Instructions for Authors
  Journal of Autonomic and Trusted Computing (JOATC) )is an international peer reviewed journal to provide an outstanding channel for academics, industrial professionals, educators and policy makers working in the different disciplines to contribute and to disseminate innovative and important new work in the grand challenging fields of autonomic and trusted computing and communications. JOATC publishes (i) full research papers (ii) rapid communications of important new scientific and technological findings and (iii) timely state-of-the-art reviews (with author's photo and biography) encompassing the fundamental and applied research in all aspects of the autonomic and trusted computing science and technology.

JOATC addresses the most innovative research and development in this multidisciplinary area and includes all technical aspects related to autonomic and trusted computing and communications, with emphasis on methodologies, models, semantics, awareness, architectures, middleware, networks, tools, interfaces, designs, implementations, experiments, and evaluations. In addition JOATC addresses non-technical but crucial factors in the practical applications of autonomic and trusted computing and communications related to economics, society, culture, ethics and so on.
  JOURNAL POLICY: It is journal policy to publish only original and unpublished research work therefore Journal of Autonomic and Trusted Computing does not wish to receive any papers on research work that has already been reported in parts or contains already published text, data, figures, tables or other illustrations or any copyright materials whatsoever that has been submitted or accepted for publication either in a journal or conference proceedings elsewhere in any form, in print or in electronic media. When submitting a manuscript, authors should make a full statement to the Editor-in-Chief or Editors that the research work contained in their manuscript is completely original and unpublished. If redundant or duplicate publication is attempted or occurs authors should expect immediate editorial action to be taken including prompt rejection of the submitted manuscript. Submission of any manuscript that contains redundant or duplicate publication of the same or very similar research work violates the policies of this journal.

It is the sole responsibility of all authors to ensure that all manuscripts are new, original and not published previously in any form any media, shall not infringe upon or violate any kind of copyrights of others and does not contains any plagiarized, fraudulent and improperly attributed materials. Extended and modified versions of previously published abstracts, papers in any conference or journal are not allowed whatsoever.

Corresponding author should provide a clear statement confirming this while submitting manuscript to any ASP journal. Is this manuscript 100% original and unpublished? Has this manuscript been published in parts (figures/text/tables) in any conference proceedings or journal in any media or language or format whatsoever? Is this manuscript from free from plagiarism (including self-plagiarism) and copyright infringement?

Authors must follow this "Journal Policy" strictly.

ETHICAL COMPLIANCE: Research papers reporting animal or clinical studies should, where appropriate, contain a statement that they have been carried out with animal or human ethics committee approval. All scientific studies should be carried out in accordance with the relevant national and local guidelines. Each author(s) warrants that his or her research institution has fully approved the protocol for all scientific studies involving animals or humans and that all experiments of any kinds were conducted in compliance with ethical and humane principles of research after ethics committee approval.
  SUBMISSION OF MANUSCRIPT: Authors are kindly advised to read Journal of Autonomic and Trusted Computing policy and also the uniform requirements for manuscripts submission. Authors are encouraged to submit high quality original research work that has not been published or nor under consideration by other journals or conference proceedings elsewhere. Authors should submit manuscript electronically either as a PDF or Microsoft Word file to the Editors-in-Chief, Authors are highly encouraged to submit manuscript electronically to save time for the reviewing process.

Professor Laurence T. Yang
Department of Computer Science
St. Francis Xavier University
Antigonish, NS, B2G 2W5, Canada
Tel.: (902) 867 5546
Fax: (902) 867 3302

Professor Jianhua Ma
Faculty of Computer and Information Sciences
Hosei University
3-7-2 Kajino-cho, Koganei-shi
Tokyo 184-8584, Japan
Tel: +81-42-387-4540
Fax: +81-42-387-6028

