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Submission checklist

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Please make sure you have satisfied the points on the following checklist before submitting your manuscript. If you have any questions about the submission process, please contact If you are submitting a manuscript to a particular Special Issue, please refer to its specific name in your covering letter.

1. Email addresses
Do you have a list of the email addresses for all the co-authors of the manuscript? You will need to provide these so that we can inform the co-authors when the manuscript has been received and when it is published.

2. Instructions for Authors and peer review policy
Have you read the detailed Instructions for Authors for BMC Biology? You may also like to read BMC Biology's peer review policy.

If you are planning to submit a TeX file, please submit your TeX file as the main manuscript file and your bib/bbl file as a dependent file. Please also convert your TeX file into a PDF and submit this PDF as an additional file with the name 'Reference PDF'. This PDF will be used by internal staff as a reference point to check the layout of the article as the author intended.

3. Covering letter, peer reviewers and editorial board selection
Have you prepared a covering letter for your submission, explaining why it is of special importance and broad interest and elaborating on any issues relating to our editorial policies detailed in the instructions for authors? This should be provided using the 'cover letter' section of the submission process.

4. Manuscript files
Do you have all the files for the manuscript in an acceptable format?

  • Main manuscript
    Formats: DOC, DOCX , RTF (rich text format) , DVI , PDF , TEX
    Tables less than 2 pages (about 90 rows) should be included at the end of the manuscript. Longer tables should be submitted, and referred to in the text, as additional files. TeX files must use the BioMed Central TeX template.
  • PDF files cannot be processed in production. If your manuscript is accepted, you will be required to re-submit an editable file.

  • Figure files
    Formats: EPS , PNG , TIFF (for photographs and screen dumps) , JPEG (for photographs and screen dumps) , PDF (for line drawings) , BMP , DOC, DOCX , PPT, PPTX
    Must be separate files, not embedded in the main manuscript.
  • Additional files
    May be any standard type of file, eg. movies, datasets, large tables etc.
    Files must be named with the three letter file extension appropriate to the file type (eg .pdf, .xls, .txt)
    Additional material files should include necessary material that cannot be included in the PDF version of the published article, such as large datasets or movies . Tables should ordinarily be included in the manuscript file, unless they are exceptionally large (more than 2 manuscript pages or 90 rows). The manuscript file should include a short description of any additional files and software necessary to view them.
  • Please refer to the Instructions for Authors for further information about suitable file types.

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