Instructions to authors CTBM


Instructions to authors

Cell Technology in Biology and Medicine (CTBM) is an open access bilingual peer-reviewed academic journal published monthly by Russian Academy of Medical Science Publishing House (in Russian) and Springer (in English). CTBM is devoted to rapid dissemination of essentially novel and significant experimental results in diverse fields of biology and medicine performed as the planned studies in research centers and institutions. The papers with especially important data are published on priority basis.

The manuscript should be submitted with the cover letters from all the institutions where the study was performed. In printed version, the head of MS lists those institutions only, which provided the cover letter. The publishing agreement forms should be filled and signed by the authors.

Template of cover letter from the organization

Consent to Publish

At the end of MS, the complete family names, first names, and the patronymic names of all authors should be given in Russian and in English. The address, telephone number, and email of the corresponding author should be included. MS must be signed by all authors.

The price of publication for non-Russian authors is 750$. We accept payments only from legal entities (not from individuals).

The size of MS with tables should not surpass 12 standard pages (1,800 character each including the spaces). The Editorial Board has the right to abridge MS.

The submitted paper should be typed on single-sided A4 pages in 12-point Times New Roman font with one-and-a-half line spacing and the margins of no less than 2 cm. The body of paper should start with introduction followed by the sections: MATERIALS AND METHODS, RESULTS, and REFERENCES. The paper should be submitted in electronic form typed in Microsoft Word Editor accompanied with one paper copy. A paper written in Russian must be accompanied with authentic English copy.

The paper should start with 1) title; 2) initials and family names of authors; 3) research institute where the study was carried out with initials and family name of research manager; 4) the country; 5)  short abstract of 500-700 signs; 6) the key words (no more than 5 items); and 7) the address for correspondence.

No more than 6 figures can be supplied. Each figure should consisit of no more than 4 fragments. The data in figures should not repeat those in tables. The figures should be clear and easily reproducible; the plots and curves are marked with Arabic numerals. Each figure is supplemented with numbers, which should appear in figure space.

The original microphotographs are submitted with individual TIFF or JPG files containing their notation-free fragments. They should contain the scaling bar. The color figures should be presented in CMYK standard with resolution of no smaller than 300 dpi and the width of 8 cm.

The legends to figures are given at the end of MS. The legend starts with general description of the figure, followed by explanation of alphanumeric notations. The legends to microphotographs should indicate magnification and staining/impregnation methods.

No more than 4 tables should contain the necessary research data only given in generalized and statistically processed form. Each table is supplied with the order number and title. All numbers and units of measurements should correspond to the body of MS but not double it.

The paper can use typical abbreviations and acronyms of measurement units, chemical names, and other technical terms listed in only after their initial complete spelling. In addition, authors can introduce up to 3 original acronyms and abbreviations.

All mathematical formulas must be carefully verified. They should be formatted as follows: the upper case characters are marked with three lines under a lowercase letter. A stroke through a capital letter means set it in lowercase. Roman and Greek letters should be blue and red, correspondingly. The superscripts and subscripts should be marked with respective ascending and descending strokes.

At the end of MATERIALS AND METHODS section, the methods of statistical data processing should be specified, and the format of summarized data should be indicated (m±SE, m±SEM, Me (Q1; Q3) etc.). The statistical software and its version, which had been used in the study, should be also given (SPPS Statistics, Statistica, MatLab, etc.). The authors should describe the statistical tests employed to assess significance of the presented data with due account for design of the study. The statistical methods should be substantiated and correctly used. The significance levels must be specified (for instance, p<0.05).

The alphabetical list of references (no more than 30 items published after 2000) is given at the end of MS with the list of all authors and the title. The references should not include unpublished papers, the abstracts of meetings and conferences, the abstracts of theses, and dissertations. In the body of MS, the references should be numbered in square brackets according to the reference list. The journal articles should be referenced with abbreviated name of the journal followed by the year, volume, number, and the pages. The books are references by title, publisher name, and the year. 

The date of MS submission is the day when it is received by CTBM Editorial Board in the final form.

By signing MS, the authors thereby delegate the rights for its publishing and translation to CTBM Editorial Board. The authors warrant that submitted MS is original: nor the paper neither the accompanied figures had been published in other forms. The authors warrant compliance to international humanistic principles in experiments on the animals.

The proof of MS is not sent to authors.

The rejected MS is not returned to authors.

No royalty is paid.

Submission of MS to CTBM means complete agreement of the authors with CTBM rules and instructions.