Journal of the Society for Information Display

Cover image for Vol. 24 Issue 9

Edited By: Herbert De Smet

Impact Factor: 0.619

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 74/90 (Optics); 132/145 (Physics Applied); 194/255 (Engineering Electrical & Electronic); 230/271 (Materials Science Multidisciplinary)

Online ISSN: 1938-3657

Author Guidelines

Author Guidelines


The Journal of the Society for Information Display publishes original works dealing with the theory and practice of information display. Coverage includes materials, devices and systems; the underlying chemistry, physics, physiology and psychology; measurement techniques, manufacturing technologies; and all aspects of the interaction between equipment and its users. Review articles are also published in all of these areas.

Occasional special issues or sections consist of collections of papers on specific topical areas or collections of full length papers based in part on oral or poster presentations given at conferences sponsored by the Society for Information Display (SID).


All manuscripts submitted are reviewed by at least two reviewers expert in the subject matter of the manuscript, to assure novelty, accuracy and the appropriate application of scientific and technologic methods. Authors are encouraged to be brief, but not incomplete; effective communication of your ideas is essential.

The Journal is published in English. The Editors will help only with minor revisions in English. A manuscript may be rejected if it requires major rewriting in English.

The quality of technical papers depends, in part, on its readability. Completeness and readability are therefore key acceptance criteria for the Journal. We recommend that authors consider using editorial services prior to submission, especially if English is not their primary language. We have found that those who systematically have papers professionally edited are more likely to get recognized in their profession.


Four types of manuscript are accepted for publication: (1) regular papers, (2) reviews, (3) letters and (4) comments.

Papers are normally 6–10 published pages, but longer papers will be considered also. (Assume 900 words/page, with a figure consuming 200 words and a displayed equation 40 words.) Each paper must include an abstract of up to 200 words.

Reviews are typically 10–15 published pages and may be included provided they contribute an analysis that advances our understanding of the subject and make substantial reference to recent research.

Letters may be preliminary results, short reports on completed work, comments on material published previously, or notices of errors (errata). Letters should be a maximum of 2500 words, and should be preceded by a 50-word abstract (not required for comments or errata). Attempts will be made to publish letters more rapidly than regular papers.

Comments on another author's work will be sent to him or her so that a reply can be published along with the comment.

Authors should specify one of the above categories when submitting a paper to the Journal. The Editors may, under some circumstances, publish a submission under a different paper category than the author originally requested, with the consent of the author.


Submission of a manuscript amounts to the assurance that it has not been published or accepted for publication elsewhere, that it is not under consideration elsewhere, and that it will not be submitted elsewhere while it is considered for publication in this Journal. Prior publication does not include abstracts or short papers published in conference proceedings (not peer-reviewed), but it is expected that the paper submitted to the Journal will expand in scope and/or in detailed content the presentation made or published at the conference.

Where to Submit your Manuscript

The Journal operates an online submission and peer review system that allows authors to submit articles online and track their progress, throughout the peer-review process, via a web interface. All manuscripts must be submitted online via ScholarOne Manuscripts, located at Full instructions and support are available on the site, and a user ID and password can be obtained on the first visit. Please have the following information ready:

For each author
title (e.g. Dr., Prof.) 

first name, middle initial, and last name
order of appearance in the list of authors 
e-mail address
primary (work) telephone number
(optional) primary (work) fax number
postal address, including department and institution
SID membership status (fellow, senior, member, student, non-member)

Full title of the manuscript 
Short title, of up to 70 characters
Abstract for the manuscript (50 words for letters and up to 200 words for the other manuscript categories)

Graphical Table of Contents (GTOC) abstract, comprising a short abstracts (maximum 60 words or 3 sentences) summarizing the key findings presented in the paper and preferably also a suitable figure (diagram or illustration selected from the manuscript or an additional eye-catching figure). This will be used in the online Table of Contents of the Journal issue if and once the paper is published. Since the GTOC is the part of the publication that will receive the highest number of views, it has to be approved by the reviewers and therefore it has to be provided upfront.
Subject-matter key words (up to six) for the manuscript
Suggested and/or excluded reviewers (include name, e-mail address, institution)

Required Electronic files

* cover letter: will be accessible to the Editor-in-Chief and Associate Editors only, not to reviewers and can be used e.g. to let the Editors know whether the manuscript is submitted as a regular paper or as a contribution to a Special Section of Journal. If it is submitted as a contribution to a Special Section, then please also mention the title of the Special Section. Note that the submission system also allows specifying whether the submission is for a Special Section, and has a field to enter the title of the Special Section. Please also fill these fields correctly.

