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Elementa publishes the following types of articles:
Elementa also welcomes Special Features, a set of related articles addressing themes or projects of broad interest, typically 4–10 articles in each group, usually including a synthesizing Commentary. Special Features may fall within a single knowledge domain or be cross-listed under two or more domains; in either case, a single Editor-in-Chief will be responsible for the entire Special Feature. For more information, see our Special Features informational page.
We encourage authors to include supplementary information with their submissions, including audio, video, three-dimensional representations, and other rich media as well as additional figures and tables. Supplemental material provides additional information that enhances the main text and is directly referenced within the text, but is not critical to its assertions.
Although we do not limit the number or type of supplemental material items authors may include, we do require that they provide a relevant and useful expansion of the article, and that they are as well described as are figures and tables included within the body of the article. Good metadata of this material are key to discoverability and usefulness.
For detailed information on formatting and submitting supplementary information, please see our guidelines on Supplemental Material & Data.
An inherent principle of publication is that others should be able to replicate and build upon the authors’ published claims. Therefore, we require that all major datasets associated with an article be made freely and widely available, unless there are clear reasons and agreement from an Editor-in-Chief to restrict access. Datasets should be archived in an appropriate, subject-specific public archive, or in an institutional repository. The Directory of Open Access Repositories provides a searchable list of over 2,000 OA repositories.
For more information, please see our guidelines on Supplemental Material & Data.
Submissions to Elementa must meet the following requirements to be considered for publication:
Initial manuscripts should be submitted via this website, and should typically include the following elements:
Authors are encouraged to provide the names and contact information for 3–5 external reviewers, though Associate Editors are not obligated to use these suggestions. Authors may also indicate researchers whom they feel should not review the submission.
For more information, please see our guidelines on Manuscript Preparation below.
The Review Process
Each of Elementa’s six knowledge domains are led by an Editor-in-Chief and supported by an international Board of Associate Editors, comprised of respected researchers in relevant fields. We are committed to providing Elementa authors with a fair and timely review process, constructive feedback, and a supportive environment. We publish articles that are scientifically, methodologically, and ethically sound, that are worthy of inclusion in the scholarly record, and that further research and discourse in the relevant field of study.
Our goal is to make initial decisions on submissions within 30 calendar days. After acceptance, the manuscript and supporting files will be immediately processed for publication, a process taking approximately 15 business days, if all supporting files are in order.
Our review process follows these steps:
Authors are asked to submit revised manuscripts within four weeks of receiving an invitation to revise from the Editor-in-Chief, unless advised otherwise. Two extensions of two weeks each will be granted upon request to the editorial office. Further extensions require approval of the pertinent Editor-in-Chief. If a revised manuscript is not received within four months, the author(s) may be required to resubmit the manuscript as an entirely new submission.
To keep costs as low as possible, Elementa articles are not subject to detailed copyediting. We encourage authors whose native language is not English to enlist the aid of a native English-speaking colleague to review the manuscript for correct usage and clarity prior to submission and after revision, or to employ language or copyediting services. These services can be found on the Web using search terms such as “scientific editing service” or “manuscript editing service.”
Submissions to Elementa consist of the following components:
A diagram of the upload order can be found below.
Please write an approximately one-page cover letter that:
Authors are also encouraged to provide the names and contact information for 3–5 external reviewers, though Associate Editors are not obligated to use these suggestions. Authors may also indicate researchers whom they feel should not review the submission.
Please do not include requests to waive publication fees in your cover letter. If your submission is accepted for publication, you will have the opportunity to request a waiver then.
We do not have arbitrary restrictions on manuscript length. We do, however, encourage you to employ a clear and concise writing style. Please note that a request to be more concise is legitimate feedback during the review process, despite no arbitrary restrictions being in place. If you believe your manuscripts would benefit from professional editing, we encourage you to utilize a copyediting service—or ask a colleague whose native language is English for assistance. Copyediting services can be found on the Internet using search terms as “scientific editing service” or “manuscript editing service.”
All submissions should begin with the following sections:
All submissions should end with the following sections:
We have no explicit requirements for section organization between these beginning and ending sections. Articles may be organized in different ways and with different section titles, according to the authors’ preference and type of article. For research articles, sections typically include:
The title must be 150 characters or fewer and set in sentence case (only the first word and proper nouns capitalized). It should be specific, descriptive, concise, and comprehensible to readers outside the subject field. Avoid abbreviations if possible.
Example:Proactive ecology in the Anthropocene: A shift to a leadership role in defining problems and possibilities
All persons designated as authors should qualify for authorship, and all those who qualify should be listed (see Editorial Policies). Each author must have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content. Those who contributed to the work but do not qualify for authorship should be listed in the acknowledgments.
When a large group or center has conducted the work, the author list should include the individuals whose contributions meet the criteria defined above, as well as the group name.
One author should be designated (with an asterisk) as the corresponding author, and his or her email address should be included on the manuscript cover page. This information will be published with the article, if accepted.
All author names should be listed in the following order:
Each author should list an associated department, university, or organizational affiliation and its location, including city, state/province (if applicable), and country. If the article has been submitted on behalf of a consortium, all author names and affiliations should be listed.
AnneMarie Luijendijk, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, United States
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1Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, United States
The abstract should provide a clear description of the main objective(s) of the submission, explain how the study was done (as applicable), and summarize the article’s most important conclusions and their significance to a potentially wider audience. Abstracts should not exceed 300 words, and should not include sub-headings.
