Author Guidelines

International Journal of Secondary Metabolite (IJSM) has a fully online submission and online reviewing system. This system offers authors the option of tracking by online based review process of their manuscripts. All manuscripts must be submitted with online from the system by registering. 


The journal's language is English language.  Manuscripts should not exceed for qualitative studies 60 pages and for quantitative studies 50 pages of printed text, including references, tables and figures (one page of printed text equals about 400 words). 

For a study to be accepted for publication, approval of at least two referees is required. When referees ask certain changes within the study and if the author(s) disagree(s), s/he may withdraw the manuscript. Communication with referees will be carried out directly electronically and the coordination will be carried out by the Editor and/or subject editor.

Submission checklist 

You can use this list to carry out a final check of your submission before you send it to the journal for review. 

Ensure that the following items are present:

One author has been designated as the corresponding author with contact details:

• E-mail address

• Full postal address

All necessary files have been uploaded:


• Include keywords

• All figures (include relevant captions)

• All tables (including titles, description, footnotes)

• Ensure all figure and table citations in the text match the files provided

• Indicate clearly if color should be used for any figures in print

Manuscript Title (Times new roman, 14 pt, Title Case)


A concise and factual abstract is required. The abstract should state briefly the purpose of the research, the principal results and major conclusions. An abstract is often presented separately from the article, so it must be able to stand alone. For this reason, References should be avoided, but if essential, then cite the author(s) and year(s). Also, non-standard or uncommon abbreviations should be avoided, but if essential they must be defined at their first mention in the abstract itself.

The abstract should be written in New Times Roman, 11pt. It should not exceed 250 words. Abstract must be followed by three to five keywords describing the study. 


Immediately after the abstract, provide a maximum of 5 keywords, using American spelling and avoiding general and plural terms and multiple concepts (avoid, for example, 'and', 'of'). Be sparing with abbreviations: only abbreviations firmly established in the field may be eligible. These keywords will be used for indexing purposes.

Citation in text 

Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list (and vice versa). Any references cited in the abstract must be given in full. Unpublished results and personal communications are not recommended in the reference list, but may be mentioned in the text. If these references are included in the reference list they should follow the standard reference style of the journal and should include a substitution of the publication date with either 'Unpublished results' or 'Personal communication'. Citation of a reference as 'in press' implies that the item has been accepted for publication.


Main text may include following sections: Introduction, Method, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, References, and Appendices. Title of the main sections must be written in Times New Roman, 12pt, UPPERCASE, and bold. Several sub-sections within a section may be written. Sub-sections may include some of the followings: Population and Sample, Data Collection Method, Data Analysis, Item Analysis, Pilot Study, Educational Importance, Educational Implications, Future Research and Suggestions. Title of Sub-sections must be written in Times New Roman, 12pt, Title Case, and bold.



Please submit tables as editable text and not as images. Tables can be placed either next to the relevant text in the article, or on separate page(s) at the end. Number tables consecutively in accordance with their appearance in the text and place any table notes below the table body. Be sparing in the use of tables and ensure that the data presented in them do not duplicate results described elsewhere in the article. Please avoid using vertical rules and shading in table cells.

Use table only when it is necessary. Table should be brief and explanatory. Each column must have a column heading. The word “Table” should be written on the upper left side with its Arabic number. Title explaining its content should be in the next line, which must be written in Title Case and italic. Table must have a clear and concise title. Explanations of abbreviations and symbols must be given in Note section of the table. Tables should be within the text or at the top of the following page. Tables should be left-aligned.  Title to Note, every section of a table must be written in Times New Roman, 11pt. Tables should be mentioned in the text with their numbers. 

Table 1. 

Example for Use of a Table













Note. In the Gender column, 0 and 1 stand for female and male, respectively


Figures: Figures only be used when it is necessary. Figures must be simple, clean, and its resolution is high. Figures must be between 106 – 175 mm. wide. Figures must be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals.  Text in the figure should be Times New Roman and 11pt. All figures must include figure number and a title with a legend and caption. These elements must appear below the visual display. Are all abbreviations and symbols should be explained in a figure legend or figure caption.



Acknowledgements of people, grants, funds, etc. should be placed in a separate section before the References. If the work has been presented in a conference or scholarly meeting, it should be mentioned here.


All authors should give ORCID numbers.


Reference formatting 

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 article number or pagination must be present. Use of DOI is highly encouraged. The reference style used by the journal will be applied to the accepted article by  IJATE at the proof stage. 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: Indicate references by number(s) in square brackets in line with the text. The actual authors can be referred to, but the reference number(s) must always be given. 

Example: '..... as demonstrated [3,6]. Barnaby and Jones [8] obtained a different result ....' 

List: Number the references (numbers in square brackets) in the list in the order in which they appear in the text. 


Reference to a journal publication: 

[1] J. van der Geer, J.A.J. Hanraads, R.A. Lupton, The art of writing a scientific article, J. Sci. Commun. 163 (2010) 51–59.

Reference to a journal publication with an article number: 

[2] Van der Geer, J., Hanraads, J.A.J., Lupton, R.A., 2018. The art of writing a scientific article. Heliyon. 19, e00205.

Reference to a book: 

[3] W. Strunk Jr., E.B. White, The Elements of Style, fourth ed., Longman, New York, 2000.

Reference to a chapter in an edited book: 

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

Reference to a website:

[5] Cancer Research UK, Cancer statistics reports for the UK., 2003 (accessed 13 March 2003).

Reference to a dataset:

[dataset] [6] M. Oguro, S. Imahiro, S. Saito, T. Nakashizuka, Mortality data for Japanese oak wilt disease and surrounding forest compositions, Mendeley Data, v1, 2015.

If the original name of the reference is in another language than English, you must provide English titles within square brackets. 


Supplementary material should be collected in an Appendix section.

Page Charges and Color Figures

No page charges are levied on authors or their institutions except for color pages.