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1 Aims and Scope

Maize Genomics and Genetics is committed to publishing and disseminating significant original achievements in the related research fields of maize genomics and maize genetics.

All papers chosen for publication should be innovative research work in the field of maize genomics and maize genetics, including classical genetics analysis, structural and functional analysis of maize genome, isolation and identification of growth/development trait-controlling genes in maize at the genome-wide, maize gene expression regulation and its functional analysis, the development of transgenic maize, as well as maize varietal improvement and its application in maize production.

The primary criterion for publication is new insights that are not only of broad interest to maize breeders, geneticist, and molecular biologists, but are also appropriate for teachers or students or researchers engaged in biology, and readers interested in maize genomics and maize genetics.

2 Manuscripts Submission

2.1 Online submission

Manuscripts must be submitted to Maize Genomics and Genetics electronically by BioPublisher online submission system. In the case that online submission system is not available; you can submit your manuscript to the submission email of Maize Genomics and Genetics: edit@mgg.biopublisher.caIf both the above ways do not work out, you can directly send your manuscripts to service@SophiaPublisher.com. The editors will handle your submission within five working days.

Preferred file formats of manuscripts are Microsoft Word and Rich Text Format (RTF). Figures, tables, movies and raw data can be submitted as supplemental files.

A cover letter must be submitted along with the manuscript during the submission, which should contain a brief explanation of what was previously known, the conceptual advance provided by the findings, and the importance of the findings to a broad readership as well as how and why their major findings relate to the scope of the journal. Closely related papers submitted elsewhere or in press should be noted in the cover letter, and uploaded as additional supplemental files in the online submission system. The cover letter is confidential to the editor and will not be seen by reviewers.

2.2 Corresponding Author

The full name, the contact information and e-mail address of the corresponding author should be provided. We take the corresponding author as the responsible author, which means that the corresponding author takes the following responsibility:

The corresponding authors warrant, on behalf of themselves and their co-authors, that:
** The article is original, has not been formally published in any other peer-reviewed journal, and does not infringe any existing copyright;
** All the authors have agreed with the authorship of the manuscript and its submission to Maize Genomics and Genetics;
** All the authors has read and approved the content of the paper;
** The article contains nothing that is unlawful, libellous;
** All statements contained in it purporting to be facts are true, and any formula or instruction contained in the article will not, if followed accurately, cause any injury, illness or damage to the user.
** Official approval of all the original authors must be provided before any changes in authorship.
** Any reasonable demands for the necessary materials to justify the research results should be satisfied. 

Please inform the Editorial Office of Maize Genomics and Genetics if the contact information of the corresponding author changes after submission.

3 Article processing

Scientists all over the world are invited to be as peer reviewers for this journal. All submission will be automatically transferred online to the reviewers by Manuscript Proceeding System in the BioPublisher prior to CrossRef's plagiarism check (see BioPublisher peer review policy for further information).

Maize Genomics and Genetics offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review. Normally the publication period is two or four weeks depend on the speed of peer review. Using the recommended manuscript preparation formats will largely speed up the paper procedures and shorten the periods. Research articles will be published electronically in provisional PDF immediately upon acceptance. A fully structured web version and PDF download version will be uploaded within four weeks after acceptance.

Maize Genomics and Genetics is affiliated with other biology journals published by BioPublisher, including Genomics and Applied Biology and other journals. If referees judge that a manuscript is sound but not of special interest and therefore not appropriate for Maize Genomics and Genetics, the referee reports can be shared with other journals published by BioPublisher. Transferring a manuscript from one journal to another will not incur delays. Conversely, if a manuscript submitted to a sister journal in the BioPublisher series is judged to be of exceptional interest by the referees and editors, we may offer publication in Maize Genomics and Genetics.

4 Article-processing charges

Maize Genomics and Genetics levies an article-processing charge for every accepted article to cover the costs incurred by open access publication.

Article-processing charge for all BioPublisher journals is uniform. BioPublisher's standard article-processing charge is Canadian dollar 1200 CAD (US dollar $1200), which has no any tax fee included. For authors from the Canada, their article processing charges levied by BioPublisher contain 12% of HST tax fee, and this tax fee will be listed solely upon invoice. For authors other than from the Canada, their article processing charges are exclusive of any tax fees. For further information please see Charge FAQ.

Payment for APC in this Journal should be made to Sophia Publishing Group Inc. Payment procedure will be informed upon submission acceptance.