Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics

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Online ISSN: 1099-0488

Associated Title(s): Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry

Submission Guidelines for Publication in the Journal of Polymer Science, Part B: Polymer Physics

Introduction

Aims and Scope

Editors and Contact Information

Impact Factor

Citing the Journal

Article Types

Original Research

Literature Reviews

Editorial Policies

Publication Ethics

Author Responsibilities

Human and Animal Rights

OnlineOpen

National Institute of Health Grantees

Image Processing

EarlyView Online Publication

Editorial Process

Online Submission

Peer Review

Review and Revision

Appeals

Manuscript Preparation

Microsoft Word Documents

LaTeX Documents

Citations

Table of Contents Entry

Graphics Preparation

Cover Illustrations

Introduction

Aims and Scope

Polymer physics has evolved dramatically in the fifty years since the launch of the Journal of Polymer Science by Hermann Mark. Today's polymer physics is an interdisciplinary science that has expanded beyond its traditional core to fields as diverse as energy materials, biological systems, optics and electronics, and nanotechnology.

The Journal of Polymer Science: Polymer Physics reflects the broader interests of today's polymer physics research community, providing a dedicated forum for rapidly reporting breakthroughs in the physics of polymer systems and the application of polymer physics problem solving.

The Journal of Polymer Science: Polymer Physics publishes an exciting mix of comprehensive reviews, visionary perspectives, and high-impact communications and full papers that represent the gamut of the science of polymer systems, from theory to experiment to applications.

Editors and Contact Information

Biographies and scientific backgrounds of the journal's editors can be found on the journal homepage under Overview.

Impact Factor

The 2013 ISI Impact Factor for the Journal of Polymer Science, Part B: Polymer Physics is 3.803.

Citing the Journal

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

  • J. Polym. Sci. Part B: Polym. Phys. 2012, DOI: 10.1002/polb.23038
  • J. Polym. Sci. Part B: Polym. Phys. 2012, 50, 536–545

Article Types

Original Research

Communications

Communications are brief reports of important original research results of broad interest to the polymer physics community. The first paragraph of the main text should summarize the reasons for undertaking the work and the main conclusions which can be drawn. The final paragraph should summarize the major conclusions of the paper. The main text should be followed by an Experimental section containing sufficient detail to reproduce the work. Headings should not be used in the main text.

Communications should be limited to 3000 words, four display items (figures and/or tables), and 30 references. Communications should include a 150-word abstract and a 75-word graphical table of contents summary. Communications are peer-reviewed and include received, revised, and accepted dates.

Full Papers

Full Papers are comprehensive reports of important original research results of broad interest to the polymer physics community. Full Papers should include an introduction summarizing the reasons for undertaking the work and the main conclusions which can be drawn, sections with brief subheadings, a summary of the major conclusions of the paper, and an Experimental section containing sufficient detail to reproduce the work.

Full Papers should also include a 150-word abstract and a 75-word graphical table of contents summary. Full Papers are peer-reviewed and include received, revised, and accepted dates.

Literature Reviews

Reviews

Reviews are comprehensive surveys of recent progress in a 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. 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 a 75-word graphical table of contents summary. Reviews are peer-reviewed but do not include received, revised, and accepted dates.

Perspectives

Perspectives are short discussions of an important emerging topic in polymer physics, usually focused on no more than a few recently published papers, and including the authors' vision for the future of the topic. Perspectives are normally commissioned, but unsolicited proposals are also considered.

Perspectives should be limited to 3000 words, four display items (figures and/or tables), and 30 references. Author photos and brief, 75-word biographies of the authors should be included, along with a 150-word abstract and a 75-word graphical table of contents summary. Perspectives are not peer-reviewed and do not include received, revised, and accepted dates.

Progress Reports

Progress Reports are surveys of recent progress (in the last 1–2 years) in an important topic in polymer physics. Citation should not be comprehensive; rather, highlights from the literature should be selected that demonstrate the recent progress made in the topic. Progress Reports should conclude with the authors' outlook on the future of the field, identifying important problems that should be addressed next. Progress Reports 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 a 75-word graphical table of contents summary. Progress Reports are peer-reviewed but do not include received, revised, and accepted dates.

Highlights

Highlights are short reports that place the results of one or two important recent publications in context for non-specialist readers. As Highlights are intended for non-specialists, they should combine aspects of an academic review with scientific journalism. Highlight authors are encouraged to provide their opinion on the research presented in the highlighted publication and on the future of the particular research topic. Highlights are normally commissioned, but unsolicited proposals are also considered.

Highlights should be less than 1500 words, with three display items (figures and/or tables) and no more than 15 references. Author photos and brief, 75-word biographies of the authors should be included, along with a 150-word abstract and a 75-word graphical table of contents summary. Highlights are not peer-reviewed to ensure timeliness.

