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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Manuscript submission

The Journal consists of two main sections: “Articles” and “Abstracts and Reviews”. The latter concerns articles and books which have been published or submitted for publication elsewhere. A further section, “Letters”, accepts comments, critical observations, and replies regarding papers published in the Journal or any significant topic related to ophiolites or modern oceanic lithosphere.


The accepted language in English.

Submit an Article

To submit an anonymous manuscript you need to be registered as Author on this website. Submit your article using the "Make a submission" link.

Submission guidelines

• A pdf version (max 12 Mb) of the manuscript (including text, figures, and tables) must be uploaded.
• The corresponding author must indicate manuscript title, authors, and corresponding author data.
• Manuscripts to be published in the “Articles” need to be submitted in the following form:
– Title.
– First and last name of the authors.
– Affiliation of each author.
– Name and e-mail of the corresponding author.
– Keywords (4-8) describing in order: i) the main object of the paper, ii) attributes and specific aspects, iii) age, iv) locality.
– A brief and informative cover letter introducing the main target of the submitted manuscript.
– Names and e-mail addresses of 3 potential reviewers.
– Abstract: a complete but synthetic summary should precede the paper (max 300 words).
– Text: a clear hierarchic order of the chapters is recommended. References in the text should be in brackets in the form: (Shakespeare et al., 1600), (Reagan and Gorbaciov, 1985). Paleontological names, in Latin, should be displayed in italics. Foot page notes should be double-spaced and inserted at the end of the page they refer to, with a progressive number from the first to the last one.
– The lines in the manuscript must be numbered continuously from beginning to end of the manuscript.

– In-line equations should be typed as text.
– Use of graphics programs and equation editors should be avoided, unless part of commonly available word-processing packages (Word, Pages, etc.).
– Particularly complex equations or formulas can be sent as a raster image (JPEG or TIFF).

· Supplementary materials

The authors can upload supplementary materials during the submission process. The editor(s) in charge of managing an article may ask the authors to provide further materials (datasets, maps, etc...) to prop up article findings.

· References

The format of the references is shown in the following examples:
– Sclater J.G., Hawkins J.W., Mammerichx J. and Chace C.G., 1972. Crustal extension between the Tonga and Lau Ridges: petrologic and geophysical evidence. Geol. Soc. Am. Bull., 83 (2): 505-517.
– Holmes A., 1965. Principles of Physical Geology. Nelson, London, 1288 pp.
– Upton E.C.J., 1967. Alkaline pyroxenites. In: P.I.Willies (Ed.). Ultramafi and related rocks, Wiley, New York, p. 281-288.



  • At submission, all line-drawings and photographs need to be included at the end of the pdf version of the manuscript.
  • For review purposes, the illustrations must be clearly legible and relatively easy to handle.
  • The authors will be asked to send original electronic versions to the Executive Editor only when the manuscript is accepted.
  • All illustrations should be numbered.
  • All illustrations -- whether line drawings or photographs -- are termed ‘figures’.
  • Tables and photograph plates must have a separated numeration.
  • Captions must be typed on a separate sheet.

File format

  • We prefer TIFF, JPEG, or native files for line drawings and TIFF or JPEG files (at least 300 dpi) for photographs and micro-photographs.
  • Pattern and screens: Avoid using dot screens and gray shades if possible, when dot screens are scanned dropouts or moiré patterns often occur.
  • If they are essential to the understanding of the figure try to make them coarse and use patterns instead of dot screens
  • The pattern should look like dots and not appear as uniform gray at the final publication scale.
  • If you use a dot screen it must be between 20% and 80% and a difference of at least 30% must be used between two adjacent dot screen fields.
  • Avoid fine lines and hairlines, preferably no finer than 1 pt.

Figure size

  • Digital images must be dimensioned using the figure's final size, at least.
  • All illustrations should fit the width of a column (85 mm), two-thirds of a page (120 mm, with vertically aligned caption), or a full-page (180 mm).

Other tips

  • Subpanels of multipanel figures should be labeled with lower-case roman letters, (a), (b) etc.
  • Avoid mixing typefaces and style of figures within the same paper. Plan all type sizes large enough so that the smallest letters will be at least 1.5 mm tall after reduction.
  • Bar scales are preferred to numerical scales.
  • Calibrate graphic scales in metric units.
  • Indicate latitude and longitude on maps.
  • Where necessary, mark the top.
  • All lettering on illustrations must be drafted, not typed, or handwritten. Composite Photo plates must be mounted on a surface (max.180 x 250 mm).
  • Tables must be typed on separate sheets (as .xls excel files) and be as short as possible. They should be self-explanatory and should supplement, not duplicate the text.

Color images

Color illustrations will be accepted without additional fees for the online version. For color reproduction in print, extra costs are required. When you resubmit the final version please indicate your preference for color: in print or online only. In the latter case please check that the different grey patterns can be distinguished in the black and white printed version.

Review process

Submitted articles must be anonymous. Please ensure that all references to authors, including those in file properties, are erased from the submission. Not-anonymous submissions will result in desk rejection.
The submission will undergo a double-blind review process that may take up to 12 weeks.

Editorial process and proofreading

  • Authors are encouraged to submit the final text, figures and tables by email to the Executive Editor of Ofioliti (Alessandra Montanini, email: ofioliti@edizioniets.com
  • It is recommended that the Authors provide the final version of the text preferably in Microsoft WORD for DOS or MacOsX.
  • Information about file identification, operating system, version of WORD processing is also required.
  • As with the requirements for the manuscript, the main text, list of references, table and figure captions should be stored in separate text files with clear file names.
  • The Associate Editors have the right to introduce minor language corrections to the final version of the manuscript. A pdf proof version of your paper will be sent to the corresponding author, to be checked for the typesetting/editing.
  • The Authors are not expected to make changes or corrections that constitute departures from the paper in its accepted form.
  • A pdf proof version of the Article will be sent to the corresponding author, to be checked for the typesetting/editing. Proofs must be returned within 3 days by e-mail to the address info@edizioniets.com or uploaded on this website in the Production stage.
  • Ofioliti will do everything possible to get your paper corrected and published as quickly and accurately as possible. Therefore it is important to ensure that all of your correction are sent back to us in one communication.

Article publication charges and reprints

In order to keep this an open-access journal, authors are asked to contribute to the Journal publication with 100€.

• The reprints cost is not included and it depends on the page numbers of the paper. If you would like to purchase reprints of your article please fill the “offprint order form” that will be sent you by ETS with the proof of your article.
• Color illustrations and double (folded) figures will be accepted; however, the authors will be expected to make a contribution to extra costs.
• The print fees, reprints cost, and the extra costs must be paid using the Authors Fees section on this website (right column of the Home Page).

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