* manuscript: for the first submission (review phase) a manuscript in PDF file format with embedded illustrations (with proper captioning and referral from the text) is allowed. In this case, with the exception of the embedded illustrations, follow the guidelines listed below for the final text-only manuscript submission. Moreover make sure that all embedded illustrations are of sufficient resolution and image quality to allow proper reviewing of the manuscript. If needed, better versions of the illustrations can be uploaded separately as individual files, which is mandatory anyway if and once the manuscript is accepted for publication. Accepted manuscripts must be provided in a text only format, in Microsoft Word, WordPerfect or LaTex (instructions for preparing a compatible LaTeX document are listed below). It is also allowed that authors from the beginning submit a text-only manuscript with illustrations uploaded separately. 

* GTOC abstract:  preferably including an appropriate figure or other illustration. See the description above. Text and figure can be uploaded separately, but please use filenames beginning with ‘GTOC’.  

* (Accepted manuscripts): all illustrations have to be uploaded individually, one file for each cited figure number, in JPEG, GIF, PNG, PS, EPS or TIFF format. Every illustration and table is to be identified in the submitted manuscript, e.g. Fig. 1., Table 1., etc. Each figure should have 600 dpi resolution when reproduced in 7.5 cm (3in.) width.

* (Accepted manuscripts):  Figure and Table captions should be presented as a complete list, starting on a separate page, even if they are also included with the figures.

* (Accepted manuscripts): brief biographies: one paragraph (no more than 500 words) per author.

* (Accepted manuscripts): author photos: in JPEG or TIFF format (passport size).

Optional electronic files

* supplemental material to aid the reviewers (including auxiliary document, figure and table files) 

* multimedia files (including datasets, audio and video files)

On completion of a successful submission, a confirmation screen with manuscript will appear and you will receive an e-mail confirming that the manuscript has been received by the journal. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgment that your paper has been received, it means that your submission is incomplete. Please re-enter the site and double-check that you have reviewed and clicked ‘submit’ on screen twelve and/or contact tech support by phone (888-503-1050; Tolll-free: 888-503-1050) e-mail (, or via the red Get Help Now link on the upper right-hand corner of the login screen. You may also contact the JSID Administrator by e-mail (

Guidelines for the preparation of the manuscript

It is preferred that a one-column page style on a in 8½” x 11” (preferred) or A4 page size is used with double line spacing and a relatively large font size, e.g. 12 points for body text. The Journal prefers the use of the following fonts: Arial, Helvetica, Times ((New) Roman). Use only Latin or Greek letters, and Arabic or Roman numerals.

Title: enter the full title and a short title of up to 70 characters and names and affiliations of all authors. Give the full address, including email, telephone and - if possible – fax number, of the author who is to check the proofs.

Abstract: Enter an abstract of approximately 50 words for a letter and up to 200 words for the other categories of manuscripts; it should be a concise statement of objectives, methods results and conclusions of the work.

Keywords: Include a brief list of up to six keywords.

Units: Metric (SI) units are strongly preferred. English units may be used parenthetically, e.g. 120 cd/m2 (35 fL).

Figures: in the PDF file for review, figures may be embedded in the text (with proper captioning) or assembled at the end of the manuscript, in which case it should be clearly indicated in the text where the figures should be positioned, using a centered line: “Insert Figure nn about here”. In the text-only manuscript, also use this method to indicate the approximately desired location of the illustrations.

Captions should be sufficiently clear that the figures can be understood without reference to the paper text. The axes of graphs should have self-explanatory labels. Units must be stated on the axes, elsewhere on the graph, or in the caption. All text included in a graph should have a sufficiently large font size to be readable when the graph is reduced to a width of 7.5 cm.

Equations: in the manuscript must be numbered consecutively with Arabic numbers.

References: all manuscripts published in the Journal are to be fully referenced. The Journal is a cross-referenced publication: therefore it is vital, that all references adhere to the standards published by the American Institute of Physics (AIP) or the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). References must include authors' names (use first author followed by ‘et al.’ for three or more authors), paper title, journal or book, and pages. Whenever the choice exists, authors should include references to journal publications rather than references to conference contributions. Where possible the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) should be included at the end of the reference (for more information, please refer to Online citations should include the date of access.

