X-Ray Spectrometry

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Online ISSN: 1097-4539


Author Guidelines


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Author Guidelines


General

X-Ray Spectrometry is devoted to the rapid publication of papers dealing with the theory and application of x-ray spectrometry in its many aspects. Included within the terms of reference of the journal will be the use of sources based on photons, electrons, protons, etc. Both wavelength-and energy-dispersion systems are considered. Development of suitable detectors, x-ray optical systems and complete analysis will be included. Quantification procedures are considered an essential part of x-ray analysis. Data handling methods will range from the most simple to very sophisticated software programs up to the stage of providing analytical data, i.e. excluding process control software. All applications of x-ray emission spectrometry (industrial, environmental, biomedical, archaeological, etc.) are of much interest; sample preparation and quality control procedures should be clearly outlined in each case. It is also the intention to include papers dealing with the application of x-ray absorption spectrometry and of x-ray spectrometric methods for structural analysis (but papers which deal primarily with x-ray diffraction are not appropriate). Papers dealing exclusively with measurements of physical parameters related to x-rays (cross sections, fluorescence yields, etc.) will only be considered if: (1) the article deals with a full inventory of the parameter data, (2) the methodology for the measurement is novel, or (3) the authors prove that the quality of their data is superior to other published values. In all other cases a manuscript on physical constants will be deemed more suitable for a journal dealing exclusively with physical data, and of little value to the average reader of X-Ray Spectrometry.

Submitted papers must clearly be of scientific value in the field and they will be submitted to three independent referees. Contributions must not have been published elsewhere and authors must agree not to communicate the same material for publication in any other journal or book unless authorised.

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Manuscript Submission

All papers must be submitted via the online system. X-Ray Spectrometry operates an online submission and peer review system that allows authors to submit articles online and track their progress via a web interface. Please read the remainder of these instructions to authors and then click http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/xrs to navigate to the X-Ray Spectrometry online submission site.

IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have created an account.

File types. Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are .doc, .rtf, .ppt, .xls. LaTeX files may be submitted provided that an .eps or .pdf file is provided in addition to the source files. Figures may be provided in .tiff or .eps format.

INITIAL SUBMISSION

NON-LATEX USERS: Editable source files must be uploaded at this stage. Tables must be on separate pages after the reference list, and not be incorporated into the main text. Figures should be uploaded as separate figure files.

LATEX USERS: For reviewing purposes you should upload a single .pdf that you have generated from your source files. You must use the File Designation “Main Document”; from the dropdown box.

REVISION SUBMISSION

NON-LATEX USERS: Editable source files must be uploaded at this stage. Tables must be on separate pages after the reference list, and not be incorporated into the main text. Figures should be uploaded as separate figure files.

LATEX USERS: When submitting your revision you must still upload a single .pdf that you have generated from your now revised source files. You must use the File Designation "Main Document" from the dropdown box. In addition you must upload your TeX source files. For all your source files you must use the File Designation "Supplemental Material not for review". Previous versions of uploaded documents must be deleted. If your manuscript is accepted for publication we will use the files you upload to typeset your article within a totally digital workflow.

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Copyright and Permissions

If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

For authors signing the copyright transfer agreement

If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:

CTA Terms and Conditions http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/faqs_copyright.asp

For authors choosing OnlineOpen

If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

  • Creative Commons Attribution License OAA
  • Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA
  • Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/faqs_copyright.asp and visit http://www.wileyopenaccess.com/details/content/12f25db4c87/Copyright--License.html.

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit: http://www.wiley.com/go/funderstatement.

Authors must sign, scan and upload to the online system:

  • To enable the publisher to disseminate the author’s work to the fullest extent, the author must sign a Copyright Transfer Agreement with original signature(s) - without this we are unable to accept the submission. A copy of the agreement to be used (which may be photocopied) can be found on the Wiley Online Library website and through links in the online submission system. Copies may also be obtained from the journal editors or publisher.
  • Permission grants - if the manuscript contains extracts, including illustrations, from other copyright works (including material from on-line or intranet sources) it is the author's responsibility to obtain written permission from the owners of the publishing rights to reproduce such extracts using the Wiley Permission Request Form .

The Copyright Transfer Form and the Permissions Form should be uploaded as “Supplementary files not for review” with the online submission of your article.


If you do not have access to a scanner, further instructions will be given to you after acceptance of the manuscript.

To enable the publisher to disseminate the author's work to the fullest extent, the author must sign a Copyright Transfer Agreement, transferring copyright in the article from the author to the publisher, and submit the original signed agreement with the article presented for publication. Submission of a manuscript will be held to imply that it contains original unpublished work and is not being submitted for publication elsewhere at the same time. Submitted material will not be returned to the author, unless specifically requested


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English Editing

Papers must be in English. Oxford English Dictionary or American spelling is acceptable, provided usage is consistent within the manuscript.

Manuscripts that are written in English that is ambiguous or incomprehensible, in the opinion of the Editor, will be returned to the authors with a request to resubmit once the language issues have been improved. This policy does not imply that all papers must be written in "perfect" English, whatever that may mean. Rather, the criterion will require that the intended meaning of the authors must be clearly understandable, i.e., not obscured by language problems, by referees who have agreed to review the paper.

Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission to improve the English. A list of independent suppliers of editing services can be found at http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/bauthor/english_language.asp Japanese authors can also find a list of local English improvement services at http://www.wiley.co.jp/journals/editcontribute.html All services are paid for and arranged by the author, and use of one of these services does not guarantee acceptance or preference for publication.

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Presentation of papers

Manuscript style. Use a standard font of the 12-point type: Times, Helvetica, or Courier is preferred. It is not necessary to double-line space your manuscript.

Tables must be on separate pages after the reference list, and not be incorporated into the main text. Figures should be uploaded as separate figure files.

  • During the submission process you must enter 1) the full title 2) the short title of up to 70 characters 3) names and affiliations of all authors and 4) the full address, including email, telephone and fax of the author who is to check the proofs.
  • Include the name(s) of any sponsor(s) of the research contained in the paper, along with grant number(s).
  • Enter an abstract of no more than 250 words for all articles. Please see the guidance below on acceptable abstract writing for XRS.
  • Keywords. Authors should prepare no more than 5 keywords for their manuscript.

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Writing Abstracts

An abstract is a concise summary of the whole paper, not just the conclusions. The abstract should be no more than 250 words and convey the following:

1. An introduction to the work. This should be accessible by scientists in any field and express the necessity of the experiments executed

2. Some scientific detail regarding the background to the problem

3. A summary of the main result

4. The implications of the result

5. A broader perspective of the results, once again understandable across scientific disciplines

It is crucial that the abstract convey the importance of the work and be understandable without reference to the rest of the manuscript to a multidisciplinary audience. Abstracts should not contain any citation to other published works.

Reference Style

References should be cited by superior numbers in square brackets and listed at the end of the paper in the order in which they appear in the text. Authors should cite available published work. If necessary, cite unpublished or personal work in the text but do not include them in the references list. Journal titles should be italicized and abbreviated in accordance with the “Chemical Abstracts Service Source Index” (CASSI; no commas appear in the journal names).

Examples for Journals

[1] R. K. Harris, A. Nordon, K. D. M. Harris, Rapid. Commun. Mass Spec. 2007 ; 21 , 15.

Examples for Books

[2] K. Schmidt-Rohr, H.W. Spiess, Multidimensional Solid-State NMR and Polymers, Academic Press, London, 1994 .

[3] V. Sklenar, in NMR Applications in Biopolymers , (Eds: J.W. Finley, S. J. Schmidt, A. S. Serianni), Plenum, New York, 1990 , pp. 63-70.

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Illustrations and ChemDraw Rules

Upload each figure as a separate file in either .tiff or .eps format, with the figure number and the top of the figure indicated. Compound figures e.g. 1a, b, c should be uploaded as one figure. Tints are not acceptable. Lettering must be of a reasonable size that would still be clearly legible upon reduction, and consistent within each figure and set of figures. Where a key to symbols is required, please include this in the artwork itself, not in the figure legend. All illustrations must be supplied at the correct resolution:

  • Black and white and colour photos - 300 dpi
  • Graphs, drawings, etc - 800 dpi preferred; 600 dpi minimum
  • Combinations of photos and drawings (black and white and colour) - 500 dpi

Tables should be part of the main document and should be placed after the references. If the table is created in excel the file should be uploaded separately.

Chemical structures should be prepared in ChemDraw either 80mm (one column)or175mm (two column) widths. However, the one-column format should be used whenever possible as this allows greater flexibility in the layout of the manuscript. Use this ChemDraw Download or use the following settings:

Drawing settingsText settings
chain angle120°fontArial
bond spacing18% of lengthsize12 pt
fixed length17 pt
bond width2 ptPreferences
line width0.75 ptunitspoints
margin width2 pttolerances5 pixels
hash spacing2.6 pt
Bold width2.6 pt

Authors using different structural drawing programs should choose settings consistent with those above. Compound numbers should be bold, but not atom labels or captions.


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Colour policy

Where colour is necessary to the understanding of the figures, colour illustrations will be reproduced in the journal without charge to the author.

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Citing EarlyView Articles

To include the DOI in a citation to an article, simply append it to the reference as in the following example:

R. K. Harris, A. Nordon, K. D. M. Harris, Rapid. Commun. Mass Spec. 2007, DOI: 10.1002/rcm.21464.

To link to an article from the author’s homepage, take the DOI (digital object identifier) and append it to "http://dx.doi.org/" as per following example:

DOI 10.1002/XRS.20941, becomes http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/XRS.20941.

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Conventions adopted by XRS

Nomenclature. The technique of x-ray spectrometry is used by workers from all branches of science and this, coupled with the dearth of text books in the field, explains the wide diversity in terms, symbols and abbreviations that are employed by authors describing their work in this area. For general terms and symbols authors are recommended to follow the “Green Book” of IUPAC: “Quantities, Units and Symbols in Physical Chemistry”: I. Mills, T. Cvitas, K. Homann, N. Kallay, and K. Kuchitsu, Blackwell Science,1993 [ISBN 0632035838] and the chapter on spectrochemical analysis in IUPAC’s “Orange Book”: “Compendium of Analytical Nomenclature” 3rd edition, J. Inczedy, T. Lengyel and A. M. Ure, Blackwell Science, 1998 [ISBN 0-86542-6155]. For the nomenclature of the x-ray lines, both the official IUPAC nomenclature, as defined in the latter “Orange Book” and the conventional old Siegbahn notations (which are still used abundantly) can be applied.

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