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Instructions for Paper Preparation

These instruction are intended to assist you with preparation of your electronic paper.  Please see the Journal of Nuclear Materials instructions for additional information (see address below).

Follow this order when typing manuscripts: Title, Authors, Affiliations, Abstract, Main text, Acknowledgements, Appendices, References, Figure Captions and then Tables.

File format: Word (Microsoft .doc file)

Note that the number of pages in the FILE FORMAT can be larger than in the edited one. An evaluation of the length of your paper will be automatically done. The computer may reject your file if it does not satisfy the required criteria. For a standard paper, with one fourth occupied by figures and tables, the file length corresponds to about 3000 words for plenary, 2000 words for invited and 1500 for normal papers (for the main text).

Text Layout:
Title: Manuscript title should be concise and, where possible, should occupy a single line in the published article.

Headings and Subheadings should be typed in lower case except for the initial capital letter, proper names and acronyms.

Use double spacing and wide (3 cm) margins and 10 pt font size and standard fonts. (Avoid full justification, i.e., do not use a constant right-hand margin.) Ensure that each new paragraph is clearly indicated. Present tables and figure legends on separate pages at the end of the manuscript. If possible, consult a recent issue of the journal to become familiar with layout and conventions. Number all pages consecutively.

A self-contained abstract outlining in a single paragraph the aims, scope and conclusions of the paper must be supplied. Abstracts should be no more than 150 words. Do not define or use acronyms in the abstract.

The use of metric units in the SI (Système International) form is obligatory.

All publications cited in the text should be presented in a list of references following the text of the manuscript.

Text: Indicate references by number(s) in square brackets in line with the text. The actual authors can be referred to, but the reference number(s) must always be given.
Example: "..... as demonstrated [3,6]. Barnaby and Jones [8] obtained a different result ...."

List: Number the references (numbers in square brackets) in the list in the order in which they appear in the text.
Reference to a journal publication:
[1] J. van der Geer, J.A.J. Hanraads, R.A. Lupton, The art of writing a scientific article, J. Sci. Commun. 163 (2000) 51-59.
Reference to a book:
[2] W. Strunk Jr., E.B. White, The Elements of Style, third ed., Macmillan, New York, 1979.
Reference to a chapter in an edited book:
[3] G.R. Mettam, L.B. Adams, How to prepare an electronic version of your article, in: B.S. Jones, R.Z. Smith (Eds.), Introduction to the Electronic Age, E-Publishing Inc., New York, 1999, pp. 281-304.

Line drawings should be computer plots. Figures should be placed at the end of the manuscript. Xerox copies are not acceptable. Figures should be drawn in such a way that they can be reduced to a final width of 76mm (i.e. the column width); in exceptional cases a reduction to a width of 160mm (two columns) will be allowed. All the lettering (numerical scales, scale and curve legends, etc.) as well as the details (e.g. graph symbols) should be such that a height of 1.5-1.8mm results after reduction. The lettering should be done with high quality computer graphics. Each figure should have a number and a caption. The captions should be typed on a separate sheet. The desired location of figures should be indicated in the margin of the text.

Free online colour:
If, together with your accepted article, you submit usable colour and black/white figures then Elsevier will ensure, at no additional charge, that these figures will appear in colour on the web (e.g., ScienceDirect and other sites) regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version.
For colour illustrations in the print journal, a colour printing fee is charged to the author. The conference organizers will NOT pay for that fee.

General instruction for paper preparation can be found on the journal web site: