Author Guidelines

Journal of Condensed Matter covers the whole of condensed matter physics. Papers may report experimental, theoretical and simulation studies. 

JCM Publishing considers for publication in our journal articles that:

* Report original science and add significantly to research already published

* Are of interest to the community, scientifically rigorous and have sound motivation and purpose

* Have not been published previously in the peer reviewed literature

* Are not under consideration for publication in any other peer reviewed journal or book available through a library or by purchase

Articles reporting work that was originally presented at a conference may be submitted, provided these articles do not appear in substantially the same form in a peer reviewed, published conference proceeding. Again, you should ensure the format of a research paper is used. 

We treat all submitted articles as confidential until they are published and they will only be shared with those referees, board members, editors who are directly involved in the peer review of the article.


All papers should be written in English.

Article length

There is a no maximum or minimum article page limit.  

Article structure

You should consider the best way to structure your article before you begin writing. Your article should follow the Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion system, and usually consist of the following sections:


The title should be concise, informative and meaningful to the whole readership of the journal. It should include key terms, to help make it more discoverable when people search online. 


You need to list all authors’ full names and institutions.  We encourage authors to make specific attributions of contribution and responsibility in the acknowledgements of the article, otherwise all co-authors will be taken to share full responsibility for all of the paper. 


When you submit an article, you will be asked to supply some keywords relevant to your work. If your article is accepted for publication, we will display these keywords on the published article, and they will be used to index your article, helping to make it more discoverable. When choosing keywords, think about the kinds of terms you would use when searching online for related articles.


Your abstract should give readers a brief summary of your article. It should concisely describe the contents of your article. The abstract should be complete in itself; it should not contain undefined acronyms/abbreviations and no table numbers, figure numbers, references or equations should be referred to. The abstract should be suitable for direct inclusion in abstracting services and should not normally be more than 300 words. 


This should be concise and describe the nature of the problem under investigation and its background. It should also set your work in the context of previous research, citing relevant references. Introductions should expand on highly specialised terms and abbreviations used in the article to make it accessible for readers.


This section should provide sufficient details of the experiment, simulation, statistical test or analysis carried out to generate the results such that the method can be repeated by another researcher and the results reproduced.


The results section should detail the main findings and outcomes of your study. You should use tables only to improve conciseness or where the information cannot be given satisfactorily in other ways such as histograms or graphs. Tables should be numbered serially and referred to in the text by number (table 1, etc.). Each table should have an explanatory caption which should be as concise as possible.


This should discuss the significance of the results and compare them with previous work using relevant references.


This section should be used to highlight the novelty and significance of the work, and any plans for future relevant work.


For single-anonymous please include an acknowledgements section before the References section in your anuscript.


Carefully chosen and well-prepared figures, such as diagrams and photographs, can greatly enhance your article. You are encouraged to prepare figures that are clear, easy to read and of the best possible quality and resolution.

Figures should be numbered in the order in which they are referred to in the text, using sequential numerals (e.g. figure 1, figure 2, etc.).

If there is more than one part to a figure (e.g. figure 1(a), figure 1(b), etc.), the parts should be identified by a lower-case letter in parentheses close to or within the area of the figure.

Figure captions

Captions should be included in the text. Figure captions should contain relevant key terms and be self-contained (avoiding acronyms) so that a reader can understand the figure without having to refer to the text. Figure captions should also reference the source of the figure if the figure has been reused from elsewhere.


It is vitally important that you fully acknowledge all relevant work. 

A reference should give your reader enough information to locate the article concerned, and you should take particular care to ensure that the information is correct so that links to referenced articles can be made successfully.

Reference labelling systems

In the Vancouver numerical system, references are numbered sequentially through the text. The numbers should be given in square brackets, e.g. [1], [4-7] etc., and one number can be used to refer to several instances of the same reference. The reference list at the end of the article then lists the references in numerical order, not alphabetically.

Copyright Form

Every aritcle must submit with copyright form signed by all authors. Download and upload copyright scanned copy at the time of submission.

Copyright Form 

Covering Letter

Every article should be submitted with covering letter.  

Covering Letter Template in 1) word format  , and 2) pdf format. 

Manuscript Template

Though it is not necessary to use this file, using these Word templates for journal articles may help to speed the publication of accepted articles.

Use our word template