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Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for Journal of South Carolina Water Resources

This page provides details on formatting and style guidelines for initial submission. The journal does follow the Council of Science Editors (CSE) style guide, but final copyediting and typesetting services will be provided for the accepted articles

Basic templates are available for Full Research Articles and Short Communications.

Text

Please use line numbering and 10.5-point font size, Times New Roman font style. No specific margin measurements are required but authors are encouraged to use only one column for the body of their text and double-space the lines.

Organization

Section headings (major, minor, and sub headings) are used appropriately to organize the text and make it "reader friendly".

Abstract: Short abstract (450 words or less) summarizes the article’s purpose, conclusions and main contribution to water management.
Most (but not all) articles will include these major headings:

Introduction: The Introduction does the following:
  1. states the article’s purpose and intended contribution,
  2. points out its importance, relevance and usefulness for water resources management in South Carolina, and
  3. explains who needs this information and why.

Background and Related Work: Sufficient background information about the topic is given. The key issues or questions are pointed out. Related work is mentioned. Current knowledge about the issue is briefly summarized or referenced. Hypotheses, alternatives or approaches considered by others are mentioned.

Project Objectives / Goal

Methods: The research/study methods and analysis procedure are briefly but adequately described. Common methods are just referenced.

Results: Data and conclusions are presented clearly. Reasons for reaching these conclusions are given.

Discussion: Implications of the conclusions are discussed. (Could consider the implications regarding administration, management, economic impact, financing, culture, law, education, quality of life, ethics, etc) sustainability, new technology, etc.)

Recommendations: (may be combined with Discussion) What should be done next and by whom?

Acknowledgments: Recognize key assistance you may have received.

Literature Cited:The formatting for the references in the Literature Cited list follows the CSE style guide. References are cited by author and date (Jones 1983) in the text, and they are listed alphabetically with complete information in the Literature Cited section at the end of the article.

A helpful online resource that can generate citations in the CSE format is www.citationmachine.net/council-of-science-editors-author-date.

Example of a Literature cited format using CSE (author year) for a journal article:
Author(s). Date. Article title. Journal title. Volume(issue): location.

Benke AC, Henry III RL, Gillespie DM, Hunter RJ. 1985 Importance of snag habitat for animal production in southeastern streams. Fisheries. 10:87-91.

Figures and Tables

  • Figure and table captions are right justified, the figure and table number are typed in bold, and the following caption has only the first word capitalized and a period at the end.
  • Figure captions are located BELOW the figure, while table captions are located ABOVE the table.
  • PLEASE PROVIDE SEPARATE FILES FOR TABLES AND FIGURES WHEN SUBMITTING YOUR FINAL ARTICLE, AND TEST-PRINT THE FILES BEFORE SUBMITTING TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE HIGH ENOUGH RESOLUTION SO THAT THEIR INTENTION IS CLEAR TO THE READER.

Common Instances for Miscellaneous CSE Style Notes

  • Use ONE space after a period at the end of a sentence
  • Use the Oxford comma before “and” in a list within a sentence
  • When using an acronym, please spell out the words followed by the acronym in parentheses for the first usage
  • Please also refer to the most recent issue of the journal as a reference guide