What is the format for JON?
All manuscripts shall be in English with U.S. spelling conventions. There are no page limitations (but see page charges ).
A typical paper is composed of: a title page; abstract and keywords page; an introduction; materials and methods; results; discussion; literature cited; and supporting tables and figures. For short papers, results and discussion may be combined. Abstracts of papers presented at the Annual Meeting of SON are published by JON. Only those abstracts submitted through the meeting web site will be accepted. Authors must follow the style guidelines and time deadlines established by the meeting organizers. Other formats are permissible for commissioned articles. Authors should discuss this with the EiC.
All submissions should be formatted on US letter or A4 paper, with 1-inch (2.5 cm) margins. Page numbers should be placed in the upper right-hand corner of each page, along with the first author's surname and JON. Double space all manuscript contents, except the contact (corresponding) author's name, address, phone number, fax number, and email address; these should appear on the upper left-hand corner of the title page (single spaced). Pages should be line numbered throughout. Continuous line numbering is a great convenience for editors and reviewers.
Choose a font that is easily read; the font size should be 12 pt. Do not use hyphenation for spacing or layout purposes. Do not use boldface type; if needed, boldface type will be marked by the technical editor. Use italic font for Linnaean binomials or trinomials. Use italic font for mathematical variables (x, y, etc.), but not constants (a, b, etc.). Although footnotes are used in tables, they should not be used in the text sections.
In a typical manuscript, the primary (first level) headings are MATERIALS AND METHODS, RESULTS, DISCUSSION and LITERATURE CITED. Note that the introduction does not have a heading. The primary headings should be centered and be in all capitals (as indicated). Headings at the next level consist of indented, italicized (or underlined) lowercase words, forming a short phrase or sentence that terminates with a colon (also in italics). Avoid using long subheadings; the best ones are less than one line when printed in JON. Words normally italicized, such as species binomials, do not receive any special formatting (such as an extra underline), nor are they written in Roman font.
In preparing a manuscript for JON, authors should endeavor to express their ideas in clearly written English. Style conventions established by JON for Terminology, Abbreviations and Units of Measure should be followed. Authors are encouraged to read the technical style glossary. Detailed instructions and examples of the technical style for each section are available from the links located on the navigation menu.