Guide for Authors

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Types of article

Contributions falling into the following categories will be considered for publication:  (example: Original research papers and reviews). 

Submission checklist
The following list will be useful during the final checking of an article prior to sending it to the journal for review. Please consult this Guide for Authors for further details of any item.

Ensure that the following items are present:
One Author designated as corresponding Author:
• E-mail address
• Full postal address
• Telephone and fax numbers All necessary files have been uploaded
• Keywords
• All figure captions
• All tables (including title, description, footnotes) Further considerations
• Manuscript has been "spellchecked" and "grammar-checked"
• References are in the correct format for this journal
• All references mentioned in the Reference list are cited in the text, and vice versa
• Permission has been obtained for use of copyrighted material from other sources (including the Web).


The manuscripts should be organized in a manner as shown in template. Click here for template.

The Title should clearly and accurately indicate the contents of the Articles or Communications and should be expressed in adequate scientific terms. No abbreviations should be used in the titles.

Affiliations of authors should be placed below the author’s name accordingly.

An information should be included on the first page to give the mail address, phone number and e-mail address of the author of correspondence, and if applicable, information regarding funding.


A concise and factual abstract is required. The abstract should state briefly the purpose of the research, the principal results and major conclusions. An abstract is often presented separately from the article, so it must be able to stand alone. For this reason, References should be avoided, but if essential, then cite the author(s) and year(s). Also, non-standard or uncommon abbreviations should be avoided, but if essential they must be defined at their first mention in the abstract itself.


Three to six Keywords should be given at the bottom of the abstract to serve as guidelines for indexing.

Headings: Articles should be organized under the main headings:

Introduction, Experimental, Results and Discussion, Conclusion, Acknowledgements and References.


Collate acknowledgements in a separate section at the end of the article before the references and do not, therefore, include them on the title page, as a footnote to the title or otherwise. List here those individuals who provided help during the research (e.g., providing language help, writing assistance or proof reading the article, etc.).

Tables and Figures must be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals respectively and should be self-explanatory. Tables should be concise and exact and should use three-lines. Tables must have a brief descriptive title and include footnotes if necessary. Figures should have figure captions, either with the figures or collected on a separate sheet. The contents of figures, tables and word descriptions should not be duplicated.

Photographs should be of sufficiently high quality with respect to detail and contrast.



In the manuscript: see example-

(Kumar, 2011) - One author

(Kumar and Dhatwalia, 2002) - Two authors

(Kumar et al., 2011) - more than two authors

(Kumar and Dhatwalia, 2012a, b) - More than one paper in the same year by the same authors

(Kumar and Dhatwalia, 2011; Kumar et al., 2011; Kumar, 2012) - listed by earliest year first for multiple citations

References should be arranged alphabetically by author without serial numbering. Titles of journal should be abbreviated in accordance. Reference accuracy is critical and authors are responsible for the accuracy of the references. Only articles that have been published should be included in the References. Journal articles and books must be cited by the following formats:

 APHA (1998); Standard methods for the examination of water and wastewater, 18th Ed. American Public Health Association, Washington, DC: 45-60.

Kumar Ashok, Bisht B.S., Talwar Amitabh and Chandel Dipika (2010a); Physico-Chemical and Microbial Analysis of Ground Water from Different Regions of Doon Valley. Inter. Jour. App Environ. Sci., 5(3):433–440.

Kumar Ashok, Bisht B.S., Joshi V.D., Singh A.K., Talwar Amitabh (2010b), Physical, Chemical and Bacteriological Study of Water from Rivers of Uttarakhand, J Hum Ecol, 32(3):169-173

WHO (2002); Guideline for Drinking Water Quality, Surveillance and Control of Community Supplies. World health Organization Geneva.

WHO (2004); Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality, Vol. 1: 3rd Ed. World Health Organization Geneva.

Sherman Cappuccino (2009); Biochemical activities of Microorganisms. Microbiology a Laboratory Manual 7th Ed., pp. 143-203


PLAGIARISM: Plagiarism report should be below 20% in Review and 15% in research articles. "Turnitin's software will be used for similarity checking in each submitted manuscript.



