authors' instructions

submission of papers

Manuscripts should be submitted to the relevant editor. Acceptance for publication is subject to the manuscript being an unpublished work. Submission of a manuscript is taken to imply that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere. Submission and acceptance of a paper implies the transfer of copyright to Multi-Science.

 

language editing

Your chances of your work being accepted for publication are greatly increased if the work is written in clear and correct English. If you feel your work would benefit from professional language editing, before you submit the manuscript, we recommend you contact www.stallardediting.com

 

manuscript preparation

The manuscript must be written in English and should not, normally, exceed 6,000 words. Some editors accept electronic formats. This should be either: (a) an e-mail attachment (preferably 'Word' file, otherwise Latex file), and/or (b) a PDF. Please do not encode or compress text unless necessary. Avoid unnecessarily large files.

The metric system is to be used throughout and if it is necessary to quote other units then these should be added in parentheses. The use of unnecessarily complicated notation and formulae should be avoided and the material should be presented in the simplest possible manner.

The manuscript is expected to be written in correct and easily readable English. An author who is not proficient in English is advised to seek help in editing the manuscript before typing. Both English and American spellings are acceptable, but each paper is expected to follow one style consistently.

 

running order

Title: in concise form, with wording helping automatic searches, but no superfluous words.

Authors' names: first name in full, other initial(s), family name in full.

Authors' affiliations: postal addresses, e-mail addresses.

Abstract: of less than 150 words written as a 'free standing' paragraph and containing key objectives and conclusions.

1. INTRODUCTION

2. SECTIONS: CAPITALISED HEADINGS; lower case sub heads

X. CONCLUSION

References

 

illustrations

The original and one copy of each illustration must be provided. Line drawings must be in a form suitable for direct photographic reproduction. Hand-written lettering is not acceptable. The illustrations should preferably require the same degree of reduction. Please check a copy of the journal to ensure the lettering is large enough to be legible after reduction of the illustration to fit the page or column width. Each illustration must be clearly numbered with the title of the paper written on the reverse side. Captions for illustrations should be typed in numerical order and placed at the end of the manuscript.

It may be possible to reproduce electronic illustration files produced within a programmes such as Excel. If possible please use standard typefaces within the illustration (for example: Arial, Helvetica, Times, etc.).

 

photographs

Good quality, clearly reproducible, photographs are encouraged. Electronic files, such as TIFF, JPEG and BMP, are accepted, but please ensure the resolution is equal or above 300 dpi at the required size of reproduction.

 

equations

Equations should be numbered sequentially in brackets (..) to the right margin. Within the text, an equation is referred to as 'eqn (..)', or equations as 'eqns ( .. - ..)'.

 

references

References to published work should be numbered sequentially in the order of citation and a reference list in numerical order should be given at the end of the paper.

For an article in a journal, the entry in the reference list must contain the following details:

Name(s) and initial(s) of the author(s), title of article, title of journal (underlined), year of publication, volume number (followed by the issue number in parentheses, if known), initial and final page numbers of the article.

The entry in the reference list for a book must contain the following details:

Name(s) and initial(s) of the author(s), title of book (underlined), edition (unless first edition), publisher, place of publication, year of publication, initial and final page numbers of the part referred to, if applicable.

In the case of an edited book or conference proceedings, the name(s) and initial(s) of the editor(s) should be followed by the abbreviation ed(s). The entry in the reference list for an article in an edited book or conference proceedings must contain the following details:

Name(s) and initial(s) of the author(s), title of article, in: name(s) and initial(s) of the editor(s) followed by the abbreviation ed(s), title of book or proceedings (underlined), publisher, place of publication, year of publication, initial and final page numbers of the article.

The entry in the reference list for a thesis must contain the following details:

Name and initial(s) of the author, title of thesis (underlined), degree awarded, university, year of award, initial and final page numbers of the part referred to, if applicable.

 

examples:

1. Bourgund, U. and Lawo, M., Optimal Tower Design for a Wind Power System, International Journal of Space Structures, 1985, 1(3), 161-167.

2. Livesley, R.K., Matrix Methods of Structural Analysis, 2nd edn., Pergamon Press, Oxford, 1975.

3. Davies, R.M., ed., Space Structures: Proceedings of the First International Conference on Space Structures, Blackwell Scientific Publications, Oxford, 1967.

4. Mollaert, M., De Wilde, W. and Van Damme, F., Modular Design of Tension Structures, in: Heki, K., ed., Shells, Membranes and Space Frames (vol. 2): Proceedings of the IASS Symposium on Membrane Structures and Space Frames, Elsevier Science Publishers, Amsterdam, 1986, 133-140.

5. Sanchez-Alvarez, J.S., Formex Formulation of Structural Configurations, PhD Thesis, University of Surrey, 1980.

 

The underlined parts in the reference list will appear in italics in the journal.

Superscript numerals may be used for citation of references in the text. In addition, one may use the abbreviation Ref(s) followed by the reference number(s). Thus one may write: '... Smith4 and Huxley5,6,7 have shown that the behaviour is highly nonlinear. Ref. 5 provides a comprehensive list of references relating to the subject and the latest ideas in the field are covered in Refs. 4 and 7 ...' Numbers in square brackets are allowed to be used instead of superscript numerals. Thus one may write: '... Smith [4] and Huxley [5,6,7] have shown that ...'

 

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