Instruction to Authors

Scope of the Journal

Pranikee is published by the Zoological Society of Orissa, P.G. Department of Zoology, Utkal University, Bhubaneswar-751 004, India and accepts English-language manuscripts concerning all kinds of biological processes including biochemistry and biosynthesis, physiology and metabolism, molecular genetics, molecular biology, genomics, proteomics, molecular farming, biotechnology/genetic transformation, nanobiotechnology, bioinformatics and systems biology, cell and developmental biology, stem cell biology, and reproductive biology.

Submission Process

All manuscripts must be submitted electronically to the editor of the journal. Papers are accepted for publication on the understanding that they have not been published and are not going to be considered for publication elsewhere. Authors should certify that the manuscript has already been published or submitted for publication in another journal. Authors are required to fill the Author’s Agreement form and the form must accompany all papers submitted. Manuscripts may be rejected if they are beyond the scope of the journal.

Preparation of Manuscript
Style and format:

Manuscripts should be double-spaced with 3-cm margins on all sides of the page, in Times New Roman font. Every page of the manuscript, including the title page, references, tables, etc., should be numbered. All text, tables and figures should be sent in ms word document. After the acceptance of the manuscript, authors will be contacted to provide the jpeg format of the figures.

Symbols, units, and abbreviations

The journal follows the general conventions of Scientific Style and Format. If symbols such as χ, μ, η or ν are used, they should be added using the Symbols menu of Word. Degree symbols (°) must be used from the Symbol menu, not superscripted letter o or number 0. Multiplication symbols must be used (×), not the letter x. Spaces must be inserted between numbers and units (e.g., 3 kg) and between numbers and mathematical symbols (+, –, ×, =,<, >), but not between numbers and percent symbols (e.g., 45%). Please use SI units. All abbreviations and acronyms should be defined at first mention. Latin terms such as et al., in vitro, or in situ should not be italicized.

Manuscript content

Research articles should be divided into the following sections - Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, and References. Acknowledgements, if given, may be added after Discussion.

Title and contact information

The first page should contain the full title in sentence case, the full name and affiliations of all authors, and the contact e-mail address for the clearly identified corresponding author.


The abstract should provide clear information about the research and the results obtained, and should not exceed 200 words. The abstract should not contain citations.

Key words

Please provide no more than 5 key words.


This should argue the case for your study, outlining only essential background, and should not include the findings or the conclusions. It should not be a review of the subject area, but should finish with a clear statement of the question being addressed.

Materials and methods

Please provide concise but complete information about the materials and the analytical and statistical procedures used. This part should be as clear as possible to enable other scientists to repeat the research presented.


The same data or information given in a Table must not be repeated in a Figure and vice versa. It is not acceptable to repeat extensively the numbers from Tables in the text or to give lengthy explanations of Tables or Figures.


Statements from the Introduction and Results sections should not be repeated here. The final paragraph should highlight the main conclusions of the study; do not include “Conclusions” as a separate heading.

Acknowledgements and/or disclaimers, if any

Names of funding organisations should be written in full.


References should be cited in the text by the last name(s) of the author(s) and year of publication with a comma between them: for example, (Das, 1987) or (Maden and Maden 2012). If the citation is the subject of the sentence, only the date should be given in parentheses: “According to Gardiner (1987)…” For citation of references with 3 or more authors, only the first author’s name followed by et al. (not italicised) should be used: (Pattnaik et al., 2002). If there is more than one reference in the same year for the same author, please add the letters a, b, etc. to the year: (Mishra et al., 2004a, 2004b). References should be listed in the text chronologically, separated by semicolons: (Dutta, 1987; Pattnaik et al., 2002; Mishra et al., 2004a, 2004b). References should be listed alphabetically at the end of the text without numbering. Journal titles should be abbreviated according to ISI Web of Science abbreviations.

References should be formatted as follows:-

Journal articles
Janda JM and Abbott SL (2010) The genus Aeromonas: taxonomy, pathogenicity, and infection. Clin Microbiol Rev., 23:35–73.
Novitski E (1977) Human Genetics. 3rd edition. New York, USA, Macmillan Publishing Co. Inc., pp 6-7. 
Chapter in book
Lafont F, Ikonen E and Simons K (2010) Permeabilized epithelial cells to study exocytic membrane transport. In:Kreitzer G, Celis JE, editors. Cell Biology Assays: Essential Methods. 1st ed. London, UK, Academic Press, pp 3–12. 
Conference proceedings
Zahar M, Benkerroum N, Guerouali A, Baou SA and Alahiane L (2002) Biological ensiling of sardine wastes in sugarcane molasses for their valorization in animal feeding: Microbiological study. In: Proceedings of International Symposium on Environmental Pollution Control and Waste Management 7-10 January 2002, Tunis, Tunisia, pp 304-311. 
Das M (2013) A Comparative study on biochemical and morphological aspects of blood in Rhacophorid anurans of Orissa. Ph. D. Thesis, Utkal University, Odisha, India.
Tables and Figures
All illustrations (photographs, drawings, graphs, etc.), not including tables, must be labelled “Figure.” Figures must be submitted in the manuscript. All tables and figures must be numbered consecutively as they are referred to in the text. The tables and figures themselves should be given at the end of the text only, after the references, not in the running text. For all tables, please use Word’s “Create Table” feature. Figures must be submitted in jpeg format, if manuscript is accepted. 

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