REGrs: Instructions for Authors


TAP CHI SINH HOC, ISSN (print): 0866-7160, is a peer-reviewed journal, quaterly published by Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology. This journal has been indexed in the Thomson Reuter’s Zoological Record.

The journal publishes original research papers and review articles in English and Vietnamese on the basic aspects of life science and related fields covering two sections: basic and applied biology, viz. Agriculture and fishery, biochemistry, biophysics, biodiversity and conservation, botany, ecology, genetics, zoology, etc..

The journal’s priority is given to comprehensive studies on phylogenetic relevance and discovery of new taxa, in this respect GenBank accession number should be mandatory for the new sequence data. We also invite review articles pertaining to the new aspects in biology.

Tap chi Sinh hoc refuses publishing short papers less than 3 printed pages concerning the record of a single species only without new information of special conservation value nor new position in systematics and phylogeny.


Manuscripts should be the original works that is not plagiarised, and has not been published or submitted elsewhere. Author(s) should take collective responsibility for submitted and published work.

1. General manuscript structure

Manuscripts should be written in a clear, straightforward in both English and Vietnamese. Manuscripts including figures and tables should be formatted in A4 paper size, 12pt, 1.5 line space, top and bottom margin 3.77 cm, left and right 2.71 cm. The manuscript should be structured using headlines and sub-headlines without numbering. The following standard headings should be used: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discusion, Concludions, Acknowledgements, References.

TITLE: Use capital letters, except the names of biological taxa in small letters. The title should be short, precise and meaningful.

Author name(s) with one first and family name given in full, but family name and given name in order for Vietnamese authors, current address(es) of the authors, E-mail address(es), telephone and fax number of the corresponding author, who is clearly marked with an asterisk (*).

ABSTRACT: The abstract should contain up to 400 words. It should state concisely the scope of the work and give the principal findings.

Keywords: A minimum of 3 and maximum of 10 key words should be given.


The introduction should have several sentences stating the main research interests such as hypothesis/question(s) to capture the interest of readers and to tell why the topic is important.


In this paragraph, the author should describe the materials used in the study, explain how the materials were prepared for the study, describe the research protocol, explain how measurements were made and what calculations were performed, and state which statistical tests were done to analyze the data. All abbreviations used should be explained.


Results are presented in the text integrated with informative tables and/or figures. Avoid to describe results in a redundant way to repeat information already presented in tables and/or figures.


Conclusion demonstrates new findings in the research and how do the ideas in the paper connect to what the author(s) have described in the introduction and discussed.

SUMMARY: It should be added for all manuscripts writen in Vietnamese.


In acknowledgments, author(s)’s thanks should be expressed to all organizations or individuals who provide the assistance and supports for the research done.

REFERENCES (see subheadlines B.2 and B.3 below)

Tables with captions and Figure legends. All pictures and photos should be sent separately.

2. Manuscript Submission

Electronic submission of manuscripts to:

3. Peer reviewing, submission of the final version and publication

Manuscripts are subject to peer review. All manuscripts submitted to TCSH will be independently reviewed by at least two experts in the corresponding area of research. Manuscripts rejected by reviewers will be informed to the author(s).

Once the manuscript is provisionally accepted, it is returned to the author with the Reviewer’s and Editor's comments. The author is required to respond to each of the comments, however, the author should also provide justification for any disagreement with the comments.

After the manuscript is accepted, the author(s) should submit an electronic version of the final version plus all figures and tables for editing.

Prior to publication of manuscript, the author will receive pageproofs, preferably by e-mail in PDF format, the author should print out, correct and return these within two weeks to:

The journal reserves the right to publish the article with only the Editor's corrections should author’s corrections not reach editorial office in time.

4. Copyright

The copyright of published works belong to Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology.

5. Page charges

There will not be any page charges for publishing in the TCSH.  However, papers longer than 10 printed pages (about 15 manuscript pages) may be charged 150,000 VND per page in excess of 10 printed pages, and the color picture is charged 700,000 VND per one page layout. There will be page charges for papers publishing in the Special Issue/Edition. The author will have to email the Editorial Office to check for suitability for publication before submitting the manuscript.

6. Reprints

The corresponding author will receive one hardcopy reprint of the volume and a PDF file (300 dpi) for use of his contribution free of charge. Hardcopies of the volume are available for purchase.


