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Author Guidelines

Author Guidelines

The Kuwait Journal of Science is an international journal which publishes papers in all fields of natural, life and applied sciences. The Journal publishes papers reporting original contributions to scientific knowledge. While submitting the manuscript, the Author (s) should clearly indicate his/her field of specialization. Research articles in a language other than English are NOT entertained. Correction of English language is not the responsibility of Editorial board of KJS. Authors (s) not fluent in English are asked to get their manuscripts checked by an English speaking colleague or professional editors. 

Online submission of research paper

1- Authors are required to fill up the entire authors name when they fill up the metadata to submit the paper.

2- It is important to mention the correct corresponding author with his/her email and full corresponding address.

4- Manuscript file size should be less than 2 MB and if the file size exceeds this size, compress the file or split the document by submitting the figures separately.


1- Manuscripts as word and pdf (LaTeX version is optional for Mathematic papers). Submitted file at the website: and e-mail communication should be directed to

2- For speedy communication the authors are encouraged to supply E-mail addresses, along with the submission of manuscripts.

3- If there is any change in the address of an author, KJS must be immediately informed.

4- Late change in address must appear as a numbered footnote.


 1- Manuscripts should be in Standard English; American spelling versions are accepted but consistency must be maintained. An abstract in Arabic is required. (For Non-Arabs translation will be provided by KJS office).

2- Papers accepted for publication will be limited to a maximum word count of 3000.

3- Concise, well thought-out and prepared papers adhering to the style of the Journal are likely to be published sooner than those in need of extensive editing and revision. The Journal will enforce its style on papers accepted for publication. It is the responsibility of authors to ensure adherence to guidelines outlined in these "Instructions to Authors".

4The authors should declare that the paper sent is original and no part of it has been published before or is being considered for the publication in any other journal.

Preparation of Manuscript

1- The main text should be paginated, starting with the Title/Abstract page and ending with the Reference page(s). Page numbers should appear in the middle on top of the pages. Figure and Table captions should be sent on separate pages at the bottom of the Manuscript (after References).

2- Manuscripts must be typewritten with double spacing and wide margins (25mm) at all sides. A font type of "Times New Roman" and size of "12 points" is required. The document format should be in MS word/PDF/ LaTeX.

3- Names of the authors and their affiliations must be centralized followed by abstract in one column. The text (except Abstract) should be in double columns.

4- Words to be printed in italics should appear as italics in the manuscript. Genus and species must be italicized.

5 - Each paragraph shall start with 5 space tab, except the first paragraph immediately after the headings.


 1- Title should be in lower case characters except the first letter.

2 - Author names should be in the following format, Example: Mohammad M. Afzal, Tarek A. Hassan, Ibrahim Yousef (if no middle name). Middle name should be abbreviated.

3- Order of Author names should be suffixed with number in superscript (Example: Mohammad M. Afzal1, Tarek A. Hassan2, Ibrahim Yousef3).

4- Corresponding Author's name should be identified with a superscript asterisk * (Example: Mohammad M. Afzal1*).

5- The abstract (not exceeding 300 words) should state the objectives achieved and give main findings of the work described in the paper. It should be independent of the text and should not contain abbreviations or bibliographical references.

6- Five Key words relating to the concerned subject should be given in alphabetical order separated by semicolons.

7- E-mail and contact address of all Authors should be present in the first page of the manuscript.

Text Headings

 1- The main text should follow the abstract and conform to the current style of the Journal. The following hierarchy for headings should be used:

2- Heading and subheadings should be left indented lower case characters (except the first letter).  All main headings should be numbered and in bold characters. Sub-headings should be in normal characters (not bold) and shall follow the number from main headings (Example: 1. Heading, 1.1 Sub Heading 1.2 Sub Heading etc.)


 1- All illustrations are called Figures and should be referred to as Figure at the start of the sentence. Figure parts are referenced as Fig. 1(a).

2- Figures should be numbered serially and should appear in text in order.

3- Figure captions should appear on a separate page after the references.

4- All composite figures should be mounted together and the parts labeled (a), (b), (c), etc. Page size montages of photographs count as a single figure. Avoid mixed montages of photographs and line drawings.

5- Original diagrams should be prepared in high quality digital image PS or EPS. All figures and tables must show error bars (where applicable) with 300-400-dpm resolution.

6- The maximum printed size is 170 x 250 mm. Letters and numerals should not be less than 1mm after reduction. Regular Times or Helvetica typeface with a final (printed) size of 6pt to 8pt type, and equivalent line weights, are preferred. (If drawn for intended 50% reduction, use 12pt to 16pt fonts). A small range of print size (less than twofold) is recommended.

7- In the final version of the manuscript, indicate the desired location of Figures and Tables.


 1- Clear digital photographs (high resolution) are accepted in TIF or GIF formats.

2- Field photographs must contain a scale.


