Swarm Intelligence and Numerical Methods

The manuscripts for the Swarm Intelligence and Numerical Methods (SINM) must be submitted online through the Journal Editorial Management System (JEMS). The JEMS helps the authors to keep track of their submissions.  Before submission, first-time users should register in the JEMS. The account will be activated within 12 hours of registration, and users will be informed via email.  Once the account is activated, the authors can begin manuscript submission. The JEMS will guide the authors through the process of submitting and uploading their manuscripts. The manuscript should be submitted as a Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx) and written in English. Manuscripts not conforming to the guidelines mentioned in the Manuscript Preparation Section will not be accepted.

Editorial Policies

Review Policy

The Journal's Editorial Board is responsible for conducting the peer review process. Submitted manuscripts are assessed preliminarily by an expert editorial member selected by the Editor-in-Chief before the external review. If the manuscript is considered unsuitable at this preliminary review stage, it may be rejected without further review. If the manuscript is accepted, it will be sent for evaluation by external reviewers. After review, the Editor-in-Chief will make one of the following decisions:

  • Accept
  • Minor revision
  • Major revision
  • Reject with resubmission
  • Reject

The SINM is committed to the timely assessment of manuscripts. The peer-review process takes approximately 8-10 weeks.

When submitting a manuscript to the JEMS, an author may suggest external reviewers for his/her manuscript. When recommending an external reviewer, please keep in mind the following:

  • The reviewer should be a subject expert and able to provide reasoning for the acceptance/rejection of the manuscript.
  • The reviewer should not belong to the same institution as the author.
  • It is encouraged to include reviewers from different countries.
  • The reviewer should not be aware of your manuscript submission.

Please note that the Editors are not required to invite the recommended external reviewers suggested by the authors.

Publishing Policies

For Authors

  • The authors must ensure the originality of their submitted works. Plagiarism, whether to publish someone else’s work as the author's own paper, or copying essential parts of others’ papers without proper citation, is unacceptable and will incur plagiarism penalty.
  • Authors are requested not to submit manuscripts which are published elsewhere or are under simultaneous review.
  • Written consent from all the co-authors should be obtained by the author making the submission before submitting the manuscript to the SINM.
  • If the author discovers any errors in his/her manuscript after submission, the author should notify the journal’s Editor-in-Chief and supply the SINM with any necessary corrections or provide evidence in support of the originality of the manuscript.
  • Proper citations to other researchers, whose work is cited in the manuscript must be included in the reference section.
  • Any financial or other conflicts of interest should be disclosed in the author’s manuscript.

The Swarm Intelligence and Numerical Methods (SINM) considers plagiarism, breaches of best practices and copyright infringement issues unethical. We take every possible measure to protect the reputation of the journal against any type of malpractice. Before submitting any manuscript to the SINM, the author must check for any redundancy. If any of the above issues are found in a submitted manuscript, the SINM reserves the right to take action. These actions may include, but are not limited to retracting the manuscript from the journal, notifying the author’s institution and notifying relevant academic societies.

Manuscript Preparation

Manuscripts may be submitted using the SINM Template. The author may also submit the manuscript as a Microsoft Word document with double-spaced text with font size of 10 pt. All manuscripts must use SI (metric) units in the text, figures and tables. Manuscripts should include the following information:

  • Title
  • Name of author(s) and their complete affiliation(s) including zip code(s)
  • Abstract (250-300 words)
  • Introduction
  • Main body of paper
  • Conflicts of Interest
  • Acknowledgements
  • References

Article Types

  • Research Article: This work should relate to the original research or any aspect of engineering, maintenance, operation, production, education etc.
  • Technical Note: This work includes the material which is typically insufficient for publication as an original research article; however, it furnishes new research. The Technical Note must be sufficient to propagate the research and should help the development of novel technologies and/or gadgets/devices.
  • Review Article: This work should present a critical review of a published piece of work which includes theoretical illustrations and numerical examples in the field of science, engineering and technology.

File Types
The manuscript file size should not exceed 6 MB. If the text (plus figures and tables) exceeds 6 MB, the figures may be submitted separately. The manuscript should be submitted as a Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docs).

