Guidelines for Publication of Winning Abstracts in PiC

This must be an original article (not a reprint) and you must be the first author. It should be noted that the aim is not a scholarly article written in a style appropriate for a specialized journal, but rather a magazine-style article addressed to a wide audience of physicists. It should be written at the level of a finishing undergraduate or beginning graduate student in physics, and could be somewhat more informal or “conversational” than a typical research article. Note also that, as with any article, your co-authors must be made aware of the article. Thus, when you submit the article, please cc all of your co-authors so that we know they are indeed aware.

Your extended abstract should be prepared according to the following guidelines:

  • The manuscript must be no more than 3 journal pages in length. As a general guideline, the article should be no more than 2300 words (including references), less 300 words per figure included in the article.
  • The manuscript must be formatted for 8 1/2×11 (letter) paper, and should be double-spaced.
  • The paper must begin with the title (centered), authors (including affiliation and email address, also centered) and an “abstract” (summary of the content) of 25 words or less.
  • Use the following format for section headings: SECTION / Subsection / SUBSUBSECTION.
  • Each figure must be placed in an appropriate location and be referenced in the text. It must also include a caption clearly describing its content.
  • References appear as numbers in square brackets within the body of the paper (e.g., [1]), and are then listed at the end of the paper in numerical order (DO NOT use the endnote feature in your word processing package), using the following formats:


  1. A. Einstein, B. Podolsky, and N. Rosen, “Can quantum-mechanical description of physical reality be considered complete?”, Phys. Rev. 47, 777-780 (1935).


  1. P.A.M. Dirac, “The principles of quantum mechanics, 4th edition“, Oxford Science Publications, 1982.

If a reference has more than three authors, use the first author only, as in: A. Einstein, et al., “Can…”.


Two versions of the paper must be submitted electronically: a word version and a pdf version (fonts embedded). The word format will be used for typesetting; the pdf will help to ensure that mathematical symbols are correctly typeset. Both versions, as well as individual, high-resolution (300 dpi) graphic files (.jpg, .tif, or .pdf (fonts embedded)) for each figure and a high-resolution (2×2) or low resolution (3×5 or larger) photo of the author must be received by the CAP office ( by August 15.