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Instructions to authors for paper preparation
Please read the following instructions carefully. Formatting your paper correctly saves a great deal of editing time, which in turn ensures publication of papers in a timely manner.

Please note that British English should be used. The authors must ensure that the paper is complete, grammatically correct and without spelling or typographical errors. Manuscript should be prepared in Microsoft Word 2007 or higher version. Word .docx format is required.

The easiest way to prepare your paper correctly is by using special APEM template for authors. Please do not change the header and the footer of this template.
Paper format and layout
Paper size A4 (210 mm × 297 mm) is required with 25 mm for the left, right, top, and bottom margins. Text should be typed in one column and single-spaced. Structure and length of the paper
Papers should not exceed 16 pages, including title of the paper, names of authors and affiliations, abstract, keywords, body of the paper including introduction, methods used, experimental work, results and discussion, conclusion, acknowledgements (if any), references, and appendices (if any). Review articles can be up to 20 pages. The introduction section of the paper should explain the nature of the problem, previous work, purpose, and the contribution of the paper. A conclusion section should indicate clearly the achievements, advantages, limitations, possible applications, and future work. Figures and tables should be included within the paper.

Title of the paper, author names and affiliations
Title of the paper
It should adequately describe the content of the paper. Please limit the title to a maximum length of 15 words. Use Calibri font, 18 pt, boldfaced and left-aligned. Please capitalise only the first word in the title. The first line of the paper title starts 6.5 cm from the top of the paper margin.
Author names
A 12 pt of vertical space is required between the title of the paper and the author names. Use Calibri font, 11 pt, boldfaced and left-aligned. Last name (i.e., surname) should be spelled out in full and succeeded by author initial of first name. Type the names as Darwin, C., Einstein, A., Planck, M. etc. Here Darwin, Einstein or Planck is the last name.
Author affiliations
A 6 pt of vertical space is required between the author names and author affiliations. Use Calibri font, 9 pt, left-aligned.

Abstract, keywords and corresponding author details
The abstract, keywords and corresponding author details should be typed into a predefined table (please see APEM template for authors). Two blank lines of 11 pt are between the author affiliations and the table. The abstract, keywords and corresponding author details should be in Cambria font, 9 pt.
The abstract is an abbreviated self-explanatory presentation of the contents of the paper and should be between 150 and 200 words. The abstract should contain the purpose of the paper, methods used, main results, importance for science, and possible practical implications. References are not to be cited in the abstract nor mathematical equations presented.
The authors should provide a list of three to five keywords that clearly describe the subject matter of the paper. They should be ranked from general to specific terms.
Corresponding author details
The corresponding author details (including his or her email address, author's last name and initials of the first name) should be given after keywords.

Body of the paper
Headings and subheadings
Two blank lines of 11 pt are required between the abstract table and first heading. Headings should be in Calibri font, 14 pt, boldfaced, left-aligned, started with introduction section and ended with reference section. Headings and subheadings must be short and clearly defined. Please capitalise only the first word in headings and subheadings. All headings from the introduction to conclusion are numbered sequentially using Arabic numerals 1., 2., 3. etc. Please do not use automatic numbering of headings and subheadings. Acknowledgments and reference section are not numbered.

Subheadings should be in Calibri font, 11 pt, boldfaced, left-aligned. Subheadings are numbered 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 etc. Please do not use more than two level-headings.

Body text
Body text from the introduction to conclusion should be in Cambria font, 11 pt. Please use single column format, single line spacing, full justification, and automatic hyphenation. Abbreviations can be used if necessary. First use of an abbreviation should be just after its complete name or description.

The first paragraph under each heading or subheading should be flush left. Firsts lines of all subsequent paragraphs should have normal indents of 0.5 cm. Please do not leave an extra space between paragraphs.

Physical quantities, units, and symbols
All the physical quantities and units of measurement in the paper must comply with The International System of Units (SI) and their abbreviations should be used. Symbols for physical quantities in equations and in the main text should be written in italics and must be consistent throughout the paper. Please do not use, e. g., 0.5mm, 5kg, 7%, 30 seconds, 15 litres. Instead, please use 0.5 mm, 5 kg, 7 %, 30 s, 15 l.
Mathematical equations
Mathematical equations and expressions must be set in Microsoft Word Equation Editor and written in Cambria Math font. They are centred, numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals at the right margin of the text, and referred to in the text as Eq. 1, Eq. 2, Eq. 3 etc. Please write equations in specially prepared table form (please see APEM template for authors).
Figures and tables
Electronic versions of figures and tables in minimum resolutions of 300 dpi must be supplied. Both line drawings and photographs are referred to as figures. Papers with a poor quality of figures and tables will be returned to the authors. Use Cambria font, 9 pt, for all table entries including column and row names. Please do not use too large a font in figures; use Calibri font, 9 pt, if possible. Make sure that line weights, fonts, and shading are consistent throughout the paper. Figures and tables are to be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals in the order in which they are referred to in the text, and have brief self-explanatory captions (e.g., Fig. 1 A neural network architecture, Table 1 Parameters for additive manufacturing processes). Tables are numbered independently of any figures, and vice versa. Use Cambria font, 9 pt, for figures and tables captions. Figures and tables should be centred as well as their captions. Put figures and tables as close as possible to their mention in the text, preferable at the top or bottom of a page.

