Guide for Authors

Types of Contributions

  1.      Research Articles:

Research articles should be comprehensive and critical accounts of work in a given area and should have the following structure:

  • • Title,
  • • Authors and affiliations,
  • • Abstract (max. 250 words),
  • • Keywords (max. 6),
  • • Introduction,
  • • Experimental,
  • • Results and Discussion,
  • • Acknowledgement (if any),
  • • References.


  1.      Short communications

Short communications are reports of unusual significance, urgency and interest and must contain relevant preliminary results. They cannot be larger than two Journal pages (approx. 2500 words). Larger Communications will be sent back to authors for shortening. They should be submitted with a statement from the authors as to why the paper meets these criteria.


Papers will be published in English. Manuscript should be submitted (as doc and pdf format), in double spaced typing on pages of uniform size with a wide margin on the left. The authors are urged to arrange the subject matter clearly under headline such as Introduction, Experimental, Results and Discussion, Acknowledgements, References, Tables and Figure Captions.


Manuscript preparation

Subdivision - numbered sections

Divide your article into clearly defined and numbered sections. Subsections should be numbered 1.1 (then 1.1.1, 1.1.2, ...), 1.2, etc. (the abstract is not included in section numbering). Use this numbering also for internal cross-referencing: do not just refer to "the text". Any subsection may be given a brief heading. Each heading should appear on its own separate line.


Title: The title of a manuscript should reflect concisely the purpose and findings of the work in order to provide maximal information for a computerized title search. Abbreviations, symbols, chemical formulae, references, and footnotes should be avoided. The authors’ full first names, middle initials, and last names should be given, followed by the address (or addresses) of the contributing institution. The author to whom correspondence and/or inquiries should be directed should be indicated by an asterisk*. The complete address, including phone number, fax number, and e-mail address, of the correspondence author should also be given.


Abstract: should be reserved for a summary in English, independent of the language of the main text. An abstract of 150-250 words should be included at the beginning of a paper. The abstract should comprise a brief and factual account of the contents and conclusions of the paper as well as an indication of any new information presented and its relevance.


Keywords: A maximum of six keywords should be given in alphabetical order, in English, after the abstract. The keywords will be used for the annual subject index. Well-chosen keywords will help a reader to find articles of potential interest.


Introduction: The objectives should be stated, along with relevant citations. A comprehensive literature survey should be avoided.


Experimental: Experimental section should be given in sufficient detail to enable others to repeat your work. This should be presented as a clear and detailed description of experimental procedures and analytical conditions to enable readers to carry out similar work. Supply sample preparation procedures, name, model and configuration details of equipment used, and data handing methods.


Results and Discussion: The original and important findings should be stated.


Acknowledgements: Collate acknowledgements in a separate section at the end of the article before the references and do not, therefore, include them on the title page, as a footnote to the title or otherwise. List here those individuals who provided help during the research (e.g., providing language help, writing assistance or proof reading the article, etc.).


References: References should numbered consecutively (numerals in square brackets) throughout the text and collected together in a reference list at the end of the paper. In the reference list, journals [1], books [2], thesis [3] and websites [4] should be cited in accordance with the following styles:


[1] H. A. Zamani, M. R. Ganjali, H. Behmadi, M. A. Behnajady, Mater. Sci. Engin. C 29 (2009) 1535.

[2] C. A. Hampel, R. Book, The Encyclopedia of the Chemical Elements, Reinhold Book Corp, New York, 1968.

[3] M. R. Ganjali, Electrochemical Studies of Some Macrocyclic Ligand Complexes with Inorganic and Organic Cations and their Uses in Construction of the PVC-Based Ion-Selective Electrodes, Ph.D thesis, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran (1997).

[4] [online] available:

Lists of journal title abbreviations is available at:


Legends: each figure and scheme should have a legend. These should be listed together at the end of the reference section of the text file rather than being included with the drawings in the graphics files.


Tables: Tables should be typed in double spacing on separate sheets and provided a suitable heading. Tables should not be embedded in the text, but should appear after the references in the .doc file at the end of the manuscript. A short descriptive title should appear above each table with a clear legend and any footnotes should be clearly identified below. All units must be included. Abbreviations should be defined in the caption or in a footnote.


Figures: Figures (illustrations) should not be embedded in the text, but should be included as separate sheets or files. Figures (xls & jpg format) should be submitted either as original art work or as high-quality reproductions. Figures should be numbered consecutively, the captions should be typed on a separate sheet and grouped with the Figures at the end of manuscript, after the references and any tables.