
  • Scopus
  • Ulrich Directory
  • ResearchGate
  • Redalyc

How can I publish in this journal?

You should go to Online Submissions.

What is the C.T.A.?

C.T.A. means Copyright Transfer Agreement.

Can I use tables, figures and videos in my manuscript?

Yes, you can find more information in Guide for Authors.

The use of multimedia is specially welcomed.

B. Publication fee

Papers accepted for publication are subjected to a publication charge of US$1.100 for the first 15 typewritten pages, including figures and tables (file type: ms word; margins: 2,5; font type: Arial; font size: 12; interline: single space).

Extra pages are U$100 each, beginning with the 16th page.

Waves are not considered.

Full payment is mandatory prior to the publication of the manuscript.

We will continue as an Open Access journal and the submission of manuscripts is free.
In order to proceed to payment please click here.

Note: All manuscripts published since Volume 17, no. 1 (January 15, 2014) and also manuscripts received in the Editorial Office from November 1, 2013 are subjected to this publication fee.

C. Subscription

How can I subscribe to this journal?

We are free of charge for readers and you can sign up to receive by e-mail a new issue alert: you can choose to receive the table of contents and publication of a new number. You will find this options at Register.

How can I receive tables of contents?

You can receive them if you have signed up as reader in Register.

Is the e-mail service free?

Yes, the e-mail services are free. You don't have to pay for receiving the table of contents or the announcements for new papers.

Can I modify my registration form?

Yes, you have to go to Register an type your e-mail address. Then you can modify your registration form.

D. Technical support

If the Web site is loading too slowly, is there anything I can do?

This site is especially designed for 56K modems or faster connections. You can also launch our Web site with lower modems, but it will be slower data transfer.

What are the ideal specifications for viewing the web site?

Our minimal screen size require to view our web site is 640x480, and the ideal is 800x600 with Internet Explorer 4.0 or better, or Netscape Navigator 4.0 or better.

How can I make this journal my homepage?

Internet Explorer

  1. Click "Tools" on the standard toolbar above the screen. A pulldown menu will appear.
  2. Click "Internet Options" a window with tabs will appear.
  3. Click the tab marked "General" you will see three sections in the window. The top one is labeled "Home Page."
  4. In the box marked "address", type our URL (http://www.ejbiotechnology.info or http://ejbiotechnology.ucv.cl) and click OK. We will now be your homepage at startup.

Netscape Navigator

  1. Go to "Edit" on the standard toolbar above the screen.
  2. Select "Preferences..." from the bottom of the pull-down menu.
  3. Click on the circle next to "home page" in the top right box. (If you don't see "home page," click "Navigator" under "Category" on the left side of the window.)
  4. Type in http://www.ejbiotechnology.info or http://ejbiotechnology.ucv.cl

E. Contact

How can I contact the journal's Editor?

You can contact the Editor at edbiotec@ucv.cl.

Who do I contact for permission to use the journal's copyrighted materials?

You MUST contact the editor at edbiotec@ucv.cl.

How can I contact manuscripts' authors?

You can find the corresponding author's and e-mail him on "About the author" at Article Panel on every published article.

Who should I contact if I see an error in one of your manuscripts?

You should send an e-mail to the Editor (edbiotec@ucv.cl).

F. How to search

Do you have search facilities for keywords or authors' names?

Yes, you may search by using our search tool.

How can I search for a specific topic?

At our homepage you can find the Search item.

Publication Charges

Papers accepted for publication are subjected to a publication charge of US$1,100 for the first 15 typewritten pages, including figures and tables (file type: ms word; margins: 2,5; font type: Arial; font size: 12; interline: single space).

Extra pages are U$100 each, beginning with the 16th page.

Waves are not considered.

Full payment is mandatory prior to the publication of the manuscript.

We will continue as an Open Access journal and the submission of manuscripts is free.

In order to proceed to payment please click here.

Note: All manuscripts published since Volume 17, no. 1 (January 15, 2014) and also manuscripts received in the Editorial Office from November 1, 2013 are subjected to this publication fee.

