International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology
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Submission Guidelines for Publication in the International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology
These instructions are intended to provide guidance to authors in preparing and submitting technical papers for publication in the International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology. Adherence to these instructions will ensure that papers are reviewed, edited, and published in the most timely and efficient manner. Any questions regarding these instructions should be addressed to the International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology, at Society headquarters.
The International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology is the only ISI-ranked journal to feature research devoted to the development and commercialization of engineered ceramics products and processes. Research featured in the journal explores the barriers to commercialization, design and testing, environmental health issues, international standardization activities, databases, and cost models.
Designed to get high quality information to end-users quickly, the journal's peer review process is led by an editorial board of experts from industry, government, and academia. Papers on all aspects of applied ceramics are welcome including:
- Ceramic Armor
- Nano technology and applications
- Ceramic Matrix Composites
- Functional Ceramics
- Ceramic Sensors
- Rapid Prototype Manufacturing
- Ceramic Coatings
- Glass Technology
- Ceramic and Technology for Energy Applications
- Energy harvesting
- Optical and Photonic Materials
As one of the primary journals of the American Ceramic Society, the International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology enjoys a large and diverse readership that includes:
- Engineers, manufacturers, and research & development scientists
- Researchers at over 4,809 research libraries in more than 90 countries
- Over 7,000 members of the American Ceramic Society/li>
- All delegates of the International Cocoa Beach Conference & Exposition on Advanced Ceramics and Composites
The International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology is edited by Hua-Tay Lin. To contact the editorial office, please email Marilyn Stoltz at email@example.com.
The 2012 ISI Impact Factor for the International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology is 1.153.
To make sure that references to this journal are correctly recorded and resolved, please use "Int. J. Appl. Ceram. Tec.", either with year, volume, and page numbers or with year and the DOI:
- Int. J. Appl. Ceram. Tec. 2011, DOI: 10.1111/j.1744-7402.2010.02557.x
- Int. J. Appl. Ceram. Tec. 2011, 8, 1183–1191
The authors, reviewers, and editors of the International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology are expected to follow the standards defined by the Committee on Publication Ethics. In particular, authors should not submit manuscripts that contain previously published results, plagiarized material, fictitious results, or intentional reference omissions. Manuscripts currently being considered for publication elsewhere will not be considered. Publication of abstracts and presentations at scientific meetings will not jeopardize full publication.
Authors should disclose related manuscripts that are under consideration or in press elsewhere, describing their relationship to the submitted manuscript and providing copies preferably at submission, and in any case upon request.
Authors should not submit manuscripts reporting essentially the same research to multiple journals. In addition, authors should not intentionally fragment research into multiple manuscripts if a single report would be more appropriate.
Scientific Misconduct Issues: Any alleged violation of any of the rules of scientific publishing ethics as defined by the Committee on Publication Ethics (http://publicationethics.org/files/International%20standards_authors_for%20website_11_Nov_2011.pdf) will be investigated confidentially in accord with standard Wiley procedures as outlined in our best practices guide (http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/publicationethics.asp). If the violations are found to be sufficiently serious, the Editors will request that the authors provide a written explanation. If the authors do not provide an explanation or the explanation is unsatisfactory, such that the journal's Editorial Team finds that the evidence clearly shows that a violation of our publishing ethics policy has occurred, the manuscript will be rejected or retracted, depending on current status. In such cases the Editors reserve the right to both notify the authors' institution of the violation of the journal's scientific ethics policy and impose punitive actions, e.g., a ban on publishing in the journal. The above course of action will also take effect if it is established that authors have violated any of the basic rules of ethical scientific conduct.
Credit for authorship should be based on:
- substantial contributions to research design,
- the acquisition, analysis or interpretation of data, drafting the paper or revising it critically,
- and approval of the submitted and final versions.
Authors should meet all three criteria. All contributors who do not meet all the criteria for authorship should be listed in the acknowledgement section. In order to guarantee that appropriate authorship credit is given to all contributors we request that a brief statement describing the contribution of every listed author is added to the cover letter.
The corresponding author should take responsibility for communicating with all other authors and getting their approval for the final version to be published.
Funding and competing financial interests
Authors must disclose all sources of funding for their research and its publication, or for their publication if it is not a research publication. All authors must provide details of competing financial interests (e.g., employment, significant share ownership, patent rights, consultancy, research funding) in any company or institution that might benefit from their publication.
Authors must declare that the submitted work is their own and that copyright has not been breached in seeking its publication.
