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How to Prepare Your Illustrations | Manuscript Preparation Checklist
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Where to Submit Your Manuscript
Submit manuscripts via Peer X-Press®, the journal's online manuscript submission system, located at http://jmp.peerx-press.org.
Author instructions are available through a link after you successfully log into Peer X-Press®. After registering and submitting information and files, you may use Peer X-Press to check on the status of your manuscript throughout the peer review process.
A cover letter should specify authors, title, Journal, corresponding author's e-mail address, and any special requests.
Authors who wish their manuscript to be handled by a specific member of the Editorial Board should include a note to that effect in the cover letter as well as in the "Submission Comments" box at the bottom of the online manuscript submission form.
Unless otherwise stated, submission of a manuscript will be understood to mean that the paper has been neither copyrighted, classified, published, nor is being considered for publication elsewhere.
Agreement to the terms of AIP’s Transfer of Copyright Agreement form is required for publication in this journal. No claim is made to original U.S. Government works. When submitting your original or revised manuscript to the journal's online submission site (http://jmp.peerx-press.org), you will be able to provide electronic consent to the Transfer of Copyright Agreement.
There is no publication charge.
Contact the Editorial Office
Contact the Journal of Mathematical Physics Editorial Office at:
Bruno L. Z. Nachtergaele, Editor
Journal of Mathematical Physics
Department of Mathematics
University of California, Davis
Davis, CA 95616
Statement of Ethics and Responsibilities of Authors Submitting to AIP Journals
This journal is published as part of the charter of its publisher, the American Institute of Physics (AIP), to advance and diffuse knowledge of the science of physics and its applications to human welfare. To that end, it is essential that all who participate in producing the journal conduct themselves as authors, reviewers, editors, and publishers in accord with the highest level of professional ethics and standards.
A detailed statement of what this journal expects is available here.
By submitting a manuscript to this journal, each author implicitly confirms that it meets the highest ethical standards.
Through participation in Author Select®, authors may choose open access for their published article. By supporting both publication and archiving costs through payment of a $2200 fee, authors may instruct the journal to provide free online access to the published article, in perpetuity, to any online user. A subscription to the online journal will not be required to access full-text versions of these open access articles. See details about Author Select and look for information during manuscript submission.
Authors whose manuscripts have been accepted for publication will receive correspondence informing them of the issue for which it is tentatively scheduled. Date of publication may be before the cover date of the issue. Authors may access publication data for their manuscripts online through AIP's AMSIS service.
Proofs and all subsequent correspondence pertaining to papers in the production process should be addressed to:
Journal of Mathematical Physics
American Institute of Physics
2 Huntington Quadrangle
Melville, NY 11747-4502, USA
Telephone: +1 516-576-2299
Fax: +1 516-576-2233
Reference must be made to the AIP identification number (e.g., 001201JMP), title, author, and scheduled issue date. A limited number of alterations in proof are unavoidable, but the cost of making extensive alterations after the article has been typeset may be charged to the author. Please do not address correspondence about proofs, reprints, artwork, color printing charges, etc., to the Editor. To do so simply delays the appropriate action and response.
Through AIP's Accepted Manuscript Status Inquiry System (AMSIS), authors may access information about significant milestones for their accepted manuscript during the production process at AIP. AMSIS can be used only by authors of accepted manuscripts; authors will use Peer X-Press® to monitor their submitted manuscripts during peer review.
Authors generally give serious consideration to the content of a paper; however, in preparing a manuscript, they sometimes fail to follow certain basic rules required for speedy publication and a more satisfactory appearance of the published paper. The speed with which papers are processed in the Editorial Office and prepared for publication by the American Institute of Physics can be increased considerably by authors' care in the preparation of manuscripts.
General information regarding color printing charges, and similar material may be found on the inside front cover of each issue and following the table of contents.
How to Prepare Your Manuscript
AIP recommends Edanz for authors who wish to have the language in their manuscripts edited by a native-English-speaking language editor who is also a scientific expert. Edanz is a global editing service with offices in Japan and China. Use of an editing service is neither a requirement nor a guarantee of acceptance for publication. Please contact Edanz directly to make arrangements for editing and to receive a quotation regarding price and time.
For general format and style, consult recent issues of the journal. Link to the journal's General Editorial Policies here.
Acceptable manuscript file types include Word, LaTeX, and PDF. PDF is acceptable for the review process only and a source Word or LaTex file is required for production.
JMP style files are now available within REVTeX 4.1. Download REVTeX 4.1 here.
Note for TeX users:
Please note that AIP does not compose/typeset pages in TeX. Instead we use the generic markup language XML (Extensible Markup Language). As a result, the format and layout, especially math, may look somewhat different to what was originally created in TeX.
While we appreciate the benefits to authors of preparing manuscripts in TeX, especially for math-intensive manuscripts, it is neither a cost-effective composition tool (for the volume of pages AIP currently produces) nor is it a format that can be used effectively for online publishing.
