A Taylor & Francis Journal: Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part B: Pesticides, Food Contaminants, and Agricultural Wastes - Instructions for Authors 
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Instructions for Authors

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***Note to Authors: please make sure your contact address information is clearly visible on the outside of all packages you are sending to Editors.***



Journal contributors should model articles after the published articles in the journal to which they are submitting and may contact the Editor for additional information.

Word Processing

The preferred format for submitted manuscript is Microsoft Word for the PC. Submitting your manuscript in this format ensures it will be handled in the most efficient manner. Please refer to the sections below titled Math and Chemical Structures for instructions on how to prepare manuscript containing these elements.

Use one typeface and size, even for the title of your article and headings (12-point Times New Roman is good). For italicized text, use the italic font. Do not use formatting (bold, italic and underline) to indicate article title and headings. Emphasis may appear in these elements where appropriate (e.g., scientific names, etc.). Do not include any commands for page breaks or headers or footers. Do not use an automatic numbering function to create numbered lists since the numbers may be lost when translated to typesetting software.

File Names

Assign descriptive names to your files, e.g., TEXT, REFERENCES, OUTLINE, TABLE1, FIGURE1, FIG1_CHEM1, etc. Please use separate files for the body of your article, references, outline, tables and figures.

Title of Your Article and Headings

Use the same typeface and size as your text. Do not boldface, underscore or italicize your article title or headings. Place them flush left (not centered or indented). Insert a double return (or double “Enter”) above and below all headings.
Title Style: Initial Capital Then Lowercase Letters for Each Main Word(chemical prefixes and elemental symbols may include lowercase letters)
First-Level Headings Style: ALL CAPITAL LETTERS
Second-Level: Initial Capital Then Lowercase Letters for Each Main Word
Third-level: Capital letter for the first word only; all lowercase letters thereafter

Article Outline

Please submit an electronic copy of your article outline. The outline should include all section headings, as they appear in your article. Please make the relationships between section headings obvious. The outline will be used in the production process to mark, tag, and check the subordination (levels) of the section headings.

No Automatic Hyphenation or Justification

Let lines “wrap” from one to the next, inserting hard returns only at the ends of headings, paragraphs, entries in a numbered or bulleted list, and references. Use a hyphen only when it connects part of a word. Do not divide syllables at the end of a line.

Vertical Spacing

Your hard copy printout may be marked up, so please double-space throughout (including “References” and illustration legends) to make it easy to read the final, edited manuscript. Double-space by using the appropriate line spacing command, not by using two returns. To indicate a required line ending—such as at the end of a heading, paragraph, list entry, or references—use a double return (or double “Enter”); do not indent. Do not use any additional vertical space beyond this. Double returns separating elements will convert into the final space you will see in typeset pages.

Horizontal Spacing

Use only a single space after a period or other punctuation; do not use the old typewriter style of hitting the spacebar twice after a period. Do not indent; new paragraphs are to be indicated by a double return (or double “Enter”).


Be careful not to type the letter “l” for the number one, or the letter “o” for the number zero.

For a dash, use two hyphens—with no spacing before or after.

If you use a symbol in one place, continue to do so throughout. Example: If you use the symbol × for multiplication, do not use the letter x later.

Manuscripts containing significant amounts of mathematical equations should be prepared in TeX/LaTeX. Please submit your TeX or LaTeX files as either plain TeX or standard LaTeX2e languages with little or no customization.

Chemical Structures
Structures should be produced with a chemical drawing program, preferably ChemDraw 4.5 or higher, and submitted in TIFF or Word format to allow use of electronic files in production. Structures should also be submitted in native file formats, e.g., RDX.


Compliance with reference format instructions will significantly reduce manuscript production time. We understand that some information, e.g., an issue number, may not be available. Please include as much of the specified information as possible. Note that there are different formats for periodicals, books, etc.; please follow the appropriate model for each type of reference. Typefaces, commas, semicolons, and periods will serve as identifiers to a computer program for parsing and adding XML tags to the references. Please cite references in the text by number only superscripted in bracket. At the end of the article, list the references in the order they appear in the text. Example: Kaufman et al. [1] showed that 81% of the nearly 2600 participants had taken one medication in the past week and 25% had taken 5 or more medications. Much of the pharmaceutical dose used therapeutically is not completely degraded in the human body. [2-3] Heberer [4] showed that indeed, many pharmaceuticals are excreted unchanged or as conjugates of metabolic transformation (e.g. gluconurides, sulfates).

