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work has been carried out. The publisher will not be held legally responsible should there be any claims for compensation.
Authors wishing to include figures, tables, or text passages that have already been published elsewhere are required to obtain permission from the copyright owner(s) for both the print and online format and to include evidence that such permission has been granted when submitting their papers. Any material received without such evidence will be assumed to originate from the authors. Online Submission
Authors should submit their manuscripts online. Electronic submission substantially reduces the editorial processing and reviewing times and shortens overall publication times. Please follow the hyperlink “Submit online”
on the right and upload all of your manuscript files following the instructions given on the screen.
The title page should include:
o The name(s) of the author(s)
o A concise and informative title
o The affiliation(s) and address(es) of the author(s)
o The e-mail address, telephone and fax numbers of the
Please provide an abstract of 150 to 250 words. The abstract should not contain any undefined abbreviations or unspecified references. Keywords
; Please provide 4 to 6 keywords which can be used for indexing purposes.
Manuscripts should be submitted in Word.
o Use a normal, plain font (e.g., 10-point Times Roman) for text. o Use italics for emphasis.
o Use the automatic page numbering function to number the pages. o Do not use field functions.
o Use tab stops or other commands for indents, not the space bar. o Use the table function, not spreadsheets, to make tables. o Use the equation editor or MathType for equations. o Save your file in docx format (Word 2007 or higher) or doc format
(older Word versions).
o Word template (zip, 154 kB)
Manuscripts with mathematical content can also be submitted in LaTeX. o LaTeX macro package (zip, 182 kB)
Please use no more than three levels of displayed headings.
; Abbreviations should be defined at first mention and used consistently thereafter.
Footnotes can be used to give additional information, which may include the citation of a reference included in the reference list. They should not consist solely of a reference citation, and they should never include the bibliographic details of a reference. They should also not contain any figures or tables. Footnotes to the text are numbered consecutively; those to tables should be indicated by superscript lower-case letters (or asterisks for significance values and other statistical data). Footnotes to the title or the authors of the article are not given reference symbols.
Always use footnotes instead of endnotes.
Acknowledgments of people, grants, funds, etc. should be placed in a separate section before the reference list. The names of funding organizations should be written in full.
Please always use internationally accepted signs and symbols for units, SI units.
Cite references in the text by name and year in parentheses. Some examples:
o Negotiation research spans many disciplines (Thompson 1990). o This result was later contradicted by Becker and Seligman (1996). o This effect has been widely studied (Abbott 1991; Barakat et al. 1995;
Kelso and Smith 1998; Medvec et al. 1999).
The list of references should only include works that are cited in the text and that have been published or accepted for publication. Personal communications and unpublished works should only be mentioned in the text. Do not use footnotes or endnotes as a substitute for a reference list. Reference list entries should be alphabetized by the last names of the first author of each work.
o Journal article
Gamelin FX, Baquet G, Berthoin S, Thevenet D, Nourry C, Nottin S,
Bosquet L (2009) Effect of high intensity intermittent training on heart
rate variability in prepubescent children. Eur J Appl Physiol
105:731-738. doi: 10.1007/s00421-008-0955-8
Ideally, the names of all authors should be provided, but the usage of
“et al” in long author lists will also be accepted:
Smith J, Jones M Jr, Houghton L et al (1999) Future of health
insurance. N Engl J Med 965:325–329
o Article by DOI
Slifka MK, Whitton JL (2000) Clinical implications of dysregulated
cytokine production. J Mol Med. doi:10.1007/s001090000086 o Book
South J, Blass B (2001) The future of modern genomics. Blackwell,
o Book chapter
Brown B, Aaron M (2001) The politics of nature. In: Smith J (ed) The
rise of modern genomics, 3rd edn. Wiley, New York, pp 230-257 o Online document
Cartwright J (2007) Big stars have weather too. IOP Publishing
PhysicsWeb. http://physicsweb.org/articles/news/11/6/16/1. Accessed
26 June 2007
Trent JW (1975) Experimental acute renal failure. Dissertation,
University of California
; Always use the standard abbreviation of a journal’s name according to the
ISSN List of Title Word Abbreviations, see
For authors using EndNote, Springer provides an output style that supports the formatting of in-text citations and reference list.
o EndNote style (zip, 3 kB)
o All tables are to be numbered using Arabic numerals.
o Tables should always be cited in text in consecutive
o For each table, please supply a table caption (title)
explaining the components of the table.
o Identify any previously published material by giving the
original source in the form of a reference at the end of the
o 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. Artwork and Illustrations Guidelines
For the best quality final product, it is highly recommended that you submit all
of your artwork – photographs, line drawings, etc. – in an electronic format.
