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As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).

  • The submission file is in MS Word or Rich Text Format document file format.

  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.

  • Except from manuscript title and abstract, the main text is double-spaced; uses a 11-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.

  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.

  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

International Journal of Secondary Metabolite (IJSM) has a fully online submission and online reviewing system. This system offers authors the option of tracking by online based review process of their manuscripts. All manuscripts must be submitted with online from the system by registering. 


Manuscript Presentation

The journal's language is English language.  Manuscripts should not exceed for qualitative studies 60 pages and for quantitative studies 50 pages of printed text, including references, tables and figures (one page of printed text equals about 400 words). 

For a study to be accepted for publication, approval of at least two referees is required. When referees ask certain changes within the study and if the author(s) disagree(s), s/he may withdraw the manuscript. Communication with referees will be carried out directly electronically and the coordination will be carried out by the Editor and/or subject editor.


Submission checklist 

You can use this list to carry out a final check of your submission before you send it to the journal for review. 

Ensure that the following items are present:

One author has been designated as the corresponding author with contact details:

• E-mail address

• Full postal address

All necessary files have been uploaded:



• Include keywords

• All figures (include relevant captions)

• All tables (including titles, description, footnotes)

• Ensure all figure and table citations in the text match the files provided

• Indicate clearly if color should be used for any figures in print


Manuscript Title (Times new roman, 14 pt, Title Case)



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.

The abstract should be written in New Times Roman, 11pt. It should not exceed 250 words. Abstract must be followed by three to five keywords describing the study. 


Immediately after the abstract, provide a maximum of 5 keywords, using American spelling and avoiding general and plural terms and multiple concepts (avoid, for example, 'and', 'of'). Be sparing with abbreviations: only abbreviations firmly established in the field may be eligible. These keywords will be used for indexing purposes.

Citation in text 

Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list (and vice versa). Any references cited in the abstract must be given in full. Unpublished results and personal communications are not recommended in the reference list, but may be mentioned in the text. If these references are included in the reference list they should follow the standard reference style of the journal and should include a substitution of the publication date with either 'Unpublished results' or 'Personal communication'. Citation of a reference as 'in press' implies that the item has been accepted for publication.

Sections and Sub-sections
Sections should be numbered, bold, left aligned, written in font size 12 and section titles should be written in uppercase. Subsections (second level headings) should be left-aligned, first letters in capital and all written in font size 12 (bold).

1) In empirical studies, the main text may exist of the following sections respectively;

- Introduction
- Material and Methods
- Results
- Discussion, Conclusion
- References

Following the title of the article, after the abstract, the text should begin with the “INTRODUCTION”. METHOD, FINDINGS and DISCUSSION should follow one another within the text and not begin on a separate page.

Frequently used statistical techniques should be used within the text as follows: 
Analysis of variance: “....the main effect of the age variance is meaningful [F (1.123) = 5.43, p< .05]”. When stating the correlation and chi square values, the number of subjects should be given as (n). The degree of freedom of t, F multiple comparisons (such as the Tukey test) should definitely be provided. When presenting regression analyses, R, R2, F, Beta, t and p values should be provided; when presenting the factor analysis the factor loadings of every item under a factor and every factor’s variation that gives its eigenvalue should be provided.

Figures and graphics should be no larger than 100x150 mm. Large figures should be numerated with caption; if a source is used, it should be mentioned in parentheses and included in the references list. Figures should be at the top of the next page following the text it is mentioned in.

The word “Table” should be written on the upper left side with its number; its content should be explained after the number as a title. Tables should be mentioned in the text with their numbers. Tables should be within the text (written in font size 12) or at the top of the following page. Related notes and sources should be provided under the table by using expressions such as “Note:” or “Source:” Tables should be the size of 120x120 mm and centered. In scale development studies, factor loadings table is an exception. 

At the end of the article, before the appendix (if any), references are written as numbered in square brackets. 


Supplementary material should be collected in an Appendix and placed before the Notes and References.


Acknowledgements of people, grants, funds, etc. should be placed in a separate section before the References.

Page Charges and Color Figures

No page charges are levied on authors or their institutions except for color pages.


In preparing the references, please consider American Psychological Association (APA) Style Guide (5th. Edition). It should be numbered in square brackets.


[1]. Nematin, M.A., Kazemeni, F. (2013). Accumulation of Pb, Zn, Cu and Fe in plants andhyperaccumulator choice in Galali iron mine area, IranInternational Journal of Agriculture and Crop Sciences, 5(4), 426-432.


[1]. lverstone, M., Jahnson, N.W., Hardie, J.M., Williams, R. (1981). Dental caries: aetiology, pathology and prevention. Hong Kong: The Mac Millian Press.

 Conference and symposium:

[1]. Satybaldıyeva, D., Mursalıyeva, V., Zayadan, B.  (2016). Determination of reducing power and minimum inhibitory concentration of Crocus alatavicus extracts. Symposium on EuroAsian Biodiversty, 23-27 May, p. 246. Antalya, Turkey.


Prof. Dr. Ramazan Mammadov

Pamukkale University
Faculty of Art & Science, Department of Biology,

Phone: +90 258 296 1036

E-mail:   ijsm.editor@gmail.com