Instructions for Authors

Contributions to Symmetry: Culture and Science are welcomed from the broadest international circles and from representatives of all scholarly and artistic fields where symmetry considerations play an important role. The papers should be original, have an interdisciplinary character, dealing with symmetry in a concrete (not only metaphorical!) sense, as discussed in Aims and Scope.
The journal has a special interest in how distant fields of art, science, and technology may influence each other in respect of symmetry. The papers should be addressed to a broad non-specialist public in a form which would encourage the dialogue between disciplines without sacrificing to clarity and rigor.

Research papers, educational papers, historical surveys and reviews are welcome. In the case of complicated scientific concepts or theories, their rigorous presentation must be preceded by an introductory part in which the intuitive approach is recommended. New associations and speculative remarks can be included, but their tentative nature should be emphasized. The use of well-known quotations and illustrations should be limited, while rarely mentioned sources, new connections, and hidden dimensions are welcomed.

Publication of the papers in Symmetry: Culture and Science (both in the printed and the electronic versions) is free of charge for the authors. Printed version is published in b/w only. On the request of the authors, their paper can be printed in colour, provided that the authors agree with the Publisher to pay the extra costs in advance. Authors of individual papers and guest editors of thematic issues may agree with the Publisher to publish the electronic version open access, provided that they pay a negotiated fee in advance.

Contributors should note the following:

  • Manuscripts should be submitted directly to the Editor.
  • All papers and notes are published in English and they should be submitted in that language. The journal reviews and annotates, however, non-English publications as well.
  • The papers should be submitted by e-mail attachment. Typewritten texts will not be rejected in the evaluation process, but the preparation of these items takes longer; reviewed and accepted papers, however, will be requested in electronic form. No manuscripts, diskettes, or figures will be returned, unless by special arrangement.
  • Each manuscript submitted by e-mail must be in a single file in PDF format for review. However, the source of each accepted manuscript is required in .doc, .docx, .rtf of .tex format. Images should be inserted in the source file and additionally each attached in separate high resolution image files.
  • The authors must provide at least three names of potential reviewers with e-mail addresses, although the editor will be not obliged to necessarily contact them. The anonimity of each reviewer is retained, unless both the editor and the reviewer agree to disclose it.
  • The papers are accepted for publication on the understanding that the copyright is assigned to the Symmetrion: the copyright transfer form must be filled, signed, and returned to Symmetrion before publication. The Symmetrion, however, aiming to encourage the cooperation, will allow all reasonable requests to photocopy articles or to reuse published materials.
  • Papers should include the title, the proposed running head (abbreviated form of the title of less than 35 characters), a proposed section of the quarterly where the article should appear, the name of the author(s), the mailing address (office or home), the electronic mail address (if any), and an abstract of between 5 and 15 lines.
  • Only black-and-white, camera-ready illustrations (photos or drawings) can be printed in the Journal. However, the colour illustrations will be published in the electronic issue. Scanned illustrations inserted in the electronic version are encouraged. For accepted papers, please attach in a separate directory high resolution, printing quality images, each in a separate file, saved by titles like Figure1.jpg, Figure2.tiff. The figures and tables should be given inside the text (and for safety, enclosed separately).
  • It is the author’s responsibility to obtain written permission to reproduce copyright materials.
  • Either the British or the American spelling may be used, but the same convention should be followed throughout the paper.
  • Subtitles (numbered as 1, 2, 3, etc.) and subsidiary subtitles (1.1, 1.1.1, 1.1.2, 1.2, etc.) can be used, without over-organizing the text.
  • The use of references is recommended. The citations in the text should give the name, year, and, if necessary, page, chapter, or other number(s) in one of the following forms: … Weyl (1952, pp. 10-12) has shown…; or … as shown by some authors (Coxeter et al., 1986, p. 9; Shubnikov and Koptsik 1974, Chap. 2; Smith, 1981a, Chaps. 3-4; Smith, 1981b, Sec. 2.12; Smith, forthcoming). The full bibliographic description of the references should be collected at the end of the paper in alphabetical order by authors’ names; see the sample. This section should be entitled References.
  • Word users: Style-sheet (.dot format) and Style-sheet 2007 (.dotx format), and sample page (.rtf format this can be read as a .doc file) can be downloaded.
  • Latex users: latex template source (.tex format), compiled latex template (.dvi format), and pdf template (.pdf format) can be downloaded.

