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Submitting an Article to Eukaryon

Methods of Nomination and Article Submission

1. Faculty can directly nominate student work, as long as the student author(s) has agreed to be nominated.

2. Students are encouraged to self-nominate their work, but must also get the approval of a faculty sponsor.  The sponsor does not have to be the instructor of the course from which work was derived.

Senior theses are automatically accepted without revision if they received distinction.  If they did not receive distinction, we will review them before acceptance.  2017 theses will be considered for the 2018 issue and must be submitted to Eukaryon by May 1 (2017).

Submitted work does not need to be formatted in any specific way.  We will format the reviewed work, if it is accepted for Eukaryon publication. All submissions must be sent to Eukaryon (eukaryon@mx.lakeforest.edu) as an email attachment (word document).  However, if only a print copy is available with the instructor (for example, because a student has already graduated), then that will be acceptable for a faculty nominated student work.

Late fall submissions: All submissions received by December will be reviewed swiftly and editorial decisions will be made before fall semester classes end, in time for a 2018 publication. Accepted work will be published in the 2018 issue.

We understand that a significant amount of written work this fall will only be generated after November 25.  We will review those works as soon they are submitted.  If submissions are of superior quality and do not require revisions and minimal copy-editing (less than 20% of last year’s acceptances fell in this category) they will be published in the 2018 issue. If they need revision before acceptance or extensive copy-editing, they will not be published in the 2018 edition.

Spring semester submissions: They will be considered for the 2019 issue and we will review such work throughout the spring semester and in Fall 2018.

Eukaryon Review Process 

In order to highlight the most exemplary academic work at Lake Forest College and support high journalistic standards, Eukaryon maintains a high level of selectivity for submitted work. The acceptance of a submission is an honor and implies that the author will be in attendance at Eukaryon’s Inauguration, where their name will be called and they will be presented with a certificate and a complimentary copy of the print journal. 

1. Once a submission is received, it is moved to a shared folder in the cloud that can be accessed by all of Eukaryon’s executive board. 

2. We inform authors and the nominator/sponsor by email that we have received the manuscript. We expect that the review will take no longer than one month from this date.

3. Author names are removed and the manuscript is assigned to two readers in the review board (after ensuring lack of conflict of interest). If both reviewers have the same decision (they complete a written review sheet that is kept as permanent record), then we inform the authors of that decision (“Accept”, “Accept Pending Revision”, “Reject”). If the two reviewers disagree, a third reviewer becomes involved to break the tie. If accepted, it moves on to the Copy-Editing Board. If the article is accepted pending revision, authors receive two weeks to revise, after which the Review Board makes a final decision. Upon acceptance we ask that the author(s) of the work sign an agreement that states their work is in accordance with Lake Forest College’s academic honesty policy.

4. Accepted papers move from Review to Copy-Editing Board. Copy-editing takes at least one week and involves correcting any errors in grammar, spelling, usage, and style in accepted articles before they appear in the print and online editions. Marked versions of the articles will be sent to all authors for final proofing. All copy-editing changes must be approved or rejected within one week.  

5. Edited articles move to Publications Board, which formats them according to Eukaryon’s style guide for inclusion in the print and online editions of the journal. All print formatting is completed in Adobe InDesign. During this time, Eukaryon requests a short biography from accepted authors. Author photographs, which are taken by Biology staff within the Johnson Science Center, will be used as article thumbnails on the online edition. Please notify Eukaryon if you would not like your photo to be included.

6. We will completely and permanently archive all accepted submissions on the Eukaryon website in both HTML and PDF format. All emails between Eukaryon and authors and faculty nominators/sponsors will also be archived. This archive will be maintained by the Business/Records Manager.

General Formatting

These are general guidelines. For articles from classes, follow the rubric given to you by your instructor.  

Text Formatting:
  • Articles should be in Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx) with two columns and one-inch margins (please refer to examples in Eukaryon’s print edition).
  • Text should be single-spaced.
  • Please indicate the class/project for which they were written.
  • Title should be in app caps, 14pt Gill Sans Light
  • All section headings should be in 12pt Gill Sans Light
  • All other text should be in 8pt Arial
Image Formatting
  • Include figures in the text directly following reference to them in the results section. Do not place figures before you describe them in the text.
  • Please submit JPEG versions of all figures separately with “figure number” as the filename. The image quality of submitted figures is significantly diminished in the print edition if images are not submitted separately. 
  • In addition, please submit all figures in one PowerPoint file (one figure per slide) with the legend (in Arial) included on each figure’s slide.
  • Each component of the figure must be grouped.

Please submit Word document, JPEG images, and PowerPoint file on one CD. In addition, please print out a hard copy of the Word document.

