– Instructions for authors –

Breaf instructions given in the printed version (inside of back cover):

MS Word 2003 Template with more detailed instructions for authors: SJEE Template (DOC format)

Please, use MS Word 2003 for preparation of papers. MS Word 2007 and 2010 are not fully compatible with MS Word 2003 'DOC' format, and some embeded objects might not open properly when 'DOCX' (MS Word 2007 and 2010) is converted to 'DOC' (MS Word 2003) format.

MS Word 2003 'DOC' format is accepted as one of 'standard formats' in scientific publishing (besides TeX, LaTeX and some others), while 'DOCX' is not accepted in wider scientific community and journal publishers due to many problems, especially if new MathML is used to type equations instead of some equation editor (e.g. Math Type). When DOCX is converted to DOC format, all MathML equations are converted to pictures, and any editing is not possible, which is the main reason to avoid DOCX format.
Preparing paper in MS Word 2007 or 2010 and saving it in DOC format does not solve these problems, so authors are advised to avoid these versions and use MS Word 2003 instead.

If figures are produced by using some advanced simulation software (e.g. MATLAB, FemLAB, etc.) or some graphing software, authors should send original output files or export simulation results to some vector format (e.g. MATLAB or FemLAB graphs can be exported to EPS or printed to PDF format). Please, do not just copy pictures and paste them into Word, because Word often converts them into some internal format which does not look so good in high-quality print. Embedding is always better solution than copy-paste, while converting to EPS (for vector graphics) or TIFF/PNG (for raster graphics) is the only way to avoid potential problems that might appear at some stage of preparation for printing.

Note that printing on ordinary laser or inkjet printer or printing to PDF might not show any problems with text or figures (e.g., a line of 'hairline' thickness will be printed on a laser printer as 0.1mm thick line, but on CTP it will be invisible), but we regularly have had problems with some "Microsoft Drawing Object" and embeded Visio figures at 'imposition' or CTP stage. Thus, please avoid these formats, or send them separately as proprietary files so we can do conversion to EPS properly.
Also, please avoid combination of scanned images and vector text (many authors insert scanned image into Word document and just put text boxes with labels around, which is not acceptable), since it does not look good in print.

And, at last, but not least, please do not send us two-column text with multiple images grouped in large floating objects. All images should be inserted as INLINE, for easier preparation of the paper. If the authors are not sure how to apply some formatting in the simpliest possible way, it is better not to apply any formatting at all, since any complicated solutions just make preparation of the paper for printing more difficult and time consuming (e.g. putting equations and equation numbers into tables instead of using TAB characters as in the provided template). It is always better to just put figures and figure captions one after another, and we will see if it is possible to put two figures side-by-side or not (for which borderless tables are preferable, since two-column mode just break up header and footer consistency).