    How to use the Style-sheets? Dowload the appropriate style-sheet or template in your computer. (You can use the sample page as well.) First check the page size. If it does not coincide with that of the sample page, set it using the Page Layout menu. Please, write your paper directly in the style-sheet / template / sample page. If you use a Word editor (recommended), open the Styles menu and there will appear a list of styles. Move the cursor inside a paragraph and click on the name of the appropriate style in the list (e.g., Title_of_the_article, Main_text, etc.) and the given paragraph will be formatted automatically. If you copy part of the text from another document, it may happen (if copy-paste option in your computer were not set properly) that the format of the characters changes when you paste. In such case, highlight that part of the text, open the font menu, and cancel the unnecessary effect of font style. Please, take care on formatting the References. Use the format given in the Style-sheet or the Sample page. Take care of the order of information within a reference item, the punctuation and the proper use of italics. Then, please, do not forget to fill out and send the Copyright transfer form to the editor.

SAMPLE OF HEADING (Apologies for the strange names and addresses):

Running head: Symmetry in African Art
Section: Symmetry: Science & Art


Susanne Z. Dissymmetrist1 and Warren M. Symmetrist2
1 8 Phyllotaxis Street
Sunflower City, CA 11235, U.S.A.
2 Department of Dissymmetry, University of Symmetry
69 Harmony Street, San Symmetrino, CA 69869, U.S.A.

Abstract: The ornamental art of Africa is famous…

Sample of references

In the following, note punctuation, capitalization, the use of square brackets (and the remarks in parentheses). There is always a period at the very end of a bibliographic entry (but never at other places, except in abbreviations). Brackets are used to enclose supplementary data. Those parts which should be italicized – titles of books, names of journals, etc. – should be underlined in red on the hard-copies. In the case of non-English publications both the original and the translated titles should be given (cf., Dissymmetrist, 1990).

Asymmetrist, A.Z. (or corporate author) (1981) Book Title: Subtitle, Series Title, No. 27, 2nd ed., City (only the first one): Publisher, vii + 619 pp.; (further data can be added, e.g.,: 3rd ed., 2 Vols., ibid., 1985, viii + 444 + 484 pp. with 2 CD-s; Reprint, ibid., 1988; German trans., German Title, 2 Vols., City: Publisher, 1990, 986 pp.; Hungarian trans.)

Asymmetrist, A.Z., Dissymmetrist, S.Z., and Symmetrist, W.M. (1980-81) Article or e-mail article title: Subtitle, Parts 1-2, /Journal Name Without Abbreviation/, [E-Journal or Discussion Group address: journal@node (if applicable)], B22 (volume number), No. 6 (issue number if each one restarts pagination), 110-119 (page numbers); B23, No. 1, 117-132 and 148 (for e-journals any appropriate data).

Dissymmetrist, S.Z. (1989a) Chapter, article, symposium paper, or abstract title, [Abstract (if applicable)], In: Editorologist, A.B. and Editorologist, C.D., eds., Book, Special Issue, Proceedings, or Abstract Volume Title, [Special Issue (or) Symposium organized by the Dissymmetry Society, University of Symmetry, San Symmetrino, Calif., December 11-22, 1971 (those data which are not available from the title, if applicable)], Vol. 2, City: Publisher, 19-20 (for special issues the data of the journal).

Dissymmetrist, S.Z., ed. (1990) Dissimmetriya v nauke (title in original, or transliterated, form), [Dissymmetry in science, in Russian with German summary], Trans. from English by Antisymmetrist, B.W., etc.

[Symmetrist, W.M.] (1989) Review of Title of the Reviewed Work, by S.Z. Dissymmetrist, etc. (if the review has an additional title, then it should appear first; if the authorship of a work is not revealed in the publication, but known from other sources, the name should be enclosed in brackets).

In the case of lists of publications, or bibliographies submitted to /Symmetro-graphy/, the same convention should be used. The items may be annotated, beginning in a new paragraph. The annotation, a maximum of five lines, should emphasize those symmetry-related aspects and conclusions of the work which are not obvious from the title. For books, the list of (important) reviews, can also be added.


Each corresponding author will receive an electronic reprint in original form supplied by the Publisher.

Instructions for Reviewers

All papers are anonymously peer reviewed. Each reviewer is requested to fill the review form, and then to send it to the appropriate editor.

Please, note, the journal encourages publishing novel ideas and approaches. Check whether they are correct, but do not reject just only because they do not coincide with your own ideas and/or approaches.

Reviewers should observe the ethical guidelines suggested by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

WORD (1997-2003) STYLE-SHEET

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