Instructions for Authors

TAP CHI SINH HOC, ISSN (print): 0866-7160 indexing in Zoological Record is a peer-reviewed journal, quaterly published by Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology. The journal publishes original research papers and review articles in English and Vietnamese on the basic aspects of life science and ralated fields covering two section: fundamental and experimental biology, including ecology, taxonomy and systematics, biodiversity and conservation, botany, physiology, biophysics, biochemistry, genetics, entomology, mammalogy, parasitology, agriculture and fishery, biological resources and environment.

The journal’s priority is given to comprehensive studies of phylogenetic relevance and discovery of new biological taxa. We also invite review articles pertaining to the new aspects in biology.

TAP CHI SINH HOC refuses publishing short papers less than 3 prined pages concerning the record of a single species only that has neither new information of special conservation value nor new position in systematics and phylogeny.


Submitted manuscripts are 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 formated in A4 paper size, 13pt, 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, but without numbering according to the following sections:

TITLE: Use capital letters. The title contains a short, precise and meaningful title.

Author name(s) with at least one first and family name given in full, current address(es) of the authors, E-mail address, 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 maximum of 10 key words may be given.


The introduction should state in several sentences that give what the main research hypothesis/question(s) are interested and introduce the main idea of the research and capture the interest of readers and 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 effective tables and/or figures not to describe results in the text in a way that is not highly redundant with information already presented in tables and/or figures.

The disscusion answers where the results make sence in terms of practice or theorical considerations; interpretation of findings, limitations and implications or recommendations for future research.

What are liminations and unsettled points in results.


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 Subject 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 athor’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. The 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 emailing 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, 13pt, 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 organised 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, tables 2, 3...

Genus and species names are writen in italic. Taxonomic descriptions must comply with the rules of ICZN (4th edition), 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 family name in front of initial letters of the given names in alphabetical lists of authors' names, but Vietmamese authors are written in full family and given names.

In the reference section, write paper title and journal names in full, e.g. Tap chi Sinh hoc 32(4): 69-79; Science Vol.290. No.5491: 461-462. However, the abbreviation of journal names can be writen following ISI Journal Title Abbreviations at:

3. Reference Section

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

Journal Article

  1. 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.
  2. Khuat Dang Long, Achterberg C. van, 2014. An additional list with new records of braconid wasps of the family braconidae (Hymenoptera) from Vietnam. Tap chi Sinh hoc, 36(4): 397-415.


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

Book Chapter

  1. Smith S., 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.


  1. 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

  1. Wikipedia, 2011. Thong nưoc. Open encyclopedia Access 28 Nov.2014.


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

4. References in the text

References in the text are to be cited by the author's surname, a comma, and year of publication.  Both these forms are possible: 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).

5. Tables

Tables should be clearly structured, 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, short tables (no wider than one column) may be integrated within the text. Each abbreviation used in the table has to be explained in the caption or in footnotes.

6. 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:


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