Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Al-Kufa University Journal for Biology the Journal of Life Sciences, published every four months by one volume for each year includes three numbers and is specialized in all research pertaining to life sciences (animal and plant research, environment, pollution, genetic engineering and textile agriculture ... etc. In the field of life sciences). It is published by the Department of Life Sciences - Faculty of Science - University of Kufa, founded in 2009 and obtained the Print ISSN: 2073-8854 & Online ISSN: 2311-6544)

The journal is an open access journal where all papers after being peer reviewd and accepted could be downloaded for free. 

 

Section Policies

Articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process

The submitted article shall be determined by the members of the editorial board according to the competence and specialization of the member board to the article to Determination three reviewers, then sends secretly to two reviewers selected by the Editorial Secretary. when returning the article send to the researcher to correct it, then send to one of the reviewers to see the amendments made by the researcher, the decision to accept for the article take place after meeting of the editorial board and see the views of the reviewers and the researcher's corrections and references to search after modification finally Take the decision to accept the article in the journal.

 

Open Access Policy

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

 

Archiving

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...

 

Editorial Board

Editor in Chief

Prof. Dr. Mahdi Hussein Muhail Al-Ammar , Faculty of Science , University of Kufa, Iraq, Email:[email protected] , CV

Managing Editor

Asst. Prof.Dr. Basad Abdel Zaid Abboud ,Faculty of Science , University of Kufa, Iraq, Email: [email protected] , CV

Editorial Board Members

Prof.Dr. Hussein Jassim Mohammed Al-Shujairi ,Faculty of Science , University of Kufa, Iraq, Email: [email protected]

Prof. Dr. Ayad F. Alkaim , Babylon university, college of science for women-chemistry department, 5001 Hilla, Iraq, Tel./Whats app: +964-780-1324-986,E-mali: [email protected];cv

 Asst. Prof.Dr. Fadi Mahdi Muslim Al - Amidi,  August 21, 1982, Najaf, Iraq , University of Kufa, E-mali:  [email protected] ; [email protected] , CV

 

Prof.Dr. Mohammad Hamid , Place of birth: Ramshir, Iran ,Date of birth: 21/03/1971, Department of Molecular Medicine,Biotechnology Research Center Pasteur Institute of Iran 69, Pasteur Ave. Tehran-13164 ,Tel: +98 21 66480780

Fax: +98 21 66480780
Mobile phone No.: +989122858058
Email: [email protected]
[email protected] , CV

 




 

Publication Ethics

Al-Kufa University Journal for Biology is obligated in delivering the superior standards of publication ethics.  Al-Kufa University Journal for Biology enforces the statements of publication standards that are recommended by Committee on Publication Ethics for the publication process, prohibiting any trials of unethical conducts. Needless to say, the received articles for publication go through peer review process, and if they are found not meeting the publication ethics, they will be declined.

 1)    Editorsꞌ Responsibilities:

  • All authorsꞌ articles should be evaluated without distinguishing according to color, citizenship, gender, etc. The only thing that must be considered is the scientific content of articles.
  • Editors could decide in accepting or refusing articles based on peer review evaluation, editorial boardꞌ results, and articles significance.
  • The editing staff of the journal should not reveal any information regarding articles to any other party than corresponding reviewers, editorial board, and the publisher.
  • Exploiting the contents of the unpublished materials by editors is not allowed without getting the agreement of the corresponding authors.

 2)    Reviewersꞌ Responsibilities:

  • Reviewers must notify the editors in case the articlesꞌ topics donꞌt match with their specialization to avoid any potential delays.
  • Reviewers are not allowed to reveal any information regarding articles contents to any other party other the mentioned ones previously.
  • Reviewers must clearly tell their decisions about articles with proper supporting arguments.
  • Reviewers are called for checking the cited materials and references of date used in the authorsꞌ articles.
  • Reviewers are advised to have identical interests with articles contents to avoid any possible conflict of interests.

 3) Authorsꞌ Responsibilities:

  • Authors are required to submit precise date of their research work, and the manuscripts should include the list of references used for their articles.
  • Authors must verify that the submitted research work is of their own except for the cited and/or quoted materials from other researchersꞌ work.
  • Authors should not submit the same article to more than one journal where this is considered breaking for the publication ethics statements.
  • In case, there is more than one author for the same article, the corresponding author should ensure that the other authors have agreed the final copy of the submitted manuscript.
  • All the required information of authors must be included in the manuscript, for example, authorsꞌ names, affiliations, place of work, and emails.
  • Authors should obviously tell conflicts of interest in their manuscripts.
  • If the authorsꞌ work require chemicals and/or equipment that may cause hazards resulting of their use, then authors should precisely inform that in manuscripts.
  • In case the authors noted that there is an error or an inaccurate information in their submitted research work, then they must notify the publisher as soon as possible after submitting their manuscript.

4) Change, Replacement, and/or Modification of a Published Article:

  • Withdrawal: The published articles could be withdrawn when they comprise a considerable number of errors. When the withdrawal gets permitted, the article will be removed from the database of the journal.
  • Replacement: The published article could be replace if the author submit an updated version of the article. Not less than three reviewers should accept the updated version of the article before processing the replacement.
  • Removal: The published article will be removed if any of the publishers, researchers, reviewers, or others find a high number of errors or a high rate of plagiarism. After that, the article will be removed from the journal database.

5) Data Fabrication

- This idiom refers to faking authors for their research findings.

- It could happen when authors have intention of fabricating research data and then providing a not true impression.

- E.g. making up images by adding or neglecting some data point from plotted figures, by changing graphs or charts, by omitting outliers, or by canceling inappropriate results, etc.

