Guide for Authors

1-  General guidelines

1.1     Manuscripts are accepted only in English. American English spelling and punctuation is preferred.

2.1     Manuscript has been 'spell-checked' and 'grammar checked'.

3.1   Manuscripts should be compiled in the following order: title page (has author names and 5-8 keywords); abstract; main text; acknowledgment; references; appendices (as appropriate); figures with caption(s).

4.1     A typical article should not exceed 7,000 words (including references). Manuscripts that greatly exceed this will be critically reviewed concerning length.

5.1     Abstracts should be of not more than 550 words and should be structured into objectives, methods, results, discussions and conclusions.

6.1    One of the authors should be identified as the Corresponding Author and should include his/her full name, affiliation, postal address, telephone, and email address on the cover page of the manuscript. All other authors should provide full names, affiliations, and email addresses.

7.1    Main text should be composed of an introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusions, and References.

8.1    Permission has been obtained for use of copyrighted material from other sources (including the Internet)

9.1    Authors are invited to submit an author statement file outlining their contributions to the paper.

2-  Text Formatting

           2.1            Manuscripts should be submitted in Word. Use a normal and plain font (12-point Times New Roman) for text.

           2.2            Use italics for emphasis.

           2.3            Use the automatic page numbering function, to number the pages.

           2.4            Use the equation editor or Math-Type for equations.

           2.5            Save your file in docx format (Word 2007 or higher).

           2.6            Headings should be in 12-point Times New Roman bold font. (Please use no more than three levels of displayed headings)

           2.7            Abbreviations: Abbreviations should be defined at the first mention and used consistently thereafter.

           2.8            Please always use internationally accepted signs and symbols for units (SI units).

           2.9            Please always use internationally accepted geologic and lithologic symbols.

       2.10            Please use the standard mathematical notation for formulae, symbols, ----- etc

3-  Tables

       3.1            Insert your tables in your selected positions, according to the related text.

       3.2            All tables are to be numbered, using Arabic numerals.

       3.3            Tables should always be cited in text in consecutive numerical order.

       3.4      For each table, please supply a table caption (title), explaining the components of the table.

       3.5     Identify any previously published material, by giving the source in the form of a reference at the end of the table caption.

       3.6    Footnotes to tables should be indicated by superscript lower-case letters (or asterisks for significance values and other statistical data) and included beneath the table body.

4-  Figures

     4.1.      Figures should be in a separate page after the main text.

     4.2.      It is in the author's interest, to provide the highest quality figure format possible.

    4.3.     All figures must be numbered in the order, in which they appear in the paper (e.g. Figure 1, Figure 2). In multi-part figures, each part should be labeled (e.g. Figure 1(a), Figure 1(b)).

5-  Acknowledgment

           5.1.     Acknowledgment of people, grants, funds, etc. should be placed in a separate section, before the reference list.

          5.2.     The names of funding organizations should be written in full and if there is no funding from any organization, authors should declare no external funding is included.

6-  Declaration of interest

Research transparency is crucial. The corresponding author should disclose any potential competing or non-financial interests on behalf of all authors of the work. So that, our readers can assess any potential bias themselves.

7-  Citation

         7.1.            Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list (and vice versa).

         7.2.            If these references are included in the reference list, they should follow the standard reference style of the journal (APA 6th edition)

         7.3.            The total number of references should not exceed 55.

8-  Reference style

The reference style follows the American Psychological Association style (APA  6th edition)

9-  Article processing charge

All articles published in the journal are fully open-access and freely available online. The publication fee is 1000 EP for Egyptian authors and 100$ for foreign authors.