Your art will then be produced to the highest standards with the greatest
accuracy to detail. The published work will directly reflect the quality of the
Electronic Figure Submission
o Supply all figures electronically.
o Indicate what graphics program was used to create the
o For vector graphics, the preferred format is EPS; for
halftones, please use TIFF format. MS Office files are also
o Vector graphics containing fonts must have the fonts
embedded in the files.
o Name your figure files with "Fig" and the figure number, e.g.,
o Definition: Black and white graphic with no shading.
o Do not use faint lines and/or lettering and check that all lines
and lettering within the figures are legible at final size. o All lines should be at least 0.1 mm (0.3 pt) wide. o Scanned line drawings and line drawings in bitmap format
should have a minimum resolution of 1200 dpi.
o Vector graphics containing fonts must have the fonts
embedded in the files.
o Definition: Photographs, drawings, or paintings with fine
o If any magnification is used in the photographs, indicate this
by using scale bars within the figures themselves. o Halftones should have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi.
o Definition: a combination of halftone and line art, e.g.,
halftones containing line drawing, extensive lettering, color
o Combination artwork should have a minimum resolution of
o Color art is free of charge for online publication.
o If black and white will be shown in the print version, make sure that
the main information will still be visible. Many colors are not
distinguishable from one another when converted to black
and white. A simple way to check this is to make a
xerographic copy to see if the necessary distinctions
between the different colors are still apparent.
o If the figures will be printed in black and white, do not refer to color in
o Color illustrations should be submitted as RGB (8 bits per channel). Figure Lettering
o To add lettering, it is best to use Helvetica or Arial (sans serif fonts).
o Keep lettering consistently sized throughout your final-sized artwork,
usually about 2–3 mm (8–12 pt).
o Variance of type size within an illustration should be minimal,
e.g., do not use 8-pt type on an axis and 20-pt type for the
o Avoid effects such as shading, outline letters, etc. o Do not include titles or captions within your illustrations.
o All figures are to be numbered using Arabic numerals. o Figures should always be cited in text in consecutive
o Figure parts should be denoted by lowercase letters (a, b, c,
o If an appendix appears in your article and it contains one or
more figures, continue the consecutive numbering of the
main text. Do not number the appendix figures, "A1, A2, A3,
etc." Figures in online appendices (Electronic
Supplementary Material) should, however, be numbered
o Each figure should have a concise caption describing
accurately what the figure depicts. Include the captions in
the text file of the manuscript, not in the figure file. o Figure captions begin with the term Fig. in bold type,
followed by the figure number, also in bold type. o No punctuation is to be included after the number, nor is any
punctuation to be placed at the end of the caption. o Identify all elements found in the figure in the figure caption;
and use boxes, circles, etc., as coordinate points in graphs. o Identify previously published material by giving the original
source in the form of a reference citation at the end of the
Figure Placement and Size
o When preparing your figures, size figures to fit in the column
o For most journals the figures should be 39 mm, 84 mm, 129
mm, or 174 mm wide and not higher than 234 mm.
o For books and book-sized journals, the figures should be 80
mm or 122 mm wide and not higher than 198 mm.
If you include figures that have already been published elsewhere, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner(s) for both the print and online format. Please be aware that some publishers do not grant electronic rights for free and that Springer will not be able to refund any costs that may have occurred to receive these permissions. In such cases, material from other sources should be used.
In order to give people of all abilities and disabilities access to the content of your figures, please make sure that
o All figures have descriptive captions (blind users could then
use a text-to-speech software or a text-to-Braille hardware)
o Patterns are used instead of or in addition to colors for
conveying information (color-blind users would then be able
to distinguish the visual elements)
o Any figure lettering has a contrast ratio of at least 4.5:1
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