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Comptes Rendus. Physique

Instructions for Authors

Since January 2009, Comptes Rendus Physique have only published articles written at the invitation of the Académie des Sciences. Exceptionally, unsolicited articles of high quality and general interest can be examined after consultation of the Editorial Committee.


 


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

  • Please provide your text file in the native format of the software used to create it (.docx for recent versions of Word, .doc for older versions);
  • The text must be presented in a single column;
  • Please number the lines of your document before exporting it in PDF1;
  • Make sure that the layout of the text is as simple as possible;
  • Please do not use the equation editor, because of the risk of incompatibility between different platforms or versions;
  • Note that most formatting codes will be removed and replaced when the article is processed. In particular, do not use the word processing options to justify the text or to separate words with dashes. However, do use bold, italics, subscripts, superscripts, etc.;
  • Note that if your article is accepted for publication, you may be asked to provide high definition source files for illustrations and tables.

 

 

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.

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.

 

Mandatory information

Manuscripts should include, in the following order:

1) the title: it should be short (80 signs max.), 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. 150 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:

 

Length

The recommended length for papers submitted to Comptes Rendus Physique is approximately 50,000 characters including spaces (with an illustration averaging 1,200 characters), or the equivalent of about 10 pages.

This maximum size may be exceeded only with the approval of the editor-in-chief or guest editor in charge of managing the submission.

 

References

Please ensure that your bibliographic references:

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

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:

 

Illustrations

Please:

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:

 

Conventions and abbreviations

Abbreviations should be defined in brackets the first time they are used in the text, with the exception of standard abbreviations, such as BCS or RPA (see the list). 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 Physique 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 Physique 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 Physique 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 Physique 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 Physique 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.

You can find examples of trusted data warehouses in physics on the DATACC project website.

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 Physique 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 Physics, 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 Physics (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 Physics.

 

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 Physics 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 Physique, 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 Physique 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 Physique, 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 Physique 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). Words for which no abbreviation is given should be written in full).