Authors should declare that the submitted work has not previously been published in full, and is not being considered for publication, elsewhere. Publication of abstracts and presentations at scientific meetings will not jeopardize full publication.
OnlineOpen is available to authors of primary research articles who wish to make their article available to non-subscribers upon 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 Online Library, as well as deposited in the funding agency's preferred archive. Please visit the OnlineOpen site for more information:http://wileyonlinelibrary.com/onlineopen#OnlineOpen_Journals.
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.
Pursuant to National Institute of Health (NIH) mandate, Wiley-Blackwell will post the accepted version of contributions authored by NIH grant–holders to PubMed Central upon acceptance. This accepted version will be made publicly available 12 months after publication. For further information, see http://www.wiley.com/go/nihmandate.
While a certain degree of image processing is acceptable, and sometimes unavoidable, images submitted for publication should be minimally modified, and any modification to original raw data should be clearly and fully disclosed. Images submitted must accurately represent the original data, and authors must provide, if requested by the editors, unprocessed and raw data to aid in the reviewing process.
Image-processing details should be disclosed in full, either in the figure legends, the Experimental section, or in the Supporting Information. This should include the software used and the settings and methods applied in manipulations. Processing should be applied equally to the entire image and also to controls. Processing that obscures data or emphasizes certain regions at the expense of others should not be employed. When used, false-color and nonlinear adjustments, such as gamma correction, deconvolution, filtering, thresholding, and projection, should be clearly indicated in the manuscript.
In the case of gels and blots, cropped images may be used when necessary for clarity and conciseness. As previously mentioned, these modifications must be clearly stated, and the full gels and blots should be provided as Supporting Information. A clear line should mark the boundary between different gels where these were cropped, and all important bands should be maintained in the image.
Articles are edited and published online in the order in which they are approved. The articles can be viewed in the Early View section for the Journal in Wiley Online Library, and online publication is fully citable with the year and the DOI. The printed issues are organized by topical focus, and articles are selected for inclusion in issues based on whether they fit the next issue's theme.
Authors are asked to submit manuscripts electronically using ScholarOne Manuscripts, the Journal's online manuscript management and review system available at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/act. The author should also complete a copyright transfer form.
This site is also linked to the Journal home page at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1744-7402. Text, tables, and figures should be submitted as electronic files. The files will be converted to PDF and HTML formats for review purposes.
New users of Manuscript Central should start by creating their own account by following the directions given. Your suggested user name is your email address. If you are an Associate Editor, your account has already been set up. Once entered, you cannot change your user name; however, you may log on to change your password at any time. If your user name or password does not work, click on 'Get Help Now' in the top right corner of the Manuscript Central home page for assistance.
Contact information for the corresponding author, including an e-mail address, fax number, and telephone number, must be provided with all submissions.
Papers published in the International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology include both invited and unsolicited manuscripts. All submissions are thoroughly reviewed by two or more selected reviewers and at least one Associate Editor. Final accepted papers are available online within 6 months of submission and published in print shortly thereafter.
Guidelines for preparing your manuscript for submission, including file formats and image resolution, can be found at the end of this document under Manuscript Preparation.
Pre-submission language editing
Occasionally, a paper is submitted in which the English usage is too poor to permit review and editing. In these instances, the manuscript will be rejected and the author advised to make use of a rewrite service, or to otherwise improve the quality of the language usage to a satisfactory level before submitting again. Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission to improve the English. A list of independent suppliers of editing services can be found at http://Authorservices.Wiley.Com/Bauthor/English_Language.Asp. All services are paid for and arranged by the author, and use of one of these services does not guarantee acceptance or preference for publication.
The International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology does not consider manuscripts containing results that have previously been published in full, or are being considered for publication, elsewhere. Publication of abstracts and presentations at scientific meetings will not jeopardize full publication.
Authors should disclose related manuscripts that are under consideration or in press elsewhere, describing their relationship to the submitted manuscript and providing copies upon request.
Authors must submit cover letters with their manuscripts (in ScholarOne Manuscripts, a text box is provided for the letter). The cover letter must contain a short statement that explains why your submitted paper represents a significantly new scientific advance in the fundamental understanding of ceramic science. This statement should be no more than a few sentences written in style that can be understood by scientists and engineers, who are familiar with the general scientific issues in the field.Costs
It is suggested that authors whose research funds include publication costs will pay page charges. If no such funds are available, authors may indicate that they are unable to pay page charges. Page charges are $800 for Articles. Payment of the page charges does not influence how a manuscript is reviewed or when it is published.
