Sample manuscript showing style and formatting specifications for SPIE journal papers


This document shows the required format and appearance of a manuscript prepared for SPIE journals. It is prepared using LaTeX2e with the class file spieman.cls. The abstract should consist of a single paragraph containing no more than 200 words. It should be a summary of the paper and not an introduction. Because the abstract may be used in abstracting and indexing databases, it should be self-contained (that is, no numerical references) and substantive in nature, presenting concisely the objectives, methodology used, results obtained, and their significance. A list of up to eight keywords should immediately follow, with the keywords separated by commas and ending with a period. The body of the manuscript should be double-spaced and fully justified.


\label{sect:intro} This document shows the required format and appearance of a manuscript prepared for SPIE journals. Formatting guidelines must be carefully followed. Authors are advised to print this sample manuscript and use it as a reference while preparing their own paper, to ensure all guidelines are met.

Use of This Document

This document is prepared using LaTeX2e (Lamport 1994, Goossens 2004) with the class file spieman.cls. The LaTeX source file used to create this document is article.tex, which contains important formatting information embedded in it. Authors may use it as a template to create their own manuscript. While LaTeX properly handles most formatting issues, the author may occasionally need to intervene to obtain a satisfactorily formatted manuscript.


Authors are strongly encouraged to follow the principles of sound technical writing, as found in Refs.  and , for example. In addition, good English usage is essential. Authors whose native language is not English may wish to collaborate with a colleague whose English skills are more advanced. Alternatively, you may wish to have your manuscript professionally edited prior to submission by Editage, our recommended independent editorial service: . SPIE authors will receive a 10% discount off their services. A spell checker can be helpful to discover misspelled words, but authors should also proofread their papers carefully prior to submission. Manuscripts that do not meet acceptable English standards or lack clarity may be rejected.

Page Setup and Fonts

All text and figures, including footnotes, must fit inside a text area 6.5 in. wide by 9 in. high (16.51 by 22.86 cm). Manuscripts must be formatted for US letter paper, on which the margins should be 1.0 in. (2.54 cm) on the top, 1 in. on the bottom, and 1 in on the left and right.

The Times New Roman font is used throughout the manuscript, in the sizes and styles shown in Table \ref{tab:fonts}. If this font is not available, use a similar serif font. The manuscript should not contain headers or footers. Pages should be numbered.


Fonts sizes and styles.
Document entity Brief description
Article title 16 pt., bold, left justified
Author names 12 pt., bold, left justified
Author affiliations 10 pt., left justified
Abstract 10 pt.
Keywords 10 pt.
Section heading 12 pt., bold, left justified
Subsection heading 12 pt., italic, left justified
Sub-subsection heading 11 pt., italic, left justified
Normal text 12 pt.
Figure and table captions 10 pt.