AUTHOR GUIDELINES

Author Guidelines

Atomic Layer Deposition International Journal  (ALDJ) focuses on scientific aspects of atomic/molecular layer deposition, vapor phase infiltration, atomic layer etching and related alternating (pulsed, digital) vapor principles. All manuscripts should make a significant contribution to the field. Both experimental and theoretical work is welcomed. 

ALDJ uses the Open Journal Systems (OJS) software to manage the submission and review processes. Articles must be written in English. Major forms of standard written English (e.g., U.S., British, Australian) may be used, as long as a consistent style is used throughout the manuscript. 

You can submit an article using our Open Journal System (OJS) link (please register on the manuscript submission website after clicking). In addition, please send a copy of your manuscript (and cover letter) by email to editorial@atomiclayerdeposition.com.

All submitted manuscripts should clearly highlight areas of their significance and the impact of these in addressing current and outstanding issues in the field. 

1. Manuscript Content

ALDJ publishes articles in the following areas:

  • Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD)
  • Molecular Layer Deposition (MLD)
  • Alternating Vapor Infiltration / Vapor Phase Infiltration (VPI)
  • Atomic Layer Etching (ALE)
  • General science or new concepts concomitant to the above areas

and their relation to:

  • Precursor chemistry
  • Reaction chemistry
  • Theoretical chemistry
  • Growth, surface and film analysis
  • Reactor technology
  • Applications

2. Manuscript Type

Text should be single-spaced and free of all corrections. Please submit both an editable document (Word) as well as a PDF file. Figures should be separate from the text; each figure should be presented on a separate A4 sheet. Manuscript should not contain author names (for the blind peer review process). You should add the author names, affiliations and e-mail addresses in a cover letter.

3. Cover Letter

You should add a (PDF) cover letter with details of the authors, including affiliations and e-mail addresses. You may also suggest peer reviewers well familiar with the subject of your manuscript. 

4. Writing guides

It is very important that manuscripts submitted are easily readable. Student authors may benefit from scientific article writing guides such as “How to write a scientific article” and “11 steps to structuring a science paper editors will take seriously”.

We recommend following the IMRaD-CARS format (Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion).

  • Introduction: What did you/others do? Why did you do it?
  • Methods: How did you do it?
  • Results: What did you find?
  • Discussion: What does it all mean?

followed by:

  • Conclusion
  • Acknowledgements
  • References
  • Supporting Materials.

Our most important advice is to be concise, to-the-point and never use more words than necessary.

5. Manuscript Categories

(1) Original Articles

This is the most common type of journal manuscript used to publish full reports of data from research. It may be called an Original Article, Research Article, Research, or just Article, depending on the journal. It includes full Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion sections.

Word limit: 5,000 words maximum including abstract but excluding references, tables and figures.

Abstract: 350 words maximum, structured with the following subheadings: Background, Methods, Results and Conclusions.

References: There is no limit on the number of references that can be included.

Figures/Tables: There is no limit on the number of figures and tables that can be included, however we recommend 5 figures/ tables per article is most appropriate.

Description: Full-length reports of current research in either basic or clinical science. Meta-analysis will be categorized into “original articles”.

(2) Reviews

Review articles should contain authors’ analytical appraisal of published papers and personal viewpoints, instead of a mere aggregation of published abstracts. Review Articles provide a comprehensive description of research on a certain topic, and a perspective on the state of the field and where it is heading. They are often written by leaders in a particular discipline after invitation from the editors of a journal. Reviews are often widely read (for example, by researchers looking for a full introduction to a field) and highly cited. Reviews commonly cite approximately 100 primary research articles.

Word limit: no limit.

Abstract: 400 words maximum.

References: There is no limit on the number of references that can be included.

Figures/Tables: There is no limit on the number of figures and tables that can be included.

Description: Review articles should contain authors’ analytical appraisal of published papers and personal viewpoints, instead of a mere aggregation of published abstracts.

(3) Mini Reviews (Research Highlights)

Mini Reviews are shorter reviews of topics that may be controversial or unresolved.

Word limit: 5,000 words maximum including abstract but excluding references, tables and figures.

Abstract: 400 words maximum.

References: There is no limit on the number of references that can be included.

Figures/Tables: There is no limit on the number of figures and tables that can be included.

Description: Mini Reviews are shorter reviews of topics that may be controversial or unresolved.

(4) Letters to the Editor

Letters usually offer perspective to content published in this journal. In this case, a Letter must refer to the original source, and a Response to a Letter must reference the Letter in the first few paragraphs. Letters can use an arbitrary title, but a Response must cite the title of the Letter: e.g. Response to [title of Letter]. This ensures that readers can track the line of discussion. Presentation of interesting clinical cases can also be published in this format. Letters of any matter of interest to readers of the journal are also published.

Word limit: 1000 words maximum excluding references, tables and figures.

Abstract: not required for this manuscript type.

References: 10 references maximum can be included in Letters to the Editor articles.

Figures/Tables: 1 figure or table maximum can be included in Letters to the Editor articles.

Description: Letters to the Editor usually offer perspective to content published in this journal. In this case, a Letter must refer to the original source, and a Response to a Letter must reference the Letter in the first few paragraphs. Letters can use an arbitrary title, but a Response must cite the title of the Letter: e.g. Response to [title of Letter]. This ensures that readers can track the line of discussion. Presentation of interesting clinical cases can also be published in this format. Letters of any matter of interest to readers of the journal are also published.

