This page contains information and guidelines for publishing in The Mars Journal. The journal offers several advantages to prospective authors, including:
The Mars Journal publishes peer-reviewed scholarly papers in three general categories:
Prior to submission, prospective authors are encouraged to contact the Chief Editor regarding the suitability of specific papers for publication.
Published papers ars PDF manuscripts with links to author-supplied supporting data. A two-sentence summary and optional summary figure and caption will accompany each published paper.
All manuscripts and supporting data published in The Mars Journal will:
Authors of papers to be submitted to The Mars Journal may:
The publication workflow for a typical paper is outlined in the table below. Steps in the process are listed from top to bottom. Information flow directions are indicated by arrows.
|Author||Journal Web Site||Journal Personnel|
|Reads Information for Authors and downloads Manuscript Templates||←||(START)
Information for Authors and Manuscript Template (RTF format)
|Prepares "ready to publish" manuscript (RTF format). Uploads manuscript, supporting data, headlines, and preferences||→||Automatically converts manuscript to PDF format and creates online image of supporting data|
|Verifies PDF version of manuscript and supporting data||←||Presents manuscript in .pdf format and online image of supporting data for author verification|
|Submits verified manuscript supporting data and open access copyright and license agreement||→||Notifies Chief Editor of new submission||→||Chief Editor evaluates manuscript for suitability. If suitable, refers manuscript to an associate editor for review|
|Associate Editor reads and evaluates manuscript and associated data. Refers manuscript to at least two peers for review|
|Reads Review Report||←||Review Report||←||Associate Editor reads peer reviews and draft reviewer comments, and then compiles Review Report for author. Associate Editor recommends: a) Publication with minor revisions; b) Publication with major revision; c) rejection. If a) or b), Associate Editor refers manuscript and supporting data to Assistant Editor for initial conformance checking|
|Reads Initial Conformance Report||←||Initial Conformance Report||←||Assistant Editor performs initial check for general conformance to journal standards, and compiles Initial Conformance Report for author.|
|Revises manuscript and supporting data based on Review Report and Initial Conformance Report, then resubmits||→||Revised manuscript and supporting data||→||Associate Editor reads peer reviews of revised manuscript and supporting data and: a) Approves it for publication; or b) Returns it to Author for further revisions. If a), Associate Editor finalizes reviewer summaries and refers manuscript and supporting data to Assistant Editor for detailed checking and editing|
|Edits and approves Final Manuscript and Supporting Data||←
|Final Manuscript and Supporting Data||←
|Assistant Editor checks and edits Revised Manuscript to create Final Manuscript, including DOI registration, volume and page numbers|
|Published Manuscript and Supporting Data
|←||Assistant Editor Publishes Final Manuscript and Supporting Data|
The publication process has been made as streamlined as possible. The work flow allows authors and reviewers do allmost all of their work offline. Suggestions from authors regarding further improvements to the publication process will be greatly appreciated.
Creating "Ready to Publish" papers for The Mars Journal can be accomplished on most modern computer platforms using a small number of commonly available commercial or open-source software packages. See Author Templates for paper formatting examples and instructions. The following table lists examples of commonly available, compatible software packages, with links to recommended open-source tools that can be downloaded for free:
|Operating System||RTF Manuscript Formatting||Image Formatting||Archive Creation|
|Microsoft Windows||Microsoft Word (2000 Version or higher)
|.zip archive creation (included with Windows XP).
GNU utilities for Win32
|Mac OS-X||Microsoft Word (98 Version or higher)
|tar (included with OS)
StuffIt (reads and creates .tar files)
|Unix and Linux||Open Office||GIMP||tar (included with OS)|
In addition, journal-specific online tools have been developed to aid authors in preparing manuscripts. Registered users may now access the journal's web-based Citation Formatting Tool that allows authors to look up and paste formatted citations with hot-linked DOI's directly into their manuscripts. The link for the tool is in the top row of links on your Login Welcome page.
Author templates contain detailed instructions and examples for the preparation of manuscripts and supporting data. For free publication, authors must prepare manuscripts and supporting data using these templates. Prospective authors must register and then login to download manuscript templates. Available templates include:
The templates that will be used for peer review of manuscripts and supporting data can be downloaded below:
Authors of papers published in The Mars Journal retain copyright to their original work. Upon submission, authors must approve on behalf of themselves and their co-authors a Creative Commons Attribution License. This license, which has been used successfully by other open access journals, allows unlimited open access provided that the original authors are given proper credit.
The Mars Journal offers free publication to authors that submit their manuscripts and supporting data online using the Author Templates. Authors may also submit manuscripts and supporting data online in other digital formats. Mars Informatics will format these manuscripts for publication for a refundable cost of USD $100.00 per printed page, payable by credit card or institutional purchase order upon submission.
To submit a paper to The Mars Journal, you must first register with Mars Informatics Open Access Journals. Once you have registered, you must then login to our secure web site. Links to download manuscript templates and submit new manuscripts can be found at the bottom of the User Welcome page.