Guide for Authors

Advanced Engineering Materials is an international journal that appears 12 times a year and covers all aspects of materials science and engineering. It publishes essays, review articles, communications, research news, correspondence, book reviews, and a conference calendar, in English. No page charge is levied. Contributors should bear the interdisciplinary nature of the readership in mind, always emphasizing the importance of the topic to workers in other fields.

Manuscript Submission

The manuscript should be submitted online at by clicking on "Online Submission" in the right hand menu under Author Guidelines, and following the simple instructions.

In order to submit a manuscript you will need a single Microsoft Word file which contains the text and all figures and tables integrated at the place in the text at which they are mentioned.

Confirmation of Receipt/Assessment

Authors of all articles will receive acknowledgement of receipt of their manuscript. All contributions are subject to refereeing and/or assessment by the editors. Contributions to all sections, except Communications and International News, are usually written on invitation. Authors are welcome to submit unsolicited articles but should consult the editors as early as possible.

Electronic Data

Only after notification of acceptance for publication you will be asked to provide electronic files of the text and figures (separate) for high-quality production. The version you send should be the revised version, if applicable. The software and hardware used should be specified (including the number of the version of the word-processing program). Microsoft Word is preferred. Figures should be supplied as JPG, TIF or EPS files if possible.

Reprints can be ordered when the proofs are returned to the publisher. Reprint rates are also available from the editorial office on request.

Categories of Contributions

Feature Articles are a forum for news and opinion on topics of national and international interest. This can include, for example, news of funding and research organizations, societies, or points of controversy within materials science. A passport-type photo and a short summary of the career to-date of the correspondence author(s) should be included.

Review Articles are peer-reviewed and give a general overview of a particular field, providing the reader with an appreciation of the importance of the work, a summary of recent developments, and a starting point in the specialist literature. Manuscripts should be between 20 and 30 pages in length and contain 15-20 display items. A passport-type photo and a short summary of the career to-date of the correspondence author(s) should be included.

Communications are unsolicited, peer-reviewed short reports of outstanding novel findings that also have important and general implications for specialists working in other fields. The first paragraph should summarize the reasons for undertaking the work and the main conclusions that can be drawn. The final paragraph should summarize the major conclusions of the paper. Manuscripts should be up to 8 pages in length and can have up to 5 display items.

Research News Articles are intended to inform non-specialist readers of recent developments at the forefront of materials science and technology. Manuscripts should be 7-10 pages in length and can contain up to 5 display items.

The news section contains short news items, correspondence, and product and conference information. Single-page manuscripts, with or without a display item, are welcome.

Book/Journal/Software Reviews are usually written on request, but suggestions are always welcome. Publishers should send relevant books to the Editor. Unsolicited books not selected for review will not be returned.

Manuscript Styling

Authors are requested to use the template, which can be found on the journals homepage under Author Guidelines. For online submission figures, tables, and legends should be included a single Microsoft Word file.

Artwork Figures with several parts are permitted only if the parts are closely related either experimentally or logically. Data formats which can be read into Microsoft Word are acceptable for submission purposes. Once the article has been accepted by the editors for publication, original artwork will be required (see the guidelines for the submission of graphical material). Suggestions can be made for cover picture designs.

Color Artwork can be reproduced. The extra costs associated with this are expected to be met, in part, by the author. The author will be advised of the costs on acceptance of the manuscript for publication.

Tables should be subdivided by three horizontal lines only (two marking the header, one at the base). Footnotes in tables are denoted [a], [b], [c], etc.

References should be numbered sequentially as they appear in the the text[1] as superscripts in square brackets.[2-3] Only papers that are published or accepted for publication should be referenced. The footnote/end-note option provided by many text programs should not be used. In citing the literature, the format below should be followed as an example:

[1] D. Tromans, Acta Metall. Mater. 1994, 42, 2043.

[2] K. C. Frisch, Rubber Chem. Technol. 1980, 126.

[3] J. M. Cowley, in Electron Microscopy (Eds: S. Amelinckx, D. van Dyck, J. van Landuyt, G. van Tendeloo), WILEY-VCH, Weinheim 1997, 163.

Note that journal and book titles should be in italics, the year of publication in boldface type, and the volume number of journals in italics.

The editorial office would be pleased to help you if you have any further questions.