(5) Editorials

Editorials will be written by the recognized leader(s) or experts in their field.

Word Limit: 2,500 words maximum excluding references, tables and figures.

Abstract: Not required.

References: 25 references maximum can be included in editorial articles.

Figures/Tables: 2 figures or tables maximum can be included in editorial articles.

Description: Editorial is written by the recognized leader(s) or experts in the field.

(6) Editorial Commentaries

Subject experts will be invited to discuss recent papers, reports or events to provide a commentary on their importance. Editorial commentaries will set the problems addressed by the paper/ report/event in the wider context of the topic.

Word Limit: 2,500 words maximum excluding references, tables and figures.

Abstract: not required.

References: 25 references maximum can be included in editorial commentary articles.

Figures/Tables: 2 figures or tables maximum can be included in editorial commentary articles.

Description: Subject experts will be invited to discuss recent papers, reports or events to provide a commentary on their importance. Editorial commentaries will set the problems addressed by the paper/ report/event in the wider context of the topic.

(7) Perspectives/Opinions

Perspectives can be more personal, forward-looking or speculative, compared with reviews of a scientific topic. A paper presenting controversial positions or papers of the same topic advocate opposite sides will be published as a perspective. While perspectives will be solicited by the editors; we also welcome timely, unsolicited perspectives.

Word limit: 3000 words maximum including abstract but excluding references, tables and figures.

Abstract: Unstructured. 300 words maximum.

References: There is no limit on the number of references that can be included.

Figures/Tables: 2 figures or tables maximum can be included in editorial commentary articles.

Description: Perspectives can be more personal, forward-looking or speculative, compared with reviews of a scientific topic. A paper presenting controversial positions or papers of the same topic advocate opposite sides will be published as a perspective. While perspectives will be solicited by the editors; we also welcome timely, unsolicited perspectives.

(8) Case Reports

New observations of chemistry related to ALD, MLD, ALE. Only cases of exceptional interest and novelty are considered. These articles report specific instances of interesting phenomena. A goal of Case Studies is to make other researchers aware of the possibility that a specific phenomenon might occur. This type of study is often used in medicine to report the occurrence of previously unknown or emerging pathologies.

Word limit: 2,500 words maximum excluding references, tables and figures.

Abstract: A brief abstract, usually of 3-4 sentences, is required.

Figures/Tables: 8 figures or tables maximum can be included in case report articles.

Description: New observations of diseases, clinical findings or novel/unique treatment outcomes relevant to practitioners in medicine. The text should be arranged as follows: Introduction, Case Report, Discussion. We do not publish case report only because of the rarity of the cases. Only cases of exceptional interest and novelty are considered. For manuscripts that do not qualify, Editors may ask authors to shorten manuscripts and rewrite as Letters to the Editor.

(9) Technical Notes

Technical notes articles should present a new experimental or improved method, test or procedure. The method described may either be completely new, or may offer a better version of an existing method. The article must describe a demonstrable advance on what is currently available. The method needs to have been well-tested and ideally, but not necessarily, used in a way that proves its value.

Word limit: 2,500 words including abstract but excluding references, tables and figures.

Abstract: 250 words, unstructured (no sub-headers).

References: 35 references maximum can be included in editorial articles.

Figures/Tables: 10 figures or tables maximum can be included in editorial articles.

Description: Technical notes articles should present a new experimental or improved method, test or procedure. The method described may either be completely new, or may offer a better version of an existing method. The article must describe a demonstrable advance on what is currently available. The method needs to have been well-tested and ideally, but not necessarily, used in a way that proves its value.

(10) Brief Reports

Manuscripts containing pertinent and interesting observations concerning relevant research in the field of biomedicine and reports on new observations or studies that do not warrant publication as a full research article will be considered for the Brief Reports. These submissions will undergo full peer review.

Word limit: 2,500 words including abstract but excluding references, tables and figures.

Abstract: 250 words, unstructured (no sub-headers).

References: 350 words maximum.

Figures/Tables: 8 figures or tables maximum can be included in editorial articles.

Description: Manuscripts containing pertinent and interesting observations concerning relevant research in the field of biomedicine and reports on new observations or studies that do not warrant publication as a full research article will be considered for the Brief Reports. These submissions will undergo full peer review.

(11). News and views

Publishes the latest news and views regarding “hot topics”, issues which have global impacts, special and rare issues or summaries of recent events involving BIO Integration.

Word limit: None

Abstract: Not applicable

References: There is no limit on the number of references that can be included.

Figures/Tables: There is no limit on the number of figures and tables that can be included.

Description: News and views are usually invitational, highlighting recent scientific/medical breakthroughs. This category can also be used to highlight recent events regarding BIO Integration.

(12). Commentary

Publishes expert opinions regarding a recent impactful publications, with special emphasis on integrative science publications.

Word limit: None

Abstract: Not applicable

References: There is no limit on the number of references that can be included.

Figures/Tables: There is no limit on the number of figures and tables that can be included.

Description: Publishes expert opinions regarding a recent impactful publication, with special emphasis on integrative scientific publications.

6. Unpublished/republished material

Authors must keep in mind that submitted articles must be previously unpublished material, with the exception that material appearing in the preprints to a conference, etc., can be republished, with the permission of the copyright owner, and there must be an Acknowledgments section stating the first appearance of the material, as well as describing the permissions under which the material is being published again.

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