Polymer Composites

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Edited By: Alan J. Lesser

Impact Factor: 1.632

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 7/24 (Materials Science Composites); 44/82 (Polymer Science)

Online ISSN: 1548-0569

Author Guidelines

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Author Services enables authors to track their article - once it has been accepted - through the production process to publication online and in print. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated emails at key stages of production. The author will receive an email with a unique link that enables them to register and have their article automatically added to the system. Please ensure that a complete email address is provided when submitting the manuscript. Visit http://authorservices.wiley.com for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.

Author Guidelines


Polymer Composites is pleased to offer authors web-based manuscript submission and peer-review. Submit your manuscripts online at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/pc . Manuscripts submitted online are received on the day of submission and quickly assigned to reviewers. Through individual Author Centers on this website, authors can view the status of their manuscripts as they progress through the review process. Notification of the disposition of each manuscript will be sent by E-mail to the corresponding author on the day of decision. To submit your manuscript online:

  • Go to the submission website
  • If you do not already have an account, then create one by clicking on the "Create an Account" button. You then will be able to submit and monitor the progress of your manuscripts. If you have forgotten your password, click "Forget your password," to have your account information sent to your e-mail address.
  • Follow the instructions carefully. Submit the complete manuscript with text (including references), tables, and figures as separate files. You do not need to mail paper copies of your manuscript.
  • At the end of a successful submission, a confirmation screen with a manuscript number will appear, and you will receive an E-mail confirming that the manuscript has been received by the journal. If these two messages do not appear, then go into your Author Center and make sure that you have clicked on the “Submit” button or contact technical support at ts.mcsupport@thomson.com .
Submission of original and review articles is encouraged. There is no limit on paper length, and the journal assesses no page or publication charges. Submission will be taken to imply that the paper has not been published, that it is not being considered elsewhere for publication, and that if accepted it will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in any language, without the consent of the editor or publisher. Authors must agree to transfer copyright to the publisher when anarticle is accepted for publication. Unless notified to the contrary by the authors,the publisher assumes that the act of submitting the article signifies the authors' agreement to such copyright transfer to the publisher. Each manuscript should include:

A separate title page, headed by a concise, meaningful title (no abbreviations). This page should provide:

The name and affiliations of each contributing author at the time the paper was prepared.

Acknowledgment of any prior oral presentation and original source of the material.

A separate abstract page, consisting of a single paragraph, text only, of 100-200 words to be headed by the title and the names and addresses of the authors. Define any abbreviations for substances or methods (such as ABS, SAXS, etc.).

A list of references, on a separate page at the end of the text, numbered in order of text citation. The references are to be abbreviated in the form shown below, using the names of all authors preceded by initials.

Within the text, the reference citations are typed in parentheses in line with the main copy (no superscripts or subscripts), thus:

According to Aggasant et al. [1] …

In the list of references the general style is as follows:

For periodicals:
1. J. F. Agassant, A. Fortin, and Y. Demay, Polym. Eng. Sci. , 34 , 110 (1994).

The journal name is italicized, the volume number is boldfaced, and the year is placed in parentheses. The issue number is given only when needed for identification. The article name is eliminated unless the reference is unclear without it.

For books: The title is spelled out in full and underlined.
9. J. M. Dealy and K. F. Wissburn, Melt Rheology and Its Role in Plastic Processing , Van Nostrand Reinhold (1990).
(Include the state or country when the city is not identifiable.) (Add page number if appropriate.)

The title is to be spelled out in full and italicized. When necessary, include name of chapter or section within quotation marks.

For patents:
12. R. Columbo, U.S. Patent, 2820,249 (1958).

As necessary, add a nomenclature list before the references, identifying symbols and abbreviations. Footnotes are to be avoided.

Equations, numbered and typed in the appropriate place in the text.

Tables, with a heading, and numbered with Arabic numerals that correspond to the order in which they are cited in the text.

Important: English spelling is standard U.S., not British. Data in Polymer Composites must be given in SI units.

Figures should be identified on the front edge or on the back (photographs) with the name of the first author and the figure number (e.g., Smith, Fig. 1). Originals are to be prepared with high contrast India ink and to bear uniformly stenciled notations. Line drawings and photos should be of a quality suitable for good photographic reproduction and retained legibility upon size reduction to 7.6 cm (3 inch) width. Gray scales are to be avoided. Images submitted electronically must be in Tagged Image File Format (TIFF) or Encapsulated PostScript (EPS). They may be submitted from either a MS-DOS or Macintosh system. PowerPoint figures are acceptable, but are not preferred for best quality in print. If figures are in PowerPoint, Adobe Photoshop, or EPS, it is recommended to use Aldus Freehand or QuarkXPress. Figures prepared in Word, Excel, Microsoft Publisher, Lotus 123 and Corel Draw are not acceptable as digital files. To ensure that your digital graphics are suitable for print purposes, please go to Rapid Inspector TM at http://rapidinspector.cadmus.com/wi/index.jsp. This free, stand-alone software application will help you to inspect and verify illustrations right on your computer.


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 non-standard CTA

If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the Polymer Composites non-standard CTA to sign. The terms and conditions of the non-standard CTA can be previewed below:

Terms and Conditions. Please do not complete this PDF until you are prompted to login into Author Services as described above.

Note to Contributors on Deposit of Accepted Version

Funder arrangements

Certain funders, including the NIH, members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) and Wellcome Trust require deposit of the Accepted Version in a repository after an embargo period. Details of funding arrangements are set out at the following website: http://www.wiley.com/go/funderstatement. Please contact the Journal production editor if you have additional funding requirements.


Wiley has arrangements with certain academic institutions to permit the deposit of the Accepted Version in the institutional repository after an embargo period. Details of such arrangements are set out at the following website: http://www.wiley.com/go/funderstatement

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 http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/faqs_copyright.asp and visit http://www.wileyopenaccess.com/details/content/12f25db4c87/Copyright--License.html.

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: http://www.wiley.com/go/funderstatement.

General correspondence concerning Polymer Composites may directed to:

Professor Alan J. Lesser, Editor-in-Chief
Polymer Science and Engineering Department
Conte Research Center
120 Governor's Drive
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003-4530
E-mail: pcjournal@mail.pse.umass.edu

For information on journal production and publication dates, contact:

E-mail: jrnlprodpc@cadmus.com