Checklist for writing RMP article

  1. Good figures are very important. Often one well-designed figure can replace several figures lifted from the literature. Be prepared to replot experimental results especially in the light of improved understanding.

    The captions should be self-contained. Imagine that the reader has only the captioned figures and tables to figure out what you have done. Labels (words as opposed to `I' or `x3') on the figures can be very helpful.

  2. Consider adding figures and tables that illustrate and summarize the material. Tables are very useful for making comparisons. As a start see if all your basic conclusions can be summarized in one or more tables.

  3. Please avoid acronyms. There are a very few that are o.k.: RPA, BCS. In most cases acronyms interfer with the reading. RMP is quite prepared to pay for the extra ink and paper.

    Symbols should be chosen carefully. Redefinition of symbols should be avoided at all costs (such as X, X' and tilde X -- all being variants of the same quantity). Again a table of important symbols with the defining equation or at least its equation number could be useful.

  4. Intro and conclusion. The intro provides the essential motivating physics, overview of basic results, previous reviews and what is missing. Conclusion ties it all up and clearly identifies remaining important problems.

Your comments and suggestions are appreciated.
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Edited by: [July 1996]