Instructions to Authors

Statement of Purpose

Growth, Development and Aging is published by contributors and subscribers on a cooperative, nonprofit basis. Researchers of growth, development and aging in all living organisms are encouraged to submit manuscripts. Acceptable approaches include (but are not limited to) anatomy, biochemistry, embryology, genetics, hematology, immunology, mathematics molecular biology, nutrition and physiology. The journal emphasizes basic biology, accepting a broad spectrum of methods and priding itself on an open mind towards unorthodox ideas, but using a rigorous review process. No limits on size are specified, but be as succinct as possible. Usually at least two peer reviewers, not part of the editorial staff, review a manuscript, one expert in the same field and one expert in an adjacent field distant enough to provide perspective. Terse and novel review articles will also be published as will brief editorials and letters to the editor; the latter will not normally be reviewed. Growth, Development and Aging (formerly Growth) was founded in 1937. Former editors include founders F.S. Hammett and S.P. Reimann, plus B.T. Sokoloff, I.C. Diller and G.B. Moment.

General. Submission of a manuscript implies the author’s assurance that the same work has not been and will not be nor is presently submitted elsewhere to printed, electronic or other media.

Manuscript submissions should include one original and three copies and be sent to Dr. David Harrison, Editor-in Chief, Growth, Development and Aging, The Jackson Laboratory, 600 Main Street, Bar Harbor, Maine 04609 (fax. 207-288-6079). All manuscripts should be typewritten and double-spaced with ample margins on 8 1/2 x 11 (22 x 28 cm) paper. Full name and address of the senior author, including postal code, must be given. In the cover letter to the Editor and on the title page of the manuscript please indicate the name, address, telephone numbers, FAX numbers, and email addresses of the author who should be contacted in editorial matters.

Title Page. The title page must include title, authors’ names and affiliations. A running title of not more that 35 letters and a maximum of 10 key words for indexing papers should also be supplied. Acknowledgements should be placed before the list of references.

Sponsorship Agreement Disclosure. Identify all of your sources of support, and outline any agreements that may restrict investigation, reporting or your academic freedom in any way.

Abstract. An abstract in English, not exceeding 225 words, must accompany each manuscript. Authors whose language is other than English also may provide a translation of the abstract into their own language.

References. The list of references must be given in alphabetical order of authors’ names. The titles of journals should be abbreviated in accordance with Chemical Abstracts Service Source Index, 1985. The following style is used:

Effects of H-2 haplotype and gender on the lifespan of A and
C57B/6 mice and their F1, F2 and backcross offspring.
Growth, Dev. & Aging, 53, 175-83.

ENGEL, W.K. & BROOKE, M.H. 1966. Muscle biopsy as a
clinical diagnostic aid. In Neurological Diagnostic
Techniques (ed. W.S. Fields), pp. 90-100. Springfield, IL:
C.C. Thomas.

BARKA, T. & ANDERSON, P.J. 1963. Histochemistry: Theory,
Practice and Bibliography. New York: Harper and Row.
Citations in the text are given in the following form: Jones and Smith (1985) or (Jones and Smith, 1985). Where there are more than two authors citations should be in the form (Jones et al., 1986). Where more than one paper by the same author(s) have been published in the same year they are cited as Jones (1985a), Jones (1985b), etc. Footnotes should be avoided.

Figures. Figures should be submitted as glossy, black and white photographs in one of the following sizes: 4 x 3 1/4 in (10 x 8 cm) for single column format; or 3 3/4 x 6 3/4 in (9.5 x 17.5 cm) for double column format. One original and 3 copies should be submitted. In some cases, such as the presentation of photo micrographs, four original photos should be submitted as photocopies will not be clear. Each photograph should have the name of the senior author and the figure number written on the back, together with an indication of orientation. Magnification should be indicated, when relevant, by a scale line on or beside the illustration. Figures should be referred to in the text as “Figure 1”, etc. The places for insertion into the text should be indicated in the margin of the typewritten manuscript. Legends for all figures should be typed together on separate pages from the main text.

Tables. Tables should be typed on separate pages and numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals. Each should have a concise heading. Table footnotes should be indicated by superscript, lowercase letters of the alphabet.

Formulae and Equations. Complex formulae and equations are very expensive to typeset. Authors should prepare these as India ink drawings and submit them as photographs, or alternatively, pay additional typesetting costs.

Proofs and Reprints. Proofs will be sent to the author designated along with a reprint order form and price list. Fifty reprints of each article are provided free of charge. Additional reprints may be ordered using the form provided.

As stated above Growth, Development and Aging is published on a cooperative, nonprofit basis by the contributors and subscribers. In view of the great increase in printing costs, authors are urged to strive for the maximum in brevity and clarity. Authors contribute $35.00 per printed page to help defray the costs of production. When this causes unusual hardship, the editor-in-chief will consider a request for an exception. Any alterations to proofs are both expensive and delaying; thus authors are asked to edit their manuscripts carefully before submission.

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