Guide for Authors

INSTRUCTIONS TO AUTHORS:

Radiation Physics and Engineering publishes articles broadly concerned with the Nuclear science (Physics/Chemistry/Engineering/Medicine/Biology). The articles may be experimental or theoretical.

Article Types and Page Limits

In most cases, we do not impose strict limits on word count or page number.

Submissions may be in the form of a research article (original paper) or a review article. A research article is a report of original experimental or theoretical research. A review article is an authoritative review of a subject important to the field of Nuclear science. These articles may be either invited or proffered.

Ethical Responsibilities of Authors:

Authors should observe the following codes of conduct when they intend to submit/publish a paper. Maintaining integrity of the research and its presentation can be achieved by following the rules of good scientific practice, which include:

  • The manuscript has not been submitted to more than one journal for simultaneous consideration.
  • The manuscript has not been published previously (partly or in full), unless the new work concerns an expansion of previous work (please provide transparency on the re-use of material to avoid the hint of text-recycling (“self-plagiarism”)).
  • A single study is not split up into several parts to increase the quantity of submissions and submitted to various journals or to one journal over time.
  • No data have been fabricated or manipulated (including images) to support your conclusions.
  • No data, text, or theories by others are presented as if they were the author’s own (“plagiarism”). Proper acknowledgements to other works must be given (this includes material that is closely copied (near verbatim), summarized and/or paraphrased), quotation marks are used for verbatim copying of material, and permissions are secured for material that is copyrighted.
  • Important note: the journal may use software to screen for plagiarism. The plagiarism is checked through two methods: reviewer check and plagiarism prevention tool (iThenticate). All submissions will be checked by online software before being sent to reviewers.
  • Consent to submit has been received explicitly from all co-authors, as well as from the responsible authorities - tacitly or explicitly - at the institute/organization where the work has been carried out, before the work is submitted.
  • Authors whose names appear on the submission have contributed sufficiently to the scientific work and therefore share collective responsibility and accountability for the results.
  • Changes of authorship or in the order of authors are not accepted after acceptance of a manuscript. Authors are expected to consider carefully the list and order of authors before submitting their manuscript and provide the definitive list of authors at the time of the original submission. Any addition, deletion or rearrangement of author names in the authorship list should be made only before the manuscript has been accepted and only if approved by the journal Editor. To request such a change, the Editor must receive the following from the corresponding author: (a) the reason for the change in author list and (b) written confirmation (e-mail, letter) from all authors that they agree with the addition, removal or rearrangement. In the case of addition or removal of authors, this includes confirmation from the author being added or removed.

 Copyright and Permission:

Authors wishing to include figures, tables, or text passages that have already been published elsewhere are required to obtain permission from the copyright owner(s) for both the print and online format and to include evidence that such permission has been granted when submitting their papers. Any material received without such evidence will be assumed to originate from the authors.

All authors must sign the 'Transfer of Copyright' agreement before the article can be published. This transfer agreement enables RPE to protect the copyrighted material for the authors, without the author relinquishing his/her proprietary rights. The copyright transfer covers the exclusive rights to reproduce and distribute the article. It also includes the right to adapt the article for use in conjunction with computer systems and programs, including reproduction or publication in machine-readable form and incorporation in retrieval systems. Authors are responsible for obtaining from the copyright holder permission to reproduce any material for which copyright already exists. Also, they agree to the following terms:

  • Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
  • Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
  • Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work.

 English Language Editing:

 For editors and reviewers to accurately assess the work presented in your manuscript you need to ensure the English language is of sufficient quality to be understood. If you need help with writing in English you should ask a colleague who is a native English speaker to review your manuscript for clarity or visit the English language tutorial which covers the common mistakes when writing in English.

 Radiation Physics and Engineering is read by scientists from diverse backgrounds. In addition, many are not native English speakers. Authors should, therefore, give careful thought to how their findings may be communicated clearly. Although a shared basic knowledge of science may be assumed, please bear in mind that the language and concepts that are standard in one field may be unfamiliar to non-specialists. Thus, technical jargon should be avoided and clearly explained where its use is unavoidable.

After acceptance of a manuscript, it will be checked by our copyeditors for spelling and formal style before publication. Please note that if an accepted article needs a language editing service, the authors are asked to pay charge (3€ for each page).

