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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • • One author must be designated as the corresponding author with e-mail and full postal address.
  • • Text and references must be formatted following the journal’s style.
  • • Author(s) name(s) must be spelled out with first names instead of initials. Affiliation(s) must contain complete
    addresses) including zip code(s). Please check that author’s list and corresponding affiliations.
  • • Figures must be prepared with minimum resolution of 300 dpi (color or grayscale) or 1200 dpi (for line drawing illustration).
  • • All the figures must be original or authorized.
  • • Table must be prepared in MS Excel or Word format.
  • • The manuscript must be submitted with title, running title, author(s) and affiliation(s), abstract, keywords,
    body of paper, acknowledgment, list of references, figures, tables and related captions.
  • • A cover letter must be submitted to the Editor.
  • • Highlights are suggested for this journal, as they increase the discoverability of the submitted article.
  • • Four potential reviewers must be suggested, including name, expertise, e-mail, and postal address.

Author Guidelines

The Journal of Mediterranean Earth Sciences (JMES) publishes original contributions on all aspects of Earth Sciences in English language. Manuscripts submitted cannot have been published previously, except in the form of an abstract or as academic thesis, nor be pending publication in another journal, being under review or under consideration for publication elsewhere. Articles, if accepted, cannot be published elsewhere, in English, or in any other language, without the written consent of the copyright-holder. Articles should contain detailed data that support original interpretations or methods. The length should not exceed 50 manuscript pages, including figures and tables. More extended papers may be accepted after evaluation by the Editor. Any article published in the JMES can be the object of discussions and replies. Discussions and replies must be brief and relevant, and should not exceed 4 manuscript pages including figures and tables.

Manuscripts must be submitted in .doc/.docx or .pdf format to the Editor-in-chief ( Please submit, together with the manuscript, the name, address and e-mail address of 4 potential referees. The final decision on referees is by the Editor, who may chose different reviewers from those suggested. The final decision on the acceptance or rejection of a manuscript is subject to the approval of the Editor-in-chief. All correspondence, including notification of the Editor’s decision and requests for revision, will take place by e-mail.

Manuscript preparation
Following carefully the instructions here reported will greatly speed up manuscript processing and the publication schedule. Significant discrepancies with the following guidelines may imply manuscript rejection. The text must be left justified and not right justified, not divided into syllables, double spaced, 12-point type, normal, Arial or Times. Formulas must be written using Symbol fonts. Sheets must be typed on one side only and each page should be numbered. Use metric units of measure. Do not use abbreviations except for units of measure. Limit the use of acronyms. Define all acronyms and non-standard abbreviations used within the figures and tables in each figure caption and table footnote. Cite the figures in numerical order. Cite all the references and include complete information for each citation in references cited section.

Manuscript should generally be organized in the following order

Title page information.
- Title. Concise and informative.

- Author Name(s) and affiliations (first name unabbreviated). Affiliation includes full address and e-mail.  Corresponding Authors with the related e-mail.

- Highlights. Highlight are encouraged as they increase the discoverability of the artilcle.

- Abstract. The abstract should state briefly the purpose of the research, the principal results an major conclusions (abstract should not exceed 500 words; citations in the abstract are not recommended. The use of graphical abstract is suggested; it should summarize the contents of the article in a concise form. 

- Key words. Up to 8 significant key words.

- Introduction. This section must describe the objectives of the work and at the same time provide an adequate background, with  the most significant works.

- Area description. This section should provide an adequate geographic and geological setting of the studied area.

- Methods and material studied. This section should provide all the details so that work can be reproduced; methods already published may be cited in the references.

- Results. Results should be clear and coincise.

- Discussion. This section should be addressed to discuss the obtained results.

- Conclusions. This section should include, in brief, the results achieved; they may be given only here or as the final part of the discussion.

- Acknowledgements. In this section Authors may list agencies granting financial support for the research, people who helped during the research in data collection, analysis and interpretation, in the preparation of the manuscript, in the decision to submit the article for publication, and reviewers.

- Appendices. Authors may add particular sections at the end of the manuscript as Appendices with progressive numbers (Appendix I, Appendix II, etc.).

