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DIRECTIONS FOR AUTHORS

     The Editorial Board takes to press original experimental works; surveys in urgent problems of biochemistry; methodical works with a description of new or improved methods of biochemical investigations; papers in the history of biochemical science which elucidate the evolution of ideas, formation and development of scientific schools or dedicated to creative portraits of researches; the discussion papers; new books reviews; news items. Ukrains’kyi Biokhimichnyi Zhurnal also publishes the works from various sections of relative sciences, that is: cell and molecular biolo­gy, bioorganic chemistry, biophysics, plant and microorganism biochemistry, medical biochemistry, pharmacology, and genetics where biochemical data obtained were used in the discussion of investigation results.

     The papers are published in the journal in Ukrainian, Russian or English.

Presentation and work with manuscripts

     The author presents the printed paper manuscript (in duplicate with a filled and signed License Agreement) and its electron version.

     The printed copies of the manuscript may be sent by post (in a simple letter) or brought personal­ly to the Editorial Office.

     The manuscript in the electron form may be presented on a compact disc (if sent by post, it should be put into the envelope with two printed copies), on USB flash drives (if brought personally), or by e-mail as an attached file.

     The compact disc and USB flash drives should be preliminarily checked by a reliable antiviral program and contain the manuscript files only.

     If the author does not present his manuscript personally but sends it by post, it is expedient to call the Editorial Office to make sure that the manuscript has been received.

     Directions of the manuscript presentation are given below.

Post address of the Editorial Office:

«Ukrains’kyi Biokhimichnyi Zhurnal» (Ukrainian Biochemical Journal)
alladin Institute of Biochemistry, NAS of Ukraine
9 Leontovych St., Kyiv, 01601, Ukraine
Telephone: (044) 234-11-81
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     The paper material – text, summary, referen­ces, legends to figures and tables – is presented as a single file. Each figure is presented as a separate file. All the manuscript pages are enumerated. File format for the text and tables – document MS Word (doc, docx or rtf), for figures and other­ illustrative material – tif, bmp, wmf, gif, jpg, eps or pdf.

     Information about authors (surname, name, post and e-mail addresses, work and home telephone with city code, including fax, mobile tele­phone) is given on a separate page. If there are several authors and they work at different institutions, their names (at the end) and institutions they work in (at the beginning) are figured in due correspondence by Arabic numerals (indices).

     The date of the paper receipt is the date of its arrival to the Editorial Office. The above Directions being violated, the paper is not registered at the Editorial Office, is not reviewed and returned; the authors are usually informed about that.

     The manuscript submitted to Ukrains’kyi Biokhimichnyi Zhurnal is reviewed by two leading specialists in the corresponding field of biochemis­try. If necessary, the paper may be sent to the author for completing. The paper being corrected due to the reviewers’ notes, the manuscript copy in duplicate and its electron version (on CD, DVD or USB flash drives or by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)  are sent back by the author during one month to the Editorial Office with an obligatory answer to both reviewers. The manuscript that is evaluated negatively by referees will be rejected.

     The Editorial Board sends to the author a page-proof by e-mail for the control reading. It should be read urgently and not later than three days the editor should be informed about the errors by e-mail or by phone (with indicating the page, column, paragraph, line where some correction is to be made) or about their absence. The text, figu­res and tables may not be changed at this stage of the work.  In case of delay, the Editorial Board has the right to defer the paper publication.

General requirements to manuscripts

     The experimental work volume, including references, tables, figures with legends explaining obtained results (all on separate pages), should not exceed 20 pages (40 000 printed characters), that of the survey 30 pages (60 000 printed characters), printed out (type size 14, tables – type size 10; line spacing – 1.5).

     Figures, photographs, schemes may be black-and-white or colour. Colour illustrative material is preferred.

     If figures published by other authors are used in the paper, the manuscript author should have the official permission from the copyright owner of those figures.

     The paper manuscript should be signed by each author.

     At the end of the paper, References are followed by the paper title, author’s (authors’) surname(s) and initials, official names of institutions where the work has been done, e-mail, summary and key words in Russian and English in correspondence with the original Ukrainian text. If the paper is written in Russian or English, this information is given in the Ukrainian and English or in the Ukrainian and Russian languages accordingly.

Separate requirements to manuscripts design

     Text
     Times New Roman type; 14 point type (tab­les – 10 point type); line spacing – 1.5.
     All manuscript pages should be enumerated.
 
     Tables and illustrative material
     All columns in tables should have denominations and filled with corresponding data (if the experiment is not performed you write «–», if indices were not obtained you write «0». The top of photographs should be indicated.  Place of figures and tables should be shown in the manuscript text margins.
 