1. General Manuscript Structure

Please use a standard type-face, e.g. Times New Roman, 12pt, 1.5 line spacing, enter the page number on every page. The manuscript should be structured using headlines and subheadlines without numbering.

Tables must be presented on separate pages, they should be organized to fit the page format. All tables must have their own headings. Lengthy headings are to be avoided, but supplementary notes are allowed. Tables should be numbered with Arabic numbers, e.g. Table 1, 2, 3...

Genus and species names are writen in italic. Taxonomic descriptions of biological taxa must comply with the rules of ICZN and ICBN, see an example at Use abbreviations in a consistent manner (e.g.: gen. n., sp. n., comb. n., stat. n., etc.).

2. References

Unpublished results are not listed in the “Reference” section. Authors should be sure that they have properly placed the surname in front of the given name in alphabetical lists of authors' names.

It is important to format the references properly, because all references will be linked electronically as completely as possible to the papers cited. It is desirable to add a DOI (digital object identifier) number, if a DOI is lacking, it is recommended to add a link to any online source of an article.

In the reference section, write the author's surname, paper title and journal names in full, e.g. Tap chi Sinh hoc, 32(4): 69-79; Science, 290(5491): 461-462. However, the abbreviation of journal names can be writen following ISI Journal Title Abbreviations at: www.efm.leeds.

The references should follow the formats of the examples listed below precisely:

Journal Article

Lohot V. D., Sharma-Natu P., Pandey R., Ghildiyal M. C., 2010. ADP-glucose pyrophosphorylase activity in relation to starch accumulation and grain growth in wheat cultivars. Curr. Sci., 98(3): 427-430.

Hoshino T., Kawashita N., Takagi Y., Anai Y., 2011. Molecular characterization and marker development of mid-oleic-acid mutant M23 for the development of high-oleic cultivars of soybean, Plant Breed., DOI: 10.1111/j.1439-0523.2011.01871.x.


Weissbach A., Weissbach H., 1988. Methods for Plant Molecular Biology. Academic Press Inc, California, USA, pp..

Book Chapter

Smith S. and Helentjaris T., 1996. DNA Fingerprinting and Plant Variety Protection. In: Paterson AH (ed) Genome Mapping in Plant, Academic Press Inc, California, USA pp. 95-110.


Nguyen Anh, 2008. Species composition of freshwater crabs of Mekong River Delta. Proceedings of the First National Conference on Agricultural and Biological Sciences. Publishing House Agriculture, Hanoi, pp.xx-xx.

From website

Wikipedia, 2011. Thong nưoc. Open encyclopedia http://vi.wikipedia. org/wiki/Th%C3%B4ng_n%C6%B0%E1%BB%9Bc. Access 28 Nov.2014.


Maliga P., 1996. Method for Producing Male Sterility in Plant and Use thereof in Production Hybrid Seed. Patent Number 5,530,191

3. Citations within the text

Before submitting the manuscript, please check each citation in the text against the References and vice-versa to ensure that they match exactly. Citations in the text should be formatted as follows: Wilkinson (1981) or (Wilkinson, 1981). Two authors are named and connected by "&": Wilkinson & Smith (1982) or (Wilkinson & Smith, 1982); three or more authors are abbreviated to "et al.".: Smith et al. (1982) or (Smith et al., 1982). Several citations are separated by a semicolon: (Wilkinson & Smith, 2000; Smith et al., 2001).

Citations within the text: Before submitting the manuscript, please check each citation in the text against the References and vice-versa to ensure that they match exactly. Citations in the text should be formatted as follows:

4. Tables

Each table should be numbered in sequence using Arabic numerals (i.e. Table 1, 2, 3 etc.). Tables should also have a title that summarizes the whole table, maximum 15 words, do not repeat any information that is already given in text or illustrations, the text must refer to every table. Tables should be provided at the end of the paper on separate pages (small tables can be embedded within the text). Each abbreviation used in the table has to be explained in the caption or in footnotes.

5. Figures

Please submit the files as TIF or TIFF (Photoshop) and it is better not to reduce the layers to one layer. Please submit figures electronically, with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi.

Several figures grouped together with one common legend need to be numbered using Latin latters regular bold: a, b, c, …Times New Roman, 12pt, aligned topleft.

Figure dimensions (width x height) = (39-129) mm x 174 mm.

For individual queries please contact the Editorial Office (e-mail:

Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

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