- Some authors try to enhance the suitability of images for reading by using a number of known techniques where they may increase or decrease the brightness, adjust color balance, etc. This process could not called fabrication when it is applied for the whole image, and not for some parts of it. Anyway, in case those modifications are performed on images, then the journal editor should be informed upon submission time by adding a note to the paper cover.

- Unaccepted making up techniques include improving, removing, obfuscating, and/or adding new elements or parts into images.

- Authors may be asked to submit their research original data, in case their images and/or data are doubted.

 

6) Conflict of Interest Policy

- Conflict of interest could exist when the relationship between authors and editors is:

  • Current or recent colleagues
  • Current or recent co-authors
  • Current or recent students
  • Financial relationship
  • Any other forms of conflict of interest: personal issues, intellectual issues, etc.

  Those relationships will properly affect journal editorsꞌ actions.

- Authors are required to fully revel any conflicts of interest by listing them on the paper cover when they submit their paper to the journal.

- KUJB assigns all submissions to editors, minimizing possible conflicts of interest. Afterwards, editors are asked to notify the managing editor of any conflicts not listed within the conflicts above.  

- In case, no one of the journal editors meet all of the conflict of interest screens, co-editors with the least conflict of interest will be assigned to the submission.

- The journal editor may refuse to publish a paper basing on one of the disclosed conflicts of interest.

  7) Complaints Policy

- Complaint is authorsꞌ expression of displeasure.

- KUJB welcomes authorsꞌ complaints regarding its actions, procedures, and/or policies, since they provide a motivation and chance for improvement. Therefore, a quick, respective, and helpful response will be established for all authorsꞌ complaints.

- KUJB thinks that authors don’t complain about something published and/or a decision made by it, but they may complain when there will be a process failure; e.g. when there is a delay in replying, harsh response, and/or inaccurate judgment.

- When a complaint is received concerning an inaccuracy of a material, the complaint will be investigated by the journal and a faith decision will be made whether to omit the material or not. The complained material may not be removed when the journal find that the complaint is without a good basis, otherwise, a legitimate defense or exemption could apply.  

Authors should make complaints as soon as possible after paper publication, after action being made, etc. by typing an email to: [email protected] mentioning the following information: paper title, volume number, and issue number with their complaint.

 

 

Journal’s Forms and Template

1. Journal’s Template. DOWNLOAD 

2. Journal Evaluation Form. DOWNLOAD

 

Author Guidelines

  • Foure copies in English of the submitted papers are needed to be published.
  • The abstract should not include more than (150) words.
  • All pages should be sequentially numbered; the total number of all pages is preferred to not be more than (15) pages, including all of references list, tables, and figures.
  • The researcher is required to fill out a commitment form to ensure that his/her paper has not been or sent by or to another journal during the evaluation time, respectively.
  • The contact information of the researcher is needed, including his/her address, email, and phone number.
  • The paper should be only typed on one side of each page with (A4), and all lines should be spaced at 2.0. Moreover, the page margins are required to be set at 2.5 cm from each side of the four sides.
  • Al-Kufa University Journal for Biology  takes the responsibility of the printing rights of the accepted papers for publishing.
  • The researcher takes the responsibility of the whole contents of his/her paper.
  • Al-Kufa University Journal for Biology welcomes any discussions for two months from time of publishing; the discussion is recommended to not be more than two pages. The discussion will be published with the researcher reply in the next volume.

 

 

  • All papers should be formatted and typed based on the following details:

Page margins

2.5 cm from each side

Font style

Times New Roman

Space

Three lines are left from the upper and lower borders

Title

Must be typed in the capital letters, with bold text, and 14 font size

Author name/s

Must be typed in the lower case, with bold text, and 12 font size

Main titles

Must be typed in the capital letters, 14 font size, typed immediately after the left margin 

Minor titles

Must be typed in the lower case except the first letter, 12 font size, typed immediately after the left margin 

Text

Must be typed using 12 font size, and all lines must be spaced at 2.0

Equations

Typed using (Equation editor) and numbered in order. One line space must be left before and after each equation

Tables and figures

Must be referred into them in the text using bold text (Table1, Fig.1).

References

Reference list is put in the end of the paper with a line space left among the references. References must not be numbered. The reference must be cited in the text using the following format: (Author name, year).

Abstract

Typed in English using 12 font sixe, but it must not be longer than 150 words. The abstract summarizes the paper object, contents, results, and conclusion. Both abstracts must fit on the first page of the paper.

Keywords

Put immediately after the English abstract section with a minimum five keywords. The first letter of each keyword is typed using capital case, and the keywords are separated using semicolons.

Simples

Must be put after the reference list and arranged alphabetically using Latin letters then Grecian letters.

 

 

The style of the references must be according to Vancouver style.

  1. Bigal ME, Lipton RB, Winner P, Reed ML, Diamond S, Stewart WF, AMPP Advisory Group. Migraine in adolescents Association with socioeconomic status and family history. Neurology. 2007 Jul 3;69(1):16-25.
  2. Curtis AC. Defining Adolescence. Journal of Adolescent and Family Health. 2015 ;7(2), 2.
  3. Harvey A, Towner E, Peden M, Soori H, Bartolomeos K. Injury prevention and the attainment of child and adolescent health. Bulletin of the World Health Organization. 2009 May;87(5):390-4.
  4. Smith-Khuri E, Iachan R, Scheidt PC, Overpeck MD, Gabhainn SN, Pickett W, Harel Y. A cross-national study of violence-related behaviors in adolescents. Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. 2004 Jun 1;158(6):539-44.
  5. Krug EG, Mercy JA, Dahlberg LL, Zwi AB. The world report on violence and health. The lancet. 2002 Oct 5;360(9339):1083-8.