Publishing Resources for STEM Authors: Instructions for Authors

A guide with resources to accompany the workshops on publishing for gradute students and post-doctoral researchers.

Introduction - Instructions to Authors

Journal editors and publishers will usually provide instructions to their authors describing the process of submission, style guide or template to follow and other directions to help assure that submitted articles meet the quality standards of the journal. Instructions will vary from publisher to publisher, and even, sometimes, from journal to journal within the same publisher. The detail of information provided may vary as well, and some publishers have extensive sites devoted to helping authors succeed in their publishing.

Links to publishers' instructions to authors

Note: If you don't see the society you are looking for, they probably publish through a commercial publisher. Look up the individual journal to see where it is published.

American Astronomical Society

Includes sections on preparation submission, AAS style guide, graphics, data, and policies

American Chemical Society Publications

This new site includes a variety of courses for authors and reviewers. Note, however, that most of them are NOT free of charge.

American Institute of Physics

Includes sections on how to publish an article; how to publish a book; open science; ethics.

Includes journal selector tool; figure creation; English language editing; translation

American Physical Society

Includes basic information for authors for Physical Review journals; links to information for referees

The Electrochemical Society

Publication policies and requirement; open access information

Institute of Physics

Includes guidelines and services for authors and reviewers.

Optica (formerly the Optical Society of America)

Includes manuscript preparation instructions; editorial policies; open access.

Royal Society of Chemistry

Society for Applied Spectroscopy

Includes manuscript preparation information, citation style, (Note: AS follows the ACS Style Guide, 3rd ed.)



Note: If you don't see the society you are looking for, they probably publish through a commercial publisher. Look up the individual journal to see where it is published.

American Association of Immunologists

American Medical Association

American Physiological Society

American Psychological Association

American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

See homepages of individual journals for instructions for authors

American Society for Cell Biology

Includes policies and guidelines, information about peer review

American Society for Microbiology

American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics

See individual journals for instructions to authors.

American Society of Plant Biology

  • See Oxford University Press in Multidisciplinary/Commercial section


Biophysical Society

Includes links to individual journals, publications FAQs, ORCID, editing services. Note: The Biophysical Journal is published through Cell Press.

Botanical Society of America

Both contain preparation, submission, policies, open access and post-publication information.  See also Wiley author resources.

British Medical Journal

Includes submission instructions, policies, and guidelines for new authors.

Ecological Society of America

Endocrine Society

  • Endocrine Society Journals Author Guidelines

Links to guidelines for individual society journals.

Includes information on ORCID, altmetrics and other ways of promoting your research.

European Molecular Biology Organization

Includes editorial policies, scientific integrity, manuscript preparation instructions

Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology

See individual journals for author instructions and article submission

Genetics Society of America

See individual journals for instructions for authors, reviewers

Microbiology Society

The Microbiology Society does not have a central "Instructions for Authors" page. However, at the top of the homepage is a drop-down menu including pages on preparing and submitting articles, open access, and promoting your research.

New England Journal of Medicine

  • NEJM Author Center

FAQ, policies and guidelines, manuscript preparation, link for online submission.

RNA Society

Includes manuscript preparation and submission, and policies, including ethics and open access.

Society for Conservation Biology

Includes manuscript preparation and submission, information, review process and post-acceptance points.

Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening

Guideline questions for authors on content, presentation and ethics.

Society for Marine Mammalogy

Includes manuscript preparation, authorship information, data sharing, ORCID, ethics and submission information.

Society for Neuroscience

See individual journals for information. Note: you must create an account with SfN to see submission information.



Note: Most environmental  geographical and marine science journals are published by one of the commercial publishers, rather than by society publishers. Check the publisher of the journal you're interested in.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists

Includes link for electronic submissions, paper sections and parameters, references format

American Geophysical Union

American Meteorological Society 

Includes: Manuscript preparation, submission, peer review, ethical guidelines and policies.

Geological Society of America

Geological Society of London

International Water Association

Journal of Marine Research (Yale University)

  • JMR Guide for Authors

Includes editorial policies, style guide.

Mineralogical Society of America

Hold cursor over "Submit to Am. Min." tab to see a list of resources for authors, including information for first-time authors, and a how to submit video., as well s the link below.

Includes information on manuscript format, figures, references, symbols and submission information.

Royal Geographical Society (with Institute of British Geographers)

Over ten guides on various aspects of writing for geographers, including "getting read", open access and more

Seismological Society of America

See left-hand sidebar for links to submission information, and policies.

Soil Science Society of America

Includes links to forms and resources for all individual SSSA journals, as well as links to online submission, author services and policies.

Note: If you don't see the society you are looking for, they probably publish through a commercial publisher. Look up the individual journal to see where it is published.

American Ceramic Society

Links to webinars and workshops on getting published, increasing your impact, writing titles and abstracts, and more. Note also: ACerS journals are published by Wiley, so see also Wiley author instructions.

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

  • AIAA Journal Author

Includes preparation, submission, reviewing and promotion instructions; open access, publication fees and "How-to" videos.

American Society of Civil Engineers

Includes instructions on selecting a journal, preparation, submission reviews and promotion.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Association for Computing Machinery

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Institution of Engineering and Technology

Society of Automotive Engineers International

Select individual journal for link to its Editorial Manager for submission

PDF with general instructions for authors of SAE journals.

Society of Petroleum Engineers

​​​​​​​Forms and templates for articles, supplementary material, general policies.

SPIE: International Society for Optics and Photonics

Note: If you don't see the society you are looking for, they probably publish through a commercial publisher. Look up the individual journal to see where it is published.

American Mathematical Society

American Association for the Advancement of Science

Cambridge University Press

Canadian Science Publishing

Includes author guidelines, how to handle figures, author rights, open access.

Cell Press

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization

De Gruyter

edp Sciences

​​​​​​​Elsevier Science Publishers

Includes Elsevier Journal Finder; “Prepare your paper”; “Submit and revise”

Tutorials on multiple aspects of being a researcher, including publisher (requires registration)

Emerald Publishing

​​​​​​​Future Science Group

IET Digital Library

  • Author Guide - submission instructions, open access information, data handling
  • Referee Guide - Policies and criteria for referees.

​​​​​​Inter-Research Science Publisher

​​​​​​​Karger Publishing

List of journals, with links to author guidelines for each journal

Allows you to enter your article text and match it to appropriate Karger journals.

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.


​​​​​​​National Academy of Sciences


List of PLOS journals; submission, publishing FAQs, fees, metrics, more.

Royal Society

​​​​​​​SAGE Publications

Springer Nature

Links to information for authors for Springer, Nature, BMC and Palgrave/Macmillan

Guides and resources including: journal suggestor; how to write; open access options; using your ORCID; and more.

Includes “Publishing 101: Ree Quizzes and Tutorials”, “Maximize Your Impact”; author services; using your ORCID.

Taylor & Francis (includes CRC Press)

​​​​​​​Thieme Publishing


​​​​​​​World Scientific Publishing

Note: Preprint servers often provide minimal instructions for authors.

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