Call for Papers to FORMA


Dear readers of FORMA,

As is announced before the style of publishing FORMA has changed from Volume 20 (2005), so that it will be published as a WEB journal instead of printing on paper. An advantage of WEB journal is that it can present color figures and animations without extra charges. In order to appeal this advantage we have modified the contents page, i.e. it provides a convenience to see quickly attractive figures of each paper. In this issue we have no color figures or animations. They will come out in the future issues. Readers are asked to utilize this advantage by submitting articles.
The scope and policy of FORMA are not changed except for additions of new categories of contribution. One is "letter paper" for rapid reports of researches. The letter papers should be submitted as attached Word documents addressed to the editor-in-chief or one of editors. It will be transfered quickly to all editors and quick comments on the paper, mainly based on the first impression, are asked to send to the editor-in-chief.The editor-in-chief decides acceptance (or not) according to these comments. Until now we have three submissions of letter papers. The reviewing of these papers have been processed in very good way. Each of them had responces from several editors quickly (within one week) , many of whom are engaged in research fields far from the topics of the submitted papers. This is a very good sign for future development of FORMA, because many editors understand that it is an interdisciplinary journal and are ready to
cooperate. It is hoped that this tendency continues in future.
Another category is "art column", which is aimed at introduction of artworks and essays on artworks, which however, should include scientific contents in some sense. This contribution is also reviewed by a referee and/or an editor. Articles of this category will appear in coming issues.
FORMA will be improved further in the future with helps of readers and editors. Please do not mind to send comments and suggestions on any problem to editorial members. They are also encouraged to submit papers or other type of contribution.

Hiroki Takada
Editor-in-chief of FORMA


FORMA seeks to publish original works, reviews, letter papers and forum articles, which are accomplished in any scientific field through investigation of "Forms", and to provide a place on WEB for discussion of common problems. This Journal has a unique status in a sense that it accepts papers from all fields only if they are concerned with "Forms", and that it supports pioneering works even if they are not complete for other conventional journals. Articles concerned to artworks or design works are also accepted if they include good scientific discussions.
Its scope covers various topics, such as

FORMA is edited by The Society for Science on Form, Japan, which was established in 1985 with a general wish to construct a Science on the basis of "Form". However, contributors to FORMA do not need to be members of the Society. Special issues are sometimes published containing papers of a particular topic.
The WEB is managed by the publishing company. Its URL is as follows:
http:// journals/ forma/ index.html
Suggestions and advices to improve FORMA are always welcome and should be addressed to any of editors.

Editor-in-chief: Hiroki Takada (Mathematical Physics, Japan)
Graduate School of Engineering, University of Fukui, 3-9-1 Bunkyo, Fukui 910-8507, Japan
phone: +81-776-27-8795 ext.4824,    fax: +81-776-27-8420   

Secretary: Yoshiki Hidaka (Physics, Japan)
Graduate School of Engineering, Kyushu University, Fukuoka 819-0395, Japan
phone: +81-92-802-3529,    fax: +81-92-802-3531   

Roles of Editors
Editors are invited from abroad and Japan, who should contribute in reviewing submitted papers and encouraging their friends to submit to FORMA. Most of editorial works are made through internet. Some of editors are asked to play a role as executive editors, who are involved more in editorial jobs, such as discussion on acceptance of papers. Editors are sometimes asked to edit special issues on specialized topics.
When a letter paper is submitted, its manuscripts is sent quickly to all editors. Then, editors are asked to send their first impressions from the paper to the editor-in-chief, who discusses with executive editors on acceptance of this paper.

Executive Editors:
G. Bernroider (Biology, Austria)
Department of Organismic Biology, University of Salzburg, A-5020 Salzburg, Austria
J. Kappraff (Mathematics, USA)
Department of Mathematics, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ 07102, USA
P. K. Maini (Mathematics, UK)
Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford, 24-29 St Giles', Oxford OX1 3LB, UK
N. Rivier (Physics, France)
Institute of Physics, Louis Pasteur University, 3, rue de l'Universite, F 67084 Strasbourg Cedex, France
T. Tarnai (Geometry, Hungary)
Dept. Structural Mechanics, Technical University of Budapest, Muegytem rkp. 3., H-1521 Hungary
D. L. Weaire (Physics, Ireland)
Department of Physics, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