If color print reproduction is desired, the author must indicate this and commit to paying costs of printing in color, $500 per figure with color.
The review system assigns a manuscript number, forwards the manuscript to the Journal, and sends an e-mail letter to the submitting author acknowledging receipt of the manuscript. The Journal staff electronically forwards the manuscript to the appropriate Journal Editor.
An author can view the status of his/her paper by logging on ScholarOne Manuscripts. The manuscripts are reviewed using the following criteria.
Manuscripts published in the Journal must:
- Fit within the scope of the Journal and be of interest to its readers. Report original research and contain substantially new and interesting results that are of sufficient importance to justify publication.
- Be written using proper English style and grammar.
- Be well organized with an abstract that concisely conveys the contribution of the manuscript to the technical literature (purpose, approach, results and consequences). In addition, the introduction should describe the reason for the study and describe how the present study differs from past studies.
- Include a thorough literature review with an appropriate list of references from relevant studies or other sources.
- Include a methodology or experimental procedure that is well conducted, designed, and described. This should include the number of tests performed, the number of specimens used, their dimensions, etc. The use of standard experimental procedures is encouraged. If appropriate, the authors should also perform suitable statistical tests to justify their conclusions.
- Clearly display the information in the micrographs and figures, including magnifications and captions that clearly convey their intended message.
- Contain only the number of figures and tables that are necessary in describing the technical content.
- Logically discuss the results in way that leads to a set of sound conclusions.
The Journal Editor forwards an accepted paper to Wiley Publishing. When composed page proofs are available, Wiley forwards them to the author for final review and to answer any editorial questions that may have resulted from editing the manuscript. The author should return the corrected page proofs as directed by Wiley. If none are returned, Wiley will proceed with publication as edited.
Note that digital graphics submitted for web-based peer review do not require the same high–resolution preparation that digital graphics submitted for print production do. If resolution is too low, new graphics files may be needed to meet print requirements upon acceptance of a manuscript.
Free access to the final PDF offprint or your article will be available via Wiley's Author Services. Please register to access your article PDF offprint and enjoy the many other benefits the service offers. Visit http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/ to register.
When an author does not accept the position taken by the Society, the following steps may be taken. Substantial reasons for differing with the position of the editor should first be brought to the attention of the editor who made the original decision. If no compromise or satisfactory agreement is attained, the author may elect to bring the substantial reasons to the attention of the Senior Journal Editor for the Journal and the Committee on Publications Chair for all other publications. If an agreement is again not attained, the author may request the Senior Journal Editor or the Committee on Publications Chair to refer the matter to the Committee on Publications whose decision shall be final.
Manuscripts should not exceed 7,250 words and must be accompanied by a cover letter. Contact information for the corresponding author that includes an e-mail address, fax number, and telephone number must be provided with all submissions.
Authors should submit manuscripts electronically using ScholarOne Manuscripts, the Journal's online manuscript management and review system. Acceptable file formats for electronic manuscript submission in ScholarOne Manuscripts are shown below:
Text: Accepted manuscripts must be submitted in one or more of the formats listed; Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, LaTex and RTF. All manuscripts must be in double-spaced format, including the abstract, references, and figure captions. They should be formatted to print on 8 ½ in. by 11 in. (approximately 22 cm by 28 cm) paper with left and right margins of at least 1 in (approximately 2.5 cm) each.
Graphics: It is strongly encouraged to submit line artwork (vector graphics) as Encapsulated PostScript (EPS), however the following formats are also acceptable for creating artwork: Microsoft Word, Adobe Illustrator, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, ChemDraw, CorelDRAW, gnuplot, and Microcal Origin. Halftones or photographic images should be submitted in Tagged Image File Format (TIFF) files only. Images saved in Microsoft Office formats are not allowed though Microsoft Office works well for tables and line art.
The title should be both brief and descriptive. Introductory words, such as 'On,' 'Observations on,' 'Some,' and 'Study of' are to be avoided. For indexing purposes, chemical names rather than formulas are preferred in titles.
Authors' Names and Affiliations
Authors' first and last names should be provided. The Journal, as is customary in the United States, displays the full names of authors in the following order: given name, middle name or initial, family name. This applies to names from all sources, regardless of cultural practices that follow other rules.
The affiliations of the authors at the time the work was performed should be presented with the institution and department names (if applicable) presented in full, with the city, state/ prefecture/province, postal code, and country (if not United States). Do not include local address information, such as street name, on the manuscript; however, this information should be included in the online submission form or cover letter.
