Author Guidelines

Read our guidelines help you submit and publish a paper in one of our journals.

Where to start

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    Choosing the right journal for your work

    It may be tempting to begin writing a paper before giving much thought to where it might be published. However we explain here the importance of choosing the right journal for your work first and the key factors to consider.

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  • Writing your journal article

    Before writing your journal article for submission to one of our journals please read this guidance first. It may save you time formatting your article and improve your chances of being published.

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The submission, peer review and publication process

  • How to submit your journal article

    IOP Publishing aims to be flexible and to make submission as easy as possible for authors. We only require a PDF file for a new submission. These guidelines apply to our journals that use the ScholarOne Manuscripts submissions system.

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  • The review process on your journals

    We are committed to providing a fair and impartial review process, and to providing the fastest possible service to authors. Here we describe the review process on our journals in detail.

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  • Getting a first decision on your article

    We want to give you a first decision on your article to you as soon as possible. Here we describe the various different decisions you could receive.

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  • Writing and submitting your revised article

    If you need help writing a revision please see the following guidance. At this stage we require your source files, and we also ask you to submit an online copyright form and to provide written permissions if required.

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  • From acceptance through to publication of your article

    Find out what happens to your article after acceptance, including the option of having your accepted manuscript made available within 24 hours, and the proof checking stage.

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Post publication

  • After publication of your article

    What we do, and what you can do, to promote and raise the visibility of your published article. We also outline the various options and procedures for making post-publication corrections.

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