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SLAS Journals Manuscript Category Descriptions and Examples

Manuscript Types:

  • Application Note
  • Commentary/Auto-Commentary

  • Editorial

  • Letter to the Editor

  • Original Research

  • Perspective

  • Review

  • Technical Brief 

For all manuscript types, please include:

  • A short title of up to 45 characters

  • Abstract, introduction, main text/sections, results, discussion, references, table/figure legends (plus tables and figures as separate files)

  • Keywords

  • All author names, academic degrees, affiliations

  • Corresponding author’s name, complete street mailing address, telephone and fax numbers, e-mail address

  • Graphical abstract (a single, concise, visual summary of the main findings of the article, capturing the content of the article for readers at a single glance); This may be the concluding figure from the article or a figure that is specially designed for the purpose

  • Optional: supplemental text, tables, figures, charts, graphs, data, references, movies, etc.

All submitted manuscripts:

  • should ideally be under 7,000 words, include seven or fewer tables and figures combined, and have <50 references (this is a guideline only, increases to these numbers are at the discretion of the editor; editorials, reviews, perspectives excluded); and
  • will be peer-reviewed by at least two experts in the field.

Application Note is recommended for the presentation of data on new instruments, software packages (excluding commercial information) or disclosure of new applications of established technologies (e.g. new assay for a target where the format described has been published for another target previously unless this extension is not obvious). Results and Discussion sections should be combined into one section. [EXAMPLE]

Commentary/Auto-Commentary is a comment on a newly published article. The goal of publishing commentaries is to advance the research field by providing a forum for varying perspectives on a certain topic and present a new and/or unique viewpoint on existing problems, fundamental concepts, or prevalent notions or implications of a new innovation. A commentary may draw attention to current advances, speculate on future directions of a certain topic, include original data and state a personal opinion. Commentaries are typically about 1,000-1,500 words and include approximately 15 references.

Editorial is a short opinion piece that discusses an issue of immediate importance to the research community. Editorials may be invited by the editors or submitted without invitation. Editorials should have fewer than 1,000 words total, no abstract and a minimal number of references.

Letter to the Editor is a comment on published articles. Letters should not exceed three double-spaced manuscript pages. Please include a brief title succinctly stating the topic of your letter. Letters to the editor are screened, but also may be peer-reviewed or subjected to rebuttal by the authors of the initial article. 

Original Research includes a full introduction, methods, results, and discussion sections. Authors are encouraged to restrict figures and tables to essential data that cannot be described in the text and prudently place ancillary information in a Supplement. [EXAMPLE]

Perspective is exploratory of a topic of general interest to the community. They may support the editorial theme of a special issue or profile a unique or otherwise pertinent technology, person or company. They vary in length and may be invited by the editors or submitted without invitation. [TECH EXAMPLE] [DISC EXAMPLE]

Review Article provides an authoritative overview of the results of many different reports on a particular topic into a coherent narrative about the state of the art in that field. Reviews provide information about the topic and at least 100 journal references to the original research. Reviews may be entirely narrative or may provide quantitative summary estimates. The final section should be titled either Summary or Conclusions. Reviews are a minimum of 2,000 words with no maximum word limit. [TECH EXAMPLE] [DISC EXAMPLE]

Technical Brief includes practical descriptions of an innovative new process, technique, instrumentation, device or software containing technical content of interest but does not contain the same level of data or existing comparisons to justify publication as original research. [EXAMPLE]

For more examples, browse published manuscripts at SLAS Discovery and SLAS Technology