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Instructions for Authors:

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1. Aims and Scope

Free Radical Research aims to publish high-quality research papers, hypotheses and reviews in all areas in the fields of:

  • Reactive Species
  • Redox Biochemistry
  • Redox Signalling
  • Antioxidants
  • Oxidative Damage

Manuscripts should contribute a significant advance to the field, supported by clearly-presented data and statistical analysis. Manuscripts should be as concise as possible subject to the need to present relevant background, data and methods. Reviewers are strongly encouraged to identify areas of the manuscript that could be shortened. Free Radical Research discourages papers that are purely descriptive (e.g. a catalogue of changes in antioxidant levels in a human disease or after administering, for example, a plant extract or a toxin to an animal). We also discourage 'screening' papers, such as the use of 'total antioxidant activity' assays to compare the antioxidant activities of plant extracts or herbal medicines including traditional medicines.

Further information about the Journal, including links to the online sample copy and contents pages, can be found on the Journal homepage.

2. Editors-in-Chief

Professor Barry Halliwell
National University of Singapore
University Hall Lee Kong Chian Wing,
UHL #05-02G, 21 Lower Kent Ridge Road,
Singapore 119077
Tel: +65 6516 3247, Fax: +65 6775 2207
Professor Helmut Sies
Heinrich-Heine-Universitaet Duesseldorf
Institut für Biochemie und Molekularbiologie I Postfach 101007
Tel: +49-211-811-2707

Please click here for the full Editorial Board.

3. Submission of Manuscripts

All submissions should be made online at Free Radical Research's Manuscript Central site. New users should first create an account. Once a user is logged onto the site, submissions should be made via the Author Centre.

4. Preparation of Manuscripts
Free Radical Research considers all manuscripts on the strict condition that they have been submitted only to Free Radical Research, that they have not been published already, nor are they under consideration for publication or in press elsewhere. Authors who fail to adhere to this condition will be charged with all costs that Free Radical Research incurs and their papers will not be published.

Research article contributions to Free Radical Research must report original research and all manuscripts will be subjected to review by referees. The following guidelines apply:

  • For all manuscripts non-discriminatory language is mandatory. Sexist or racist terms should not be used.
  • Each paper should have three to six keywords.
  • Papers are accepted only in English.
  • All the authors of a paper should include their full names, affiliations, postal addresses, telephone and fax numbers and email addresses on the cover page of manuscripts.
  • Abstracts of 100-150 words are required for all papers submitted and should precede the text of a paper - see Notes on Style.
  • Manuscripts should be compiled in the following order: title page; abstract; keywords; main text; acknowledgments; appendixes (as appropriate); references; table(s) with caption(s) (on individual sheets); figure caption(s) (as a list).
  • Section headings should be concise and numbered sequentially, using a decimal system for subsections.
  • Authors must adhere to SI units.
  • For information on submitting animations, movie files and sound files or any additional information including indexes and calendars please click here.
  • When using a word which is or is asserted to be a proprietary term or trade mark authors must use the symbol ® or TM or alternatively a footnote can be inserted using the wording below:

This article includes a word that is or is asserted to be a proprietary term or trade mark. Its inclusion does not imply it has acquired for legal purposes a non-proprietary or general significance, nor is any other judgement implied concerning its legal status.

5. Ethics and Consent

When reporting experiments on human subjects, authors should indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 1983. Do not use patients' names, initials, or hospital numbers, especially in illustrative material. Papers including animal experiments or clinical trials must be conducted with approval by the local animal care or human subject committees, respectively.

Identifying information should not be published in written descriptions, photographs, and pedigrees, unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or parent or guardian) gives written informed consent for publication. Informed consent for this purpose requires that the patient be shown the manuscript to be published.

6. Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest

Authors of research articles should disclose at the time of submission any financial arrangement they may have with a company whose product is pertinent to the manuscript or with a company making a competing product. Such information will be held in confidence while the paper is under review and will not influence the editorial decision, but if the article is accepted for publication, a disclosure statement will appear in the Journal.

7. Authorship Contributions

Contributions must be substantial in order to warrant authorship. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for the content. All other contributors should be listed as acknowledgements.

8. Colour Charges

Any figure submitted as a colour original will appear in colour in the Journal's online edition free of charge and can be downloaded. Paper copy colour reproduction will only be considered on condition that authors contribute to the associated costs. The charges are 500/US$900 for the first colour page and 250/US$450 for each colour page after per article.

There are no charges for non-colour pages.

9. Proofs

The Editor reserves the right to proceed to press without submitting page proofs to the author. However, usual practice will involve corresponding authors receiving email notification with a password and Web address from which to download a PDF. Hard copies of proofs will not be mailed. To avoid delays in publication, corrections to proofs must be returned within 48 hours, by electronic transmittal, fax or mail. Authors will be charged for excessive correction at this stage of production.

If authors do not return page proofs promptly, the Editor reserves the choice to either delay publication to a subsequent issue or to proceed to press without author corrections.

10. Offprints and Reprints

Offprints and reprints of articles published in Free Radical Research can be obtained through Rightslink ®. Please visit to obtain a quotation or to place an order. Copies of the Journal can be purchased at the authors' preferential rate of 15.00/$25.00 per copy.

11. Copyright

It is a condition of publication that authors assign copyright or license the publication rights in their articles, including abstracts, to Informa UK Ltd. This enables us to ensure full copyright protection and to disseminate the article, and the Journal, to the widest possible readership in print and electronic formats as appropriate. Authors may, of course, use the article elsewhere after publication without prior permission from Informa UK Ltd., provided that acknowledgement is given to the Journal as the original source of publication, and that Informa Healthcare is notified so that our records show that its use is properly authorised. Authors retain a number of other rights under the Informa UK Ltd. rights policies documents. These policies are referred to at the Copyright FAQs page.

Authors are themselves responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyright material from other sources. See Copyright Permission for full details.

A copyright agreement form can be downloaded by corresponding authors of accepted manuscripts with proofs. This should be signed and returned to Taylor & Francis.

12. Contacting the Publisher

Free Radical Research
Informa Healthcare
5th Floor
Telephone House
69-77 Paul Street
Tel: (+44) 207 017 4303
Fax: (+44) 207 017 6914

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