Notes for Authors
Please see the Aims and scope page for information about the types of contributions of interest to the journal. If in doubt concerning the suitability of a particular manuscript, please contact the editor for further advice.
It is the policy of the journal to accept for consideration only original items written in English that have not previously been published and are not currently being considered for publication elsewhere. Prior release of material online or in a working paper series is not classed as publication unless subject to an independent peer review or refereeing process.
All submitted technical papers and case studies will be subject to peer review by two independent referees appointed by the editor. Other items will be accepted for publication subject to review by at least two members of the editorial board.
The International Journal of Microsimulation is made available to all without subscription. To support this publishing model, once an author has a paper accepted by the journal s/he is required to (i) ensure that their paper is formatted precisely as laid out in the journal's style guide; (ii) agree to peer review two papers by other authors submitted for consideration by the journal. The journal editors are responsible for ensuring that all submitted items are peer reviewed and published in a timely manner whilst maintaining the high standards expected of an academic journal.
Where appropriate, authors are invited to take advantage of the online nature of the journal by supplementing their written submissions with additional relevant material, such as listings of excerpts from executable code; downloadable working executables; extended results tables etc.
The International Journal of Microsimulation supports full transparency about data and code of published articles:
Authors are required to report, for any data they use, which is the source and whether the data is:
publicly available (specifying how the data can be accessed);
available for scientific research only upon registration;
proprietary (specifying the nature of the data and the user agreement which they benefited from).
If the paper is model-based, authors are also required to specify whether the code is:
proprietary, with executable available;
proprietary, with executable also not available.
The journal encourages the use of open-source software and the publication of the source code.
For questions, please contact the Editor Matteo Richiardi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to submit
Authors should submit an electronic copy of their paper to the journal editor online via epress.
Style guide (Download)
Submitted manuscripts should conform to the following style and layout sufficiently to enable the editor to confirm that maximum page length requirements are not exceeded. Subject to this caveat, submitted papers that do not fully conform to the specified style and layout will be refereed. If accepted, however, they will be returned to the author(s) for full formatting prior to publication, in accordance with editorial policy.
Further stylistic recommendations and conventions are listed here.
|Maximum Paper Length:||35 pages for articles. 5-10 pages for research notes and data watch. Up to 5 pages for book and software reviews.|
|Type of submission:||Electronic format: MS Word; Rich Text Format (RTF); LATEX (RTF preferred).|
|Page size:||A4 or Letter.|
|Page margins:||Optimal according to template: Top & Bottom (2.7 5cm), Left & Right (2.5 cm). Minimum margin of 2cm on all sides.|
|Paper title:||Font: Garamond 13 point bold. First letter of each word uppercase. Follow by a blank line (12 point) (or equivalent spacing).|
|First author:||Initials followed by surname, with preferred forename in full (e.g. F Scott FitzGerald; William E Gladstone). Font: Garamond 12 point bold.|
|Contact details:||State your institution, city and country. Your Email address should follow immediately, line spacing 1. Font: Garamond 12 point.|
|Subsequent author(s):||Repeat style and format used for first author, starting on line immediately following contact details of preceding author.|
|Abstract:||Separate from author details by four blank lines. Commence first sentence with word 'ABSTRACT' followed by colon. Font: Garamond upper case, 12 point bold. Continue with a maximum of 250 words clearly summarising your paper, giving aims, methods and outcomes. Normal capitalisation with font Garamond 12 point plain. Follow by one blank line (or equivalent spacing).|
|Keywords:||Separate from the Abstract by one blank line (or equivalent spacing). Commence sentence with word 'KEYWORDS', all upper case, font Garamond 12 point bold. Continue with a maximum of four keywords, separated by comma.|
|JEL Classification:||Separate from "Keywords" by one blank line (or equivalent spacing). Commence sentence with words 'JEL classification' ('JEL' in upper case, ‘classification' in lower case), font: Garamond 12 point bold followed by colon. Then provide the relevant JEL codes, see: https://www.aeaweb.org/econlit/jelCodes.php?view=jel|
|1st order heading:||Numbered (e.g. '1', '2').); number alignment left; text indent at 0.76 cm. Note there is no dot after the number and no indent. Font: Garamond 12 point bold; all letters upper case; one blank line (or equivalent spacing) above and below heading.|
