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Author Guidelines

GUIDE FOR AUTHORS

http://www.destechpub.com/_files/live/Author_Guidelines_JMC.pdf

Aims and Scope

The Journal of Multifunctional Composites provides an international platform to showcase original, novel, and the latest research into multifunctional composite materials and structures. Analytical, experimental, and computational studies that deal with topics such as design and manufacturing; processing and transport; characterization of physical, mechanical, electrical, chemical, magnetic, and acoustic properties; interface and damage mechanics; microstructural characterization; modeling and simulation; non-destructive testing; durability and performance; and commercial applications are welcomed.

Of particular interest is the behavior of multifunctional composites through studies that bridge the length scales from the molecular to the macro scales, and under extreme environments that span quasistatic to ballistic strain rates and below-freezing to above-melting temperatures. Composite materials include synthetic, natural, and biological sources of fiber and particle reinforcements within polymeric, metallic, and ceramic matrices, and hybrid variants thereof. Biomimetic, self-healing, self-cooling, active-morphing, functionally-graded, nano, green, and smart composite structures are also of interest. Full-length research articles, review articles, and short letters of the highest quality will be accepted for publication after a rigorous peer review. It is the intent of the Editor to complete all reviews in a very timely manner. It is the aim of Multifunctional Composites to provide a globally unified platform to rapidly disseminate the latest and most significant research findings in next-generation multifunctional composites to the international research community.

SUBMISSION CHECKLIST FOR AN ORIGINAL SUBMISSION

Please ensure your final submission contains the following items:

Cover letter

  • Name, affiliation, email, phone, fax, address of corresponding author
  • List of potential reviewers (minimum of four names, maximum of six names)
  • Declaration the work is original and not previously submitted elsewhere
  • Declare the use of any copyrighted material and include proof of permission to re-use the copyrighted material

Manuscript

  • Abstract, Keywords, Main Text, Figures, Tables, Acknowledgements, References

In addition, please note the following

  • Name your submission using the last name of the corresponding author, for e.g. Wang.pdf
  • Make sure the main text is in a single column format and checked for both spelling and grammar. All pages must be consecutively numbered.
  • Make sure all symbols and equations appear properly in the final PDF document.
  • If copyrighted material is used in the manuscript, please make sure permission has been previously obtained from the copyright holder. Proof of permission will need to be sent to the journal along with the submission.
  • Color figures will appear in color in the online version of the article and in grayscale in the print version of the article.

Cover Letter

  • All submissions must be accompanied by a cover letter addressed to the Editor. The cover letter should start at the first page of the submission. The cover letter pages should not be numbered. Include the complete contact information for the corresponding author (name, affiliation, email, phone, fax, address).
  • Provide a list of potential reviewers for the manuscript. Include the name, email, and institution. A minimum of four and maximum of six names should be provided. Of these at least two names must be from the US. If desired, you can also provide a list of individuals or institutions that you DO NOT want to review the manuscript.
  • The cover letter must also include a declaration from the corresponding author, on behalf of all authors, that the work is original and has not previously been submitted to another journal for publication. If the results contained in the article have previously appeared in a magazine, conference proceedings, or a thesis/dissertation, this should be clearly stated.
  • If any copyrighted material has been used in the manuscript, mention it in the cover letter and include proof of permission to re-use the copyrighted material.
  • Disclose any conflict of interest with any persons or organizations that may be personal or financial in nature and that may affect or influence either your work or their work.
  • Types of Articles
  • Full length articles, review articles, and short letters will be accepted for publication. Authors interested in writing review articles should first contact the Editor.

Word-processing Software

Articles can be prepared using any word-processing software. However submissions must only be in the form of a single PDF document.

Article Structure and Hierarchy

The structure of the article should closely follow this order: Title, Authors, Affiliations, Abstract, Keywords, Corresponding author contact information, Main text (e.g. Introduction, Setup/Methodology, Results, Discussion, Conclusions), Acknowledgements, References, Figures, Tables, Appendix.

Title

The title must clearly distinguish between work that is experimental and numerical in nature. For e.g., “An Experimental Investigation of…” or “Numerical Modeling of…”. Use sentence case for the title, i.e. do not capitalize all letters. Avoid the use of abbreviations and refrain from using commercial names. For e.g., use Finite Element Analysis instead of FEA.

Author Names and Affiliations

Provide the author’s entire first and last name. Middle names, if any, can be included as an initial. Below the list of author names, provide the entire postal address for each affiliation that includes the department, organization, street address, zip or postal code, and country. Use lower case alphabetical superscripts to relate each author to each affiliation. These superscripts should appear after each author’s name and before each affiliation listing. The corresponding author should be identified by a * superscript that appears after the alphabetical superscripts, for e.g., John Wu a,b,*. If any of the authors have changed their affiliation, then provide as a footnote on the title page the new affiliation for the author. The affiliation must correspond to the place where majority of the work was performed.

