1. Creating the paper's first page

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Making a "clean" manuscript

  • Regardless if the accepted manuscript has been copyedited by you or another editor, there will probably be a lot of tracked changes in the Word file and perhaps also some comments. To be able to swiftly move the manuscript into our layout, make sure to make these "invisible".
  • In a copy of the copyedited manuscript, go to the Review section in the main menu (top), then click the dropdown menu saying Simple Markup and chosse No Markup.
  • Further to the right in the Review section, click the dropdown button Accept and choose Accept All Changes.
  • Now the document should appear "clean", i.e. the way the copyeditor intended it to be and ready for layout.

Good to know

If you want to keep track of your editing steps (and reverse or re‐do them) go to WindowsAction history

Launching Scribus

  • Open the file fnp_singleframe_Windows_1.5.5.sla
  • Double‐click the text frame on page 1 to enter the article metadata from the manuscript one by one, either manually or using copy-and-paste (CTRL+C and CTRL+V). The story editor comes in handy here (CTRL+T).


  • Make sure that the article title's capitalization is in line with previous FNP articles: Only the first word is capitalized. The first word after a period or colon, and abbreviations and names are capitalized, as well:

Hydrophilic polymer embolism identified in brain tumor specimens following Wada testing: A report of 2 cases

Desmoplastic myxoid tumor of pineal region, SMARCB1-mutant, in young adult


  • This is a good time to double-check the abstract for any typos. The abstract (and the article title) are by far the most important factors influencing the readers' interest in the article!
  • Remove unnecessary placeholders, e.g. in case there is no subtitle or no supplementary material.


  • After the abstract has been pasted in, select the text frame and activate hyphenation (top menu: ExtrasHyphenate text).
  • Click the blue lines and move them so the text for supplementary material (if available), the publication history ("Submitted: ...") and the keywords (below the abstract) each have blue lines above and below them (see screenshot below).


  • Double-click the running head to enter the article's volume, number, year, etc. Exit this view by clicking the button ✓ End Edit, which is in the bottom-left corner of the Scribus window:

Runninghead endedit.png

Most of the manual part of the workflow is done! From now the layout process is just about inserting and styling the article text and figure placement.

This is what a proper first page layout might look like (some of the information might be partly fictitious for demonstration purposes):


Next step

Alternative method for creating the first page (for advanced users only!)

There is another method using a script which fills in the first page information automatically.

If there is enough space after the keywords for the article text to begin, be sure that no major parts in the metadata are missing. If something is missing or takes too little or too much space everything that comes after it (=the article itself) will have to be rearranged.

If you feel certain the basic arrangement of the first page is good to go, start filling the template with content.