Instruction to Authors
JOURNAL OF PLASTINATION is owned and controlled by the International Society for Plastination (ISP).               

- The Journal of Plastination (ISSN 2311-7761/printed) and (ISSN 2311-777X online)is to provide a medium for the publication of scientific papers dealing with all aspects of plastination and preservation of biological specimens.

Submission Guidelines

All manuscripts must be submitted to the Editorial Office via the e-mail: If you experience any problems or need further information, please contact Dr. Philip Adds ( Authors must have an e-mail address at which they may be reached. Necessary Files for Submission Include:
  • Cover letter
  • Manuscript (including references and figure legends)
  • Table(s) (when appropriate)
  • Figure(s) (when appropriate)
  • Copyright Release Form (after acceptance)
Note: The above items should be prepared as separate files. Each file must contain a file extension (.doc, tif, jpg, eps).
  • File formats appropriate for text and table submissions: Microsoft Word
  • File formats appropriate for figure submissions: TIFF, JPEG (JPG) and EPS
Categories of submissions:

Articles published in Journal of Plastination are grouped into general article types (listed below). Final designation of a manuscript’s article type is determined by the EDITOR.
  • Original Research – Plastination
  • Original Research – preservation
  • Education
  • Case reports
  • Technical brief notes
  • Review - by invitation only
  • Legacy – institutions and people
  • Correspondence
  • Editorial
Acceptance of a submission implies the transfer of copyright from the authors to the publisher. It is the author's responsibility to obtain permission to reproduce illustrations, tables and figures from other publications. Copyright Transfer Form may be downloaded from the form is completed and signed by all the authors, it should be submitted to the Editorial Office ( as a pdf or jpeg file via an e-mail attachment.

Manuscript preparation

Cover Letter

The cover letter should include a statement of authorship, notification of conflicts of interest, ethical adherence, and any financial disclosures.
Cover letters may be addressed to the Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Plastination. Manuscript
The manuscript should consist of subdivisions in the following sequence:
Title Page
Abstract with keywords
      Materials and methods
Figure Legends

Title Page

The first page of the manuscript should include:
  • Title of paper
  • Each author’s name
  • Institution from which paper emanated, with city, state, and postal code. Each affiliation should be listed as a separate entity, with a superscript number that links it to the individual author.
For example:
S. D. Holladay1*, B. L. Blaylock2 and B. J. Smith1
1Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology, Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0442, USA.
2College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, University of Louisiana at Monroe, Monroe, LA 71209, USA.
  • Corresponding Author’s name, address, telephone and telefax numbers, and e-mail address.
For example:
*Correspondence to: Dr Shane D. Holladay, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology, Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0442, USA. Tel.: +001 404 739 6403; Fax.: +001 404 739 6492; E-mail: It is the corresponding author’s responsibility to notify the Editorial Office of changes of address. Only the corresponding author should communicate with the Editorial office for matters regarding each manuscript.

Abstract & Key Words:

The abstract should be no longer than 250 words. It should contain a description of the objectives, materials and methods, results, and conclusions. The abstract should include a section on technique/technical development if the paper is significantly technical in nature. The abstract must be written in complete sentences and be intelligible without reference to the rest of the paper. No references should be used in the abstract. On the same page, list, in alphabetical order, five Key Words  that reflect the content of the manuscript. Consult the Medical Subject Headings for appropriate key words. Key words should be set in lower case (except for essential capitals), separated by a semicolon and bolded. References:
  • References to published works, abstracts and books must include all that are relevant and necessary to the manuscript.
  • Citations in the text should be in parentheses and listed chronologically; e.g. (Bickley et al., 1981; von Hagens, 1985;  Henry and Haynes, 1989) except when the authors name is part of a sentence; e.g. "…von Hagens (1985) reported that…"  When references are made to more than one paper by the same author published in the same year, designate each citation as 1999 a, b, c, etc.
  • Literature cited may only include the publications, which are cited in the text.  References are to be listed alphabetically using abbreviated journal names according to Index Medicus. Page numbers of the citation must be included.
  • Examples of the reference style are as follows:
  • For a journal article:
Bickley HC, von Hagens G, Townsend FM. 1981: An improved method for preserving of teaching specimens.  Arch Pathol Lab Med 105:674-676.
  • For a book section:
Henry R, Haynes C.  1989: The urinary system.  In: Henry R, editor.  An atlas and guide to the dissection of the pony, 4th ed.   Edina, MN: Alpha Editions, p 8-17.
  • For other publications:
Von Hagens G. 1985: Heidelberg plastination folder: Collection of technical leaflets for plastination.  Heidelberg: Anatomiches Institut 1, Universität Heidelberg, p 16-33.

Figure legends
  • Legends for all figures should be brief, specific and not be a substitute listing for the result section, and appear on a separate page at the end of the manuscript, following the list of references.
  • Legends must be numbered consecutively as they first appear in the text.
  • All symbols or abbreviations appearing in any figure must be defined in the legend.
  • All tables must be cited in the text and have titles. Table titles should be complete but brief. Information other than that defining the data should be presented as footnotes.
  • Create tables using the table creating and editing feature of Microsoft Word. Do not use Excel or comparable spreadsheet programs.
  • Each table should be simple and uncomplicated, with NO vertical and as few horizontal lines as possible.
  • Each table is to appear on a separate page and must include the table title and appropriate column heads.
  • Save each table in a separate word document file and upload individually, like figures.
  • Do not embed tables within the body of the manuscript.
  • All figures must be cited in the text and must have legends.
  • Each figure should be attached as a separate file and labeled with the appropriate number.
  • Figures should be created, saved and submitted as either a TIFF, JPEG (JPG) or an EPS file.
  • Line drawings must have a resolution of at least 1200 dpi, and electronic photographs, scanned images, radiographs, CT and MRI scans must have a resolution of at least 300 dpi.
  • The size of each figure should be at least 8.25 cm / 3.25 inches (one-column width) or 16 cm / 6 inches (two-column width).
  • Magnification must be recorded and have a “scale bar” in the photo. Since reproduction of illustrations is costly, authors should limit the number of figures to those which adequately present the findings, and add to the understanding of the manuscript.
  • Figures that are submitted in color must be published in color. Authors are responsible for the costs of any color reproductions. Contact the editor for details.