Instructions for authors

Acta Metallurgica Slovaca (AMS) (p-ISSN 1335-1532, e-ISSN 1338-1156) is an Open Access journal that provides publication (four times per year) of scientific articles in all areas of the subject. Issues are published at the end of the following months: March, June, September, and December.

The Journal welcomes the submission of manuscripts that meet the general criteria of significance and scientific excellence. Papers can be published approximately 1-3 months after acceptance.

Submit your manuscript using the electronic submission system Max 7 days after submission, your manuscript will have a number assigned and pre-reviewed.

Fees and Charges: 1200 EUR

AMS Manuscript Template

Electronic submission of manuscripts is encouraged, provided that the text, tables, and figures are included in a single Microsoft Word file (preferably in Times New Roman font). Here is a template by which you should write articles.

Cover Letter: A cover letter must be uploaded with the manuscript in a separate WORD file that should include the name, mailing address, contact information (affiliation, phone number, and e-mail address), and research interest of four (4) experts in the field as potential reviewers for the manuscript. The cover letter should also include the name and e-mail address of the corresponding author. Here is Cover letter template.

Requirements for reviewers: 

  1. only one reviewer can be from the same university as the authors
  2. reviewers should be not from the same country
  3. reviewers must be a professional from the research study field
  4. reviewers must publish in the world scientific journal which is included in world scientific databases such as WOS or SCOPUS
  5. reviewers can not be a co-authors in the submitted research study

The cover mail should include the corresponding first author’s full address and telephone numbers and should be in an e-mail message sent to the Editor, with the file, whose name should begin with the first author’s surname, as an attachment.

Acta Metallurgica Slovaca will accept manuscripts submitted using the electronic submission system only.

Article Types

Four types of manuscripts may be submitted:

Research papers: These should describe new and carefully confirmed findings, and experimental procedures should be given in sufficient detail for others to verify the work. The length of a full paper should be the minimum required to describe and interpret the work clearly. Reporting experimental or theoretical research within the scope of our journal.

Technical paper:  Providing a rapid publication route for preliminary announcements of the results of current work, or short accounts of new techniques; typically 1000 words in length. 

Reviews: Submissions of reviews and perspectives covering topics of current interest are welcomed and encouraged. Reviews should be concise, not-limited in length, but it must contain minimal 8000 words except references. Reviews are also peer-reviewed. Only as an invitation from a member of the Editorial Board.

Letter to Editor: Only as an invitation from a member of the Editorial Board.

Review Process

All manuscripts are reviewed by a qualified home and external independent reviewers, also members of the editorial office. Decisions will be made as rapidly as possible, and the journal strives to return reviewers comments to authors within 10 weeks. The editorial board with reviewers cooperation will re-review manuscripts that are accepted pending revision. It is the goal of the AMS to publish manuscripts within 2 or 4 months after submission. Single-blind review is using for consideration.

Research Papers

All portions of the manuscript must be typed one-half. The pages may not be numbered, those assigned Editorial office.

The Title should be a brief phrase describing the contents of the paper. The Title Page should include the authors’ full names and affiliations, the name of the corresponding first author along with e-mail and phone number.

The Abstract should be informative and completely self-explanatory, briefly present the topic, state the scope of the experiments, indicate significant data, and point out major findings and conclusions. The abstract should be 100 to 250 words in length. Complete sentences, active verbs, and the third person should be used, and the abstract should be written in the past tense. Standard nomenclature should be used and abbreviations should be avoided. No literature should be cited.

Following the abstract, about 3 to 7 key words that will provide indexing references should be listed. A list of non-standard Abbreviations should be added. In general, non-standard abbreviations should be used only when the full term is very long and used often. Each abbreviation should be spelt out and introduced in parentheses the first time it is used in the text. Only recommended SI units should be used. Authors should use the solidus presentation ( Standard abbreviations need not be defined.

The Introduction should provide a clear statement of the problem, the relevant literature on the subject, and the proposed approach or solution. It should be understandable to colleagues from a broad range of scientific disciplines.

Materials and Methods should be complete enough to allow experiments to be reproduced. However, only truly new procedures should be described in detail; previously published procedures should be cited, and important modifications of published procedures should be mentioned briefly. Capitalize trade names and include the manufacturer’s name and address. Subheadings should be used. Methods in general use need not be described in detail.

Results should be presented with clarity and precision. The results should be written in the past tense when describing findings in the author(s)’s experiments. Previously published findings should be written in the present tense. Results should be explained, but largely without referring to the literature.

Discussion, speculation and detailed interpretation of data should not be included in the results but should be put into the discussion section. The Discussion should interpret the findings in view of the results obtained in this and in past studies on this topic. State the conclusions in a few sentences at the end of the paper. The Results and Discussion sections can include subheadings, and when appropriate, both sections can be combined.