Associate Editors:
H. Honda (Biophysics, Japan)
H. Kitaoka (Medicine, Japan)
A. Matsuoka (Geology, Japan)
H. Miike (Chemical Physics, Japan)
K. Miyamoto (Stereology, Japan)
S. Murata (Mechanical Engineering, Japan)
K. Nishigaki (Biophysics, Japan)
T. Sugimoto (Mathematical Physics, Japan)
R. Takaki (Physics, Japan)

Advisory Editors:
Y. Collan (Medicine, Finland)
Y. Fukui (Anatomy, Japan)
Y. Furukawa (Crystal Physics, Japan)
T. Hirata (Physics, Japan)
H. Hosoya (Chemistry, Japan)
S. Iwata (Material Science, Japan)
S. Jablan (Mathematics, Serbia)
K. Kaino (Physics, Japan)
B. Kalantari (Computer Science, USA)
K. Kitahara (Physics, Japan)
Y. Kitaoka (Mathematics, Japan)
A. Mackay (Crystallography, UK)
S. Matsuura (Physics, Japan)
Y. Matsuura (Bioengineering, Thailand)
K. Mihashi (Physics, Japan)
K. Morita (Graphics, Japan)
D. Nagy (Symmetry Analysis, Australia)
N. Ogawa (Physics, Japan)
O. Sano (Physics, Japan)
H. Shimizu (Pathology, Japan)
T. Shiozawa (Internal Medicine, Japan)
P. Stroeven (Material Science, Netherland)
K. Tanaka (Operations Research, Japan)
M. Tanemura (Statistical Geometry, Japan)
Y. Teshima (Crystallography, Japan)
A. Toramaru (Earth and Planetary Sciences, Japan)
J. Toriwaki (Informatics, Japan)
G. T. Toussaint (Computer Science, Canada)
D. Ueyama (Mathematics, Japan)
K. Yokoyama (Ergonomics, Japan)
T. Yoshino (Physics, Japan)

Honorary Editors:
K. Baba (Medicine, Japan)  The former editor-in-chief
S.J.G. Gundersen (Stereology, Denmark)
V. Howard (Medicine, UK)
S. Ishizaka (Biophysics, Japan)  The first president of the Society
R.E. Miles (Statistical geometry, Australia)
T. Takahashi (Medicine, Japan)
C. Taska (Medicine, Romania)

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1. FORMA accepts any qualified article, irrespective of the field, topic, or method of research, if it conveys a general interest in "Form" and if it is prepared carefully such that it can be understood by readers from other fields. The Journal accepts the following:
REVIEW (32 printed pages or less): by free submission and recommendation
ORIGINAL PAPER (16 printed pages or less): editing policy remains the same
LETTER (8 printed pages or less): fast review and fast publishing
ART COLUMN (16 printed pages or less): presentations of artwork or essays on artwork
FORUM (4 printed pages or less): essays, proposals, comments, etc. which suggest new directions for lay experts. By free submission and recommendation
ART GALLERY (a few pages including one page with explanation): artwork created with a scientific point of view or demonstrating scientific applications.

Papers exceeding the above page limits will be accepted if editorial board deems that the additional pages are necessary.
Special issues on particular topics will sometimes be published (refer to the next page for instructions).

2. Manuscripts should be written in English and prepared according to the FORMA STYLE MANUAL provided below. The preferred manuscript submission method is to send it via an email to the Editor-in-Chief or to one of the editors as an attached PDF file compiled from a LaTeX(*) or Microsoft Word document file. If the file size is larger than 5MB, it may be sent as a CD or through a file-sharing cloud service (e.g. Dropbox).

(*) LaTeX Style Files

3. Written informed consent should be obtained from parties (researchers, committees, organization etc.) when studying human bodies or human nature. Care of experimental animals should be in accordance with the institute and/or the licensing committee approving the experiments. The consent and/or approval should be clearly noted in the submitted manuscript.

4. Reproductions of figures or sentences from other articles should be made with the permission of the authors of the original articles and the copyright holders (if they are different from the authors). Original articles should be clearly referenced in the submitted manuscript.

5. Manuscripts are reviewed by one of the editors and a referee appointed by the Editor-in-Chief, such as an Executive Editor or an Associated Editor. Note that manuscript corrections may be required after acceptance, so that they match the style of FORMA and can be comprehended by readers from other fields. Letters of acceptance will be sent from the Editor-in-Chief.

6. A revised manuscript received more than two months after provision of feedback will be treated as a new submission.

7. The first proof is corrected by the author(s). The second proof is corrected by the editors and/or the publishing company. Author(s) only have one opportunity during the first proof to correct any errors they find, after which they will not receive another draft prior to uploading.

