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DNA Barcodes

Ed. by Mitchell, Andrew

1 Issue per year


Emerging Science

Open Access

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    DNA Barcodes is an international journal that publishes cutting-edge research on all aspects of DNA barcoding. Our central goal is to provide a hub for barcode researchers working across all eukaryotes to present their discoveries and to provide a forum for discussing important issues, including biosecurity, diagnostic protocols, conservation, education, systematics, analytical methods and other emerging issues. We publish reviews, original research and short communications. Short communications can either present original data or make significant revisions to data already in the public domain, such as evidence-based updates to species identifications for sequences on BOLD.

    Aims and Scope

    Why subscribe and read

    • DNA Barcodes publishes general taxonomic barcode research on any eukaryotic species and provides a forum for emerging issues in the field.
    • We publish articles about new technologies and methods relevant to DNA barcoding, providing readers with results relevant to their system of interest.
    • We feature research performed all over the globe, helping researchers connect with potential collaborators and correspondents.

    Why submit

    • DNA Barcodes aims to present both high-impact, integrative research on DNA barcoding and to provide an outlet (through Short Communications) for the continual updating and improvement of the DNA databases underpinning the field.
    • Our peer-review process is streamlined, allowing rapid publication, and as an Open Access journal there are no costs to either authors or readers.

    We provide free language editing for authors for whom English is not a first language.

    Topical Issue on DNA Barcoding of Fishes
    Guest Editors:
    Nicolas Hubert (Coordinating Editor)
    Jean-Dominique Durand
    Robert Hanner
    Claudio Oliveira
    Benjamin Victor
    Martha Valdez Moreno


    Emerging Science
    Type of Publication:

    Students and researchers at various stages of academic career specializing in biosecurity, forensic science, diagnostic protocols, nature conservation, education, plant and animal systematics, ecology, analytical methods.

    Submission of Manuscripts

    Instructions for Authors

    Last updated on 22 January 2014


    Manuscripts should be submitted to the journal via online submission system Editorial Manager available for this journal at http://www.editorialmanager.com/dnab/. In case of problems, please contact the Journal Editor at dna.editorial@degruyteropen.com.

    Authors are suggested to follow Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals from the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).

    Manuscript submitted to this journal should:

    • contain original work - not published elsewhere in any medium (in the whole or in part) by the authors or anyone else and not under consideration for publication in any other medium;
    • focus on the aims and scope of the journal;
    • be clearly and correctly written - should contain all essential features of a scientific publication that is easy to understand for the target audience;
    • written in English - attention to detail of the language will avoid severe misunderstandings which might lead to rejection of the paper;
    • be delivered in electronic format.

    The journal accepts the following publication formats:

    • Research Articles
    • Communications and Rapid Communications
    • Reviews and Mini-Reviews
    • Commentaries
    • Letters to the Editor and Amendments

    Peer-Review Process
    The journal uses a closed single-blind peer review system (the names of the reviewers are hidden from the authors). Submitted manuscripts are reviewed by two or more experts. Reviewers are asked to recommend whether a manuscript should be accepted, revised or rejected. Although the journal uses the plagiarism detection system CrossCheck, reviewers should alert the editors if they suspect any issues relating to author misconduct such as plagiarism.

    Reviewers are asked to provide detailed, constructive comments that will help both the editors make a decision on the publication and the author(s) to improve their manuscript. They should point out whether the work has serious flaws that preclude its publication, or whether additional experiments should be carried out or additional data should be collected to support the conclusions drawn.

    Cover Letter
    It is important that authors include a cover letter with their manuscript. Please explain why you consider your manuscript as suitable for publication in the journal, why will your paper inspire the other members of your field, and how will it drive research forward.

    The letter should contain all important details such as: 

    • your full name (submitted by)
    • full title of article and short title
    • full list of authors with affiliations
    • e-mail of the corresponding author
    • contact address, telephone/fax numbers of the corresponding author
    • number of attached files, if there is more than one
    • status: new, reviewed or accepted (with reference ID if reviewed or accepted)

    Cover letter should explicitly state that the manuscript (or one with substantially the same content, by any of the authors) has not been previously published in any language anywhere and that it is not under simultaneous consideration or in press by another journal. If related work has been submitted, then we may require a preprint to be made available. Reviewers will be asked to comment on the overlap between the related submissions.

    Manuscripts that have been previously rejected, or withdrawn after being returned for modification, may be resubmitted if the major criticisms have been addressed. The cover letter must state that the manuscript is a resubmission, and the former manuscript number should be provided.

    Conflict of interest declaration
    To ensure fair and objective decision-making, authors must declare any associations that pose a conflict of interest in connection with evaluated manuscripts (see Editorial Policy for details). Authors are encouraged to fill in the ICMJE Conflicts of Interest Form (available here) and send it in the electronic format to the Journal Editor.

    Open Access License
    Authors have to sign an Open Access License that is available on the journal webpage. We encourage the authors to send the signed license along with the manuscript. Please note, that no article will be published unless the Open Access License is signed.

    Formatting Requirements
    We accept submission of text, tables and figures as separate files or as a composite file. For your initial submission, we recommend you upload your entire manuscript, including tables and figures, as a single PDF file. If you are invited to submit a revised manuscript, please provide us with individual files: an editable text and publication-quality figures.

    • Text files can be submitted in the following formats: MS Word - standard DOCUMENT (.DOC) or RICH TEXT FORMAT (.RTF); PDF (not applicable for re-submitted or accepted manuscripts, see below)
    • Tables should be submitted as MS Word or PDF (not applicable for re-submitted or accepted manuscripts, see below). Please note that a straight Excel file is not an acceptable format
    • Graphics files can be submitted in any of the following graphic formats: EPS; BMP; JPG; TIFF; GIF or PDF. Please note that Powerpoint files are not accepted

    Post acceptance, text files of the revised manuscript and tables are required for use in the production.

    Authors should clearly indicate location of tables and figures in the text if these elements are given separately or at the end of the manuscript. If this information is not provided to the editorial office, we will assume that they should be left at the end of the text.

    For further instructions, please carefully follow the guidelines described in Instructions for Authors.

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    Abstracting & Indexing

    DNA Barcodes is covered by the following services:

    • Baidu Scholar
    • CABI (over 50 subsections)
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    • CNKI Scholar (China National Knowledge Infrastructure)
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    • EBSCO Discovery Service
    • Google Scholar
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    Editorial Information

    Journal Editor
    Andrew Mitchell, Australian Museum, Sydney, Australia

    Founding Editor/Associate Editor
    John L. Spouge, Consortium for the Barcode of Life (CBOL), Washington DC, USA

    Associate Editors
    Wieland Meyer, University of Sydney, Australia

    Editorial Advisory Board
    Sean W. Graham, University of British Columbia, Canada
    Mehrdad Hajibabaei, University of Guelph, Canada
    Pete Hollingsworth, Royal Botanical Garden Edinburgh, UK
    Nicolas Hubert, IRD (Institut de recherche pour le développement), France
    W. John Kress, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, USA
    Damon Little, The New York Botanical Garden, USA
    Lorenzo Lombard, European Consortium for the Barcode of Life / The Centraalbureau voor Schimmelcultures (CBS) Fungal Biodiversiry Centre, Utrecht, The Netherlands
    Jan Pawlowski, University of Geneva, Switzerland
    Sujeevan Ratnasingham, University of Guelph, Canada
    Vincent Robert, The Centraalbureau voor Schimmelcultures (CBS) Fungal Biodiversiry Centre, Utrecht, The Netherlands
    Keith Seifert, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), Canada
    Mark Stoeckle, The Rockefeller University, New York, USA

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