This guide describes how to prepare contributions for submission. We strongly recommend you read this in full if you have not previously submitted a contribution to IJFSE. We also suggest that before submission you familiarize yourself with IJFSE 's style and content by reading the journals, either in print or online, especially if you have not submitted to our journals recently.

Formats for IJFSE contributions

All the manuscripts should be sent by Online Submissions ( and should be typed in single line spacing and 10 pt.

- Format of Research Articles, Letters and Review

Manuscripts are preferred to be presented in the following order:


Titles do not exceed two lines in print. This equates to 90 characters (including spaces) for Letters or 75 characters (including spaces) for Research Articles. Titles do not normally include numbers, acronyms, abbreviations or punctuation. They should include sufficient detail for indexing purposes but be general enough for readers outside the field to appreciate what the paper is about.


We suggest each manuscript should accompany a structured abstract to explain to the general reader why the research was done and why the results are significant. A structured abstract should include such contents: the purpose of the research, the materials and methods and the results. Please do not include citations or undefined abbreviations in the abstract. The preferred length of the abstract is less than 300.


Research articles should fill no more than 4-5 printed pages, and Letters no more than 3 printed pages. A typical Research article contains about printed 3,500 words of text and, additionally, up to six small display items (figures and/or tables) with brief legends, reference list and methods section if applicable. A typical Letter to IJFSE contains about 2,500 words of text (including the first paragraph of Letters, figure legends, reference list and the methods section if applicable) and four small display items (figures and/or tables) with brief legends. A composite figure (with several panels) usually needs to take about half a page, equivalent to about 600 words, in order for all the elements to be visible. Our preferred format for is APA. We prefer the use of a 'standard' font, preferably 10-point Times New Roman. For mathematical symbols, Greek letters and other special characters, use normal text or Symbol font. Word Equation Editor/Math Type should be used only for formulae that cannot be produced using normal text or Symbol font.


If brief (less than 200 words), they can be included in the text at an appropriate place. Otherwise, they should be described at the end of the text in a 400-word (maximum) 'Methods Summary'. Detailed descriptions of methods already published should be avoided. If more space is required for Methods, the author should include the section 'Methods Summary' and provide an additional 'Methods' section at the paper. The Methods section should not normally exceed 1,000 words of text, and should be subdivided by short bold headings referring to methods used. If both a Methods Summary and additional Methods section are required, the Methods Summary will appear in print only but will not appear in the online version of the paper. Therefore, any critical information in the Methods Summary should also be incorporated into the Methods section.


References are each numbered, ordered sequentially as they appear in the text, methods summary, tables, boxes, figure legends, online-only methods in our nature science and engineering journals. When cited in the text, reference numbers are superscript, not in brackets unless they are likely to be confused with a superscript number. The maximum number of references, strictly enforced, is 60 for Research articles and 30 for Letters. Only one publication can be listed for each number. We preferred articles that have been published or submitted to a named publication in the reference list; papers in preparation should be mentioned in the text with a list of authors (or initials if any of the authors are co-authors of the present contribution).Published conference abstracts, numbered patents and preprints on recognized servers may be included in reference lists, but text, grant details and acknowledgements may not. Please follow the style below in the published edition of IJFSE in preparing reference lists.

 We advise the authors to use the APA style to write the references list. You can visit for detail information. There are some examples for APA style.

Author A A, Author B B & Author C C (Year). Title of article, Title of Periodical, xx(xx), xxx-xxx. doi: xx.xxxxxxxxxx

Author A A, Author B B & Author C C (in press). Title of article, Title of Periodical. Retrieved from

Article title. (Year, Month). Newsletter source. Retrived from

Author A A (Year, Month Day). Article title. Newspaper title. pp.xx-xx.

Author A A (Year). Book title [Version]. doi:xx.xxxxxxxxxx

Author A A (Year). Book title [Version]. Retrieved from

Author A A (Year). Book title. Location: Publisher.


Tables should each be presented portrait (not landscape) direction and upright on the page, not sideways. Tables have a short, one-line title in bold text. Tables should be as small as possible. Symbols and abbreviations are definite immediately below the table, followed by essential descriptive material as briefly as possible, all in double-spaced text. We also use APA format on tables you can visit for detail information. Here is the example.

Table 1. Error Rates of Older and Younger Groups

Number #

Group 1

Group 2

Group 3

Older 1

Younger 1





































Top line: 1.5 pt      Middle line: 0.25 pt   Bottom line: 2.25 pt


IJFSE requires figures in electronic format.

Figures should be as small and simple as is compatible with clarity. The goal is for figures to be comprehensible to readers in other or related disciplines, and to assist their understanding of the paper. Unnecessary figures and parts (panels) of figures should be avoided. Avoid unnecessary complexity, colorful and over amount of details. For instruction, IJFSE standard figure sizes are 95 mm (single column) and 190mm (double column) and the full depth of the page is 283mm.

Some brief guidance for figure preparation:

The figures also are suggested in APA format you can visit for detail information.

Units should have a single space between the number and the unit, and follow SI nomenclature or the nomenclature common to a particular field. Thousands should be separated by commas (1,000). Unusual units or abbreviations are defined in the legend.

Scale bars should be used rather than magnification factors.

Where possible, text, including keys to symbols, should be provided in the legend rather than on the figure itself.

Figure quality

At initial submission, figures should be at good quality to be assessed by referees, ideally as JPEGs (is preferred), PNGs, and BMPs. The suggest size of each figure is less than 600KB since we cannot accept large attachments.


Articles now are being submitted on our website (


You can download IJFSE template file here. (Please use this format before submitting your manuscript.