General Physiology and Biophysics

An International Journal

Instructions for authors

Original experimental articles dealing with topics within the scope of the journal are preferentially accepted. Review articles will generally be published by invitation only. Theoretical contributions are acceptable as long as they formulate testable hypotheses. Short communications will be published as quickly as possible. Letters to the Editor with comments on findings published in the journal will be also accepted. The language of the journal is English.


Journal General Physiology and Biophysics will become open access. The publishing fee of 350 Euro will be charged for all accepted manuscripts submitted into the electronic publishing system after July 1st, 2018. Additional fee for each printed page containing color figures continues to be valid.


Manuscripts should be submitted using the electronic publishing system. For more information, please read user guide.

The text of the manuscript (including title, Abstract, Keywords, main text, References and Figure legends) should be submitted as a single text file (.doc or .rtf). Tables should be uploaded as text (.doc or .rtf) and Figures separately as .jpg, .eps or .tiff files. Standard fonts should be used (Times New Roman or Courier for the general text and Arial for the Figures). Authors are required to keep the format and arrangement of the whole text as described in section Preparation of manuscripts.

Starting January 2017, the Author-Paid Open Access Option is available for all article types. The journal General Physiology and Biophysics has a 12-month embargo policy meaning that only subscribers or readers paying charge can access articles for the first 12 months from the date of publishing. Open Access fee is 300 Euro per article until June 30th 2018. Once your payment has been processed, your article will be immediately freely available. If you are interested in this option, please contact the Editorial office

It is presumed that manuscripts have not been published and have not been simultaneously submitted elsewhere.

Preparation of manuscripts

  1. Manuscripts should be in English, typed double-spaced with 2.5 cm margins, and an unjustified right margin. Use a standard 12 point typeface (e.g., Times, Arial, or Courier) throughout the manuscript. Number each page at the bottom. Use hard return only at the end of paragraphs. Do not use any hyphenation to divide words at the right margin. Please take care to distinguish properly between digit ”1” and letter ”l” (also 0 and O).
  2. Abbreviations in parentheses should be preceded by the full term when first used (except for those which are very common).
  3. If you use symbols or special characters the pdf of the corresponding text file must show exactly how they have to look like.
  4. Numbers, constants and mathematical operators (sin, cos, log, etc.) should be in regular font as distinguished from variables, which should be written in italics (dy/dx, not dy/dx).
  5. Scientific investigations involving humans or animals must have approval of the appropriate ethics committee. Animal experiments should be carried out in accordance with EU (86/609/EEC) or the NIH guidelines. Investigations involving humans must be accompanied by a statement that informed consent was obtained from all subjects.
  6. All authors are requested to disclose any actual or potential conflict of interest including any financial, personal or other relationships with other people or organizations that could inappropriately influence, or be perceived to influence, their work. Disclosure information must include any financial relationship that each author has with any sponsoring organization and the for-profit interests the organization represents, and with any for-profit product discussed or implied in the text of the article.
  7. The text should be arranged under the following headings: Introduction; Materials and Methods; Results; Discussion; Acknowledgement and References.
  8. Title page should include the title of the article, authors’ names (first name in full and initials of the middle names), without academic degrees, the name of the institutions, addresses and e-mail address for the first author (in case he (she) is not the corresponding author). Give a short title which should be printed at the head of the right-hand pages of the article. On the bottom give a full name, address and e-mail address of the corresponding author.
  9. An Abstract of not more than 200 words together with up to 5 key words should be submitted on a separate sheet. If needed, the abbreviations used in the text with their full explanations could be listed here, too.
  10. The references should be in alphabetical order according to the following format:
    • a) Articles from journals: Hodgkin AL, Huxley AF, Katz B (1952): Measurement of current-voltage relations in the membrane of the giant axon of Loligo. J. Physiol. 116, 424–448
    • b) Monographs: Zachar J (1971): Electrogenesis and Contractility in Skeletal Muscle Cells. University Park Press, Baltimore and London
    • c) Chapters from monographs: Haggis GH (1964): The structure and function of membranes. In: Introduction to Molecular Biology (Eds. GH Haggis, D Michie, AR Muir, KB Roberts and PMB Walker), pp. 151–192, Longmans, London
    Abbreviation of Journal titles should correspond to those used in Current Contents. In case of any doubt the way how the journal quotes itself should be used. Personal communications or unpublished papers should not be included in the list of references. In the text the name of the author should be followed by the year of publication. Where there are more than two authors, only the first should be named, followed by ”et al.”. Articles may only be cited as “in press” when a copy of the acceptance notice is supplied at the time of submission.
  11. Illustrations:
  12. a) Tables including appropriate headings must be typed on separate sheets and numbered in consecutive order as cited in the text. Other data or legends should be given as footnotes below the tables. b) Graphs and diagrams should be in a form suitable for reproduction. Use quality graphic programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Corel Draw, or Freehand. Line graphic should be saved as eps, tiff or jpg files (600dpi). c) Halftone photographs should be arranged in layouts and submitted in the exact size for printing and saved as tiff or jpg (300 dpi). d) Colour photographs will be only printed at the discretion of the Editors. The publisher will provide the author with the precise cost estimate when the figures are received (the cost per a single page containing picture(s) printed in colour is Euro 100). There is no charge for colour figures online.
  13. Figure legends should be typed on a separate page.
  14. Numerical data should be expressed in SI units (Systeme International d’Unites).
  15. Short communications should be limited to six pages without section headings including a maximum of three figures and an Abstract of not more than 100 words.
  16. The Editors will not accept a series of papers with the same main title followed by ”part I”, ”part II”, etc. Each paper should have its own title.
  17. Authors not entirely familiar with English should seek a native English-speaking colleague or professional service for advice on correct syntax and word usage. Correct style and word usage, however, are the responsibility of the author(s). Spelling may be British or American, but it must be consistent throughout the text. Manuscripts submitted in poor English may be returned to the author(s) and there will be a delay in publication.
  18. All contributions get carefully reviewed by our Field Editors. The final decision whether a specific manuscript may be accepted for publication in General Physiology and Biophysics will be made by the Editors. Authors are encouraged to suggest up to three names (including postal address, phone and e-mail address) to be added to our list from which referees will be selected. Authors may also submit names of reviewers who they would prefer not to review their manuscript.
  19. The corresponding author will receive proofs by e-mail in PDF format. Authors are requested to check the proofs and return any corrections within 48 hours. The corresponding author, at no cost, will obtain a PDF file of the article via e-mail. Reprints are available, provided the order to is received with the corrected proofs.

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