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Author Guidelines

This guide describes how to prepare contributions for submission in Journal of Applied Surfaces and Interfaces. We recommend you read this in full before submission.


Manuscripts should be written in good English (American or British usage is accepted, but not a mixture of these) and submitted electronically via the Online Submission System. For any questions please do not hesitate to contact the Editor-in-Chief, at the following e-mail addresses:

When submitting the manuscript, it is mandatory to include a cover letter (to be uploaded as a Supplementary File).

The cover letter must state:

  • that all authors mutually agree that the manuscript can be submitted to JASI
  • that the manuscript contains the original work of the authors
  • the novelty in results/findings, or significance of results
  • that the manuscript has not already been published, or is not under consideration for publication elsewhere
  • a minimum of three suitable potential reviewers should be provided by the authors. Please provide their name, e-mail address and institutional affiliation. When compiling the list of potential reviewers please consider the following important criteria: they must be knowledgeable about the subject area of the manuscript; they must not be from the authors' own institution or country; they should not have recent joint publications with any of the authors. However, the final choice of reviewers is at the editors' discretion.

Manuscripts are evaluated first in the Editorial Office as a preliminary condition in terms of meeting the requirements of the journal, including attempts of plagiarism which should not exceed 35%.

The peer review process is decisive for paper acceptance. It could be done in several stages, depending on the revision quality of the manuscript in accordance with the requirements of paper evaluators.

Manuscript preparation

Manuscripts should be concise, in 1.5 line spacing, and should have 2.5 cm all over margins. The font should be Times New Roman of size 12 points. The text layout should be in single-column format. Keep the layout of the text as simple as possible. Most formatting codes will be removed and replaced on processing the manuscript. However, do use bold face, italics, subscripts, superscripts etc.

Title page information

Title. Concise and informative. Titles are often used in information-retrieval systems. Avoid abbreviations and formulae where possible.

Author names and affiliations. Please clearly indicate the given name(s) and family name(s) of each author and check that all names are accurately spelled. Present the authors' affiliation addresses (where the actual work was done) below the names. Indicate all affiliations with a lower-case superscript number immediately after the author's name and in front of the appropriate address. Provide the full postal address of each affiliation, including the country name.

Corresponding author. Clearly indicate who will handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing and publication. Contact details are kept up to date by the corresponding author.


A concise and factual abstract is required. The abstract should state briefly the purpose of the research, the principal results and major conclusions.


Authors are invited to submit keywords associated with their paper.

Subdivision - numbered sections

Divide your article into clearly defined and numbered sections. Subsections should be numbered 1.1 (then 1.1.1, 1.1.2, ...), 1.2, etc. (the abstract is not included in section numbering).


State the objectives of the work and provide an adequate background, avoiding a detailed literature survey or a summary of the results.

Material and methods

Provide sufficient detail to allow the work to be reproduced. Methods already published should be indicated by a reference: only relevant modifications should be described.


Results should be clear and concise.


This should explore the significance of the results of the work, not repeat them. A combined Results and Discussion section is often appropriate. Avoid extensive citations and discussion of published literature.


The main conclusions of the study may be presented in a short Conclusions section.


If there is more than one appendix, they should be identified as A, B, etc. Formulae and equations in appendices should be given separate numbering: Eq. (A.1), Eq. (A.2), etc.; in a subsequent appendix, Eq. (B.1) and so on. Similarly for tables and figures: Table A.1; Fig. A.1, etc.


Define abbreviations that are not standard in this field in a footnote to be placed on the first page of the article. Such abbreviations that are unavoidable in the abstract must be defined at their first mention there, as well as in the footnote. Ensure consistency of abbreviations throughout the article.


Collate acknowledgements in a separate section at the end of the article before the references.

Nomenclature and Units

Follow internationally accepted rules and conventions: use the international system of units (SI). If other quantities are mentioned, give their equivalent in SI. Authors wishing to present a table of nomenclature should do so on the second page of their manuscript.

Math formulae

Please submit math equations as editable text and not as images. Present simple formulae in line with normal text where possible and use the solidus (/) instead of a horizontal line for small fractional terms, e.g., X/Y. In principle, variables are to be presented in italics. Powers of e are often more conveniently denoted by exp. Number consecutively any equations that have to be displayed separately from the text (if referred to explicitly in the text).


Draw the Tables in grid format using a basic, solid line style without shadows. Ensure that the data presented in Tables do not duplicate results described in Figures or elsewhere in the paper.


Number Figures consecutively in accordance with their appearance in the text. All illustrations should be provided in high resolution, suitable for reproduction, which may include reduction without retouching. Photographs, charts and diagrams are all to be referred to as Figure(s) and should be numbered consecutively, in the order to which they are referred. Ensure that each illustration has a caption, placed below the Figure. Supply also captions separately, not attached to the figure.


Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list (and vice versa). Any references cited in the abstract must be given in full. In the text: Indicate references by number(s) in square brackets in line with the text. The actual authors can be referred to, but the reference number(s) must always be given. Number the references (numbers in square brackets) in the list in the order in which they appear in the text.

Reference to a journal publication:

[1] H. Tounsadi, A. Khalidi, M. Farnane, A. Machrouhi, A. Elhalil, N. Barka, Surfaces and Interfaces  4 (2016) 84-94.

Reference to a book:

[2] W. Strunk Jr., E.B. White, The Elements of Style, fourth ed., Longman, New York, 2000.

Reference to a chapter in an edited book:

[3] G.R. Mettam, L.B. Adams, in: B.S. Jones, R.Z. Smith (Eds.), Introduction to the Electronic Age, E-Publishing, Inc. New York, 2009, pp. 281–304.

Reference to a website:

[4] Cancer Research UK, Cancer statistics reports for the UK., 2003 (accessed 13.03.03).


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Authors retain the copyrights of their papers, and all articles are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution license CC BY 4.0. Lets others distribute and copy the article, create extracts, abstracts, and other revised versions, adaptations or derivative works of or from an article (such as a translation), include in a collective work (such as an anthology), text or data mine the article, even for commercial purposes, as long as they credit the author(s), do not represent the author as endorsing their adaptation of the article, and do not modify the article in such a way as to damage the author's honor or reputation.

Article Processing Charges

There is no publication fee for accepted papers.