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To the author
The editorial content of Powder Coating is developed for engineers,
managers, and technicians who are responsible for or involved in the operation
of a powder coating system or in producing powder coatings. Our aim is to provide
practical information that readers will use in the daily operation of their
businesses. Powder Coating's articles are written by technical
professionals for technical professionals. Our editorial staff doesn't
look for accomplished writers when choosing manuscripts. Instead, they look
for people who have valuable information to share. Even if you've never
written for publication before, our editors can help you produce your manuscript
with a minimum of wasted time and effort.This booklet is designed to help you
develop your article idea and to assist you in preparing and submitting your
manuscript. We hope we'll see your name in print in Powder Coating.
About Powder Coating
Powder Coating is the only technical publication devoted exclusively
to readers in the North American powder coating industry. Articles provide up-to-date
information about the powder coating process, including surface preparation,
materials handling, powder coatings, raw materials, application and recovery
equipment, curing equipment, and powder coatings manufacturing equipment.The
magazine's readers manufacture and powder coat a broad range of products, such
as metal household furniture, farm machinery and equipment, lawn and garden
tractors, computer and office equipment, refrigeration and service industry
machinery, household appliances, aircraft parts, and motor vehicles, parts,
and accessories. Readers also produce powder coatings and resins, pigments,
fillers, and extenders for powder coatings.
Articles are read because of the facts, ideas, and advice they give readers. They
help readers make informed decisions about selecting and using equipment, coatings,
and other materials. Articles must be impartial and objective; they can't focus
exclusively on one manufacturer's products or processes. Following are some of
the ways you can focus your article for Powder Coating.
- Present major technical facts about a process
- Compare and contrast several related materials or pieces of equipment
- Give advice on troubleshooting existing processes or equipment
- Give data about emerging technology or old technology undergoing changes
- Present a developing theory or an improved testing method
- Write a trend piece about changes in equipment design, coatings composition,
production processes, or testing methods (the article can be broad or focused
on one aspect of a particular technology or process)
Preparing an article
The editors are looking for original, unpublished manuscripts. Authors are
urged to submit a brief proposal or outline to the editors before submitting
a manuscript. Unsolicited manuscripts that are rejected will be returned only
if accompanied by return postage. The magazine is not responsible for loss of
or damage to the manuscript or accompanying artwork.
The editors review five types of manuscripts for publication in Powder Coating.
Technical articles. These articles focus on technology, equipment,
and materials used in the powder coating industry. Topics of interest include
but are not limited to materials handling and racking systems; surface preparation
chemicals, equipment, and technology; advances in the manufacture of powder
coatings and their components; application equipment and technology; spray booths
and recovery systems; equipment and technology used in parts heating, drying,
and cooling; powder storage and handling; quality assurance and control; laboratory
equipment; and worker safety and environmental equipment and technology.
Manuscripts should be approximately 10 to 15 pages long (2,500 to 3,750 words).
Begin each component of the article on a separate page. Components include the
title of the article, with the author's name and company affiliation; a brief
abstract, indicating the novelty or importance of the article to people in the
powder coating field; the first page of the article; captions for photographs
or illustrations; tables; and references.
Case histories. These articles describe how finishers have used
certain materials and equipment to solve specific powder coating problems. We
let the end user tell the story; therefore, we don't quote vendors or use vendor
names in the article. (Vendor names appear at the end of the article with a
reader service number). Sometimes vendors or their customers send us a first
draft of a case history, but usually an editor writes the article based on telephone
interviews and an outline that the vendor or end user provides. Case histories
are published without bylines.
Plant tours. Unlike case histories, which describe a specific
problem and its solution, plant tours describe the layout, equipment, equipment
installation, and operation of an entire powder coating line. Usually an editor
writes these based on an outline furnished by a vendor or end user and on telephone
interviews with line personnel and vendors. Vendor names are mentioned only
at the end of the article and are accompanied by reader service numbers. The
editor's byline usually appears with these articles.
Emerging technology articles. These articles describe a significant
technological breakthrough in powder coating, such as coil coating with powder.
We don't regard upgraded technology or a new generation of existing technology
as an emerging technology. An editor writes these articles based on telephone
interviews with vendors and end users and on technical journal articles and
other printed sources. The editor's byline appears with the article.
These are short articles about an out-of-the-ordinary
powder coating application. This can be applying powder to an unusual product
or combining powder coating into a unique finishing process. An editor writes
these articles based on telephone interviews with line personnel and vendors.
Vendor names are mentioned only at the end of the article and are accompanied
by reader service numbers. The editor's byline usually appears with these articles.
Test center articles. These articles describe an equipment or
coatings manufacturer's testing laboratory and explain its use in solving customer's
powder coating problems. Manuscripts should be approximately 4 to 10 pages long
(1,000 to 2,500 words) and be accompanied by photographs and illustrations of
actual customer tests.