Main Text

There is no page or word limit. The text should be in a single column with one-and-a-half or double line spacing and a minimum font size of 10 pt. Use of Times New Roman, Arial, or Calibri fonts are preferred. Each new paragraph must be clearly identified using either a tab indent or a blank line. Figures and tables, including their captions, should appear on separate pages at the end of the manuscript, and should not be inserted within the text. Number all pages consecutively in the manuscript and place the page number at the top right of each page.

Abstract

The abstract is meant to serve as a stand-alone version of the manuscript. It should be kept as brief as possible and concisely state the objective of the research, the principal results, and major conclusions.

Keywords

Select a minimum of three and a maximum of five keywords. Keywords should preferably be between one to three words. Do not include phrases or commercial names.

Corresponding Author Contact Information

Provide the official email address, phone number, and fax number of the corresponding author below the list of keywords or as a footnote in the title page. One corresponding author must be clearly identified for each manuscript and will be sole point of contact between the Editor/Journal and the authors.

Headings and Subheadings

Heading and subheadings in the article should be identified using a decimal system. Main headings appear as (1, 2, 3,…), sub-headings as (1.1, 1.2, 2.1,…), and sub-sub-headings as (1.1.1, 1.1.2, 2.1.1,… ). Avoid any further division of sub-headings. The abstract is not numbered. All headings and sub-headings must appear in bold font in the text. The font size of the main headings must be 2 pt higher than the main text, for example if the main text has a 10 pt font size then the main headings must have a 12 pt font size. The font size of all lower-level headings must be the same as the main text.

Figures

Figures must appear on separate pages at the end of the manuscript and before the tables. Do not include more than two figures on each page. A descriptive figure caption, consecutively numbered, must accompany each figure and be placed below the figure. If symbols or abbreviations are used in the figure, explain them in the caption. If text is used inside a figure, use regular fonts and a large enough font size so that the text appears legible even if the figure is reduced in size for the final proof. Refer to each figure in the main text as Figure (1) or Figure (1.1). After the article is accepted for publication, if some of the figures embedded in the Word or PDF submissions are not of high enough quality, the journal manager will ask the corresponding author to provide high-resolution figures, for which separate instructions will be sent. All color figures will be converted to grayscale for the print version, but will appear in color in the online version. If a figure contains solid plot lines of different colors, make sure each plot line is clearly labeled so that it can be properly interpreted in the grayscale version.

Tables

Tables must appear on separate pages at the end of the manuscript and after the figures. Each table must appear on a separate page. Include a table heading above each table and number them consecutively using Roman numerals. Refer to each table in the main text as Table (I), Table (II), and so forth. Do not duplicate data between the figures and tables unless absolutely required. Tables comprising non-essential or large data sets should be placed in the Appendix if possible and appear as Table (A.I), Table (A.II), Table (B.II), and so forth.

Equations

Equations should appear within the main text, but must be separated from the text with a blank line both above and below the equation. Each equation should be followed by an equation number that is enclosed in rounded brackets and situated at the right hand margin of the page. Refer to each equation in the main text as Equation (1) or Equation (1.1). Describe the list of symbols used in each equation either in the text immediately following the equation or collectively in a separate table just after the abstract and just before the main text. This table does not need to be numbered. Its title should be ‘List of Symbols’.

Units

Use the international system of units (SI) and follow internationally accepted nomenclature and conventions. If any other system of units is used, which is strongly discouraged, then provide the SI equivalent of the quantity in rounded brackets, i.e. ()

Permission to Re-Use Copyrighted Material

The author(s) of the article are solely responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders to re-use verbatim and without significant change images, tables, graphs, and text excerpts in excess of 200 words. Forms for obtaining such permission can be obtained from the journal’s Editor or Publisher. All required permissions must be submitted to the journal at the time of manuscript submission. Further the use of such copyrighted material must be clearly indicated in the cover letter.

Copyright Transfer

Once the Editor determines the article has been accepted for publication, a copyright form will be sent to the Corresponding Author requesting release of the copyright to the Publisher, DEStech Publications, Inc. It is assumed that the Corresponding Author will sign the copyright form on behalf of all other authors. Corresponding Authors are asked to return this form promptly, within 48 hours, since the article cannot be published until it is received. All accepted articles will be copyrighted in the name of the Publisher. After transfer of copyright the author retains certain rights to use the article for non-commercial and instructional purposes as well as personal presentations within the author’s research group.

