Instructions for Authors

This page explains submission requirements, the submission process, the documents that are required at the time of submission, and the handling of supplementary data.

For manuscript formatting, please see Style Guides & Templates.

For how to submit, please see Submit Online or Other Ways to Submit.

Submission Requirements

Submitted manuscripts must not have been previously published, must not be under consideration for publication anywhere else, and must have the approval of all co-authors.

Submission Process

Whether a manuscript is submitted online (preferred), by e-mail, or by post, the overall process is the same:

  • Receipt of the submission is acknowledged.
  • The submission is assigned to an Associate Editor.
  • Two referees close to the theme of the paper are consulted by the Associate Editor.
  • The referees evaluate the manuscript and return their comments to the Associate Editor.
  • The Associate Editor considers the comments of the referees and makes a recommendation to the Editor.
  • The Editor makes the final decision on the manuscript.
  • The Editor contacts the authors to deliver the final decision.
  • Papers that contain the results of a crystal-structure investigation will be scrutinized by our Technical Editor for Crystal Structures, currently Prof. Ronald C. Peterson.
  • Manuscripts accepted for publication typically must be revised by the authors to address referee comments.
  • Revised manuscripts, along with high resolution figures and supplementary data, are either uploaded to the manuscript submission system, or are returned to the Managing Editor in editable format to permit formatting for publication.
  • Approximately at the time proofs are produced, authors will be required to sign a Transfer of Copyright. Authors will also be requested to pay page charges at this time. For more information on page charges, go to Page Charges.

Required Documents

The format in which you submit your manuscript depends on which option for submission (online, e-mail, or post) you choose, but all of the following must be included:

Regular manuscripts:

  • Manuscript text with continuous line numbers
    Please include figure captions in the text. Most formats accepted, but .DOC and .DOCX are preferred.
  • Figures (if present)
    Most formats accepted, but high resolution (300 dpi or greater) .TIF or .EPS are preferred. Note that .CDR files are not compatible with typesetting.
  • Tables (if present)
    Most formats accepted, but .DOC, .DOCX, .XLS, or .XLSX are preferred.
  • Supplementary Data (if present)
    Any format. Since supplementary data is not typeset, you may arrange it in any way you please in any format you choose.

Manuscripts with crystallographic data must also include:

  • Table of structure factors
  • CIF file

Manuscripts on a new mineral species should also include:

  • A copy of the official communication received from the Commission on New Minerals, Nomenclature and Classification. Documentation on whether the new species has already been encountered can be obtained from the IMA website, which includes an IMA-approved list of unnamed minerals. The unnamed mineral code should be included in the text when the mineral is subsequently described in detail. This will not only enable the appropriate modifications of the IMA lists to be made in a timely fashion, but also ensure that both the name and the IMA code appear, where appropriate, in journal indices.


Supplementary Data

Large volumes of data, or data likely to interest only a few readers, are placed in the Depository of Unpublished Data, maintained on the MAC website. For example, this might include reams of compositional data on which a paper is based, a table of structure factors, or a digital version of IR and Raman spectra.

A code is defined once the pagination is finalized, of the form [document Quartz CM55_xxx], where 55 is the volume number and xxx is the DOI, and is inserted in the text.