Please do not include citations in your abstract and avoid the use of abbreviations, if possible.References
Published works, works accepted for publication, and citable datasets should appear in the reference list. Mentions of unpublished work should be cited parenthetically within the main text of the article as personal communications.
Elementa employs the name-year (or “Harvard”) system of in-text references, in which the author’s surname and year of publication are cited in the text of your work, enclosed in parentheses. The reference list (appearing at the end of the article) should be in alphabetical order by author. Journals’ titles should be abbreviated following the ISI Journal Title Abbreviation List, but set in title case and italicized.
EndNote users can download the Elementa Endnote template here.
Detailed information on formatting references can be found in our Reference Style Guide. We use Scientific Style and Format: The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers as our primary style guide and highly recommend that authors consult it.Contributions
Please indicate author contributions as clearly as possible, according to the following criteria:
People who contributed to the work but do not fit our author criteria should be listed in the acknowledgments, along with their contributions. You must ensure that anyone named in the acknowledgments agrees to being so named.
Funding sources should not be included in the acknowledgments.Funding information
Please provide a list of the sources of funding, as well as the relevant grant numbers, where possible. List the authors associated with specific funding sources. You will also enter this information in a form during the submission process, but it must be repeated here.
In order to provide readers of articles with information about interests and relationships that might influence the interpretation of articles published in Elementa, all individuals involved with a submission (authors, editors, external reviewers) are required to declare all competing interests. Corresponding authors must provide a statement of competing interests on behalf of all authors.
Although we do not limit the number or type of supplemental material items authors may include, we do require that they provide a relevant and useful expansion of the article, and that they be as well described as are figures and tables included within the body of the article. Good metadata of this material are key to discoverability and usefulness. All supplemental material should include the following:
Video S1. Selection of video footage showing typical examples of observed fish species attracted to baited remote underwater video systems in New Zealand waters. Representative footage from three locations (Three Kings Islands, Great Barrier Island and White Island) and seven depth strata are presented (50, 100, 300, 500, 700, 900 and 1200 m). (MP4)Data accessibility statement
Following the exemplary practice established by Molecular Ecology, we require that authors include a “data accessibility statement” (DAS) with their submission. This should list the database(s) and the respective accession numbers and DOIs for all data from the manuscript that has been made publicly available.
The following datasets were generated:
Figure titles and legends (captions) for all figures should be included in the main article file, not as part of the figure files themselves. Each figure caption should be inserted immediately after the embedded figure in the article file, and should include the following information:.
Figure 2. Ordination of fish assemblages with depth at each of three New Zealand locations.
Non-metric MDS plot on the basis of Jaccard resemblances between fish assemblages consisting of averages from n = 6 baited remote underwater stereo-video system deployments within each combination of depth (50, 100, 300, 500, 700, 900 or 1200 m) and location (White Island, Great Barrier Island or the Three Kings Islands).Tables
Tables should be cited in ascending numeric order upon first appearance. Each table should be inserted immediately after the first paragraph in which it is cited in the article file. All tables should have a concise title. Table footnotes can be used to explain abbreviations. Citations should be indicated using the same style as outlined above. Tables occupying more than one printed page should be avoided, if possible. Larger tables can be published as supplementary material. Please consult Table Preparation for detailed guidelines on formatting tables.File Types
You may submit your manuscript files in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx), OpenOffice, LaTeX (as .pdf), or RTF format. Only RTF and .doc/.dox files can be used during the production process.
LaTeX submissions. Articles prepared in LaTeX must be submitted in PDF format for use during the review process. The PDF file is both necessary and sufficient for the review process. After acceptance, however, .tex files and formatting information will be required as a zipped file.Submissions with Equations
Microsoft Word Submissions with Equations. Editable versions of equations are required for production. If using a version older than Word 2010, please format equations using MathType. Do not insert your equations as Graphic Objects and do not use of Symbol font.
Figures should be included in the manuscript file, to aid with the review process, but must always also be uploaded as separate files in the exact order that they appear in the manuscript, to our manuscript submission system. Detailed instructions for formatting figures can be found in our Figure Preparation section.
Information integral to a full understanding of the article but are in formats that (a) cannot be rendered in two dimensions or (b) are too large to be clearly represented in current viewing systems (Web browsers, e-readers, PDF) should be submitted as supplemental material. Examples of this category of supplemental material include very large tables, audios, videos, three-dimensional visualizations, interactive graphics, and so on. Please consult Supplemental Material & Data for additional information.
Multimedia files (.avi or .swf files) must be uploaded as supplementary material and not main figures. See Supplemental Material & Data for more information.
Users of EndNote can download the Elementa template here.
Elementa’s LaTeX template can be downloaded as a zip file here. The folder contains a BibTeX file to ensure correct reference formatting.
For authors submitting manuscripts in Microsoft Word, we have created a Word style template(.dotx) that includes preferred styles. We strongly encourage authors to review this template for submission components and ordering, and then install the template, as follows:
1. Download the template file and save it to your computer
2. Open your manuscript file in Word
3. Delete any embedded styles from your Word document:
4. Attach the Elementa template to your document:
The Elementa paragraph styles should now appear in the Styles list of the Format toolbar, as follows:
As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
|Comment and Reply||650.00$|
The costs of producing, publishing and maintaining Elementa are recovered by charging a publication fee to authors or research sponsors for each article that they publish. The current publication fee is $1,450 for all article types except Commentary and Comment and Reply, which are both $650.
Note: Many institutions, funding bodies, and governments are now making funds available to support open access publications by their employees, grantees, or staff. If you do not know about your institution’s policy on open access funding, please contact your departmental/faculty administrators and institution library, as funds will often be available to you.