Citations to articles published in the Journal should follow the standard shown in the example below:

K. Teunissen et al., "Modeling motion-induced color artifacts from the temporal step response," J. Soc. Info. Display 15, No. 12, 1065-1071 (2007) DOI: 10.1889/1.2825091.

Citations to articles published in books should follow the standard shown in the example shown below:

E. Lueder, Liquid Crystal Displays: Addressing Schemes and Electro-Optical Effects (Wiley - SID Series in Display Technology, Chichester, 2001), p. 255.
Citations to articles published in the SID International Symposium Digest of
Technical Papers have to follow the standard shown in the example below: 

T. Afentakis et al., "Polysilicon TFT Display Driver Circuits on Stainless Steel Foil Substrates," SID Symposium Digest 33, 538-541 (2000). 

Instructions for preparing and uploading manuscripts in LaTeX format:
Supported LaTex versions:
ScholarOne Manuscripts supports version 7.4.5 and earlier.
After the ScholarOne Manuscripts version 4.11 release, TeXLive 2012, pdfTeX, Version 3.1415926-2.4-1.40.13 (TeX Live 2012) are supported.

Advised procedure
Always upload the main LaTeX file first.  Next, upload all supporting files: ALL style sheets, reference files, bibliography files, etc, that are referred to in the main .TEX file and select "Tex/Latex Suppl File".

Important Notes:

If any changes are made to the main LaTeX document after all of the supporting files have been uploaded, all files will have to be removed and re-uploaded. We recommend that all image files be one of the following file types: .gif .jpg .png .ps .eps .pdf All 'calls' (includegraphics, BIB, STY calls, etc) must be called from the root-top level directory. Sub-directory calls are not allowed. Furthermore, all calls of files must include the file extension, e.g.: image1.jpg, figure2.pdf. ScholarOne Manuscriptcentral has many (over a 1000) of the routinely seen/used BIB, STY, CLS files stored in their repository. Nevertheless it is not a bad idea for authors to always upload the BIB,STY,CLS, etc. called in their main TEX file just to have them in place if they are using something specific.

Testing you LaTeX files before uploading:
To test LaTeX files, download a free program called TeXnicCenter, which is available at:

Download TeXnicCenter, and then put all the manuscript files into a separate folder on your desktop. Open TeXnicCenter and browse to the folder containing the manuscript files. In the folder, you will see (at least) one file with a "T" on it. Double click that file. From the TeXnicCenter menu bar, click Build. Select Current File and then Build. The software will run the file for you. Errors will be indicated by a red circle with an X in the bottom panel. 


Authors may not use any Trademarks or Patented names, product names and numbers, or marketing or promotional phrases that in any way are associated with the subject of the paper. Similarly, the names of the sponsoring commercial, academic, or governmental organizations may not be used in the body or the text. These items may be included in footnotes, references, or acknowledgments if they are necessary to improve communication of the scientific or technical results to the readers, or if the sponsor requires that the author acknowledge such sponsorship. Exceptions are made when authors use trade or product names to describe substrates, other display components, display materials, or manufacturing or test equipment used during the course of the research work reported on.

The Editors will, however, review all these exceptions and may disallow them if they violate the original intent of this policy.


All manuscripts are published in full color. The use of color is encouraged throughout the article, especially in figures, tables and photographs.Page charges for the Journal are not a prerequisite for publication. However, a page charge of $120 per published page, similar to those for journals of other professional societies, will be invoiced along with the final review copy to cover part of the cost of publication. All authors working for commercial, educational and governmental institutions are expected to solicit authorization from their respective institution for this charge. In the event that authorization is not received, authors can send a motivated written request to the Journal Editor-in-Chief or the Journal Production Manager to waive the page charges. Most companies and institutions consider page charges a customary cost of research and development efforts.


Copyright Transfer Agreements (CTA) are located in Wiley Author Services. Once your article has been received by Wiley for production, the corresponding author will receive an email from Wiley’s Author Services system which will ask them to log in and will present them with the appropriate license for completion.

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 author is also responsible for identifying and acknowledging any trademarks or service marks used in the manuscript.

The Copyright Transfer Agreement and the Permissions Request Form should be uploaded as ‘supplementary files not for review’ with the online submission of your article.

Additional information may be obtained by contacting the JSID Administrator at:, or the JSID Editor-in-Chief at:

Journal of the Society for Information Display