Guide for Authors

Publication ethics
Before submission, all authors should refer to the journal's Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement. More information could be found elsewhere (Committee on Publication Ethics - COPE).

Submission of papers
On-line: Manuscripts should be submitted via PAC on-line submission system. Manuscript should be uploaded as a single file (pdf, doc, docx) with Tables and Figures included at the appropriate place in the text along with their captions (See Preparation of Manuscripts below). Cover letter and all other supplementary files should be submitted at the end of submission process as separate files.

E-mail: For the time being, it is still possible to submit manuscript via e-mail. Manuscripts in an electronic (PDF) version accompanied by a cover letter should be sent to the corresponding e-mail addresses: or

Types of Contribution
• Original full-length research papers
• Short communications
• Review articles

Corresponding author
Clearly indicate who is responsible for correspondence at all stages of refereeing and publication, including post-publication. Ensure that telephone and fax numbers (with country and area code) are provided in addition to the e-mail address and the complete postal address. Full postal addresses must be given for all co-authors.

Preparation of Manuscripts
Manuscripts should be written in English in a clear and concise manner, with the following structure: Title, Authors, Affiliations, Abstract, Keywords, Main text, Acknowledgements, References, Figure Captions and then Tables and Figures. Use numbered headings for the following sections: Introduction, Experimental, Results, Discussion and Conclusions. Use 11 or 12 pt font size and standard fonts, double spacing and wide (3 cm) margins (avoid full justification, i.e., do not use a constant right-hand margin). Ensure that each new paragraph is clearly indicated. Short communications should be kept to a maximum of four typewritten pages. A short communication should be a brief but complete description of an investigation.

Papers should be headed by a concise and informative title. This should be followed by the name(s) of the author(s) and by the name and complete address of the laboratory in which the work was performed.

An abstract of 50-200 words should be included at the beginning of a paper. The abstract should comprise a brief and factual account of the contents and conclusions of the paper as well as an indication of any new information presented and its relevance. Abstracts should be understandable in isolation, and reference to formulae, equations or references that appear in the main text is thus not permissible.

Immediately after the abstract, provide a maximum of five keywords. Click here for a complete list of keywords (one keyword can be selected free by your self - not from the list)

The SI system should be used for all scientific and laboratory data. If, in certain instances, it is necessary to quote other units, these should be added in parentheses.

The references should be brought together at the end of the article, and numbered in the order of their appearance in the text. Numerals for references are given in square brackets. In the reference list, journals [1], books [2], edited multi-author books [3] and patents [4] should be cited in accordance with the following examples:
1. J. Dusza, J. Kovalcik, P. Hvizdoš, P. Šajgalik, M. Hnatko, M.J. Reece, “Enhanced creep resistant silicon-
    nitride-based nanocomposite”, J. Am. Ceram. Soc., 88 [6] (2005) 1500-1503.
2. M. Winterer, Nanocrystalline Ceramics - Synthesis and Structure, Springer, Berlin 2002.
3. M. Zarzecka, M.M. Bucko, J. Brzezinska-Miecznik, K. Haberko, “YAG powder synthesis by the modified
    citrate process”, pp. 35-39 in Proceedings of the Sixth Students Meeting – SM 2005, eds. by V.V. Srdic, J.
    Ranogajec, Faculty of Technology, University of Novi Sad, Serbia, 2005.
4. A. Hashimoto, Y. Takase, “Method of manufacturing ceramic thick-film printed circuit board”. US patent 6 753
    033 (June, 2004).

Tables should be typed in double spacing on separate sheets and provided with a suitable heading. Tables should be clearly referred to in the text using Arabic numerals. Considerable thought should be given to layout so that the significance of the results can be easily grasped. Each table should have a caption, which makes the general meaning understandable without reference to the text.

Figures should be of a reproducible quality and roughly the same size. All Figures should have clear and concise captions. Lettering should be consistent and no smaller than size 12 (Helvetica preferred). The type and symbol size should be in proportion to the size of the figure. When scale is important to interpretation of objects in a photograph, a legible scale marker must be included.
• Drawings made with Adobe Illustrator and CorelDraw generally give good results, use Times New Roman font.
• For halftones and halftone/line art combinations, the minimum resolutions are 300dpi; preferred format is TIFF or EPS.
Illustrations can be printed in colour when they are judged by the Editor to be essential to the presentation. The publisher and author will each bear part of the extra costs involved.
Only after final acceptance authors may be asked to send electronically again some figures in the special format acceptable for printing (TIFF or EPS).

Notification and Proofs
Publication in this journal is free of charge. Authors will be notified of the acceptance of their paper by the editor within period of three months after the submission date. Proofs in PDF format will be sent to the corresponding author via e-mail and should be returned within 48 hours of receipt. Corrections should be restricted to typesetting errors.

All authors must sign the "Transfer of Copyright" agreement before the article can be published. This will be sent to the corresponding author after the manuscript is accepted for publication.

Creative Commons License
All papers published in Processing and Application of Ceramics are licensed under a
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

To the corresponding author ten offprints together with one original journal issue will be supplied free of charge.

Self-archiving Policy
Processing and Application of Ceramics endorses self-archiving of the final published version (Publisher's version/PDF) of the article, not just peer-reviewed final drafts. Author's Pre-print, Author's Post-print (accepted version) and Publisher's version/PDF may be used on author's personal website and departmental website, or deposited in an institutional repository and non-commercial subject-based repositories, such as PubMed Central, Europe PMC or arXiv, any time after publication. Publisher copyright and source must be acknowledged for deposit of Author's Post-print (accepted version) or Publisher's version/PDF and a link must be made to article's DOI.