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Author Guidelines

Please check Call for Papers on NETTAB 2013 home first.

Extended structured abstract preparation

Prepare your Extended structured abstract (text only) in one of the following file formats:

  • MS Word (any version)
  • RTF

The Extended structured abstract must be prepared by using the following NETTAB 2013 MS Word Template.

  • The length of Extended structured abstract for oral communications should be between 3 and 4 pages, including no more than TWO tables / figures.
  • The length of Extended structured abstract for posters should be between 2 and 3 pages, including no more than ONE table or figure.

All figures must be provided as separate files (for details about figure format see "Figures" below).

Acronyms & Abbreviations should be used as sparingly as possible. They should be defined when first used, and should adhere to the following format: e.g., Gene Ontology (GO). If first used in the Extended structured abstract, they should again be defined in the same way when first used in the main body of the Extended structured abstract.


  • Where possible, use the recommended SI units;
  • use 'and' instead of '&';
  • use 'one', 'two', 'three', etc., not '1', '2', '3', etc., for numbers up to ten; from 11 onwards, use numerals);
  • ensure all species names are in italics;
  • ensure all other latin words/phrases are italicised (and not hyphenated) (for example, e.g., i.e., in vitro, in vivo, in silico, etc.);
  • do not follow a colon or semi-colon with a capital letter;
  • use European date format: e.g., "16-17 June 2010", not "June 16-17, 2010";
  • use British English not American English (make sure you use proper MS Word dictionary!).

The title should be short, specific and informative, not exceeding 80 characters (if possible). The title can consist of main title and subtitle.

Authors and their Affiliation
Provide all authors information during "Submission Step Three: Entering the Submission's Metadata". Do not include author names and affiliations in the main Extended structured abstract file. Please note, author order in metadata section must correspond to the final author order in your article. Provide:

  • first name, middle name initials and last name for all authors;
  • department, university or organization, city, state/province (if applicable), and country for all authors; if multiple affiliations are entered, insert numbers in front of each of them; do not include these data in the main Extended structured abstract file - use only metadata fields during the sumbmission process;
  • correctly mark "Principal contact for editorial correspondence";
  • if authors regard it as essential to indicate that two or more co-authors are equal in status, they may be identified by an asterisk symbol with the caption ‘These authors contributed equally to this work’ immediately under the address list in affiliation field.
Short unstructured abstract

Short unstructured abstract is required for all Extended structured abstracts. Please enter the text of Short unstructured abstract into the appropriate "Abstract" box during the submission process. This text should not be structured and it should typically consist of one paragraph only. A maximum of 150 words is recommended. If the article describes a web tool or a database, please include the appropriate URL on the end of the Short unstructured abstract with the heading "Availability: ".

Sections of the Extended structured abstract

  • Motivation and Objectives
  • Methods
  • Results and Discussion
  • Acknowledgements (not compulsory)
  • References

All figures should be prepared as individual files and uploaded as Supplementary files in the step "4. Upload Supplementary Files" in one of the following formats

  • JPEG (for photographs)
  • TIFF (for bitmaps)
  • PNG (for bitmaps)
  • EPS (for vector graphics)
  • PDF (for vector graphics)

with bitmap format (JPEG/TIFF/PNG) resolution at least 150 DPI for photographs and 300 DPI for line drawings is required. Approximate pixel size of figures are as follows:

  • one column picture: minimal width 450 px (900 px for line drawings)
  • two column picture: minimal width 900 px (1800 px for line drawings)

Figure legends should be embedded within the main document file. Figures should be referred in the text as "Figure 1" etc. Their approximate final positions should be indicated in the text.

If the Extended structured abstract contains mathematical formulas, these should be provided as individual files and uploaded as Supplementary files in the step "4. Upload Supplementary Files". In this case, we also advise authors to upload PDF version of their Extended structured abstract as additional Supplementary file.


All tables should be provided as separate files or embedded into the text, preferably in one of the following formats:

  • MS Word (any version)
  • MS Excel (any version)

Table legends should be embedded within the main document file and referred in the text as "Table 1" etc.. Their approximate final positions should be indicated in the text.


All references must be cited in the text by author and date, and enclosed by round brackets. Not more than two authors may be cited per reference; if there are more than two authors, use "et al." (e.g., Hugenholtz, 2002; Stach and Bull, 2005; Hong et al., 2009).

Authors must ensure that they have received authorisation for any personal communications and these should be cited as “(J. Smith, personal communication)”. Unpublished data should be cited in the text as “(unpublished data)”. Both forms of citation should be used as sparingly as possible.

Wherever possible, literature citations are required for programs, statistical packages, databases and other Web-based resources. When not available, URLs can be provided in the text in the following style: e.g., “EMBnet website (". Citations to Electronic Articles should, however, be cited in the References section. As far as possible, please cite URLs in the text as sparingly as possible, in particular to void future links to inaccessible data.

At the end of the Extended structured abstract, the citations should be given in alphabetical order in the References section. For papers with large numbers of authors, please list the first five and then add ‘et al.’ The name of the journal should be abbreviated according to the NLM Catalog. Journal names and book titles should be formatted using italic font; journal volumes should be highlighted in bold. The issue number should be given in parentheses after the volume number. References must NOT be numbered. When available, the DOI should be given at the end of the reference.

Please use the following style for the reference list:

Published Papers
Larkin MA, Blackshields G, Brown NP, Chenna R, McGettigan PA et al. (2007) Clustal W and Clustal X version 2.0. Bioinformatics 23, 2947-2948. doi:10.1093/bioinformatics/btm404

Accepted Papers
Same as above, but "In press" appears instead of the page numbers. Example: Adv Clin Path. In press.

Electronic Articles
(author(s), publishing year, title and DOI or URL must be known)

Loker WM (1996) "Campesinos" and the crisis of modernization in Latin America. Journal of Political Ecology 3. (accessed 11 August 2007).

Bates B (1992) Bargaining for life: A social history of tuberculosis. University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia.

Book Chapters
Hansen B (1991) New York City epidemics and history for the public. In: Harden VA, Risse GB (Eds.) AIDS and the historian. National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Vol. 1, pp. 21–28.


Submission Preparation Checklist

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another conference for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Director).
  2. The manuscript has been read and approved by all the authors.
  3. The submission file is in Microsoft Word or RTF document file format.
  4. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  5. All figures are prepared as individual files and they will be uploaded as supplementary files in the step "4. Upload Supplementary Files".

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