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Comptes Rendus. Mécanique

Instructions for Authors



 

Preparation of the manuscript

Submission Formats

Manuscripts must be submitted to the submission platform simultaneously in two formats, with line numbering: Word or LaTeX and PDF.

If you have missed files in your initial submission:

 

General information for Word and LaTeX formats

For articles that do not contain mathematical formulas or characters, we recommend using Word (version 5.0 or later) or LaTeX.

For articles with mathematical formulas, please use TeX, Plain Tex or LaTeX, or possibly AMS-Tex or TeXTURE. Macros should be provided with TEX files (avoid DVI format).

 

Word Formats

 

LaTeX Formats

Authors are invited to prepare their article with PDFLaTeX, the bibliographic references stored in a bibtex file.

Authors are strongly encouraged to use the journal's LaTeX class file and bibtex style, but amsart or smfart classes, as well as amsplain and smfplain styles are accepted.

 


 

Composition Recommendations 

Language

Articles can be written in French or in English.

  • If your article is written in French, providing a title, abstract and keywords in French AND in English is mandatory;
  • If your article is written in English, providing an abridged version in English is mandatory. Providing a title, abstract and keywords in English is also mandatory, but the French translation of the title, abstract and keywords is optional.

Any article received in a poor-quality English or French will be immediately rejected. Please feel free to use automatic proofreaders (e.g. DeepL) if necessary.

If neither English nor French is your native language, please have your manuscript proofread by a native speaker or use a professional language editing service.

Authors are encouraged to write concisely.

 

Mandatory information

Manuscripts should include, in the following order:

1) the title: it should be short, but explicit;

2) names of all authors: please include full first names, and include an asterisk after the name of the author to whom correspondence and proofs should be sent;

3) the complete professional addresses of all authors (including email address): to be entered during step 3 "Enter metadata" of the online submission procedure;

4) an abstract (max. 100 words): please avoid including references as much as possible, so that the abstract can be used independently (in databases for example). If the inclusion of references is essential, please quote only the author(s) and the year(s). Please also avoid non-standard or uncommon abbreviations, but if they are essential, define them at the first mention in the abstract;

5) keywords (5 to 7), used for indexing purposes: please use American spelling and avoid general and plural terms and multiple concepts ("and" or "of", for example, should be avoided);

6) the text of the article: it must be typed, double-spaced, and each page must be numbered. Organize your article into clearly defined and numbered sections. Subsections should be numbered 1.1 (then 1.1.1, 1.1.2, ...), 1.2, etc. (the abstract is not included in the section numbering) and have a brief title. Also use this numbering for internal references: do not just refer to the "text";

7) references, captions, tables and illustrations.

 

Optional information

You can include in your manuscript:

 

References

Please ensure that your bibliographic references:

  • Are numbered in square brackets in the text as well as in the final bibliography, and listed sequentially as they appear in the text (autotexts, fields, bookmarks, captions, cross-references, etc.);
  • Are identical in the calls to the text and in the final bibliography;
  • Cite journal titles in the abbreviated form recognized by international rules2 ;
  • Do not include multiple references under the same number;
  • Do not include any bold or italic characters (formatting will be done at the time of the actual editing).

Examples of the layout to be used in the reference list:

  • Article (all authors must be mentioned):
    [1] E. Tuliska-Sznitko, E. Serre, P. Bontoux, On the nature of boundary layer instabilities in a flow between a rotating and a stationary disc, C. R. Mécanique 330 (2002) 91–99.
  • Book:
    [2] É. Sanchez-Palencia, Non-Homogeneous Media and Vibration Theory, Springer, Berlin, 1980.
  • Chapter in a book:
    [3] M. Amielh, M.-P. Chauve, R. Dumas, Heating effects in confined coaxial turbulent jets, in: W. Rodi, E.N. Ganic (Eds.), Engineering Turbulence Modeling and Experiments, Elsevier, New York, 1980.

NB: Your bibliographic references will be reformatted by our editorial teams, so the examples above are not identical to the references you might find in our already published articles.

 

Math formulæ

Please:

  • Submit mathematical equations as editable text, not images;
  • Submit simple formulas, in-line, with normal text whenever possible;
  • Use solidus (/) instead of a horizontal line for small fractional terms, e.g., X/Y;
  • Place exponents and subscripts carefully - so write x1 and not x1;
  • Avoid ambiguous expressions such as 1/2x - so write either 1/(2x), or (1/2)x;
  • Make sure that a given quantity is always designated by the same symbol in the same typeface - for example, a length L (written in italics) will not be called L elsewhere;
  • Italicize mathematical or physical quantities, such as the x-axis or a m mass - thus distinguishing x+1 from x+l, and the logarithm ln from the product of l by n ;
  • Indicate the powers of e by exp.;
  • No sentence should begin with a mathematical formula
  • Each numbered formula must be cited in the text by its number.

 

 

Illustrations

Please:

  • Integrate your illustrations directly into your text and PDF files, in the best possible resolution;
  • Label all your illustrations as figures and/or diagrams;
  • Number your illustrations in Arabic numerals, in the order they appear in the article;
  • Use consistent units and symbols between all illustrations and with the text;
  • Use consistent lettering and dimensions for all original illustrations;
  • Use Helvetica as the preferred font (if not available, use Arial, Courier, Times New Roman, Symbol or similar fonts) for text appearing in figures;
  • Check that your illustrations will be adapted to a resizing on 75 mm width (single column), 160 mm for illustrations straddling two columns;
  • Make sure that none of your illustrations exceed A4 size (210 x 297 mm);
  • Ensure that photographs and halftones have good contrast;
  • Make sure that the characters integrated in your illustrations remain legible even after reducing the size of the illustrations by 70%;
  • Integrate the fonts used directly into your illustrations if the design software you use allows it;
  • Provide a caption for each of your illustrations;
  • Check that your illustrations are all cited in the body of the text.

Please use only royalty-free illustrations in your manuscript. If you use a copyrighted illustration, please obtain permission from the copyright holders to reuse it under a Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license (see below).

If you also provide illustrations as separate files, please send them in the best possible resolution and choose image formats (JPEG, PNG, EPS, ChemDraw, Adobe Illustrator... - note that EPS format is not suitable for images containing text). When enlarged to 400%, your illustrations should not become blurred or pixelated.

 

Tables

Please:

  • Use only one grid for each individual table, not one grid for each row;
  • Align columns using tabs (not spaces) if your table does not have a grid;
  • Number your tables in Roman numerals, in the order they appear in the article;
  • Avoid vertical lines within tables;
  • Accompany each table with a caption;
  • Group all your tables at the end of the manuscript, even if they appear in the text.

 

Conventions and abbreviations

Abbreviations should be defined in brackets the first time they are used in the text, with the exception of standard abbreviations. Units, symbols and nomenclature should follow international conventions (International System, IS). Standard units of measure and chemical symbols do not need to be defined in the text (the format m/s or m.s–1 are both acceptable, but should not be both used in the same article).

 


Open data policy

Source files

Authors wishing to publish in Comptes Rendus Mécanique are requested to provide all the files necessary for the formatting of their article in the most interoperable formats possible, in order to facilitate the work of the editors.

In order to encourage the free circulation of scientific knowledge, authors are strongly encouraged to accept the publication by Comptes Rendus Mécanique of these source files, together with the editorialized files. The dissemination of figures, in particular, especially when made available in an interoperable format and in high quality resolution, is a strong commitment to more open and robust science.

 

Underlying Data

Research data includes all "materials in digital form, other than scientific publications, that are collected or produced in the course of scientific research activities and used as evidence in the research process, or that are commonly accepted by the scientific community as necessary to validate research findings and results" (source: EU Directive 2019/1024).

Authors wishing to publish in the Comptes Rendus Mécanique are encouraged to make all data related to the research work they describe in their manuscripts, and in particular the data directly underlying the submitted articles, freely available.

To do so, Comptes Rendus Mécanique strongly recommends that authors deposit their data in warehouses, i.e. databases specifically dedicated to the permanent preservation, enrichment and valorization of the materials they host. Datasets deposited in repositories are scientific productions that can be cited (in particular when they have a permanent identifier such as DOI), in the same way as a traditional publication.

