Instructions to Authors

1. Submission. Manuscripts of articles or short notes should be in English, typewritten and double-spaced. The original plus two complete copies should be sent to: Susan Trigwell, FRAME, Russell & Burch House, 96–98 North Sherwood Street, Nottingham NG1 4EE, UK (UK and Rest of the World papers); or Horst Spielmann, Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Pharmacy, Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany (European papers). Manuscripts can also be submitted by e-mail to: Submitted articles will be considered by the relevant associate editor and evaluated by a minimum of two expert referees before acceptance.
Brief pertinent comments on published articles, on matters of general interest or on conferences are also welcomed and will be considered for publication. They should be sent to the ATLA Editorial Office, Russell & Burch House, 96–98 North Sherwood Street, Nottingham NG1 4EE, UK.

2. Contents. The title page must indicate the title of the article, author(s) first and last names (without degrees or titles), affiliation, present address and address for sending proofs (if different). An e-mail address and fax number should also be given. The manuscript should normally contain the following sections.
a) Summary (up to 200 words, plus key words)
b) Introduction
c) Materials/methods/procedures
d) Results
e) Discussion
f) Conclusions
g) Acknowledgements
h) References
i) Tables
j) Figures

3. Total length. Articles should normally contain 2000–3500 words. Review articles may be longer (up to about 4500 words).

4. References. References should be numbered in the text in order of appearance. The reference list should be in order of citation, with references that are cited only in tables and figures being placed at the end. All references should include the full title of the article or chapter, together with the first and last page numbers. The total number of pages should be given when a whole book is cited. Journal names should be given in full. For multi-author volumes, the name(s) of the editor(s) should be given, plus the volume number (where appropriate). Book references should include the city of publication, date of publication and name of publisher.

1. Stryer, L. (1975). Biochemistry, 2nd edn, 877pp. San Francisco, CA, USA: W.H. Freeman.
2. Bloemendel, H. (1981). The lens proteins. In Molecular and Cellular Biology of the Eye Lens (ed. H. Schmidt), pp. 189–220. New York, NY, USA: J. Wiley & Sons.
3. Harris, J.E., Gehrsitz, L.B. & Nordquist, L. (1953). The in vitro reversal of the lenticular cation shift induced by cold or calcium deficiency. American Journal of Ophthalmology 36, 39–50.
4. Ekwall, B. (1997). The EDIT Programme. När, Sweden: CTLU. Available at: (Accessed 01.02.10).

N.B. “Personal communications”, “unpublished observations”, articles “in preparation” or “submitted” should be given in the text and not in the reference list. Articles accepted for publication, however, may be cited in the references as being “in press”, naming the journal or book and giving all available details.

5. Abbreviations and units. Standard dictionary abbreviations are generally accepted. Other abbreviations should be explained in parentheses when first mentioned. No plurals or full stops should be used (for example g for gramme, ml for millilitre and so on). SI units are preferred.

6. Tables and figures. Where possible, data should be presented clearly and precisely in tabular form. Both tables and figures should be intelligible without reference to the text and should be planned to fit one or two column widths (83mm or 173mm portrait; 247mm landscape). Tables should be typed double-spaced on separate pages and be numbered  consecutively and referred to in the text by number (Table 1, 2, etc). All tables and figures should be titled, footnotes should be indicated by superscript lower-case letters. Illustrations and diagrams should be kept to a minimum and numbered consecutively (Figure 1, 2, etc). Figures should be drawn well enough for reproduction (+ 2 photocopies for the referees), and tables of raw data should also be provided. Figures should be sufficiently clear to withstand photographic reduction. Pre-scanned electronic images should be of a minimum of 300dpi (dots per inch) and should be in Tiff or JPEG format. These images should not be incorporated into Microsoft Word or other document formats.
Graphs should not extend beyond the axes. Graphs should not have waste space either at the top or at the bottom.
Scales should be drawn on the outside of the axes. No information that can be included in the legend should appear in the figure. The following standard symbols in this order are preferred for line drawings: cir-b cir-b cir-o sq-o tri-b-u tri-o-u tri-b-d tri-o-d. Control values should be given as star-b. Lines should be solid, then dashed, then dotted if there is more than one line on a graph, not easily distinguishable by the symbols. Abbreviations should not be used.

7. Experimental design and statistics. The experimental design and statistics should conform to “Guidelines for the design and statistical analysis of experiments in papers submitted to ATLA”, (Click here. ATLA 29, 427–446, 2001).

8. Special requirements. If the study used monoclonal antibodies, the report should mention how these were produced.

9. Offprints. Authors will receive a copy of their paper in pdf format free of charge. Offprints will be supplied at cost, if ordered when proofs are returned.

10. Reproduction of illustrations. Authors of articles published in ATLA may re-use, without specifically applying for permission, any tables, figures or other illustrations first published in ATLA, provided that their original source is acknowledged in the new publication.