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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.
  • Ensure that you have read the Sciential Official Manual (found in 'About the Journal') for comprehensive guidance to the journal's editorial board, submission instructions, and terms and conditions.
  • All written submissions are to be uploaded as docx., rtf. or txt.
    All infographics are to be submitted as a pdf., png. or jpeg.
    All video files are to be submitted as mp4., .mov. or a link to a non-public YouTube video.
    All other formats will not be accepted.
  • Claim that your work has not been submitted elsewhere, nor under consideration for any other publication but Sciential.

Original Research

Original Research submissions must be submitted to Sciential’s Open Journal System (OJS) and include original theses and research practicum coursework. Page numbers should be provided at the bottom right hand corner of each page of the manuscript using arabic numerals. Also, if your submission includes images, each image must be uploaded as a supplementary file, with a minimum resolution of 75 dpi each. Figures and tables should be provided in the manuscript where they are to be placed once published. Ensure to indicate in the title/caption whether the figure or table will be 1-columned, 1.5-columned or 2-columned. Graphical abstracts are an excellent communication tool which are highly recommended but not mandatory. Its main purpose is to provide a visual representation of the main message of the article. Please, follow this link to view an example of a graphical abstract. If you would like assistance in the creation of a graphical abstract, please email Sciential@mcmaster.ca to arrange a collaboration appointment with the Graphic Designers for this purpose. Alternatively, graphical abstracts may be designed by authors themselves. All the figures (including the graphical abstract, if applicable) should also be submitted separately as a supplementary file during the submission process and be one of the accepted format types (refer to the Note section below). Moreover, all citations should be referenced in the text and in the References section using Vancouver citations. The Editors of the journal will check for the validity of the citations, and manuscripts with missing citations will not be considered for publication. Furthermore, upon submission of the manuscript, the Original Research Approval Form (Appendix I) must also be completed and submitted as a supplementary file. The original research piece should be between 3000 - 6500 words. The submitted manuscript must contain the following sections in this sequence:

Title Page: State the title of the work submitted. Also, list all author names in sequence of who conducted the most to least amount of work. Along with this, list the school, campus address, program, and year of graduation of each author using arabic numeral superscripts to organize the information. Provide the email correspondence to only one author and ensure the accompanying author has an asterisk superscript near their name.

Abstract: Briefly outline the research and the significance of the work (max. 200 words). Graphical abstracts, if applicable, should be pasted in this section as well.

Keywords: A list of 3-6 keywords that best describe the work.

Introduction: Provide an informative description of the relevant field(s) of science. Include the literature background in this section.

Methods: Describe all the procedures and experiments performed in the study to obtain the results, include all materials as well as information about ethical approval. If possible, divide it into sections and subsections in an organized manner using arabic numerals (e.g. 1.1 Stem Cell Extraction, 1.1.1 Mouse Stem Cell Extraction, 1.1.2 Human Stem Cell Extraction).

Results: Describe all the results obtained from the experiments. Include figures, graphs and data tables with appropriate titles. 

Discussion: Summarize the results and discuss the findings and its significance towards the research field. Describe the limitations of the project and outline further steps to be taken.

Conclusion: Relate the main findings to the original hypothesis(ses). 

Acknowledgements: Provide information regarding funding and support.

References: All references should be listed using the Vancouver citation format. All references here should be mentioned in the text of the manuscript and vice versa. Please, refer to the following Vancouver citation guide to format your list of references: http://bit.ly/VancouverReferencing.

Note: All written submissions should be made in docx., rtf., txt. All infographics are to be submitted in pdf., png., and jpeg.. All video files should be in .mp4., .mov., or a link to a non-public YouTube video. All other formats will not be accepted.

