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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines






Manuscripts dealing in research in all fields of ethnobotany, in any reasonable  length, biographical  sketches,  and  critical  reviews  and summaries of literature will be considered for web publication.


Casual notes and floristic lists will also be considered if the main focus falls on plant species of economic interest. Advice on the suitability of manuscripts will be solicited, if necessary, from qualified scientists.


Although authors are not required to follow any single style guide for their submissions, it is expected that the papers will be well organized, written in grammatically correct English, and without spelling errors. Whenever possible, papers should be proofed by someone well familiar with English grammar and spelling. Although the body of the paper is to be in English, abstracts in other languages are acceptable.


Literature citations for books should include the date and place of publication, as well as the publisher. Journal names should be spelled out, rather than abbreviated. Scientific names should include the authority. Binomials are italicized.


Manuscripts should be prepared using MSWORD for WINDOWS. We cannot accept articles typed in Word Perfect, Adobe PDF or PowerPoint. Do not number the pages. As each article will be printed on the web exactly as received, the text should be in final form prior to submission. All formatting (such as in the use of bold, underlining or italicizing) remains the responsibility of the author.


Use the "Times New Roman" font if available. Body of manuscript should be 12 point type. Title is 16 point bold and headings are 12 or 14 point bold.


Figures and tables should be numbered and inserted directly into the text. There is no charge for color graphs or illustrations.


Each and every author carries the right to print out and distribute their own articles. Reprints are not furnished by the journal.


1. Lifesciences Leaflets is an international online journal that aims to promote the exchange  of  original  knowledge  and  research  in  any  area  of ethnobotany  and  to disseminate  information  and  ideas  that  may  help  to sustainable  management  of resources.


2.  The   journal  will   cover   the  all disciplinary related with Life sciences.


3. The journal publishes original papers, review articles and short communications on all aspects of ethnobotany and related fields.


4.  Authors  must  accept  full  responsibility  for  the  contents  and  opinions expressed in the manuscript.


5. All manuscript submitted to the journal will be peer-reviewed. Editor will decide on whether the manuscript should be: accepted, accepted after minor revisions, accepted after major revisions or rejected. The final decision to accept or reject a manuscript will be taken by the editor.


Submission of Manuscript :


All contributions must be submitted in English and follow the specific submission requirement stated below.

Manuscripts should be submitted electronically to Life sciences Leaflet. Manuscripts must be submitted by one of the authors of the manuscript, and

should not be submitted by anyone on their behalf.  The submitting author

takes responsibility for the article during submission and peer review.


Each submission must be accompanied by a cover letter stating that the paper contains  original  research  and  that  the  information  has  not  been published elsewhere.


Any  manuscript  submitted  to  the  journal  must  not  already  have  been published in another journal or be under consideration by any other journal.


The minimum requirements for a manuscript to qualify for peer review are that it has been  prepared  by strictly following the  format  and style  of  the journal as mentioned  below,  and  should    meet  the  Life sciences Leaflet standard. Submission may, however, be returned without review if, in the opinion of the editor, is inappropriate for the journal, is of poor quality or fails to follow the journal’s format/ style.


For  research  papers,  the  manuscript  should  consists  of    the  following sections:


1. Title author(s) and address(es)                 2. Abstract


3. Keywords


4. Introduction or Background


5. Methods


6. Results

7. Discussion


8. Conclusion


9. Acknowledgement


10. References



1. Title :


The title should accurately reflect the contents of the paper and should be as brief as possible followed by name(s) of author(s), institutional address and e-mail. The corresponding author (only one) must be marked with an asterisk.


2. Abstract :


An abstract should be included at the beginning of the manuscript and should not exceed 350 words. This abstract should be factual, not descriptive and should present the justification of the study, methods used, the main findings, and principal conclusions with potential implications. Please minimize the use of data and do not cite referencesin the abstract.


3. Keywords :


3-6 keywords are to be assigned by the authors.


4. Introduction or Background:


This section should clearly state the background of the researches, justification and objectives of the present work and the potential contribution to the related field.


5. Methods :


The method section includes the design of the study, concise details of the methodology adopted in field / lab. works, and the types of analysis used.


6. Results and Discussion:


Results and Discussion may be combined into a single section or presented separately. In results, tables, figures, or photographs can be used. But excessive use of tables, diagrams, etc should be avoided.    Tables and figures must be referred to in the text in numerical order. All illustrations are referred to as Figures. All units of measurement must be reported via the metric system. Notes/footnotes are not allowed.


Authors must check very carefully nomenclature and authors of plants in their papers. Reviewers and editors cannot be expected to spend time on checking names of plants. Ethnobotanical, phytochemical and other data on plants must give proper reference of voucher specimen i.e. name, collector, number, locality, accession number and name of herbarium where specimens are deposited.


7. Conclusion :


This  section  states  clearly  the  main  conclusions  of  the  research  and  gives clear explanations of their importance and relevance.


8. Acknowledgement :


Please acknowledge anyone who contributed towards the study by making sustainable contributions to conception, design, acquisition, data analysis and interpretation of data or who are involved in drafting the manuscript or critically reviewing for important intellectual content.


9. References:


Bibliography is not allowed. Only references should be listed alphabetically at the end of the paper without numbering. All references must be cited in the text with author’s name and year of publication in parentheses; where there are two or more papers by the same author in one year, distinguishing letters (a,b,c.d…….)  should  be  added  to  the  year.     Please     avoid     excessive referencing. All references should be  carefully cross-checked; it is the author’s responsibility  to  ensure  that  references  are  correct.  Unpublished  articles, abstract, unpublished data and personal communications should not be included in the references.


Examples of the Lifesciences Leaflets reference style are shown below: Article within Journals:

Patel, N.K. 2004. Plant names used in folk song by tribals from Danta taluka, Gujarat J.Advances in plant Sciences, Muzaffernagar 17(II) :439-441.


Complete Book:


Joshi, A. R. and Joshi, Kunjani 2005.   Ethnobotany and Plant Diversity of

Nepal, RubRick, Kathmandu, Nepal.


Published abstract:


Blackmore, S. and Keeper, R. 2004. Plant Biodiversity in the 21st Century, (Abstract),   Fourth National Conference on Science and Technology (March 23-26), Nepal.


Article within conference proceedings:


Rajbhandari,K.R., Bbhattarai,S. and Joshi,R.1999. Orchid diversity of Nepal and   their      conservation      need.      In      Proceeding      International Workshop of BIO-BEFOR, Nepal, Nov.28 - Dec. 2, 1999, pp. 49 - 252, Kathmandu, Nepal.


Chapter, or article within a book:


Cabelli,V.J.1979.Evaluation of recreational water quality, the EPA approach. In James, A. and Evison, L. (eds.), Biological Indicators of Water Quality, pp. 14-23. John Wiley & Sons, Chichester.


Ph. D. thesis :


Patel, N.K. 2001.   Study      of      Angiosprmic    Plants    with    Relation    to Phytosociological and Ethnobotanical Study of Danta taluka, Dist. Banaskantha, Ph.D. Thesis For North Gujarat University, Patan.


Link/ URL :


The Mouse Tumor Biology Database


( http://tumor.informatics.jax.org/cancer_links.html)


Review Papers :


Reviews are full-length state-of-the art articles. These papers should also cover recent initiatives taken in the respected areas and identification of gaps in our knowledge and recommendation for future study and other actions.


Short Communications:


Short Communications are mostly intended to allow concise reporting of the results of ethnobotanical surveys on relatively small areas/tribal pockets. These would not exceed 4 Journal pages including graphs, tables and figures.

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