Conclusion. The conclusion should include the most important idea of the experiment, the author’s own findings, possible solutions to the problem, recommendations for further research, etc.

The Acknowledgments of people, grants, funds, etc should be brief.

Tables should be kept to a minimum and be designed to be as simple as possible. Tables are to be typed one-spaced throughout, including headings and footnotes. Tables should be prepared in Microsoft Word. Each table should be included directly in text and numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals and supplied with a heading and a legend. Tables should be self-explanatory without reference to the text. The details of the methods used in the experiments should preferably be described in the legend instead of in the text. The same data should not be presented in both table and graph forms or repeated in the text.

Figures should be numbered and are included directly in text. Graphics should be prepared using applications capable of generating high resolution GIF, TIFF, JPEG or PowerPoint before pasting in the Microsoft Word manuscript file.  Use Arabic numerals to designate figures and upper case letters for their parts (Fig 1). Begin each legend with a title and include sufficient description so that the figure is understandable without reading the text of the manuscript. Information given in legends should not be repeated in the text.

References: The editor retains the sole right to decide whether or not the reference is used. The references must be from verifiable source and preferably from SCOPUS or Web of Knowledge database. References must be numbered serially. In the text refer to them by a number in square brackets [10, 15, 20-22]. Give the full reference in a list at the end of the paper min. 20. There are essentially four types of reference entry: journals, books, conference proceedings and web side. They should be formatted as follows:

Journals: Names of all authors: full name of journal, volume, number (special issue, issue), year, pages. doi (if exist)

Note: if Names of authors are more than 6, use: Name 1 author et al.: full name of journal, volume, number (special issue, issue), year, pages

Books: Names of all authors: title of book, edition, city: publisher, year

Note: if is Chapter of book, Names of all authors: title of chapter, title of book, editors, city: publisher, year, pages, doi (if exist)

Conference Proceedings: Names of all authors: title of article, name (only) of conferences, place, publisher (or editor), volume (if applicable), year, pages, doi (if exist)

Names of all authors: title of article, name of conferences, place, publisher (or editor), CD-ROM (number of articles, pages), year

Web site: As a minimum, the full URL should be given and the date when the reference was last accessed. Some further information, if known (Names of all authors, title, reference to a source publication, DOI, etc.), should also be given.

NECESSARY point: If article has DOI number, it must be included to references part after cited article in original form. You can find some examples prepared by CrossRef.

Doi number example:

Examples of APA style:

Article: Saiki, R. K., Gelfand, D. H., Stoffel, S., Scharf, S. J., Higuchi, R., Horn, G. T., … & Erlich, H. A. (1988). Primer-directed enzymatic amplification of DNA with a thermostable DNA polymerase. Science239(4839), 487-491.

Book: Nunnally, J. C., Bernstein, I. H., & Berge, J. M. T. (1967). Psychometric theory(Vol. 226). New York: McGraw-Hill.

Html: Beringer, J., Arguin, J. F., Barnett, R. M., Copic, K., Dahl, O., Groom, D. E., … & Eidelman, S. (2012). Review of particle physics. Physical Review D86(1).

Conference article: Pliszka, S. R., Greenhill, L. L., Crismon, M. L., Sedillo, A., Carlson, C., Conners, C. K., … & DISORDER, H. (2000). The Texas Children’s Medication Algorithm Project: Report of the Texas Consensus Conference Panel on Medication Treatment of Childhood Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Part I. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry,39(7), 908-919.

Guidelines from internet: European Committee on Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing. (2013). EUCAST guidelines for detection of resistance mechanisms and specific resistances of clinical and/or epidemiological importance. EUCAST, Basel, Switzerland: http://www. eucast. org/fileadmin/src/media/PDFs/EUCAST_files/Resistance_mechanisms/EUCAST_detection_of_resistance_mechanisms_v1. 0_20131211. pdf.

We accept also journal abbreviations. Please follow dots, lines, spacing and italics type of journal titles.

Technical Paper

Technical papers are limited in lenght. They should preliminary announcements of the results of current work, or short accounts of new techniques. Technical paper has the following differences: (1) Abstracts are limited to 150 words; (2) instead of a separate Materials and Methods section, experimental procedures may be incorporated into Figure Legends and Table footnotes; (3) Results and Discussion should be combined into a single section.

Proofs and Reprints: Electronic proofs about the printing will be publish at the AMS website like the PDF file. Page proofs are considered to be the final version of the manuscript. With the exception of typographical or minor clerical errors, no changes will be made in the manuscript at the proof stage. Because the AMS will be published freely online to attract a wide audience, authors and others visitors will have free electronic access to the full text (in PDF) of the article. Authors and others visitors can freely download the PDF file from which they can print unlimited copies of their articles.

Copyright: All papers published in Acta Metallurgica Slovaca are published under a CC-BY licence (CC-BY 4.0). Published materials can be shared (copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format) and adapted (remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially) with specifying the author(s).