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Preparation of Manuscripts

All submissions must be original material, and cannot have been published or be under review elsewhere. If a submission is found to be plagiarised, it will be rejected. While MAT does not employ a plagiarism-screening service, the editorial team does spot-check content from time to time. If authors recycle their own text, they will be asked to substantially revise their contribution to the satisfaction of the editors.  

We use Open Journal Systems (OJS) for the submission of manuscripts. Your manuscript should be saved as a Microsoft Word .docx file and be formatted in Arial font, 12 point and double spaced. As part of the submission process, you will be asked to provide contact information, up to five keywords, an abstract (150200 words), an image or images, a biographical note, and a note on authors and contributors (see our authorship policy). Please keep images in their intended place in the Microsoft Word document and gather information on copyright requirements for the images used. You will be asked to agree to our copyright policy, which grants copyright to the author and allows for the sharing of the text with attribution (Creative Commons 4.0 Attribution license).  

Please also have a look at our authorship policy when preparing your manuscript. 

Citations and references  

The journal uses Chicago Style internal citations, also known as author/date style  

(AuthorLastName YEAR, page), and reference lists. Please format your citations and references according to the examples found at this website ‘Go to Author-Date Style’). Please include DOIs (following this format:…) and URLs wherever possible. 

Please keep footnotes to a minimum (no more than 10); include note material in the text whenever possible.   

House style  

For almost all matters of style, MAT follows The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th Edition (CMoS). Where CMoS offers different guidelines depending on context, please choose the ‘technical’ or ‘scientific’ optionsPlease note these MAT-specific deviations from CMoS:  

  • Headings. Please use initial capital letters only.  
  • Quotations. Please follow British-style punctuation (single quotation marks to open and close quotations, double quotation marks only within a quote, and punctuation placed outside of quotation marks). Quotations of 50 words or longer should be formatted as indented block quotes.   
  • Dates. Please style dates following this example: 12 May 2010.  
  • Spelling. Please use British spelling rather than American. The copy editor uses OED for reference, but any British dictionary will do prior to the copy-editing stage.   
  • Hyperlinks. Please leave all URL addresses visible so they can be read in PDF versions of articles.  
  • i.e., and e.g., should be used sparingly (typically only in parentheses) and always followed by a comma. 
  • MAT has no need for ‘accessed on DATE’ information for references to online sources. 
  • Square brackets used for brackets within brackets and to denote a translation, missing words, or authorial addition within a quote. 
  • Closed em dashes for dashes; closed en dashes for ranges of numbers/dates (e.g., 1999–2004), to link concepts (e.g., ‘The German–Polish non-aggression pact’), and to link joint authors/creators (to differentiate from hyphenated names) (‘Deleuze–Guattari’); and hyphens for hyphens. 
  • Use full title for first mention per section and follow with bracketed acronym/initialism (e.g., ‘In 2009 the World Health Organization [WHO] published . . .’). Reset for each new section. 

Image specifications  

All submissions should be accompanied by a thumbnail image which will appear next to the article on the journal website. Thumbnail images will be requested by the editorial team when the submission reaches the copy-editing stage. 

Thumbnail images should be JPG for photographs and PNG for illustrations without photographs, and of larger width than height (we recommend 160x320 pixels). 

Any images included in the text of the article should be placed in the desired location within the manuscript and accompanied by caption text. At the copy-editing stage, the editorial team will request the photographs from the author as well as a descriptive line of no more than 125 characters, which will serve as ALT text for accessibility.   

Images should be sent in JPG format for photographs and PNG format for illustrations without photographs. One side of the image should measure between 1800 and 3000 pixels.  

Authors are responsible for acquiring permission for any copyrighted images prior to submission. Otherwise, images should be in exception to the general copyright statue (e.g., public domain, fair use, open access, etc.). Authors are responsible for providing these details to the editorial team before the production stage.