Attention to the following mechanical details will help us handle your manuscript efficiently:
Typing. Submit a typed, double-spaced manuscript with margins at least 1½ inches on all sides. Double space everything, including photo captions, footnotes, tables, references, and nomenclature. Number each page of the manuscript consecutively, beginning with the first page of the text. Submit two copies. Check your work for errors in grammar and typography and for clarity of expression.
Byline. On the manuscript’s first page, type your name, title, and company name the way you would like them to appear in print.
Mathematical equations. Present your formulas and equations clearly and check them for accuracy. Indicate symbols that might be ambiguous. Define all symbols–even if the meaning is obvious to you or is generally known. If your manuscript uses many symbols, supply a table of nomenclature.
Photographs and illustrations. Photographs and illustrations, including line drawings and graphs, must enhance the reader’s understanding of the text. Refer to illustrations, line drawings, graphs, and photographs in the text by arabic numerals in consecutive order: Figure 1, Figure 2, and so on.
When submitting illustrations, line drawings, or graphs, send the original artwork. If you can’t send the originals, make sure your copies are crisp and readable. Mark the figure number and author’s name on the back of the material in ballpoint ink.
Every photograph or illustration must have an appropriate caption. Write or type the caption above or below the illustration. Don’t write caption, author’s name, or figure number in ink or marker directly on the back of a photo–the writing may show through and make the print unsuitable for reproduction. Instead, type this information separately and use masking tape to affix it to the back of the photo.
Submit good quality photographs in color or glossy black and white. Color photos can be prints, positive transparencies, or slides. Halftones, screen prints, and negatives do not reproduce well and cannot be used. Pack photographs between cardboard sheets to prevent damage during mailing.
Tables. Submit each table on a separate sheet of paper. Refer to tables in the text by arabic numerals in consecutive order: Table 1, Table 2, and so on. Label every table and each column within the table with an appropriate heading. Place the table number and title in a heading above the data. Indicate the author’s name on the reverse side of each table.
References. Number references consecutively in order of appearance and indicate them in the text by arabic numerals. Provide a list of references at the end of the manuscript in the order the references appeared in the text. Do not arrange references alphabetically. Use the following format when typing references:
1. N.J.H. Gulpen and A.J. Van deWerf, “Current European Thermosetting Powder Coating Resins,” J. Paint Tech. 47 (September 1975): 437. [magazine or journal article]
2. T.A. Misev, Powder Coatings Chemistry and Technology (New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1991), 113. [book]
3. M.A. Fooksman, “Comparison of Recovery Systems,” in Powder Coating Applications, ed. S. Dawson and V. Reddy (Dearborn, Mich.: Society of Manufacturing Engineers, 1990), 116-130. [article in a collection]
4. E.S. Childs, “Emerging Worldwide Markets for Powder Coatings” (Paper presented at the Second North American Conference on Powder Coatings, Toronto, 13-15 May 1972). [paper presented at a conference]
Clearances. If your work must be cleared by your company, supplier, customer, or government sources, get this done before submitting the manuscript. Although we can discuss manuscript ideas or review article outlines before you’ve started clearance procedures, we’ll accept your manuscript for publication only after it has been approved. If you need help, check with your company’s public relations or advertising departments.
In addition, if you have borrowed illustrations, line drawings, graphs, or tables from another source, you may need copyright clearance. Indicate if you have such clearance, and what credit, if any, must be given.