Short Communications


Short Communications are short papers that present original and significant material for rapid dissemination, however they do not qualify for full length articles. For example, a Short Communication may focus on a particular aspect of a problem or a new finding that is expected to have a significant impact. Short articles include, but are not limited to: discovery or development of new materials, cutting-edge experiments and theory, novelty in simulation and modeling, elucidation of mechanisms, epidemiological study and outcome analysis.


Short Communications are limited to 3000 words and are not subdivided (no subsection is allowed). The paper should contain an abstract, main body and references, and contain no more than 3 figures or tables, combined. The abstract is limited to 100 words. Up to five keywords or short phrases should be given below the abstract.


A guide to estimating paper length follows:

Estimate equivalent number of words for figures/tables/eqns as:

One column wide (7.5 cm) figures/tables: 20 words per cm height

Two column wide (15 cm) figures/tables: 40 words per cm height

Equations: 20 words for each equation


Short Communications will appear after original article sections in the journal table of contents. Each paper will begin with “Short Communication:” followed by the title.