Author Guideline

Document requirements
We strongly encourage you to submit your manuscript text and figures as a single PDF file.  Figures must have the figure number indicated on them.  Your PDF file must be less than 5 MB in size, otherwise we will not be able to transmit it electronically to editors and reviewers.

Cover letter

A cover letter with the name, postal address, postal code, telephone numbers and e-mail adress of the corresponding author must accompany each manuscript.  The cover letter must include the full title of the manuscript, the statement that the manuscript has not been submitted for publication or published elsewhere.  Your cover letter and manuscript must be in separate document files. 

Categories of papers published in ACMT Reporter (Online edition)

Original articles
– traditional research papers. Text not exceeding 7500 words. Max. 20 printed pages inclusive of text, appropriate references, figures and tables.

Short communications
– these should not exceed 2000 words of text (excluding references and figures), not more than 3 figures or tables and 20 references. The method, results and discussion should all be presented in a single, untitled section. Include a short Abstract (max. 75 words) and present the acknowledgements and references as in a full-length paper.

Review articles
– more comprehensive reviews on topics of wide general interest within any desired field. Potential authors are advised to contact the Editor  regarding topic and proposed length.

– creative or provocative approach to current topics. Authors are encouraged to submit work which demonstrates unusual and out of the box thinking or methodology. The aim is to ultimately set hypotheses and suggest methods for testing them, set new directions or propose solutions. Potential authors are advised to contact the Editor  regarding topic and proposed length.

– comments on, or replies to published papers, particularly „Xspace“ articles within 1 year of appearance in the ACMT Reporter. Text approximately 500 words. Max. 2 printed pages.

Submission of manuscripts
Submission of a manuscript implies that it reports unpublished work and that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. If previously published tables, illustrations or more than 200 words are to be included then the copyright holder’s permission must be obtained.


Page proofs are sent to authors as a PDF file by e-mail. To avoid delays in publication, proofs should be checked immediately for typographical errors and returned as instructed in the proof e-mail.


It is a condition of publication in the RIThink Multidisciplinary Online Journal that authors assign an exclusive license to RIT/ACMT. This ensures that requests from third parties to reproduce articles are handled efficiently and consistently and will also allow the article to be as widely disseminated as possible. In assigning a license, authors may use their own material in other publications provided that the Journal is acknowledged as the original place of publication and RIT/ACMT is notified in writing in advance. (Note that a few employers, usually governmental organizations, prohibit such copyright or license agreement.)


Manuscripts should be in their final form when they are submitted so that proofs will require only correction of typographical errors. Manuscript should be printed with margins wide enough for annotations and pages should be numbered.  The paragraph line space space should be 1.5.  Units should be quoted according to the International System of Units (SI), and abbreviated terms should be written in full when first mentioned.  Preferred font is Arial font size 12 (except if required within tables where size 10 may be used). Avoid footnotes.
Use 'L' for litre (eg mL), not 'l'.
Nutrient concentrations should be reported as molar (not mass; i.e. μM phosphate, NOT μg phosphate L-1).

Sections of the Manuscript

Typically papers should be divided into the following sequence of headed sections:

  • Title (title page should also include author contact information and up to five keywords)
  • Abstract (max. 250 words)
  • Introduction
  • Method
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Acknowledgements
  • References
  • Table and Figure legends
  • Tables
  • Figures

Write in the first person (except summary) and the active voice whenever possible. Keep the Introduction brief, stating clearly the purpose of the article and its relation to other papers on the same subject. Do not give an extensive review of literature. Provide enough information in the Method section to enable other investigators to repeat the experiments. Report Results clearly and concistently. Do not present the same results in tables and illustrations. Exceptionally, results and discussion can be combined in a single section. In the Discussion interpret the results, state their meaning and draw conclusions. Do not simply repeat the results. Start each section on a separate sheet.

Formatting References

Authors are responsible for the accuracy of the References. Published articles and those in press (state the journal which has accepted them) may be included.
In the text a reference should be cited by author and date as:
…work by Author (Author, 2012) has demonstrated…,
…as reported earlier (Author and Author, 1998; Author et al., 2005)…
Do NOT place text other than the author and date within the parentheses. No more than two authors may be cited per reference; if there are more than two authors use et al.

Reference Citation

At the end of the manuscript the citations should be typed in alphabetical order by first author’s surname followed by initials. References should include, in the following order:

  • Authors’ names
  • Year
  • Paper title
  • Journal name
  • Volume number and inclusive page numbers

The name of the journal should be abbreviated according to the World List of Scientific Periodicals. Book references should also include the editors and the name and address of the publisher.

Some examples for journal citation:

Chisholm, S.W., Falkowski, P.G., and Cullen, J.J. (2001) Dis-Crediting Ocean Fertilization. Science, 294, 309-310.
Martin, J.H., and Gordon, R.M. (1988) Northeast Pacific iron distributions in relation to phytoplankton productivity. Deep Sea Res., 35, 177-196.
Vukosav, P.,  Tomšić, V., and Mlakar, M. (2010) Iron(III)-complexes engaged in the biochemical processes in seawater. II. Voltammetry of Fe(III)-malate complexes in model aqueous solution. Electroanalysis, 22, 2179-2186.

Examples for book citation:

Schimizu, I. (1978) Dinoflagellate toxins. In Scheuer, D. J. (ed.), Marine Natural Products, Chemical and Biological Perspectives. Vol. 1. Academic Press, London, pp. 1-42.
Personal communications should cite the name and location of the author (J. Doe, New York, personal communication) and unpublished data should be cited as ‘(unpublished data)’. Both should be used as sparingly as possible.

Reference citation checklist

  • Year of publication should appear in brackets
  • Journal name must be appropriately abbreviated (according to World List of Scientific Periodicals)
  • Journal name must be in italics
  • Journal volume number must be in bold
  • Do not include journal issue numbers
  • Use comma, not colon to separate volume number from page range
  • Use a semi-colon rather than comma to separate reference citations within the text – (Harris, 2009; Harris, 2010)

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.

  1. 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).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses).
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines

Copyright Notice
The contents of RIThink Multidisciplinary Online Journal may be reproduced without permission provided that credit is given to the journal. It is the author's responsibility to obtain permission to reproduce illustrations, tables, etc. from other publications. One of the criteria considered in reviewing manuscripts is the proper treatment of animals. In particular, the use of painful or otherwise noxious stimuli must be carefully and thoroughly justified.
Papers that do not meet these criteria will not be accepted for publication.

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