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Updated Guidelines for Superconductivity News Forum Authors

(Update 1.5 of January 4, 2012)
General Rules

  1. The concept of the online News Forum aims at filling the gap between peer-reviewed scientific publications and the latest news disseminated by commercial newsletters.  This means that personal opinions and controversial statements are acceptable, albeit subject to editorial review and possible discussion.  There are three topical co-Editors for:
    • Electronics and Physics (E)
    • Large Scale Applications (L)
    • Material and Conductors (M).

The responsible topical Editor makes the decision to accept or reject.  He is assisted by the Editorial Board, which also performs editorial reviewing and considers rejection appeals.  In addition, panels of ad hoc reviewers occasionally assist the Editor(s).  Accepted material will be promptly posted, initially as a “Preview,”  until the pertinent issue of Forum is completed.  Institutional and project publicity cannot be accepted.  Readership is invited to comment on the posted material, especially if there are disagreements, controversial issues, complementary information desired, etc.

  1. Material for regular publication in the Forum can be submitted in the following sections:
1. Announcements A
2. Critical Reviews (invited)  CR
3. Highlights HE – Event Highlights
    HP – Paper & Result Highlights
4. Letters to Editor L
5. People

PE -  Appointments, Elections,          Retirements

    PA – Awards, Prizes, Recognitions
    PO – In Memoriam (Obituaries)
    PN – News on People
6. Regional News, History RN
7. Science & Technology News ST

The chosen section code should be clearly identified when submitting.  Papers submitted to a peer-reviewed journal can be accepted for pre-publication if the journal rules permit it, which is usually the case.  It is the author’s responsibility to verify this before submitting to the Forum.

  1. Additionally, strictly limited selections of papers submitted to certain major conferences in superconductivity can be pre-published in the Forum, if the conference and the publisher of its papers expressly agree to it.  In each such case, a separate announcement (approved by that conference) will be made by the Forum - with the submission rules specified.  Selected papers will be pre-published as received, without any editorial changes, with the Forum serving only as a (possibly temporary) electronic archive.  The layout, and all instructions of the conference publisher will apply and must be adhered to.  The conference template should be used, per conference rules.

The conference publisher retains exclusive copyright. Immediately after the appearance of the (usually peer-reviewed) final version of a conference paper online or in print, the pre-published version might be replaced by a link to the abstract of the final publication - per publisher’s rules and author’s expressed preference.

In addition to pre-publishing conference manuscripts as electronic preprints, we also pre-publish selected conference slide presentations, if these are especially meritorious and not written down in the paper form.  Such presentations must be properly annotated to make each slide completely comprehensible to the readers.  Due to temporary format limitations, annotations should not contain mathematical symbols, expressions or equations.  Greek symbols should be spelled out (alpha instead of a, etc.).  Presentations are acceptable in the following sections: CR, RN and ST.

  1. Papers, preprints and presentations in Sections CR, RN and ST are assigned   to the following topical categories:

    1. Physics of Superconductivity
    2. Basic Materials Research into Superconductors
    3. Bulk Superconductors
    4. Superconducting Electronics (small-scale applications)
    5. Conductors (composite) and Cables
    6. Large Scale Applications of Superconductivity
    7. Cryogenics (including refrigerators)
    8. Other Supporting Activities
    9. History of Superconductivity and Related.

    Each document may be assigned to more than one category, if topically
    justified.  An assignment proposal by category number(s) should be made by the submitting author.

  2. Only electronic submissions are acceptable.  Regular papers and other contributions such as Highlights, etc., should be submitted in the WORD format.  Authors writing exclusively in LaTex may submit a PDF file, but this complicates the editorial correction process. Also conference papers may be submitted as PDF files.  The address for submittals is: [email protected].  An acknowledgment of receipt will be issued.  The submitting contributor will be notified of acceptance, rejection or need for discussion with the editor(s).  Rejection of regular papers can be appealed once to the Editorial Board.
  3. Please read carefully.  Failure to follow these guidelines may result in long delays in posting on line or rejection.

    For contributions to: Announcements, Highlights and Letters to Editor there are no layout requirements.  For other submitted regular contributions and for invited critical reviews the details of the layout (title and authors listing, headings, numerations, symbols) are similar to those of IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity, except that the double-column template is not applicable

    Formal rules for Critical Reviews, Regional News, and Science and Technology News are as follows.  The article should be in the “ready-to-post” form (one column layout). Please use an article already published in the pertinent section of the Forum as a general template (sample).


    40 to 100 words, starting with (example)“Abstract – First sentence.”, below affiliation.  Below affiliation and address leave 4 lines free.


    E-mail address:

    of the submitting (corresponding) author should be included below the affiliation(s) and address(es) of the author(s).  The name(s) of the author(s) should be centered below the title.  His/their affiliation(s) and address(es) below the name line(s), also centered.  In the case of papers having additional co-authors, please provide their e-mail addresses separately, for example in the cover letter.


    Figures and tables:

    Integrated into the text.  Figure caption below figure, table title above table.   When cited in the text, write “Figure…” and “Table…”, starting with capital letter.  In the caption, the abbreviation “Fig.” is preferred.


