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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, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The manuscript topic is within the journal's focus and scope.
  • Original Papers (up to 14 pages; this is approx. 10000 words).
    Original papers that describe new research developments in genomics and bioinformatics studies. Actual biological data, as opposed to purely simulated data, must be used.

    Discovery Notes (up to 4 pages, this is approx. 3000 words)
    Discovery notes report biologically interesting discoveries. The results presented should present new discoveries, bringing insight to a relevant genomic or bioinformatic problem, and not be the simple extension of current knowledge. The results are expected to proceed from the specialized use of tools, methods, and databases. The inclusion of experimental results is considered very positive.

    Application Notes (up to 2 pages; this is approx. 1300 words or 1000 words plus one figure)
    Applications Notes are short descriptions of novel software or new algorithm implementations, databases and network services (web servers, and interfaces). Software or data must be freely available to non-commercial users. Availability and Implementation must be clearly stated in the article. Authors must also ensure that the software is available for a full TWO YEARS following publication. Web services must not require mandatory registration by the user. Additional Supplementary data can be published online-only by the journal. This supplementary material should be referred to in the abstract of the Application Note. If describing software, the software should run under nearly all conditions on a wide range of machines. Web servers should not be browser-specific. Application Notes must not describe trivial utilities, nor involve a significant investment of time for the user to install. The name of the application should be included in the title.

    Reviews (3-8 pages)
    Most review papers are commissioned, although the editors welcome suggestions from prospective authors who should in the first instance submit a draft or abstract/summary no longer than a page.

    Letters to the Editor
    JBG publishes "letters to the editors" on the broad range of topics covered by the journal, including political, technical and scientific analyses of issues related to bioinformatics and genomics. The letters can also include the discussion of papers published by the journal.

    Conference Papers
    JBG considers proposals for publishing conference proceeding papers, as supplementary issues or as special sections of the journal. Please be sure to include the following information in your proposal:
    What is the theme of the conference and submitted papers?
    What numbers of papers are expected to be submitted and published?
    What peer review process will be put in place by the conference organizers to recommend papers for publication in the journal?
    How many delegates are expected to attend the conference?
    Assurance that the papers proposed for publication have not and will not be published elsewhere prior to publication in JBG, or afterward without the permission of the journal's publisher.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • The manuscript is prepared in accordance with the template

We recommend getting ORCID and link it with DataCite Profiles before submitting a paper. Also please indicate ORCID on your profile within the journal, this will allow to track your publications and citations. How to get ORCID?


Papers must be clearly and concisely written in English and within the recommended length. In the interests of speed, manuscripts are not extensively copyedited and authors are requested to check their texts carefully before submitting them so that proofs will require only correction of typographical errors.

How to prepare text and figures

Please use Word's "Save As" option to save your document as .doc or .docx file type. As publication is an online publication, please prepare your figures at web quality (72dpi); these versions of the figures can be saved in .jpg, .gif, .tif, or .eps format. 


These should be included at the end of the text right before the references. Please ensure you acknowledge all sources of funding, see the funding section below.

Details of all funding sources for the work in question should be given in a separate section entitled 'Funding'. This should appear after the 'Acknowledgements' section.

Funding information

The following rules should be followed:

The sentence should begin: "This work was supported by" The full official funding agency name should be given, i.e. "National Institutes of Health", not "NIH". Grant numbers should be given in brackets as follows: "[grant number xxxx]". Multiple grant numbers should be separated by a comma as follows: "[grant numbers xxxx, yyyy]". Agencies should be separated by a semi-colon (plus "and" before the last funding agency). Where individuals need to be specified for certain sources of funding the following text should be added after the relevant agency or grant number 'to [author initials]'.

An example is given here: This work was supported in part by the research grants: National Institutes of Health [R01GM069430, NSFC81573253] and Federal Agency for Scientific Organizations [DMS‐1462990].

Stylistic requirements

See template


If references contain sources in any language other than English, you need to prepare two reference lists:

The first list should be prepared in the original language under the heading "References". And the second should contain translation of references into English and all the references that are written in non-roman script should be transliterated. This list should go under the heading "References in English".

References should be formatted according to the Russian GOST 7.1. 2003 see the examples below:

Examples of references in the original language (Russian given as an example)

Examples of references in English


Tables should be embedded within the main document file and be numbered consecutively. Tables should be self-explanatory and include a brief descriptive title. Footnotes to tables should be indicated in italic but should not include extensive experimental detail.


All figures should be embedded within the text inside the main document file and referred to in the text as Figure 1 etc. All figures should be formatted to fit into, or be reduced to, a single (86 mm) or double (178 mm) column width. Figure legends should appear adjacent to the relevant figure.

  • Web screen dumps: The editors prefer tables or figures instead of web screen dumps. All figures should have a white background to increase the contrast between the illustration and the background, so that the figure is easy to read.
  • Line illustrations: These must be of sufficient quality for publication as submitted, i.e. clear, sharp, clean and of even density. Figures will NOT be redrawn or relabelled. Any lettering or text should be in proportion with the rest of the figure.
  • Photographs: These must be of sufficient quality with respect to detail, contrast, and fineness of grain to withstand the unavoidable loss of contrast inherent in the printing process.


TEX-based manuscripts should be produced using the LATEX article style format only. 

English Language Editing

Language editing, if your first language is not English, to ensure that the academic content of your paper is fully understood by journal editors and reviewers is optional. Language editing does not guarantee that your manuscript will be accepted for publication.