The Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS, and MOEMS (JM3) is a print and online journal that publishes papers on the development of lithographic, fabrication, packaging, and integration technologies necessary to address the needs of the electronics, micro-optoelectromechanical systems, and photonics industries.
In addition to contributed research papers, JM3 occasionally publishes special sections in key areas of technology. Special sections are assembled by guest editors. See the editorial schedule for a list of forthcoming special section topics and dates.
Submit a manuscript
Authors should read and follow the instructions on how to prepare and format a manuscript prior to submission. Authors should also read the journal policies prior to submission to ensure their manuscript meets the journal requirements. The journal policies also provide information about submitting a proceedings manuscript to the journal.
JM3 uses an online submission system. Please do not submit your manuscript via e-mail.
Authors are required to include a cover letter with their submission explaining the significance and novelty of the work, the problem that is being addressed, and why the manuscript belongs in this journal. This cover letter sample (.doc) can be used as a template.
To ensure consistent use of acronyms within the journal, authors should refer to the JM3 acronym list when preparing their manuscripts.
JM3 typically allows only one round of major revision. Authors should carefully address all reviewer comments when submitting a revised manuscript. Also note that resubmission of a rejected manuscript is normally not allowed until three months after the decision date.
Types of Manuscripts
Letter: A short technical communication of significant interest intended for rapid publication in the Letters section of the journal. The manuscript length may not exceed three printed journal pages. This corresponds to approximately 3000 words (excluding title, abstract, and author information); figures will further reduce the maximum word content. A page length template can help determine final typeset page length. A page length estimator is available.
A Letters page length template (.doc) is available for your convenience. Please note that this template should not be used for layout and formatting of your manuscript. It should only be used to roughly determine the final length of a typeset paper. To use this template, copy and paste the text of your abstract, paper body, and references where shown, and do not change font or margins. Insert and size your figures and captions to determine if the paper will fit within the three-page limit. For manuscript formatting templates, please refer to the instructions on how to prepare and format a manuscript.
Regular Paper: A full-length manuscript presenting original work intended as a regular contribution to the journal.
Special Section Paper: A full-length manuscript presenting original work intended for submission to a special topical section organized by a guest editor.
Why publish in this journal?
The scope of JM3 is broad to facilitate synergy and interest between the communities served by the journal. JM3 is abstracted in leading scientific databases and provides rapid online publication and timely delivery of research. JM3 is published online as part of the SPIE Digital Library, accessible by researchers at many of the world's leading universities, laboratories, and corporations as well as thousands of individual subscribers.
- Online-first publication of articles
- Professional copyediting and typesetting
- Free online color figures
- Multimedia integration
- 5 free downloads for authors from the SPIE Digital Library
- Open access publication at a low cost through payment of voluntary page charges
- Voluntary page charges
- Abstracting and indexing in leading scientific databases, including Science Citation Index Expanded; Materials Science Citation Index; Current Contents/Physical, Chemical & Earth Science; Current Contents/Engineering, Computing & Technology; Inspec; Scopus; Ei Compendex; and Chemical Abstracts.
Payment of page charges for JM3 is voluntary, at $100 per typeset page. Page charge support helps SPIE as a not-for-profit society to offset the costs involved in the publication of research results, including copyediting, typesetting, and xml conversion. SPIE journal page charges are kept low in recognition of the fact that many authors have limited funding available to cover publication expenses. Authors who pay the voluntary page charges in full receive the benefit of open access for their paper. Open access papers are also published under a Creative Commons CC-BY license. Read more about our open access program.
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