Manuscript Preparation

A variety of article formats are acceptable at Hypothesis.

Article Format Word Limit* Review Process Abstract**
Hypothesis 3000 Peer reviewed Required
Original Research 5000 Peer reviewed Required
Opinion 2000 Peer reviewed Required
Review 5000 Peer reviewed Required
Mini Review 2000 Peer reviewed Required
Book Review 2000 Editorial reviewed Required
News & Views 1000 Editorial reviewed Required
Correspondence 1000 Editorial reviewed Required
*Exceptions to the designated word limit will be considered upon request (send request to: contact@hypothesisjournal.com)
**Abstracts must not exceed 175 words in length

Hypothesis
The flagship article format of Hypothesis provides a novel and provocative hypothesis of exceptionally broad interest. Hypotheses must be well-argued, well-articulated and most importantly, logical and scientifically sound. Though hypotheses need not be supported by original data presented in the paper, they must be supported by data or ideas generally accepted by the scientific community. Hypotheses must also be original and represent a conceptual ‘leap’ forward for the relevant field.

Suggested format:
Abstract → Introduction → Hypothesis → Supporting Arguments → Conclusion

Original Research
Original Research manuscripts describe novel research stemming from any scientific discipline and of exceptionally broad interest. Authors are given freedom to engage in significantly more well-reasoned speculation in their Discussion section than is traditionally permitted in most other journals. Authors are encouraged to highlight the potential relevance of their research to other fields.

Suggested format:
Abstract → Introduction → Results → Discussion → Conclusion → Methods

Opinion
Opinion articles discuss philosophical, ethical, social, political, legal, or economic issues relating to the scientific enterprise. Authors are particularly invited to examine and critique issues at the interface of science and society, such as bioethics, government science policy, trends in research funding, technology with wide-reaching societal ramifications. Authors are encouraged to target their article for a broad science and non-science readership.

Suggested format:
Abstract → Introduction → Central Opinion → Discussion → Conclusion

Review
Review articles provide a balanced overview of a field of research, communicating recent significant advances in the field to a broad audience. Authors are given freedom to engage in significantly more well-reasoned speculation than is traditionally permitted in most other journals.

Suggested format:
Abstract → Introduction → Subheadings as Required → Conclusion

Mini-review
Mini-reviews should focus on a particularly notable area of research, highlighting contributions of outstanding interest and demonstrating the significance of the research to a broad audience. Authors are given freedom to engage in significantly more well-reasoned speculation than is traditionally permitted in most other journals.

Suggested format:
Abstract → Introduction → Subheadings as Required → Conclusion

Book Review
Book Reviews should focus on a recently published book of interest to the Hypothesis readership.

Suggested format:
Abstract → Subheadings as Required → Recommendation

News & Views
News & Views articles should either summarize ground-breaking research that has recently been published elsewhere or reported at a scientific meeting, or provide a timely analysis of world events having high impact on the scientific enterprise.

Suggested format:
Abstract → Subheadings as Required → Conclusion

Correspondence
Correspondence articles provide readers with a forum to critique or comment on an article that has previously appeared in Hypothesis. If selected for publication, the authors of the target article will be given the opportunity to respond to the Correspondence article in a written format published simultaneously with the Correspondence.

Suggested format:
Abstract → Subheadings as Required → Conclusion

Submitting the Manuscript
Manuscripts must be submitted online at the Hypothesis website. Registration with the journal is required prior to submission. All submissions must be submit as a single file in word (DOC or RTF) or PDF format. Submissions must contain page numbers. The Title Page must include the complete author list and contact information for the corresponding author. The Abstract is not to exceed 175 words. The About the Authors section must not exceed 100 words.

Required order of sections:
Title Page → Abstract → Main Text → Acknowledgements → References → Tables Legends→ Tables → Figure Legends → Figures → About the Authors

Cover letters accompanying submissions must be submitted either in a separate DOC, RTF or PDF file as a supplementary file, or preferably in the comments to the editor box provided during the online submission process. Cover letters will be viewed by the Editorial Office only.

Acceptable file formats for supplemental data include: (1) text, tables and figures: PDF; (2) animations: SWF (Shockwave Flash); (3) movies: MOV (Quicktime) or MPG (MPEG); (4) tabular Data: XLS (Excel spreadsheet) OR CSV (comma-separated values).