Journal of Nano Education

Instructions for Authors
Journal of Nano Education (JNE) publishes research articles, research reviews, short communications, letters, book reviews and conference announcements of relevance to nanoscale science, technology, engineering and medical education.
Research Articles: Full-length articles that report original research work and advances in nanoscale science, technology, engineering and medical education. Research articles should be aligned with the stated aims and scope of JNE.
Research Reviews: Comprehensive syntheses of completed and/or ongoing research in nanoscale science, technology, engineering and medical education. Authors are responsible for obtaining written copyright permission to reproduce copyrighted materials from other sources. Authors are advised to properly reference captions of all previously published Figures, Tables or illustrations, including those appearing in their own previously published work. Research reviews are published with a short author biography and an accompanying photo.
Short Communications: Succinct reports highlighting important new advances in nanoscale science, technology, engineering and medical education. Rapid publication is provided for concise and up-to-date reports. No section headings should be used, and short communications should not exceed 3-4 published journal pages.
Letters: Brief commentaries (1-2 paragraphs, usually not in excess of 500 words) presenting a personal opinion or perspective on issues of interest to readers of JNE.
Book Reviews: Reviews of recently published books, edited works, textbooks, or other reference materials of interest to those involved in any aspect of nanoscale science, technology, engineering and medical education.
Conference Announcements: Announcements of conferences, symposia or meetings of relevance to nanoscale science, technology, engineering and medical education.
JOURNAL POLICY: JNE publishes only original and previously unpublished research work. JNE does not wish to receive research manuscripts describing work identical to that appearing in previously published manuscripts, and will not accept manuscripts judged to be excessively redundant with previously published manuscripts, either in print or electronic formats. Prior to submission, the Editor-in-Chief should be consulted with any questions regarding the suitability of the manuscript for review and publication consideration in JNE. When submitting a manuscript, authors should make a full statement to the Editor-in-Chief that the research work contained in their manuscript is completely original and previously unpublished. If duplicate or excessively redundant publication is attempted, authors should expect immediate editorial action to be taken including prompt rejection of the submitted manuscript. Submission of any manuscript that contains excessively redundant or duplicate publication of the same or very similar research work violates the policies of JNE.

It is the sole responsibility of all authors to ensure that all manuscripts are new, original and not published previously in any form any media, shall not infringe upon or violate any kind of copyrights of others and does not contains any plagiarized, fraudulent and improperly attributed materials. Extended and modified versions of previously published abstracts, papers in any conference or journal are not allowed whatsoever.

Corresponding author should provide a clear statement confirming this while submitting manuscript to any ASP journal. Is this manuscript 100% original and unpublished? Has this manuscript been published in parts (figures/text/tables) in any conference proceedings or journal in any media or language or format whatsoever? Is this manuscript from free from plagiarism (including self-plagiarism) and copyright infringement?

Authors must follow this "Journal Policy" strictly.

ETHICAL COMPLIANCE: Research papers reporting animal or clinical studies should, where appropriate, contain a statement that they have been carried out with animal or human ethics committee approval. All scientific studies should be carried out in accordance with the relevant national and local guidelines. Each author(s) warrants that his or her research institution has fully approved the protocol for all scientific studies involving animals or humans and that all experiments of any kinds were conducted in compliance with ethical and humane principles of research after ethics committee approval.

SUBMISSION OF MANUSCRIPTS: Authors kindly are advised to read Journal of Nano Education policy before submitting manuscripts for review and publication consideration. Submitted research articles, research reviews and book reviews should not previously have been published, nor should be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Submit Your Manuscript Electronically as a PDF or MS Word file to the Editor-in-Chief
Authors are encouraged to submit a list of 3-5 potential referees who may be contacted for peer review of submitted manuscripts. The list of potential referees should be accompanied with complete contact details including mailing addresses, telephone and fax numbers, and current e-mail addresses. The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for organizing anonymous refereeing via selection of peer reviewers with appropriate expertise drawn from the JNE Editorial Review Board and the list of potential referees. JNE will aim to have each submitted manuscript reviewed anonymously by at least three reviewers, with at least one reviewer drawn from the JNE Editorial Review Board.
COVER ART: From time to time, JNE will feature new cover art highlighting specific articles featured in a particular journal issue. Authors are encouraged to submit high quality color figures/illustrations for consideration.

