Review Article Manuscript Guidelines

In a review article, authors should present an indepth review of a specific and intriguing scientific topic that is of interest OR related to the research work of the author. If multiple authors are involved, the submitter(s) must secure permission from co-authors and supervisors prior to submission.


The total length of the article should not exceed 3000 words, including the main text, but not the title page, abstract, figure legends, or reference list (including in-text citations). The total number of display items (Figures and Tables) must not exceed five (5). These limits may be adjusted depending on the paper submitted and at the discretion of the Editors.


Submissions should be formatted according to the following sections:


Title page

This section should contain a title of no more than 10-12 words that captures the conceptual significance for a broad audience. Titles should avoid the use of jargon, non-standard abbreviations, and punctuation. This section should also contain full names and the affiliations of all authors, with the corresponding author’s email address. Please indicate authors with equal contributions. Please also include 3-5 keywords associated with your paper.



Provide a brief abstract of no more than 250 words. Abstracts should give a brief background on the specific topic of focus and highlight the significance of pursuing this field of research. Unlike primary research articles, a summary of the article will be sufficient for review articles. Do not include references and avoid non-standard abbreviations.


Main Text

The review should describe the significance of the topic of focus and how it fits within a broader scientific context. Adequately detailed background material summarizing the body of knowledge known about the subject and recent promising results should be targeted at an audience with a general science background. In addition, the author should raise intriguing questions based on what is currently known and suggest promising directions that should be pursued. Organization of the review article into subtopics under different headings is encouraged, but optional.


Data Availability

Publicly available datasets supporting your work should be included in this section. Please include the repository name, identifier, and hyperlink to the dataset.



References cited in text, tables, and figure legends should be included in a single reference list in this section. The JULS encourages citation of primary literature over review articles. There is no limit on the number of references. Cite all references in Nature style; the JULS strongly recommends the use of integrated citation managers for preparation.


Figure Legends

Legends should be included in a separate document. The first sentence of each legend should be bolded and it should summarize the figure. Panels should be labelled with uppercase letters, with each panel described in the legend. Define abbreviations not included in the main text.