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The article types accepted for submission in Clay Minerals are as follows:
|Article type||Description||Funding notes|
|Article||Original experimental and theoretical work representing a significant development in the field.||This article type is covered by transformative agreements. Check your eligibility for transformative agreements here.|
|Short paper||A preliminary account of original and significant work of immediate interest.||This article type is covered by transformative agreements. Check your eligibility for transformative agreements here.|
|Review Article||A critical evaluation of the existing state of knowledge of a particular facet of clay minerals. Original work may be included.||This article type is covered by transformative agreements. Check your eligibility for transformative agreements here.|
|Comment/Reply||A medium for the discussion and exchange of scientific opinions between authors and readers concerning material published in Clay Minerals.||This article type is not covered by transformative agreements.|
|Book Review||A one- or two-page introduction to and comment on a recently published book in the field.||This article type is not covered by transformative agreements.|
Preparation of manuscripts
Each manuscript (including text, references, tables, figures, captions) must be submitted as an editable MS-Word file. Double spacing should be used with margins of 4 cm at the top, sides and foot of each page.
Include line numbers in your manuscript. These should run consecutively from one page to the next. They make it easier for the editors and reviewers to note items to which they wish to draw the authors’ attention.
Tables, figures, legends and the reference list should be on separate pages.
Figures and tables should be kept to a minimum, while providing all necessary data to describe results and support conclusions. Authors should use footnotes to the tables to provide ancillary information rather than adding such text to the title. Figures: (i) Line art should be black on a white background. Lettering should be in Times New Roman or Helvetica and of appropriate size to be legible after size reduction for publication. Italic or bold characters should be avoided. Adjacent grey scales should differ by at least 20% to ensure sufficient contrast. (ii) The standard of all figures must be equivalent to that of a professional draftsman or photographer. Unsatisfactory diagrams will be returned for redrafting and this will result in a delay in publication. (iii) Where it is not possible to submit figures electronically, they should be presented on a high-gloss art paper or board. For an example of carefully produced artwork, please see the paper by Morata et al. (2001) Clay Minerals, 36, 345–354.
Authors should use footnotes to the tables to provide ancillary information rather than adding such text to the title. Data in tables should not be repeated from the literature unless they are from “inaccessible” journals and/or are discussed in the text in conjunction with novel data. It might be appropriate for papers on rare or obscure minerals to include a concise summary of available data.
Submission of final manuscripts
MS-Word is the preferred format for the text and tables. Acceptable formats for figures are Adobe Illustrator, Corel Draw, Tiff, Bit Map or Encapsulated Post-script. When exporting to EPS, all objects should be selected and then exported using 'selected only'. Do not submit digital figures embedded in text files.
Please see the manuscript template which follows.
Authors are presented with a range of choices relating to copyright at the time of acceptance of their paper. Please read these options carefully.
All authors must include a competing interest declaration in their main manuscript file. This declaration will be subject to editorial review and may be published in the article.
Competing interests are situations that could be perceived to exert an undue influence on the content or publication of an author’s work. They may include, but are not limited to, financial, professional, contractual or personal relationships or situations.
If the manuscript has multiple authors, the author submitting must include competing interest declarations relevant to all contributing authors.
Example wording for a declaration is as follows: “Competing interests: Author 1 is employed at organisation A, Author 2 is on the Board of company B and is a member of organisation C. Author 3 has received grants from company D.” If no competing interests exist, the declaration should state “Competing interests: The author(s) declare none”.
English language editing services
Authors, particularly those whose first language is not English, may wish to have their English-language manuscripts checked by a native speaker before submission. This step is optional, but may help to ensure that the academic content of the paper is fully understood by the Editor and any reviewers.
In order to help prospective authors to prepare for submission and to reach their publication goals, Cambridge University Press offers a range of high-quality manuscript preparation services – including language editing – delivered in partnership with American Journal Experts. You can find out more on our Language Services page.
Please note that the use of any of these services is voluntary, and at the author's own expense. Use of these services does not guarantee that the manuscript will be accepted for publication, nor does it restrict the author to submitting to a Cambridge-published journal.
MANUSCRIPT TEMPLATE FOR CLAY MINERALS
Dissolution of mineral x by nitric acid solutions at different pH
Title in upper and lower case with caps for significant words only
K. Murphy1, G. Christidis2 and R. Smith1,*
Author names with forenames or initials, separated by commas. Addresses indicated by superscripted number.
