Nano-Micro Letters

Manuscript submission

Thank you for deciding to submit your paper to Nano-Micro Letters (NML).

All submissions can be sent via NML submission procedure in http://www.nmletters.org or directly sent to the Editorial Office: yfzhang@sjtu.edu.cn  or submission@nmletters.org.

NML considers all manuscripts they have been submitted only to this journal, and they have not been published already, nor are they under consideration for publication or in press elsewhere. 

To ensure rapid publication upon acceptance, Microsoft Word files are preferred. Prior to submitting a paper, please follow instructions given below.


Manuscript preparation

General guidelines

1.  Papers are accepted only in English. If English is not your first language, you should ask an English-speaking colleague to proofread your paper. Papers that fail to meet basic standards of literacy are likely to be declined immediately by the editors.

2.  Acronyms and abbreviations should be clearly defined on their first occurrence in the text by writing the term out in full and following it with the abbreviation in round brackets.

3.  Manuscripts should be compiled in the following order: title page; author; affiliations.

4.  All the authors of the paper should include their full names, affiliations, postal addresses, telephone and fax numbers, and email addresses on the cover page of the manuscript. One author should be identified as the Corresponding Author.

5.  Biographical notes are not required for this journal.

6.  Authors must adhere to SI units. Units are not italicized.

7.  Papers must be typed in a font size no smaller than 10 pt, and presented in single column format with double line spacing on A4 paper. All pages should be numbered.


A paper should have a short, straightforward title which are directed at a general readership, but must not exceed 50 words, and should not include a subtitle.

Author affiliations

The full name of the author(s) academic or professional affiliations, and addresses should be included. The corresponding author should be identified by an asterisk (*) and affiliations of all the authors should include the full postal address, telephone / fax number and e-mail address. The information of the correspondence author(s) should be given as a footnote in the first page.


This should be informative and suitable for direct inclusion in abstracting services as a self-contained article. Abstracts of 300-400 words are required for all papers submitted, which should state briefly the purpose of the research, methods used in the article, the principal results, and major conclusions.

Moreover, neither figure numbers, table numbers, references nor displayed mathematical expressions is included.


A list of three to six key words is required to be provided directly below the abstract. Keywords should express the precise content of the manuscript, as they are used for indexing purpose.

Those keywords should be separated by semicolons and each of them should be first letter capitalized.


All sections should be numbered with consecutive Arabic numerals (such as 1. INTRODUCTION). Subsections should be identified with section and subsection numbers (such as 2.1. Second-Value Subheading).

Figures and figure captions

Figures and a list of figure captions should be provided in a separate section at the end of the manuscript. Please do not embed figures in the paper file.

Figures should be clear legible with a high quality, of which resolution should achieved above 300 dpi. All figures must be numbered in the order in which they appear in the paper (e.g. Figure 1, Figure 2.) In multi-part figures, each part should be labeled (e.g. Figure 1(a), Figure 1(b)).

Color figures are accepted and encouraged.

Figure captions should be as concise as possible. A list of figure captions must be saved separately and provided in a separate section at the end of the manuscript.


Each table should be referred to explicitly in the text. Tables should be referred to in numerical order.

Avoid the use of unusual mathematical characters or graphical material in tables, since the markup language may not be able to reproduce this. If your table contains such material, it will be set as a figure.

Please set tables as normal text, not as a figure.

Mathematics and equations

Exponential expressions should be written using superscript notation, i.e. 5x103 not 5E03. A multiplication sign should be used, not a dot. Symbols representing vectors and matrices should be in bold font. Refer to equations using round brackets, e.g. (1).

Equations should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals in parentheses placed at the right-hand margin and should be correspondingly referred to in the text (such as Eqs. (1) and (2)).


Any unusual hazards in the chemicals, equipment or procedures used in an investigation should be clearly identified.


Acknowledgments should appear as a separate section between the Conclusions and References sections. Acknowledgements should be as brief as possible.


Identify references in the text by using Arabic numerals in square brackets in the text i.e. [9, 10]. Each reference should show the authors' names, journal title, volume, first page number, and year. If available, URLs for the references should also be added. Download Endnote output style.



Name 1, Name 2 and Name 3, “Title of Article”, Journal Abbreviation Volume (Issue), Inclusive Pagination (Year).

Ref.: G. F. Close, S. Yasuda, B. Paul, S. Fujita and H. P. Wong, “A 1 GHz Integrated Circuit with Carbon Nanotube Interconnects and Silicon Transistors”, Nano Lett. 8 (2), 706-709 (2008).


Without editors

Name 1, Name 2 and Name 3, “Book Title: Chapter Title (if any)”, Series Information (if any), Publisher, Place of Publication, Volume Number, Pagination (Year).

Ref.: G. A. Mines, B. E. Ramirez and C. W. Wolfe, “Physical Properties of Semiconductors”, Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, pp 50-55 (1989).

With editors

If a book has editors, it means several authors completed different chapters of the book independently. Using this format indicates that the authors only finished this chapter of the book. The reference format should be as followings: Name 1, Name 2 and Name 3, “Book Title: Chapter Title (if any)” (Editor 1, Editor 2 and Editor 3, Eds), Series Information (if any), Publisher, Place of Publication, Volume Number, Pagination (Year).

Ref.: G. A. Mines, B. E. Ramirez, H. B. Gray and J. R. Winkler, “Photochemistry and Radiation Chemistry: Electron Tunneling in Engineered Proteins”, (J. F. Wishart and D. G. Nocera, Eds), American Chemical Society, Washington, DC, pp 55-60 (1998).


Patent Owner 1, Patent Owner 2 and Patent Owner 3, “Title of Patent”, Patent Number (Date).

Ref.: A. I. Cooper, D. J Duncalf, A. J. Foster, S. P. Rannard and H. F. Zhang, “Porous polymeric materials and method of production thereof”, U.S. Patent 7, 544-720 (June 9, 2009).


Names (if any). Title of website. URL (accessed Month Day, Year), other information (if any).

Ref.: “Nano-Micro Letters” homepage. http:// www.nmletters.org (accessed Dec 7, 2012).


Name 1, Name 2 and Name 3, “Title of Presentation”, Proceedings of the Name of the Meeting, Location of Meeting (Date of Meeting): Publisher, Abstract Number, Pagination (Year).

Ref.: W. C. Mitchel, J. J. Boeckl and J. Park, “Growth of carbon based nanostructures”, Proceedings of Conference on Micro and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications III, Orlando, France (Apr 25-29, 2011): SPIE, pp 80311X (2011).


Submission Preparation Checklist  

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).

2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.

3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.

4.The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal. 5. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.