WWW Journal of Biology - Readers' Guide


The primary purpose of this journal is to create an open forum for rapid interactive peer reviewed information exchange in the biological sciences.


The journal encourages articles from both plant and animal biological sciences. In general the journal is open to quality articles from any discipline of the biological sciences.


Use E-mail for submission of the article in English at the following e-mail address: editor@epress.com. For transfer of image files, sound files, movies etc., attach these files to the manuscript email.

Articles may also be submitted in ascii text format (plain text) on floppy disk (Mac or PC) along with image files etc. and mailed to: The Editors, WWW Journal of Biology, Epress, Inc., 130 Union Terrace Lane Plymouth, MN 55441. Articles in any area of the Biological Sciences will be considered. Biological scientists from academia and industry are welcome to submit articles for review. All submissions will be confidential. Manuscripts in HTML format will be given first consideration.


Manuscripts are selected for publication in The WWW Journal of Biology based on editorial assessment of their suitability and the reports from reviewers. Articles which satisfy editorial criteria will be sent to three reviewers who have agreed to assess the article quickly. Contributors may suggest reviewers; requests for the exclusion of specific reviewers will be considered.


Copyright of all articles published in the World Wide Web Journal of Biology will be held by the publisher, Epress, Inc. as is customary in conventional journals.


Title page:

  • Manuscript title
  • Author(s)
  • Institution and address for all authors
  • E-mail address of author for correspondence.
  • Keywords for subject search.
  • Abstract: Abstract should be self explanatory and without citiations.

Introduction: Introduction should include a description of the background and aims of the work and what has been accomplished to date.

Materials and Methods: Include full descriptions of all experimental procedures.

Results: Results should be clearly stated and supported by figures, tables or graphical representations of the findings.

Discussion: The discussion should address the importance of the major findings of the work, expanding upon the results.

Conclusions: A summary of important findings and their implications to the area of research that is the article's focus.

Acknowledgements: Should be brief.

References: References should be numbered consecutively in the order that they appear in the text followed by references from tables or figure legends. Journal abbreviations should follow Index Medicus/Medline, naming up to six authors. If a referencurrvol work has more than six authors use the first followed by "et al.". An example of the reference style is given below:

1. Chou, P. and Fasman, G. Empirical predictions of protein conformation. (1978) Annu. Rev. Biochem. 47, 251-276.


The standard format for articles is illustrated by the following link:
Within the template are examples of reference anchors and link to a figure. Just download the source and fill in the blanks. Please note that all submissions must be in plain text or plain text with line breaks NOT a word processor document file!

Additional html documents are for illustrations and should follow the format described below:

  • An illustration html document contains the illustration consisting of an in-line image and a legend for the figure (or each part of a figure). Images should be either JPEG or GIF files. The size of these image files is recommended to be under 500 kb (under 100 kb is optimal).

  • Movies should be in MPEG, AVI or Quicktime cross-platform format linked from a separate html page which contains a description of the movie and its file size (in kb).

For an example of an article in the required html format as it will appear in the journal see the following:

Genetic Information Is Conserved Between Estrogen Response Elements and the c-DNA Encoding the Estrogen Receptor DNA Binding Domain: A Code For Site-Specific DNA Recognition.
Lester F. Harris, Michael R. Sullivan and Pamela D. Popken-Harris

Please note that in order to facilitate rapid review and approval of your article, your HTML documents should conform closely to the format of above examples. Feel free to copy the HTML source from the above examples if you are not familiar with HTML-3 specifications. All links should be the html file name only unless you are linking to outside the journal. Be sure to provide links to the figures' and references' HTML files at each occurrence in the text of a reference to a figure or a citation with anchors to specific citations. The author must also provide the MEDLINE reference number for all citations if available (see examples and template for where to plug in the numbers).

The World Wide Web Journal of Biology is an international publication
of Epress Inc., Copyright © 1995-2002.