Recommended Format for Periodicals

Author, 1.; Author, 2.; ...Author, X. Title of Article. Standard Journal Abbreviation or Title Year, Volume (issue), Inclusive Pagination.
Pimentel, D. Insect population responses to environmental stress and pollutants. Environmental Reviews 1994, 2 (1), 1-15.
Brown, P.R.; Lundie-Jenkins, G. Non-target mortalities during aerial strychnine baiting of house mice. Wildl. Res. 1999, 26 (1), 117-128.
Hinesly, T.D.; Zeigler, E.L.; Barrette, G.L. Residual effects of irrigation corn with digested sewage sludge on soil. Environ. Pollut. 1979, 20(3), 215-230.

Recommended Formats for Books

Author, 1.; Author, 2.; ...Author, X. Chapter Title. Book Title, Edition Number; Series Information (if any); Publisher: Place of Publication, Year; Volume Number, Inclusive Pagination.
Author, 1.; Author, 2.; ...Author, X. Chapter Title. In Book Title, Edition Number; Editor, 1.,...Editor, X., Eds.; Series Information (if any); Publisher: Place of Publication, Year; Volume Number, Inclusive Pagination.
Pimentel, D.; Kirby, C.; Shroff, A. The relationship between “cosmetic” standards for foods and pesticide use. In The Pesticide Question: Environment, Economics, and Ethics; Pimentel, D., Lehman, H., Eds.; Chapman and Hall: New York, 1993; 85-105.
New, T.R. Insects as predators; New South Wales Univ. Press: Kensington, Australia, 1991; 178 pp. Bowersock, Terry L.; Park, Kinam. Vaccines and other immunological products. In Encyclopedia of Pharmaceutical Technology, 1st Ed.; Swarbrick, James, Boylan, James C., Eds.; Marcel Dekker, Inc.: New York, 1997; Vol. 16, 115-151.

Recommended Formats for Works Presented at Meetings and Conferences

Author, 1.; Author, 2.; ...Author, X. Title of Presentation. In Title of Collected Work, Name of Meeting or Proceedings, Location of Meeting, Date of Meeting; Editor, 1.,...Editor, X., Eds.; Publisher: Place of Publication, Year; Abstract Number, Inclusive Pagination.

Garrone, E.; Ugliengo, O. In Structure and Reactivity of Surfaces, Proceedings of the European Conference, Trieste, Italy, Sept 13-20, 1988; Zecchina, A., Costa, G., Morterra, C., Eds.; Elsevier: Amsterdam, 1988. Prasad, A.; Jackson, P. Abstracts of Papers, Part 2, 212 th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Orlando, FL, Aug 25-29, 1996; American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, 1996; PMSE 189.

Recommended Formats for Patents

Patent Owner, 1.; Patent Owner, 2.;...Patent Owner, X. Title of Patent. Patent Number, Date.
Berson, S.W. Conversion of Methane. US Patent 4,199,533, April 22, 1980.
Please note that Patent Owners are the names of the individuals authoring the patent. If the names are not available, please begin the citation with the title of the patent. You may include the name of the company holding the patent after the date.

Recommended Format for Government Publications

Author, 1.; Author, 2.; ...Author, X. Chapter Title. Document Title, Government Publication Number; Publishing Agency: Place of Publication, Year; Inclusive Pagination.
Hothem, R.L.; DeHaven, R.W.; Fairaizl, S.D. Bird Damage to Sunflower in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota, 1979-1981, Fish and Wildlife Technical Report 15; U.S. Department of the Interior Fish and Wildlife Service: Washington, DC, 1988; 1-11.

For Electronic Publications

Please include the URL and date accessed in the citation, e.g., www.dekker.com (accessed Oct 1999).

“In Press” Designation

  • May be used in place of publication and pagination fields.
  • Will need to update the field as soon as information becomes available. (Cannot link to an in press reference.)
  • Style is in press.

Additional Information Field (e.g., supplementary materials)

  • Designations or descriptions appear after the final field.
  • Replace the period after final field with a semicolon.
  • End additional information field with a period.
  • There are no absolute formatting requirements for this field.


