Manuscript Formatting

JSR Manuscript Submission Instructions


At your first visit to JSR's AllenTrack, you will be prompted to establish a Login Name and Password. Then you will enter information about your manuscript and upload (1) the cover letter to the editors, (2) manuscript, and (3) figure and table files. See below for specifics.


Manuscript Information


Before submitting a manuscript, please gather the following information. Please use proper capitalization (not ALL CAPS or all lowercase letters) when entering information, as the info goes directly into our database.


1. All Authors: First Names, Last Names, Institutions, Departments, Phone Numbers, Street Addresses, e-mail Addresses

2. Title and Running Title (you may copy and paste these from your manuscript)
3. Five Key words
4. Reviewers to include or exclude

Cover Letter to the Editors

In a few sentences, please state why JSR has been chosen a place to publish your research and the significance of the work. cover letters should be dated and on institutional letterhead.


Manuscript Formatting

The manuscript text should be uploaded as an individual file in MS Word, with black text, no colors or links. The entire text file should be double spaced, including the abstract, text, references, and figure captions, and include page numbers. A title page, listing the authors and their affiliations should come first followed by the abstract and text. Headings and subheadings should not be numbered. Please  add line numbering. The reference list should come after the ms text. For reference formatting style, please see below. The Figure Captions belong at the end of the text file, not with the figures.


In the text, first-order headings are BOLD CAPITALS CENTERED; second-order headings are Italic Capitals and Lower-Case Letters Centered; third-order headings are Bold Roman Capitals and lower-case letters, at beginning of indented paragraph, followed by a period and three hyphens. In the text the word figure is capitalized and spelled out, e.g., Figure 1; it is capitalized and abbreviated when used parenthetically, e.g., (Fig. 1).

Citations in the text should be listed with author name and date, (e.g., Lester 2010). Multiple citations should list the earliest papers first (e.g., Lester 2010; Anderson 2011).

Non-native English speakers are encouraged to have their manuscripts critiqued by a native English speaker prior to submission.


Figure and Table Formatting


Figures and tables should be uploaded as individual files. Beginning in 2013, JSR will be published in digital format only, and all figures may be in color at no charge. Figures can be submitted in the following formats: JPG, EPS, PDF, and TIFF. Please keep file sizes as small as possible without sacrificing resolution. The merged PDF created by Allentrack including text, figures, and tables must be below 9Mb. For final printing, 200 dpi is required, and higher if the printer needs to enlarge an image. Figure captions should not be included with the figures.

Tables can be uploaded as MS Word or Excel files. Please do not upload tables as PDF files. The table caption should be at the top of the table.

Tutorials on the AllenTrack site will walk you through the submission process.
Reference List Formatting
Please use the following examples as guides. Multiple references of the same author should be in chronological order, with the earliest first. Two-author papers are alphabetized. Multiple author papers are chronological. This is shown below.

Fielding, C.R., 2006, Upper flow regime sheets, lenses and scour fills: extending the range of architectural elements for fluvial sediment bodies: Sedimentary Geology, v. 190, p. 227–240.

Fielding, C.R., Trueman, J.D., and Alexander, J., 2005, Sharp-based, flood-dominated mouth bars sands from the Burdekin River Delta of northeastern Australia: extending the Spectrum of mouth-bar facies, geometry, and stacking patterns: Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 75, p. 55–66. 

Bhattacharya, J.P., 2006, Deltas, in Posamentier, H.W., and Walker, R.G., eds., Facies Models Revisited: SEPM, Special Publication 84, p. 237–292.

Bhattacharya, J.P., and MacEachern, J.A., 2009, Hyperpycnal rivers and prodeltaic shelves in the Cretaceous Seaway of North America: Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 79, p. 184–209.

Bhattacharya, J.P., and Walker, R.G., 1992, Deltas, in Walker, R.G., and James, N.P., eds., Facies Models: Response to Sea-Level Change: Geological Association of Canada, p. 157–177.


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