Color Research & Application

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Edited By: Ellen C. Carter

Impact Factor: 0.847

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 92/135 (Engineering Chemical)

Online ISSN: 1520-6378

Author Guidelines

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Author Guidelines


Online Submission. Color Research and Application is now receiving submitted manuscripts online at . Manuscripts that have not been published elsewhere and are not under consideration for publication elsewhere may be submitted for review. The editors desire to receive manuscripts, notes, reviews, reports, and letters dealing with all phases of color in relation to art, business, design, industry, and science.

To submit your manuscript, launch your web browser and go to . Check for an existing user account. If you are submitting for the first time, and you do not find an existing account, create a new account. Follow all instructions.If you cannot submit through the online system, please contact the editorial office at for assistance.


At initial submission, authors may submit their paper in PDF format. Should the paper be accepted, authors will need to re-supply manuscript files according to the following guidelines:

Text. Submit your source text in DOC, DOCX or RTF format. Do not embed figures or tables in your source document; these should be submitted as separate files. LaTex files are also accepted.

Tables. Tables should be submitted in DOC, DOCX or RTF format. Do not embed tables in your text.

Figures. To ensure the highest print quality, your figures must be submitted in TIFF format according to the following minimum resolutions: 1200 dpi (dots per inch) for black and white line art (simple bar graphs, charts, etc.); 300 dpi for halftones (black and white photographs); 600 dpi for combination halftones (photographs that also contain line art such as labeling or thin lines). Vector-based figures (e.g., figures created in Adobe Illustrator) must be submitted in EPS format (not PS). In any case there should be only one file per figure.

Color Figures. In addition to the resolution guidelines above, color figures must be submitted in a CMYK colorspace. Do not submit color figures as RGB.

Unacceptable figure formats. Do not submit figures in any of the following formats: JPG, GIF, PSD, CRD, PCT, PPT, PDF, XLS, DOC, BMP, 123 (or other Lotus formats).

To ensure that your digital graphics are suitable for print purposes, please go to Rapid Inspector™ at . This free, stand-alone software application will help you to inspect and verify illustrations right on your computer.

Pre-Submission English-Language Editing Services. Manuscripts must be written in English. For authors whose native language is not English, language editing and translation services are offered by Wiley at


If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

For authors signing the copyright transfer agreement

If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:

CTA Terms and Conditions

For authors choosing OnlineOpen

If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

Creative Commons Attribution License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services and visit

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit:

It is the author's responsibility to obtain written permission to reproduce material that has appeared in another publication.


Summary. A short summary of the main contributions in the paper is required . This summary should be carefully prepared, for it will automatically be the source of most abstracts.

It is the author's responsibility to provide keywords to appear after the abstract and to be used as the main subject category in the index at the end of the volume. To facilitate online searching, the editor of Color Research and Application has compiled a common keyword catalog, available at

Text. This paper should be reasonably subdivided into sections and, if necessary, subsections.

References. References should follow the style of the the American Medical Association (AMA). References should be cited by superscript Arabic numbers in order of appearance. Sample references are given below:

Journal: Neumann A, Artusi A, Neumann L, Zotti G, Purgathofer W. Accurate display gamma functions based on human observation. Color Res. Appl. 2007;32(4):310-319.

Book: Charvat A. Coloring of Plastics: Fundamentals. 2nd ed. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2004.

Tables. Please supply Roman numbers and titles for all tables. All table columns should have an explanatory heading.

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

Symbols, Equations, and Formulas. Authors are cautioned to type—wherever possible—any mathematical or chemical symbols, equations, and formulas. If these must be handwritten, please print clearly and leave ample space above and below for printer's marks; please use only ink. All Greek or unusual symbols should be identified in the margin the first time they are used. Please distinguish in the margins of the manuscript between capital and small letters of the alphabet wherever confusion may arise. (e.g., k, K, kappa ). Please underline with a wavy line all vector quantities. Use fractional exponents to avoid root signs.


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Early View. Early View presents full-text, peer-reviewed, copyedited articles as soon as they are complete. All accepted papers will be added to Early View until inclusion in a print/online issue.

Reprints. Reprints of articles can be ordered and purchased by following the instructions on the form attached to the page proofs or by accessing the following website:

Returns. No manuscript will be returned following publication unless a request for return is made when the manuscript is originally submitted. Manuscripts and illustrations not conforming to the style of Color Research and Application will be returned to the author for reworking, delaying their appearance.

This journal does not carry a page charge for contributions

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