Process Safety Progress

Cover image for Vol. 35 Issue 4

Edited By: Professor Ronald J. Willey and Senior Editor John Murphy

Impact Factor: 0.516

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 111/135 (Engineering Chemical)

Online ISSN: 1547-5913

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

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Author Guidelines

Process Safety Progress covers process safety for engineering professionals. It addresses such topics as incident investigations/case histories, hazardous chemicals management, hazardous leaks prevention, risk assessment, process hazards evaluation, industrial hygiene, fire and explosion analysis, preventive maintenance, vapor cloud dispersion, and regulatory compliance, training, education, and other areas in process safety and loss prevention, including emerging concerns like plant and/or process security.

Papers from the annual Loss Prevention Symposium and other AIChE safety conferences are automatically considered for publication, but unsolicited papers, particularly those addressing process safety issues in emerging technologies and industries are encouraged and evaluated equally. Process Safety Progress articles are typically no longer than 16 manuscript pages (double-spaced), including tables and figures.

Instructions to Authors

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

Submission of Manuscripts

Process Safety Progress is pleased to offer author web-based submission and peer-review through ScholarOne 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 MS WORD Document (* .doc or *.docx), rich text formatted, (*.rtf), or LaTeX/TeX file (*.tex) for text and tables. For figures, these must be submitted separately as *.tiff or *.eps. Other file types are not suitable for production. Please note that ScholarOne Manuscripts does not accept a single file upload from the author. Text and figures will need to be uploaded individually. Do not embed figures in the text document. Tables should be prepared on separate pages at the end of the manuscript. The title should be as concise as possible, similar to a section title; explanatory information should be presented as table footnotes. Column headings also should be concise, but understandable. Units of measurements, where applicable, should be presented as SI units in parentheses.

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

Ronald J. Willey, Ph.D., P.E.
Dept. of Chemical Engineering, 313 SN 360 Huntington Ave.
Northeastern University
Boston, MA 02115-5000
Tel: (617) 373-3962
Fax: (617) 373-3962

Manuscript Preparation

Format. Most papers in Process Safety Progress follow the standard research paper format, using the following sections: abstract, introduction, background, experimental, results and discussion, conclusions, and further work. However, authors are free to choose a differentformat or style if it better illustrates the material being presented. A clear, direct writing style is recommended. Use of headings and subheadings increase readability, and a short review of the literature, with appropriate references, should be included. All tables and figures must be numbered and include a short, descriptive caption. A table of nomenclature must be provided for all mathematical terms. All acronyms and terms not commonly known outside of your area of technical specialization must be identified.

How to Cite. To make sure that references to this journal are correctly recorded and resolved (for example in CrossRef or ISI Web of Science), please use the following abbreviated title in any citations: "Process Saf. Prog."

Title Page. This must contain the complete title of the manuscript, names and affiliations of all authors, institution at which the work was performed, name, address and telephone, telefax numbers, and e-mail address of author responsible for correspondence.

Abstract. Each paper should include an abstract of 100-200 words, offering a brief account of the contents, conclusions, and the relevance of its findings. The abstract should not be identical to the introductory paragraphs of the paper.

Key words. Provide 3-5 key words not used in the title that will adequately index the subject matter of the article.

Literature Citation. Any literature directly referenced within the text, or in any tables or figures, must be notated using brackets with a reference number.The reference number must correspond to the number of the citation provided in the literature section. Citations must be listed in the order in which they appear in the article. References should be styled in accordance with the reference style of AMS (American Mathematical Society). Examples follow:

Journal Article:
[1] B. Grunbaum and G. C. Shephard, Edge-transitive planar graphs, J. Graph Theory 11 (1987), 141–156, DOI: 10.1002/jgt.3190110204.

[2] J. L. Gross and T. W. Tucker, Topological Graph Theory , Wiley, New York, 1987.

Book Chapter:
[3] R. C. Read and W. T. Tutte, "Chromatic polynomials," Selected Topics in Graph Theory III L. W. Beineke and R. J. Wilson, (Editors), Academic Press, New York (1988), pp. 15–42.

Online Reference:
[4] OHSA Law & Regulations. (2011). Retrieved September 21, 2012, from

[5] D. C. Hendershot and A. I. Ness. (2004) Some Reactive Chemistry Incidents and How They Could Have Been Prevented. Retrieved September 21, 2012, from papers/H - 43.pdf

Color Figure Preparation

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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).


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

SI Units.

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

Copyright/License Agreements

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):
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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


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

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 $850 for the first figure on a page and $150 for each additional figure on that page. 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.

Supplementary Material

Process Safety Progress 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.

Electronic Proofing

In order to expedite the publication and online posting of articles in Wiley Online Library, Process Safety Progress 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).

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 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.

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