Authors are asked to submit new manuscripts online through the Aries Editorial Manager® http://www.EditorialManager.com/BLTN, where they can track their manuscripts from submission through publication.

Preparing computer files in one of the preferred computer applications increases the likelihood that graphics will be rendered correctly. Success in translation depends upon the complexity of the document. If submitting by mail, please also provide high-quality laser prints for scanning in case translation problems occur. Do not provide graphics in word processing programs.

Low-resolution files may be submitted for reviewing purposes but final files for print production must be high resolution. It is best to create high-resolution graphics and then generate a low-resolution version for Web review purposes. Low-resolution graphics transmit faster. Keep in mind that once the illustration is created, resolution can be decreased but not added.

Submission Formats

Text and Tables

  • Microsoft Word WordPerfect
  • PostScript or PDF from TeX or LaTex RTF

Graphics

TIFF or EPS created from the following supported applications

  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Corel Photo-Paint
  • Corel Draw
  • Claris Draw
  • Deneba Canvas
  • Macromedia Freehand
  • Powerpoint

Reviewing Purposes

All the previously listed applications plus:

  • PDF
  • PostScript
File Preparation

Text

Save text files in their original application.

Tables

Save tables without rules and borders. Do not create or embed tables in the text file. Save each table as a separate file.

Graphics

  • Save graphics files in the EPS format with a Macintosh preview (color preview for color files), when possible. Otherwise, use TIFF (color files as CMYKTIFF). Include native application files.
  • Save graphics at the recommended resolutions for acceptable quality for printing. Resolutions in graphics files must be at least 1200 dpi for line art 300 dpi for gray scale 600 dpi for combinations (line and gray scale) 300 dpi for 4-color
  • Do not use fonts to create patterns within figures.
  • When graphics files are placed into other graphic files, both files must be provided for printing and editing. Please include the final combined figure and a separate file for each placed graphic.
  • Avoid saving color graphic files in the TeachText or SimpleText applications.
  • File compression is encouraged. Use either Winzip (Windows) or Stuffit (Mac). Do not use JPEG or LZW compression.
Graphics Notes/Tips

All graphic files are converted to Photoshop TIFF, or Illustrator EPS format for publication in the journal. Once converted, text and patterns may change or disappear. Fonts may be substituted and patterns from CorelDraw, Canvas, or FreeHand may not match the original after conversion due to differences in the software availability of patterns for printing. During the galley review stage, authors must examine figures closely and point out any discrepancies that may change the figure meaning so the image can be scanned instead.

Media Requirements

Label your disk(s) with your name, contents, and the names of the applications and platform used. We can use (in order of preference)

  • CDs and DVDs
  • USB Flash Drive

If you have any questions about how to submit your digital text and graphics, contact Andrea Sharrer, AAPG Technical Editor, P.O. Box 979, Tulsa, OK 74105. Phone: (918) 560–2671; Fax (918) 560–2632; E-mail: asharrer@aapg.org.