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Perspectives and Review Articles: Perspectives and Review Articles consist of colloquia that serve to provide an in-depth overview or the anticipated future directions of a particular topic of importance or growth within the field. Papers in these sections are usually solicited from leading researchers in the subject area, although the editors welcome proposals from prospective authors. Whilst there are no strict length limitations for Perspectives and Review Articles, they should not exceed 50 published pages (approximately 35,000 words of text, reduced, however, by allowances for equations, tables, and figures; an average one-column figure with its caption will displace about 220 words of text) as they extend the review process. Manuscripts deemed to be too long or to require excessive time for reviews will not be accepted.

Brief Communications: Brief Communications consist of short reports of significant new research findings within the scope of the journal that constitute a complete body of work. Preliminary work or incomplete data sets, as well as publication of a series of short articles by the same research group on a particular topic, are therefore discouraged. The abstract is limited to 100 words. In addition to the title, abstract, and references, Brief Communications should contain no more than 2000 words of text (approximately 3 published pages), reduced, however, by allowances for equations, tables, and figures. An average one-column figure with its caption will displace about 220 words of text. Authors are cautioned that discovery of excess length might not occur until a late stage in publication and would then result in delay and expense. Circumvention of the length limitation by division of a long article into small parts is considered to be contrary to the purpose of this section.

Regular Articles: Regular Articles are original contributions that disseminate new research findings that constitute a substantial advance in understanding in a subject within the scope of the journal. Whilst there are no strict length limitations for Regular Articles, contributions longer than 15 published pages (approximately 10,000 words of text, reduced, however, by allowances for equations, tables, and figures; an average one-column figure with its caption will displace about 220 words of text) are discouraged as they extend the review process. Manuscripts deemed to be too long or to require excessive time for reviews will not be accepted.

Fabrication and Laboratory Methods: The Fabrication and Laboratory Methods section provides a published forum for revolutionary advances in methods underlying micro and nanofluidics, chemical and biological applications of lab-on-a-chip devices, and in-vitro and in-vivo protocols for biological materials. The articles in this section will carry full citation details, and are limited to 10 published pages (roughly 6500 words of text, reduced as required to accommodate equations, tables and figures) with an abstract limited to 100 words. The editors also welcome proposals from prospective authors on methods review articles, limited to 50 published pages, covering a method with a broader perspective and assessment of future advancements beyond the scope of a standard article. Authors are strongly encouraged to both examine past articles from the section for style and provide additional supporting material for their submission, including multimedia of the method. Questions are welcome on appropriateness of candidate material for this section.

Before submitting a new manuscript package, please gather the following information and items
  • For all authors:
    • First name, middle initial, and last name
    • E-mail address
    • Work telephone number
    • Work fax number
    • Postal address (corresponding author at least)
  • Title, and Running Title if required (can be cut and pasted from your manuscript)
  • Abstract (can be cut and pasted from your manuscript)
  • Subject-matter keywords (at least 3) that best describe the research being reported
  • Contact information (name, e-mail address, and institution) of suggested and/or excluded reviewers (if any)
  • Cover letter file
  • Information needed to complete the electronic copyright form.
  • If required a scan (PDF) of your Alternate Copyright Form (required for Crown copyright)

How to Prepare Your Illustrations

Please adhere to the following guidelines when preparing your illustrations for submission:

General Guidelines for Preparing Illustrations:

  • Number figures in the order in which they appear in text.
  • Label all figure parts with (a), (b), etc. Avoid any large disparity in size of lettering and labels used within one illustration.
  • Prepare illustrations in the final published size, not oversized. The maximum published width for an illustration is 5 inches (12.7 cm). Each illustration should be prepared for 100% reproduction in order to avoid problems arising from large reductions in size.
  • In cases where reduction is required, avoid small open symbols that tend to fill in and avoid small lettering; ensure that, in the final published illustration, there is a minimum of 8-point type size (2.8 mm high; 1/8 inch high) for lettering and 0.5-point width for lines.
  • Ensure that lettering and lines are dark enough, and thick enough, to reproduce clearly, especially if reduction is necessary. Remember that fine lines tend to disappear upon reduction.

Additional Guidelines for Preparation of Electronic Graphics Files:

  • Acceptable formats: Encapsulated PostScript (.eps, using either Arial or Times Roman fonts) is preferred. PostScript (.ps), Tagged Image File Format (.tif, lzw compressed), Portable Document Format (.pdf), or JPEG (.jpg) files are also acceptable. Application files (e.g., Corel Draw, Microsoft Word) are not acceptable.
  • When submitting your manuscript, submit ALL illustrations for your paper, including line art.
  • Make sure there is only ONE figure per file. Each figure file should contain all parts of the figure. For example, if Figure 1 contains three parts (a, b, c), then all parts should be combined in a single file for Figure 1.
  • Set the correct orientation for each graphics file.
  • Settings: Set the graphic for 600 dpi resolution for line art, 264 dpi for halftones, and 600 dpi for combinations (line art + halftone).
  • Save line art as black/white bitmap, not grayscale.
  • Save halftones and combinations as grayscale, not black/white bitmap.
  • Submit color files at 300 dpi TIFF, PS, or EPS format. If selecting a file mode, use CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, black) or RGB (red, green, blue).

Special Instructions for Creating a Production-Ready PDF Illustration:
For accepted manuscripts, PDF as the source file for illustrations is not preferred. However, properly prepared PDF illustration files may be used in the production process of your accepted manuscript if you adhere to the following guidelines:

  • PDF should only be used as the source file for illustrations when the preferred formats (PS, EPS, or TIF) cannot be generated.
  • In the PDF illustration, the resolution of any shaded or photographic images must be 600 pixels per inch (PPI).
  • Within the PDF illustration, resolution of line art with no shading should be 1200 pixels per inch (PPI).
  • All fonts must be embedded in the PDF.
  • When creating a PDF through your application's print command, select "High Quality Print".