Guidelines for special and focus issues

Manuscripts submitted to Drug Target Insights: 

  • Must be an original contribution not previously published in any language or country (except as an abstract or preliminary report) and must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere.  
  • Are published after having successfully completing the peer review process.
  • Are published under the CC-BY-NC 4.0 license and area archives in Portico for permanent archiving.
  • Are covered by article processing charges paid by the author after acceptance:
    Full research paper, Mini-review and  Full-length review paper: Euro 1500 (+ VAT as applicable)
    Short communication: Euro 750 (+ VAT as applicable)
    APC is waived for contributions invited by Guest Editors.

Manuscript formatting
Submit your manuscript as a word file, structuring it in Title page, Manuscript Text, Acknowledgments, Figure legends, References, Tables; submit figures as separate files; you may also include supplementary material, including videos or extended datasets.

The title page of your manuscript file must include the following information:

  • Full title (max 135 characters including letters and spaces), which must be concise and informative.
  • Short title (max 75 characters, including letters and spaces).
  • All authors listed as first name, initials, and last name (i.e., Paul M. Smith) 
  • Institutional affiliation for each author, using superscripts and not symbols (e.g., Paul M. Smith1).
  • Corresponding author’s information (full mailing address, phone numbers, email address); this is usually the submitting author
  • Abstract, not longer thank 250 words and divided in the sections as appropriate
  • Keywords: provide up to 6 keywords in alphabetical order
  • Disclosures on
    a) Conflict of interest: Financial conflict of interest may exist if any financial gain is brought to the author or to his/her family, business partners, or employer by direct or indirect commission; stock ownership or options in manufacturing company; involvement in any for-profit or not-for-profit corporation where the author or his/her family is a director or recipient of a grant, including consultant and travel costs reimbursement.  Non-financial competing interest may be political, personal, or intellectual.
    b) Funding/Support: Payment or services from a third party (government, commercial, private foundation, etc.) to support the research and the work reported.

Manuscript length (excluding figures and tables)
Full research paper: max 3000 words | References: max 30 
Mini-review: max 4000 | References: max 40 
Full-length review paper: max 5000 |  References: max 50
Short communication: max 2000 |  References: max 7

For full details please refer to the Authors' Guidelines


Go to submission page

Submission guidelines
Step 1: Register on the Journal website;
Step 2: Read these guidelines and prepare your submission files (Manuscript, figures, supplementary materials if included)
Step 3: Log in;
Step 4: Click on “Submit now


For submission enquiries and for additional requests please contact Lucia Steele (Publication Manager): 
lucia.steele@aboutscience.eu