Applied Ontology
An Interdisciplinary Journal of Ontological Analysis and Conceptual Modeling


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Roberta Ferrario
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National Research Council
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Authors are requested to submit their manuscript electronically to Note that the manuscript should be uploaded as one file with tables and figures included. This file can be a Microsoft Word document or an Adobe PDF. Only after an article has been accepted for publication source files and separate files for each figure are required.

Required files
After the article has been accepted, the following electronic files are required:
  • a word processor file of the text, such as Word or LateX. If using LaTex please use our LaTeX template and also send a pdf version of the LaTeX file
  • separate files of all figures (if any); see "Preparation of manuscripts" for the required file formats.

  • Colour figures
    It is possible to have figures printed in colour, provided the cost of their reproduction is paid for by the author. See Preparation of Manuscripts for the required file formats.

    Organization of the paper and style of presentation
    Manuscripts must be written in English and American spelling should be used consistently throughout the manuscript. Authors whose native language is not English are recommended to seek the advice of a native English speaker, if possible, before submitting their manuscripts.

    You can also visit International Science Editing offers a language and copyediting service to all scientists who want to publish their manuscript in scientific peer-reviewed periodicals and books.

    Manuscripts should be prepared with wide margins and double spacing throughout, including the abstract, footnotes and references. Every page of the manuscript, including the title page, references, tables, etc., should be numbered. However, in the text no reference should be made to page numbers; if necessary, one may refer to sections. Try to avoid the excessive use of italics and bold face.
    Manuscripts should be organized in the following order:
    - Title page
    - Body of text (divided by subheadings)
    - Acknowledgements
    - References
    - Tables
    - Figure captions
    - Figures
  • Headings and subheadings should be numbered and typed on a separate line, without indentation.

    SI units should be used, i.e., the units based on the metre, kilogramme, second, etc.

    Title page
    The title page should provide the following information:
    - Title (should be clear, descriptive and not too long)
    - Name(s) of author(s); please indicate who is the corresponding author
    - Full affiliation(s)
    - Present address of author(s), if different from affiliation
    - Complete address of corresponding author, including tel. no., fax no. and e-mail address
    - Abstract; should be clear, descriptive, self-explanatory and not longer than 200 words, it should also be suitable for publication in abstracting services
    - Keywords.

    Number as Table 1, Table 2 etc, and refer to all of them in the text.
    Each table should be provided on a separate page of the manuscript. Tables should not be included in the text.
  • Each table should have a brief and self-explanatory title.
    Column headings should be brief, but sufficiently explanatory. Standard abbreviations of units of measurement should be added between parentheses.
    Vertical lines should not be used to separate columns. Leave some extra space between the columns instead.
    Any explanations essential to the understanding of the table should be given in footnotes at the bottom of the table.

  • Number figures as Fig. 1, Fig. 2, etc and refer to all of them in the text.
    Each figure should be provided on a separate sheet. Figures should not be included in the text.
    Colour figures can be included, provided the cost of their reproduction is paid for by the author.
    For the file formats of the figures please take the following into account:
    - line art should be have a minimum resolution of 600 dpi, save as EPS or TIFF
    - grayscales (incl photos) should have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi (no lettering), or 500 dpi (when there is lettering); save as tiff
    - do not save figures as JPEG, this format may lose information in the process
    - do not use figures taken from the Internet, the resolution will be too low for printing
    - do not use colour in your figures if they are to be printed in black & white, as this will reduce the print quality (note that in software often the default is colour, you should change the settings)
    - for figures that should be printed in colour, please send a CMYK encoded EPS or TIFF
    Figures should be designed with the format of the page of the journal in mind. They should be of such a size as to allow a reduction of 50%.
    On maps and other figures where a scale is needed, use bar scales rather than numerical ones, i.e., do not use scales of the type 1:10,000. This avoids problems if the figures need to be reduced.
    Each figure should have a self-explanatory caption. The captions to all figures should be typed on a separate sheet of the manuscript.
    Photographs are only acceptable if they have good contrast and intensity.

    Authors are requested to use the APA citation style. Authors are responsible for checking the accuracy of all references and that all references cited in the text also appear in the References section at the end of the article. This section should be alphabetized by the last name of the first author. Use the following style when referencing an article in a periodical or a book: click here

    Bull S., Brna, P. abd Pain, H. (1995). Extending the scope of the student model. User
    Modeling and User-Adapted Interaction, 5, 45-65.

    O’Shea, T and Self, J.A. (1983). Learning and Teaching with Computers: Artificial
    Intelligence in Education. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall.

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