Figure captions appear below the figures. When referring to a figure in the body of the text, the abbreviation "Fig." with a proper number is used. Table captions appear above the table. When referring to a table in the text, the word "Table" with the proper number is used. Please note that each table, irrespective of the number of columns, must have exactly the same width as is line width of the body text.

A submission must include the corresponding author's complete name, affiliation, address, phone and fax numbers, and e-mail address. All papers for consideration by Advances in Production Engineering & Management should be submitted by e-mail to the journal Editor-in-Chief:

Miran Brezocnik, Editor-in-Chief
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
Production Engineering Institute
Smetanova ulica 17, SI-2000 Maribor, Slovenia, EU
E-mail: editor@apem-journal.org

An APC fee (i.e., a publication fee) is charged only for accepted paper. Authors will be asked to pay an APC fee prior to the paper appearing in the journal. For each accepted paper the APC fee is currently 790 EUR (for the year 2023). This fee does not include tax (VAT). Invoice will be sent by e-mail to the corresponding author. The corresponding author is responsible for the APC fee payment. The APC fee is usually paid by an author's institution or research funder. Please note that there is no charge to submit a paper for review.

An acknowledgement section may be presented after the conclusion, if desired. This heading is not assigned a number. Use Cambria font of 9 pt size.

A reference section must be included. The maximum permissible number of references is 35. Review articles can contain up to 100 references. Please note that authors are responsible for the accuracy and completeness of their references. All reference entries must be prepared exactly according to this instruction otherwise the paper will be returned to the authors without review. The reference heading is not assigned a number. Use Cambria font, 9 pt. Each reference listed in the reference section is referred to in the body text by a number enclosed in a square bracket, i.e., [5], [5, 6], [5-7], [3, 5-7, 15-19, 21]. References must be numbered and ordered according to where they are first mentioned in the paper, not alphabetically. Please do not use automatic numbering of references. Please capitalise only the first word in the reference title. Examples:

Journal papers
Surname1, Initials, Surname2, Initials (year). Paper title, Journal Name, Volume, Number, pages, doi (if existent).
Lestan, Z., Klancnik, S., Balic, J., Brezocnik, M. (2015). Modeling and design of experiments of laser cladding process by genetic programming and nondominated sorting, Materials and Manufacturing Processes, Vol. 30, No. 4, 458-463, doi: 10.1080/10426914.2014.973586.
Surname1, Initials, Surname2, Initials (year). Book title, Publisher, Place of publication, doi (if existent).
Gibson, I., Rosen, D.W., Stucker, B. (2010). Additive manufacturing technologies: Rapid prototyping to direct digital manufacturing, Springer, New York, USA, doi: 10.1007/978-1-4419-1120-9.
Chapters in books
Surname1, Initials, Surname2, Initials (year). Chapter title, In: editor(s) of book, Book title, Publisher, Place of publication, pages, doi (if exists).
Ficko, M., Klancnik, S., Brezovnik, S., Balic, J., Brezocnik, M., Lerher, T. (2012). Intelligent optimization methods for industrial storage systems, In: Manzini, R. (ed.), Warehousing in the global supply chain: Advanced models, tools and applications for storage systems, Springer, London, UK, 341-370, doi: 10.1007/978-1-4471-2274-6_13.
Proceedings papers
Surname1, Initials, Surname2, Initials (year). Paper title, In: Proceedings Title, Place of publication, pages.
Salhofer, S., Spitzbart, M., Maurer, K. (2011). Recycling of LCD screens in Europe – State of the art and challenges, In: Proceedings of 18th CIRP International Conference on Life Cycle Engineering – Globalized Solutions for Sustainability in Manufacturing, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany, 454-458.
WWW pages
Surname, Initials or Company name. Title, from http://address, date of access.
ABB Robotics. IRB 8700 – The largest robot ABB has ever made, from http://new.abb.com/products/robotics/industrial-robots/irb-8700, accessed February 7, 2016.