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The Philica Article technical guide

Entering Articles on Philica is extremely easy using the on-line word processor. However, it is very unlikely that anybody will sit down and write a quality Article in one go — you are going to want to draft your Article beforehand, and perhaps show it to your other authors or colleagues before publishing to the public. As such, you will probably use an off-line wordprocessor such as MS Word or LaTeX and paste the text into Philica when submitting the Article. It is easiest, therefore, to keep your formatting as simple as possible when working on your article, arranging the layout and appearance at the final stage. Greek letters and other symbols can all be edited on-line.

Images need to be saved individually on your computer. You can save your images in JPEG, GIF, or PNG formats. Each image must be a 100k file or smaller. Remember that your images are going to be displayed on the Web — keep them 500 pixels wide or fewer.

If you are creating your images using a specialised image- or graph-drawing program, all this should be very simple. If you are used to creating images and graphs using Word, Excel, etc., it is still easy to save these as stand-alone graphic files by Copying the image from your word processor or spreadsheet and Pasting it into a graphics or painting program. For example, the graph below was created using the standard Microsoft graph editor in MS Word. We clicked it once, chose Edit>Copy from the menu bar, and then Pasted the graph into Adobe Photoshop. From Photoshop it was a very simple matter to change the size of the picture to 400 pixels wide and save it as a GIF file…

This should also work for equations and other such objects. It is also possible to use HTML to embed sound files and animations into your Articles (try doing that with a traditional journal!). However, if you do this you should be absolutely sure that the file you link to will be hosted in perpetuity. If you doubt that your file will still be in the same place in 10 years then please contact us with the details and we can arrange to put it into your Philica webspace.

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