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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.Note that MAT has no need for ‘accessed on DATE’ information for references to online sources. Please name each author in full in your reference list; avoid use of ‘et al’ and first name initials. 

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 Oxford Style Guide (Hart’s Rules) and Collins English Dictionary for spelling (please use British English). Where Oxford offers different guidelines depending on context, please choose the ‘technical’ or ‘scientific’ optionSee in particular the following highlights: 

  • Please use the serial/Oxford comma. 
  • Quotations and speech. Single quotations marks as standard. Use double only within a quote. Punctuation should be 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.  
  • Hyperlinks. Please leave all URL addresses visible so they can be read in PDF versions of articles.  
  • 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. 
  • Avoid use of ampersands.  
  • Acronyms and initialisms. 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. 
  • Footnotes. These should not be used for referencing purposes, but should instead be used sparingly for additional notes, explanations, translations, and tangents that do not belong in the main text. 
  • Times. Use the 24 hour clock for all times (with colon), except for rough or inexact times, in which case say, for example, ‘around 4 p.m.’ 
  • Numbers. As per Oxford/Hart’s Rules technical, numbers between one and ten are spelt out. For large round numbers, use a mix of numbers (incl. decimals) and words; e.g., 6 million, 1.5 billion. 
  • Percentages. Following Oxford for technical contexts, use ‘%’ (not spaced), not ‘per cent’ or ‘percent’. 
  • Non-English words. Non-English words and phrases (except those that have entered the English lexicon, e.g., ‘rendezvous’, ‘gateau’) should be written in italics where possible. 
  • Lists. Unless bulleted/numbered points consist of complete sentences, each item carries no end punctuation and each can usually begin lowercase (except for proper nouns). If individual points are in complete sentences, capitalise the first word of each point and end on a full stop. 
  • Pronouns. For non-gendered/non-binary pronouns, MAT defaults to the singular ‘they’, but is receptive to author requests. 

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.