Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for Open Water
This document provides details on typesetting and layout requirements pertaining to manuscript submission to Open Water Journal. Please email the editors with any questions about these instructions.
Submissions to Open Water Journal should be formatted prior to submission using the Microsoft Word template provided below. Please open the template and copy your content into the template so as to preserve the formatting, headers, footers, etc. provided in the template. You can also use the provided PDF version of the template to help guide you as you prepare your submission.
- Download our Word document template for your submission
- Here is the PDF version of the template including instructions as comment bubbles.
Language & Grammar
All submissions must be in English. Except for common foreign words and phrases, the use of foreign words and phrases should be avoided.
Authors should use proper, standard American English grammar. The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr. and E. B. White (now in its fourth edition) is the "standard" guide, but other excellent guides (e.g., The Chicago Manual of Style, University of Chicago Press) exist as well.
Page limits, including all figures, tables, references, etc. (following the above specifications) for each manuscript type are as follows:
- Letter to the Editor: ~2 pages
- Dataset Descriptions and Software Introductions: ~4-6 pages
- Case studies and Research Articles: 15-20 pages
These page limits are recommended to promote readability of each article and to expedite the publication process.