 

Preparing a manuscript for submission to Radiation Physics and Engineering:

 To submit your manuscript to RPE, you need to complete all the online submission steps. Incomplete submissions will be automatically removed after 30 days.

 You need to enter the manuscript information as follows:

1- Manuscript type selection:

Manuscript can be an original paper which is a full research article, or review article which is an authoritative review of a subject important to the field of Nuclear science.

2- The Full and running title of the manuscript:

The full title must be concise and informative. Titles are often used in information-retrieval systems. Avoid abbreviations and formulae where possible. For a good title, use the keywords in the title. It is best practice to start the title with those words, as words earlier in a title will get more value.

RPE requires that a running title, also known as a running head or short title, be included in submission process. A running title is a shortened form of the main title and must be 70 characters long at most, including spaces. To achieve brevity, it typically includes abbreviations, while the main title does not and (the, a, an) can also be omitted to conserve characters. However, if the main title is brief enough, it can function as the running head as well.

 3- Add/removes authors:

Authors are expected to consider carefully the list and order of authors before submitting their manuscript and provide the definitive list of authors at the time of the original submission. Please enter the name and details of all authors (other than the submitter author) who contributed to the work reported in your manuscript. For email address of each author, it is better to enter an academic email address.

4- Enter abstract:

Submitting a concise and factual abstract is required for submission. The abstract should state briefly the purpose of the research, the principal results and major conclusions. An abstract is often presented separately from the article, so it must be able to stand alone. For this reason, References should be avoided, but if essential, then cite the author(s) and year(s). Also, non-standard or uncommon abbreviations should be avoided, but if essential they must be defined at their first mention in the abstract itself. As per the journal style, the abstract text should not be more than 200 words (1300 characters including spaces).

 5- Keywords:

 Submitting of 3 to 5 keywords is required for submission.

 6- Suggest reviewers:

Suggestion of potential reviewers is required (at least 2 reviewers) for submission. Please give us correct contact information for each suggested reviewer. Please note that the journal may not use your suggestions, but your help is appreciated and may speed up the selection of appropriate reviewers.

 7- Uploading the files related to your manuscript:

 the files related to your manuscript must match exactly the following format.

 Title page (PDF file for first submission):

 Following information must be included in title page:

•Title: Exactly the same as the title entered in submission process

•Author names and affiliations: Please clearly indicate the given name(s) and family name(s) of each author and check that all names are accurately spelled. You can add your name between parentheses in your own script behind the English transliteration. Present the authors' affiliation addresses (where the actual work was done) below the names. Indicate all affiliations with a lower-case superscript letter immediately after the author's name and in front of the appropriate address. Provide the full postal address of each affiliation, including the country name.

•Corresponding author: Clearly indicate who will handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing and publication. This responsibility includes answering any future queries about Methodology and Materials. Ensure that the e-mail address is given and that contact details are kept up to date by the corresponding author.

•Running title: Exactly the same as the running title entered in submission process.

•Keywords: Exactly the same as the keywords entered in submission process.

 Manuscript main file:

PLEASE PAY MORE ATTENTION TO FOLLOWING TOPICS:

 •Language: Papers can be submitted only in the English language.

 •Units: Follow internationally accepted rules and conventions: use the international system of units (SI). If other units are mentioned, please give their equivalent in SI.

 •Math formula: Please submit math equations as editable text and not as images. Present simple formulae in line with normal text where possible and use the solidus (/) instead of a horizontal line for small fractional terms, e.g., X/Y. In principle, variables are to be presented in italics. Powers of e are often more conveniently denoted by exp. Number consecutively any equations that have to be displayed separately from the text (if referred to explicitly in the text).

•If you prepare the manuscript with Microsoft word, please use MATH TYPE instead of EQUATION for math equations.

Manuscript main file must have page numbering.

Manuscript main file must  be single column and 1.5 spaced.

Manuscript main file must include all figures (include relevant captions). The authors can use colored figures, however, the print version of the articles are not colored. Ensure that each illustration has a caption. Supply captions separately, not attached to the figure. A caption should comprise a brief title (not on the figure itself) and a description of the illustration. Keep text in the illustrations themselves to a minimum but explain all symbols and abbreviations used. Tables must be placed next to the relevant text in the article, and on separate page(s) at the end. Number figures consecutively in accordance with their appearance in the text.

