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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • Manuscripts should be submitted to in Microsoft Office Word (.DOCX/.DOC/.RTF) format only.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • Manuscripts should be written in English (British or American). All manuscripts should be in 12pt Times New Roman, single-spaced, single column and A4 formatted (2cm margins from the edge).
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

Manuscript Submission and Specifications

  1. Scientia Bruneiana is published twice a year. The submission of manuscripts is open throughout the year.

  2. Manuscripts should be submitted through online submission system (register/log in) to the respective sections in Microsoft Office Word (.DOCX/.DOC /.RTF) format.

  3. Papers will be refereed prior to acceptance. Authors are welcome to suggest potential international referees.

  4. Articles outlining original research findings as well as mini-review articles are welcomed. There are two special categories: “Brief Communications” and “Research Notes”. Contributions to either category should be 300 to 1000 words long (no more than 3 pages in length). The “Research Notes” section is earmarked for summaries of the results and outcomes of projects receiving UBD Science Faculty research grants.

Paper Formatting Guidelines

Manuscripts should be written in English (British or American). All manuscripts should be in 12pt Times New Roman, single-spaced, single column and A4 formatted (2cm margins from the edge).

Title page

The first page should include the title of the article, author’s names and addresses of the institutions involved in the work. The paper title is only capitalized on proper nouns and the first letter. Latin, scientific genus and species should be italicized. The authors’ affiliations are denoted with a superscripted number and the corresponding author denoted with a * at the end of the author’s name. Only the corresponding author’s email need to be listed.


Example format of the title page:


First record and conservation value of Periophthalmus malaccensis Eggert from Borneo

First Author1*, John H. Smith2,3, Muhamad Ali Abdullah2 and Siti Nurul Halimah Hj. Ahmad1

 1Environmental and Life Sciences, Faculty of Science, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Jalan Tungku Link, Gadong, BE1410, Brunei Darussalam

2Department of Chemical Sciences, Faculty of Science, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Jalan Tungku Link, Gadong, BE1410, Brunei Darussalam

3Department, University, Street Adress, Postcode, Country

*corresponding author email: corresponding.author@ubd.edu.bn


Abstract Page and Index Terms

The second page of the manuscript should include the abstract (up to 300 words) and index terms (subject heading, or descriptor, in information retrieval, that captures the essence of the topic of a document).


Example format of the abstract and index terms page:



The abstract is a self-contained description of the work in one paragraph of up to 300 words. It must include no references or foot notes, but it must describe the key points of the work. This should include a description of the work that was done and why it was it done. It should include brief conclusions and any significant numerical findings such as derived constants or important parameters.


Index Terms: resolution, spectroscopy, microscopy


Main body of text

For original research articles, the main body of text of the manuscript should include the following appropriately numbered sections: 1. Introduction, 2. Experimental approach, 3. Results and Discussions and 4. Conclusion followed by Acknowledgements, References and Appendices (if necessary).


Each different numbered section may contain italicised subheadings which are numbered appropriately, e.g. 2.1, 3.1, etc.


Review articles will obviously not conform to this format. In the case of other submissions where the above format may be unsuitable, you are advised to contact the editor prior to submitting the article.


Reference to figures, tables and equations

The main body of text should not include figures and/or tables, but should refer to figures and tables. If a certain figure or table was not referred to in the main body of text then it will be considered irrelevant and therefore will not be included in the publication. When referring to a figure or table in the text, the words figure and/or table should be bold and italicized e.g. Figure 1 and Table 1. The words “figure” and “table” should be spelled out in full and not abbreviated. For further instructions on figures and tables (including dimensions, colour schemes and formats), please refer to the figures and tables section (below).


Equations could be displayed in-line or centred by itself, but must be accompanied by a number and individual terms/symbols explained. When When referring to the equation in the text, the word “Equation” should be bold and italicized e.g. Equation 1. The words “Equation” should be spelled out in full and not abbreviated.


Example format of equation:


An example of an equation is shown for Equation 1, Weber Morris intraparticle diffusion:




and Boyd model (Equation 2):


where F = qt / qe, F is the fraction of solute adsorbed at any time,  and Bt is mathematical function of F.


In-line citation style

In-line citation style

The in-line citation should be in IEEE referencing format (numbers with square brackets), generated using a reference manager. Example:

Even though various studies have shown this [1]–[5], there are others that have contradicted this [6]–[10]. Data was obtained from [11].

Please note that brackets should go before punctuation.



The reference/bibligraphic list should only include references cited in the text and should be listed in the references section in the following format:


Journal article

[1] J. H. Surname and J. E. Doe, “Title,” Journal, Vol., No., Pages, Year. DOI: (number)

Textbook/Chapter of a book

[2] J. H. Surname and J.E. Doe, Title of Textbook, Publication House, Year.


[3] J.H. Surname, “Title of Thesis,” University, Year

Webpages/Online Databases

[4] “Website/Database name/body,” Year. Available: http;//www.weburl.com. [Accessed 18-Apr-2017]


These should be generated automatically if a reference manager software has been used. When there are three or more authors, just state the name of the first author, e.g. J. H. Surname, et. al. Please include the digital object identifier (DOI) for journal articles.


Figures and Tables

A list of tables, figures and captions should be given at the end of the manuscript after the reference list. These must be appropriately numbered in the order that they appear in the paper. Each table and figure must be adequately discussed and referenced in the text. It is important that you do not include tables and figures in the main body of text of your submitted manuscript.



Please keep tables/figures/images/illustrations to have a maximum width of either 8.4 cm (single column) or 17.5 cm (double column), with enough clarity that the images does not appear blurred, skewed or pixelated (unless the pixelation is unavoidable from the raw data collection).



Texts in figures and tables should be 10pt, using either Times New Roman, Arial or Calibri font, with consistent font size and style throughout the manuscript’s figures/tables/artwork/images/illustrations. Please ensure that texts do not fall below 8pt size as this will greatly affect readability of said text.



Colour images are highly encouraged for the on-line issue, however they should be designed such that the information is still obvious in grey-scale too for the print version.



Graphs could either be saved as an embedded graph format in DOCX or as an image (JPEG or TIFF). Graphs should have clearly-labelled axes and lines that can be distinguished in both color for on-line and grey-scale for print version. You can use dotted and dashed lines etc, or you can use different data point types when appropriate to discriminate between data sets.



Tables could either be saved as an embedded table format in DOCX or as an image (JPEG or TIFF), with appropriate captions/titles.



All figures and tables should be appropriately captioned. The caption should be sufficiently able to explain the figure/table without the reader having to refer to the main text. The words “figure” and/or “table” should be bold. italicized and spelled out fully (not abbreviated), followed by a full stop (also bold and italicized). The rest of the caption should not be bold and italicized (unless it is a scientific genus or species).

Example format for figure/table caption:

Figure 1. Periophthalmus malaccensis collected in Sungai Bunga, Brunei (UBDM MBu081013mal); a. freshly dead specimen, lateral view; b. live specimen; c. freshly dead specimen, ventral view, detail (scale bars are 10 mm long).


Manuscripts that do not conform to the above instructions will be returned without review.


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