Attention to the following mechanical details will help us handle your manuscript
Typing. Submit a typed, double-spaced manuscript with margins
at least 1 1/2 inches on all sides. Double space everything, including
photo captions, footnotes, tables, references, and nomenclature. Number each
page of the manuscript consecutively, beginning with the first page of the text.
Submit two copies. Check your work for errors in grammar and typography and
for clarity of expression.
Byline. On the manuscript's first page, type your name, title,
and company name the way you would like them to appear in print.
Mathematical equations. Present your formulas and equations clearly
and check them for accuracy. Indicate symbols that might be ambiguous. Define
all symbols--even if the meaning is obvious to you or is generally known. If
your manuscript uses many symbols, supply a table of nomenclature.
Photographs and illustrations. Photographs and illustrations,
including line drawings and graphs, must enhance the reader's understanding
of the text. Refer to illustrations, line drawings, graphs, and photographs
in the text by arabic numerals in consecutive order: Figure 1, Figure 2, and
When submitting illustrations, line drawings, or graphs, send the original
artwork. If you can't send the originals, make sure your copies are crisp and
readable. Mark the figure number and author's name on the back of the material
in ballpoint ink.
Every photograph or illustration must have an appropriate caption. Write or
type the caption above or below the illustration. Don't write caption, author's
name, or figure number in ink or marker directly on the back of a photo--the
writing may show through and make the print unsuitable for reproduction. Instead,
type this information separately and use masking tape to affix it to the back
of the photo.
Submit good quality photographs in color or glossy black and white. Color photos
can be prints, positive transparencies, or slides. Halftones, screen prints,
and negatives do not reproduce well and cannot be used. Pack photographs between
cardboard sheets to prevent damage during mailing.
Tables. Submit each table on a separate sheet of paper. Refer
to tables in the text by arabic numerals in consecutive order: Table 1, Table
2, and so on. Label every table and each column within the table with an appropriate
heading. Place the table number and title in a heading above the data. Indicate
the author's name on the reverse side of each table.
References. Number references consecutively in order of appearance
and indicate them in the text by arabic numerals. Provide a list of references
at the end of the manuscript in the order the references appeared in the text.
Do not arrange references alphabetically. Use the following format when typing
1. N.J.H. Gulpen and A.J. Van deWerf, "Current European Thermosetting
Powder Coating Resins," J. Paint Tech. 47 (September 1975): 437.
[magazine or journal article]
2. T.A. Misev, Powder Coatings Chemistry and Technolo-gy (New York:
John Wiley & Sons, 1991), 113. [book]
3. M.A. Fooksman, "Comparison of Recovery Systems," in Powder
Coating Applications, ed. S. Dawson and V. Reddy (Dearborn, Mich.: Society
of Manufacturing Engineers, 1990), 116-130. [article in a collection]
4. E.S. Childs, "Emerging Worldwide Markets for Powder Coatings"
(Paper presented at the Second North American Conference on Powder Coatings,
Toronto, 13-15 May 1972). [paper presented at a conference]
Clearances. If your work must be cleared by your company, supplier,
customer, or government sources, get this done before submitting the manuscript.
Although we can discuss manuscript ideas or review article outlines before you've
started clearance procedures, we'll accept your manuscript for publication only
after it has been approved. If you need help, check with your company's
public relations or advertising departments.
In addition, if you have borrowed illustrations, line drawings, graphs, or
tables from another source, you may need copyright clearance. Indicate if you
have such clearance, and what credit, if any, must be given.
Submitting an article
Editor review. We will acknowledge the arrival of your manuscript
and review it. We will send it back only if it needs substantial revision. If
that happens, we'll make suggestions for modifications. If your manuscript is
accepted, we still may have questions about its content. In that case, we'll
simply contact you by telephone or facsimile.
Editing a manuscript.
All manuscripts are subject to editing. We may make minor changes, such as sharpening
sentence structure and tightening paragraphs, or we may make substantial changes,
such as condensing some portions, rewriting or reorganizing others, and adding
material from other sources. You will receive a copy of the edited version of
your manuscript before publication to check for technical accuracy. You are
responsible for accuracy of facts and statements in the manuscript.
You're published, now what?
Although we can't promise you the fame and fortune of a bestselling novelist,
we can say that writing for a technical publication has its own rewards. Your
experience and know-how on a particular subject can help others learn. Not only
will your article contribute to the growing pool of technical knowledge, it
will also gain professional recognition for you and your company.
Complimentary issues. We'll send you a complimentary issue that
contains your article. Let us know if you need more issues.
Reprints. If you or your company wants reprints of your article,
let us know. Our production department can quote prices and work with you on
designing the reprint format.