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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.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in a format that is recognisable to Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) in any of its versions for Windows.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • Double spacing should be used for all the paper except for the references which are to be single-spaced; uses a 12-point Times New Roman, normal style; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
Style and technical specifications

The JMR journal provides templates in Latex and Microsoft Word format.

Manuscripts should be sent to JMR's web site in a format that is recognisable to Microsoft Word (.doc) in any of its versions for Windows. The maximum length of manuscripts is 23 double-spaced pages (approximately 7000 words) including the abstract, references and appendices. Manuscripts will be submitted using a specific application of the electronic form used to send personal data. The page layout should follow these guidelines:

  • Size: DIN A4 (29 cm by 21 cm).

  • Margins, 3 cm: top, bottom, left, and right.

  • Font: Times New Roman, normal style, 12-point type.

  • Double spacing should be used for all the paper except for the references which are to be single-spaced.

  • Notes, when necessary, are to be placed at the end of the paper and numbered in their order of appearance in the text. Mathematical derivations should not be included in these endnotes.

The abstract is to be presented on one page and should include the following information:

  • Title and subtitle of the paper.

  • Field and sub-field of the work presented.

  • Abstract, which is to be no longer than 200 words, and should have no spaces between paragraphs.

  • Key words (between 3 and 5) which will be used for computerised indexing of the work.

The complete work should be no longer than 23 pages (about 7000 words) and should be structured as is shown below.

First page

The first page will contain the same information as the summary:

  • Title of the paper, as specific and brief as possible, and subtitle if desired.

  • Field and sub-field of the work presented.

  • Abstract of 200 words.

  • Key words.

The rest of the article

  • Introduction or Problem,

  • Methods,

  • Development (application and results),

  • Conclusions

  • Endnotes

  • References. Only those included in the article in alphabetical order

The body of the article is to be divided into sections (bold, upper-case), subsections (bold, italics) and optionally into sub-subsections (italics), none of which are to be numbered. Insert line spaces before and after the title of each section, subsection and sub-subsection. Symbols, units and other nomenclature should be in accordance with international standards


The Harvard System is to be used, following the guidelines indicated below. The way in which bibliographic citations are included in the text will depend on the context and the composition of the paragraph and will have one of the following forms:

  • one author: Farthing (1987); (Farthing, 1987); (Farthing, 1987 pp.182-5)

  • several authors: Goodwin and Kemp (1979); Ihere, Gorton y Sandevar (1984); Ihere et al. (1984); (Ihere et al., 1984)

The bibliographic references are to be arranged in alphabetical order (and chronologically in the case of several works by the same author), as is indicated in the following examples:

Farthing, B. (1987) International Shipping. London: LLoyd's of London Press Ltd.

Chapters of books
Bantz, C. R. (1995): Social dimensions of software development. In: Anderson, J.A. ed. Annual review of software management and development. Newbury Park, CA: Sage, 502-510

Journal articles
Srivastava, S. K. and Ganapathy, C. (1997) Experimental investigations on loop-manoeuvre of underwater towed cable-array system. Ocean Engineering 25 (1), 85-102.

Electronic journals
Storchmann, K. H. (2001) The impact of fuel taxes on public transport - an empirical assessment for Germany. Transport Policy [online], 8 (1), 19-28. Available from: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/0967070X [Accessed 3 November 2003]

Conference papers and communications
Kroneberg, A. (1999) Preparing for the future by the use of scenarios: innovation shortsea shipping, Proceedings of the 1st International Congress on Maritime Technological Innovations and Research, 21-23 April, Barcelona, Spain, pp.745-754.

Technical reports
American Trucking Association (2000) Motor Carrier Annual Report. Alexandria, VA.

Doctoral theses
Aguter, A. (1995) The linguistic significance of current British slang. Thesis (PhD). Ediburgh University

Philip Morris Inc. (1981). Optical perforating apparatus and system. European patent application 0021165 A1. 1981-01-07

Web pages and electronic books
Holland, M. (2003). Guide to citing Internet sources [online]. Poole, Bournemouth University. Available from: http://www.bournemouth.ac.uk/library/using/guide_to_citing_internet_sourc.html [Accesed 1 November 2003]

Equations, tables, illustrations

Equations are to be written with the Microsoft Word Equation Editor using right-justified alignment. They should be numbered consecutively using Arabic numerals within parentheses.

Tables should be inserted in the appropriate point in the text using Microsoft Word. They should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals and a concise title should be centred at the top of the table. The source is to be indicated at the bottom on the left. Any symbols used should be explained.

Illustrations are to be inserted in the appropriate point in the text using Microsoft Word. All illustrations (graphs, diagrams, sketches, photographs, etc.) will be denominated generically Figures and are to be numbered consecutively using Arabic numerals with the title centred at the top. The source is to be indicated at the bottom on the left. Photographs must be in black and white with a quality of at least 300 ppp.