If authors' current or permanent affiliations are different from the above, this should be explained in a footnote.
The e-mail address of a corresponding author may be shown in a footnote at the beginning of the article.
An abstract not exceeding 200 words must be provided with each paper. Preferably, the abstract will be of the informative type, presenting a condensed version of the information in the paper. The abstract should briefly state the purpose of the research (unless given in the title), new or unusual techniques used in the experimental procedure, and significant results.
No footnotes or references may appear in the abstract.
The text of each paper should be divided into three or more sections. Typical section titles are as follows:
- Experimental Procedure
- Conclusions (or Summary)
The background and context of a paper should be presented in an Introduction, and the main points of the paper should be reiterated in the Conclusions or Summary section.
Sections can be divided into two or more subsections. The titles of subsections should be brief, and the subsections should reflect an organized breakdown of the section subject. Subsection titles should be as brief as clarity permits and should be parallel in structure.
All text should be formatted double-spaced.
Acknowledgement and Support
If the author wishes to acknowledge non-financial support (for example, donation of materials or use of laboratory equipment), a brief Acknowledgment section may be presented immediately preceding the Reference section. However, the source of financial support for the work represented by a paper should appear in a footnote at the beginning of the article.
Manufacturer–specific information regarding materials or equipment used in the work should be included in parentheses following the generic name for the material or equipment, for example, '... microscope (Model 123, Wabash Instruments, Center City, IN).'
A Reference section should follow the text. References should be listed in the order in which they appear in the paper. Complete information is essential. Papers without complete references will not be accepted into the review process.
References to periodical papers must include (as applicable) the authors' names, paper title, periodical title, volume number, page range, and year of publication. Book references should include (as applicable) authors' names, chapter/ section title, page range, book title, editors' names, publisher's name and location, and year of publication. Papers from proceedings should include the location and date of the relevant meeting, as well as the name and location of the publisher and the year of publication.
Non–English titles of books should include the English translation of the title, in parentheses, following the non–English title.
Titles of periodicals should be abbreviated in accordance with the Chemical Abstracts Service Source Index (CASSI).
Formats of typical references are as follows:
Journal: S. Y. Chen and I. W. Chen, "Texture Development, Microstructure Evolution, and Crystallization of Chemically Derived PZT Thin Films," J. Am. Ceram. Soc., 81  197–199 (1998).
Book: J. W. Hutchinston, Mechanics of Thin Films and Multilayers, Vol. 12, 2nd edition, 611–617, Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby, Denmark, 1996.
Edited book: S. Trolier–McKinstry, J. Lacey, J. P. Maria, J. F. Shepard Jr., T. Su, and F. Xu, "The Impact of Domains on the Dielectric and Electromechanical Properties of Ferroelectric Thin Films," Ferroelectric Thin Films, eds., R. E. Treece, R. E. Jones, C. M. Foster, S. B. Desu, and I. K. Yoo. Materials Research Society, Boston, MA, 191–210, 1997.
Proceedings: J. F. Shepard Jr., T. Su, and F. Xu, "The Impact of Domains on the Dielectric," Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on High–Density Light–Scattering Model, Paris, France, July 5–7, 2004.
Patent: R. T. Weiss, "Mechanics of Thin Films and Multilayers," U.S. Patent 6086814, 2003.
Authors are expected to follow generally accepted rules of grammar and punctuation and to use American spelling (e.g., center and color, not centre and colour). Jargon and slang should be avoided. Abbreviations and acronyms may be used, but they must be defined the first time they are used. Abbreviations and acronyms should not be used in manuscript title, abstract or conclusions.
Terminology should be used consistently. Either a formula or a chemical name can be used for a substance, but it should be used throughout the paper.
The Society insists on the use of metric units of measurement, specifically SI units, in the Journal. English or other non-metric units may appear in a paper, but they should appear only in parentheses following the SI units, e.g., 32 mm (1.25 in.).
The primary acceptable SI units are the base units, supplemental units, and derived units (See Tables II, III, and IV). In addition, certain units not part of SI are so widely used that it is impractical to abandon them. These exceptions (Table V and VI) are permitted in the Journal, although SI equivalents are preferred whenever possible. Other non–SI units are not permitted as primary measurements: these include calorie, degree Fahrenheit, dyne, erg, gal, gauss, inch, kilogram–force, micron, oersted, poise, pounds per square inch, and torr. If these non-SI units are included in a paper, they should appear only in parentheses following the SI units. An excellent guide to the use of SI units is the ASTM Standard for Metric Practice, E 380–386.
