Nanotechnology-Guide for Authors

Submission Guidelines for Authors

Types of papers

Scientia Nanotechnology publishes regular papers, research notes, rapid communications, review articles, and letters to the Editor.

Regular papers are highly technical papers, which usually do not exceed 35 double-spaced typed pages, including figures and tables, and which will be reviewed to ensure full credibility. All articles must contain fully original work representing the latest theoretical research and experimental results in the relevant fields of science and engineering covered by the journal.

Research notes are papers which include descriptions of current research findings in a specific area of science and/or engineering. These papers are usually much shorter than a full article and should not exceed 17 double-spaced typed pages, including figures and tables.

Rapid communications report research of immediate value to the scientific community and are limited to a maximum length of 2000 words with an abstract of no more than 50 words and a maximum of six figures.

Review articles include a long, detailed synopsis of current research findings on a particular topic. Reviews of specialized topics of current interest are by invitation only. The manuscript should not exceed 35 double-spaces typed pages, including figures and tables with citation up to hundred references maximum.

Letters to the Editor may be published for matters of urgency only, including comments on papers published in this journal

Submission of papers

Manuscript should be submitted to the Editor via in both MS Word and PDF format. The author(s) should submit a cover letter, declaring that the work described has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract or

as part of a published lecture or academic thesis) and it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. A short statement on the novelty and originality of the works is recommended. Names and e-mail addresses of at least three experts in the subject of your field are required.

Article preparation

Authors should make every effort to conform to the guidelines given below for the preparation of manuscripts. Proper preparation of manuscripts will speed publication of articles. Improperly prepared manuscripts may be returned to the author(s) for correction before being accepted for publication.

Use of wordprocessing software

Manuscripts should be typewritten in single-column format, double-spaced on one side of A4 page only. Margins should be at least 2.5 cm on all sides. Good quality printouts with a font size of 12 pt are required. All pages should be numbered consecutively. The text should be concise and consistent as to spelling and abbreviations. Sections and sub-sections should be clearly defined. Do not use the wordprocessor's options to justify text or to hyphenate words. However, do use bold face, italics, subscripts, superscripts etc. Do not embed 'graphically designed' equations or tables, but prepare these using the wordprocessor's facility.

Article structure

The first page should comprise the title of the paper, the full names of all authors, their titles and affiliations and a running head for the paper that does not exceed 55 letters and spaces. The corresponding author should be identified (including fax number, phone number and E-mail address). Present/permanent addresses of all authors should be indicated.

This order of text should be followed when typing manuscripts: Title, Authors, Affiliations, Abstract, Keywords, Main text, Acknowledgments, References, Appendix (in which all equations, figures and tables should be numbered in a different style (e.g. Equation A1/Figure A1, or Table A1)), Figure captions and then Table captions. Do not import figures or tables into your text.


An abstract of 200 words or less should precede the introduction. The abstract should clearly indicate the nature of the manuscript and the results described therein.


Immediately after the abstract, provide the maximum of six keywords. These terms should be relatively independent (coordinate index terms) and, as a group, should optimally characterize the paper. Use American spelling and avoiding general and plural terms and multiple concepts.


Author(s) may list those individuals who provided help during the research and acknowledge them in a separate section at the end of the article before the references.


Citations should be numbered in sequence throughout the article in square brackets and listed in sequence numerically at the end of the paper. References should be complete and according to the following style: Author (preceding initials), title, journal/book title, location of publisher, volume number, issue number, inclusive page numbers, and year.


Journals: Johnson, W. and Mamalis, A.G. 'The perforation of circular plate with four sided pyramidally-headed square-section punches', Int. J. of Mech. Sci., 20 (3), pp 801-820 (1990).

Books: Hindmarsh, J. 'The electrical-circuit viewpoint', In Electrical Machines and their Applications, P. Hammond, Ed., 4th Edn., pp 57-130, Pergamon Press, Oxford, UK (1975).

Proceedings and reports: Walker, L.K. and Morgan, J.R. 'Field performance of firm silty clay', 9th Int. Conf. on Soil Mech. And Found. Engrg., 1, Tokyo, Japan, pp 341-346 (1977).

Barksdale, R.D. and Bachus, R.C. 'Design and construction of stone columns', Report SCEGIT 83-10, Georgia Inst. of Tech., Atlanta, GA, submitted to Fed. Highway Admin (1983).

Bhandari, R.K.M. 'Behavior of tank founded on soil reinforced with stone columns', VIII European Conf. on Soil Mech. And Found. Engrg., Helsinki (1983).


Drawings, photographs and charts are referred to as Figure(s) and should be numbered and referred to in sequence throughout the text. As a rule, only original illustrations should be used. It is the author's responsibility to obtain permission to use previously published material. All Figures should appear separate from the text at the end of the manuscript. They also should be marked underneath with the figure number. All figures are to have a caption. Captions should be supplied on a separate sheet. All figures should be sharp, clean, and of high contrast in Tiff format with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi. All line drawings and photos should be in black and white, unless color is specifically requested. All lettering, graph lines and points or graphs should be sufficiently large and bold to permit reproduction when the diagram has been reduced to 2 or 1 column widths. In a figure, graphs should be distinguished from each other and match their legends. If, in a figure, any mathematical expression is used, please make sure that all the superscript, subscript, small and cap letters be shown exactly as they appear in the text.


Tables should be numbered and referred to in the text consecutively and given a suitable caption. Each table should be typed on a separate sheet. Footnotes to tables should be typed below the table and should be referred to by superscript lowercase letters.


The use of footnotes is not acceptable; the material should be included as parenthetical material in the text wherever possible.

Mathematical expressions

Particular care should be used in identifying unusual symbols or notations and upper and lower case letters. Define all nonstandard nomenclature when they are first used. Avoid using awkward mathematical notations and non-standard symbols. Please note that consistency should be followed in using capital or small letters; superscripts or subscripts in mathematical environments. This should also be undertaken for figures where mathematical expressions are used. In type setting mathematical expressions, using Word software, please do not use any special style.


Unless otherwise specified, page proofs will be sent to the corresponding author by PDF for proofreading. Corrections are to be limited to minor and typographical errors. Major changes to the author's manuscript will not, in general, be permitted. Any queries should be answered in full. Proofs should be returned to the publishers within three days of their receipt by the author. Publication of articles that are not promptly returned may be delayed to a subsequent issue of the journal.


The corresponding author, at no cost, will be provided with a PDF file of the article via e-mail. Offprints may be ordered via the offprint order form which is sent once the article is accepted for publication.