    Font: Times New Roman. Font size:  
      Title:     16 pts, bold, centered; all nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs must start with a capital letter.
      Abstract: 10 pts, bold.
      Text: 12 pts, one column only; section titles: bold capitals. Subsection titles: italics; all nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs must start with a capital letter.
      Figure captions: 10 pts (Fig N., N = 1, 2, 3,… , should be bold, but not the text)
      References: 10 pts, journal volume number should be bold.
      Physical symbols:

    12 pts, italics; no italics in subscripts and superscripts (except in equations if the mathematical editor sets italics automatically).



    1st paragraph below section or sub-section title – no indentation; indent 5 spaces in the first line of each following paragraph.


    Numeration:  Equation numbered by Arabic numerals in brackets placed on the right side of page, e.g.,  (1), (2), (3),…
      Page numeration: bottom of page, centered, 1st page inclusive; if N pages, the numbering should be (example) 1 of N, 2 of N, 3of N,… N of N (last page).
      Sections: numbered by Roman numerals: I., II., III., …. (Bold capitals)
      Subsections: numbered by letters: A., B., C., … (Italics)
      Sub-subsections: Not recommended; if used – either use no numbering or 1), 2), 3)... (Italics)
      Table numeration:

    Roman numerals.


    References: listed at the end of the document.  Examples of listing style:

    [1] A.B. Author, “Title of article (recommended, not mandatory)”, Journal Name 1, 1-5 (2006).
    In the example above, the volume number bold, followed by pages (first – last) and year in brackets.
    [2]  A.B. Author, “Title of Chapter” in Title of Book, Name of Editor (ed.), Publisher, locality, year, pp. (pages first – last or cited page).
    [3]  A.B. Author, Title of Book, Publisher, locality, year, pp. (pages first – last or cited page).

    URLs (links): Provide links to all unpublished or otherwise not generally available references, if such links exist. 

    The final document posted will appear in PDF format.

  4. Text appearing in the online News Forum is IEEE copyrighted, but authors are free to later publish on the same topic in any peer-reviewed journal they choose.

Announcements, News Highlights and Letters to Editor

Any superconductivity-related announcement, highlight or letter to Editor may be submitted without any layout requirements.  The length should not exceed 1000 words.

Critical Reviews 

  1. The main purpose of a critical overview is to provide professionally correct tutorial information and insight into:
    1. What is the goal and scientific/technical principle of the project or field, its main characteristic parameters (technical, economical “essential numbers”)?
    2. Where and why superconductivity is crucial to the project or enabling?
    3. Which are the main obstacles (scientific, technical, economical, political, etc.) to success and possible problem solutions, alternatives?
    4. What is the status and projected milestones?
  2. The questions listed above are pertinent to applied topics.  However, also reviews of fundamental topics should clearly answer questions such as “what?”, “why?” and “how?”. The writing should be gauged primarily at professional members of the superconductivity community not working in the reviewed field, but, if possible, be also of some interest to those who do.  It should be also aiming at economic and political decision makers, who seek authoritative professional opinion and advice.
  3. The critical review should only succinctly brush over the past, accentuating which essential contributions/milestones came from Europe, but openly & honestly acknowledging where credits are due worldwide.  The review should concentrate on the present activities, identifying the main European and international actors and succinctly describing their activity – on the worldwide background.  Future should be addressed in terms of major milestones only, possibly subject to periodical (annual, biannual) updates.
  4. The length limit isn’t absolute, but preferred length is about 6-8 pages A4 using the 12 points Times New Roman font and single spacing, inclusive the abstract and crucial references for more reading, but not counting figures (meaningful diagrams preferable over pretty photos), tables and an optional comprehensive list of references.  The format should be always Microsoft WORD.
  5. The IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity are likely to invite a more polished and complete version of the review (free of controversial or subjective statements and subject to peer review) if the topic fits their scope.

Regional News, History

  1. Regional news may review superconductivity activities and related problems in a country or region, or in an institution, group or project network.  Also historical events related to superconductivity may be included.  The writing should be aiming primarily at professional members of the superconductivity community and related science & engineering communities.  It may be also of interest to economic and political decision makers, who seek authentic unfiltered information from regions.
  2. The length limit isn’t absolute, but the preferred length of contributions is about 4-6 pages A4 using the 12 points Times New Roman font and single spacing, inclusive the abstract and references, but not counting figures and tables.  Total length of invited contributions, including figures and tables should not exceed 25 pages. The format should be always Microsoft WORD.

Science and Technology News

  1. Technical contributions should present own original work, can draw on recent peer-reviewed publications, on those accepted while not yet published, and can also announce results not yet submitted for publication, e.g., released at a news conference, professional workshop, etc..
  2. The length limit isn’t absolute, but the preferred length is about 3-4 pages A4 using the 12 points Times New Roman font and single spacing, inclusive abstract and references, but not counting figures (meaningful diagrams preferable over pretty photos) and tables.  The format should be always Microsoft WORD.

Updated December 12, 2013