Reviewers

We recognize and acknowledge the valuable critical revisions and comments received from the following reviewers:

Please send updated affiliations to biotec@ucv.cl

Content Types

We publish different types of papers research and review articlesshort communicationstechnical notesbiotechnology issues for Developing Countriesbook reviewscommentaries; and correspondence.

In the following paragraphs you will find a brief description of each contribution.

Research

These articles present original research and address a clearly stated specific hypothesis or question. Papers should provide novel approaches and new insights into the problem addressed. Manuscripts should be 3000 to 7000 words and they should have at least 15 references. There is no limit to figures and tables.

These articles should include:

  • Introduction: It should be brief and limited to the definition of the problem, the aims and purposes of the research and its relation with other studies in the field. Also the working hypothesis must be clearly stated.
  • Materials and methods: It should include relevant details on the experimental design and techniques so that the experiments can be repeated.
  • Results: Results should be clearly presented. Tables and figures should only be included if required to fully understand the data.
  • Discussion: The aim of this section is the interpretation of the results and their relation to the existing knowledge. The contribution to Biotechnology must be clearly stated. The information given in any part of the text may be cited but not repeated in the Discussion Section. Alternatively Results and Discussion can be presented in one section.
  • Acknowledgments: The acknowledgments of the contributions of colleagues can be stated in this section. Acknowledgments for financial support must be cited on the corresponding section.

For stylistics details, please refer to Guide for Authors.

Review

Review articles are an attempt by one or more authors to sum up the current state of the research on a particular topic. Ideally, the author searches for everything relevant to the topic, and then sorts it all out into a coherent view of the "state of the art" as it now stands. Review articles should have at least 80 references and they should have between 4000 and 6000 words.

Review articles should inform about:

  • the main researchers working in a field
  • recent major advances and discoveries
  • significant gaps in the research
  • current debates
  • future directions

They include an abstract, an introduction that outlines the main theme, brief subheadings, and an outline of important unresolved questions.

For stylistics details, please refer to Guide for Authors.

Short communications

A short communication is for a concise, but independent report representing a significant contribution to Biotechnology. Short communication is not intended to publish preliminary results. Only if these results are of exceptional interest and are particularly topical and relevant will be considered for publication. It should be no more than 2500 words, and could include two figures or tables. It should have at least 8 references.

It is preferable that the text is divided into the following sections: introduction, experimental (or theoretical), results, and discussion. Results and discussion sections may be combined, if desired.

For stylistics details, please refer to Guide for Authors.

Technical notes

A technical note is an article giving a brief description of a technique or procedure. It may also refer to the modification of a technique, procedure or equipment of interest to our journal.

It should be no more than 2500 words, and could include two figures or tables. It should have at least 8 references.

For stylistics details, please refer to Guide for Authors.

Biotechnology Issues for Developing Countries

This section publishes articles related to relevant biotechnology issues for these countries. It is part of an important cooperation agreement signed with UNESCO/MIRCEN network, whom are financially supporting our journal. For more information see: http://www.ejbiotechnology.info/content/issues/index.html

For stylistics details, please refer to Guide for Authors.

Book reviews

This section publishes reviews of books of interest to leading scientists and policy makers. They are usually by invitation, although suggestions are welcomed.

Commentaries

This section has a flexible format, focusing on the scientific, commercial, ethical, legal, societal, or political issues surrounding biotechnology research. They should be topical, readable, provocative, and introduce new concepts/point of view, providing a personal perspective on a biotechnology-based matter of public or scientific importance. The main criteria are that they should be of immediate interest to a broad readership and should be written in an accessible, non-technical style.

Their length is between 1000 and 2000 words.

Correspondence

These items are letters to the editor: short comments on topical issues of public and political interest, anecdotal material, or readers' reactions to material published in our journal. Correspondence items should be no longer than 300-400 words. Submissions will not be considered without the authors' name, postal and e-mail addresses. It is usually signed by no more than 3 authors; this is because correspondence is a forum for readers' reactions, not for statements by organizations or groups of individuals.

They do not usually have figures, tables, or multiple references. All accepted contributions are edited for publication.

Submissions must be sent by e-mail to edbiotec@ucv.cl.

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