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How to Prepare the Supplemental Material for Your Scientific Article

Let us define, for the beginning, what is meant by the term “additional data.” The material in this section does not contain significant information but complements the article. However, to include the additional material in the body of the article is a prerequisite for writing a complete, high-quality work. By providing supplemental data, you can refine your experiment, show the detailed description of paper or draw the attention to the key points of the study. You will be useful to keep a small number of words in the body of the manuscript without actually removing any information that you would like to provide. Some journals will only accept images, tables and diagrams as the supplementary materials, but most publications are willing to accept the other information of a similar nature.

I would like to declare 5 tips to help you preparing a section with additional material

  • Keep in mind that your supplementary material will not be published in the printed version of your article. Thus, this information will be available only on the Internet. So, think about what should be the supplemental data, knowing its future fate in your article.
  • The journal will not format or edit the information of this kind. Make sure that the document provided by you is already well formatted, it has a proper form, reads well in HTML(e) and pdf-version. The fact that in this embodiment, you will fill the log information to the platform so that it will appear to readers. Take care of your audience and show respect to the editorial office.

  • Be sure to use the headings and sub-headings to divide the information in the section “Supplemental Material”. These may be additional methods, additional images, additional tables, additional numbers, additional reference, etc. The illustrations in the article should be prepared properly, for example: “Figure 1. Basic methods of object-oriented programming”, and indicate the source below. If the information was created and developed by the author, so note it on the principle: “Created by the author(s) of the article.”

  • Apply for additional materials, data, tables, and figures correctly numbering them into conformity with the body of the article. Use numbers starting from the paragraphs and sections of the manuscript to which they belong. The reader should be easy to navigate in your study taking into account the illustrative examples and data in the article.
  • Use the links correctly. Attach only that address and refer to the data that has meaning and value to your work. It should be relevant, interesting and useful information. Apply for the list of supplemental data or references in the manuscript, and do not miss any of them. All sources of information should be included in the list of literature / materials that you used when writing the article.

Don’t clutter your paper with additional materials. Let the section takes the maximum permissible amount regarding the standards. Most journals will take 6,000 words sized article (median, since everything is individual) and up to 8-10 illustrations. That should be enough to submit the article in its fullest measure.

I want to emphasize again that all editions are different and, accordingly, their requirements differ too. Some journals accept short (mini) articles or, on the contrary, there are publications in which the minimum number of words must be not less than 10,000 words. Therefore, be guided by a particular journal (if you have already decided on the manuscript feeding place) and, in the case of deviations from the stated requirements, adjust the work to ensure that it has a high structure of the paper, including the section to which we have paid our attention in this post.

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