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Cucurbitaceae 2014

12-16 October • Inn at Bay Harbor • Bay Harbor, Michigan

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Manuscript Guidelines

Full manuscripts are due on May 16, 2014.

Please submit your manuscript electronically through our online Cucurbitaceae 2014 Manuscript Submission website

Manuscript Format

  • The manuscript and abstract should be combined in one document. All text should be single-spaced, upper and lower case (sentence case). Do not use all caps. Files should be in Word or Rich Text File formats.
  • All manuscripts should be concise and must have correct English sentence structure and usage; authors not fluent in written English must arrange to have their manuscripts prepared accordingly; all authors are encouraged to have their manuscripts language-edited prior to submission. Language editing resources are available at:
  • Paper Size: Manuscripts should be prepared in 8 1/2 x 11 inch size (U.S. standard, 21.6 x 28 cm). Set margins at 1.5 inch (3.8 cm), top, bottom and sides. Abstract should be no longer than 250 words and the complete paper should be no longer than EIGHT (8) single or double-spaced pages, including the abstract, figures, tables and Literature Cited. (See Table / Figure Instructions below).
  • Use Times Roman font (or other serif, proportional font) at a size of 12 points. Number all pages and include line numbering.
  • SI units must be used.
  • Apply bolding, italics, underlining, superscripts and subscripts in your main text, as you want them to appear in your final paper.


Table / Figure Instructions

  • Tables and Figures should be located at the end of the manuscript.Tables should be text, not graphic images. 
  • At time of final submission (after initial review), all figures should be in high resolution (300 dpi or better) files. Files accepted include JPEG, TIFF, PDF, EPS files. EPS files will only be accepted if all fonts have first been converted to outlines. If the manuscript has more images than are allowed during the submission process, figures can be placed in one zip file and uploaded as one file.


Author Information

  • Author names should be listed in the order desired for publication. Include complete organizational or university affiliations for each author. The corresponding author should be marked with an asterisk. Please use the corresponding author's contact information when submitting the paper.
  • Bold the presenting author.
  • Type affiliation below author lines. Include ONLY the affiliation name, city, state, and country in this listing
  • At the end of the paper, include the following information, separated by commas

   o    Presenting author’s FIRST NAME
o    Presenting author’s LAST NAME
o    Presenting Author’s Affiliation
o    FULL Mailing address, City, State, ZIP/Postal Code, COUNTRY, Telephone number, FAX number
o    Email address (Do not type the word email in front of the address)
o    Topical Category (specify which)
    -  Breeding, Genetics and Genetic Resources
    -  Genomics and Biotechnology
    -  Growth, Development and Physiology
    -  Fruit Quality, Post-Harvest and Processing
    -  Evolution and Ethnobotany
    -  Interaction with the Environment and Abiotic Stresses
    -  Biotic Stresses - Pathology and Entomology
    -  Production

Example: Grumet, Rebecca, Department of Horticulture, Michigan State University, 1066 Bogue Street, East Lansing, MI, 48824, USA, PH 517-355-5191 x 1431, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Growth, Development and Physiology


 Manuscript Content Guidelines

  • Title - Keep the title concise and informative
  • Additional Index Words - Provide a list of five to seven key index words or phrases, not already used in the title, following the author affiliation information.  Include scientific names (without the name of the authority) and common names of plant species at first mention of the species, common names of chemicals used, and physiological and pathological terms.  Spell out the same genus at first mention of the species, even if it is mentioned more than once. 
  • Abstract - The abstract should be a concise, self-explanatory, one-paragraph summation of the findings, not to exceed 250 words.
  • Body of Manuscript - The manuscript should be divided into the following sections: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, and Discussion. Results and Discussion maybe combined if desired.
  • Literature Cited - The references section should include only published sources accessible through a library or an information system. Unpublished work, privileged data, or information received personally should be noted parenthetically in the text [e.g., (“E. D. Brown, unpublished data)” or “(J. B. Smith, personal communication)”].  Papers or manuscripts submitted to a publisher may not be used in a literature citations unless the work has been accepted for publication, in which case the work may be cited as “(In press.)” at the end of the citation.
  • Citation format - Within the text, cite the last name(s) of the author(s) and the year of publication in parentheses. If more than two authors, cite as Smith et al. (2013). List citations alphabetically by names of authors and chronologically if duplicated author names appear. Authors are listed first by senior author (last name first followed by initials) and then additional authors (initials first).  If a name is followed by “Jr.” or a Roman numeral, the correct form is “Smith, B. F., Jr.” or “Smith, B.F., II.”  Do not include professional or honorary titles.  All authors of a reference must be listed. If an author is cited more than once, repeat the author’s name – do not substitute an underline for the author’s name.  Names of foreign authors retain their native spellings and diacritical marks. Please see the sample paper for reference format.