From the Surface Science guide to authors webpage

Preparation of manuscript:

All manuscripts should be written in good English. The paper copies of the text should be prepared with double line spacing and wide margins, on numbered sheets. Authors in Japan please note that information about how to have the English of your paper checked, corrected and improved (before submission) please contact our Tokyo office who will provide you with a list of language polishing services, Elsevier Japan K.K., 1-9-15 Higashi Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0044, Japan; tel.: +81-3-5561-5032; fax: +81-3-5561-5045; e-mail:


Please adhere to the following order of presentation: Title, Author(s), Affiliation(s), Abstract, Keywords, Main text, Acknowledgements, Appendices, References, Figure captions, Tables. For regular articles a maximum of four levels of sections and subsections is allowed, for Letters none or at most one level of headings may be given.

Corresponding author.

This journal allows only ONE corresponding author, who is the individual ultimately responsible for the scientific and ethical integrity of this submission. All communications associated with submission and review must be from / to this same individual. The name, complete postal address, telephone and fax numbers and the e-mail address of the corresponding author should be given on the first page of the manuscript.


Authors are requested to supply a maximum of eight keywords, preferably, but not necessarily, selected from the structured Suggested Keyword List of Surface Science, and to list them below the abstract. This Suggested Keyword List is published in the last issue of every volume and is also available from the website at Please note that if authors believe an important keyword is not listed, they can use unlisted keywords of their own knowledge of the field, and these will also be included in the new Keyword Index. Detailed instructions are given above the Suggested Keyword List itself. Click to go to the keyword list


References should only be given to published material; references are not allowed to be footnotes and references to not readily accessible reports should be avoided. References to other work should be consecutively numbered in the text using square brackets, for example: "... and Chang and Weaver [1] show ..." and listed by number in the Reference list at the end of the text, for example:
[1] S.-C. Chang and M.J. Weaver, Surf. Sci. 241 (1991) 11.
[2] A. Roth, Vacuum Technology, 3rd ed. (North-Holland, Amsterdam, 1990).
[3] V. Celli, in: Dynamical Properties of Solids, Vol. 6, Eds. G.K. Horton and A.A. Maradudin (North-Holland, Amsterdam, 1990) p. 337.
[4] C.B. Duke (Ed.), Surface Science: The First Thirty Years (North-Holland, Amsterdam, 1994).


In the case of multiple authorship all authors should be listed in the references provided they number less than ten. Only in the case of more than 10 authors is "first author et al." acceptable.


Footnotes should be consecutively numbered. They will appear on the page of text they are referred to. They are not allowed as a reference as stated above, obviously they may refer to a reference.

Formulae and vectors:

Formulae in the manuscript should be typed with particular consideration given to characters that may be misinterpreted, e.g. I (cap.), l (el), 1 (one), N (prime); c, C; K, , p, P, (rho); o (lower case), O (cap.), 0 (zero), u, v (lower case), v (nu), V (cap.), H (multiplication symbol), (lower case), X (cap.); (sigma), (pi),; etc. Vectors should be indicated by a wavy underline, and will be printed in bold-face italics.


Illustrations should also be submitted in triplicate: one master set and two sets of copies. The line drawings in the master set should be original laser printer or plotter output or drawn in black india ink, with careful lettering, large enough relative to the size of the figure, to remain legible after reduction for printing.Photographs should be originals, with somewhat more contrast than is required in the printed version. They should be unmounted unless part of a composite figure. Any scale markers should be inserted on the photograph itself, not drawn below it. Colour plates. If, together with your accepted article, you submit usable colour figures then Elsevier will ensure, at no additional charge, that these figures will appear in colour on the web (e.g., ScienceDirect and other sites) regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from Elsevier after receipt of your accepted article. For further information on the preparation of electronic artwork, please see < a href="">

Please note:

Because of technical complications which can arise by converting colour figures to grey scale (for the printed version should you not opt for colour in print) please submit in addition usable black and white prints corresponding to all the colour illustrations.

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