Instructions for Authors
Authors should send the manuscript directly to editors' e-mail
with cover letter (preferably in the body of the message) indicating the novelty and
importance of it. Authors can suggest up to 3 reviewers they can also suggest
(and explain) who should not review their article. Final selection of
reviewers will be, however, performed by the editor. For the short
communication/letter please use the template
provided below and prepare the article in camera
ready form. As the journal is published in electronic (PDF) form, color figures
and images can be easily incorporated and are encouraged. Longer articles and reviews can be send, after consultation with
editor, in suitable format, preferably MS Word (*.doc, *.rtf). Authors
bear the entire responsibility for their work (see publication ethics section
below) and must be the owners of the
copyright of all its parts. The copyright will be transferred automatically to
Ion Exchange Letters upon publishing the article.
Articles are published under
Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License
Authors should be aware of their responsibility to attain all
the legal, ethical and scientific standards related to article publishing.
Severe misconduct (e.g. plagiarism, data fabrication, falsification) will
lead to immediate rejection of the submitted article. If misconduct would be
revealed after the publication of the article, article will be retracted or
its correction will be published. Authors have the right to appeal against
Apart from above mentioned cases of severe misconduct, authors should pay
attention also to:
- authorship - only authors who substantially contributed to
the article should be listed, other contributors should be mentioned in
acknowledgement; all co-authors should be aware and agree with the
publication of the article
- multiple publication - submitted article should not be published
or submitted for publication elsewhere; posters, conference abstracts,
presentations at meetings, etc. are in this case not considered as
publication but editor should be informed in cover letter
- conflict of interests - authors should inform editor about relevant
conflicts of financial, personal or other interest in cover letter
- research foundation - any financial support should be clearly stated
in the acknowledgements
- proper referencing - all relevant sources of information should be
properly cited; primary sources should be cited whenever possible;
excessive self-citations are discouraged but authors should not withhold
relevant references to their articles; citing personal communications is
discouraged; if necessary, they should not be listed in references but
can be mentioned in text and acknowledged
Apart from author responsibilities there are also authors rights that we
are willing to respect during and after the publication process. Authors can
appeal against the editor's decision by the letter addressed to
editor-in-chief explaining their objections. All the editors will vote on
the appeal and the appealing author will be informed about the decision by
the editor in chief. After the article is published, authors can still
submit corrections of their articles when necessary and in extreme cases,
they can ask editors to retract their article.
Additional information about publication ethics from the
point of view of not only authors but also editors and publishers can be
found at sites of major publishers and professional organizations. Examples
of publication ethics guidelines and practices, which we used as reference for designing our guidelines, can be found
Committee on Publication Ethics,
Blackwell Publishing Publication Ethics and
Elsevier Publication Ethics Resource Kit.
In case of any doubts or suggestions how to improve this section, please
feel free to contact the editors.
Authors will be informed upon reception of their manuscript by e-mail.
Pertinent manuscripts will be forwarded to reviewers. Authors will then receive
reviewers' questions and comments to their articles. The identity of rewires
will not be revealed to the authors. Errors in the usage of English will not be
corrected during the review process. We can only recommend the authors to
recheck their manuscripts.
If the article is recommended for publication, authors will
be asked to change article in accordance with reviewers' comments and answer
their questions. Then, proofs (in PDF form) will be created from the revised
version of manuscript.
Authors should revise the proofs within two weeks. Only minor changes
(mistyping, units, etc.) of proofs will be allowed. Then, article will be
published on the web pages of the journal. Dates of reception, acceptance and
publishing will be shown in the final PDF form of article.
Published article will be freely available (as PDF file) on the web pages of the
journal. Editors of the journal will put all their effort into spreading the
information about the journal and its content to help others find the relevant
articles in Ion Exchange Letters easily.