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SUBMITTING YOUR MANUSCRIPT
Forensic Genomics welcomes format-neutral manuscripts for first-time submissions. Newly submitted manuscripts will not be un-submitted for formatting issues.  However, after the initial peer review process, revised submissions must follow correct journal formatting and file guidelines, as described in the Instructions for Authors.

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All submitting authors are required to complete their submissions using an ORCID identifier. Please visit the ORCID website for more information, or to register. 

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MANUSCRIPT PREPARATION
Please read all instructions below before submitting your paper. 

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DETERMINING AUTHORSHIP
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All authors, including the co-authors, should be responsible for a significant part of the manuscript. All authors and co-authors should have taken part in writing the manuscript, reviewing it, and revising its intellectual and technical content. Any author whose name appears on a paper assumes responsibility and accountability for the results.

SUBMISSION PROCESS

All Original submissions must contain:
•    An Internal Review Board (IRB) approval (or waiver) statement in the Methods section, preferably at the beginning
•    An Author Contribution statement for each author, followed by
•    An Author Disclosure Statement for each author listed on a submission after the Acknowledgments section, followed by,
•    Funding statement(s), even if there is no funding information to declare.

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All manuscripts must be prepared in accordance with the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted for Biomedical Journals. 

When ready to submit your manuscript for peer review, be prepared to:
•    Enter the full title of the manuscript
•    Enter the full names and institutional affiliations of ALL listed authors
•    Enter ALL listed authors' institutional email addresses
•    Identify the corresponding author
•    Enter a running (abbreviated) title of no more than 50 characters (including spaces).
•    Enter 3–5 keywords or phrases.
•    Provide a structured abstract of no more than 250 words, stating the background, methods, and results (including the sample size), drawn from the study.
•    Provide the names and email addresses of at least five potential preferred reviewers familiar with the field.  Please make sure preferred reviewers are not from your university or institution or with whom you have collaborated.  Anyone whom the author does not want to be considered should also be named as a non-preferred reviewer.   Ultimate reviewer selection is at the Editor’s discretion.
•    Confirm that the material has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere.

FILE NAMING
When naming your figure files, please label them in English with the corresponding author’s last name, followed by the figure number, without spaces.  Use only alphanumeric characters; do not use symbols, dashes, or underscores (Ex:  JonesFig1).  
Important:  Please upload individual files of all manuscript material as described herein — please do NOT upload a combined PDF file containing all material in your submission.  

PREPARATION OF MANUSCRIPT
Prepare the main text of manuscripts in Microsoft Word, double spaced. The order of elements in a manuscript should be:
•    Title page (with full manuscript title, all contributing authors and their affiliations, a short running title, a denotation of the corresponding author, and a list of 3-6 keywords
•    Abstract
•    Main text (do not embed figures or tables in the manuscript)
•    Conclusion (as a separate paragraph, not as part of the Discussion section)
•    Acknowledgments (if applicable)
•    Clinical Trial Registration Numbers (if applicable)
•    Authorship Confirmation Statement
•    Author(s’) Disclosure Statement(s)
•    Funding Statement, even if no funding has been received
•    References

As separate files (do not include the following in the main manuscript file):
•    Figure legends
•    Tables (all tables should be prepared in a single Word document)
•    Supplemental Information (if applicable); NOTE: Supplemental Information will not be copyedited or typeset; it will be posted online as supplied.)

Text
Maximum word count should not exceed 4,000 words.  In general, the text should be organized under the headings: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, and Conclusions. Use only standard abbreviations, which can be found in the AMA’s Manual for Authors & Editors.  At first usage, spell out terms and give abbreviations in parentheses. Thereafter, use only abbreviations. It is not necessary to spell out standard units of measure. Use generic names for drugs if possible. If you wish to use a proprietary drug name the first time it appears, use the generic name followed by the proprietary name, manufacturer, and location in parentheses.

Acknowledgments
The author should acknowledge only those people and their institutions that have made significant contributions to the study.  This text should be listed after the conclusion section.

References  
References must be prepared double spaced and numbered consecutively as they are cited in the text (using superscript numbers), and should part of the main text file, not prepared separately. References appearing for the first time in tables and figures must be numbered in sequence with those cited in the text where the table or figure is mentioned. Use journal abbreviations as provided by PubMed/Medline. List all authors when there are six or less. When there are more than six, list the first three, followed by et al. If references to personal communications or unpublished data are used, they are not to be in the list of references. They should be referred to in the text in parentheses: (AB Jones, personal communication). Include among the references any papers that have been accepted but have not yet published; identify the name of publication and add "In Press." If the reference has been published online, provide the DOI number in place of the page range.  

Style sample for references:
•    Journal paper with up to six authors:  
Scudder N, McNevin D, Kelty SF, Walsh SJ, Robertson J.  Massively parallel sequencing and the emergence of forensic genomics: Defining the policy and legal issues for law enforcement.  Sci Justice. 2018;58(2):153-158.
•    Journal paper with more than six authors:  
Bowen CD, Renner DW, Shreve JT, Tafuri Y, Payne KM, Dix RD, et al.  Viral forensic genomics reveals the relatedness of classic herpes simplex virus strains KOS, KOS63, and KOS79.  Virology. 2016;492:179-186.
•     Book:
Buckleton JS, Bright J-A, Taylor D. Forensic DNA Evidence Interpretation, 2e. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press; 2016.
•    Chapter in a book:  
Buckleton JS, Taylor D, Curran JM, Bright J-A. Population genetic modules. In: Forensic DNA Evidence Interpretation, 2e., (Buckleton JS, Bright J-A, Taylor D. eds.) Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press. 2016; pp. 87 - 118.

Legends
Figure legends should be uploaded as a separate Word file and double spaced. In the legend of each figure, provide explanations for any abbreviations, arrows, etc., that appear in the figure. If the illustration is taken from a copyrighted publication, permission must be secured (by the author), appropriate credit must be given in the legend, and a corresponding reference must appear in the reference section.  
 
Tables
All tables should be prepared in one single Word file. Provide a title for each table. Cite tables in sequence in the text. Explain abbreviations used in the body of the table in footnotes. If the table is taken from a copyrighted publication, permission must be secured (by the author), appropriate credit must be given in the legend, and a corresponding reference must appear in the reference section.   

Figures
Cite figures consecutively in the manuscript within parentheses.  A legend should be supplied for each figure and all legends numbered consecutively.  Images should be anonymized and should not reveal the identity of a patient, nor the name of a manufacturer.  
•    Do not include any illustrations as part of your text file.
•    Submit figures in high resolution.
•    .TIFF or .EPS files are preferred.

Correspondence Address
Following the references, provide the name and complete address of the person to whom correspondence should be sent.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Forensic Genomics will consider Letters to the Editor commenting on the scientific content of an article published in the Journal. Letters should not exceed 400-500 words of text and 5 references. Letters submitted for publication must be original and must not be submitted to any other publication simultaneously.

Please be sure to review the Journal’s policies on the following:
Data Sharing and Preprint Policies
Post-Acceptance and Post-Publication Policies
Correction Statements / Retractions
Reprints, Permissions, & Social Media Use
Plagiarism Detection Software
Definitions of Scientific Misconduct
Responding to Allegations of Scientific Misconduct
Press Embargo Policy
Publication Costs
Archiving and Preservation
Publisher Information

 

The views, opinions, findings, conclusions and recommendations set forth in any Journal article are solely those of the authors of those articles and do not necessarily reflect the views, policy or position of the Journal, its Publisher, its editorial staff or any affiliated Societies and should not be attributed to any of them.