1- Maps and field sketches must include a metric bar scale. Regional maps must include a North arrow and at least 2 latitude and 2 longitude numbers on each of its respective sides; National Grid numbers may also be used. Map keys should be given on map or figure, not as numbered boxes.


 1- References to tables in text should appear as Table 2.

2- Each table should have a brief descriptive title set above the body of the table.

3- Tables shall appear without inside vertical and horizontal grid lines. Only the first row with headings of the Table should follow a horizontal line. The Table should be closed with a horizontal line.


 1- Acknowledgments should follow the main text with heading ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS.

2- Personal acknowledgements should precede those of institutions or agencies only (not referees).

3-   The funding agency which supported the work, must be clearly mentioned.


 Citations must be given in Harvard style in the text (Salama et al., 1991; Misfir, 1988), or Salama et al. (1991) or according to Misfir (1988) and Kepper & Astry (1993)., If two or more works by different authors or authoring bodies are cited at one point in the text, use a semi-colon to separate them: (Larsen 2000; Malinowski 1999)

1- References should be listed in the References section when the authors complete the submission process and the total number of references should not be exceeded 40.

2- References should not be numbered.

3- The Year in references should be within brackets. Example: (1981).

4- Authors are responsible for accuracy of references.

5- References must be on separate page at the end of the text.

6- An alphabetical list of all literature cited in the text should follow the text, headed by References, and double spaces in Times New Roman font size 12. Names of the periodicals should be given in full.

7- References should be highlighted in the text part.

8 - Page number should be mentioned in the references.

9- If the number of authors is five, include all author names in the references section. If the authors are more than five, then put names of the first five authors followed by

 Example References


 Abhilash, P.A., Harikrishnan, R. & Indira, M. (2013) Ascorbic acid is superior to silymarin in the recovery of ethanol-induced inflammatory reactions in hepatocytes of guinea pigs. Journal of Physiological Biochemistry, 69(4):785-798

Sorkhoh, N., Al-Hasan, R. & Radwan, S. (1989) Self-cleaning of the Gulf. Nature, 359: 109.

 Al-Awadi, N.A. (1990) Gas Phase pyrolytic reaction. Journal of the Chemical Society, 2(1): 2179-2189.


Jenny, H. (1980) The soil resources. Springer-Berlag, Berlin. Pp. 124.

Book Chapter:

Verklig, A.J. & Schat, H. (1990) Mechanisms of metal tolerance in plants. In: Shaw, A.J. (Ed.). Heavy Metal Tolerance in Plants, Pp. 179-193. CRC Press, Boca Raton.

 Conference or Symposium:

 Al-Hasan, R. (2000) Oil accumulation by picophytoplanktons from the Arabian Gulf. Proceedings of the 4th Asia Pacific conference on Algal Biotechnology. The Asia-Pacific Society for Applied Physiology. Hong Kong, China.


 Redha, A. (1998) Induction and analysis of chromosome doubling of microspore derived wheat haploids. Ph.D. thesis, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland.


 1- Appendices are encouraged for specific details on methodology, mathematics, or voluminous data.

Units, Abbreviations, Acronyms

 1- Units should be metric, generally SI, and expressed in standard abbreviated form.

2- Acronyms may be acceptable, but must be defined at first usage. 


 1- Authors must provide instructions on how symbols and equations should be set.

2- Equations should be numbered sequentially in the right-hand side and in parenthesis. They should be referred to in the text as Equation 4.

 Page Proofs

 1- One set of proofs will be emailed to the corresponding author to be checked for typesetting and editing. Corrections or changes must not be made which constitute departure from the article in its accepted form.

2- Check proofs thoroughly and return them within 48 hrs to the publisher from date of receipt.

 Electronic Text

 1- The final version to be submitted in WORD and PDF format.

2- Text from most word processing systems is acceptable. The Journal, however, encourages the use of Microsoft Office 2007 or latest version in the WINDOWS format.

3- Illustrations and tables are accepted in any of the common formats used by popular drawing programs for the PC and MAC environments generated by Adobe Photoshop.


 1- Five copies of each published paper will be supplied free of charge to the principal or corresponding author. Additional copies may be requested for cost using the order form provided with the proofs.

2- All manuscripts become property of the Journal and are not returned to authors, even if a manuscript is rejected. Original manuscripts and illustrations are discarded two months after publication, unless a prior arrangement is made with the Editor-in-Chief.

 Covering Letter

 1- Author should declare No conflict of Interest between the Authors and the institute where the work has been carried out. The same has to be accepted and declared in the covering letter during the submission process.

2- In the cover letter, the authors must clearly state the importance of their work and why it should be published in KJS.

3- Authors are encouraged to provide names of five possible reviewers with their Name, Position, e-mail address, Institution. They should not be affiliated with any of the author’s institutions. Also, reviewers cannot be (former) supervisor or (former) students. They are also not supposed to have had publication with any of authors in the past 8 years. The KJS has no obligation to contact these reviewers.



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.

  1. 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).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

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