Editorial Policies

Publication Ethics

The authors, reviewers, and editors of JPS: Polymer Physics are expected to follow the standards defined 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. Manuscripts currently being considered for publication elsewhere will not be considered. 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.

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.

Scientific Misconduct Issues: Any alleged violation of any of the rules of scientific publishing ethics as defined by the Committee on Publication Ethics (http://publicationethics.org/files/International%20standards_authors_for%20website_11_Nov_2011.pdf) will be investigated confidentially in accord with standard Wiley–Blackwell procedures as outlined in our best practices guide (http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/publicationethics.asp). If the violations are found to be sufficiently serious, the Editors 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 Editors reserve 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,
  • and 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 statement describing the contribution of every listed author is added to the cover letter.

The corresponding author should take responsibility for communicating with all other authors and getting their approval for the final version to be published.

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 Section to state that informed signed consent was obtained from either the patient or from next of kin.

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.

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.

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. Polym. Sci. Part B: Polym. Phys." with the year and the DOI.

Editorial Process

Online Submission

Manuscripts can be submitted using our online submission system available at http://www.editorialmanager.com/polb.

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

JPS: Polymer Physics does not consider manuscripts containing results that have previously been published in full, 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 upon request.

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?
  • Why is it an advance on previous work?.
  • Why are you submitting it to this journal?
  • Why will the journal's audience be interested in this paper?

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 at least two keywords during submission.

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

While there are no submission or page charges, the extra costs associated with color figure reproduction in print are expected to be met in part by the author. Color figures per article will be published at a charge to authors of $595 for one figure, $1095 for two figures, or $1495 for three or more figures, unless the article is a Review. Authors of Review articles will not be asked to subsidize color reproduction. The costs of reproducing color figures may also be waived if the color illustration is deemed essential for clarity of scientific communication and the authors are unable to meet these costs. Figures will appear online in color at no additional charge.

Similarly, suggestions for cover artwork are welcomed, but 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 Polymer Physics is closed, i.e. reviewer identities are not disclosed to the author except at the reviewer's request. 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 response to the concerns listed by the reviewers should be provided upon resubmission.

Appeals

Decisions can be reversed on appeal if the editor believed an error was made based on faulty evidence available at the time of the decision. This could include demonstrable factual errors in the reviewer 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 in an appeal is made by the editor.

Manuscript Preparation

Manuscripts may be in PDF format at the time of submission, however, upon acceptance all text and tables must be formatted as Microsoft Word or LaTeX documents.

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

Microsoft Word Documents

Microsoft Word templates can be found on our Author Guidelines page. We may require image files to be uploaded separately post-acceptance to ensure quality.

LaTeX Documents

A LaTeX template for submission can be downloaded from the "Instructions and Forms" section of the online submission homepage.

For help submitting a LaTeX file, please see the following link: http://www.editorialmanager.com/robohelp/10.0/EM_Knowledge_Base/Preparing_of_a_Tex_Submission_for_Editorial_Manager.htm

Please remember to check the PDF file conversion carefully for all figures before submitting your document. If you do not see all of your files, check the log file for internal errors.

Citations

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

Books

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

Journals

3. W. J. Koros, R. T. Chern, J. Polym. Sci. Part A: Polym. Chem. 1998, 29, 601–605.

4. J. A. Zimberlin, A. J. Crosby, J. Polym. Sci. Part B: Polym. Phys. 2010, DOI: 10.1002/polb.21968.

Conference Proceedings

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

Patents

7. L. O. Norman, (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).

Table of Contents Entry

The Journal of Polymer Science: Polymer Physics is now published with a graphical Table of Contents. A suggestion for an attractive full color image for this purpose 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 not larger than 2 inches/5 cm; the use of graphs and images consisting of several parts is therefore strongly discouraged. The accompanying table of contents text (less than 75 words) is not an abstract but together with the graphic should convey the paper's essence and wider implications to a non-specialist audience. Examples of appropriate images and text can be found in our Table of Contents.

Graphics Preparation

Figures may be embedded in the manuscript at the time of submission, however, upon acceptance 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 have a resolution yielding 600–1200 dpi. Grayscale and color figures must have a resolution of 300 dpi. The maximum widths for figures may not exceed 19 picas (8.096 cm, 3.187 in.) for a single column and 40 picas (16.906 cm, 6.656 in.) for a double column. Arial (PC) or Helvetica (Mac) fonts are required in all graphics. The font size should not be smaller than 6 pt, and lines should be at least 0.5 pt. All lines and letters should be uniform in all figures. To ensure that your digital graphics are suitable for print, please use the Rapid Inspector software. 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.)

Cover Illustrations

All authors may submit color figures for consideration as cover illustrations. These illustrations are related to, but not necessarily included in, their manuscript. Authors should separately submit a brief caption for their illustration. Please send these suggestions to jpsphys@wiley.com. For more information, please refer to our Cover FAQ. Examples of recent covers can be found in our Cover Gallery.

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