Hard Copy Submission
If at all possible, authors should submit all parts of the manuscript, including figures, in digital (electronic) format. However, if that is not possible, hard copy may be submitted to the EiC, where the images will be scanned and converted to Portable Document Format (.pdf) for review purposes. If the manuscript is accepted by JON, the original (or revised originals supplied by the author) will be sent to the press.
Original artwork must be submitted with manuscripts. If a computer has been used to generate graphs or other figures, laser printer output is required. Laser copies on coated paper are sharper than those printed on a dull-surfaced paper such as photocopier or bond paper. Photocopies frequently contain dots of the toner that authors must cover up with suitable correction fluid. Dot matrix printout is unacceptable. Paper with strong watermarks can also create problems with unwanted shadows or zigzags in lines.
Figures other than computer output should be mounted on US letter or A4 paper, or thin paperboard, with a 2- to 3- cm margin at the bottom; figures may be no bigger than this. The decision to mount figures on paperboard is at the authors discretion, except for color figures, which must remain flexible for mounting on a cylinder for rotary scanning during reproduction. Authors should be careful when mounting figures, as excess glue can cause figures to wrinkle.
Figures should be submitted flat. Do not allow metal paper clips to contact figures directly, as rust damage can ensue. Similarly, excessive glue or fingerprint oil can attract dirt and create a shadow or reflection when reproduced. A mounted figure can be protected by an overlay of a single sheet of paper.
To minimize misplacement, figures should be identified with the authors name, journal name, figure number, and width desired. Labels on the reverse side of a figure must not be in a place opposite from the body of the figure on the other side unless paperboard has been used; otherwise, the letters may bleed through during reproduction.