     The manuscript structure
     • UDC (Universal Decimal Classification)
     • The paper title
     • The author’s (authors’) surname(s) and initials
     • The Institution where the work has been done
     • E-mail for correspondence
     • Summary and key words
     • Introduction
     • Materials and methods
     • Results and discussion
     • Conclusions
     • Acknowledgements
     • References
 
     • Summary and key words
     Main investigation results are revealed in Summary in brief (no more than 250 words).
     Summary should include the following basic sections: topicality, statement of the problem, methods­ of settling the task, results, conclusions.
     Key words (about 10 words) are the basis for including the paper in certain sections of abstract journals. The key words should be mentioned both in the paper title and in Summary, should be concrete for the author’s research field and subfield.
 
     • Introduction (without title) 
     The paper begins with the brief history of the problem with reference to sources and substantiation of the research objective.
 
     • Materials and Methods
     The section Materials and Methods should present the description of the methods, reagents and experiment conditions in such a way that the experiment could be reproduced. Generally known methods may be referred only. Names of companies and countries producers of the reagents and materials used in the experiments should be given. The number and species of the used animals as well as the methods of anaesthetization and euthanasia should be defined.
     Digital data should be rounded off due to the accepted rules, allowing for the average experiment error. The value difference authenticity should be substantiated by statistical analysis, citing the concrete methods. The same results should not be presented in Tables and Figures. The author should indicate the program used for statistical analysis of the obtained results, presentation of results, confidence interval or distribution of values.
     All the designations and denominations of physical and chemical units of measurement should be given in SI system. Amino acids are designated by three letters.
     The enzymes being used in the work, their recommended or systematic name and cipher should be given, following recommendations of International Biochemical Society (Enzyme Nomenclature – Acad. Press. San Diego. California and Supplement (1-6) in Eur. J. Biochem. (1993-1997, 1999) or electron version: http://www.chem.qmul.ac.uk/iubmb/enzyme.
     The enzyme activity should be expressed through the rate of the catalyzed reaction in µM of the transformed substrate for 1 min per 1 mg of protein. Sometimes they use two more units of enzymatic activity: standard unit of activity U (IU) and catal (cat, in brief) simplifying the transition to SI system. Specific enzyme activity is usually expressed in µM/min per 1 mg of protein or in un.act./mg, cat/kg (R. M. C. Dawson, D. C. Elliott, W. H. Elliott, K. M. Jones. Data for Biochemi­cal Research. – 3th edition. Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1986). In all cases the reaction conditions are specified, i.e. temperature, pH, substrate concentration.
     Solutions should be concentrated in M, mM, µM, etc., but not in normal concentration (n.). If concentration is expressed in percent, it should be specified, i.e., indices mass/mass, mass/volume, volume/volume should be mentioned. Salts used for making solutions – crystalline hydrates or waterless – should be also mentioned.
     A term relative molecular mass Mr (ratio between substance molecule mass to 1/12 of carbon atom C12), having no size, or term molecular weight (Mw) expressed in Da (Dalton) or in kDa are used for substances characteristics.
     When describing the data determined using the methods of visible or UV-absorption spectroscopy one should remember that they characterize optical density. For quantitative estimation of cell density in the suspension one should use transparen­ce (T), the scattering being accounted. In other cases the term absorption (A) is used, but not extinction or optical density.
     If particular organisms (animals, plants, microorganisms) used in the research are mentioned for the first time, their full species name in Latin should be given in the paper text, following modern­ taxonomy; under the second mentioning the genus name should be denominated by one letter, except for the cases when genus names of different organisms­ begin with the same letter. Then, abbreviations of several letters are used, e.g., Staph. aureus, Str. lactis.
     Word abbreviations, except for generally known ones, should not be given in Tables and Figure legends (with rare exception and then their interpretation in notes is obligatory). It is not worth giving arbitrarily abbreviated words, especially if they are brief. There is no point, for exam­ple, in abbreviating­ such words as peroxidase, glucosidase, etc.
    
     • Results and Discussion
     In this section one should avoid the direct repetition of the table data. The result discussion should be limited by considering the most important established facts basing on preliminary data on the problem under study. In other words, the most part of the discussion should be devoted to results interpretation. 

     • Conclusions (without title)

     • References
     References are composed due to the order of citing the sources in the text (they are denominated by digits in square brackets) and are given at the paper end. References are given in the original language without titles of journal papers, but with indicating in brief the volume, periodical issue and pages. The titles of books (monographs, collected works, etc.) theses, author’s synopses should be presented in complete form. One cannot refer to non-published materials. The number of authors being no more than four, all their names are indicated in references, if there are five or more authors, only three names are given with following et al. Works of the recent years should prevail in references (no more than 20 titles in experimental work, about 100 titles in the survey).
 
