INFORMATION FOR AUTHORS

No fees and charges are required for sending and publishing articles in the Color Culture and Science Journal. No article processing charge (APC) is applied.  If an article is accepted for publication, the author(s) will receive a free PDF of the Volume published on the website, a free PDF of the article published on the website and a liberal copyright policy. Copyright for articles published in this journal is under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY), with first publication rights granted to the CCSJ. By virtue of their appearance in this diamond open access journal, articles are free to use, with proper attribution, in educational and other non-commercial settings. Articles are freely available from the website to the wider public with permitted reuse.

The authors keep the rights to further publish their contents where they want and can archive pre-print and post-print or the publisher's version of the PDF of their article with no embargo period.

Submission declaration and verification
Submission of an article implies that the work described has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis or as in the Proceedings of the Conferenza del Colore), that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, that its publication is approved by all authors and tacitly or explicitly by the responsible authorities where the work/research was carried out, and that, if accepted, it will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in English or in any other language. In order to verify its originality, the editor may check the article through originality detection services.

Submission checklist
The following list may be useful during the checking of an article prior to sending it to the journal for review. Please before sending an article to the CCSJ read carefully our Ethical Code, Plagiarism policy and ensure that the following items are present:

  • Author(s) with affiliation/organization.
  • Corresponding author with contact details (e-mail).
  • Abstract.
  • Keywords.
  • Main text: Introduction, objective, method, results, conclusions.
  • (If applicable) Figure and figure captions.
  • (If applicable) Table and table captions. 
  • Declaration of funding sources (mandatory).
  • Declaration of conflict of interest (mandatory).
  • (If applicable) Acknowledgement.
  • (If applicable) Notes.
  • References are structured in accordance to the Harvard Cite them right 10th edition format and all references mentioned in the reference list are cited in the text, and vice versa.
  • Short biography (max 50-60 words) for each author (mandatory). 
  • Manuscript must be written in good English (both American English and British English are accepted, but consistently and not as a combination of these two).
  • Authorization for the use of copyrighted material from other sources has been obtained.
  • Transfer of copyright form (download it) has been correctly filled with the title of your paper in English language, signed by the corresponding author and prepared as a PDF file.

How to make a submission
Before submitting your article verify the submission checklist above.
In order to submit an article you must be registered on the CCSJ website. The submitting person is set as the corresponding author (Primary Contact).
The article must be uploaded in both .docx and .PDF format, must comply with all the instructions and provide all the information contained in the paper format v16 (download it).
In addition to the .docx and .PDF text of the article, you must also upload the images, tables and the PDF of the Transfer of Copyright form (downloadable above) filled and signed by the corresponding author.
The article upload process is similar to that of many other journals. Here you can find a video with instructions. In details:

  1. You have to click on New Submission or Make a new submission.
  2. You have to define the Section, in most cases select Paper. Select Colum if you are submitting a text for a non-peer-reviewed column. The Index & Editorial section is reserved for Editors.
  3. You need to check and click on all Submission Requirements.
  4. You can leave comments for editors in the Comments for the Editor
  5. You must click to accept the copyright statement and authorize the processing of personal data (privacy statement).
  6. In Upload Submission File you must upload all your files. Choose the Article Component (Article text for the .docx and .PDF file, Image for the images, Tables for the tables, other for the copyright form .PDF), upload the files and then click on Complete.
  7. The list of your uploaded files is shown, click Save and continue.
  8. In the Enter Metadata section, possibly helping you with cut and paste from your .docx article, you must enter:
    • the Title of your article;
    • the Abstract of your article;
    • add all co-authors by clicking on Add Contributor;
    • in the Discipline(s) box enter: the topic your article belongs to, choosing it from one of the 12 main topics of the CCSJ available at this link, please enter only the no. and the title, not the complete description of the topic (e.g. 2.Color and Digital);
    • in the Keywords box enter: the keywords of your article (even composed of two or more words) must be entered one at a time separated by the enter key. Don't use commas. Do not cut and paste from your .docx article that contains commas;
    • in the Reference box: you can copy all the references of your article compliant with the Harvard Cite them right 10th edition format (read the detailed instructions contained in the paper format downloadable above), in this box only one reference for each line of text;
    • click on Save and Continue.
    • And finally click on Finish submission to send your article to the editors.

If the article is accepted for publication
The corresponding author(s) will receive an e-mail with the .pdf file of the article formatted within the graphics guidelines of the CCSJ journal prior to the publication. Authors are asked to annotate and upload their edits on the PDF version and to send it back with their corrections in maximum a week time to avoid delay in  the process of publication.
These page proofs should be used only for checking the typesetting, editing, completeness and correctness of the text, tables and figures. Significant changes to the article as accepted for publication will not be accepted. All corrections must be sent back in one communication, so check carefully before replying. Proofreading is solely author’s responsibility. The corresponding author(s) will be solely responsible for ensuring that the revised version of the manuscript incorporating all the submitted corrections receives the approval of all the co-authors of the manuscript.