e-Journal of Surface Science and Nanotechnology

Instruction for manuscript preparation

Important note: e-JSSNT will respond harshly to any violation of the contemporary codes of publication ethics. We will decide how to treat such violation referring to, e.g., guidelines and flowcharts proposed by Committee on Publication Ethics (http://publicationethics.org/resources).


Main Text:
It is strongly recommended that the main text is prepared in LaTex format, though an MS-Word file is also acceptable.

If you choose LaTex: It is preferable to use a sample source file here (template.tex), though other styles of TeX source files are also acceptable. You also need a definition file here (ejssnt.tex), which should be located in the same folder as the source file in your computer when compiled. You do not need modify the definition file. Since the sample source file is available under RevTex4 environment, you need to install proper tools from The American Physical Society. If you can make a pdf file from the LaTex source, including figures, it is also acceptable. Even in the case, you are required to submit the LaTex source file and figure files, together with the pdf file.

If you choose MS-Word: Please use a sample file here. The main text and figures should be prepared in separate files; the MS-Word file for main text should not contain figures.Please be sure that your MS-Word files are not infected by virus.

Art works:
Figures and illustrations are acceptable only in TIFF, JPG, EPS or MS Office files (Word, Excel, Power Point) format.Their physical sizes are preferably adjusted by the authors. The details of artwork preparations are here.

You can submit all the files at one time through our Online Submission Page. The extensions of acceptable files are.txt, .tex, .doc, .tif, .jpg, .eps, ppt, .and xls.The total size of these files should be less than 50MB per paper.

Original material:

Submission of a manuscript implies that it is not being simultaneously considered for publication in other journals or books and that the authors have obtained the necessary authority for publication.


All manuscripts should be written in good English. When the referee for your paper requires English correction by natives, we will ask the authors the charge for it.
Please refer to a sample of Journal pages here for the components in your manuscript.
The main text should consist of the following items in this order of presentation:

1. Title:

The title should be concise, concrete, and attractive for a broad range of readers, with less than 200 characters.

2. Author(s):

Each author should be specified by the affiliation.
The name, complete postal address, telephone and fax numbers and the e-mail address of the corresponding author should be given on the first page of the manuscript.

3. Affiliation(s):

The affiliation of each author should be followed by the complete postal address.

4. Abstract:

Every paper for publication must be preceded by a self-contained abstract (not more than
500 words) setting out the essential contents.

5. Keywords:

Authors are requested to supply a maximum of eight keywords, five from our keyword list, and the other three are not necessarily taken from the list.

6. Main text:

You can make sections, sub-sections, and sub-sub-sections, if necessary.
Footnotes should be consecutively numbered. They will appear on the page of text they are referred to. They are not allowed as a reference.

7. Acknowledgements:

These are placed at the end of the text, preceding References (or Appendices if any), and should be brief. Only scientific, technical, and financial support should be acknowledged.

8. Appendices:

You can add Appendices for subsidiary subjects such as derivations of some equations, calibration of some experimental parameters, and so on. You can add movies, animations, CG, and so on as Electronic Appendix. Any formats of file are acceptable, but you should consider about the readers who may not have Media Player nor Quick Time. Animation GIF format is recommended. You can add several files in different formats as an Electronic Appendix.

9. References:

References should be given to published and accessible material.
Correct abbreviations of journal names are strictly required to make automatic links to the references by J-Link System of J-Stage. Please visit here for correct journal titles and abbreviations. Internet Web pages are also acceptable as references (for e.g, movies and animations). References are not allowed to be footnotes. References should be consecutively numbered in the text using square brackets, for example: "... As reported by Yamada, et al. [1], ..." and listed by number in the Reference list at the end of the text in the following style.

[1] S.-C. Chang and M.J. Weaver, Surf. Sci. 241, 11 (1991).
(For journal papers; Authors, Journal (with correct abbreviation), Volume number, Starting page, Year)
[2] A. Roth, Vacuum Technology, 3rd ed. (North-Holland, Amsterdam, 1990).
(For books; Authors, Title, Publisher, City, Year)
[3] V. Celli, in: Dynamical Properties of Solids, Vol. 6, Eds. G.K. Horton and A.A. Maradudin (North-Holland, Amsterdam, 1990) p. 337.
(For papers in books; Authors, Title of book, Editors, Pulisher, City, Year, Page)
[4] For a movie, visit http://www.sssj.org.

Journal title abbreviations should follow the American Chemical Society system, listed in The ACS Style Guide.
In the case of multiple authorship, all authors should be listed in the references if they number less than ten. Only in the case of more than 10 authors, "first author, et al." is acceptable.

10. Figure captions:

Every figures should have concise and self-contained captions.

11. Tables:

Tables should be kept to the minimum. The same data should not be reproduced in both tabular and diagrammatic forms. Essential tables should be provided with legends making them intelligible without reference to the text.

Figures and Illustrations:

Figures and illustrations should be submitted in TIFF, JPG, EPS or MS Office files (Word, Excel, Power Point) format.Their physical sizes are preferably adjusted by the authors. The authors are encouraged to use color figures and illustrations for clarity.


For vector graphics EPS (Encapsulated PostScript) files are the preferred format:

- when they contain bitmap images, the bitmaps are of a good resolution
- when color is involved, it should be encoded as RGB
- always include/embed fonts and only use the following in your artwork: Arial, Courier, Helvetica, Times, Symbol
- line weights should range from 0.35 pt to 1.5 pt

TIFF and JPEG are the recommended file formats for bitmap, greyscale and color images.
Ensure that files are supplied at the correct resolution:
- line artwork = minimum of 1000dpi
- halftone artwork = mimimum of 300dpi
- combination artwork (line/tone) = minimum of 500dpi
MS Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint figures)

Be careful about special characters. Some of them are not transferred correctly from your computer to ours.