Abbreviations for half-systematic and trivial names of chemical compounds 

Nucleotides

Adenosine-5?-mono-, di- and triphosphates

AMP, ADP,   ATP

Guanisine-5?-mono-, di- and triphosphates

GMP, GDP,   GTP

Ribothymisine-5?-mono-, di- and triphosphates

rTMP,   rTDP, rTTP

Uridine-5?-mono-, di- and triphosphates

UMP, UDP,   UTP

Cytidine-5?-mono-, di- and triphosphates

CMP, CDP,   CTP

Designation of AMP isomers: 2?-AMP, 3?-AMP, 5?-AMP, 3?:5?-AMP (adenosine-3?:5?-monophosphate, cAMP.

Nucleic acids

Desoxyribonucleic   acid

DNA

Complementary   DNA

cDNA

Mitochondrial   DNA

mtDNA

Ribonucleic   acid

RNA

Mitochondrial   RNA

mtRNA

Matrix   (information) RNA

mRNA

Ribosomal   RNA

rRNA

Transport   RNA

tRNA

tRNA with designation of acceptor specificity

tRNAAla,   tRNA2Ala, etc.

Aminoacylderivatives   of tRNA

Ala-tRNAAla, Glu-tRNAGlu, etc.

Others

Diethylaminoethylenecellulose

DEAE-cellulose

Carboxymethylcellulose

CM-cellulose,   CMC

Tris(hydroxymethyl)   aminomethane

tris

Ethylendiaminetetraacetic   acid (acetate)

EDTA

Ethylenglycoltetraacetic   acid (acetate)

EGTA

Trichloroacetic   acid

TCA

Polyacrylamide   gel

PAAG

Coenzyme   A

CoA

Sodium   dodecylsulphate

SDS

Flavinadeninedinucleotide and its renewed form

FAD, FADH2

Nicotinamide adenine nucleotide, its oxidized and   renewed forms

NAD, NAD+,   NADH

Nicotinamide adenine nucleotidephosphate, its   oxidized and renewed forms

NADP,   NADP+, NADPH

Inorganic   phosphate

Pi

Inorganic   pyrophosphate

PPi

 

Examples of References 

1. Вадзюк О. Б., Костерін С. А. // Укр. біохім. журн. – 2003. – 75, № 5. – С. 47–55.
2.?Максимчук О. В., Бездробна Л. К., Сидо­рик Л. Л. та ін. // Укр. біохім. журн. – 2008. – 80, № 4. – С. 59–65.
3. Пархоменко Ю. М., Пилипчук С. Ю., Черныш И. Ю. и др. / Матер. Межд. симп. «Активные формы кислорода, азота и хлора в регуляции клеточных функций в норме и при патологии». – Гродно, Беларусь, 2006. – С. 50–55.
4. Луговской Э. В. Молекулярные механизмы образования фибрина и фибринолиза. – К.: Наук. думка, 2003. – 219 с.
5. Nagaoka K., Suzuki T., Kawano T. et al. // Biochem. Biophys. Acta. – 2006. – 1759, N 3–4. – P. 132–140.
6. Данилович Ю. В. Властивості та роль Са2+/ Н-обміну плазмалеми міометрія. Автореф. дис. … канд. біол. наук. – К., 2001. – 20 с.
7.?А.с. 1785096 SU, МПК5 А61К35/32. Способ очистки экстракта пантокрина для инъекций / Даценко З. М., Попов Ю. П., Юрьев И. Р., Передерей О. Ф., Губ­ченко Е. Н.; ДСП; заявл. 11.06.1990. – 2 с.
8. Пат. 40767 UA, МПК G 01 N21/00. Спосіб визначення антиоксидантної активності біологічно активних сполук (БАС) / Шаповал Г. С., Громова В. П. – Опубл. 27.04.2009, Бюл. № 8.
9. Заявка на винахід, а200805004 UA, МПК8 А61К35/56, А61К31/66, A61P9/00, A61P11/00, A61P15/00. Спосіб диференційованого одержання фізіологічно активних композицій із тканин морських молюсків рапанів / Даценко З. М., Комісаренко С. В., Кечун Лю (CN), Чекман І. С., Борода А. М., Луговська Г. Г., Канівець Н. В., Моі­сеєва Л. Г., Лівень Хань (CN); заявл. 18.04.2008.

 

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