MANUSCRIPT PROCESSING FEES: Authors should understand that there are many occurring publishing expenses per journal page associated with manuscript processing, editorial, production, typesetting, printing, paper, binding, shipping, web-hosting, and archiving. However authors pay no publication fees as well as the costs of any color figure/illustration in a print edition to American Scientific Publishers whatsoever, therefore, publisher is doing all services to authors free of costs and/or at fractional costs, hence, publisher is not obligated to provide any hard/softcopies of journal issue and/or research article to anyone whatsoever. Authors may download pdf file of their published papers from Ingenta after paying fractional costs. If authors require a hardcopy of the journal issue having their research articles then authors may also purchase hardcopies of the journal issue or subscribe to the journal by contacting the publisher. No free hard/softcopies of journal issue and/or research article are provided. On the other hand, if authors want to support the journal by paying full manuscript processing fees plus all costs of color figures/illustrations/photos in a print edition through their research grants or affiliated institutions, then publisher will provide hardcopy of journal issue or pdf file of his/her research article after receiving a full payment. American Scientific Publishers highly appreciate for author's kind understanding and support.

TYPING: All manuscripts must be in English, and typed double-spaced on one side of the page throughout (including footnotes, references, tables, legends) on 8.5" x 11" (216 mm x 279 mm) or A4 white paper leaving at least 1 inch (2.54 cm) on the left margin.
INTRODUCTORY MATERIAL: The first page of the manuscript should have a concise title limited to approximately 15 words. Names of all authors (including complete mailing address, telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail addresses) should be given. Please indicate with an asterisk (*) the author to whom correspondence regarding the manuscript should be directed.
ABSTRACT: All manuscripts must contain a concise, informative 150-300 word abstract that accurately conveys the primary content of the manuscript. Abstracts of manuscripts detailing research work should explain the essential contents of the work, key ideas and results.
FIGURES: High quality figures should be provided by the author/s in a form suitable for reproduction. All Figures, Tables, illustrations or photographs should be prepared such that they may be printed in a single column size with a width of 3 1/4 inches or 8.25 cm. Fourteen (14) point ARIAL BOLD font should be used for Legends, and 12 point ARIAL font used for numbering/wordings in Figures. The same font should be used for all Figures. Only if absolutely necessary should Figures, Table, illustrations or photographs occupy double columns. Each Figure must be referred to in the text, and will be printed in black and white unless otherwise instructed by the authors. Each Figure should be submitted on a separate sheet and marked with the name of the author, title of manuscript and Figure number. All formulae and Figures should be carefully drafted and never drawn freehand. High quality original Figures and glossy prints of all photographs are required. Photocopies of the Figures and photographs are not acceptable.
FREE COLOR PRINTING: JNE welcomes color illustrations as they are effective in conveying complex graphs and photographs. At the Editor-in-Chief's discretion, free color printing will provide an opportunity to publish color Figures/illustrations in print at NO COST to authors.
PHOTOGRAPHS: Half-tone illustrations should be supplied as clear, glossy, unmounted prints. The author's name, title of manuscript and Figure number should be written on the back.
TABLES: Each Table must be referred to in the text. Each Table should be typed double-spaced on a separate sheet and identified sequentially by Arabic numerals corresponding to the order in which they appear in the text. Each Table should have a brief explanatory title, which should be labeled unambiguously. The position of each Table should be clearly marked in the text.
UNITS: Internationally accepted units of measurement must be used. The units of measurement are used in conjunction with their numerical values; the units should be abbreviated as suggested below. If more commonly used units are adopted, conversion factors should be given at their first occurrence. Greek symbols may be used.
%, ºC, nm, µm (not m), mm, cm, cm3, m, h (or hr), min, s (or sec), µg, mg, g (or gm), kg, cal, kcal, in. (or write out inch), ml [write out liter(s)].
The Editor-in-Chief should be consulted with any additional questions regarding units, grammar and formatting.
ABBREVIATIONS: No abbreviations are allowed in the manuscript title and abstract, and should be defined the first time they are used within the text. When necessary for general citation purposes in the wider literature, the Journal of Nano Education should be abbreviated as "J. Nano Educ."