XML is critical to ensure that online content is discoverable, searchable, and accessible well into the future. It is a W3C standard that has been adopted by many publishers as well as by many software industry market leaders. Information in XML can be processed easily by computers and is both hardware and software independent. Tagged XML data is an ideal archive format as identification and extraction of specific content for reuse is relatively easy. A single XML source file is generated from authors’ TeX or Word files and feeds our entire process. All end-products and deliverables, whether print or electronic, are derived from this single XML file, reducing the chance of errors or inconsistencies.
The Manuscript, including the abstract, references, and captions, should be set up for 21.6 × 28 cm (8-1/2 × 11 in. or A4) pages with ample margins. It should be carefully proofread by the author. The manuscript must be in good scientific American English; this is the author's responsibility. Number all pages in single sequence. The title page should contain the title of the article, the names of the authors, a suitable byline, and a short abstract. Parts of the manuscript should be arranged in the following order: title, author, affiliation, abstract, text, acknowledgments, appendices, and references. Figures, with figure captions, may be embedded within the manuscript to assist the reviewers. Papers should not be lengthened by unnecessary descriptions and repetitions, but neither should authors use a telegraphic style detrimental to the clarity and understanding of the paper.
The title of a paper should be as concise as possible but informative enough to facilitate information retrieval. For series publications of closely related papers, the descriptor “Part I,” or simply “I,” will not be included as part of the title of an article unless Part II has already been submitted for publication in the Journal. Part III, IV, etc., are likewise unacceptable unless the prior parts have already been accepted or have appeared in this Journal, and are properly identified in the references.
The Abstract should be self-contained (contain no footnotes). One should not have to read the paper to understand the abstract. It should be about 5% of the length of the article, but less than 500 words. The abstract should be written as one paragraph and should not contain displayed mathematical equations or tabular material.
Authors' names should preferably be written in a standard form for all publications to facilitate indexing and avoid ambiguities.
Authors with Chinese, Japanese, or Korean names may choose to have their names published in their own language alongside the English versions of their names in the author list of their publications. For Chinese, authors may use either Simplified or Traditional characters. Chinese, Japanese, or Korean characters must be included within the author list of the manuscript when submitting or resubmitting. The manuscript must be prepared using Microsoft Word or using the CJK LaTeX package. Specific guidelines for each authoring tool are given here. To ensure that we have processed the manuscript files correctly, you must proof the PDF of the manuscript as produced by the Peer X-Press® system on first submission. In addition, it is essential that you check carefully any production proofs you receive prior to the publication of your paper.
The manuscript should have an Introduction that places the work in a context, beginning with the general physical or mathematical problem to which it is directed, following with the motivation for the particular approach taken, and summarizing the principal results.
Equations should be well aligned and should not be crowded; only the more important ones should be numbered on the right-hand side of the manuscript. Equations should be numbered consecutively throughout, i.e., (1), (2), (3), etc. [The form (1.1), (1.2), etc., in Sec. I, (2.1), (2.2), etc., in Sec. II, and so on is acceptable, but not preferred.] Several equations grouped together may be given letters to distinguish them [for example, (2a), (2b), (2c)]. A later, somewhat changed version of an earlier equation may be labeled with a prime [for example, (1), (2), (3), (1'), (4), etc.]. Other numbering schemes are unacceptable and will be changed. Use center dot only to indicate dot products and a boldfaced cross (×) to indicate a cross product. Use a lightface cross product (×) to indicate multiplication which is continued to the next line. The solidus (/) should be used instead of built-up fractions in running text, and in display wherever clarity would not be jeopardized. Use "exp" for complicated exponents. Avoid repetition of a complicated expression by representing it with a standard, commonly used symbol.
Notation must be legible, clear, compact, and consistent with standard usage. All unusual symbols whose identity may not be obvious must be identified the first time they appear, and at all subsequent times when confusion might arise. Superscripts are normally set directly over subscripts; authors should note where readability or the meaning requires a special order.
Major section headings should be numbered consecutively with Roman numerals. The Introduction is to be numbered as Sec. I. Unless a paper is very short, it should be broken up into sections, and all sections must have headings.
Acknowledgments should appear under that heading at the end of the main text (before the appendices, footnotes, tables, figure captions, and figures, if any). Acknowledgment of financial support should appear as the last paragraph under the same heading.
Appendices should have a short title, and equations in them should be numbered consecutively [(A1), (A2), etc., for Appendix A (or the only appendix); (B1), (B2), etc., for Appendix B, and so on].
References and footnotes should be in the form shown in recent issues of this journal. There should be no reference to classified publications even if their titles are unclassified. In every case, where a reference to a published (or "submitted to") paper can be used, "unpublished" references must be omitted. In all other cases, references to "unpublished" papers should be avoided; however, reference to a thesis is appropriate. The names, including initials, of all authors in each reference should be given (in the text the use of et al. is permissible). For footnotes to title and bylines use a), b), c), etc. Avoid lengthy footnotes by inserting them in the text.
References to books and journal articles, listed at the end of the paper, are to be in one of these formats:
By number, in the order of first appearance, giving the names of the authors, the journal name, volume, year, and first page number only, as in:
53V. Bargmann, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 38, 961 (1952).
This paper will be listed as the 53rd in the list of references and cited as 53.
