Dear Colleagues and Friends,
Now that the Lisbon Conference is over, time has come not only to
treasure our memories of the event, but also -- and especially -- to
look ahead and ensure that the forthcoming Special Issue of JRNC will
constitute a comprehensive and flawless record of the NAMLS-9
Proceedings. The way I see it, thatís more than just a professional,
moral obligation. An eventual set of first-rate papers will likely be an
invaluable asset as a marketing device, so to speak, for attracting new
participants to future instalments of the NAMLS series. The NAMLS-9 Publication Committee is counting on each and every one of
you to help us meet the former goals.
Please click on the links above to download a blank review form [ReviewForm_blank.doc], plus
the specific Guidelines for the Proceedings of NAMLS-9 in JRNC [PaperGuidelines.pdf].
The latter document, whose relevant parts for reviewing are highlighted,
also contains a direct link to the general Instructions for Authors of
the JRNC, available in HTML and PDF at the Journal website. I urge you
to be especially careful with the format requirements -- both general
and specific -- other than, of course, all aspects of scientific merit.
Please bear in mind that non-compliant manuscripts, even if technically
acceptable, are surely going to slow down the whole process, and may
eventually be withdrawn from the NAMLS-9/JRNC Special Issue.
Allow me one last remark about format requirements. Browsing through
the manuscripts, Iíve noticed that some of them include colour figures
and/or drawings. The NAMLS-9 Publication Committee will NOT accept any
colour items in the revised versions, only black-and-white and
greyscale. Reviewers dealing with such manuscripts should issue a
mandatory statement for their Authors to have ALL colour items converted
into black-and-white and/or greyscale tones, and the corresponding
captions/legends rephrased if need be.
Please use one form per review, and fill in all fields in each form.
Fields are of unlimited length, so you can write everything you may deem
necessary for your comments/ remarks/suggestions. Outside the fields, the
document is locked. Please donít use fancy filenames when returning your
complete forms. I suggest that you just replace "blank" by the paper code "A###", as in [ReviewForm_A###.doc] or [ReviewForm_A###.rtf].
Word 97-2003 Document [*.doc] and Rich Text Format [*.rtf] are the
only acceptable formats -- [*.docx] or [*.pdf] files will NOT be
accepted. When youíve done with your assignment(s), just send the form(s) to me by e-mail [firstname.lastname@example.org]. Should you have been
assigned more than one review, you may send them together or one-by-one,
whatever suits your preference -- really simple, isnít it...?!
Last, yet by no means least, a word about the deadline (15 November,
2008). Please do your job(s) at your pace of choice, but please respect
the reviewing schedule as well -- and the sooner I get to hear from you,
the better. Do keep in mind that every Reviewer is also an Author, and I
strongly suspect that none of you would like to have your own
manuscript(s) stuck with some dawdling ColleagueÖ
Thanks in advance for your cooperation, and please accept my
apologies for this somewhat long message.
On behalf of NAMLS-9 Publication Committee.