- References. Citations in the text must conform to the following examples: Red and White (2002); Red et al. (2002); (Red, 2002); (Red et al., 2002); (Red et al., 1999; White, 2001; Red and White, 2002) [chronologically ordered]. Generic and specific names of the zoological and botanical nomenclature must be italicised. Latin words of common use such as et al., sensu, etc. are italicised. Only the citations quoted in the text must be reported in the reference list (and vice versa) in alphabetical order. Order multiple listings by the same author(s) by date (earliest first). Journals must be cited with their full name. See the following examples:

Bouma A.H., 1987. Megaturbidite: an acceptable term? Geo Marine Letters 7, 63-67.

Tsikalas F., Faleide J.I., Eldholm O., 2001. Laterial variations in tectonomagmatic style along the Lofoten-Vesterålen volcanic margin off Norway. Marine Petroleum Geology 18, 807-832.

Della Seta M., Del Monte M., Fredi P., Lupia Palmieri E., 2007. Direct and indirect evaluation of denudation rates in Central Italy. Catena 71, 21-30. doi: 10.1016/j.catena.2006.6.008.

Cattaneo A., Trincardi F., 1999. The late-Quaternary transgressive record in the Adriatic Epicontinental Sea: basin widening and facies partitioning. In: Bergman K., Snedden J. (Eds.), Isolated Shallow Marine Sand Bodies: Sequence Stratigraphic Analysis and Sedimentologic Interpretation. SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology), Special Publication 64, 127-146.

Carlson P.R., Bruns T.R., Fisher M.A., 1990. Development of slope valleys in the glacimarine environment of a complex subduction zone, Northern Gulf of Alaska. In: Dowdeswell J.A., Scourse J.D. (Eds.), Glaciomarine Environments: Processes and Sediments. Geological Society, London, Special Publication 53, 139-153.

Smosna R., Koehler B., 1993. Tidal origin of a Mississippian oolite on the west Virginia dome. American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Studies in Geology 35, 149-162.

Bloom A.L., 1991. Geomorphology - a systematic analysis of late Cenozoic landforms. Prentice Hall, New Jersey, pp. 532.

Hesse R., Klaucke I., 1995. A continuous along-slope seismic profile from the upper Labrador slope. In: Pickering K.T., Hiscott R.N., Kenyon N.H., Ricci Lucchi F., Smith R.D.A. (Eds.), Atlas of Deep Water Environments: Architectural Style in Turbidite Systems. Chapman & Hall, London, 18-22.

Bryn P., Solheim A., Berg K., Lien R., Forsberg C.F., Haflidason H., Ottesen D., Rise L., 2003. The Storegga Slide complex; repeated large scale sliding in response to climatic cyclicity. In: Locat J., Mienert J. (Eds.), Submarine Mass Movements and Their Consequences. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Netherlands, 215-222.

Fütterer D.K., Kuhn G., Schenke H.W., 1990. Wegener Canyon bathymetry and results from rock dredging near ODP Sites 691-693, eastern Weddel Sea, Antarctica. In: Barker P.F., Kennett J.P. (Eds.), Proc. ODP Sci Results 113: College Station, TX (Ocean Drilling Program), 39-48.

Isachsen P.E., 2003. On the ocean circulation of the Arctic Mediterranean: internal large-scale currents and exchanges with the global oceans. Ph.D Thesis, University of Bergen and Norwegian Polar Institute, Tromsø, Norway, pp. 200.

Abreu V., Haddad G., Vail P.R., 1995. Glacioeustatic fluctuation: mechanism linking stable isotope events and sequence stratigraphy from the early Oligocene to middle Miocene. Réunion Spécialisée APF - SGF, Faune, Flore & Stratigraphie Séquentielle, Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris 14-15 Décembre 1995, Abstracts volume, 18-21.

Mutti E., Rosell J., Allen G.P., Fonnesu F., Sgavetti M., 1985. The Eocene Baronia tide dominated delta-shelf system in the Ager Basin. In: Mila M.D., Rosell J. (Eds.), Excursion Guide-Book, IAS 6th European Regional Meeting, Lleida, Spain, 15-18 September 1985, 579-600.

Ambrosetti P., Bosi C., Carraro F., Ciaranfi N., Panizza M., Papani G., Vezzani L., Zanferrari A., 1987. Neotectonic Map of Italy. Roma, C.N.R., 1:500000.

In the case of a work submitted or in preparation the citation is as personal communication.

- Table(s), Figure(s), Plate(s).  Tables, figures and plates must be quoted in the text as Tab., Tabs., Fig., Figs., Pl. and Pls.; captions of figures, tables and plates must be reported on separate page(s), after the References section.

