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Author Guidelines




  1. NISEB JOURNAL will publish original research papers in the various fields of biological sciences, biomedical sciences and life sciences which include agriculture, anatomy, biochemistry, botany (plant biology), physiology, pharmacology, immunology, genetics, virology, haematology, microbiology, parasitology, zoology and environmental biology.
  2. Authors submitting a manuscript do so on the understanding that, if it is accepted for publication, copyright in the article, including the right to reproduce the article in all forms of the media (print and electronic), shall be assigned exclusively to the Publisher (Nigerian Society for Experimental Biology). The Publisher will not refuse any reasonable request by the author for permission to reproduce any of his or her contributions to the journal.
  3. Manuscripts are accepted for review and publication with the understanding that the same work has not been, and will not be, published nor is presently submitted and being considered for publication elsewhere, and that all persons listed as authors have given their approval for the submission of the paper.
  4. The original typescript and two good photocopies should be sent to PROFESSOR  C. C. OSUBOR, Department of Biochemistry, University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria. (E-mail:
  5. In order to expedite action on the processing of manuscripts, we now encourage electronic submission of manuscripts particularly by e-mail as attachments. Manuscripts submitted in this way should be sent to the e-mail address of the editor as shown in 4 above and a copy to If accepted for publication, they will be published within two months of submission.
  6. Manuscripts should be typewritten, with double spacing and wide margins following the conventional form. The first page should contain the title of the manuscript, name(s) of all the authors and their address(es), including telephone number and e-mail. Where there is more than one author, the corresponding author should be indicated.  An abstract (of not more than 200 words) should follow the authors' names and addresses.  This should adequately summarize the pertinent findings of the paper.  The main body of the paper may be divided into (a) Introduction, (b) Materials and Methods, (c) Result, (d) Discussion (e) Acknowledgement and (f) References.  "c" and "d" may be combined for conciseness and clarity.


If the research involves the use of human subjects, including collection of human blood or other human specimens, an Institutional ethical clearance document should be submitted with the manuscript.  Alternatively, a clear statement should be made, in the 'Materials and Methods' section, that informed consent of the experimental subjects and/or appropriate ethical committee had been obtained.


  1. All necessary illustrations should accompany the manuscript but should not be inserted within the text. The illustrations should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are referred to in the text. On the back of each illustration, the author’s name and figure number should be written. The top of the illustration should also be indicated if this is not clear. Legend to figures should be typed on a separate sheet, and should give sufficient information to make the illustration comprehensible without reference to the text.


  1. References must be listed in their order of appearance and be indicated in the text by numbers in soft brackets.  Full titles of papers cited should be included, and abbreviations of journals should conform to those of ‘Index Medicus’. Do NOT use full stop after initials or abbreviations. The complete authors list as well as inclusive page numbers should be given. However, if there are more than 7 authors, the first three authors should be listed, followed by et al.  Note the following examples:


(a)    Cheung, WY:  Calmodulin plays a pivotal role in cellular regulation.  Science 207: 19 - 27. 1980.

(b)   Koch P-J, Walsh MJ, Schmelz M, Goldschmidt MD, Zimbelmann R, Franke WW: Identification of desmoglein, a constitutive desmosomal glycoprotein, as a member of the cadherin family of cell adhesion molecules. Eur. J. Cell Biol 53: 1 – 12. 1990.

(c)    Tartakoff AM: The Secretory and Endocytic Paths. Mechanism and specificity of vesicular traffic in the cell cytoplasm. John Wiley & Sons, New York, pp 7 - 39.

(d)   Spandidos DA, Wilkie NM: Expression of exogenous DNA in mammalian cells. In: In vitro Transcription and Translation – A Practical Approach. BD Hames and SJ Higgins (eds.) IRL Press, Oxford. pp. 1 – 48, 1984.


  1. Upon publication the website from which the reprint can be downloaded will be sent to the corresponding author.  However, printed copies of reprints and/or copies of the journal may be purchased from the Publishers: Nigerian Society for Experimental Biology, Department of Biochemistry, University of Ilorin, P. M. B. 1515, Ilorin, Nigeria. 240003. (E-mail:



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.

  1. 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).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

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