AIChE Journal

Cover image for Vol. 63 Issue 3

Edited By: Michael P. Harold

Impact Factor: 2.98

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 23/135 (Engineering Chemical)

Online ISSN: 1547-5905

Associated Title(s): Bioengineering & Translational Medicine, Biotechnology Progress, Environmental Progress & Sustainable Energy, Process Safety Progress

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Author Guidelines


The AIChE Journal is a broad-based monthly that publishes significant research results in all areas of chemical engineering. The field of chemical engineering is extremely broad. We seek papers that convey the breadth yet meet the highest standards in rigor, novelty, and innovation. The Journal covers reports on research and the state-of-the-art technologies in the sections of perspectives, research articles, R&D notes, review articles, letters to the editor, and book reviews.

Research articles and R&D notes accepted for publication in the Journal are classified in one of the appropriate major topical areas: included in the appropriate nine major topical areas:

  • Biomolecular Engineering, Bioengineering, Biochemicals, Biofuels, and Food
  • Inorganic Materials: Synthesis and Processing
  • Particle Technology and Fluidization
  • Process Systems Engineering
  • Reaction Engineering, Kinetics and Catalysis
  • Separations: Materials, Devices and Processes
  • Soft Matter: Synthesis, Processing and Products
  • Thermodynamics and Molecular-Scale Phenomena
  • Transport Phenomena and Fluid Mechanics

Authors are encouraged to consult the following guidelines that describe Manuscript Content -- Pointers for Authors.

Instructions to Authors

All authors should read the AIChE Ethical Guidelines and AIChE Code of Ethics

Submission of Manuscripts

Online Electronic Submission (preferred method of submission).AIChE is pleased to offer author web-based submission and peer-review through One Manuscripts (preferred method of submission. Submit your manuscript online at Follow the instructions for creating an author account (if you are a first time user)and submitting a manuscript. Submit your manuscript as a Word, rtf, or LaTeX/TeX file (for text and tables)and tiff or eps (for figures). Other file types are not suitable for production. Please note that Manuscript Central does not accept a single file upload from the author. Text, tables, and figures will need to be uploaded individually. Do not embed figures or tables in the document.

LATeX Users: All files must be formatted in LaTeX version 2.02 or earlier. Figures must be formatted as either .tif or .eps files and saved separately. Directory structures should not be used when referencing external files. This will cause a corrupted upload into Manuscript Central and will result in the cancellation of manuscript submission. Class and style files may be either internal or external. Manuscript Central provides all standard LaTeX class files for author use; however, you may create your own. Please be sure to check the log file provided at submission to see if you are missing the class file from your document.

LaTeX File Submission Guidelines: Upload a PDF version of your manscript for review. Once a manuscript has been accepted for publication, Zip-up the directory containing all your LaTex files. This includes the TeX document, all graphics as separate files, any class files, any bibliography files, and the PDF of the final version. This zip file can be uploaded as a single file into Manuscript Central.

For technical assistance, please contact If you have any questions about the online submission process, you may also contact the AIChE Journal Editorial office:

Arthur Baulch, AIChE Journal Editorial Office

Manuscript Preparation

Research Articles

Full-length research articles describe important new experimental or theoretical research findings, which represent significant, not incremental, advances in chemical engineering research. They typically receive two or more reviews. The average length of an article is ten typeset pages or 30 typed pages double-spaced including figures and tables. Multipart articles are discouraged. Full-length articles should be arranged in the following order:

Title and Authors.

The title, with less than 120 letters and spaces, should emphasize the principal objective. On the next line use authors' names followed on a separate line by their affiliations (with postal code) where the research was done on the separate line.


The abstract should state the objective and conclusions of the research concisely in no more than 150 words.

Topical Heading and Key Words.

Select the heading from the nine topical areas, listed in the Journal's Author Guidelines, in which you would like your article to be included, as well as five key words from your article, which will be used for online search and retrieval, as well as indexing.


Start with the Introduction. The text should be concise and avoid details not essential to the development or available in previous publications. The text must be double spaced.

SI Units.

The Système International d'Unités (SI) must be used for all dimensional quantities, whose list is available for download here AIChE Journal SI Units.


It is not necessary if all symbols were defined in the text. This section should be placed at the end of the text and immediately before the Literature Cited section. Symbols cited should be listed alphabetically in the order of Roman symbols, letters, subscripts and superscripts.

Literature Cited.

It should be listed in numerical order in the order in which they are cited in the text. Give the complete information, including names of all authors, titles of the article and periodicals or books, numbers of pages and volumes, and publication years. Authors should use the AMA style to format their references. Examples follow:

Heibel AK, Vergeldt FJ, van As H, Kapteijn F, Moulijn J, Boger T.Gasandliquid distribution in the monolith film flow reactor.AIChEJournal.2003;49:3007-3017.
Givan AL. Flow cytometry: first principles (2nd edition). NewYork:JohnWiley & Sons, Inc., 2001.
Book Chapter:
Luketich JD, Ginsberg RJ. Diagnosis and staging of lungcancer.In:Johnson BE, Johnson DH. Lung cancer. New York: Wiley-Liss,Inc.,1995:161-73.