Academic Literature Review

Review submissions must be submitted to Sciential’s Open Journal System (OJS) and include systematic reviews of primary academic research, as well as meta-analyses of multiple primary research articles pertaining to a specific topic. Page numbers should be provided on the bottom right hand corner of each page of the manuscript using arabic numerals. Also, if your submission includes images, each image must be uploaded as a supplementary file, with a minimum resolution of 75 dpi each. Figures and tables should be provided in the manuscript where they are to be placed once published. Ensure to indicate in the title/caption whether the figure or table will be 1-columned, 1.5-columned or 2-columned. If you would like assistance in the creation of a graphical abstract, please email Sciential@mcmaster.ca to arrange a collaboration appointment with the Graphic Designers for this purpose. Alternatively, graphical abstracts may be designed from authors themselves. All the figures (including the graphical abstract, if applicable) should also be submitted separately as a supplementary file during the submission process and be one of the accepted format types (refer to the Note section below). Moreover, all citations should be referenced in the text and in the references section using Vancouver citations. The Editors of the journal will check for the validity of the citations, and manuscripts with missing citations will not be considered for publication. The review should be between 3000 - 5500 words. The submitted manuscript must contain the following sections in this sequence:

Title Page: State the title of the work submitted. Also, list all author names in sequence of who conducted the most to least amount of work. Along with this, list the school, campus address, program, and year of graduation of each author using arabic numeral superscripts to organize the information. Provide the email correspondence to only one author and ensure the accompanying author has an asterisk superscript near their name.

Abstract: Briefly outline the review and the significance of the work (max. 200 words). Graphical abstracts, if applicable, should be pasted in this section as well.

Keywords: A list of 3-6 keywords that best describe the work.

Introduction: Describe the basics of the field of work being written about.

Body: The body encompasses the majority of the review. It should be divided into sections and subsections in an organized manner using arabic numerals (e.g. 1.1 Stem Cell Characteristics, 1.1.1 Observations via Microscopy)

Conclusion: Overview of the work written and the next steps to be taken in the research field.

Acknowledgements: Provide information regarding funding and support.

References: All references should be listed using the Vancouver citation format. All references here should be mentioned in the text of the manuscript, and vice versa. Please, refer to the following Vancouver citation guide to format your list of references: http://bit.ly/VancouverReferencing.

Note: All written submissions should be made in docx., rtf., txt. All infographics are to be submitted in pdf., png., and jpeg.. All video files should be in .mp4., .mov., or a link to a non-public YouTube video. All other formats will not be accepted.

Opinion Piece

Opinion piece submissions must be submitted to Sciential’s Open Journal System (OJS) and include evidence-based pieces of argumentative writing that express the author’s personal opinions pertaining to a topic in science. A proposed solution, if applicable, may or may not be provided in the work. Page numbers should be provided on the bottom right hand corner of each page of the manuscript using arabic numerals. Also, if your submission includes images, each image must be uploaded as a supplementary file, with a minimum resolution of 75 dpi each. All citations should be referenced in the text and in the references section using Vancouver citations. Please refer to the Note section for accepted formats. The Editors of the journal will check for the validity of the citations, and manuscripts with missing citations will not be considered for publication. The opinion piece should be between 500 - 800 words.  Please, view an example of an opinion piece by following the link: http://bit.ly/ScientialOpinionPieceExample. The submitted manuscript must contain the following sections:

Title Page: State the title of the work submitted. Also, list all author names in sequence of who conducted the most to least amount of work. Along with this, list the school, campus address, program, and year of graduation of each author using arabic numeral superscripts to organize the information. Provide the email correspondence to only one author and ensure the accompanying author has an asterisk superscript near their name.

Abstract: Briefly outline the opinion piece and the significance of the work (max. 200 words). 

Keywords: A list of 3-6 keywords that best describe the work.

Introduction: Provide an informative description of the relevant field(s) of science. 

Body: The body encompasses the majority of the opinion piece. It should be divided into sections and subsections in an organized manner using arabic numerals (e.g. 1.1 Genetically Modified Organisms, 1.1.1 Commercial Foods)

Conclusion: Overview of the work written and a clear re-statement of the opinion. Upon author’s discretion, a solution to the problem may be included. 

