As of January 1, 2020, Comptes Rendus Biologies no longer accepts unsolicited submissions. Only articles requested by the Editorial Board will be published.
Manuscripts must be submitted to the submission platform simultaneously in two formats, with line numbering: Word or LaTeX and PDF.
If you have missed files in your initial submission:
Please provide your text file in the native format of the software used to create it (.docx for recent versions of Word, .doc for older versions);
The text must be presented in a single column;
Make sure that the layout of the text is as simple as possible;
Please number the lines of your document before exporting it in PDF1;
Note that most formatting codes will be removed and replaced when the article is processed. In particular, do not use the word processing options to justify the text or to separate words with dashes. However, do use bold, italics, subscripts, superscripts, etc.;
Note that source files for illustrations and tables will be required whether or not you incorporate them into the text.
Authors are invited to prepare their article with PDFLaTeX, the bibliographic references stored in a bibtex file. Authors are strongly encouraged to use the journal's LaTeX class file and bibtex style, but amsart or smfart classes, as well as amsplain and smfplain styles are accepted.
Articles will be published in a fully bilingual format, with the English version immediately followed by the French version in each article.
The submitted article may, as desired:
In both cases, please provide a title, an abstract and keywords in French and in English (translation from English to French can be done by the journal's secretariat upon request).
Manuscripts should include, in the following order:
1) the title: it should be short (20 words max.), but explicit;
2) names of all authors: please include full first names, and include an asterisk after the name of the author to whom correspondence and proofs should be sent;
3) the complete professional addresses of all authors (including email address): to be entered during step 3 "Enter metadata" of the online submission procedure;
4) an abstract (max. 100-150 words): please avoid including references as much as possible, so that the abstract can be used independently (in databases for example). If the inclusion of references is essential, please quote only the author(s) and the year(s). Please also avoid non-standard or uncommon abbreviations, but if they are essential, define them at the first mention in the abstract;
5) keywords (max. 7), used for indexing purposes: please use American spelling and avoid general and plural terms and multiple concepts ("and" or "of", for example, should be avoided);
6) the text of the article: it must be typed, double-spaced, and each page must be numbered. Organize your article into clearly defined and numbered sections. Subsections should be numbered 1.1 (then 1.1.1, 1.1.2, ...), 1.2, etc. (the abstract is not included in the section numbering) and have a brief title. Also use this numbering for internal references: do not just refer to the "text";
7) references, captions, tables and illustrations.
List here those who provided assistance during the research (e.g., language assistance, help with writing or proofreading the article, etc.).
Please do not include these acknowledgements on the title page, as a footnote to the title or otherwise, but collect them in a separate section at the end of the article, before the references.
Dedication: a one-sentence dedication of the article can be a separate paragraph after the "Acknowledgements" section.
Please list your funding sources on this template, which conforms to the requirements of major funders:
Funding: This work was supported by the National Institutes of Health [grant numbers xxxx, yyyy]; the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle, WA [grant number zzzz]; and the United States Institutes of Peace [grant number aaa].
It is not necessary to include a detailed description of the program or type of grant or award. When funding is from a block grant or other resources provided to a university, college, or other research institution, please indicate the name of the institute or organization that provided the funding.
If there is more than one appendix, please identify them by letter (A, B, etc.).
Formulas and equations in the appendices should be numbered separately: (A.1), Eq. (A.2), etc.; in a subsequent appendix, Eq. (B.1) and so on. The same applies to tables and figures: Table A.1; Fig. A.1, etc.
Footnotes should be used sparingly. Number them consecutively throughout the article.
Many word processors can embed footnotes in the text, and this feature can be used. If not, please indicate the position of the footnotes in the text and list the notes themselves separately at the end of the article.
Do not include footnotes in the reference list.
Please ensure that your bibliographic references:
Examples of the layout to be used in the reference list.
Please use only royalty-free illustrations in your manuscript. If you use a copyrighted illustration, please obtain permission from the copyright holders to reuse it under a Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license (see below).
Each illustration (figure, scheme, diagram...) must be provided:
Figures in text format (Word, PowerPoint...) cannot be used and will not be considered in the submission.
They should be defined in brackets after their first mention in the text. Internationally accepted units and nomenclature must be used (ISO 31 and ISO 1000). Standard units of measurement and chemical symbols for elements may be used without definition in the manuscript.
Authors wishing to publish in Comptes Rendus Biologies are requested to provide all the files necessary for the formatting of their article in the most interoperable formats possible, in order to facilitate the work of the editors.
In order to encourage the free circulation of scientific knowledge, authors are strongly encouraged to accept the publication by Comptes Rendus Biologies of these source files, together with the editorialized files. The dissemination of figures, in particular, especially when made available in an interoperable format and in high quality resolution, is a strong commitment to more open and robust science.
