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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Style and convention
The typescript should be prepared on good quality A4 paper, double-spaced and with generous head, foot and left- and right-hand margins. The top copy should be submitted together with three further copies and an abstract of approximately 200 words, together with a disk copy. Authorship, contact addresses and any acknowledgements should be submitted on a detachable page as the refereeing process is strictly anonymous. The article length should not exceed 8000 words including references.

Any maps, diagrams and figures should be submitted in the form of completed artwork suitable for reproduction.

Black and white figures should be supplied on separate sheets at the end of the manuscript and if supplied on disk should not be embedded within the article. Lines should be clean and clear, tints and complex shading should be avoided. Any labels and keys must be legible when reproduced. Figures supplied on disk must be accompanied by a paper copy and should either be originated in a drawing package and saved as an EPS or TIF file, or produced in Excel. Line art should be supplied to at least 800dpi halftones to 300dpi at actual size. Figures should not be embedded into a word file as this lowers the resolution. Contributors will be asked to resubmit their artwork if figures don't meet these specifications.

Where artwork is being supplied, please bear in mind that illustrations cannot be reproduced at more than the size of the text area of the journal page, i.e. 134 x 204mm. All illustrations should be drawn for the same reduction, ideally 3:2. Lettering should be of draughtsman standard; please bear the reduction factor in mind in both lettering and line weight.

Good quality black and white photographs will be considered for inclusion where they add substantially to the argument, up to a maximum of three per article. These can be supplied electronically to at least 300dpi if the contributor is familiar with scanning equipment. If not, prints should be supplied.

Colour figures can be provided for use in the online version. However, contributors must remember that these will appear in the printed version in black and white. Any colours used should therefore be distinguishable from each other in the greyscale format, especially in pie charts and bar charts.

It is the contributor's responsibility to clear any necessary copyright permissions, to pay any reproduction fees charged by the copyright owner, and to provide a list of captions and (where relevant) credit lines.

A list of captions to the illustrations should be supplied separately from the text, and the position of the illustrations should be clearly indicated in the text.

Headings : In articles using various levels of subheading, please indicate the level of heading by writing A, B, C beside each heading in the margin. No numbering is required. Please avoid using more than three levels of subheading.
Quotations of more than about 60 words should be set out from the text with space above and below.
Footnotes : Footnotes appear on the page in the journal. Please number them consecutively throughout the article and type them at the end of the manuscript, with reference numbers in square brackets in the text. Please keep footnotes to a reasonable minimum.
Tables should be typed on separate sheets from the text, and their position in the text indicated.

Authors must obtain permission to reproduce copyright maps and diagrams. Full information of work cited - author, date, publisher and page references - should be given for all maps, diagrams and figures. Single passages of quoted prose should not normally exceed 250 words, or scattered passages more than 400 words, from any work

Authors will be required to assign copyright in their paper to Plurimondi. Copyright assignment is a condition of publication and papers will not be passed to the publisher for production unless copyright has been assigned. To assist authors an appropriate copyright assignment form will be supplied.