Acknowledgements: Provide information regarding funding and support.

References: All the references should be listed using the Vancouver citation format. All references here should be mentioned in the text of the manuscript and vice versa. Please, refer to the following Vancouver citation guide to format your list of references: http://bit.ly/VancouverReferencing.

Note: All written submissions should be made in docx., rtf., txt. All infographics are to be submitted in pdf., png., and jpeg.. All video files should be in .mp4., .mov., or a link to a non-public YouTube video. All other formats will not be accepted.

Infographic

Infographics must be submitted to Sciential’s Open Journal System (OJS) and should describe a scientific or mathematical concept using informative content and appealing visuals. The title should be visibly stated on the work. The authors should be listed in sequence of who conducted the most to least amount of work. Along with this, list the school, campus address, program, and year of graduation of each author using arabic numeral superscripts to organize the information. Provide the email correspondence to only one author, ensure the accompanying author has an asterisk superscript near their name. References and in-text citations should also be listed on the infographic using the Vancouver citation format. Please, refer to the following guide to format your list of references in Vancouver format: http://bit.ly/VancouverReferencing. The Editors of the journal will check for the validity of the citations, and manuscripts with missing citations will not be considered for publication. The infographic should be letter size (8.5” width x 11” height) or tabloid sized (17” width x 11” height) split into two letter size pages of at least of 300 dpi resolution. Ensure your submission is one of the approved formats (check the Note section below). Please, view an example of an infographic here: http://bit.ly/ScientialInfographicExample

Note: All written submissions should be made in docx., rtf., txt. All infographics are to be submitted in pdf., png., and jpeg.. All video files should be in .mp4., .mov., or a link to a non-public YouTube video. All other formats will not be accepted.

Interview

Written interviews must be submitted to Sciential’s Open Journal System (OJS) and Video Interviews must be sent to Sciential@mcmaster.ca. Interviews can be conducted with researchers and students at McMaster University. Interviews are an integral part of Sciential as they allow personal insight into the innovative research done at McMaster University. Specific interview questions are to be initially written by the interviewers, and approved by Sciential’s team using the Interview Approval Form (Appendix II). There must be a minimum of 5 questions to which a reasonable thorough response might be expected. This form must be completed and submitted 14 days prior to the actual interview as a supplementary file to Sciential@mcmaster.ca. Questions should focus on the planning and findings of the project. Additional topics may include: challenges, limitations, or particular aspects of the researcher's career/ research. Written interviews should be between 300-1000 words. Video interviews must not exceed 15 minutes upon submission. The interviewee must be present in the frame of the video, however, the presence of the interviewer in the frame comes at their discretion. Shall technical (i.e. videographical) equipment be required, please, contact Sciential@mcmaster.ca to arrange an appointment with the requested equipment. Please refer to the Note section for accepted formats.

Note: All written submissions should be made in docx., rtf., txt. All infographics are to be submitted in pdf., png., jpeg., and png. All video files should be in mp4., .mov., or a link to a non-public YouTube video. All other formats will not be accepted.

Research Presentations

Videos of research presentations must be sent to Sciential@mcmaster.ca. This includes videos of poster presentations and research symposia of original research and reviews of primary research work. Please view the following video as an example of research presentations: http://bit.ly/ScientialPosterPresentationExample. The presentation must not exceed 15 minutes upon submission. All citations that are referenced on the poster or PowerPoint should be stated on the Video Presentation Approval Form (Appendix III), which must be submitted as a supplementary file upon submission of the video to Sciential@mcmaster.ca.  All the references should be listed using the Vancouver citation format. Please, refer to the following Vancouver citation guide to format your list of references: http://bit.ly/VancouverReferencing. Please, ensure that the individual and their poster or the PowerPoint presentation are clearly visible on tape. If technical (i.e. videographical) equipment is required, please contact Sciential@mcmaster.ca to arrange an appointment with the requested equipment. Refer to the Note section for accepted formats. Please ensure your video is at least of 480p. The format of the poster or the PowerPoint may vary depending on the topic of the presentation, however, the submitted video should follow the recommended general outline listed below:

Background: State the title of the research and the names of individuals associated with the project, including yourself. Describe all the necessary background information. 

Body: State the hypothesis, experimental setup, results (including their significance) and the conclusion.

Discussion: Discuss the limitations behind the project, state suggestions for improvements, as well as next steps of the research. 

Acknowledgements: Briefly acknowledge the support provided for your research, as well as for the presentation.

Note: All written submissions should be made in docx., rtf., txt. All infographics are to be submitted in pdf., png., and jpeg.. All video files should be in .mp4., .mov., or a link to a non-public YouTube video. All other formats will not be accepted.

Exceptional Coursework

 Exceptional coursework must be submitted to Sciential’s Open Journal System (OJS) and includes assignments and projects which received special recognition from the course instructor that fits the scope of the journal. Publication is only possible with the permission of the instructor. Please submit the Exceptional Coursework Approval Form (Appendix IV) as a supplementary file upon your submission of the work. Refer to the Note section for accepted formats of the coursework. Also, if your submission includes images, each image must be uploaded as a supplementary file, with a minimum resolution of 75 dpi each. Please refer to the above guidelines relating to your type of submission.

Note: All written submissions should be made in docx., rtf., txt. All infographics are to be submitted in pdf., png., and jpeg.. All video files should be in .mp4., .mov., or a link to a non-public YouTube video. All other formats will not be accepted.

News and Views

News and Views submissions must be submitted to Sciential’s Open Journal System (OJS) and include a critical review of very recent (2017 and onwards) primary literature, alongside the author’s perspective on the results and future directions of the topic. Unlike Opinion Piece submissions, News and Views manuscripts should not include any controversial matters, but rather should be concentrated on the novelty and prospects of the research. Page numbers should be provided on the bottom right-hand corner of each page of the manuscript using Arabic numerals. Also, if your submission includes an image, it must be uploaded as a supplementary file, with a minimum resolution of 75dpi. Please limit yourself to 1 image only. All citations should be referenced in the text and in the references section using Vancouver​ citations. Please refer to the ‘Notes’ section for accepted formats. The Editors of the journal will check for the validity of the citations, and manuscripts with missing citations will not be considered for publication. The News and Views submission should be between 800-1100 words. Please, view an example of a News and Views article by following the link: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-02520-9. The submitted manuscript must contain the following sections: 

Title Page: State the title of the work submitted. Also, list all author names in a sequence of who conducted the most to least amount of work. Along with this, list the school, campus address, program, and year of graduation of each author using Arabic numeral superscripts to organize the information. Provide the email correspondence to only one author and ensure the accompanying author has an asterisk superscript near their name.

Abstract: Briefly outline the research review and provide your interpretation of the significance of the work (max. 200 words). 

Keywords: A list of 3-6 keywords that best describe the work.

Introduction: Provide an informative background on the work. For example, if the manuscript is about a novel treatment, include information on the related disorder(s), past treatment(s), and associated issues of the preceding knowledge. 

Body: The body encompasses the majority of the manuscript. It could be divided into sections in an organized manner using Arabic numerals (e.g. 1.1 Genetically Modified Organisms, 1.1.1 Commercial Foods), or could be structured as a single body of the text. Provide your personal perspective on the work throughout the body section. 

Conclusion: Overview of the work written and a clear re-statement of your perspective. Provide future directions for the research or a solution to the problem identified in the literature. 

Acknowledgements: Provide information regarding funding and support.

References: All the references should be listed using the Vancouver citation format. All references here should be mentioned in the text of the manuscript and vice versa. Please, refer to the following Vancouver citation guide to format your list of references: http://bit.ly/VancouverReferencing.

Note: All written submissions should be made in docx., rtf., txt. All infographics are to be submitted in pdf., png., and jpeg.. All video files should be in .mp4., .mov., or a link to a non-public YouTube video. All other formats will not be accepted.

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