1 Mineralogical Society, 8-12 Baylis Mews, Amyand Park Road, Twickenham TW1 3HQ, UK
2 Technical University of Crete, School of Mineral Resources Engineering Chania, 73100 Greece
3 Mineralogical Society, 8-12 Baylis Mews, Amyand Park Road, Twickenham TW1 3HQ, UK
Addresses in italic, numbers used to match affiliations above
[Received: xx xxxx 2015; revised: xx xxxx 2016; Associate Editor: D. Bish]
Include this information in so far as it is available to you.
Running head: Dissolution of the mineral x structure
It is better if the author chooses the running head. It must fit on a single line across less than two columns. Use no more than 75 characters.
Leave a space for the DOI
Make sure to include a current email address which is checked regularly. This is the address that will be used for correspondence and will be published if your manuscript is accepted.
ABSTRACT: The dissolution of mineral x was investigated with the aim of revealing the effect of pH on its structure. Mineral x becomes more soluble at lower pH, with the octahedral, brucite sheet more readily dissolved than the tetrahedral sheet. The dissolution of the brucite sheet increases the pH of the solvent, because of the release of OH− groups along with the Mg2+ ions. At pH 2.00, the characteristic cylindrical fibre bundle structure of mineral x is retained after dissolution, although the outside surface of each fiber becomes rough. Mineral x remains fibrous upon dissolution at pH 1.08, but the fibers are no longer crystalline and their cylindrical structure collapses. The nitric acid treatments result in an increase in both the specific surface area and the pore volume of mineral x.
The first sentence or two of the abstract should state the problem being addressed and your objective. In addition, it must include, in condensed form, a statement of the essential ideas and results to follow. You should note the materials and methods used, key observations, and list the main conclusions. The abstract should be no more than 350 words long.
Keywords: mineral x, dissolution, layer silicate, pH.
Keywords: Add 6–8 keywords, separated by commas, with a full stop at the end.
Mineral X is a naturally occurring fibrous hydrated magnesium layer silicate mineral. It forms as a secondary mineral resulting from the alteration of magnesium silicates, especially olivine, pyroxene, and amphibole. Mineral x, the idealized chemical formula of which is Mg3Si2O5(OH)4, consists of octahedral sheets of magnesium hydroxide (brucite) covalently
Citations should be in the form: “Murphy (2015)” or “(Murphy, 2015)” or “Murphy & Smith (2016)” or “(Murphy & Smith, 2016)” or “Murphy et al. (2017)” or “(Murphy et al., 2017)”.
Please use mineral abbreviations and associated symbols that are consistent with the recommendations and listing of Warr (2020). Mixed-layered clay minerals should be listed using a hyphen to separate the phase components e.g. Illite-smectite is symbolized as Ilt-Sme.
This journal uses three levels of subheading:
Level 3. For this level of heading, the text follows on the same line after the full stop.
Typical Level 1 headings are
RESULTS AND DISCUSSION
Anbalagan G., Sivakumar G., Prabakaran S. & Gunasekaran S. (2010) Spectroscopic characterization of natural mineral x. Vibrational Spectroscopy, 52, 122–127.
This is a typical reference to a paper from a journal. Note that commas are not used after surnames, "&" is used rather than “and”, the journal title is given in italic, followed by a comma, followed by the volume number in bold, followed by a page range with a long hyphen (n-rule) in the middle.
Belver C., Bañares Muñoz A.B. & Vicente M.A. (2002) Chemical activation of a kaolinite under acid and alkaline conditions. Chemistry of Materials, 14, 2033–2043.
Brindley G.W. & Brown G., editors (1980) Crystal Structure of Clay Minerals and their X-ray Identification. Mineralogical Society, London, UK, 504 pp.
This is a typical reference to a book. Note that commas are not used after surnames, "&" is used rather than “and”. The book title is given in italics with sentence case for all words. The number of pages is given after the publisher details (name, city, country).
Mering J. & Oberlin A. (1977) The smectites. Pp. 193–229 in: The Electron Optical Investigation of Clays (J.A. Gard, editor). Mineralogical Society, London.
This is a typical reference to a chapter from an edited book. Note that commas are not used after surnames, "&" is used rather than “and”. The chapter title is given in roman, followed by the page range (long hyphen (n-rule) in the middle) followed by “in:” and then the book title (caps for all significant terms) and then, in parentheses, the name(s) of the editor(s). Then, after a full stop, give the name and location (city+country) of the publisher.
Whittle C.K. (1985) Analytical transmission electron microscopy of authigenic chlorites. PhD thesis, University of Sheffield, UK.
Theses and restricted-access reports may be cited but full details are necessary. Title in italic, type of document, location (institution, city, country)
Order of References
First, papers by single author in chronological order
Then papers by that author with a single co-author, in alphabetical order of the co-author.
Then papers by that author with two or more co-authors in chronological order.