Research data includes all "materials in digital form, other than scientific publications, that are collected or produced in the course of scientific research activities and used as evidence in the research process, or that are commonly accepted by the scientific community as necessary to validate research findings and results" (source: EU Directive 2019/1024).
Authors wishing to publish in the Comptes Rendus Biologies are encouraged to make all data related to the research work they describe in their manuscripts, and in particular the data directly underlying the submitted articles, freely available.
To do so, Comptes Rendus Biologies strongly recommends that authors deposit their data in warehouses, i.e. databases specifically dedicated to the permanent preservation, enrichment and valorization of the materials they host. Datasets deposited in repositories are scientific productions that can be cited (in particular when they have a permanent identifier such as DOI), in the same way as a traditional publication.
It is recommended that authors release their data without embargo or after the shortest possible delay, in a way that allows their reuse, with an explicit link between the data and the underlying publication (reciprocal mention of the DOI). The journal encourages the provision of data under open licenses that allow their free reuse. Authors must use the licenses recommended by the repository where the data were deposited.
Reviewers of submitted articles may at any time request from authors the data underlying the results described. Failure to provide this data will result in the rejection of the submission.
NB: Research data should be as open as possible, but as closed as necessary. The Academy of Sciences and the editorial team of Comptes Rendus Biologies cannot be held responsible for any failure to respect the rights associated with the exploitation or dissemination of the data underlying the articles published by the journal. Authors are invited to inquire about any intellectual or industrial property issues that may arise with their data.
To select a trusted repository appropriate for your data type or disciplinary area, consult the re3data directory. Check that the chosen repository meets quality criteria.
Authors who wish to publish in the Comptes Rendus Biologies may attach to the full text of their submission additional files or material, independent of the body of the article but essential to its understanding. As this material is subject to the peer review process, it must be included and clearly marked as "Supporting Information for Electronic Publication" when the article is submitted. To ensure that your material is directly usable, please make sure that each file does not exceed 50 MB.
However, for reasons of technical constraints, valuation, preservation and reuse, authors are strongly advised to deposit this additional material in dedicated repositories, rather than publishing it as an appendix to the articles.
Authors who wish to reuse in their articles (in particular review articles and history of science and ideas) elements protected by the copyright of third parties (texts, figures, photographs...) are requested to do so in compliance with the French Intellectual Property Code (art. L.122-5 in particular):
The Académie des sciences cannot be held responsible for any copyright infringement associated with any of the contents of the Comptes Rendus Biologie. The team of the Publications Department of the Académie is at your disposal to help you on these questions.
By publishing in Comptes Rendus Biologies, authors grant the journal the right of first publication and distribution of the final published version (version of records or version of reference). This right is materialized by the signature of a contract of transfer of rights.
All articles in Comptes Rendus Biologies (including content published prior to 2020) are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0), which permits the journal to use and reproduce the articles and to create derivative works in any medium and format, including for commercial purposes.
Authors retain full intellectual property rights, and are free to enter into additional, separate contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive dissemination of the journal's version of their article (e.g., deposit in an open archive or publication in a book), subject to acknowledging the original publication of the article in Comptes Rendus Biologies.
Submitted version (author's manuscript or preprint): any author who wishes to publish in Comptes Rendus Biologies is authorized to pre-publish his manuscript on a pre-publication server such as bioRxiv, in an open archive such as HAL, or on any other website such as a laboratory website. The manuscript must be clearly identified as not yet peer-reviewed or accepted for publication, and not containing any modifications requested later.
If the author's manuscript is subsequently accepted for publication and then published by Comptes Rendus Biologies, the authors must indicate these changes in editorial status, provide a link to the journal and include in the manuscript record the DOI assigned to the final published version.
Accepted version (accepted author manuscript or postprint): any author whose manuscript has been accepted for publication in Comptes Rendus Chimie may publish the final version of his or her unedited text on a pre-publication server such as bioRxiv, in an open archive such as HAL, or on any other website such as a laboratory website. The manuscript must be clearly identified as having been peer-reviewed, corrected following their requests and accepted in principle by the journal, with a link to the journal's website.
After publication by the Comptes Rendus Biologies, the article description should be modified to include the final DOI assigned to the final published version.
Published version (PDF editor or version of records): the CC BY 4.0 license under which the articles of Comptes Rendus Biologiesare distributed authorizes its authors to deposit the published version of their work in an open archive such as HAL, or on any other website such as a laboratory website, provided that the DOI of the published article is included in the article's descriptive notice.
NB : for a deposit in HAL, you can select the option "I have checked that this publisher belongs to those which authorize the submission of the “file editors” on an open archive".
To choose the preprint server, open archive or portal best suited to disseminate your author manuscripts, feel free to consult the Open Directory of Open Access Repositories (OpenDOAR), a service of JISC.
If you have any questions about the dissemination of your work, please do not hesitate to contact us.
By submitting an article to Comptes Rendus Biologies, authors agree to abide by the journal's Code of Ethics and Good Practices.
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