Volume: 5 - Issue: 2

Year: 2021

Issue Editorial Board

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology

International Journal of Nature and Life Sciences aims to contribute to the literature by publishing manuscripts at the highest scientific level on all fields of biology, botany and pharmacology. The journal publishes original articles, reviews and short communications that are prepared in accordance with the ethical guidelines.

The scope of the journal includes but not limited to; ethnobotanical field studies, biological and pharmacological effects, biochemistry, molecular biology, and microbiology on topics research and review articles are published. The target audience of the journal includes specialists and professionals working and interested in all disciplines of botany.

A) Article Writing Codes - (10.05.2021 updated)             Article template

  1.  The articles that are sent to be evaluated for publication in the International Journal of Nature and Life Sciences (IJNLS) are designed according to the rules stated below:
  2. Please write your text in good English. The length of the article should not exceed 30 pages.
  3. The soft copy of the article is to be typed in Arial Narrow font as a Microsoft Word document. Margins are: 2,5 cm on the top, 2,5 cm at the bottom, 2.5 cm from the right and left.
  4.  The title of the article aligned in the centre in bold with font-size 14.
  5.  Author(s’) name(s), name of the current institution, department name and e-mail address are to be filled in on the copyright form. Since the blind refereeing is employed in the journal, information about the author(s) should not be mentioned on the article.
  6.  Initially, there has to be a 'abstract’ of the article in at most 250 words. Keywords (at most 6 words) are to be written.
  7.  Titles in the text are to be numerated with Arabic figures (e.g. 1., 1.1,1.1.2...etc.) with the depth not more than 4.
  8.  The main titles are to be in font-size 12 in bold, the subtitles and the followings are to be in font size 11 in bold and italics.
  9.  The text must be written in 1.5 - spaced 11 point-size.
  10.  Tables and diagrams are to be titled and numerated. Titles must be positioned above the tables (e.g. Table 1. Name of the table.), and under the figures (e.g. Figure 1. Name of the figure.).
  11. References (APA Style) to the sources must be given in parenthesis in the text. (e.g. Satıl, 2015; Kıvcak et al., 2016; Korkmaz and Selvi, 2016; Zain and Khan, 2017).
  12.  All the sources referred in the text following the rules stated above must be acknowledged in the bibliography, and sources that are not cited in the text should not be on this list. Sources must be put in alphabetical order and must be regulated according to the examples shown in ‘bibliography writing’ part (doi required).
  13. To present the last form of the article organized according to the publication rules before the publication process is in the author’s charge; the articles are not published unless they are presented in the appropriate text format.
  14. Please note that we accept manuscript in .doc, and .docx formats. Figures and tables should be submitted inside of the main manuscript. Acknowledgment is also strongly recommended.
  15. Please add the Turnitin / iThenticate plagiarism detection report (Max rate: 20%) of the manuscript.
  16. Please add the ethical committee permit of the study (Animal and clinical studies;  (The editors will reject papers if there is any doubt about the suitability of the animal or human procedures used).
  17. Please add ''Conflicts of Interests: Authors declare that there is no conflict of interests'' before the references section 

B) Reference Examples – APA (Am. Psychol. Assoc.) Style

Research Paper - (doi required)

  1. Erdem, F., Doğan, G., Kıran, Y., & Evren, H. (2017). Morphological, anatomical, palynological and karyological characters of endemic Sideritis vulcanica (Lamiaceae) from Turkey. International Journal of Nature Life Sciences, 1(1), 1-11.
  2. Polat, R., Cakilcioglu, U., & Satıl, F. (2013). Traditional uses of medicinal plants in Solhan (Bingöl-Turkey). Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 148(3), 951-963. https://doi:10.1016/j.jep.2013.05.050

 Books, Proceedings of Conferences

  1.           Baytop, T. (1999). Therapy With Medicinal Plants in Turkey (Past and Present). Istanbul: Nobel.
  2. Davis, P. H. (Ed.). (1965-1985). Flora of Turkey and the East Aegean Islands (Vol. 1-9). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
  3. Koenig, W. A, Joulain, D., & Hochmuth, D. H. (2004). Terpenoids and Related Constituents of Essential Oils. MassFinder (3. ed). (Hochmuth, D. H.) (Ed.). Convenient and Rapid Analysis of GCMS, Hamburg, Germany.
  4. Erdoğan, T., Değirmenci, P., Çakılcıoğlu, U., Demirci, B., Başer, K. C. H., & Kıvcak, B. (2014). Essential oil composition of Centaurea aggregata Fisch. & Mey. ex. DC. subs. aggregata. 45. International Symposium on Essential Oils (ISEO). Natural Volatiles and Essential Oils Special Issue,  İstanbul, Turkey, 1, 250.
  5. Tonbul, S., & Altan, Y. (1991 October 6-8 ). Elazığ yöresinde halkın çeşitli amaçlar için yararlandığı bazı bitkiler. [Conference presentation]. Fırat Havzası Tıbbi ve Endüstriyel Bitkiler Sempozyumu, Turkey.


       1. Khatun, S. (2014). Management of fusarial wilt of the medicinal plant, Coleus forskohlii (Willd.) Briq. PhD. Thesis, Burdwan University, India.


