electronic - Wheat Information Service

Instructions to Authors

eWIS welcomes manuscripts that provide test results, technical tips, protocols, mutant and germplasm descriptions, map information, and any other information that may be useful in the lab and field. The articles are informal, non-peer-reviewed, thus do not constitute formal publications. Only manuscripts that require minimal editing will be considered for publication.
Note well that the data and ideas published in eWIS are made available by their authors with the understanding that they will not be used in publications without the authors’ specific consent. This means that the eWIS articles may not be cited without permission from the authors.

Manuscript Submission

Only manuscripts written in English will be considered for publication. Follow the Instructions strictly. We strongly recommend to refer to the latest eWIS articles for the format.

Electronic submission is mandatory. All manuscripts should be submitted using the online manuscript submission system in the eWIS page (http://www.shigen.nig.ac.jp/ewis/) that is linked to the “KOMUGI” page (http://www.shigen.nig.ac.jp/wheat/komugi/).

Editorial Office is committed to a rapid editorial process and will inform authors of the status of their manuscript via e-mail as quickly as possible. The “eWIS online submission system” offers easy and straightforward web-based submission procedures. For text writing, Microsoft Word 6.0 or later is recommended. Manuscripts should be double-spaced and page-numbered starting from the title page. Do not use line numbers. Figures including illustrations, photographs and color plates should be submitted as JPEG files. Tables should be submitted as Microsoft Word file. Supplemental data, such as a large table ranging several pages, should be submitted either as Microsoft Excel or Adobe PDF file.

Manuscript Categories

eWIS has the following categories of papers :

  1. Research information: Original research data in the field of wheat sciences (physiology, phylogeny, cytology, quality testing, gene cloning, marker development, mapping, development of new germplasm and experimental lines, and collection and exploration of genetic resources). There is no fixed limit on the length but a concise presentation is encouraged.

  2. Research Opinion & Topics: Review, mini-review, trends and topics of wheat research, explanation of wheat-specific genetic phenomena, comments for research materials and methods, and introduction of your previous and present researches. There is no fixed limit on the length but a concise presentation is encouraged. Authors who wish to submit a (mini-)review should contact the Editorial Office prior to submission.

  3. Meeting Announcements and Reports: Announcement of forthcoming meetings and reports on the meetings attended.

  4. Others: Any other information useful for wheat researchers.

Manuscript Style

Title, Affiliation and Abstract

In the title page(s), the manuscript category (as mentioned above), a title, the names of the author(s), affiliation(s) and address(es) of the authors, and the e-mail address, telephone, and fax numbers of the corresponding author must be clearly indicated. The Abstract (100-250 words) may not contain references.


References should be cited in the text by the author(s) and year, and listed at the end of the text with the names of authors arranged alphabetically. When an article has three or more authors, only the first author's name should appear, followed by "et al.", in the text. The references should be formatted as follows.

  • Journal articles:
    • Payne PI, Holt LM and Law CN (1981) Structural and genetical studies on the high molecular weight subunits of wheat glutenin. Theor Appl Genet 60:229-236.
  • Book chapters:
    • Peacock WJ, Dennis ES and Gerlach WJ (1981) Molecular aspects of wheat evolution: repeated DNA sequences. In: Evans LT and Peacock WJ (eds.) Wheat Science - Today and Tomorrow. Cambridge Univ. Press, Cambridge, UK, pp. 41-60.
  • Books:
    • Knott DR (1989) The Wheat Rusts - Breeding for Rust Resistance. Springer-Verlag, New York, USA. Articles in preparation or articles submitted for publication, unpublished observations, personal communications, etc. should not be included in the reference list but should only be mentioned in the article text (e.g., K. Tsunewaki, personal communication).
Abbreviations should be explained at first occurrence.

Symbols and Units

It is important to distinguish genes names from protein names. Gene names and loci should be italicized; protein should be upright. The SI units (http://physics.nist.gov/Pubs/SP330/contents.html) should be used throughout.


Nomenclature of genes and chromosomes should follow the 'Catalogue of gene symbols for wheat' (McIntosh et al.: 10th Int. Wheat Genet. Symp., 2003).

Nucleotide sequences

The DDBJ/EMBL/GenBank accession numbers must be provided for newly reported nucleotide sequences.


Tables must be numbered consecutively. Prepare a separate file for each table. Refer to the latest eWIS articles for format.

Figures must be numbered consecutively. Prepare a separate file for each figure. Legends of the figures should collectively be prepared in one independent file.

Manuscript Publication

Authors of accepted manuscripts are informed by e-mail that a temporary URL has been created from which they can obtain their proof in PDF format. Proofreading is the responsibility of the author. Authors should make proof corrections and send them to Editorial Office by e-mail.

The final version of accepted manuscripts will be published in the 'Latest Articles' section of the eWIS web page upon receipt of proof corrections. The Editorial Office biannually goes through the 'Latest Articles' papers and edits a volume. The eWIS papers are provided in the 'Archives' section of the eWIS web page, and open to all wheat researchers.