Manuscripts published in JNE will follow the citation and reference style of the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA referencing format may be found at: References should be in the proper format on a separate page, and arranged alphabetically by author last name at the end of the manuscript. APA style requires the second and subsequent lines of a reference to be indented. In-text citations should use the last name of the author/authors, followed by the year of publication in parentheses. References should be listed in the following style:

1. Journal Article
Sweeney, A. E., Vaidyanathan, P. & Seal, S. (2006). Undergraduate research and education in nanotechnology. International Journal of Engineering Education, 12(1), 157-170.

2. Book
Gibbons, M., Limoges, C., Nowotny, H., Schwartzman, S., Scott, P. & Trow, M. (1994). The new production of knowledge: The dynamics of science and research in contemporary societies. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Sweeney, A. E. & Seal, S. (Eds.). (2007). Nanoscale science and engineering education. Stevenson Ranch, CA: American Scientific Publishers.

3. Chapter in Edited Book
Waldron, A. M., Sheppard, Spencer, D. & Batt, C. A. (2005). Too small to see: Educating the next generation in nanoscale science and engineering. In C. S. S. R. Kumar, J. Hormes & C. Leuschner (Eds.), Nanofabrication towards biomedical applications: Techniques, tools, applications and impact (pp. 375-389). Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH.

4. Conference Proceedings
Jones, M. G., Bokinsky, A., Andre, T., Kubasko, D., Negishi, A., Taylor, R. & Superfine, R. (2002). NanoManipulator applications in education: The impact of haptic experiences on students' attitudes and concepts. Proceedings of the IEEE Computer Science Haptics 2002 Symposium (pp. 295-298). Orlando, FL: IEEE Computer Society.
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS: These should be brief and placed at the end of the text before the References section.
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OFFPRINTS: Prior to publication, authors may order offprints of articles (minimum of 100) from American Scientific Publishers (ASP). An order form accompanying the page proofs will be sent directly to the corresponding author. Please return your offprint order form with the page proofs.
ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION: Upon acceptance of a manuscript for publication in JNE, authors should submit to the Publisher a diskette or CD containing the final version of the manuscript, accompanied by a hard copy printout to improve the accuracy and promptness of the typesetting process. The diskette or CD should be labeled clearly with the author's name, manuscript title, the date, and the hardware and software package used in preparation. The preferred medium is 3.5-inch diskette or a CD in Windows/MS-DOS or Macintosh having TeX. We also are able to accept line artwork/graphics on diskette or CD if you supply us the source files that will enable us to modify the artwork as required for the journal format.
REFEREEING: If you are interested in reviewing manuscripts for publication consideration in JNE, please send a short professional biography (including 15-20 keywords in the field of your research/professional expertise and full contact details) to the JNE Editor-in-Chief. A standard JNE reviewer's report can be submitted via e-mail to the Editor-in-Chief.
To facilitate the reviewing process, the Editor-in-Chief will communicate with authors and referees via e-mail. Submitted manuscripts will not be returned to authors, and neither the Editor-in-Chief nor American Scientific Publishers will retain any submitted materials after a formal decision has been made either to accept or reject a manuscript for publication. If warranted, the Editor-in-Chief has the right to reject a submitted manuscript without further peer review.
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