Style and writing guides

Authors wishing to submit a paper to the Bulletin of Volcanology are strongly encouraged to use our manuscript preparation template which is available here:

Download the Bulletin of Volcanology – Template.

Please also read the information in this template as it is an extended version of our instructions to authors (short version available here: ). The template also gives advice on how best to publish with us, including how to obtain Open Access and copyright permissions. Using and following this template can save many weeks of delay in the handling process.

Guidelines on better navigating the publication system are given in the editorial “Guidelines on manuscript format, structure, and style: avoiding editorial holdups in the publication process”, which is available via Open Access here.

In addition, extended notes are available for dates and times here:

Download the Bulletin of Volcanology – Dates and Times

For use of dashes, en-dashes and em-dashes here:

Download the Bulletin of Volcanology – Hyphens and Em-En-Dashes

For the use of because and since here:

Download the Bulletin of Volcanology – Since versus Because

For further grammatical and style issues we recommend The Chicago Guide to Grammar, Usage and Punctuation and The Chicago Manual of Style.

American (e.g., Merriam-Webster’s) and English (e.g., Oxford or Cambridge English dictionaries) spelling forms are acceptable, as long as spelling systems are not mixed. Set-up your spell checker/corrector accordingly, but beware of false automatic correction or failure of the spell checker to recognize a problem. For example use of “glasses” for “volcanic glass” will not be flagged as a problem, because “glasses” is the correct spelling for “two small pieces of special glass or plastic in a frame worn in front of the eyes to improve sight” (Cambridge). However, glass in terms of “natural glass produced by the cooling of molten lava too rapidly to permit crystallization” (Merriam-Webster’s) is an uncountable noun, and so cannot be plural.

Important uncountable nouns in Volcanology and Scientific writing include:

Ash                       Tephra                 Pumice                Magma                Lava                     Glass

Air fall                  Fall out                Ice                        Rain                      Energy                 Space

Smoke                 Snow                    Lightening          Emission

Research             Data                     Information        Evidence             Advice                  Danger 

Equipment          Failure                 Fuel                      Harm                    Knowledge         Machinery

Motivation         News                   Progress And all scientific subjects, e.g., Remote Sensing