Reference Style
The SINM complies with the Vancouver reference style [1] as follows:

a) Book: print
Simons NE, Menzies B, Matthews M. A Short Course in Soil and Rock Slope Engineering. London: Thomas Telford Publishing; 2001.

b) Book: online
Simons NE, Menzies B, Matthews M. A Short Course in Soil and Rock Slope Engineering. London: Thomas Telford Publishing; 2001. Available from: http://www.myilibrary.com?ID=93941 [Accessed 18th June 2015].

c) Book: chapter in an edited book
Partridge H, Hallam G. Evidence-based practice and information literacy. In: Lipu S, Williamson K, Lloyd A. (eds.) Exploring methods in information literacy research. Wagga Wagga, Australia: Centre for Information Studies; 2007. p. 149–170.

d) Journal article: online / electronic
Arrami M, Garner H. A tale of two citations. Nature. 2008; 451(7177): 397–399. Available from http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v451/n7177/full/451397a.html [Accessed 20th January 2015].

Wang F, Maidment G, Missenden J, Tozer R. The novel use of phase change materials in refrigeration plant. Part 1: Experimental investigation. Applied Thermal Engineering. 2007; 27(17–18): 2893–2901. Available from DOI: 10.1016/j. applthermaleng.2005.06.011 [Accessed 14th July 2015].

Read B. Anti-cheating crusader vexes some professors. Chronicle of Higher Education. 2008; 54(25). Available from http://global.factiva.com/ [Accessed 18th June 2015].

e) Conference paper
Wittke M. Design, construction, supervision and long-term behaviour of tunnels in swelling rock. In: Van Cotthem A, Charlier R, Thimus J-F, Tshibangu J-P. (eds.) Eurock2006: multiphysics coupling and long term behaviour in rock mechanics: Proceedings of the International Symposium of the International Society for Rock Mechanics, EUROCK 2006, 9–12 May 2006, Liège, Belgium. London: Taylor & Francis; 2006. p. 211–216.

All mathematical equations should be clearly typed using a lucid explanation. Superscripts and subscripts should be typed clearly above or below the baseline. Equation numbers should be written in Arabic numerals as (1), (2), etc., on the right-hand margin. It should be cited in the text as Eq. (1), or Eqs. (1)-(5).

All illustrations should be of high quality and clear enough to meet the publishing requirement. Figures with a dpi of 500 or greater are preferred. The figures should be cited in the text such as Fig. 1, or Figs. 1-3.

Tables should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals. Borders are not required for the table; refer to the SINM template for creating the table. All tables should be cited in the text as Table 1, Tables 1-3.

On Submission

TheSwarm Intelligence and Numerical Methods (SINM) offers contributing authors the option to publish as an Open Access Article. If the author selects open access, then the author is required to pay Open Access Fee following the acceptance of an article for publication. Besides the Open Access Fee, there are no hidden charges. For more information on open access policies, click here. The open access fee for SINM is given below:

Open access

  • In open access, the articles are made freely available to both subscribers and the wider public immediately after online publication.
  • Choosing open access does not affect the peer-review process of the manuscript.
  • The open access fee for SINM is 571 USD.

Extra Page Charges (Not Applicable for Open Access)

For subscription-based articles, manuscripts of 10 pages (research/review papers) or 6 pages (technical notes) will not be charged any fee. Submissions of more than 10 pages or 6 pages (respectively) will be charged 55 USD for each extra page. To easily keep track of the number of pages of the submission, authors can use theSINM template.

After Acceptance

Upon acceptance of any article in the SINM, the author will receive an acceptance notification email with a copyright form attached. The author is required to get the copyright form signed by all co-authors and send the scanned copy back to the Editorial Office for further processing. Upon successful completion of this process, a proof will be made available to the author for a final check prior to publication. The author can then proofread the manuscript and check for the typesetting, conversion errors and the accuracy of the text, figures and tables. Changes in the content of the submission after acceptance are not allowed without the Editor’s approval.

To download the SINM Template, Click Here.

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[1]  Vancouver Style

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