Guide for authors

MTD_Journals include fully peer reviewed journals. Unsolicited contributions are welcome on the basis that they are original contributions. Two or three anonymous referees review papers previous to acceptance and publication. Un-refereed discussion is allowed in a special open forum.

All contributions must be sent in electronic format by e-mail. The preferred format is Microsoft Word for Windows/Macintosh or RTF. Consult the editor about special formats. Other rich formats or even ASCII could be acceptable. Images and scanned photographs (b/w or color) should be supplied as separate files in tiff, bmp, or better, gif or jpeg format. Java applets and other demo software could be also considered for e-publication. Original programs to support calculations, draw informetric or scientometric distributions or other quantitative oriented tasks are also suitable for publication on the basis on non-exclusive free distribution.

The articles must follow a certain format, examples in both MS Word and PDF formats are available. This format must also follow a citation style.

The official language is English but French and Spanish will also be accepted. In these cases the text will be preceded by a abstract in English. Other languages could be used for extra keywords and supplementary summaries if the authors provide them.

There are three kinds of contributions:

I.- Open Forum: Correspondence

Non-refereed section where notes, discussions and debates are welcomed. MTD Journals publishes short “position statements” of up to 2,000 words, discussing methodologies or new approaches to metric and strategic analysis research.

II.- Refereed Section: Full papers (4,000-5,000 words)

The article should comply with the common rules of publication, with a title no longer than 40 words, complete name and institutional address (including electronic one) of all the authors and the text subdivided in formal categories:

Abstract. Maximum 200 words.

Keywords. Four to six keywords should be also provided.

Introduction and background.

Methods. Detailed information of novel methodologies or shorts descriptions of old ones, explicit citation of commercial software used or details about in-house developments.

Results. Tables, figures and other graphic materials are welcomed.

Discussion.

Conclusions.

Acknowledgements. Brief, very brief.

References. Reference list should include only citations to published papers or Web pages (max. 50). Unpublished material and ftp or Usenet addresses should be included in the main text.

See Citation styles in: citation-styles

III.- Comments

Electronic publishing opens opportunities to some exploratory proposals. Authors have the option of providing short additional or complementary comments to previously published contributions. Nevertheless, all published papers are final versions and no other system of “revising” such e-material will be allowed.

Exceptionally, invited papers will be published in an Editorial section.

IV.- Interviews

It is planned to include interviews with personalities, professionals, experts in R&D&I, competitive intelligence, technology watch and metric analysis.

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