Information for Authors

General Information

Zeitschrift für Naturforschung A is open to contributions from all areas of physical sciences including mathematical physics, physical chemistry, cosmophysics and geophysics.

All contributions are subject to peer review. Authors may suggest competent referees for their papers.

Categories of Contributions

  1. Original papers
  2. Research notes not exceeding two pages in print
  3. Reports on current research of special interest
Manuscript Submission

Manuscripts, typed using double line spacing and with all pages numbered, may be submitted via e-mail to the Editorial Office: zna AT znaturforsch.com. Please provide a directly printable version of the contribution (e.g. a single PDF file) to be forwarded for refereeing.

Final Version

After acceptance of the paper, the Editorial Office will ask for electronic files of text and figures of the corrected final version. Please consult the Technical Instructions below and provide all figures as separate EPS or TIFF files. These files have to be sent even if the article had been previously submitted electronically.

Manuscript Preparation

The material should be placed in the following order:

Running title (maximal 60 characters) - Title - Authors' names (e.g. Jan Baier, Tom F. Miller, and John F. Kelly) - First author's address (and under a, b, c... differing addresses of further authors) - Address for reprint requests (name with academic title, fax number and e-mail address) - Dedication (if intended) - Abstract - Key words (at most five) - Main text - Acknowledgement (if wished) - List of references - Footnotes - Tables with captions - List of all figure legends - Figures.
Tables, equations, figures, and schemes are to be mentioned in the text in numerical order. They may be placed behind the above mentioned material or integrated on their places in the submitted file.
The abstract should be short, precise, and must be suitable for direct use by the abstracting journals.
Main Text:
The main text should meet the highest standard as to novelty of the material, organization, and conciseness, and should be correct in grammar and style.
References and Footnotes:
References should be numbered and listed corresponding to the following examples: [1] A. Meyer and E. Schmid, Z. Naturforsch. 56 a, 503 (2001). Books: [2] G. W. Müller, Introduction to Chemical Physics, McGraw Hill, New York 2004. [3] F. Bach, in: Statistical Physics of Solids and Liquids (Eds. S. Bayer, C. Stich), Academic Press, New York 2002, p. 338.
Illustrations should, if possible, be designed for reduction to a one-column format (7.6 cm wide). They should be produced with a good quality laser printer and have lines, letters, numbers and symbols of uniform strength and contrast. Each figure has to be submitted on a separate sheet with the figure's number and the first author's name written in pencil on the back.
Scaling of Artwork:
For optimum reproduction, the illustrations should be larger than the desired final size. Authors should pay attention to the strength of lines, for some features (e.g. dotted and thin lines) may disappear after reduction. The other extreme, such as heavy lettering and thick lines, should be avoided. The final letter height is 1.5 - 2 mm.
Color Figures:
Additional cost for the reproduction of color figures in the print version must be paid by the authors. Details will be provided after acceptance of the manuscript. The publication of colored illustrations in the electronic version of the article is free of charge.
The authors will receive page proofs. Please note that corrections should be restricted to typographical errors. Cost for extensive additional changes will be charged to the author.
Reprint Orders:
Please return the reprint order together with the corrected proofs. 25 reprints are free of charge, for additional reprints EUR 0.14 per page will be charged.
Example file with instructions (pdf)

Technical Instructions for Manuscripts and Illustrations in Electronic Form



  • Preferred figure formats: EPS for vector graphics exported from a drawing program and TIFF for halftone illustrations.
  • The file name (one file for each figure) should include the figure number. Figure legends should be included in the text and not in the figure file.
  • Scan resolution: Scanned line drawings should be digitized with a minimum resolution of 600 dpi relative to the final size, halftones with 300 dpi/final size.
  • Color illustrations: Store color illustrations as RGB (8 bits per channel) in TIFF format (resolution 150 dpi/final size).
  • Vector graphics: Fonts used in the vector graphics must be included. Please do not use drawing functions of Word. Do not draw with hairlines (minimum line width: 0,2 mm/final size). Avoid heavy lettering and thick lines. Lines, letters, numbers and symbols should have uniform strength and contrast.