- Headings. In the preparation of manuscript), the following hierarchic order must be followed: 1. First title 1.1. Second title 1.1.1. Third title Fourth title The chapters and the paragraph must be numbered.

- Footnotes. No footnotes are allowed; notes can be reported at the end of the Manuscript before References.

 - Systematic palaeontology. Systematic categories in synonymic lists should conform to the format of the example below. Please note that the names of the subsequent authors citing a species are separated by a hyphen from the specific names, with the exception of the author of the species: in this case a blank space only separates the specific name from the author’s name. The resulting scheme is:

Subfam. Emmericiinae Brusina, 1870

Gen. Schuettemmericia Schlickum, 1961

Schuettemmericia lenoiri (Schlickum, 1968)

Pl. 1, Figs. 1-3

1968 Nystia (Staadtiella) lenoiri Schlickum, p. 42, pl. 5, figs. 5-9.

1975 Nystia (Nystia) augusti Schlickum, p. 51, pl. 4, fig. 9a.

1976 Nystia (Nystia) augusti Schlickum - Puisségur, p. 212, 216.

1977 Nystia (Staadtiella) lenoiri Schlickum - Schlickum, p. 61.

1983 Nystia (Staadtiella) lenoiri Schlickum - Zilch, p. 101, pl. 4, fig. 16.

1991 Nystia cf. lenoiri Schlickum - Esu, p. 31, 32.

1991 Nystia sp. - Esu & Girotti, p. 140.

1993 Nystia lenoiri Schlickum - Esu et al., p. 105, 106.

1993 Schuettemmericia lenoiri (Schlickum) - Kadolsky, p. 356, figs. 21-23.

The format for new taxa is as above, but using abbreviations such as “n. gen.” or “gen. nov.”, “n. sp.” or “spec. nov.”, etc. Synonymic lists are printed in smaller type than the text.

- Illustrations.  Illustrations (photo and drawings) may be text figures, text plates, plates with one fold (exceptionally with more), and maps. Text figures must be numbered in the same order as quoted in the text. Composite text figures should contain references for each single figure (number or letter). Originals of the text figures should be ready for printing, avoiding as much as possible empty spaces. Size of lettering should be compatible with final reduction. The maximum suggested sizes for illustrations in text are 168x250 mm on two columns and 80x250 mm on one column, including the caption(s). Tables are subject to the same rules as the illustrations. Should the maximum size (168x250 mm) of an illustration be required, the explanation will be placed on the opposite page. Shading should be avoided. Figures may be sent as tiff or pdf files with resolution of 300 dpi, if grayscale or colours, 1200 dpi if bitmap. Use CMYK, not RGB colours. Tables must be sent in .xls or .doc/.docx format. Figures will be placed in about the same position as their first quotation in the text. If necessary, the Editorial Board is authorized to reduce the proposed size of the figures. Charts and maps larger than the Journal format may be printed independently by the Author(s), but they must previously contact the Editor for the definition of dimensions, headers, headings, folds and eventual cover pocket. Maps should contain a scale bar, north arrow, and at least two points indicating the International Geographic coordinates. Cross sections, and seismic lines, should be located on a map with the above basic information. Satellite imagery, orthophotos, and similar metric photography should also be treated as maps. When submitted material is under copyright (e.g. a topographic map, one illustration), the permission from the copyright holder is required.

After manuscript acceptance
Digital Object Identifier
The Digital Object Identifier (DOI) may be used to cite and link to electronic documents. The correct format for citing a DOI is the following: doi: 10.3304/JMES.2010.003.

The Author (the corresponding Author in case of joint-authored papers) will receive, by the Journal site, the proof (as PDF file) that should be checked, signed and sent back to the Editorial Office as soon as possible. The PDF proof can be annotated. Help on how to make annotations on PDF files is provided in the following Adobe site: Authors not wishing to use the PDF annotations function may list the corrections (including replies to the Query Form) and return them to Editorial Office (Editor) by e-mail.

Print costs
There are no printing fees, except for articles implying additional costs, such as maps, foldouts, etc.

The Author(s) will receive a free, high-resolution version of the paper in PDF format.

Author inquiries
For inquiries relating to the submission of articles please visit the journal’s homepage For any inquiries please contact the Editor-in-chief by e-mail.