Water Practice and Technology
Instructions for authors
These notes are to help authors prepare articles for publication in Water Practice and Technology. It is your responsibility as author to follow the instructions below.
1. Authors' responsibilities
1.1. Articles must be in good, grammatically correct English, and if your article cannot be understood it will not be published. If English is not your native language you should seek the help of a colleague or professional translator.
1.2. Have your typescript read by at least two other persons to avoid typing errors.
1.3. If your article is selected for publication you will be expected to sign our copyright transfer form. Where necessary you must obtain permission to publish material and for using any other material protected by copyright.
1.4. Articles accepted for publication by IWA Publishing must not have been published or submitted for publication elsewhere without the consent of IWA Publishing.
2. Preparation of electronic version
Articles should be provided in electronic form and comply with the following basic instructions.
2.1. File formats. The preferred format for electronic versions is Microsoft Word, though we can accept most other word-processing packages in PC or Macintosh formats; please do not supply your article as a PDF. Please supply only the final version of your file (with no hidden text) so as to avoid any risk of old versions of the text being used in error.
2.2 Graphics. All figures should be embedded correctly positioned within your Word files; however it is helpful if you can also supply them as separate graphics files in their original formats. EPS, TIFF or PSD formats are preferred; JPEG or GIF formats tend to be too heavily compressed to give good-quality reproducton
Scanned artwork should be saved to TIFF format for both line and halftone (photographs) at suggested minimum settings of 300 dpi for halftones and 800 dpi for line art. If it is necessary to compress the scans please indicate the software used. Illustrations should be logically named and saved as individual files.
2.3. Filenaming: When naming files it is strongly recommended that you incorporate the name of the first author or the article’s reference number into the filename. Please do not use generic names such as "IWApaper" or similar easily confused variants!
3. Page layout of article
3.1 Articles should be set out to occupy a text area of 250mm depth × 170mm width
3.2 Text should be typed single-spaced, using a 12pt Times justified typeface. The main body text should be typed flush left with no indents. Insert one line space between paragraphs, and two line spaces between article title, authors' names, and addresses on the first page.
3.3 The title of the article, author's name(s), affiliation(s), author's full postal address(es) and e-mail, executive summary and keywords should be set out clearly on the first page of the article.
3.4 If any figures or tables are not already fixed in their correct position in the text, insert a brief note specifying which figure should be placed there.
Articles should be well structured: i.e. they must comprise:
(1) Title, author name(s), full postal and e-mail addresses for each author.
(2) Executive summary: no more than 250 words concisely specifying the aims of the work, the main results obtained, and the conclusions drawn.
(3) Keywords: 3-6 keywords (in alphabetical order) which will enable subsequent abstracting or information retrieval systems to locate the article.
(4) Main text: Do not number or letter section headings.
(5) Conclusions: a brief explanation of the significance and implications of the work reported.
(6) References/Bibliography: these should be to accessible sources. If you are individually citing specific references you must ensure that all work cited in the text is included in the reference list, and that the dates and authors given in the text match those in the reference list.
5. Nomenclature and Units
5.1 Please take care that all terminology and notation used will be widely understood. Abbreviations and acronyms should be spelled out in full at their first occurrence in the text. In describing wastewater treatment processes authors should consult "Notation for use in the description of wastewater treatment processes". Water Research 21, 135-139 (1987).
5.2 SI units are strongly recommended. If non-SI units must be used, SI equivalents (or conversion factors) must also be given. Please use the spellings "litre" and "metre" (i.e. a "metre" is an internationally defined length, a "meter" is a measuring instrument).
5.3 Please use a decimal point rather than a comma in numbers (i.e. 3.142 not 3,142).
5.4 Write equations in dimensionless form or in metric units. Please use italic letters to denote variables (in text or in displayed equations)
6. Figures and Tables
6.1 Figures and tables should appear in numerical order, be described in the body of the text and be positioned close to where they are first cited.
6.2 Make sure all figures and tables will fit inside the text area.
6.3 Because figures may be resized in the course of production please use scale bars and not magnification factors.
7. References: citations in text
7.1 Use surname of author and year of publication: Jones (2002) or (Jones, 2002).
7.2 Insert initials only if there are two different authors with the same surname and same year of publication.
7.3 Two or more years in parentheses following an author's name are cited in ascending order of year, and two or more references published in the same year by the same author are differentiated by letters a, b, c, etc. For example: Brown (1999, 2002, 2003a, b).
7.4 Different references cited together should be in date order, for example: (Smith, 1959; Thomson and Jones, 1992; Green, 1999).
7.5 If an article has been accepted for publication but has not been published the term "(in press)" should be used instead of a date.
7.6 If an article has been submitted but not definitely accepted the term "(submitted)" should be used. If the article is still being prepared the term "(in preparation)" should be used.
7.7 The abbreviation "et al." should be used in the text when there are more than two co-authors of a cited article.
8. List of references
8.1 References should be listed alphabetically at the end of the article. Although "et al." is preferable in the text, in the list of references all authors should be given.
8.2 Journal reference style:
Zeng R. J., Lemaire R., Yuan Z. and Keller J. (2004). A novel wastewater treatment process: simultaneous nitrification, denitrification and phosphorus removal. Water Science and Technology, 50 (10), 163-170.
Note that to unambiguously identify articles published in Water Science and Technology before 2008 the issue number as well as the volume number is needed.
8.3 Book reference styles - (i) article in compilation; (ii) multi-author work; (iii) standard reference; (iv) report; (v) thesis:
(i) McInerney M. J. (1999). Anaerobic metabolism and its regulation. In: Biotechnology, J. Winter (ed.), 2nd edn, Wiley-VCH Verlag, Weinheim, Germany, pp. 455-478.
(ii) Henze M., Harremoës P., LaCour Jansen J. and Arvin E. (1995). Wastewater Treatment: Biological and Chemical Processes. Springer, Heidelberg.
(iii) Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater (1998). 20th edn, American Public Health Association/American Water Works Association/Water Environment Federation, Washington DC, USA.
(iv) Sobsey M. D. and Pfaender F. K. (2002). Evaluation of the H2S method for Detection of Fecal Contamination of Drinking Water, Report WHO/SDE/WSH/02.08, Water Sanitation and Health Programme, WHO, Geneva, Switzerland. (v) Bell J. (2002). Treatment of Dye Wastewaters in the Anaerobic Baffled Reactor and Characterisation of the Associated Microbial Populations. PhD thesis, Pollution Research Group, University of Natal, Durban, South Africa.
8.4 Online references: these should specify the full URL for the reference and give the date on which it was consulted. Please check again to confirm that the work you are citing is still accessible:
Alcock S. J. and Branston L. (2000) SENSPOL: Sensors for Monitoring Water Pollution from Contaminated Land, Landfills and Sediment. http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/biotech/senspol/ (accessed 22 July 2005)
8.5 References in languages other than English should be accompanied by an English translation of the article title
Barjenbruch M., Erler C and Steinke M. (2003) Untersuchungen an Abwasserteichanlagen in Sachsen-Anhalt im Jahr 2003 (Investigation on wastewater lagoons in Saxony-Anhalt in 2003), Report for the Environment Ministry of Saxony-Anhalt, Magdeburg, Germany
For further advice please contact:
Journals Manager, IWA Publishing, Alliance House, 12 Caxton Street, London SW1H 0QS, UK.
Tel: +44 (0)207 654 5500; Fax: +44 (0)207 654 5555; E-mail: email@example.com