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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 pdf document file format.
  • Where available, DOI for the references have been provided.
  • All illustrations, figures, and tables are placed at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • Three recomendations for the potential reviewers with e-mails and afiliations placed in Pre Review Discussions field
  • I am aware that I had to pay charges for printing the article when accepted.

    For the corresponding author who is a member of the Polish Biochemical Society, page charges are currently 200 PLN per printed page and additionally 300 PLN for each page with color figure/s.

    For a nonmember corresponding author, page charges are currently 400 PLN (120 EURO) per printed page and additionally 500 PLN (150 EURO) for each page with color figure/s.

Author Guidelines

The manuscript should generally be assembled as described below. Short communications, describing novel, significant and complete observations, should contain up to 25000 characters (including spaces) in the text and no more than 4 figures and/or tables. Review articles may contain different section titles than those suggested for original articles.


Text should be double-spaced throughout the whole manuscript. Margins should be of at least 2.5 cm on each side. All pages (including the title page) should be numbered. The text should be left-justified, and automatic end-of-line hyphenation should not be used. Carriage returns should be used only to end headings and paragraphs, not to break lines of text. All characters should be correctly represented, i.e. 1 (one) and l (ell), 0 (zero) and O (oh), x (ex) and × (times sign).

Tables and Figures

Every table and figure should have a legend which consists of the title, followed by a description of experimental conditions so as to be intelligible without referring to the text, but the details given in Materials and Methods should not be repeated. Legends to tables should be provided above each table on the same page, however, figure legends should be provided as the last section of the text of the manuscript. Figure legends should also include explanation of the symbols used in figures. Figures (line drawings and photographs) should be suitable for reproduction not less then 300 dpi. Colour figures in CMYK separation. They should not exceed 16.5 × 24.0 cm but of the width not smaller than 8 cm. Lettering should be proportional to the size of the drawing. Lines (not less than 1 point) and lettering should be of uniform density.

Manuscript sections

TITLE PAGE (page 1) should provide: 
(i) A brief, informative title to be used in the classification and indexing of the paper. Abbreviations in the title should not be used. 
(ii) Full names of the authors (first name in full) with the name(s) of the laboratory or laboratories where the work was carried out. Present address(es), if different, should be given in a footnote. 
(iii) Name of the author to whom correspondence should be addressed, with phone, fax and e-mail information. 
(iv) Running title not exceeding 70 letters including spaces, easy to be placed at the top of the paper pages. 
(v) Key words (up to six words or short phrases). 
(vi) Abbreviations, excluding those already listed in Recommendations of the International Union of Biochemistry. Terms, irrespective of their length, that are used only once in the text, should not be abbreviated. The abbreviations have to facilitate reading of the paper, not its writing. 
(vii) Information, if any, on a preliminary report on the same subject presented at scientific meetings. 
(viii) Acknowledgements of financial support, including the granting agency and the grant award identification number. Other acknowledgements should be given at the end of the Discussion section. 
(ix) Accession numbers of any new nucleotide or amino acid sequences reported in the manuscript.

ABSTRACT should consist of a self-explanatory text, suitable for direct reproduction, of not more than 250 words for regular papers and 100 words for short communications. It should state the problem, experimental approach, summary of most important results and conclusions. If a reference is cited (only when absolutely necessary), complete bibliographic data must be given. Non-standard abbreviations should be avoided in the abstract. If used, they must be explained (in parentheses), irrespectively of their explanation in the title page.

INTRODUCTION should provide a background to the specific research area and describe the purpose of the research, with references to other investigations in the same field. However, extensive reviews of the literature should be avoided.

MATERIALS AND METHODS should contain description of materials and experimental procedures in a manner which enables others to repeat the experiments. Novel procedures should be given in detail, but published procedures should be referred to by literature citations (a brief description of a previously published procedure may, however, be helpful in some cases). A list of reagents should be limited to those which required special preparation, purification, or in author's opinion, a source of the chemicals is essential to the validity of the experimental results. 

RESULTS should be presented in a concise manner. The use of both tables and figures for presentation of the same data is not acceptable.

DISCUSSION should not contain a summary of the results but solely their interpretation. Joint presentation of the Results and Discussion is permissible.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS. This section should contain only acknowledgements other than information about the financial support of the work provided on the title page.

REFERENCES. Bibliographic citations in the text should appear by author's names and year of publication. Examples are as follows: Knauer & Lehle (1994) or (Knauer & Lehle, 1994), Gow et al. (1993) or (Gow et al., 1993). Multiple citations should be organized by the year: (Knauer & Lehle, 1992; Gow et al., 1993). In the reference list they should be organized in alphabetic order. The references should contain full titles of the articles referred to. First and last page numbers are to be quoted. Autors are to add DOI links (when available) to the reference list. 
References for journals and books should be in the following style:

Knauer R, Lehle LL (1994) The N-oligosaccharyl-transferase complex from yeast. FEBS Lett. 344: 83–86. https://doi.org/10.1016/0014-5793(94)00356-4

Shuman S, Hardy M, Sobue G, Pleasure D (1988) A cyclic AMP analogue induces synthesis of a myelin-specific glycoprotein by cultured Schwann cells. J. Neurochem. 50: 190–194. https://doi.org/0.1111/j.1471-4159.1988.tb13248.x

Braendle Ch, Heyland A, Flatt T (2011) Integrating mechanistic and evolutionary analysis of life history variation. In Mechanisms of life history evolution: the genetics and physiology of life history traits and trade-offs. Flatt T, Heyland A eds., pp. 3-10. Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199568765.001.0001

Reference style in format CSL may be found under address: https://csl.mendeley.com/styles/374090311/ActaBiochimicaPolonica and can be directly used in the Mendeley Desktop

Articles accepted for publication in other journals are cited in the reference list as "in press". Data in preparation or only submitted are referred to in the text ("unpublished data") or in a footnote on the same page, not in the reference list. The same concerns personal communications. Written permission to quote personal communication from its author(s) must be provided. Extensive reference to personal communication or unpublished results should be avoided.

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