Manuscript main file must include all tables (including titles, description, footnotes).  Please submit tables as editable text and not as images. Tables must be placed next to the relevant text in the article, and on separate page(s) at the end. Number tables consecutively in accordance with their appearance in the text and place any table notes below the table body. Be sparing in the use of tables and ensure that the data presented in them do not duplicate results described elsewhere in the article. Please avoid using vertical rules and shading in table cells.

Manuscript main file for the first submission (not revised format) must be a PDF file.

The main file must begin with title, running title, the name and affiliation of authors, abstract and keywords which must be exactly the same as entered data in online submission process.

Main body:

Divide your article into clearly defined and numbered sections. Subsections should be numbered 1.1 (then 1.1.1, 1.1.2, ...), 1.2, etc. (the abstract is not included in section numbering). Use this numbering also for internal cross-referencing: do not just refer to 'the text'. Any subsection may be given a brief heading. Each heading should appear on its own separate line.

RPE has no explicit requirements for section organization. As a guideline, we recommend that your manuscript contains the following sections.

Introduction

The introduction section of the main text expands on the background of the work (some overlap with the Abstract is acceptable). The background should put your paper into context and must be clear so that readers are able to understand the aims, purpose and significance of your research.

 Material and Methods

Provide sufficient details to allow the work to be reproduced by an independent researcher. Methods that are already published should be summarized, and indicated by a reference. If quoting directly from a previously published method, use quotation marks and also cite the source. Any modifications to existing methods should also be described.

 Results

Results should be clear and concise.

 Discussion

This should explore the significance of the results of the work, not repeat them. A combined Results and Discussion section is often appropriate. Avoid extensive citations and discussion of published literature.

 Conclusions

The main conclusions of the study may be presented in a short Conclusions section, which may stand alone or form a subsection of a Discussion or Results and Discussion section.

 Acknowledgements

 Acknowledgements should be brief, and should not include effusive comments. Grant or contribution numbers may be acknowledged.

 Appendices

If there is more than one appendix, they should be identified as A, B, etc. Formulae and equations in appendices should be given separate numbering: Eq. (A.1), Eq. (A.2), etc.; in a subsequent appendix, Eq. (B.1) and so on. Similarly for tables and figures: Table A.1; Fig. A.1, etc.

 References

 Text: All citations in the text should refer to:
1. Single author: the author's name (without initials, unless there is ambiguity) and the year of publication;
2. Two authors: both authors' names and the year of publication;
3. Three or more authors: first author's name followed by 'et al.' and the year of publication.
Citations may be made directly (or parenthetically). Groups of references should be listed first alphabetically, then chronologically.

Examples: 'as demonstrated (Mahdavi, 2015a, 2015b, 2016; Mahdavi and Ghorbani, 1999). Alavi et al. (2010) have recently shown ....'
List: References should be arranged first alphabetically and then further sorted chronologically if necessary. More than one reference from the same author(s) in the same year must be identified by the letters 'a', 'b', 'c', etc., placed after the year of publication.
Examples:
Reference to a journal publication: Masoudi, S.F., Rahmani, F., Radin, M., 2010. The method of writing a scientific article. Appl. Rad. Phys. 163, 51–59.

Reference to a book: Strunk Jr., W., White, E.B., 2000. The Elements of Style, fourth ed. Longman, New York.

Reference to a chapter in an edited book: Mettam, G.R., Adams, L.B., 2009. How to prepare an electronic version of your article, in: Jones, B.S., Smith , R.Z. (Eds.), Introduction to the Electronic Age. E-Publishing Inc., New York, pp. 281–304.
Reference to a website:

Reference to arXiv
As with unpublished results and personal communications, references to arXiv documents are not recommended in the reference list. Please make every effort to obtain the full reference of the published version of an arXiv document. If a reference to an arXiv document must be included in the references list it should follow the standard reference style of the journal . For example:Babichev, S. A., Ries, J. & Lvovsky, A. I. Quantum scissors: teleportation of single-mode optical states by means of a nonlocal single photon. Preprint at https://arxiv.org/abs/quant-ph/0208066 (2002).