  COMMUNICATIONS: Highest priority will be given to the communications reporting important new scientific and technological findings. Rapid publication is provided for concise and up-to-date reports. These articles should not exceed three-four published pages. No section headings should be used for these short communications.
  RESEARCH ARTICLES: Full length papers that report original research work in the fields of Autonomic and Trusted Computing..
  REVIEWS: The state-of-the-art review articles with author's short biography and photo will be published. Reviews are limited to a maximum length of 30 journal pages. It is authors' responsibility to obtain written copyright permissions to reproduce any copyright materials from other sources. Authors are advised to cite proper references in figure/tables captions of all previously published figures/tables/illustrations including their own published work and obtain copyright permissions from appropriate publishers and authors.
  TYPING: All manuscripts must be in English, typed double-spaced on one side of the page throughout (including footnotes, references, tables, legends) on 8.5" x 11" or A4 white paper leaving at least 1 inch left hand margin.
  INTRODUCTORY MATERIAL: The first page of the manuscript should have a concise title limited to about 15 words and the names of all authors, complete mailing address for correspondence, telephone, fax numbers and email address. Please indicate with an asterisk (*) the author to whom correspondence regarding the manuscript should be directed.
  ABSTRACT: All manuscripts must contain an informative 100 to 250 words abstract explaining the essential contents of the work, key ideas and results. A list of 3-6 "Key Words" should be included with the abstract.
  FIGURES: It is very important to supply high quality figures in a form suitable for reproduction. All figures, tables, illustrations, photographs should be prepared in such a way that they could be printed in a single column size with a width of 3 1/4 inches or 8.25 cm. Use 12 ARIAL BOLD font for legends and 10 ARIAL font for numbering/wordings in figures, use the same font for all figures. Only if absolutely necessary should figures/tables/photos occupy double columns. Each figure must be referred to in the text and will be printed in black and white unless otherwise instructed by the authors. Each Figure should be submitted on a separate sheet and marked with the name of the author, title of manuscript and figure number. All formulae and figures should be carefully drafted and never drawn freehand. High quality original figures and glossy prints of all photographs are required. Photocopies of the figures and photographs are not acceptable.
  EQUATIONS: All equations should be numbered consecutively, with the equation number written in parentheses on the right side of equation. Equations should be referred in the text as Equation (n), where n is the equation number. Please make sure that the equations are numbered correctly without any repetition. Mathematical operation signs indicating continuity of the expression should be placed at the left hand of the second and succeeding lines. Use × for scalar products of vectors and "exp" for complicated exponents.
  FREE COLOR PRINTING: Color illustrations are most welcome by the journal as they are effective in conveying complex graphs and photographs. Free color printing at the Editor-in-Chief's discretion, will provide an opportunity to publish color figures/illustrations in print at NO COST to the authors.
  PHOTOGRAPHS: Half-tone illustrations should be supplied as clear, glossy, unmounted prints. The author's name, title of manuscript and figure number should be written on the back.
  TABLES: Each table must be referred to in the text. Each table should be typed double-spaced on a separate sheet and identified sequentially by Arabic numerals corresponding to the order in which they appear in the text. Each table should have a brief explanatory title, which should be labeled unambiguously. The position of each table should be clearly marked in the text.
  UNITS: Internationally accepted units of measurement must be used. The units of measurement are used in conjunction with their numerical values; the units should be abbreviated as suggested below. If more commonly used units are adopted, conversion factors should be given at their first occurrence. Greek symbols may be used.

%, ºC, nm, µm (not m), mm, cm, cm3, m, h (or hr), min, s (or sec), µg, mg, g (or gm), kg, cal, kcal, in. (or write out inch), ml [write out liter(s)].

The American Physical Society (APS) style guide can be used as a general reference on matter of units, grammar and formatting.
  ABBREVIATIONS: No abbreviations are allowed in the title and abstract and should be defined the first time they are used within the text.
  REFERENCES: References should be in the proper format on a separate page, numbered in the sequence in which they occur in the text. Cite the references in the text as Arabic numbers in one consecutive series by the order of appearance in the text, with the text citations presented as unparenthesized superscripts. Include the title of the article in the cited reference. References should be listed in the following style.