It is recommended that authors release their data without embargo or after the shortest possible delay, in a way that allows their reuse, with an explicit link between the data and the underlying publication (reciprocal mention of the DOI). The journal encourages the provision of data under open licenses that allow their free reuse. Authors must use the licenses recommended by the repository where the data were deposited.

Reviewers of submitted articles may at any time request from authors the data underlying the results described. Failure to provide this data will result in the rejection of the submission.

NB: Research data should be as open as possible, but as closed as necessary. The Academy of Sciences and the editorial team of Comptes Rendus Mécanique cannot be held responsible for any failure to respect the rights associated with the exploitation or dissemination of the data underlying the articles published by the journal. Authors are invited to inquire about any intellectual or industrial property issues that may arise with their data.

 

Data Repositories

To select a trusted repository appropriate for your data type or disciplinary area, consult the re3data directory. Check that the chosen repository meets quality criteria.

We should also mention Zenodo, a multidisciplinary data warehouse, supported by CERN and the European Commission. The data deposit is not moderated.

 

Supplementary material

Authors who wish to publish in the Comptes Rendus Mécanique may attach to the full text of their submission additional files or material, independent of the body of the article but essential to its understanding. As this material is subject to the peer review process, it must be included and clearly marked as "Supporting Information for Electronic Publication" when the article is submitted. To ensure that your material is directly usable, please make sure that each file does not exceed 50 MB.

However, for reasons of technical constraints, valuation, preservation and reuse, authors are strongly advised to deposit this additional material in dedicated repositories, rather than publishing it as an appendix to the articles.

 


Copyright

Policy of assignment of rights

By publishing in Comptes Rendus Mécanique, authors grant the journal the right of first publication and distribution of the final published version (version of records or version of reference). This right is materialized by the signature of a contract of transfer of rights.

All articles in Comptes Rendus Mécanique (including content published prior to 2020) are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0), which permits the journal to use and reproduce the articles and to create derivative works in any medium and format, including for commercial purposes.

Authors retain full intellectual property rights, and are free to enter into additional, separate contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive dissemination of the journal's version of their article (e.g., deposit in an open archive or publication in a book), subject to acknowledging the original publication of the article in Comptes Rendus Mécanique.

 

Reuse of articles in their submitted and accepted versions

Submitted version (author's manuscript or preprint): any author who wishes to publish in Comptes Rendus Mécanique is authorized to pre-publish his manuscript on a pre-publication server such as arXiv, in an open archive such as HAL, or on any other website such as a laboratory website. The manuscript must be clearly identified as not yet peer-reviewed or accepted for publication, and not containing any modifications requested later.

If the author's manuscript is subsequently accepted for publication and then published by Comptes Rendus Mécanique, the authors must indicate these changes in editorial status, provide a link to the journal and include in the manuscript record the DOI assigned to the final published version.

 

Accepted version (accepted author manuscript or postprint): any author whose manuscript has been accepted for publication in Comptes Rendus Mécanique may publish the final version of his or her unedited text on a pre-publication server such as arXiv, in an open archive such as HAL, or on any other website such as a laboratory website. The manuscript must be clearly identified as having been peer-reviewed, corrected following their requests and accepted in principle by the journal, with a link to the journal's website.

After publication by the Comptes Rendus Mécanique, the article description should be modified to include the final DOI assigned to the final published version.

 

Published version (PDF editor or version of records): the CC BY 4.0 license under which the articles of Comptes Rendus Mécanique are distributed authorizes its authors to deposit the published version of their work in an open archive such as HAL, or on any other website such as a laboratory website, provided that the DOI of the published article is included in the article's descriptive notice.

NB : for a deposit in HAL, you can select the option "I have checked that this publisher belongs to those which authorize the submission of the “file editors” on an open archive".

 

Choose a platform of self-archiving

To choose the preprint server, open archive or portal best suited to disseminate your author manuscripts, feel free to consult the Open Directory of Open Access Repositories (OpenDOAR), a service of JISC.

If you have any questions about the dissemination of your work, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 


 

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1. In the Word layout tab, click on the Line numbers button, then select the Continuous option. For more information, please refer to the software publisher's instructions.

2. Please refer to the List of Serial Title Word Abbreviations (conforming to ISO 4, International ISSN Center) or to Chemical Abstracts. Words for which no abbreviation is given should be written in full).