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Please submit your manuscripts online for the special issue(s) on FiNSTA, edited by Prof. Apparao Rao, after registering at Your manuscript will be considered for publications in Nanotechnology Reviews (NTREV) after a peer reviewing process. Detailed instructions of how to prepare your manuscript is given below. You are encouraged to read through the instructions carefully.

I. Editorial policy

NTREV publication is a platform for scientists and engineers of all involved disciplines to exchange important recent research in fundamental as well as applied aspects. The contributions will be cutting-edge, exhaustive on any given topic, authoritative, and provide both pros and cons of potential technologies. Manuscripts are invited by the Editors and independently reviewed by peers selected by the Editors. Decisions are reached as quickly as possible. NTREV aspires to notify authors within six weeks from submission date. When manuscripts are accepted subject to revision, the revised manuscript should be returned within approx. one month. Accepted papers are promptly published online ahead-of-print as soon as they have been finally processed.

The authors should provide the names and e-mail addresses of 3 potential reviewers. Authors may also indicate names of reviewers whom they wish to be excluded from reviewing their manuscripts.

Unpublished material
Submission of a manuscript to NTREV implies that the work described is not copyrighted, published or submitted elsewhere, except in abstract form. The corresponding author should ensure that all authors approve the manuscript before its submission to NTREV.

Manuscripts are accepted on condition of transfer of copyright (for U.S. government employees: to the extent transferable) to NTREV. Once the manuscript is accepted, it may not be published elsewhere without the written consent of the copyright holders.

II. Submission of manuscripts

Manuscript submissions will be operated online at: After registering for an online account, you can use the drop down menu to submit your article by selecting the special issue on FiNSTAA edited by Prof. Rao. Please direct any questions related to the submission process to

III. Preparation of manuscripts

Manuscripts should be written in clear and concise English. Please have your text proofread by an English native speaker before you submit it for consideration. At the proof stage, only minor changes other than corrections of printers' errors are allowed.

General format and length
Formatting should be kept to a minimum. Do not create headers or footers, page breaks or arrange your text with the space key. Include page numbers. Please avoid footnotes in the text, use parentheses instead. There is no page limit on Reviews.

Nomenclature and units
Please refer to the IUPAC Nomenclature for Organic Chemistry ( Chemical names, abbreviations and acronyms should be given in parentheses at the first appearance in the text. Well-known procedures/reactions should be designated by name, and appropriate literature references should be given. Please use the International System of Units (SI). Temperatures should be given in ºC. The unit 'billion' (109 in America, 1012 in Europe) is ambiguous and should be avoided. Axes for graphs and headings for tables should be given in quantity calculus form, e.g. times as t (s), potential as E (mV vs. SHE), current density as i (mA/cm2).

Cover letter
Each manuscript should be accompanied by a cover letter containing a brief statement by the authors as to the focus, objective, importance/relevance. The name and complete contact information of the corresponding author should be given.

The Highlight articles or Reviews may be of a theoretical, experimental or practical nature, provided that they make a significant contribution to knowledge in the field. The structure of a submission should follow this order: Title, authors, affiliations, abstract (50-200 words), keywords (maximum 5), list of abbreviations, main text, acknowledgements, appendices, references, figure captions, and tables. Equations must be clearly printed and numbered sequentially with Arabic numbers enclosed with round parentheses at the right-hand margin.

Manuscripts should be submitted along with 1-2 pages for Author’s Corner. This information will be published after the References. This includes a write-up about the research group's activities along with a photograph and a short CV (6-10 lines, written in 3rd person singular) of the corresponding author and all co-author(s). This can also be a group photograph of the team.

References should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text. Each article cited in a manuscript should receive its own numeral in square brackets, e.g., [1], [2] etc. Journal names should be abbreviated, following the Chemical Abstracts Service Source Index (CASSI) scheme, which can be found at:

References in the reference list should be given in the following format:

  • Articles in journals: [1] Yang D, Yang F, Hu J, Long J, Wang C, Fu D, Ni Q. Hydrophilic multi-walled carbon nanotubes decorated with magnetite nanoparticles as lymphatic targeted drug delivery vehicles. Chem. Commun. 2009, 29, 4447-4449.
  • Articles ahead of print (doi): [2] McCann MTP, Mooney DA, Rahman M, Dowling DP, MacElroy JMD. Novel,nanoporous silica and titania layers fabricated by magnetron sputtering. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, doi: 10.1021/am100904w
  • Books and Monographs: [3] Mark, HF, Bikales, NM, Overberger, CC, Menges, G, Eds., Encyclopedia of Polymer Science and Engineering, 2nd ed., Wiley-Interscience: New York, 1999.
  • Chapters and Papers in edited books: [4] Wignall, GD. SANS characterization of polymers. In Physical Properties of Polymers, 3rd ed., Mark, JE, Ed., Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, 2004, pp. 424-511.

Submit tables on separate pages and number them consecutively using Arabic numerals. Provide a short descriptive title, column headings, and (if necessary) footnotes to make each table self-explanatory. Refer to tables in the text as Table 1, etc. Use Table 1, etc. in the table legends.

Summary figure for the table of contents: A Teaser figure (minimum resolution of 300 dpi and of good contrast) and a Teaser abstract (consisting of the article title, all author names without affiliations and one sentence summary of the manuscript followed by 3-5 keywords) for the table of contents must be provided with each manuscript. Teaser figure and Teaser abstract are meant to provide the reader a summary of the research reviewed in the paper. Please submit Teaser figure and Teaser abstract as separate files. For publication, Teaser figure and abstract will be assembled by the typesetters.

General requirements:
Do not embed figures within the text body of the manuscript; submit figures in separate files. All illustrations must be of reproductionready quality. They will be reduced in size to fit, whenever possible, the width of a single column. Lettering of all figures within the article should be uniform in style (preferably a sans serif typeface like Helvetica) and of sufficient size (ca. 8 pt.). Uppercase letters A, B, C, etc. should be used to identify parts of multi-part figures. Cite all figures in the text in numerical order. Indicate the approximate placement of each figure.

Halftone figures (grayscale and color) should have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi and be of good contrast. Authors are encouraged to submit illustrations in color if necessary for conveying their scientific content. Publication of color figures is provided free of charge both in online and print editions. Line drawings must be of reproduction-ready quality. Please note that faint shading may be lost upon reproduction. When drawing bar graphs, use patterning instead of grey scales. Lettering of all figures should be uniform in style. A resolution of 1200 dpi is recommended.

Figure legends: Provide a short descriptive title and a legend to make each figure self-explanatory on separate pages. Explain all symbols used in the figures. Remember to use the same abbreviations as in the text body.

It is the authors’ responsibility to obtain permission (see Permission Request Form) to reproduce original or modified material that has been previously published.

The electronic files of typeset articles in Adobe Acrobat PDF format are provided free of charge; corresponding authors receive notification that their article has been published online. Additional paper offprints can be ordered; an offprint order form will accompany the page proofs and should be completed and returned along with the corrected proofs.

Note for authors of NIH-funded research: De Gruyter acknowledges that the author of an US-agency-funded article retains the right to provide a copy of the final manuscript to agency upon acceptance for publication or thereafter, for public archiving in PubMed Central 12 months after publication in NTREV. Please note that only the accepted author's version of the manuscript, not the PDF file of the published article, may be used for NIH archiving.