If you encounter an unethical situation or content in the International Journal of Nature and Life Sciences, please report it to ijnls@yahoo.com

Effective studies are studies that embody and support the scientific method. It is important that all stakeholders (writers, publishers, referees, and editors) at this point must comply with the standards for ethical principles. Within the framework of the International Journal of Nature and Life Sciences publication, all stakeholders are expected to carry out the following ethical responsibilities.
1. International Journal of Nature and Life Sciences follows the European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity, (https://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/h2020/other/hi/h2020-ethics_code-of-conduct_en.pdf).
2. Refereed articles are studies require scientific methods and they provide objectivity. All components of publication process (publisher, editors, authors, reviewers and readers) should obey ethical rules for scientific production. Within this context, the policies of ‘publication ethics’ and ‘open access’ also require all components of publication process to obey the ethical principles, in direction of guides and policies of Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), as “Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors” and “COPE Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors”.The authors are expected to fulfill the criterias proposed by McNutt et al.,(2018)
3. The editorial and publication processes of the journal are managed according to the regulations by Council of Higher Education (Turkey).

General rules
 Original research articles, reviews, case reports and short communications on all aspects of veterinary science, which had not been previously published elsewhere in whole or in part except abstract not exceeding 300 words, are published in the journal.
 All manuscripts are checking by plagiarism checker (iThenticate/Turnitin) and allowing for peer-review under %20 score after filtering the references.
 The manuscript copyright release form is signed by all authors.
 International Journal of Nature and Life Sciences uses a double-blind review procedure, in which both the reviewer and author identities are concealed from each other throughout the process. The authors approve to submit their manuscript in compliance with the double-blind review policy.
 The authors are responsible for the article published in the journal.
 Studies comparing products with trade names are not the interest of this journal.
 Any materials or products used in the study should not include their trade names.
 Studies based on animal experiments should include an approval statement of the Ethical Committee in the materials and methods section.

Please take into consideration the recommendations for following ethical codes:
 Authorship
 Plagiarism (including self-plagiarism)
 Data fabrication / data falsification
 Duplicate submission
 Corrections and retractions
 Human and Animal Rights
 Conflicts of interest / Competing interests
 Intellectual property

The Ethical Responsibilities of the Authors
It is expected that the author (s) who submit the study to the International Journal of Nature and Life Sciences complies with the following ethical responsibilities:
 The works submitted by the author (s) are expected to be original.
 If the author (s) benefit from other studies or use other studies, they must cite completely and accurately.
 People who do not contribute to the content intellectually in the creation of the study should not be specified as an author.
 If the study sent for publication has situations and relations that may constitute a conflict of interest, it should be explained.
 The raw data regarding the articles can be requested from the author (s) within the framework of the evaluation processes, in such a case the author (s) must be ready to present the expected data and information to the editorial board and the scientific board.
 In the event that the author (s) notices a mistake or error related to the published, early-view or evaluation phase, there is an obligation to inform the editor of the journal or the publisher, to cooperate with the editor in correction or withdrawal.
 Authors cannot submit their work to the evaluation process of more than one journal at the same time.

Ethical Duties and Responsibilities of the Editors
The editor and field editors of the International Journal of Nature and Life Sciences should follow the guidelines of "COPE Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors" and "COPE Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors" published by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

 Making efforts to meet the information needs of readers and authors,
 Continuous development of the journal,
 Carrying out processes to improve the quality of the works published in the journal,
 Ensuring academic integrity,
 Continuing business processes without compromising intellectual property rights and ethical standards,
 Show clarity and transparency in terms of publication on issues requiring correction and explanation.
 Editors should make a positive or negative decision based on the importance of the work including the originality, validity, clarity of expression, and the goals and objectives of the journal.
 Unless there is a serious problem for the studies that are suitable for publication, they should take the preliminary evaluation stage.
 The editors should not ignore the positive reviews of the referees unless there is a serious problem with the work.
 New editors should not change the decisions made by the previous editor (s) for the work unless there is a serious problem.
 The editor must determine the referees in accordance with the subject of the study.
 It is obliged to provide the information and guides that the referees will need during the evaluation phase.

Ethical Responsibilities of Referees
The process of evaluating the International Journal of Nature and Life Sciences is carried out with the principle of double-sided blind refereeing. Reviewers cannot communicate directly with the authors, and the reviews and comments are shared through the journal management system. In this process, the review forms and the referee comments on the full texts are sent to the author (s) through the editor. In this context, the reviewers who evaluate the study for the International Journal of Nature and Life Sciences are expected to have the following ethical responsibilities:
 The referee should only accept to evaluate work related to his area of expertise.
 The referee should evaluate the assessment in neutrality and confidentiality.
 If the referee thinks he/she is facing a conflict of interest during the evaluation process, he/she should refuse to review the study and inform the journal editor.
 The referee should make the assessment objectively only in relation to the content of the study. Nationality, gender, religious beliefs, political beliefs and commercial concerns should not affect the assessment.
 The assessment should be constructive and kindly.
 The referee should perform the evaluation on time.
If you encounter an unethical situation or content in the International Journal of Nature and Life Sciences, please report it to ijnls@yahoo.com


- There are no submission fees, publication fees or page charges for publication in the International Journal of Nature and Life Sciences.
- The journal employs double-blind reviewing. For the publication of articles, two positive reports are required. It is anticipated that the publication review process of the studies submitted to the International Journal of Nature and Life Sciences be completed in 6 months. However, the period during which editors or reviewers ask the author(s) to do editing and the author(s) complete the editing is not included in this time frame.
- No correction can be made in a published article.

Manuscript processing charges: Free