Guide for Authors
Style and Format of the Primary Manuscript:
It is suggested that you provide AAAFM-Material Communications with one main file for the primary manuscript that comprises all tables and figures in the .docx format of Microsoft Format. The versions that you can use include Word 2016 and Word 2007. You may also use Word 2011 or Word 2008 in case you use a Mac. An additional file for supplementary materials, too, needs to be submitted which can be in either PDF or .docs formats.
Double spacing should be used throughout the document and for all figure legends, notes, references, and tables, as well as throughout the text. In case you are sending electronic files, it is important for you to format them according to U.S letter papers. It is also recommended that you define all technical terms. Additionally, all of the acronyms, abbreviations and symbols that you use in your text or anywhere in the document should be defined and explained the first time that you incorporate them in your document. It is also important for you to follow a numerical order for the citation of all figures and tables. The Times and Symbol fonts are recommended for best results.
Assembling your Manuscript:
To ensure that the different parts of your paper are easily identified, it is important that you begin every individual section with the following specific keywords. This is to improve the readability of your manuscript even if you are not following the template. Note that some of keywords mentioned below will be followed by a colon. Some of the keywords mentioned, however, may seem irrelevant to you. These are optional. Since not every manuscript or paper will include supplementary materials or tables, it is important for you to check and see which headings and keywords apply to the document that you will be assembling and submitting. Also, refrain from using paragraph breaks in the abstract, author list and title.
Titles should be a maximum of 96 characters including spaces.
Categories of Manuscripts:
Below, you can find details on the selection process and criteria for manuscript publication.
Peer-Reviewed Research Manuscripts:
Research articles: that may be up to five thousand words in length including all captions, references and notes correspond to about 5 printed pages in the AAAFM-Material Communications. The distinguishing factor with these articles is that it is expected that these articles will feature a major development or discovery in the fields of materials.
Research articles are composed of a prelude or excerpt, an introduction, pieces of text with small sub-headings for readability, around 50 references, and a maximum of six figures or tables. Materials and Methods should be included in supplementary materials. This section should also include additional information or details that may act as supporting evidence for the conclusion of the research paper or article.
A limited number of research articles are also accepted by AAAFM-Material Communications for presentation online. One requirement for these articles, however, is that they must present results or developments in the field of material sciences that it isn’t possible to be expressed fully using the print medium alone. While these types of research articles will be accepted as long as they are up to 8000 words in length, a cover letter justifying that the extra length was absolutely necessary, must be attached. Like other articles, these research articles, too, can contain supporting figures, methods, and even videos! Supplementary materials that support the concluding idea, too, are allowed.
The complete text of these research articles will be featured in the digital and online versions of AAAFM-Material Communications , while print version will feature an abstract. The full article will also be available in a downloadable PDF.
Reports: are also accepted by AAAFM-Material Communications and have a maximum word limit of 2500 words. These reports may include captions, notes and references, just like research articles; however, they correspond to only 3 pages in the printed journal.
The major distinguishing factor between reports and research articles is that important information of immense significance is presented in reports as opposed to the results and information that are featured or elaborated on in research articles. Reports must include a prelude or abstract, an introduction, about 30 references and a maximum of four tables or figures. Materials and Methods should be included in the supplementary materials of reports, along with all evidence or supporting documents that can help with your conclusion.
Reviews: Most reviews are now available online. However, you may not be able to find the reviews featured in Special Issues published elsewhere. Additional length, enhanced media, and references are, therefore, possible with reviews. The complete text of reviews will be published in the digital versions of AAAFM-Material Communications while the print version will comprise enhanced comprehensive abstract of between 650 and 700 words and divided into 3 sections headed Outlook, Advances, and Background.
The maximum word limit for Reviews is 10,000 words and can feature up to 150 references, and 6-10 tables or figures. Supplementary material is not allowed in reviews. Reviews must be focused on the latest developments and advancements that are of significance for multiple disciplines, and feature future directions. Reviews are based on a prelude or abstract, an intro that briefly describes the main themes that will be focused on, concise subheadings, and an outline of important questions that are not yet resolved or are related to the main themes in question. Unsolicited offers of Reviews are considered. Proposals should comprise an abstract, a figure, and up to 10 of the most important recent citations, and should be emailed.