Instructions to Authors

  1. Manuscripts, as well as a signed copy of the Agreement of Copyright (click here), should be electronically sent to:

E. Panarella
Editor Physics Essays
Physics Essays Publication
P.O. Box 8141 Station T
Ottawa, Ontario K1G 3H6
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  1. Submission of a manuscript is a representation that it has not been copyrighted, published, or currently submitted for publication elsewhere.
    Manuscripts should be submitted electronically only in a PDF version of it. An e-mail address of the corresponding author must be provided. Simultaneous multiple submissions of several papers are not accepted. In the reviewing process, successive submissions of the revised paper and related material must be done by electronic means only in PDF format. Once accepted, a final electronic version of the manuscript, typed in Microsoft Word (IBM compatible) with text, equations, tables, figures, French abstract, key words, etc. will be required, together with a PDF version of it. The electronic versions must reach the Editor by e-mail (as an Attachment).
  2. All manuscripts will be copy edited to conform to house style.
  3. The manuscript, including the abstract, references, and captions, should be neatly typed in English, double-spaced on one side only of good letter size 8 1/2 x11-in. (21.6 x 28-cm) white paper with ample margins. All pages should be numbered in a single sequence beginning with the title and abstract page. Lengthy papers should be broken down into numbered sections with headings and, if appropriate, subheadings. Headings should not be used with short papers.
  4. An abstract is to be provided. To assure accurate and useful indexing, authors are requested to furnish a list of up to 10 key words or short descriptive phrases. A translation of the abstract into French must be provided.
  5. Equations should be neatly typed, punctuated and aligned to bring out their structure, and numbered on the right. Mathematical operation signs, indicating continuity of the expression should be placed at the left of the second and succeeding lines. Use × rather than the centered dot, except for scalar products of vectors. The solidus (/) should be used instead of built-up fractions in running text, and in display whenever clarity would not be jeopardized. Use "exp" for complicated exponents.
  6. Notation must be legible, clear, compact, and consistent with standard usage. All unusual symbols, whose identity may not be obvious, must be identified in the margin the first time they appear and all subsequent times when confusion might arise. Superscripts are normally set directly over subscripts; authors should note where readability or the meaning requires a special order. If there is any possibility of confusion, indicate superscripts by the notation "superscript" and subscripts by the notation "subscript".
  7. References and endnotes are treated alike. They must be numbered consecutively in order of first appearance in the text and should be given in a separate double-spaced list at the end of the text material. Reference should be made to the full list of authors, rather than to the first author followed by an abbreviation such as et al. References taken from Wikipedia are not allowed. They can, however, appear as footnotes. References within tables should be designated by lowercase Roman letter superscripts and given at the end of the table.
  8. Separate tables (numbered in the order of their appearance by Roman numerals) should be used for all but the simplest tabular material. They should have captions that make the tables intelligible without reference to the text. The structure should be clear, with simple column headings giving all units.
  9. Figures should not be larger than and preferably approximately the same size as the typewritten page. The lettering and plotted points on the figures should be large and clear enough so that they will be legible after reduction. Figures should be identified by their number. The numbering should be in the order in which they are referred to in the text. Each figure must have its own caption. A caption list should be provided on a separate sheet.
  10. To ensure satisfactory reproduction, figures must have maximum black- and-white contrast and optimum definition. Computer- generated drawings of high quality are required.
  11. In general, the style of the manuscript should follow the recommendations of the American Institute of Physics in its Style Manual. The editor, upon accepting a manuscript, reserves the right to introduce style changes consistent with the overall style of the Journal.
  12. Submission of a manuscript and its final assignment of the copyright to the Publisher, if and when accepted, shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the Province of Ontario and the laws of Canada applicable therein. The author attorns to the jurisdiction of the courts of the Province of Ontario and the federal courts of Canada.
  13. The author should use this checklist to avoid the most common mechanical errors in submitted manuscripts:
    1. The manuscript must be double-spaced throughout, typed on one side of the paper only.
    2. Number all pages in sequence.
    3. Type title and abstract on a separate first page. Up to 10 key words should be given. A translation of the abstract into French must be provided.
    4. Type the list of references, the list of figure captions, and the tables on pages separate from each other and from the main text.
    5. Type the references in the following style: Journal references: R. G. Meyerand and A. F. Haught, Phys. Rev. Lett. 11, 401 (1963). Book references: C. M. Misner, K. S. Thorne, and J. A. Wheeler, Gravitation (W. H. Freeman, San Francisco, CA, 1973).
    6. Provide notes in the margin to clarify symbols and expressions for the copy editor and compositor.
    7. Computer-generated drawings of high quality are required.
    8. Submit electronically the manuscript to the editor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in PDF format only.