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Format Requirements

Aplimat Journal does not consider presubmission inquiries. All submissions should be prepared in one of the following forms:

  • Manuscript, including tables and figure legends
  • Manuscript, including tables and separate figures files with legend


Prior to submission, authors who believe their manuscripts would benefit from professional editing are encouraged to use language-editing and copyediting services. Obtaining this service is the responsibility of the author, and should be done before initial submission. These services can be found on the web using search terms like "scientific editing service" or "manuscript editing service." Submissions are not copyedited before publication.


In addition to the guidelines below, please refer to our downloadable sample files to make sure that your submission meets our formatting requirements:

  • Download full manuscript sample (PDF)


Submissions that do not meet the Aplimat Journal Publication Criterion for language standards may be rejected.

 

Manuscript Organization

Aplimat Journal considers manuscripts of any length, usually less than 20 pages, if possible even number of pages. There are no explicit restrictions for the number of words, figures, or the length of the supporting information, although we encourage a concise and accessible writing style. We will not consider monographs.

All manuscripts should be single-spaced and include page numbers.


Manuscripts must begin with the ordered sections:


and end with the sections of:

  • Conclusions (optional)
  • Acknowledgments
  • References
  • Current Addresses

 

The title, authors, and affiliations should all be included on a title page as the first page of the manuscript file. There are no explicit requirements for section organization between these beginning and ending sections. Articles may be organized in different ways and with different section titles, according to the authors' preference. In most cases, internal sections include:

  • Literature review
  • Results
  • Discussion


Aplimat Journal has no specific requirements for the order of these sections, and in some cases it may be appropriate to combine sections. 

Abbreviations, if used, should be kept to a minimum and defined upon first use in the text. Non-standard abbreviations should not be used unless they appear at least three times in the text.

Standardized nomenclature should be used as appropriate, including appropriate usage of species names and SI units.

Aplimat Journal articles do not support text footnotes. If your accepted submission contains footnotes, you will be asked to move that material into either the main text or the reference list, depending on the content.

 

Manuscript File Requirements

Authors may submit their manuscript files in Word (as .doc or .docx), LaTeX (as .tex and .pdf), or RTF format. Word files must not be protected.

LaTeX Submissions 

If you would like to submit your manuscript using LaTeX, you must author your article using the Aplimat Journal LaTeX template and/or BibTeX style sheet. Articles prepared in LaTeX may be submitted in PDF format for use during the review process. After acceptance, however, .tex files will be required. Please consult our LaTeX guidelines for a list of what will be required.

Microsoft Word

Submissions with Equations. If your manuscript is or will be in Microsoft Word and contains equations, you must follow the instructions below to make sure that your equations are editable when the file enters production.

 

  • Format display equations only in MathType (http://www.dessci.com/en/products/mathtype/).
  • Do not use Equations tools or Symbol font for any equation formatting. If your inline equations require special formatting, use MathType.
  • Do not use Graphic Objects.

If you have already composed your article in Microsoft Word and used its built-in equation editing tool, your equations will become unusable during the typesetting process. To resolve this problem, re-key your equations using MathType.

If you do not follow these instructions, Aplimat Journal will not be able to accept your file.


 

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