Churchman G.J. (1970) Interlayer water in halloysite. Unpublished PhD thesis lodged in the Library, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.
Churchman G.J. (1990) Relevance of different intercalation tests for distinguishing halloysite from kaolinite in soils. Clays and Clay Minerals, 38, 591–599.
Churchman G.J. (2000) The alteration and formation of soil minerals by weathering. Pp. F3–F76 in: Handbook of Soil Science (M.E. Sumner, editor). CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, USA.
Churchman G. J. (2009) Halloysite: are we there yet? Book of Abstracts, XIV International Clay Conference, Italy, 2009, 1, 340.
Churchman G.J. (2015) The identification and nomenclature of halloysite (a historical perspective). Pp. 51–67 in: Natural Mineral Nanotubes (P. Pasbakhsh & G.J. Churchman, editors). Apple Academic Press, Oakville, Canada.
Churchman G.J. & Carr R.M. (1975) The definition and nomenclature of halloysites. Clays and Clay Minerals, 23, 382–388.
Churchman G.J. & Gilkes R.J. (1989) Recognition of intermediates in the possible transformation of halloysite to kaolinite. Clay Minerals, 24, 579–590.
Churchman G.J. & Lowe, D.J. 2012. Alteration, formation and occurrence of minerals in soils. Pp. 20.1–20.72 in: Handbook of Soil Sciences. Properties and Processes, 2nd edition (P.M. Huang, Y. Li & M.E. Sumner, editors). CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, USA.
Churchman G.J. & Lowe D.J. (2014) Clay minerals in South Australian Holocene basaltic volcanogenic soils and implications for halloysite genesis and structure. Pp. 3–6 in: Proceedings of the 23rd Biennial Australian Clay Minerals Society Conference, University of Western Australia, Perth (R. Gilkes, editor).
Churchman G.J. & Pasbakhsh P. (2015) Current trends in research and application of natural mineral nanotubes. Pp. 481–488 in: Natural Mineral Nanotubes (P. Pasbakhsh & G.J. Churchman, editors). Apple Academic Press, Oakville, Canada.
Churchman G.J. & Theng B.K.G. (1984) Interactions of halloysites with amides: mineralogical factors affecting complex formation. Clay Minerals, 19, 161–175.
Churchman G.J., Whitton J.S., Claridge G.G.C. & Theng B.K.G. (1984) Intercalation method using formamide for differentiating halloysite from kaolinite. Clays and Clay Minerals, 32, 241–248.
Churchman G.J., Davy T.J., Aylmore L.A.G., Gilkes R.J. & Self P.G. (1995) Characteristics of fine pores in some halloysites. Clay Minerals, 30, 89–98.
Churchman G.J., Pontifex I.R. & McClure S.G. (2010) Factors affecting the formation and characteristics of halloysites or kaolinites in granitic and tuffaceous saprolites in Hong Kong. Clays and Clay Minerals, 58, 220–237.
For review purposes, you may embed your high-quality figures within the text at the point of citation. However, please upload the original .tif or .eps files at the time of submission also. When your paper has been accepted, we will not be able to use figures embedded in MS-Word for typesetting purposes.
As an online-only journal, all colour figures are now reproduced free of charge.
TABLE 1. Solution pH values before and after the dissolution experiments.
TABLE spelt with small caps for “able”.
Use MS-Excel or the Table function in MS-Word to create tables for data. Do not align columns of data using the space bar. Make sure that your table is not inserted in the text as a graphic. For typesetting purposes, we will need to be able to edit the text in your tables.
FIG. 1. Extent of dissolution of Mg and Si from raw mineral x as a function of the initial pH.
FIG spelt with small caps for “ig”.
In the text refer to figures as “Fig. 1", or "Figure 1" if at the start of a sentence. Do not abbreviate the word Table. Use uppercase F and T, respectively.
Material that is not essential to understanding or supporting a manuscript, but which may nonetheless be relevant or interesting to readers, may be submitted as supplementary material. Supplementary material will be published online alongside your article, but will not be published in the pages of the journal. Types of supplementary material may include, but are not limited to, appendices, additional tables or figures, datasets, videos, and sound files.
Supplementary materials will not be typeset or copyedited, so should be supplied exactly as they are to appear online. Please see our general guidance on supplementary materials for further information.
Where relevant we encourage authors to publish additional qualitative or quantitative research outputs in an appropriate repository, and cite these in manuscripts.
Authorship and contributorship
All authors listed on any papers submitted to this journal must be in agreement that the authors listed would all be considered authors according to disciplinary norms, and that no authors who would reasonably be considered an author have been excluded. For further details on this journal’s authorship policy, please see this journal's publishing ethics policies.
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