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Guidelines to Authors

Proceedings of the Indian National Science Academy is a fully open-access (available online at the INSA website, multi-disciplinary journal that publishes reviews, original research articles, commentaries, opinions, letters to editor, emerging techniques, book reviews, Academy News etc in all areas of sciences and engineering/technology, except Pure and Applied Mathematics for which the Academy publishes a separate journal, the Indian Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics.

There are no page or colour charges.

Currently, four issues of Proceedings of The Indian National Science Academy are published in March, June, September and December of each year.

1.  Manuscript   Preparation

The manuscript should be prepared in 1.5 line spacing on A4 size paper, using word processing software such as MS Word with Times New Roman 12 size font. The spellings should be according to Oxford Dictionary.

(a)     Main TextManuscripts for original research papers should generally be divided into the following sections and arranged in that

order: Cover page, Abstract, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgements and References. Manu- scripts may be submitted as attachment to e-mail as a single PDF or WORD file that contains all the necessary text, figures and tables. However, if the manuscript includes figures that must be viewed at high resolution, individual text and figure files may be submitted. Manuscripts for Reviews should include Abstract, Introduction and other sections as appropriate. Other manuscripts (Opinions, Commentary, Book-reviews etc) may or may not have any sections.

(b)     AbstractThis should be on a separate page and should include title (concise and brief reflecting the broad subject) of the manuscript, name/s and address/es of author/s and a brief summary of the contents in not more than 250 words.

(c)      Cover PageEach manuscript must include a Cover page giving Title, Names, affiliations and e-mail addresses of all authors. Name, telephone number (landline and/or mobile), fax number (if available) and e-mail address of the Corresponding Author should be clearly identified. In addition, a short running title and 5-8 key words are also required.

(d)     Tables and Figures: These should be numbered consecutively in the order of their appearance in the text and should be provided on separate pages. Graphics software like Corel Draw, Harvard Graphics, Photoshop etc may be used for preparation of illustrations in jpg or tiff file format. Line drawings should be prepared with at least 600 dpi resolution, while photographs should be at least at 300 dpi resolution. All colour files should be submitted in RGB mode. All measurements must be expressed in SI Units. Multiple panels in a single figure should be numbered A, B, C etc (bold Arial font size 10). All other letterings on figures should be at in bold Arial font size 8). Legends to figures should be brief but should explain main features and all abbreviations. Illustrations should be prepared to fit in a single (75 mm) or two column (150 mm) width. A scale bar should be provided on illustrations requiring information about magnification. Tables should carry a brief title. Non-standard abbreviations, if used in table, should be defined at the bottom of the table.

(e) Others:

All Latin terms (e.g., ‘in vivo’, genus and species names) should be italicized.

SI units only should be used.

Abbreviations should be defined the first time they are used in the text.

A space is to be inserted between a digit and its unit e.g. 1 mm (except 1%, °C). Use of kDa is acceptable for molecular mass.

Use s.e.m. (Standard Error of Mean) and s.d. (Standard Deviation) Use Ca2+, etc for ions.

Use superscript font to indicate isotope labelled molecules, e.g., 3H-labelled thymidine or 3H-thymidine.

(f)      Literature citations in the text are to be provided as follows: One author: (Jones, 1995) or (Jones, 1995; Smith, 1996).

Two authors: (Jones and Kane, 1994) or (Jones and Kane, 1994; Smith, 1996).

More than two authors: (Jones et al., 1995) or (Jones et al., 1995a; Jones et al., 1995b; Smith et al., 1994; Smithet al., 1995).

‘In press’ manuscripts should be listed in the References list as: (in press).

Citation of   unpublished data is discouraged. If this is essential, use the format: (X. Y. Z.., unpublished observations/data). Unpublished citation is not to be included in the References list.

Personal communications: When a person(s) who is not an author is the source of unpublished data, those data must be cited as a personal communication, using the format: (A. B. XYZ, personal communication). Personal communications should be substanti- ated by written permission from the source. Personal communications are not to be cited in the list of References.

(g)     References: Complete references, as per styles given below, should be provided on separate sheet/s at the end of the manuscript.

References should include names of all authors, year, full title, journal name, volume number and page numbers and should be arranged in alphabetical order of the last name of the first author.


For Papers published in Journals:

Kumar S, Mishra R K, Kumar A, Chaudhary S, Sharma V and Kumari R (2012) Genetic interaction and mapping studies on the leaflet development (lld) mutant in Pisumsativum J Genet 91 325-342

For Books:

Ohno S (1967) Sex Chromosomes and Sex Linked Genes. Springer Verlag

For Articles published in Edited Books:

Valenzuela N (2004) Evolution and maintenance of temperature-dependent sex determination. In: Temperature Dependent Sex Determination in Vertebrates (Eds: Valenzuela N and Lance VA) pp 131-147, Smithsonian Books

For Thesis:

Sharma V (2013) Genetics of Leaf Morphogenesis. Ph. D. Thesis, Banasthali University, Rajasthan, pp 51-60

Names of journals should be abbreviated according to the World List of Periodicals, Butterworths (London).

Manuscripts which are not in conformity with the format defined above would be returned to author/s for necessary changes before they are processed for peer-review.

2.   Submission of Manuscript

Manuscripts should generally be submitted electronically as attachment to an email to the Editor-in-Chief, Proceedings of the Indian National Science Academy at  The covering letter in the e-mail, besides providing a short note on the significance of the submitted manuscript, should include a certificate that the manuscript has not been simultaneously submitted or is not under consideration elsewhere, that all the authors (if multiple) have read the manuscript and agree to its submission and, that the author/s agree/s to ethical policies followed by the journal.

Authors should identify the subject/discipline (1. Physics, 2. Chemical Sciences, 3. Earth and Planetary Sciences, 4. Engineering and Technology, 5. Material Sciences & Engineering, 6. Plant Sciences, 7. Animal Sciences, 8. Microbiology & Immunology, 9. Cell & Biomolecular Sciences, 10. Health Sciences, 11. Agricultural Sciences) under which they would like the manuscript to be considered.

If for some unavoidable reasons, the manuscript cannot be submitted as attachment through e-mail, a hard copy and a soft copy (on a CD/ DVD) should be sent to the Editor-in-ChiefProceedings of the Indian National Science Academy, Journal Office, Indian National Science Academy, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, New Delhi 110 002.

All manuscripts will be peer-reviewed.

Correspondence about any manuscript will be made only with the Corresponding author identified at the time of submission. It would be responsibility of the Corresponding author to keep other authors (if applicable) informed about the manuscript. The manuscript reference number must be quoted in all correspondence relating to the submitted manuscript.

Names, together with postal and e-mail addresses and telephone numbers, if available, of four to six possible reviewers of the manuscript should be provided while submitting the manuscript. It may, however, be noted that the Editorial Office is not obliged to consult the reviewers suggested by author/s.

3.  Proofs

Proofs for accepted manuscripts will be sent to the Corresponding author through e-mail. These must be returned to the Journal Office within 3 days through e-mail.

4.   Reprints

The corresponding author will be provided a pdf file of the paper after its publication in the Proceedings. No hard copy reprints are provided.


Editorial Staff

AN Thakur, Seema Mandal, Shruti Sethi and Richa Sharma

Editorial Office

Indian National Science Academy, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, New Delhi 110 002, India

Phones: 91-11-23221931-50 (Ext: 457, 459); Fax: 91-11-23231095; 91-11-23235648



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