Primary Article/Senior Thesis Content

All primary articles must have the following section headings (in this order):

            Title and Professional Affiliation


            Introduction with proper referencing

            Results with proper figures


            Materials and Methods

            Acknowledgements and References


            Concise and in active voice


            Your name(s), department affiliation, Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL 60045


            No more than 250 words

            One to two background sentences

State hypothesis

            Three to five sentences about what was done and results

            A concluding sentence


            Include background information (properly referenced); explain why you conducted this study

            Why is this study relevant to society?

            State your hypothesis and specific aims

            Make sure the language is cohesive and flowing (throughout the paper as well)


            Use subheadings to describe major findings

            Describe results, DO NOT interpret

            Organize in a chronological fashion—tell a story

            Reference figures as you describe

            Figures and tables should have effective titles, labels, and legends


            Begin with a statement about general findings and significance of study

            DO NOT restate results; interpret them and compare results to what was expected

            Address results in chronological order

            Address if hypothesis was supported or not; if not, state why

            Suggestions for future research

            Highlight overall significance of study’s findings in a concluding paragraph

Methods and Materials

            Proper referencing

            Use subsections, each titled with the method’s name

            Address all techniques used

            Show sample calculations

Acknowledgements and References

            Thank all who helped with data generation, analysis and lab report writing.

            Use MLA format for all cited references (use MLA in-text citation as well).

            Include articles, reviews, books, and textbooks consulted for your article.

Ten references are sufficient.

Disease Review Article Content

A disease review article discusses recent findings pertaining to a specific disease or disorder that could change the way we investigate the disease. The review should identify and synthesize all relevant information to formulate the best approach to a diagnosis, treatment, and/or model for the disease. The review should answer a focused question using the analysis of existing review and research articles; use of conclusions from these studies is necessary. This information should prompt a change in some aspect of the disease diagnosis/treatment.

Article Content:


Title and Affiliation





           Define topic,purpose, and relevance

           Things to consider, including epidemiology, infection rate or percentage, known information from the past, what prompted new hypothesis, etc.

Main Text

           Discuss physiology by use of recent clinical/experimental studies, conclusions and data,

           connect different aspects of the disease

           Tell a biological story

           Use of sections and subsections is ABSOLUTELY necessary


           Present a model/possible therapies/suggestions for future research, and provide a short summary of the conclusion you formed from you research


           Should be current research that supports key statements in the paper, 20 references is a normal amount

News and Views Article Content


           Should be creative and interesting, draw the reader in, can include a strapline or short explanatory sentence


           “News” should be introduced in first paragraph of paper with refrence to those who are not familiar in the field

           Background research on topic should follow the “news” so the breakthrough is understood

           Include why the breakthrough is important, what does it implicate?

           Content should tell or give hints as to what are the author’s “views”

           No headings, only smooth transitions in between paragraphs

           Paper should not read like a textbook; readers will have general scientific knowledge

           Specialized jargon should be avoided as much as possible but definition of necessary difficult terms is acceptable

           Articles should be 600-900 words in length

           Should include at least one figure that aids in explanation of findings


           6-10 references is acceptable (includes the newsworthy paper)

           No acknowledgements should be made

Research Proposal Content


           Concisely states the issue to be investigated or conveys significant aspect of proposal


           States background and importance of project (details, justification, and relevance)

           Discusses/summarizes pertinent previous studies (cite material)

           How will the research help fix the problem?

           Touches upon major goals for project

Specific Aims

           Includes why, what, and how (this is more along the lines of specific experiments)

Experimental/Research Methods

           Builds on previous experiments

           Has realistic number of feasible experiments

           Outlines experiments with enough detail for reader to get a firm grasp

           Provides explanation of why using described approach

           Considers successes and pitfalls

           Makes predictions or alternate interpretation


           Summarizes how research will advance understanding of subject area

           Notes urgency, potential payoff, and implementation

Book/Film Review Content

A book/movie review is a less formal kind of scientific writing geared at responding to other works. The point this type of review is not to “bash” another’s work but to inform others so that they can make a decision for themselves whether to read/view the work. It should say whether the book/movie is interesting, based on or relevant to scientific findings, clear and comprehensive among other things.


           Introduction is creative drawing the reader in

           Briefly summarizes plot

           Language creates interest

           Reviewer’s position is clear but not outright stated


           Has stated theme

           Thematic arguments

           Selected key moments to support theme

Scientific Content

           Describes some scientific content for lay person

           Describes some scientific content for other scientists

           (Look for scenes, dialog, and anecdotes whie reading)


           Offers reviewer’s feelings (the best reviews tie the conclusion back to the introductory part of the paper)

Note:  Book Reviews can be written in two ways.  The first way is to write a straight book review that says this is what is in the book and this is what I think of it.  The second way is go off on a creative tangent that pulls in elements of the book and hints at how the reviewer feels at the book.