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Manuscript Guidelines

Last updated: 2022-04-30

Submitting a manuscript for publication can be a complex process that requires careful attention to detail. Manuscripts must meet specific formatting and ethical guidelines, and authors must follow journal-specific submission guidelines. In this context, it is important to understand the basic steps for manuscript submission, which include formatting the manuscript correctly, providing all necessary information, following ethical guidelines, and submitting the manuscript online.

STM provides an online manuscript submission and tracking service via the Internet facilitating a speedy and cost-effective submission of manuscripts. Manuscripts must be submitted online via the manuscript engine at https://manuscript-engine.journalslibrary.com/

Manuscript Structure
  • Define the Purpose of the Research

  • Develop a Research Blueprint

Before starting to write a research paper, it is important to establish the purpose of the study and communicate its significance to the intended audience. Here are some key points to consider:

  • Significance: Clearly state the significance of the research and why it is important. This can be done by identifying a gap in the literature or highlighting the practical implications of the research.

  • Originality: Explain how the research is original and contributes to the existing body of knowledge in the field. This can be achieved by describing the research design or methodology used and the new insights gained from the study.

  • Intended audience: Identify the intended audience for the paper, such as researchers, practitioners, or policymakers. This can help to tailor the language and content of the paper to the needs of the audience.

  • Implications for practice: Discuss the practical implications of the research and how it can be applied in real-world settings. This can help to demonstrate the relevance of the research to the intended audience.
  • New research avenues: Identify any new research avenues that the study might lead to, such as future research questions or areas of investigation. This can help to highlight the broader impact of the research.

By establishing the purpose of the research and communicating its significance to the intended audience, the research paper can be structured in a way that is clear, concise, and relevant.

How to Write Manuscripts?

Writing a manuscript involves several steps that need to be followed to ensure that the research is presented in a clear, concise, and well-organized manner. Here are some general guidelines on how to write a manuscript:

  • Beginning section: The following elements are required, in order:
  • Title and Abstract: Start with a concise and informative title that accurately reflects the content of the paper. Follow it with an abstract that summarizes the key points of the research.
  • Introduction: Provide background information on the research problem, clearly state the research questions or objectives, and explain the significance of the research.
  • Middle section: The following elements can be renamed as needed and presented in any order:
  • Literature Review: Summarize and critique the relevant literature on the topic, identifying gaps in existing knowledge and explaining how the research contributes to filling those gaps.
  • Methodology: Describe the research design, including the sample size, data collection methods, and data analysis techniques used.
  • Results: Present the findings of the study in a clear and concise manner, using tables, graphs, and figures where appropriate.
  • Discussion: Interpret the findings, linking them back to the research questions and objectives, and explaining their significance. Highlight any limitations of the study and suggest areas for future research.
  • Conclusion: Summarize the main points of the paper and restate the significance of the research.
  • Ending section: The following elements are required, in order:
  • References: Include a list of all the sources cited in the paper, following the citation style required by the journal.
  • Revision: Review the manuscript carefully, paying attention to clarity, coherence, and accuracy. Revise as needed and proofread carefully for spelling and grammar errors.
  • Other elements:- Figure captions are inserted immediately after the first paragraph in which the figure is cited. Figure files are uploaded separately.
  • Tables are inserted immediately after the first paragraph in which they are cited.
  • Supporting information files are uploaded separately.

For all online submissions, please provide soft copies of all the materials (MS Word), figures/illustrations in JPG, PNG, or JPEG, and chemical structures drawn in ChemDraw (CDX)/ISISDraw (TGF) as separate files, while a DOC/DOCs version of the entire manuscript must also be included, embedded with all the figures/illustrations/tables/chemical structures, etc.

By following these general guidelines, the author can produce a well-written and well-structured manuscript that effectively communicates the research findings to the intended audience.

How to Submit Manuscript?

Each journal's website includes a section called 'Instruction for Author' which provides specific instructions on how to submit your work and what to include. It's crucial to carefully review and adhere to the guidelines of the journal you are submitting to, as they vary from one journal to another. Failure to do so may decrease the chances of your article being accepted for publication.

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