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Manuscripts should be submitted by one of the authors of the manuscript through the online Manuscript Tracking System. Regardless of the source of the word-processing tool, only electronic PDF (.pdf) or Word (.doc, .docx, .rtf) files can be submitted through the MTS. There is no page limit. Only online submissions are accepted to facilitate rapid publication and minimize administrative costs. Submissions by anyone other than one of the authors will not be accepted. The submitting author takes responsibility for the paper during submission and peer review. If for some technical reason submission through the MTS is not possible, the author can contact dpis@hindawi.com for support.

Terms of Submission

Papers must be submitted on the understanding that they have not been published elsewhere and are not currently under consideration by another journal published by Hindawi or any other publisher. The submitting author is responsible for ensuring that the article’s publication has been approved by all the other coauthors. It is also the authors’ responsibility to ensure that the articles emanating from a particular institution are submitted with the approval of the necessary institution. Only an acknowledgment from the editorial office officially establishes the date of receipt. Further correspondence and proofs will be sent to the author(s) before publication unless otherwise indicated. It is a condition of submission of a paper that the authors permit editing of the paper for readability. All inquiries concerning the publication of accepted papers should be addressed to dpis@hindawi.com.

Peer Review

All manuscripts are subject to peer review and are expected to meet standards of academic excellence. If approved by the editor, submissions will be considered by peer-reviewers, whose identities will remain anonymous to the authors.

Microarray Data Submission

Before publication, the microarray data should be deposited in an appropriate database such as Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO) or Array Express, and an entry name or accession number must be included in the manuscript prior to its publication. Microarray data should be MIAME compliant. During the reviewing process, submitting authors are committed to provide the editor and the reviewers handling his/her manuscript with the login information by which they can access this information in the database.

Concurrent Submissions

In order to ensure sufficient diversity within the authorship of the journal, authors will be limited to having two manuscripts under review at any point in time. If an author already has two manuscripts under review in the journal, he or she will need to wait until the review process of at least one of these manuscripts is complete before submitting another manuscript for consideration. This policy does not apply to Editorials or other non-peer reviewed manuscript types.

Article Processing Charges

Dataset Papers in Science is an open access journal. Open access charges allow publishers to make the published material available for free to all interested online visitors. For more details about the article processing charges of Dataset Papers in Science, please visit the Article Processing Charges information page.

Units of Measurement

Units of measurement should be presented simply and concisely using System International (SI) units.

Title and Authorship Information

The following information should be included

  • Paper title
  • Full author names
  • Full institutional mailing addresses
  • Email addresses

Preparation of Datasets for Submission

A Dataset may include a combination of one or more tables, images, or gene sequences. In preparation for submitting a dataset paper to Dataset Papers in Science, authors should include all of the relevant tables, images, and gene sequences into a single folder and then compress the folder into a .zip file. During the submission process, the authors will be asked to upload this compressed folder along with the text of their dataset paper.

Structure of Dataset Papers

Each dataset paper should be arranged according to the following structure.

Abstract. The manuscript should contain an abstract. The abstract should be self-contained and citation-free and should not exceed 200 words.

Introduction. The authors should include an introduction which explains the motivations of the authors to conduct the experiment/observation described in their dataset paper, and provides any necessary background information, including references to any published literature that is relevant.

Methodology. The authors should provide a detailed explanation of the methodology and materials that they used in conducting the experiment/observation described in the dataset paper. Authors should include as detailed information as possible about their methodology, including exact measurements as well as specific names and models of any equipment that is used.

Dataset Description. The authors should provide a detailed description of every table, image, and gene sequence that is included in their Dataset. In the case of any tabular data, the authors should provide a clear label and description for the header of each column in the table. In the description of each column, the authors should provide the units of measurement relating to that column whenever such units exist, and in cases where there are no units of measurement the authors should explicitly state that the column does not have any units. Authors should provide as much metadata as possible about their submitted data, and if the dataset, or any of its components, has been deposited in any centralized database, the authors should provide all of the metadata that was submitted to that database as part of their submission.

Concluding Remarks. The authors may provide any concluding remarks about their experiment.

Dataset Availability. If the submitted dataset, or any of its components, have been deposited in a publicly available database, the authors should provide all of the information needed to access that data, including web addresses and accession numbers where available.

Conflicts of Interest. Conflicts of interest (COIs, also known as ‘competing interests’) occur when issues outside research could be reasonably perceived to affect the neutrality or objectivity of the work or its assessment. For more information, see our publication ethics policy. Authors must declare all potential interests – whether or not they actually had an influence – in a ‘Conflicts of Interest’ section, which should explain why the interest may be a conflict. If there are none, the authors should state “The author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest regarding the publication of this article.” Submitting authors are responsible for co-authors declaring their interests. Declared conflicts of interest will be considered by the editor and reviewers and included in the published article. Authors must declare current or recent funding (including for article processing charges) and other payments, goods or services that might influence the work. All funding, whether a conflict or not, must be declared in the ‘Acknowledgments’. The involvement of anyone other than the authors who 1) has an interest in the outcome of the work; 2) is affiliated to an organization with such an interest; or 3) was employed or paid by a funder, in the commissioning, conception, planning, design, conduct, or analysis of the work, the preparation or editing of the manuscript, or the decision to publish must be declared.

Acknowledgments. All acknowledgments (if any) should be included at the very end of the paper before the references.

References. Authors are responsible for ensuring that the information in each reference is complete and accurate. All references must be numbered consecutively and citations of references in text should be identified using numbers in square brackets (e.g., “as discussed by Smith [9]”; “as discussed elsewhere [9, 10]”). All references should be cited within the text; otherwise, these references will be automatically removed.


Corrected proofs must be returned to the publisher within 2-3 days of receipt. The publisher will do everything possible to ensure prompt publication. It will therefore be appreciated if the manuscripts and figures conform from the outset to the style of the journal.

Copyright and Dataset Licensing

Open Access authors retain the copyrights of their papers, and all open access articles are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided that the original work is properly cited. The underlying data that is made available on Dataset Papers in Science will be released using the CC0 waiver from Creative Commons. More information about the CC0 waiver is available at http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/.