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, 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, OpenOffice, LaTeX, or PDF file format.
A template for Word can be found here and for LaTeX can be found here. Please follow the formatting instructions provided in the relevant documents. Note that PDF files are only acceptable for an initial submission: if a manuscript is accepted for publication, the author will be requested to upload the manuscript in one of the other accepted formats. Figures should be embedded in the manuscript (for the review stage only) or uploaded separately. Figures should be sized according to whether they will cover one or two columns: 85 mm or 175 mm width, respectively. Maximum figure height is 200 mm. Low-resolution images are acceptable for review purposes, provided high-resolution or vector format figures are provided for article typesetting. Tables can be created in Word's table environment and embedded in the manuscript, or uploaded as a separate document.
- Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
- 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.
- Volcanica are trialling an opt-in double-blind system. This means that manuscripts can be subject to peer review anonymously, at the discretion of the author. Moreover, the reviewers can decide whether or not to reveal their identity in their review. If you wish to have your manuscript reviewed anonymously, then please follow the instructions laid out in the Ensuring blind review and Blinding manuscripts documents. Note that the responsibility is with the author to ensure they have appropriately blinded their manuscript such that it is free from identifying metadata.
Authors are encouraged to make data freely available wherever possible. We recommend free repositories such as
GitHub and FigShare in order to facilitate transparent open access.
In order to make your research accessible for everyone, we encourage the submission of a non-technical summary along with the initial manuscript or during revision stages. In principle, a non-technical summary should explain the key methods and results of your article in a way that someone unfamiliar with your field of research can understand. The target audience may include journalists, government staff, other researchers, people involved in civil protection and disaster management, and the public in general. Your non-technical summary should be composed of one or two paragraphs (about 150 words total), covering the following main points:
1. What is the current issue or problem that your research addresses, and why are you researching it? Try to consider why this topic is important to the larger community.
2. Without excessive use of jargon, how did you go about collecting and analysing the data and results?
3. What are the main conclusions of your study? Ultimately, what will the impact of your research be? What societal benefits may be realised?
As Einstein (possibly) said: "Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler".
- A list of author contributions must be included. If you are opting for an anonymous submission, this may be uploaded as a separate document, otherwise include this information in the manuscript document.
Submission of an original manuscript to Volcanica will be taken to mean that it represents original work not previously published, and not being considered for publication elsewhere.