In alphabetical order according to the first author's last name, giving, in addition to the name, volume, year, and first and last page, also the title of the paper cited, as in:
Bargmann, V., "On the number of bound states in a central field of force,"' Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 38, 961–966 (1952).
This paper will be cited as "Bargmann (1952)." If there are several papers by the same author(s) and the same year, they should be distinguished by letters, as in (1952a).
|(2b)||Alternatively, the alphabetically listed references (with full titles and pagination) may be numbered according to their alphabetical order and cited by their number.|
Every article has to be consistent in the use of one of these citation styles; they should not be mixed.
Each table must have a caption that will make the data in the table intelligible without reference to the text. Complicated column headings should be avoided. Footnotes to the table should be indicated by superscripts, a, b, c, etc., and begun anew for each table. The tables should be numbered with Roman numerals in the order in which they are referred to in the text.
AUTHOR GUIDELINES FOR MULTIMEDIA SUBMISSIONS
Multimedia files can be included in the online version of published papers. These multimedia files can be viewed by simply clicking on a link in the paper, provided the reader has a video player, such as Windows Media PlayerTM, QuickTime PlayerTM, or RealOne PlayerTM installed.
Please adhere to the following guidelines when preparing multimedia files for submission:
- When incorporating multimedia, note that the paper should be written so that the print version can be understood on its own.
- Submit all multimedia files initially with the manuscript.
- Treat all multimedia files as figures, numbered in sequence as they are referred to in text. (Multimedia files will not have a numbering scheme separate from the figures.)
- All multimedia files must be cited in the text, referred to by their figure number.
- For each multimedia file, provide a figure, which is a static representation of the multimedia file. Also provide an accompanying caption. At the end of the caption, include the phrase, "(enhanced online)."
- Video and other enhanced files should be in a format that the majority of readers can view without too much difficulty. See the multimedia guidelines here for specific submission requirements.
Supplemental files may be of two types:
- Files to aid the reviewer and not for publication.
- Supplementary information for publication alongside the manuscript.
Appropriate items for publication as supplemental material include; multimedia (e.g., movie files, audio files, 3D rendering files), data tables, and text (e.g., appendices) that are too lengthy or of too limited interest for inclusion in the article. Links (URLs) in the online (printed) journal article allow users to navigate directly to the associated files. Note that subdirectories (folders) are not acceptable. Name files appropriately, so that all files can reside at the root directory, allowing successful linking between the published paper and its associated supplemental material.
All supplemental material must be approved by the Journal Editor as part of a manuscript's normal review cycle, and must be listed in the reference section as follows: "See supplementary material at [URL will be inserted by AIP] for [give brief description of material]."
For additional information about depositing or retrieving supplementary material, see the Supplemental Material homepage.
Free Color Online
If authors supply usable color graphics files in time for the production process, color will appear in the online journal free of charge. A usable color graphics file must be in one of the following formats: Encapsulated PostScript (.eps), PostScript (.ps), Tagged Image File Format (.tif), and Portable Document Format (.pdf). No other type of color illustration is acceptable, and only one version of each graphics file will be accepted.
In order to maintain online color as a free service to authors, the journal cannot accept multiple versions of the same graphics file. Authors may not submit two versions of the same illustration (e.g., one for color and one for black & white). When preparing illustrations that will appear in color in the online journal and in black & white in the printed journal, authors must ensure that: (i) colors chosen will reproduce well when printed in black & white and (ii) descriptions of figures in text and captions will be sufficiently clear for both print and online versions. This is the author's responsibility.
If usable color graphics files are received in time for the production process, authors will see color versions of those illustrations when viewing their author proofs. (The Corresponding Author will receive e-mail notification from AIP when the proof, as a PDF file, is available for downloading.)
Although figures will appear in color online, the printed version of the article will contain black-and-white images. Therefore, a descriptive term other than a color is needed in the caption to support the data of discussion. For example, instead of “the red and blue symbols” write “the red circles and blue squares.” By adding the descriptive terms “circles” and “squares” the print reader, seeing the image in black and white, would have a clearer picture as to what is being explained in the figure.
The procedures for obtaining color in the printed journal remain unchanged. Authors or their institutions must bear the cost of any color they wish to use in print. See information about color printing charges here.
How to Prepare Your Illustrations
For best results, please adhere to these guidelines when preparing your illustrations for submission.
Manuscript Preparation Checklist
A sample manuscript is available for download. Use this checklist to avoid the most common mechanical errors in submitted manuscripts:
- The manuscript must use 12-point type and wide spacing throughout.
- Number all pages in single sequence.
- Type references in the style used by this journal.
- Submit cover letter, manuscript file, illustration files, and any supplemental files via Peer X-Press®, the journal's online submission system, located at http://jmp.peerx-press.org.
- The original figures must be in the final published size, not oversized.
- When submitting your original or revised manuscript to the journal’s online submission site (http://jmp.peerx-press.org), please provide electronic consent to the Transfer of Copyright Agreement.
- Obtain permission for reuse of any previously published material and include proper citation information within manuscript. For guidelines and blank form click here.