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Manuscript preparation
Instructions for manuscript submission
Editorial Process

All material to be considered for publication in Molecular Biology and Evolution should be submitted in electronic form via the journal's online submission system (http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/mbe) . Full instructions for online manuscript submission can be found here or via the online submission site . If for exceptional reasons you are unable to submit your manuscript via the online submission system, please contact the Editorial Office .

Editorial policy

MBE welcomes manuscripts reporting both empirical and theoretical work, as well as significant new statistical and computational methods. All research papers must make clear the novelty of findings and their broad significance to evolutionary biology. MBE is a primary research journal, but publishes review articles as well. MBE also publishes Research Resources reports, describing substantial software and databases designed specifically for the evolution community.

MBE will publish work with a primary focus on taxonomy and systematics or descriptive studies of genetic diversity and population structure only if they are of interest and relevance to a broad audience.

MBE considers four types of manuscripts for publication, Research Articles (conventional papers without strict length limitations), Letters ( short communications that contain findings of outstanding interest to the broad readership of MBE ), Research Resources (short reports that describe software and databases with a potential for wide usage in molecular biology and evolutionary analysis), and Review Articles (perspectives and synthesis). Letters and Research Resource reports have strict, non-negotiable length limits (see Manuscript preparation ).

MBE receives many-fold more manuscripts than can be published. Manuscripts not suitable for publication in the journal may be returned to authors without external peer review. Authors may seek advice from the Editor on the suitability of a manuscript before submission.

Publication in MBE incurs charges that must be paid in full before an article is published. However, peer review and acceptance of submissions are independent of the ability of authors to cover publication costs. Eligibility and procedures for requesting waivers of publication fees are posted in the charges section.

Manuscripts are considered for publication in MBE on the understanding that authors have complied with all ethical and privacy guidelines and/or legislation covering the work being reported. Manuscripts comprising a part or parts that have previously been published or are under consideration for publication elsewhere should not be submitted to MBE .

Corresponding authors are required to sign an agreement licensing use of their material to the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution before the paper can be published. Material published in the journal cannot be reproduced or published elsewhere (including on the Internet) without the written permission of the copyright owner.

Among the requirements for publication in MBE is that authors make publicly available, free of charge, any alignment data, strains, cell lines, or clones used in reported experiments, computer code essential to the analysis, and any other material or information necessary for the assessment and verification of findings or interpretations presented in the publication. Substantial computer software essential to the publication that has not previously been published must be provided as Supplementary Material or made available through a publicly accessible repository.

Newly reported nucleic acid and amino acid sequences, microarray data, structural coordinates, and all other essential information must be submitted to appropriate public databases (e.g., GenBank http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/ ; the EMBL Nucleotide Sequence Database http://www.ebi.ac.uk/embl/index.html ; DNA Database of Japan http://www.ddbj.nig.ac.jp/ ; the Protein Data Bank http://www.rcsb.org/pdb/ ; Swiss-Prot http://www.ebi.ac.uk/swissprot/ ; GEO http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/geo ; and Array-Express http://www.ebi.ac.uk/arrayexpress ). Methods must be described in sufficient detail to permit independent replication. Standard procedures can be referenced, provided that significant variations are adequately described. Evaluation of large-scale experiments such as transcript profiling using microarray- or deep sequencing-based approaches requires a complete and transparent description of each experiment, of the nature of the replication, and of the statistical analysis, including, for example, whether any multiple comparison correction was applied. Large-scale data sets necessary for peer review must be made available to reviewers at the time of submission.

Proofs and offprints

The corresponding author will receive a unique URL that gives access to the electronic version of their published paper free of charge. Offprints may be ordered at the time the corresponding author completes the online copyright (using the link provided after manuscript acceptance). Requests for electronic access and print offprints by other authors should be channeled via the corresponding author. Later orders may be placed through the Author Services site.

Manuscript preparation
Instructions for manuscript submission

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