Cover letter

Submission of a manuscript must be accompanied by a cover letter that addresses the following questions: What is the novelty of this work? Is the paper appealing to a popular orscientific audience? Why the authors think the paper is important and why the journalshould publish it? In addition to answering these questions, the authors should also describein one or two paragraphs the significance of their work and what new information isdescribed in the manuscript.


Highlights are three to five result-oriented points that provide readers with an at-a-glanceoverview of the main findings of your article. Think of them as a quick snippet of the results—short and sweet. Each Highlight must be 85 characters or fewer, including spaces, and theHighlights together must clearly convey only the results of the study. Ideas, concepts andmethods are best saved for the abstract or “In brief” paragraph. Don't try to capture everypiece of data or conclusion. Let the paper do the talking.

Formatting requirements

There are no strict formatting requirements but all manuscripts must contain the essentialelements needed to convey your manuscript, for example Abstract, Keywords, Introduction,Materials and Methods, Results, Conclusion, References, Artwork and Tables with Captions.

Figures and tables embedded in text

Please ensure the figures and the tables included in the single file are placed next to therelevant text in the manuscript, rather than at the bottom or the top of the file. The corresponding caption should be placed directly below the figure or table.


You are recommended to use the NST article class nst.cls to prepare your manuscript. Our homepage has detailed submission instructions, templates and other informations.