Color Figure Preparation.

For best reproduction, bright, clear colors should be used. Dark colors against a dark background do not reproduce well; please place your color images against a white background wherever possible.

Color Reproduction Charges.

Authors will be asked to pay a color reproduction charge for the publication of color figures appearing in the print journal. The charge for color publication is $700 per figure. All color figures will be published in color online at no charge.

Software and format.

All illustration files should be in TIFF or EPS (with preview) formats. Do not submit native application formats.


Journal quality reproduction will require greyscale and color files at resolutions yielding approximately 300 ppi. Bitmapped line art should be submitted at resolutions yielding 600 to 1200 ppi. These resolutions refer to the output size of the file; if you anticipate that your images will be enlarged or reduced, resolutions should be adjusted accordingly.

File names.

Illustration files should be given the 2- or 3-letter extension that identifies the file format used (i.e., .tif, .eps).

Supplementary Material.

AIChE Journal authors can publish supplementary material online in Wiley Online Library. Supplementary material may include (but is not limited to) video clips, large sections of tabular data, program code, or electronic graphical files that are otherwise not suitable for print media. Supplementary material must be included with the initial manuscript submission so that it is available for peer review.

Cover Letter.

The Corresponding Author should include a Cover Letter to the Editor that provides a short statement about the paper, whom should it primarily interest, and attest that the work is original and not published elsewhere.

Suggested Reviewers.

AIChE Journal authors are asked to provide the names of 4-6 reviewers for their manuscript. This will assist the AIChE Journal Editorial team in identifying capable reviewers, although there is no guarantee that any of the suggested reviewers will be used. In doing so, authors must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Suggest the names and affliations of 4-6 reviewers. Each suggested reviewer cannot be a current or former colleague or employee, or a collaborator within the past 10 years.
  • At least two of the reviewers must have published unique articles in the AIChE Journal during the past 10 years, preferably on a topic similar to that of the submitted manuscript. Exceptions can be made for manuscripts in non-traditional areas.
  • Justify the selection of each reviewer by explicitly stating the reviewer’s expertise in connection to the paper. Example: “Dr. John Doe is an expert on experimental fluid dynamics and chemical reaction in particle-laden flows."


Authors are encouraged to:

  • Provide a list of suggested reviewers that reflects the international diversity of chemical engineering and the Journal. A list that includes reviewers only from one geographic region is discouraged.
  • If possible, suggest at least one reviewer who has industrial experience.


Additional Reprint Purchases

Should you wish to purchase additional copies of your article, please follow the instructions provided at:

Electronic Proofing.

In order to expedite the publication and online posting of articles in Wiley Online Library, the AIChE Journal now offers electronic proofing. Corresponding authors with e-mail addresses will be sent page proofs (and paperwork, such as reprint order forms) in pdf format via e-mail. Please follow the instructions in the e-mail; contact names and numbers are given for questions, problems, or if an author wishes to receive a paper proof. A fax cover form with the Production Editor's information is also provided for authors to fax their corrections. Please notify us of your preferred proof delivery method when submitting your final manuscript to the editorial office. Indicate in your cover letter your page proof choice: ELECTRONIC (.pdf) or TRADITIONAL (paper).

Online Open

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 InterScience, as well as deposited in the funding agency's preferred archive. For the full list of terms and conditions, see

Any authors wishing to send their paper OnlineOpen will be required to complete the payment form available from our website at:

 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.


Authors with potential ideas for the Perspectives section, contact Ignacio E. Grossmann, at Department of Chemical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, phone (412) 268-3642, fax (412) 268-7139, e-mail:

Review Articles

The critical reviews of important areas of chemical engineering for general readers should discuss the background, state of the art, and outstanding research problems. Reviews of emerging areas and those that stimulate new research are particularly encouraged. Authors interested in review articles should consult the Editor.

AIChE Letters

AIChE letters are intended to report on high impact findings that can be communicated in an abbreviated manuscript.  A contribution can cover any of the thematic areas of the Journal, but special consideration will be given to emerging areas of chemical engineering.  The editing process will be rigorous in order to ensure that only truly pioneering research findings are published.   A contribution to AIChE Letters should not exceed ten double-spaced pages, may have no more than four figures/tables, and must have a "Significance" section that has no more than 75 words.  Accepted contributions to AIChE Letters will be published in parallel with Research Articles with the goal being a rapid turnaround from submission to publication.

Letters to the Editor

Letters on any subject of interest to the Journal readership may be submitted, such as comments on published articles or responses to these letters. Do not exceed two double-spaced pages. Inquiries regarding editorial or production matters should be addressed to the contact information below.

Book Reviews

Book Reviews will generally be by invitation, and generally should not exceed three double-spaced pages. Book Reviews will be reviewed by the Editor or appropriate Associate Editor.

Copyright/License Agreement

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 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:

For RCUK and Wellcome Trust authors click on the link below to preview the terms and conditions of this license:
Creative Commons Attribution License OAA

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Permission for Reproduction

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

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