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1. About SBHA

Society, Biology and Human Affairs is the in-house journal of the BioSocial Society. It is a peer-reviewed, Open Access Journal that aims to publish refereed articles describing empirical and theoretical, primary and secondary research exploring the intersection between social and biological processes as these relate to humans. The Journal will consider articles on 'human affairs' from the social and natural sciences, and particularly encourages submissions from those 'boundary' disciplines that encompass both – such as biocultural anthropology, medical sociology, social epidemiology, demography, bioethics, and the history of science.
SBHA is published twice a year, in June/July and November/December but manuscript submissions are received all year round. Authors will be provided with a working timetable once their manuscripts have been accepted by the Editor for review.
Authors should submit their article electronically as an email attachment to the Editor of SBHA: Alejandra Núñez-de la Mora (SBHA_Editor@biosoc.org).

2. Open Access

Society, Biology and Human Affairs applies the Attribution-Non Commercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0) License to all works it publishes http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Under the CC BY-NC-SA 3.0, authors retain ownership of the copyright for their article, photographs and figures, but authors allow anyone to copy, distribute, transmit and adapt their work for non-commercial purposes, so long as the original authors and source are cited and the resulting work is distributed only under the same or similar license to this one. No permission is required from the authors or the publishers. Please read about the license before submitting your paper.
Your submission will be taken as acceptance of these terms.

Learn more about open access at http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/guidance/authors.html

3. Manuscript Types

The Journal will consider three types of submissions:

  • Brief communications – comprising short reports of interesting or novel findings of a focused nature. They should not exceed 2,500 , inclusive of abstract, and include no more than 2 figures or tables and no more than 15 references.

  • Original Articles – comprising reviews or presentation of results from more complex research designs with more important theoretical or methodological content or implications. While there are no standard limitations on the length of original articles, authors are cautioned to be concise in their presentations and to employ figures and tables only as necessary.

  • Letters to the Editor – comprising commentaries, news or responses to published articles of up to 500 words.

4. General Instructions

Manuscripts must be submitted in grammatically correct English. All manuscripts should be formatted in Garamond font 12 point and double-spaced throughout (including headings, text, footnotes, tables and figure legends) to facilitate manuscript review and typesetting. Text files should be submitted in the following formats: DOC or RTF. Graphics files can be submitted in the following formats: EPS or TIFF files.

All manuscripts should have a uniform style and be submitted exactly as they are to appear in print. A manuscript should consist of the following subdivisions, each beginning on a separate page:

  • Title page
  • Abstract and keywords
  • Text
  • Literature cited
  • Footnotes, if any
  • Figure legends
  • Tables (sent as separate files)
  • Figures (sent as separate files)

The spelling of nontechnical terms should be as recommended in the current Webster's International Dictionary. Always spell out numbers when they stand as the first word in a sentence; do not follow such numbers with abbreviations. Numbers indicating time, weight, and measurements are to be in Arabic numerals when followed by abbreviations (e.g., 2 mm; 1 sec; 3 ml).
Title page. The title page must contain the following:

  • Title- The title should be a clear description of the paper's content.
  • Author's name (or names) followed by their department and Institution, city, state, country and e-mail.
  • All grant information including corresponding grant numbers.

Abstract. The abstract should consist of 250 words or fewer. Abstracts will precede the introductory section of the text in the manuscript and will also be published in full on the Journal's webpage to comply with requirements of electronic search engines. The abstract should be written in complete sentences and should include the following sections with section heads in bold followed by a colon.

  • Background: A succinct statement of the rationale for the study and a statement of the specific study hypothesis and/or study objectives.
  • Methods: A brief description of the study design, materials, subjects, data collection and statistical or other analysis methods used.
  • Results: A brief description of the principal findings.
  • Conclusions: A brief statement of the conclusions drawn relative to the objectives of the study.

This structure can be waived for certain articles at the discretion of the Editor.

Key Words. Authors should supply 4 to 6 key words, terms, or brief phrases that will aid in identifying the article to electronic search engines.

Literature Cited.
The Journal uses the Harvard System of referencing. Visit http://libweb.anglia.ac.uk/referencing/harvard.htm for an excellent and detailed guide prepared and published by Anglia Ruskin University's library.

Tables and Figures – Authors are encouraged to include Tables and Figures to illustrate Original Articles and Brief Communications but not to replicate issues, data or analyses described in detail elsewhere in the text.
All figures/tables and photographic images will be published under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0), which allows them to be freely used, distributed, and built upon as long as proper attribution is given. Please do not submit any figures or photos that have been previously copyrighted unless you have express written permission from the copyright holder to publish under the CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license.

SBHA does not redraw figures accepted for publication in articles. Therefore, figure preparation is the author's responsibility. Authors should be sure that appropriate font sizes, line thicknesses, etc. are used to ensure that the Tables and Figures will be legible when published in the Journal's A4 (297 x 210 mm) format. Text within Tables and Figures should use Garamond font, same as in the main text.

Titles and legends (captions) for figures and tables should be included in the main article file (after Literature cited), not as part of the figure/table files themselves. Figures/tables should not be embedded in the main manuscript file. Provide a separate file for every figure/table in your manuscript.

All tables must be cited in the text. Tabular material should be simple and uncomplicated, with as few vertical and horizontal rules as possible. Table titles should be complete but brief. Information other than that defining the data should be presented in footnotes. Footnotes to a table should be typed directly beneath the table and numbered with superscripts (1, 2, 3, etc.). They should not be numbered in sequence with the footnotes in the text. Also, if superscript numbers could be mistaken for exponents, substitute superscript a, b, c, etc.

All figures must be cited in the text. Figure legends are to be numbered consecutively as follows: Figure 1. . . . , Figure 2. . . . , and should follow the sequence of reference in the text.
Abbreviations for all figures should be listed alphabetically and placed before the first figure mentioning them.

Cover art.
Authors are invited to submit color photos for consideration as cover illustrations and as links to their piece on the Journal's website. These should be submitted electronically in ping or .jpg format preferably at 300dpi. All works will be published under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0).

5. Miscellaneous

Metric system. The metric system should be used for all measurements, weights, etc. Temperatures should be expressed in degrees Celsius (centigrade). Metric abbreviations should be expressed in lowercase without periods.

Symbols. When preceded by a digit, the following symbols are to be used: % for percent; ° for degree.

6. Informed consent

The Society, Biology and Human Affairs Journal requires that all appropriate steps be taken in obtaining informed consent of any and all human subjects participating in the research comprising the manuscript submitted for review and possible publication. A statement indicating that the protocol and procedures employed was reviewed and approved by the appropriate institutional review committee must be included in the Methods section of the manuscript. For those investigators who do not have formal ethics review committees, the principles outlined in the Helsinki Declaration should be followed. www.wma.net/en/20activities/10ethics/10helsinki/index.html