Polymer Engineering & Science

Cover image for Vol. 57 Issue 9

Edited By: Alan J. Lesser

Impact Factor: 1.449

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2016: 47/86 (Polymer Science); 73/135 (Engineering Chemical)

Online ISSN: 1548-2634

Author Guidelines

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Author Services – Online production tracking is now available for your article through Wiley-Blackwell's Author Services.

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 Engineering & Science is pleased to offer authors web-based manuscript submission and peer-review. Submit your manuscripts online at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/pes . 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 .
  • There is no limit on paper length, and the journal assess no page or publication charges. Submission will be taken to imply that the paper has not been previously 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 an article 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.

All manuscripts must be typed using double spacing and a 10 or 12 point font. Figures and tables should be appended at the end, each appearing on a separate page. 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 brackets in line with the main copy (no superscripts or subscripts), thus:

According to Cohen 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:
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).

NOTE: Do not use URLs for references. All references must be archival publications.

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 Engineering & Science must be given in SI units.

Figures should be numbered in the order in which they are mentioned in the text. All figure parts should be labeled a, b, c, etc. Indicate the figure number and labels on the front of each figure, but not within the figure frame. Symbols, letters, and numbers must be legible after reduction, at which time, the smallest data points should not be less than 1.5- to 1.7-mm high. Images need to be cropped and all irrelevant parts removed. Figure captions are to be typed together on a separate sheet of paper and should also be included under the corresponding figure. Because of the high cost of color printing, we can only print color figures if authors cover the expense. The charge for printing figures in color is $500 per figure.

Electronic submission of manuscripts.

All manuscripts must be submitted online. Electronic submissions of text must be in MS Word format. LaTex, Postscript, ASCII or PDF will not be accepted. Author-defined macros are unacceptable. Authors preparing disks on Macintosh computers should not use the Fast Save option. Symbols and special characters should not be created graphically; instead, use the character set provided in your word processor.

Electronic submission of graphics to publisher, post-acceptance. Figures may be embedded in the DOC file or uploaded separately. If uploaded separate from the manuscript.doc file, the figures must be in either MS Word (DOC or DOCX), 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 Adobe Photoshop or EPS, it is recommended to use Aldus Freehand or QuarkXPress. Figures prepared in Excel, Microsoft Publisher, Lotus 123, Power Point and Corel Draw are not acceptable as digital files. If your files have been prepared in one of these formats and cannot be converted, you will be required to mail high quality hard copy figures. Failure to comply with these electronic submission procedures may result in a delay in publication. All images must be saved and submitted in final size. At this final size, all fonts for numbers, letters, legends, and insets must be at least 10pt type or larger (Times New Roman, Arial, or equivalent font). The final figure sizes are: 1 column = 3-in. (8.25-cm) wide, 1.5 column = 5-in. (13-cm) wide, 2 columns = 6-in. (17.15-cm) wide. Figures should not exceed 8-in. (21.6-cm) in height. All cropping and manipulation must be completed before the images are submitted to the publisher.

Resolutions of scanned images are as follows: Line art is to be scanned at 600 dots per inch (dpi). Halftones are to be scanned at 300 dpi. To ensure good reproduction on press, the minimum black value on a halftone scan (high-light) should be 4% black. The maximum value (shadow) should be no higher than 95%. Avoid the use of fine lines for graphs and charts. Use only Adobe Type 1 fonts in creating images, and limit the number of fonts used. Do not reletter images in Photoshop. If relettering must be done, import the image into either Freehand or QuarkXPress and reletter, then make an EPS file. Make sure all scanned images are "clean." Look for and clean up dust specks, scratches, tape marks, and anything that is not part of the actual image. Files generated in Freehand should be saved in EPS format.

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 Engineering & Science 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 Engineering & Science may be directed to:

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

For information on journal production and publication dates, please contact:

E-mail: PENprod@wiley.com