Do not use abstracts as references. References to papers accepted but not yet published should be designated as "in press". Information from manuscripts submitted but not accepted should be cited in the text as "unpublished observations" with written permission from the source. Avoid citing a "personal communication" unless it provides essential information not available from a public source. For scientific articles, authors should obtain written permission and confirmation of accuracy from the source of a personal communication.

The references must be verified by the authors against the original documents/articles in Journals.
  1. Journal article
K. Eric Drexler, Toward Integrated Nanosystems: Fundamental Issue in Design and Modeling, J. Comput. Theor. Nanosci. (2006) Vol. 3, pp.1-10.

2. Book
H. S. Nalwa, Editor, Encyclopdedia of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, American Scientific Publishers, Los Angeles (2004)

3. Chapter in a Book
X. Duan, Y. Huang, Y. Cui, and C. M. Lieber, in Molecular Nanoelectronics, M. A. Reed and T. Lee, Editors, American Scientific Publishers, Los Angeles (2003), Chapter 8, pp.199-227.

4. Conference Proceedings
J. Kimura and H. Shibasaki, Editors. Recent Advances in Clinical Neurophysiology. Proceedings of the 10th International Congress of EMG and Clinical Neurophysiology, (1995) October 15-19; Kyoto, Japan

5. Patent
C. E. Larsen, R. Trip, and C.R. Johnson, Methods for procedures related to the electrophysiology of the heart. U.S. Patent 5,529,067, Jun 25 (1995).
  Do not use the phrases "et al." and "ibid." in the reference section. Instead, the names of all authors in a reference must be listed.
  PROOFS: Page proofs for the correction of printer's errors only will be dispatched to the corresponding author denoted with an asterik (*) unless otherwise requested. Alterations at this stage are not allowed as they are expensive and may have to be charged to the authors. The proofread copy and reprint order form must be returned within 72 hours.
  OFFPRINTS: Authors may order offprints of articles with a minimum of 100 from American Scientific Publishers (ASP) prior to publication. An order form accompanying the page proofs will be sent directly to the corresponding author (*). Please return your offprint order form with the page proofs.
  ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION: Upon acceptance of the manuscript for publication, authors should submit to the publisher a diskette or CD containing the final version (MS Word) of the manuscript accompanied by a hard copy printout to improve the accuracy and speed up the typesetting process. The disk or CD should be clearly labeled with the author's name, manuscript title, the date, and the hardware and software package used in preparation. The preferred medium is 3.5-inch diskette or a CD in Windows/MS-DOS or Macintosh having TeX. We are also able to accept line artwork/graphics on disk or CD if you supply us the source files to enables us to modify the artwork as required for the journal format.
  REFEREEING: To speed up the reviewing process, editors will communicate with authors and the referees via email. ASP or Editors will not return manuscripts to authors and keep any records whatsoever after a formal decision has been made about the manuscript. Editors have the right to reject the manuscript.
  WARRANTIES AND COPYRIGHTS: By submitting the manuscript, the authors warrant that the entire work is original and unpublished; it is submitted only to this Journal and all text, data, figures/tables or other illustrations included in the research article are completely original and unpublished, and these have not been previously published or submitted elsewhere in any form or media whatsoever. All authors are responsible for the complete contents of their manuscript. The author(s) warrant that the work contains no unlawful or libelous statements and opinions and liable materials of any kind whatsoever, do not infringe on any copyrights, intellectual property rights, personal rights or rights of any kind of others, and does not contains any plagiarized, fraudulent, improperly attributed materials, instructions, procedures, information or ideas that might cause any harm, damage, injury, losses or costs of any kind to person or property. Each author(s) agrees to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless American Scientific Publishers and the Editors for any breach of such warranties. It is authors' responsibility to obtain written copyright permissions from other sources (publishers) for reproduction of any figures, tables, photos, illustrations, text or other copyright materials from previously published work. It is the policy of American Scientific Publishers to own the copyright of all contributions it publishes. To comply with the U.S. Copyright Law, a Copyright Transfer Form that transfer copyright of the article to the publisher must be completed by the authors prior to publication of an accepted article in this journal. Authors must submit a signed copy of the Copyright Transfer Agreement with their manuscript.
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