Original research papers, review articles, technical reports, and short communications in all aspects of Agriculture, Biology, Physical, Chemical sciences, Social, Applied Sciences and Clinical medicine, etc., can be submitted on the understanding that the work is not previously published or under consideration for publication elsewhere.


Submission of Manuscript


Please submit your article via http://www.futurejournals.org online system or thefuturejournals@gmail.com for the quick evaluation process and after acceptance, the author can move article to any of the other Future journals.

Our online submission system guides you stepwise through the process of entering your article details and uploading your files. The system converts your article files to a single PDF file used in the peer-review process.


Formatting requirements 


There are no strict formatting requirements but all manuscripts must contain the essential elements needed to convey your manuscript, for example, Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Conclusions, Artwork, and Tables with Captions.
If your article includes any Videos and/or other Supplementary material, this should be included in your initial submission for peer review purposes. 




There are no strict requirements on reference formatting at submission. References can be in any style or format as long as the style is consistent. Where applicable, author(s) name(s), journal title/book title, chapter title/article title, year of publication, volume number/book chapter and the pagination must be present. Note that missing data will be highlighted at proof stage for the author to correct. . If you do wish to format the references yourself, they should be arranged according to the following examples:


Reference style 


Text: All citations in the text should refer to: 

  1. Single author:the author's name (without initials, unless there is ambiguity) and the year of publication; 
  2. Two authors: both authors' names and the year of publication; 
  3. Three or more authors: first author's name followed by 'et al.' and the year of publication. Citations may be made directly (or parenthetically). Groups of references should be listed first alphabetically, then chronologically. 

Examples: 'as demonstrated (Andrew, 2000a, 2000b, 1999; Andrew and Jones, 1999). Kramer et al. (2010) have recently shown ....' 

List: References should be arranged first alphabetically and then further sorted chronologically if necessary. More than one reference from the same author(s) in the same year must be identified by the letters 'a', 'b', 'c', etc., placed after the year of publication. 



Reference to a journal publication: 

Conklin, P. L. (2001). Recent advances in the role and biosynthesis of ascorbic acid in plants. Plant Cell Environ. 25: 425 – 438.

Manenoi, A. and Paull, R.E. (2007). Papaya fruit softening, endoxylanase gene expression, protein and activity. Physiol. Plant, 131:470-480.

Van der Geer, J.; Hanraads, J.A.J. and Lupton, R.A. (2010). The art of writing a scientific article. J. Sci. Commun. 163, 51–59. 

Reference to a book: 

Durbin, R.; Eddy, S.R.; Krogh, A. and Mitchison, G. (1999). Biological Sequence Analysis: Probabilistic Models of Proteins and Nucleic Acids. Cambridge University Press, pp: 356.

Reference to a chapter in a book: 

Mettam, G.R. and Adams, L.B. (2009). How to prepare an electronic version of your article, in: Jones, B.S., Smith, R.Z. (Eds.), Introduction to the Electronic Age. E-Publishing Inc., New York, pp. 281–304.

Reference to a thesis:

Strunk, J.L. (1991). The extraction of mercury from sediment and the geochemical partitioning of mercury in sediments from Lake Superior, M. S. thesis, Michigan State Univ., East Lansing, MI.


Copyright and Permissions


By submitting a manuscript to the editor or publisher you are deemed to have granted permission to publish the manuscript.


Publication Process and Timeline

Future journals follow these general steps in moving your submission from manuscript to typeset PDF. However, there are exceptions. Contact your Production Editor if you have any questions about the production process.

Please note that we consider the version of the manuscript that you submitted to be the only and official version of your manuscript in production. If you have changes to make from this point on, please make them only to an in-production manuscript that you receive from your Production Editor.

Evaluated by a Technical Reviewer

Following its arrival at Annual Reviews, your manuscript is processed, evaluated by a technical reviewer, and copyedited. Although articles are invited, a manuscript may be rejected as unsuitable for publication if it does not meet the general guidelines for an article or if it is not of high enough quality as determined by the editors.

Galley Proofs

Once the technical editor has approved the manuscript for publication and the manuscript has been copyedited by a Future Journals Production Editor or freelance copyeditor, you will receive electronic galley proofs. If your original submission was in Microsoft Word, these galley proofs will also be in Microsoft Word with the reviewer’s comments and copyeditor’s changes and queries marked with Word’s tracking function. A PDF will be sent to authors using LaTeX. (Note that if major revisions are requested, the Production Editor will contact you prior to copyediting.)


Future Journals endeavors to send you your copyedited galley proofs within 6 weeks of submission, but this timeline depends on several factors. Contact your Production Editor  if you have questions about timing and schedules.

If you anticipate being unavailable at any time during the production process, please contact your Production Editor, as many stages are time-sensitive.

Revisions Permitted at the Galley Stage

The galley stage is your final opportunity to make stylistic changes to your review. Because of time and cost constraints, once we have sent your manuscript to the compositor to be typeset (the “page proof” stage, discussed below), stylistic changes are not permitted. Please use this galley proof to your advantage and make any insertions/deletions you deem necessary. However, manuscripts should not be extensively rewritten at this stage.

Retain All Tracked Changes

If you receive your galley proofs in Microsoft Word, please do not “accept” or “reject” the tracked changes from the copyeditor. If you do not agree with an editorial change, simply type “NO,” and we will undo the change. Corrections and revisions must be indicated using Word’s tracking feature. All tracks will be “cleaned up” by the Production Editor after you return the manuscript.


During the production process, you will be contacted by a Future Journal  Illustration Editor regarding edits to your figures. Contact your Production Editor if you have questions about revisions to your figures or for the contact information of your Illustration Editor. You may also refer to the Author Graphics Guide in the Author Resource Center.

Page Proofs

Typeset page proofs are sent electronically approximately one month after you return the corrected galley proofs and approve the final figures. With the author’s permission, these typeset page proofs, not yet incorporating any final corrections, may be published online ahead of print (a “Review in Advance”—see next section). Final corrections are incorporated before final online/print publication.

At the page proof (PDF) stage, only typos, typesetter’s errors, or factual errors may be corrected, and “In press” references may be updated. Any changes that affect the layout of the review cannot be made.

Reviews in Advance

You have the option to have the uncorrected typeset page proof posted online approximately one week after it is available (your Production Editor will send you a form to accept or reject this option). This Review in Advance (RIA) is then replaced by the final version of the article when the complete volume is published online.


The title and abstract of your article will be available on the Future Journals website about seven months before final publication. With prompt submission and your approval, the typeset page proof of your article, lacking any final corrections, will be published online as an RIA. The final full text will replace the RIA upon final publication. For journals with a print version, the hard copy publishes approximately one month after final online publication.


Annual Review authors can provide author ePrints to colleagues who request them. An author ePrint is a keyed URL (a unique Web address) that grants free online access to the author’s review in both Web-browsable form (as HTML pages, with links to other online resources) and “reprint” form (a locally printable PDF file). Your Production Editor will provide that information when the final volume is published online. More information about self-archiving and permissions is on our website.