Tables should be numbered with Arabic numbers in order of their mention in the text. Provide a brief title for each table typed directly above and the essential footnote below. Abbreviations should be defined in a footnote at the end of the table or as part of the Table caption. If any material in a table has been taken from a previously copyrighted publication, provide a credit line giving full credit to the original source.

  • Please use Word (6.0 or newer) for the PC to format table(s).
  • Please use a consistent typeface throughout the table body. Use Italic font when necessary (such as Latin terms) rather than using an underscore.
  • Place tables in separate electronic files and specifically label each table as a separate file, (TBL1, TBL2, etc.).
  • Do not use an automatic numbering or bulleted-list function for table entries, as these numbers may become “lost” in translation during the processing of the files.
  • Avoid the use of shaded areas and vertical rules within the table body.
  • Limit the number of columns to fewer than 10. The use of many columns will most likely create readability problems.
  • Avoid “straddle” column heads, i.e., those that span multiple columns. The simpler the table, the more likely it will be rendered accurately.

If graphics (such as structures and/or mathematics) will be included within the table, please include the graphics in separate electronic files, each piece with a separate file name, e.g., TBL1_CHEM1.



Illustrations submitted (line drawings, halftones, photos, photomicrographs, etc.) should be clean originals or digital files. Digital files are recommended for highest quality reproduction and should follow these guidelines:

  • 300 dpi or higher
  • sized to fit on journal page
  • Microsoft Word, TIFF, RTF, BMP, JPEG or PSD format only. The preferred format is Microsoft Word.
  • submitted as separate files, not embedded in text files

Color illustrations will be considered for publication; however, the author will be required to bear the full cost involved in their printing and publication. The charge for the first page with color is $900.00. The next three pages with color are $450.00 each. A custom quote will be provided for color art totaling more than 4 journal pages. Good-quality color prints or files should be provided in their final size. The publisher has the right to refuse publication of color prints deemed unacceptable.


Electronic Submission

Manuscripts may be submitted in electronic form directly to the Editor-In-Chief at the e-mail address shown below. Authors should prepare their articles as Microsoft (MS) Word for Windows or WordPerfect files. Electronic submissions should be sent as e-mail attachments. Assign descriptive names to the attached files as noted above. Please use separate files for the body of your article that should also include title, authors name with their affiliation, abstract, Key Words, and references. Separate files should be used for list of figure captions, figures, tables and outline. All diagrams should be saved in Microsoft WORD for the PC format as separate files with no captions. Please provide contact information and the e-mail address of the corresponding author as a foot note at the bottom of the first page.

Manuscripts should be written in clear and grammatical English, double-spaced throughout and organized as follows: The first page should contain the article title, authors’ names and complete affiliations, footnotes to the title, and the address for manuscript correspondence including e-mail address and telephone and fax numbers. The ABSTRACT must be a single paragraph that summarizes the main findings of the paper. After the abstract a list of up to 10 Key Words that will be useful for indexing or searching should be included. The INTRODUCTION should be as concise as possible, without subheadings. MATERIALS AND METHODS should be sufficiently detailed to enable the experiments to be reproduced followed by the RESULTS AND DISCUSSION section. A concise CONCLUSION should appear at the end of the text. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS should be brief and should precede the REFERENCES section.

Please e-mail your request to the Editor-and-Chief for an electronic copy of a “Sample Paper” for preparing the manuscript in the correct format and style. Submit the electronic form of your paper to the Editor-in-Chief at skhan6@gmu.edu. If you have difficulty with your submission or any other question, please contact:

Dr. Shahamat U. Khan
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, MSN 3E2
Science and Technology I, Room 358
George Mason University
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, Virginia 22030-4444, U.S.A.
E-mail: skhan6@gmu.edu

Cover Letter

A cover letter must be sent with the manuscript that should include the names and contact information (affiliation and e-mail address) of four (4) experts in the field as potential reviewers for the manuscript. The cover letter should also include the name and e-mail address of the corresponding author.


Each corresponding author of an article will receive one complete copy of the issue in which the article appears. Offprints of an individual article may be ordered from Taylor & Francis using the offprint link included in the page proofs. If offprints are not ordered by the required date, reprint pricing goes into effect, and issue copies may not be ordered.


It is a condition of publication that authors vest or license copyright in their articles, including abstracts, in Taylor & Francis. 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 material elsewhere after publication providing that prior permission is obtained from Taylor & Francis. Authors are themselves responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyright material from other sources.

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