Guide for Authors

If you are a conference organizer interested in publishing conference proceedings in the journal, please complete the proposal template available from here and email Submissions should be made using a university, business or research institute email.

Guide for Authors:

Before you proceed, please note that Materials Today: Proceedings is devoted to the publication of conference proceedings. To submit to Materials Today: Proceedings you must attend a conference partnered with Materials Today: Proceedings.

Please note, Materials Today: Proceedings currently operates with Editorial Manager to handle the review process of the articles for all proceedings.

Please follow these instructions to submit to Elsevier's editorial management system (

The documentation provided here will assist you in the preparation of your paper in electronic form using MS Word.

Articles will be typeset by Elsevier: it is not strictly necessary for any specific article template to be followed. However, we advise using the template available below.Once you have prepared your manuscript following the instructions below, proceed to:

You will be guided through the submission process.

During submission you will be asked to select "Article Type": please select your conference. If your conference is not listed, you cannot proceed.

Preparing articles for Editorial Manager submission to Materials Today: Proceedings

1. How to download the MS Word template
Please obtain the "MS Word Template" from here.

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 capitalized 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.

Please use US English throughout.

i. Title page

The first page should include:

(a) Conference Title
This text should be pre-filled.

(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.

Images should be both included in the template, and uploaded as separate high resolution files.

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
In the text the number of the reference should be given in square brackets. For references with more than two authors, text citations should be shortened to the first name followed by et al., e.g. Jones [1] discovered that...; Recent results from Brown and Carter [2] and Green et al. [3] indicate that (?).

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

References must be listed in numerical order at the end of the paper. Do not begin them on a new page unless this is absolutely necessary. They should be prepared according to the sequential numeric system making sure that all material mentioned is generally available to the reader.

Journal references should include: author's surname and initials; initials and surnames of remaining authors; article title (where provided); abbreviated journal title (in italics), year of publication, volume number and page numbers.

References to books should include: author's surname and initials; surnames and initials of remaining authors; the book title (in italics); the place of publication and the name of the publisher; and year of publication. References to multi-author works should include author's surname(s) and initials, the chapter title (where provided); "In:" followed by book title (in italics); initials and name(s) of editors(s) in brackets; volume number and pages; the place of publication and name of the publisher, followed by the year of publication.

Here is an example of some references listed according to the sequential numeric system:
[1] Van der Geer J, Hanraads JAJ, Lupton RA. The art of writing a scientific article. J Sci Commun 2000;163:51-9.
[2] Strunk Jr W, White EB. The elements of style. 3rd ed. New York: Macmillan; 1979.
[3] Mettam GR, Adams LB. How to prepare an electronic version of your article. In: Jones BS, Smith RZ, editors. Introduction to the electronic age, New York: E-Publishing Inc; 1999, p. 281-304.

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. Delivery
Please title your manuscript: conferenceacrynom_authorslastname.

Once you have prepared your manuscript following the instructions above, proceed to: You will be guided through the submission process.

During submission you will be asked to select "Article Type": please select your conference. If your conference is not listed, you cannot proceed.

Declaration of interest
All authors must disclose any financial and personal relationships with other people or organizations that could inappropriately influence (bias) their work. Examples of potential conflicts of interest include employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, paid expert testimony, patent applications/registrations, and grants or other funding.

Authors should complete the declaration of interest statement using this template and upload to the submission system at the Attach/Upload Files step. Note: Please do not convert the .docx template to another file type. Author signatures are not required. If there are no interests to declare, please choose: 'Declarations of interest: none' in the template. More information

3. Online license transfer
Prior to publication, Elsevier will require you to complete an online license agreement. The exact form of the license will depend on options chosen by the conference organizer: but will comprise either a CC BY-NC-ND license for open access, or a proprietary Elsevier journal publishing agreement for subscription content.

As soon as Elsevier receives the final article, we will send you an acknowledgment letter containing a hyperlink to the license agreement transfer page. Authors are requested to assign their license within 3 days of receiving the acknowledgement letter. Please note that the open access fee per article is 150 USD.

4. Summary
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. Elsevier supports responsible sharing. Find out how you can share your research published in Elsevier journals.

Authors are reminded that conference proceedings MUST COMPLY with the same ethical standards as all other academic articles. This includes the necessity that all articles should be original, and permission should be sought to reuse any figures/tables/text from other sources. All articles will be subjected to peer review by the Editors. Published articles that are subsequently found to breach publication ethics may be retracted or withdrawn. Please visit the following webpage for more information: