Journal of Applied Polymer Science

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Online ISSN: 1097-4628

Submission Guidelines for Publication in the Journal of Applied Polymer Science

Introduction

Aims and Scope

Editors and Contact Information

Impact Factor

Citing the Journal

Article Types

Original Research - Full Papers

Reviews

Editorial Policies

Publication Ethics

Author Responsibilities

Human and Animal Rights

National Institute of Health Grantees

OnlineOpen

Image Processing

EarlyView Online Publication

Editorial Process

Online Submission

Peer Review

Review and Revision

Appeals

Manuscript Preparation

General Information

Microsoft Word Documents

Citations

Supporting Information

Graphical Abstract

Graphics Preparation

Introduction

Aims and Scope

The Journal of Applied Polymer Science, through full research papers and compact reviews, covers all applications of polymers, from composite and structural materials, to those used in packaging, biomedical implants, plastic electronics, energy and many more. The journal bridges the crucial gap between basic research and patenting of an invention, targeting a broad audience of academic and industrial researchers, as well as the increasingly important world of scientists and engineers at start-up companies.

Editors and Contact Information

Biographies and scientific backgrounds of the journal's editors can be found on the journal homepage under Editorial Board.To contact the editors, email: app@wiley.com.

Impact Factor

The 2011 ISI Impact Factor for the Journal of Applied Polymer Science is 1.289.

Citing the Journal

To make sure that references to this journal are correctly recorded and resolved, please use "J. Appl. Polym. Sci.", either with year, volume, and page numbers or with year and the DOI.

Article Types

Original Research - Full Papers

Full Papers are comprehensive reports of important original research results of broad interest to the polymer community. Full Papers should include an abstract of 150 words or less, an introduction summarizing the reasons for undertaking the work and the main conclusions which can be drawn, an Experimental section containing sufficient detail to reproduce the work, a Results and Discussion section with brief subheadings, and a Conclusions discussion section that summarizes the major conclusions and achievements of the paper. The discussion should be exhaustive, it should cite the relevant literature, and thoroughly and quantitatively describe the differences presented in the submitted manuscript with respect to what has already been published on the subject, including in terms of materials properties. Full Papers should include a graphical abstract image: the image should be a square TIFF file of 2 inches/5 cm in size. Full Papers are peer reviewed and include received, revised, and accepted dates.

Reviews

Reviews are comprehensive but compact surveys of recent progress in an applied polymers topic, providing the readership with an appreciation of the importance of the work, a summary of recent developments, and a guide to the relevant literature. They are up to 6500 words in length and contain up to 8 tables and figures, roughly 12 pages in the final printed version of the paper. Citations should be selective and not biased towards a single research group. Reproduction of key images from the cited literature is encouraged. Reviews are normally commissioned, but unsolicited proposals are also considered.

Author photos and brief, 75-word biographies of the authors should be included, along with a 150-word abstract and square image of 2 inches/ 5 cm in size for the graphical abstract. Reviews are fully peer reviewed. They do not include received, revised, and accepted dates.

Editorial Policies

Publication Ethics

The authors, reviewers, and editors of the Journal of Applied Polymer Science are expected to follow the standards determined by the Committee on Publication Ethics. In particular, authors should not submit manuscripts that contain previously published results, plagiarized material, fictitious results, or intentional reference omissions.

Authors should disclose related manuscripts that are under consideration or in press elsewhere, describing their relationship to the submitted manuscript and providing copies preferably at submission, and in any case upon request.

Authors should not submit manuscripts reporting essentially the same research to multiple journals. In addition, authors should not intentionally fragment research into multiple manuscripts if a single report would be more appropriate.

Breaches of these guidelines may result in the loss of publication privileges in the journal.

Scientific Misconduct Issues: Any alleged violation of any of the rules of scientific publishing ethics as defined by the Committee on Publication Ethics will be investigated confidentially in accord with standard Wiley–Blackwell procedures as outlined in our best practices guide. If the violations are found to be sufficiently serious, the Editor-in-Chief will request that the authors provide a written explanation. If the authors do not provide an explanation or the explanation is unsatisfactory, such that the journal's Editorial Team finds that the evidence clearly shows that a violation of our publishing ethics policy has occurred, the manuscript will be rejected or retracted, depending on current status. In such cases the Editor-in-Chief reserves the right to both notify the authors' institution of the violation of the journal's scientific ethics policy and impose punitive actions, e.g., a ban on publishing in the journal. The above course of action will also take effect if it is established that authors have violated any of the basic rules of ethical scientific conduct.

Author Responsibilities

Authorship

Credit for authorship should be based on:

  • substantial contributions to research design,
  • the acquisition, analysis or interpretation of data, drafting the paper or revising it critically,
  • approval of the submitted and final versions.

Authors should meet all three criteria. All contributors who do not meet all the criteria for authorship should be listed in the acknowledgement section. In order to guarantee that appropriate authorship credit is given to all contributors we request that a brief but exhaustive statement describing the contribution of every listed author is added to the manuscript, after the conclusion and before the references.

The corresponding author should take responsibility for communicating with all other authors and getting their approval for the final version to be published. Given the fact that editors are, in general, not in a position to determine whether or not claims of contested authorship are valid, the Journal of Applied Polymer Science will not allow, under any circumstances, changes in authorship (additions or removal) after acceptance of a manuscript. Changes in the order in which authors are listed are allowed after acceptance, subject to editorial approval. Please also note that retractions over matters of contested authorship, if the data in the manuscript is sound, are not allowed, as per COPE guidelines.

Funding and competing financial interests

Authors must disclose all sources of funding for their research and its publication, or for their publication if it is not a research publication. All authors must provide details of competing financial interests (e.g., employment, significant share ownership, patent rights, consultancy, research funding) in any company or institution that might benefit from their publication.

Ownership

Authors must declare that the submitted work is their own and that copyright has not been breached in seeking its publication.

Originality

Authors should declare that the submitted work has not previously been published in full, and is not being considered for publication, elsewhere. Publication of abstracts and presentations at scientific meetings will not jeopardize full publication.

Human and Animal Rights

Manuscripts containing animal experiments must include a statement in the Experimental section that permission was obtained from the relevant national or local authorities. The institutional committees that have approved the experiments must be identified and the accreditation number of the laboratory or of the investigator given where applicable. If no such rules or permissions are in place in the country where the experiments were performed, then this must also be clearly stated. Manuscripts with experiments with human subjects or tissue samples from human subjects must contain a disclaimer in the Experimental ection to state that informed signed consent was obtained from either the patient or from the next of kin.

National Institute of Health Grantees

Pursuant to National Institute of Health (NIH) mandate, Wiley-Blackwell will post the accepted version of contributions authored by NIH grant-holders to PubMed Central upon acceptance. This accepted version will be made publicly available 12 months after publication. For further information, see http://www.wiley.com/go/nihmandate.

OnlineOpen

OnlineOpen is available to authors of primary research articles who wish to make their article available to non-subscribers on publication, or whose funding agency requires grantees to archive the final version of their article. With OnlineOpen, the author, the author's funding agency, or the author's institution pays a fee to ensure that the article is made available to non-subscribers upon publication via Wiley Online Library, as well as deposited in the funding agency's preferred archive. For the full list of terms and conditions, see http://olabout.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-406241.html.

Any authors wishing to make use of our OnlineOpen program for their article will be required to complete the payment form available from our website at https://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/onlineopen_order.asp.

Prior to acceptance there is no requirement to inform an Editorial Office that you intend to publish your paper OnlineOpen if you do not wish to. All OnlineOpen articles are treated in the same way as any other article. They go through the journal's standard peer review process and will be accepted or rejected based on their own merit.

Image Processing

While a certain degree of image processing is acceptable, and sometimes unavoidable, images submitted for publication should be minimally modified, and any modification to original raw data should be clearly and fully disclosed. Images submitted must accurately represent the original data, and authors must provide, if requested by the editors, unprocessed and raw data to aid in the reviewing process. Image-processing details should be disclosed in full, either in the figure legends, the Experimental section, or in the Supporting Information. This should include the software used and the settings and methods applied in manipulations. Processing should be applied equally to the entire image and also to controls. Processing that obscures data or emphasizes certain regions at the expense of others should not be employed. When used, false-color and nonlinear adjustments, such as gamma correction, deconvolution, filtering, thresholding, and projection, should be clearly indicated in the manuscript.

In the case of gels and blots, cropped images may be used when necessary for clarity and conciseness. As previously mentioned, these modifications must be clearly stated, and the full gels and blots should be provided as Supporting Information. A clear line should mark the boundary between different gels where these were cropped, and all important bands should be maintained in the image.

EarlyView Online Publication

Accepted manuscripts will be published online as soon as they have been copyedited, typeset, and proofed by the author. The online publication date is the publication date of record for the paper. Until the paper has been scheduled for a print issue and page numbers assigned, the paper can be cited as "J. Appl. Polym. Sci." with the DOI.

Editorial Process

Online Submission

Manuscripts must be submitted using our online submission system available at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/app.

Guidelines for preparing your manuscript for submission, including file formats and image resolution, can be found at the end of this document under Manuscript Preparation.

Submission policies

The Journal of Applied Polymer Science does not consider manuscripts containing results that have previously been published in full or in large part, or are being considered for publication, elsewhere. Publication of abstracts and presentations at scientific meetings will not jeopardize full publication.

Authors should disclose related manuscripts that are under consideration or in press elsewhere, describing their relationship to the submitted manuscript and providing copies preferably at submission, and in any case upon request. Manuscripts have to be written in English: incorrect English could obscure the technical aspects of the manuscript and it is the author's responsibility to ensure the language is understandable. Language editing services, as well as translation and figure formatting, are offered by Wiley at http://wileyeditingservices.com/en/. Note: Manuscripts that are returned by authors more than six months after the request for revision from the Editor will be considered as new submissions.

Cover letter

Your cover letter should contain a brief summary of the submitted work and answer the following key questions:

  • Why is this topic important?
  • Why are the results significant?
  • What is the key result?
  • What is the advance on previous work?
  • Why are you submitting it to this journal?
  • Why will the journal's audience be interested in this paper?
  • What applications is the technology described in the manuscript going to be useful for?

In addition, the cover letter should disclose scientific or financial conflicts of interest, list related papers in press or under consideration elsewhere, and provide suggestions for qualified reviewers in the field. Up to three non-preferred reviewers can also be listed. Please note the editors will normally honor requests to exclude non-preferred reviewers whenever possible.

Keywords

Authors are asked to provide up to five keywords from the keyword list provided during submission. At least three of the maximum of five keywords assigned to an article must come from this list. Please make the keyword choice as adherent to the content of the manuscript as possible. Keywords are used to aid referee selection, a bad choice of keywords might slow down manuscript processing. Do not include keywords in the main document

Keywords can only be chosen from the list provided. Please do not include keywords within the manuscript file.

Copyright Transfer Agreement

A signed Copyright Transfer Agreement (CTA) is required to be completed after manuscript acceptance. This must be done using the Wiley Author Licensing Service where authors may also indicate whether the article should be OnlineOpen. After acceptance you will receive an email from Author Services with a link to your "My Publication" page and you will be guided through the process in order to select and sign the correct CTA form. Only original papers will be vested in the publisher. No article can be published unless accompanied by a signed publication agreement, which serves as a transfer of copyright from author to publisher. It is the author's responsibility to obtain written permission to reproduce materials that has appeared in another publication.

Costs

All color figures will be reproduced in full color in the online edition of the journal at no cost to authors. Authors are requested to pay the cost of reproducing color figures in print, and to ensure that the figures which are color online convey the same message when they are in black and white. We welcome suggestions for cover artwork, but if chosen part of the production costs must be paid by the author. If your accepted manuscript has been selected as a candidate for featuring on the journal cover, the editorial office will contact you with details.

Peer Review

Manuscripts are selected for external peer review based on the importance, novelty, interest of the work to the wider community, and quality of the described research. Manuscripts that are not selected for external peer review are normally returned to the author within five working days.

Selected manuscripts describing original research are normally sent to at least two experts for evaluation. Peer review for the Journal of Applied Polymer Science is closed, i.e., reviewer identities are not disclosed to the author except at the reviewer's request and if the editor feels that it is appropriate to do so. The editor will provide a decision as soon as sufficient reviews have been returned.

Review and Revision

Manuscripts may be accepted for publication without change or with minor changes. If revisions are needed, the manuscript may be sent back to the original reviewer(s) for re-evaluation. If significant additional work is required, the editor may recommend that a new version of the manuscript is submitted at a future date. In all cases, a point-by-point detailed response to the concerns listed by the reviewers should be provided upon resubmission.

Appeals

Decisions can be reversed on appeal if the editor believes an error was made based on faulty evidence available at the time of the decision. This could include demonstrable factual errors in the reviewer's reports or undetected bias. Editorial decisions can only be reconsidered if additional information is provided that was not already clear from the manuscript and cover letter in the original submission.

If an appeal is accepted, the manuscript may be sent to a new appeal reviewer or to one of the original reviewers. A point-by-point response to all reviewer comments should in all cases be provided. The final decision on an appeal is made by the editor. Given the large number of manuscripts we handle, we are unable to consider more than one appeal per manuscript.

Manuscript Preparation

General Information

All text and tables must be formatted as Microsoft Word documents. To avoid publication delays after acceptance, PDF files cannot be accepted for submission.

Single file submissions now accepted for review: To make submission easier and more convenient for authors, the editorial office of the Journal of Applied Polymer Science now allows manuscripts to be the submitted, at first submission, as a single Word file, with figures embedded in the text or all at the end of the text in numerical order.

The length and style of the manuscript should be in accordance with the kind of manuscript described in Article Types.

Title: 15 words or less, avoid common terms such as: synthesis, characterization, properties, effect, study, presentation. These terms do not improve ease of finding of your article on search engines, and thus decrease readership of your published paper. Please also avoid terms such as: novel, new, first.

Legends: Please supply legends for all figures and compile these on a separate sheet.

Microsoft Word Documents

There is no mandatory template for submission. All tables must be saved and submitted as separate files with numbers and titles within the document. Use of the templates found in the author guidelines is recommended for general directions regarding manuscript formating.

EndNote journal reference style files for PC and Mac can be downloaded from http://authorservices.wiley.com/jendnotes/.

Citations

Literature citations should be formatted to the following guidelines, using the Chemical Abstracts Service Source Index (CASSI) recommendations for title abbreviations.

Books

1. Koros, W. J.; Chern, R. T. In Handbook of Separation Process Technology; Rousseau, E. D.; Russell, B., Eds.; Wiley: New York, 1987; Vol. 2, Chapter 20, pp 34-45.

Book Series

2. Koros, W. J.; Chern, R. T. In Polymers for Fun and Profit; Rousseau, E. D., Ed.; ACS Symposium Series 518; American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, 1997; p 45.

Journals

3. Guan, L., Jiménez, M. E. G., Walowski, C., Boushehri, A., Prausnitz, J. M. and Radke, C. J. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2011, 122, 1457–1471.

4. Leblanc, J. L. and Nijman, G. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2009, DOI: 10.1002/app.29515.

Conference Proceedings

5. Medium, K. P. In Polymers Revealed, Proceedings of the 5th Annual Conference on Hidden Polymers, Istanbul, Turkey, Sept 5–21, 1976; Bluto, M., Ed.; Elsevier: New York, 1977.

Theses

6. Big, G. H. Polymers in the Automotive Industry. Ph.D. Thesis, University of Scoggins, Fort Lee, MN, June 1954.

Patents

7. Norman, L. O. (Michelin Co.). U.S. Patent 4,199,533, April 22, 1980.

Online sources

8. J. A. Woolam Co., Ellipsometry tutorial. http://www.jawoollam.com/tutorial_1.html (accessed May 1, 2010).

Supporting Information

Supporting Information (also known as Supplementary Material) is material that accompanies the paper and appears exclusively online. It is always peer reviewed. All the data needed to understand and appraise the paper should be included at submission, and we ask authors to avoid statements such as "data not shown". The Supporting Information will not be copy-edited after acceptance of the manuscript, and therefore authors should ensure that language and terminology are clear and agree with the rest of the paper. In addition:

  1. The first page of the Supporting Information should include the title of the manuscript, as well as the complete list of authors.
  2. Items included in the Supporting Information should be labeled and referred to as Figure S1, Figure S2, Table S1, Table S2, Video S1, Video S2, Equation S1, Equation S2 and so on.
  3. Supporting discussions and experimental procedures should not be numbered.
  4. Each item included in Supporting Information should be referred to in the main text.
  5. Supporting Figures and Tables should include a brief caption, much as their counterparts in the main paper.
  6. Supporting Information should be submitted as a single PDF file if possible.
  7. For separate data, video and audio files, see acceptable file formats and maximum dimensions.

Graphical Abstract

The Journal of Applied Polymer Science is now published with a graphical Table of Contents (TOC). A suggestion for an attractive full color image for the Graphical TOC should be sent, preferably at the time of manuscript submission; it may be specifically designed for the table of contents and it is meant to convey the broader importance of the work and thereby capture the reader's attention. The image will be printed square with sides 2 inches/5 cm; the use of graphs and images consisting of several parts is therefore strongly discouraged.

Graphics Preparation

All digital art, including figures, schemes, and charts, should be saved as TIFF or EPS files. Submission in formats other than TIFF or EPS is not recommended for compatibility and quality issues. Submission of JPEG, PDF, Excel and PowerPoint files for digital images will result in unsubmission of the article. Images should be flattened prior to submission, i.e., files should not contain layers. Please save all images separately.

Image resolution

All line art should be either vector files or, if this is not feasible, have a resolution of 1200 dpi. Grayscale and color figures must have a resolution of at least 300 dpi. To ensure that your digital graphics are suitable for print, please use the Rapid Inspector software available at http://rapidinspector.cadmus.com/zwi/index.jsp. This free application will help you to inspect and verify illustrations for print quality and resolution.

Image sizing

Images should be created or scaled to the size intended for print; no enlargement or reduction should be necessary. Image files should be cropped to remove non-printing borders. Files should be checked carefully for any type, lines, or other elements outside the illustration that are not intended for print. Such elements should be removed before submission. Image orientation should be the same as intended for print.

Chemical structures

Chemical structures and reaction schemes should be drawn with an appropriate drawing program. The most suitable settings that should be used with ChemDraw are listed below. The settings of other programs should be adjusted similarly. All files must be saved as TIFF or EPS files and should not be submitted in the native application format.

The most suitable settings for ChemDraw are:

1. Drawing settings:

  • Chain angle: 120°
  • Bond spacing: 18% of width
  • Fixed length: 14.4 pt (0.508 cm, 0.2 in.)
  • Bold width: 2.0 pt (0.071 cm, 0.0278 in.)
  • Line width: 0.6 pt (0.021 cm, 0.0084 in.)
  • Margin width: 1.6 pt (0.056 cm, 0.0222 in.)
  • Hash spacing: 2.5 pt (0.088 cm, 0.0347 in.)

2. Text settings:

  • Font: Arial (PC) or Helvetica (Mac)
  • Size: 10 pt

3. Preferences:

  • Units: Points
  • Tolerance: 3 pixels

4. Page setup:

  • Paper: U.S. letter

5. Maximum image widths:

  • Single column: 19 picas (8.096 cm, 3.187 in.)
  • Double column: 40 picas (16.906 cm, 6.656 in.)
  • Graphical abstract: 18 picas (7.62 cm, 3.0 in.)
  • Maximum depth: 13.5 picas (5.715 cm, 2.25 in.)

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