|2nd order heading:||Numbered (e.g. '1.1', '1.2'); number alignment left; text indent at 1.02 cm. Note there is no dot after the number and no indent. Note there is no dot after the number and no indent. Font: Garamond 12 point bold; normal capitalisation; one blank line (or equivalent spacing) above heading; 6 point space below heading.|
|3rd order heading:||Numbered (e.g. '1.1.1', '1.1.2'); number alignment left; text indent at 1.27 cm. Note there is no dot after the number and no indent. Font: Garamond 12 point italics; normal capitalisation; one blank line (or equivalent spacing) above heading if following text; no blank line above heading if following 2nd order heading; no blank line below 3rd order heading.|
|Text:||Font: Garamond 12 point plain.|
|Justification:||Aligned to left and right-hand margins.|
|Paragraphs:||One blank line (or equivalent spacing) between paragraphs.|
|Page numbers:||Right aligned in header. Font: Garamond 8 point plain.|
|Label for Tables, Figures and Algorithms:||Commence with word 'Table/Figure/Algorithm’, followed by sequential number and colon; font Garamond 8 point bold. Follow by table title; font Garamond 8 point plain. Low capital writing and full stop after each sentence. Place on line immediately preceding table.|
|Table style:||Font Garamond 12 point; must fit within specified page margins; if extra width required, present landscape; follow by one blank line (or equivalent spacing). Example for table style is provided in templates or latest articles published. First and last boarder line is 1.5 point; space between lines in table at least 3pt.|
|Figure style:||Must fit within specified page margins; if extra width required, present landscape; follow by one blank line (or equivalent spacing). Avoid boarders around figures, use font Arial 8 for axes labels and Arial font 10 for axes titles. Figure can be in colour, but check before how figure looks like when printed in black-and-white or greyscale.|
|Algorithm style:||Font Garamond 12 point; must fit within specified page margins; if extra width required, present landscape. Each line must be consecutively numbered. Follow by one blank line (or equivalent spacing). Example for table style is provided in templates or latest articles published.|
|Table/Figure/Algorithm source and notes:||Immediately below table. Font: Garamond 8 points plane. No indent. Full stop after each sentence.|
|Equations:||Centre-aligned; any equations must be numbered and referred to in the text. Number appearing in parenthesis (brackets) on right-hand margin.|
|Figures, Tables, Algorithms, Equations named in the text:||Figures, tables, algorithms and equations are always referred to with capital letter in the text, e.g. “As shown in Figure 1, … “.|
|Abbreviations:||The standard styles for abbreviations should be used, using stops.|
|Appendices:||Numbered and preceded by an "A" (e.g. 'A.1', 'A.2'). Note there is no dot after the number. Format title and text formatted as standard sections (see above); continue page numbering; place at the end of the paper, after the section “References”. Use of appendices within the paper itself should be avoided wherever possible; arrangements can be made instead to provide readers with online access to appropriate supporting material (e.g. code).|
|Endnotes:||The use of endnotes should be avoided wherever possible. Use numbers for reference, e.g. endnote.1 All endnotes (font: Garamond 8 points plain, line spacing 1, follow by one blank line or equivalent spacing) should appear in a list following main text of article with header “Notes” (Garamond 12pt, bold, all caps). Footnotes are prohibited.|
|Reference styles:||Follow APA reference style. Please ensure that all references are conform to this style. Please check latest published IJM articles for examples.|
Guide for APA reference style
|Number of authors||First citation in text||Subsequent citations||Reference list|
|1 author||(Author, Year) or Author (Year)||(Author, Year) or Author (Year)||Lastname, F. (Year). Reference text.|
|2 authors||(Author1 & Author2, Year) or Author1 and Author2 (Year)||(Author1 & Author2, Year) or Author1 and Author2 (Year)||Author1, F., & Author2, F. N. (Year). Reference text.|
|3 – 5 authors||(Author1, Author2, & Author3, Year) or Author1, Author2, and Author3 (Year)||(Author1 et al., Year) or Author1 et al. (Year)||Author1, F., Author2, F., Author3, F., & Author4, F. (Year). Reference text.|
|6 – 7 authors||(Author et al., Year) or Author et al. (Year)||(Author et al., Year) or Author et al. (Year)||Author1, F., Author2, F., Author3, F., Author4, F., Author5, F., & Author6, F. (Year). Reference text.|
|8 or more authors||(Author et al., Year) or Author et al. (Year)||(Author et al., Year) or Author et al. (Year)||Author1, F., Author2, F., Author3, F., Author4, F., Author5, F., & Author6, F., … Lastauthor, F. (Year). Reference text.|
|Corporate author (if abbreviated)||Ministry of Economic Development (MED, 2016) or (Ministry of Economic Development [MED], 2016)||MED (2016) or (MED, 2016)||Ministry of Economic Development. (Year). Reference text.|