Submit your manuscript along with your cover letter ( Conflict of Interest and Author contrubution) as an attachment file

Manuscript Preparation:

* Title
* Author names and addresses
* Abstracts (Not more than 300 words)
* Key words
* Introduction
* Materials and Methods
* Results and Discussions
* References
* Photographs should be of high quality (Minimum 300 dpi).
* Graphs should be in clearly visible form so that it may become easy to redraw

* The manuscript must be submitted in MS-WORD file format


Single-blind peer review:-Reviewers are aware of the identity of the authors, but authors are unaware of the identity of reviewers. Every manuscript is independently reviewed by peers and screening for plagiarism. If two or more reviewers consider the manuscript unsuitable for publication in this journal, a statement for the decision will be sent to authors within 4 or 5 months of the submitting date. Manuscripts rejected will not be returned to the authors.


One set of page proofs (as PDF files) will be sent by e-mail to the corresponding author. Please use this proof only for checking the typesetting, editing, completeness and correctness of the text, tables and figures. Significant changes to the article as accepted for publication will only be considered at this stage with permission from the Editor. We will do everything possible to get your article published quickly and accurately. It is important to ensure that all corrections are sent back to us in one communication, please check carefully before replying, as inclusion of any subsequent corrections cannot be guaranteed. Proofreading is solely your responsibility.


A manuscript sent back to an author for revision should be returned to the editor without delay within seven days.


The corresponding author, at no cost, will be provided with a PDF file of the article via email (the PDF file includes a cover sheet with the journal cover image and a disclaimer outlining the terms and conditions of use).


Everyone listed as an author should meet our criteria for authorship. Everyone who meets our criteria for authorship must be listed as an author.

We expect that all authors will take public responsibility for the content of the manuscript submitted to Octa Journal of Biosciences. The contributions of all authors must be described.

All authors will be contacted by email at submission to ensure that they are aware of and approve the submission of the manuscript, its content, and its authorship.

Authorship be based on the following 4 criteria:

  • Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND
  • Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND
  • Final approval of the version to be published; AND
  • Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

Contributor Role

Role Definition


Ideas; formulation or evolution of overarching research goals and aims.

Data Curation

Management activities to annotate (produce metadata), scrub data and maintain research data (including software code, where it is necessary for interpreting the data itself) for initial use and later reuse.

Formal Analysis

Application of statistical, mathematical, computational, or other formal techniques to analyze or synthesize study data.

Funding Acquisition

Acquisition of the financial support for the project leading to this publication.


Conducting a research and investigation process, specifically performing the experiments, or data/evidence collection.


Development or design of methodology; creation of models

Project Administration

Management and coordination responsibility for the research activity planning and execution.


Provision of study materials, reagents, materials, patients, laboratory samples, animals, instrumentation, computing resources, or other analysis tools.


Programming, software development; designing computer programs; implementation of the computer code and supporting algorithms; testing of existing code components.


Oversight and leadership responsibility for the research activity planning and execution, including mentorship external to the core team.


Verification, whether as a part of the activity or separate, of the overall replication/reproducibility of results/experiments and other research outputs.


Preparation, creation and/or presentation of the published work, specifically visualization/data presentation.

Writing – Original Draft Preparation

Creation and/or presentation of the published work, specifically writing the initial draft (including substantive translation).

Writing – Review & Editing

Preparation, creation and/or presentation of the published work by those from the original research group, specifically critical review, commentary or revision – including pre- or post-publication stages.


This policy concerns the addition, deletion, or rearrangement of author names in the authorship of accepted manuscripts:

Before the accepted manuscript is published online: Requests to add or remove an author or to rearrange the author names, must be sent to the editor-in-chief from the corresponding author of the accepted manuscript and must include: (a) the reason the name should be added or removed, or the author names rearranged and (b) written confirmation (e-mail, fax, letter) from all authors that they agree with the addition, removal or rearrangement. In the case of addition or removal of authors, this includes confirmation from the author being added or removed.

After publication online: Any requests to add, delete, or rearrange author names in an article published in an online issue will not be accepted.


Article Publishing Charge

There is no publications charges (such as article processing charges, page charges, editorial processing charges, language editing fees, colour charges, submission fees, membership fees, or other supplementary charges) in Octa Journal of Biosciences. The Scientific Planet Society is paying the article processing charge (APC) for open access papers published in Octa Journal of Biosciences. 



Journal is funded by Scientific Planet Society (SPS), Dehradun. There is no other source of revenue for the journal. 

Data Repository Guidance


Scientific Data mandates the release of datasets accompanying our Data Descriptors, but we do not ourselves host data. Instead, we ask authors to submit datasets to an appropriate public data repository. Data should be submitted to discipline-specific, community-recognized repositories where possible. Where a suitable discipline-specific resource does not exist, data should be submitted to a generalist repository.