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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

Tittle – A4 paper size, two columns format

Isaline Boulven1[*], Isabelle Houlbert2, and Agnès Henri1

1EDP Sciences, Editorial Department, 91944 Les Ulis Cedex A, France

2EDP Sciences, Production Department, 91944 Les Ulis Cedex A, France

Abstract. You should leave 8 mm of space above the abstract and 10 mm after the abstract. The heading Abstract should be typed in bold 9-point Arial. The body of the abstract should be typed in normal 9-point Times in a single paragraph, immediately following the heading. The text should be set to 1 line spacing. The abstract should be centred across the page, indented 17 mm from the left and right page margins and justified. It should not normally exceed 200 words.


  • Page layout

Use A4 paper size (210 x 297 mm) and adjust the margins to those shown in Table 1. The final printed area will be 172 x 252 mm.

Table 1. Setting Word’s margins.












Use a two-column format, and set the spacing between the columns at 8 mm. Do not add any page numbers.

  • Formatting the title, authors and affiliations
    • Formatting the title

The title is set in bold 16-point Arial, justified. The first letter of the title should be capitalised with the rest in lower case. You should leave 22 mm of space above the title and 6 mm after the title.

  • Formatting author names and author affiliations

The style for the names is First Names, typed in italic 10-point Times, then Last Name, typed in 10-point Times, with a comma after all except the last author, which is separated by comma + “and”. Do not use academic titles.

Affiliations of authors should be typed in 9-point Times. They should be preceded by a numerical superscript corresponding to the same superscript after the name of the author concerned. Please ensure that affiliations are as full and complete as possible and include the country.

  • Formatting the text

The text of your paper should be formatted as follows:

- 10-point Times, Times Roman or Times New Roman.

- The text should be set to single line spacing.

- Paragraphs should be justified.

- The first paragraph after a section or subsection should not be indented; subsequent paragraphs should be indented by 5 mm.

The use of sections to divide the text of the paper is optional and left as a decision for the author. Where the author wishes to divide the paper into sections the formatting shown in Table 2 should be used.

Table 2. Formatting sections, subsections and subsubsections.






12-point Arial bold

6 mm before 3 mm after

1, 2, 3, etc.


10-point Arial bold

6 mm before 3 mm after

1.1, 1.2, 1.3, etc.


10-point Arial Italic

6 mm before 3 mm after

1.1.1, 1.1.2, 1.1.3, etc.

  • Figures and tables

Figures and tables, as originals of good quality and well contrasted, are to be in their final form, ready for reproduction, pasted in the appropriate place in the text. Try to ensure that the size of the text in your figures is approximately the same size as the main text (10 point). Try to ensure that lines are no thinner than 0.25 point.

Fig. 1. Caption of the Figure 1. Below the figure.

  • Captions/numbering

Captions should be typed in 9-point Times. They should be centred above the tables and flush left beneath the figures.

  • Positioning

Place the figure as close as possible after the point where it is first referenced in the text. If there is a large number of figures and tables it might be necessary to place some before their text citation.

  • Colour illustrations

You are free to use colour illustrations for the online version of the proceedings but any print version will be printed in black and white unless special arrangements have been made with the conference organiser. Please check whether or not this is the case. If the print version will be black and white only, you should check your figure captions carefully and remove any reference to colour in the illustration and text. In addition, some colour figures will degrade or suffer loss of information when converted to black and white, and this should be taken into account when preparing them.

  • Equations and mathematics

Equations should be centred and should be numbered with the number on the right-hand side.


               Ts (l,t) = Tg (l,t)                                                                                                  (1)

      Ts (l,t) = Tg (l,t) Tb (x ® - b, t) = 0                                                                 (2)


Use italics for variables (u) and bold (u) for vectors. The order for brackets should be {[()]}, except where brackets have special significance.


The acknowledgements should be typed in 9-point Times, without title.


Online references will be linked to their original source, only if possible. To enable this linking extra care should be taken when preparing reference lists.

References should be cited in the text by placing sequential numbers in brackets (for example, APA 7th). A complete reference should provide enough information to locate the article. References to printed journal articles should typically contain:

Authors should use the forms shown in Table 3 in the final reference list.

Table 3. Font styles for a reference.




References Body

(Initials followed by last name)

Journal title

References Body


Book title, Proceedings title

References Body - Book/Proceedings title

Volume number

References Volume Bold

Page number

References Body


References Body

(In brackets)


Here are some examples:

Ayo, C. K., & Ukpere, W. I. (2010). Design of A Secure Unified E-Payment System in Nigeria: A Case Study. African Journal of Business Management, 4(9), 1753–1760.

Cao, X., Yu, L., Liu, Z., Gong, M., & Adeel, L. (2018). Understanding Mobile Payment Users’ Continuance Intention: A Trust Transfer Perspective. Internet Research, 28(2), 456–476.

Darlington, R. B., & Hayes, A. F. (2017). Regression Analysis and Linear Models (T. D. Little, Ed.). The Guilford Press.



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