All mathematical expressions should be presented in a clear and unambiguous manner. Every symbol must be defined, and care should be taken to avoid multiple meanings for the same symbol. Be particularly careful to avoid confusion in the use of the numeral '1', the lower-case letter '1', and the capital letter 'I', and between the numeral '0' and the capital letter 'O', because many type fonts do not clearly distinguish between them. If necessary, make a marginal note to identify the character.
In display equations using fractions (except superscripts), numerators should be stacked over denominators rather than placed on a single line and separated by a slash (/).
Very large and very small numbers should not be expressed in scientific notation, e.g., 3.62 x 109 and 3.62 x 10-9 but rather the prefixes available for SI units should be used. For example, 3.62 x 109 Pa should be written as 3.62 GPa and 3.62 x 10-9 m should be 3.62 nm. If possible, the prefix should be chosen so the number is less than 1.000.
Tables should be prepared on separate pages at the end of the manuscript. Please send the table as part of the original manuscript file; PDF, JPEG, or TIFF tables will not be accepted. 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.
Illustrations must be submitted as electronic files at the appropriate resolution and the size intended for publication. Color images should be submitted in full color. For file format, it is strongly encouraged to submit line artwork (vector graphics) as Encapsulated PostScript (EPS), however the following formats are also acceptable for creating artwork: Microsoft Word, Adobe Illustrator, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, ChemDraw, CorelDRAW, gnuplot, and Microcal Origin. Halftones or photographic images should be submitted in Tagged Image File Format (TIFF) files only. Images saved in Microsoft Office formats are not allowed though Microsoft Office works well for tables and line art. No artwork in PDF format will be accepted. Minimum acceptable resolution at final, published size is 300 dpi (dots per inch) for color figures, 500 dpi for grayscale images, and 300+ dpi for line art. These resolutions are for when the figure (excluding white space on the edges) is sized to a column width of approximately 85 mm or in other words, the figure must be a minimum of 1000 pixels wide. If the graphic is to be published in a two-column format then the 300 dpi minimum should apply to a figure width of approximately 170 mm or in other words, the figure must be a minimum of 2000 pixels wide. For uploading large files more quickly, LZW compression will reduce file size without affecting quality.
Further information on preparing electronic figures and checking dpi is available at http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/illustration.asp and http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/faq.asp.
Each figure submitted must be clearly identified with a figure number and caption. Captions of all figures should be grouped in a single list after the Reference section within the manuscript file. The captions should be formatted double-spaced. This grouping of captions is in addition to the presentation of each individual caption with its appropriate figure. Figures embedded in text are acceptable for review purposes only; separate files should be submitted for publication.
If there are multiple images used for a single figure and caption, it is not necessary to combine the figure parts into a single file, but each component must be clearly labeled (Figure 1a, 1b, 1c, etc.). Please ensure that the caption clearly indicates the significance of each part of the overall figure.
Spelling in figures should be checked carefully, because figures are not corrected or redrawn before publication. As in text, only SI units of measurement should be used.
For micrograph figures, magnification indicators, e.g., '1000X', must not be used, because micrographs are typically reduced before publication. The machine-generated information must be removed from your micrographs and replaced with professional scale markers, that are easy to read. If there is other critical information in the current legend, it should be added to the caption.
Line drawings should be drawn boldly to ensure clear reproduction. Lettering within each figure should be sized with a regard to its appearance when the drawing is reduced for publication. Sans serif fonts (for example, Arial or Tahoma) are preferable for figure labels and legends.
Figure files must be clearly labeled with a figure number.
Normally, figures and micrographs are submitted and published in black and white. Figures submitted in color will appear in color when published online. However, if color print reproduction is desired, the author must indicate this and commit to paying costs of printing in color, $500 per figure with color.
If a figure has been taken directly from another published source, the author must obtain written permission to reprint from the original publisher. (This is not required if the original publisher is The American Ceramic Society.) This permission should be forwarded to the Journal Administrator when the article is being submitted for publication, and the source of the figure should be cited as a reference in the figure caption. Alternatively, if the author has modified the original figure in any significant way, no permission to reprint is required. However, the reference to the published paper containing the source figure should be cited at the end of the figure caption in the form '(After Smith and Jones.8).'
Authors are responsible for submitting publication-quality figures following the guidelines presented. Unacceptable format or quality may result in delays in publication. Where possible, enhance the contrast of figure submissions. When in doubt, we recommend printing the image to verify whether the contrast is high enough; do not rely on the on-screen image.