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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 outside of SMTA, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word or other compatible document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is in a single-column; 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

General Formatting (Download a format template here)


  • All manuscripts should be formatted in Times New Roman size 12 font, as a single column, double-spaced, Microsoft Word Document.
  • The size of the manuscript including text, figures, tables, and references is not to exceed 15 pages.
  • The title of the paper is to be provided as Times New Roman, 14-font title case format.
  • The title is to be followed by the author or authors’ name(s) along with their organizational/institutional affiliation and mailing addresses. In case of multiple authors, an asterisk next to his or her name should indicate the author to whom all correspondence is to be sent.
  • An abstract not exceeding 300 words in length is required to accurately reflect the content of the paper and should be such as to draw the interest of the reader. It should be included at the head of the main text of the manuscript. The abstract is to be cast in a manner to generate readers' interest in the contribution. It should contain the essence of the contribution indicating the relevance of the paper, a synopsis of the experimental or theoretical work, and finally the most important conclusions from the paper.
  • The abstract is followed by a set of key words in italics (not exceeding ten in number) to enable electronic search and access of the publication.
  • The text of the paper that follows should be divided into traditional sections. These include: Introduction, Theoretical Aspects, Experimental Aspects, Results, Discussion, Conclusions, and Acknowledgements. Main text headings should be in capitalized letters. Subheadings are to be italicized in title case.


The authors, before submission, should proof read the manuscript thoroughly and ensure that the manuscript is tense consistent, grammatically correct, technically precise, accurate, and devoid of typographical and spelling errors.


Figures and Tables


  • Relevant tables and figures sequentially numbered are embedded in the text at the appropriate locations in the text or listed in order at the end.
  • Each table, illustration, and figure should be referred to in the text at least once.
  • Each figure, properly numbered, is to contain a legend that accurately describes the figure. All photographs should be high resolution and well-captured. The text and any numbers within the figure should be large and legible enough to discern and read.
  • For graphs, the axes should be labeled along with any units involved. All units of measure are to be indicated in metric.





  • References should be sequentially numbered in the text and indicated within square brackets at the appropriate locations in the text.
  • References are included as a separate section at the end of the text after acknowledgement. The style of papers: author’s first initial followed by last name, title of publication, periodical, volume, number, page numbers, year. For books: author’s first initial, last name, title of publication, publisher, chapter number, page numbers, year.


Prospective authors are referred to the SMTA journal format template for acceptable formatting information.

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