8. The publisher does not redraw figures provided by the author(s). It is the responsibility of author(s) to ensure that figures are provided at a sufficiently high resolution for high-quality reproduction in the final article. The article will not appear in our journal if the publication quality of the final manuscript is insufficient for uploading. Furthermore, up to three figures must be highlighted as "attractive figures" for the benefit of the reader.

9. For papers submitted after January 1, 2014 (GMT), there are NO publication charges other than for reprints and color illustrations as follows:

·Prices for Reprints (per page)
Number of copies                            Without cover            Not including postage
100                                                     4,000 yen (per page)
200                                                     8,000 yen (per page)
300                                                     12,000 yen (per page)
Each additional 100 (over 300)          4,000 yen (per page)

·Color Page Charge
Price for Color Figs. per page (for reprints):    40,000yen
Price for Color Figs. per page (online only):    20,000yen

10. The article copyrights (including network distribution) are owned by the Society for Science on Form, Japan. However, contributors maintain other rights, such as patent rights and rights to use the article for their own work. In articles that discuss artwork and design work, the copyrights of the work remain with the author(s). In such instances, it is required that this be indicated in the figure captions, for example, "Copyright of this artwork belongs to (Name)."

11. The Journal is published online at:
PDF files of accepted papers are sent to the first authors.

The Editor can propose to edit a special issue on a particular topic. An informal proposal document should be sent to the Editor-in-Chief and include the title of the issue, the editor(s) of the issue, and a tentative list of contributors with article titles. Four articles or more are required for one special issue. Collected articles should be reviewed by the editor(s) of the issue or by referees appointed by the editor(s). Do not forget to record the dates of receipt and acceptance. A preface of one to two pages is expected to be written by the editor(s). Letters of acceptance are sent from the Editor-in-Chief.
Re-publishing of the special issue's contents as a monograph is possible, as negotiated with the Editorial Board.


1. It is recommended that manuscripts be written as WORD documents, with page settings of 45 lines/page, and 80 characters/line. Thus, one page would include approximately 500 words and correspond with the printed page of FORMA. As a result, the number of printed pages can easily be estimated. Printed manuscripts should be typed singled-sided, on 21 × 30 cm (or similar size) white paper.

2. The first page should include:
Category: "Original paper," "Review," "Letter," or "Forum" appearing at the top right of the page.
Title: First letters of words, except prepositions or conjunctions, are capitalized. If title is longer than 40 characters, provide a short running head.
Author(s): Family name is all capitalized.
Affiliation(s): Brief and include postal address and email address.
Keywords: No more than five.
Abstract: Fewer than 150 words for an original paper and review, fewer than 100 words for letters.
Footnotes: If necessary.

3. Headings for each section should be typed from the left margin in the same character size and font as the main text, e.g. "1. Introduction." Leave two blank lines above each heading and one blank line below it.
Sub-headings should be in italics, e.g. "2.1. Basic assumption." Leave one blank line above the sub-heading and no blank line below it.

4. References should be cited in the text in either of the following styles:

5. Figures in EPS, PDF, or JPEG formats are welcome. Figures should be inserted into the appropriate places in the text. Note that the page layout will be changed by the editor Tables may be typed as a part of the main text. Below each figure, add a figure number and caption, e.g. "Fig. 1. ...." Above each table, provide the table number and caption, e.g. "Table 2. ...."
For printed manuscripts, figures are drawn on separate sheets. Include the figure (plate) number and name(s) of author(s) at the bottom of each figure (plate). Include a list of figure captions on a separate page at the end of the text. Placement of the figures should be indicated in the right margin of the main text, e.g., [Fig.1]

6. In the main text, sections, equations, figures, plates, and tables should be referred to as "Sec. 2", "Eq. (1)", "Eqs. (3) and (2. 3)", "Fig. 2", "Figs. 4 and 5", "Plate 3", "Table 3", etc."
Avoid beginning sentences using these abbreviations.

7. Leave one line blank above and below each mathematical expression. Provide the equation number (if necessary) in parentheses to the right. Symbols expressing quantities should be in italic, but functions (sin, exp, log, etc.) are straight. Avoid piling up fractions and suffices. For example, "eak2/bj2" should be changed to "exp(ak2/bj2)", or to "exp(A/B), where A = ak2, B = bj2". Try to simplify mathematical expressions. Complicated mathematical procedures should be included in the Appendix.

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