Open Access and Supplementary Data

At this time we do not offer the possibility of open access and the inclusion of supplementary data. However since the articles do not have any word or page limit, supplementary data can either be included within the main set of figures and tables or within the appendix.

Acknowledgements

Acknowledgements appear before the list of references. Please acknowledge the funding source for your work. If you received no funding for your work, mention so in the cover letter. You can also acknowledge the role of anyindividuals or organizations that contributed to your work.

References

All references in the text should be consecutively numbered and appear within square brackets (e.g. [1] or Last Name et al. [1]). Ensure that all cited references in the text appear in the list of references at the end of the manuscript and vice-versa. The use of reference management software such asEndNote or RefWorks is encouraged. The format of the reference in the list of references is left to the author, since it will later be converted to the required format by the journal. However each reference in the list must contain all author names (either as the full name, or the last name and first initial of the first name), article title, full journal name (do not abbreviate), volume number, issue number, start and end page numbers, and year of publication. If complete bibliographic details are not available, the DOI number or the words ‘In Press’ can be used which imply the article has been accepted for publication. The use of unpublished works and personal communications as a reference is prohibited. The uses of web references is discouraged, but when necessary include the entire URL, date the webpage was last accessed, and any other pertinent information.

Note: The article may be rejected if it is determined that the author has not conducted a thorough literature review of previous works, or has simply cited old references instead of citing current and/or recent works.

Appendix

All text, figures, and tables belonging to the appendix must collectively appear in the appendix and should not be included within the main text and along with the main figures and tables. Identify each appendix as A, B, C, and so forth. Each figure in the appendix should be numbered as (A.1), (A.2), (B.1), and so forth while each table should be numbered as (A.I), (A.II), (B.I), and so forth. Once again, follow this order for each appendix: appendix main text, appendix figures, and appendix tables.

Author Inquiries and Contact Information

INSTRUCTIONS FOR A REVISED SUBMISSION

http://www.destechpub.com/_files/live/INSTRUCTIONS_FOR_A_REVISED_SUBMISSION.pdf

When minor or major revisions are needed for a manuscript, please use the ‘Track Changes’ feature in the original Microsoft Word document to track any and all changes to the manuscript. Alternatively, you can highlight changes using red colored font for new text, e.g. abc and using the ‘strikethrough’ effect for deleted text, e.g. abc. The revised submission must include a new cover letter addressed to the Editor that mentions the originally assigned manuscript number. The cover letter must be followed by a ‘Response to Reviewer Comments’ that starts on a new page. The rest of the manuscript follows this. Please provide a detailed response to each reviewer comment and within each response include the page number and paragraph number where the corresponding change has been made. If no change has been made, then clearly indicate why the reviewer comment was ignored. When inserting a new figure or table, or if any changes are made to a figure or table, then highlight in yellow only that figure’s or table’s caption, e.g. Figure 1. Experimental setup. Accordingly renumber the other figures and tables, however you do not need to highlight their captions. Make sure you also update the figure numbers in the main text and as previously stated use a red font when doing so. The revised submission must also be in the form of a single PDF document. Name your revised submission using the last name of the corresponding author and the suffix “-revised”, e.g. Wang-revised.pdf

Permission to Re-Use Copyrighted Material

The author(s) of the article are solely responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders to reuse verbatim and without significant change images, tables, graphs, and text excerpts in excess of 200 words. Forms for obtaining such permission can be obtained from the journal’s Editor or Publisher. All required permissions must be submitted to the journal at the time of manuscript submission. Further the use of such copyrighted material must be clearly indicated in the cover letter.

Copyright Transfer

Once the Editor determines the article has been accepted for publication, a copyright form will be sent to the Corresponding Author requesting release of the copyright to the Publisher, DEStech Publications, Inc. It is assumed that the Corresponding Author will sign the copyright form on behalf of all other authors. Corresponding Authors are asked to return this form promptly, within 48 hours, since the article cannot be published until it is received. All accepted articles will be copyrighted in the name of the Publisher. After transfer of copyright the author retains certain rights to use the article for non-commercial and instructional purposes as well as personal presentations within the author’s research group.

Open Access and Supplementary Data

At this time we do not offer the possibility of open access and the inclusion of supplementary data. However since the articles do not have any word or page limit, supplementary data can either be included within the main set of figures and tables or within the appendix.

Author Inquiries and Contact Information

All inquiries related to the revised submission of the article should be directed to the Editor, Dr. Gaurav Nilakantan at Nilakantan@destechpub.com orgaurav.nilakantan@usc.edu

All inquiries related to processing of the article should be directed to the Journal Manager, and processing Mr. Steve Spangler at sspangler@destechpub.com


 

 

Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. Review the Author Guidelines (PDF)
 

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