Article Types

Article type


Number of Words*


Brief communication of novel findings



Describes novel research

3,000 (legal articles up to 15,000)


Thorough evaluation of important research


*number of words includes all words within the main text (e.g. Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion). Word count do not include figure captions, tables, Acknowledgement or References.

Extended description of Article types.

1. Letters

Short reports of original research focused on findings that will be of interest to scientists in different fields. Limit to 4 pages, no more than 30 references, must not exceed 1,500 words of text.

2. Articles

Original research that presents substantial advancement in the field and has immediate, far-reaching implications. Limit to 5 pages, no more than 50 references, must not exceed 3,000 words of text. Exception are legal articles where the word count can be up to 15,000 words.

3. Reviews

A state of the art evaluation of a topical aspect of a field. Must not exceed a maximum of 10,000 words.