Instructions for authors
is dedicated to publishing high-quality original research, review articles (technical and non), short
communications, and case studies in the field of genetics, genomics, molecular biology, biochemistry, chemistry,
physiology, breeding, and agronomy of maize and related species.
Calls for papers
We welcome the submission of manuscripts meeting the general criteria of significance and scientific excellence and
will publish original articles in basic and applied research, case studies, critical reviews, surveys, opinions,
commentaries and assays. Our objective is to inform authors of the decision on their manuscript(s) within four weeks of submission.
Following acceptance, a paper will normally be published in the next issue. Instructions for authors, and further details are available below.
The submission of manuscripts can be addressed through the CREA website.
Alternatively, manuscripts can be submitted as e-mail attachments using the firstname.lastname@example.org
The corresponding author represents all the manuscript’s authors. Upon manuscript acceptance, the authors consent Maydica
, which adopts an open access publishing policy, the right to publish their manuscript in the excepted form, while maintaining copyright of all associated intellectual properties. Published articles can be retrieved from the Maydica
web site free of charge for personal use, deposition into any departmental or institutional repository, or distribution for any commercial or non-commercial endeavor. Articles obtained from the web site may not be altered in any way without the permission of the Maydica
The corresponding author must obtain permission to reproduce figures, tables, or text from other copyrighted material.
Authors are those who contributed substantially to the research documented in the paper and share responsibility for the resulting article.
Those who assisted peripherally but are not authors may be recognized in the Acknowledgments.
conflicts of interest
Upon manuscript submission, the corresponding author must describe any affiliations that may present a conflict of interest in either the
choice of Editors or reviewers. This information will remain confidential.
All granting agencies must be recognized in the Acknowledgments.
Preparing manuscripts for submission
Manuscripts must be:
- written in English with American spelling and correct grammar and punctuation;
- in 12-point type, double-spaced throughout, including the References section, appendices, tables, and legends;
- marked with consecutive page numbers, beginning with the cover page.
Write out numbers nine or less except as part of a date, a fraction, a percentage, or a unit of measurement. Use Arabic numbers for those
larger than nine, except as the first word of a sentence. Use abbreviations of the units of measurement when they are preceded by a number:
but several minutes
. Write percent
as one word, except when used with a number.
To indicate temperature in centigrade, use °C. Italicize names of organisms only when the species is indicated: Neurospora, but
or N. crassa
. In text citations include both names for citations with two authors. In citations with three
or more authors name the first author with et al for the other authors. Cite only articles that are published or in press.
Do not cite PhD theses
, other dissertations
, and, in general, publications that are impossible
to obtain by the future readers of your manuscript.
is striving for scientific excellence to be
made available to the international
scientific community. Therefore, the citation of articles in
languages other than the English language
should be avoided.
Submit papers as standard wordprocessor or plain text files. Microsoft word files are prefered. Do not supply papers in other formats such as PDF.
The total of tables + figures should not exceed a total of six
units. Further tables and/or figures should be considered
and signed as supplementary and will not appear in the type-set article. Papers of five type-setted pages or less will be considered short communications.
should contain the following sections: Abstract
, Materials and
, and References
. The Results
sections can be combined when needed. An Acknowledgements
section can be added when requested for.
should contain the following sections: Abstract
, and References
Further sections can be added when needed and as the authors retain necessary.
The first page should contain:
- a concise, informative title that includes the name of the organism under study;
- the authors' names (first name + surname);
- the authors' institutional affiliations, including department; institution, city, state or province, country, and postal code.
For the authors' names, indicate different affiliations with superscript numbering. Use a superscript symbol to indicate the corresponding
author and supply this authors's e-mail address to be inserted into a dedicatory footnote.
The second page contains:
- a short running title of about 35 characters, including spaces,
- up to five key words or phrases,
- the corresponding author's name,
mailing address including street name and number,
phone and fax numbers, and email address.
Abstracts are a single paragraph, must be fewer than 250 words, and may not contain citations or abbreviations. The abstract must
contain the full name of the organism studied. It should be written for people who may not read the entire paper, so it must stand
on its own. The abstract should begin with a broad context of the study, followed by the core findings, results, and conclusions.
In the introduction, the scope and impact of the work should be clearly stated. A general background on the importance of the study
should be provided in a single, well-reasoned paragraph near the beginning of the introduction. Successive paragraphs should contain more
specific important background information, including relevant review papers and similar work in other organisms.
Materials and Methods
Manuscripts should contain a clear description of the experimental design in sufficient detail so that the experimental analysis could
be repeated by another scientist. It is important to indicate what statistical analysis has been performed, including the method and model
Results and Discussion
The results and discussion should not be repetitive. The results section should give a factual presentation of the data and all tables
and figures should be referenced. The discussion should not summarize the results but provide an interpretation of the results, and should
clearly delineate between the findings of the particular study and the possible impact of those findings in a larger context.
It is sometimes acceptable to combine results and discussion.
The References section lists only articles that are published or in press. References should be formatted as they appear in a recent issue
of Maydica. References are chronologically cited in text. Order references alphabetically by first author. For multiple citations with the
same first author, first list single-author entries by year using 1996a, 1996b, etc., then list multiple-author entries alphabetically by second
and succcessive authors.
Sample journal article citations
Becraft PW, 2001. Cell fate specification in the cereal endosperm. Semin Cell Dev Biol 12:
Gruis DF, Guo H, Selinger D, Tian Q, Olsen OA, 2006. Surface position, not signaling from surrounding maternal tissues, specifies aleurone
epidermal cell fate in maize. Plant Physiol 141:
Sample book citation
Sturtevant AH, Beadle GW, 1939. An Introduction to Genetics. Saunders WB, Philadelphia
Sample chapter-in-book citation
Beadle GW, 1957. The role of the nucleus in heredity, pp.3-22. In: The Chemical Basis of Heredity. McElroy WD, Glass B eds. Johns Hopkins Press, Baltimore
TABLES + FIGURES
Figures include drawings, graphs, complex chemical formulas, and other sketches. Each figure should be supplied in an independent file, which must be no larger than 10 MB.
Acceptable file formats are:
- TIFF (.tiff)
- JPEG (.jpg)
- EPS (.eps)
All files must conform to these resolution ranges:
- Halftone (color or black & white): 300 dpi
- Grayscale and color combination images: 300-600 dpi
- Line art images: 500 dpi
RGB, CMYK, and Grayscale are all acceptable. Halftones should be high contrast with sharp detail. For figures with multiple parts use
A, B, etc. in non-bolded type to label the parts for easy reference within the text. If a figure has important areas, arrows or numbers can
be used to draw attention.
Label all figures in numerical order with Arabic numerals, and cite figures in the text in their numerical order. Within the label, be sure
to distinguish between similar characters, such as the letter l and the number 1. Do not
insert figures within the main text. Supply all legends to figures
in a single separate
supply the legends as part of the image file. Figure legends should be a self-contained description of the content of
the figure and should provide enough detail to fully understand the data presented. Figure legends should start with a brief title.
Supply all tables in a separate file. Each table should contain a short heading and can eventually contain footnotes. Do not
insert tables within the main text. Label all tables in numerical order with Arabic numerals, and cite tables
in the text in their numerical order.
data, which will be available on-line only together with
the published article, must be provided during
submission as additional tables and/or figures. Labeling
should be in numerical order with Arabic numerals. Label
supplementary tables with the prefix S_table
supplementary figures with S_figure