Guide for Authors

  • Preparing E-CRC Proceedings articles with MS Word for Procedia Social and Behavioral Sciences

    Dear Author,

    Thank you for submitting your manuscript to Procedia Social and Behavioral Sciences. Before you proceed, please note that Procedia Social and Behavioral Sciences is a product for proposed conference proceedings. It only receives manuscripts submitted to a conference that has an agreement with Elsevier for publication on Procedia Social and Behavioral Sciences. Elsevier does not facilitate the submission process.

    Documentation is provided here to assist you in the preparation of your paper in electronic form using MS Word for use as Camera Ready Copy (CRC).

    Please note that we will publish your article exactly as we receive it and that no corrections are possible in a later stage.

    Yours sincerely,Procedia Social and Behavioral Sciences

    Points to note on formatting your MS Word file

    Files should be in MS Word format only and should be formatted for direct printing, using the CRC MS Word template provided. Figures and tables should be embedded and not supplied separately.

    Please make sure that you use as much as possible normal fonts in your documents. Special fonts, such as fonts used in the Far East (Japanese, Chinese, Korean, etc.) may cause problems during processing. To avoid unnecessary errors you are strongly advised to use the 'spellchecker' function of MS Word.

    1. How to download the CRC MS Word template

    Please obtain the “MS Word Template” from the conference organiser

    Do not make any changes to the structure of the template as this can lead to production errors.

    2. Paper structure

    Papers should be prepared in the following order:

    Introduction: to explain the background work, the practical applications and the nature and purpose of the paper.
    Body: to contain the primary message, with clear lines of thought and validation of the techniques described.
    Acknowledgements (when appropriate)
    Appendices (when appropriate)
    Section headings: should be left justified, with the first letter capitalised and numbered consecutively, starting with the Introduction. Sub-section headings should be in capital and lower-case italic letters, numbered 1.1, 1.2, etc, and left justified, with second and subsequent lines indented.

    3. Formatting your document

    Please do not alter the formatting and style layouts which have been set up in the template document Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences.

    As indicated in the template, papers should be prepared in single column format (192 mm × 262 mm). Do not number pages on the front, as page numbers will be added separately for the preprints and the Proceedings. Leave a line clear between paragraphs.

    All the required style templates are provided in the file “MS Word Template” with the appropriate name supplied, e.g. choose 1. Els1st-order-head for your first order heading text, els-abstract-text for the abstract text etc.

    i. Title page

    The first page should include:

    (a) Conference Title
    Click on the existing text and enter the name of the congress.

    (b) Title
    Click on the existing text and enter the title of the paper using sentence case.

    (c) Each author's name and affiliation, including present address
    • Authors' names: Remember to include the correct superscript linking to the appropriate affiliation details.
    • Affiliations: Remember to include the correct superscript linking to the appropriate author details.

    (d) Abstract (50–100 words)
    Insert an abstract of 50–100 words, giving a brief account of the most relevant aspects of the paper.

    (e) Keywords (5–10)
    Insert 5–10 keywords.
    Please follow the template style for all the above features.

    ii. Tables

    All tables should be numbered with Arabic numerals. Headings should be placed above tables, left justified. Leave one line space between the heading and the table. Only horizontal lines should be used within a table, to distinguish the column headings from the body of the table, and immediately above and below the table. Tables must be embedded into the text and not supplied separately.

    iii. Illustrations

    All figures should be numbered with Arabic numerals (1, 2, …). All photographs, schemas, graphs and diagrams are to be referred to as figures.

    Line drawings should be good quality scans or true electronic output. Low-quality scans are not acceptable. Figures must be embedded into the text and not supplied separately.

    Lettering and symbols should be clearly defined either in the caption or in a legend provided as part of the figure. Figures should be placed at the top or bottom of a page wherever possible, as close as possible to the first reference to them in the paper.

    The figure number and caption should be typed below the illustration in 9pt and left justified.

    For further guidelines and information to help you submit high quality artwork please visit:

    Artwork has no text along the side of it in the main body of the text. However, if two images fit next to each other, these may be placed next to each other to save space.

    iv. Equations

    Equations and formulae should be typed in Mathtype, and numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals in parentheses on the right hand side of the page (if referred to explicitly in the text). They should also be separated from the surrounding text by one space.

    v. References

    References should be listed at the end of the paper. Authors should ensure that every reference in the text appears in the list of references and vice versa. When the names are mentioned in the text indicate reference citations as Van der Geer, Hanraads, and Lupton (2000); Strunk and White (1979) and when the names are not part of the text use (Mettam and Adams, 1994).

    Only essential references, which are directly referred to in the text, should be included in the reference list.

    Some examples of how your references should be listed are given below, which will allow you to assemble your reference list according to the correct format and font size. For more than 6 authors the first 6 should be listed followed by “et al.”.

    Van der Geer, J., Hanraads, J. A. J., and Lupton, R. A. (2000). The art of writing a scientific article. Journal of Scientific Communications, 163, 51 - 59.
    Strunk, W., Jr., and White, E. B. (1979). The elements of style (3rd ed.). New York: Macmillan.
    Mettam, G. R., and Adams, L. B. (1994). How to prepare an electronic version of your article. In B. S. Jones, and R. Z. Smith (Eds.), Introduction to the electronic age (pp. 281-304). New York: E-Publishing Inc.

    vi. Footnotes

    Footnotes should be avoided if possible. Necessary footnotes should be denoted in the text by consecutive superscript letters. The footnotes should be typed single spaced, and in smaller type size (8pt), at the foot of the page in which they are mentioned, and separated from the main text by a short line extending at the foot of the column. The .Els-footnote. style is available in the “MS Word Template” for the text of the footnote.

    Please do not change the margins of the template as this can result in the footnote falling outside printing range.

    vii. General guidelines for the preparation of your text

    Avoid hyphenation at the end of a line. Symbols denoting vectors and matrices should be indicated in bold type. Scalar variable names should normally be expressed using italics. Weights and measures should be expressed in SI units. All non-standard abbreviations or symbols must be defined when first mentioned, or a glossary provided.

    viii. File naming and delivery

    Please title your files in this order .conferenceacrynom_authorslastname.pdf.
    Submit both the source file and the PDF to the Guest Editor.

    4. Copyright Information

    Elsevier requires you to complete the Procedia CC BY-NC-ND licence agreement, which you can done online.

    As soon as Elsevier receives the final article, we will send you an acknowledgment letter containing a hyperlink to the Procedia CC BY-NC-ND licence agreement transfer page. Authors are requested to assign their licence within 3 days of receiving the acknowledgement letter.

    The subject line of the message sent to the author will be in English for all procedia titles.

    5. In conclusion

    We wish you success with your publication. Should you experience any difficulties during the preparation of your paper, please contact the Guest Editor for further information.


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