Article Guidelines for Air Pollution Control Magazine
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article about air pollution control in manufacturing industries, please contact
the editor, Jan Brenny, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Air Pollution Control (APC) is published eight times a year and accepts submissions for various types of articles that convey information about processes, materials, installations, or equipment. Our readers are environmental engineers and managers, coordinators, EPA compliance officers, regulatory affairs managers, plant engineers, and others who deal with air pollution control issues in many types of industrial environments. These include grain terminals, electric generation, engineering firms, food, hazardous waste and incineration, mining and quarrying, pulp and paper, rubber, sawmills, furniture and millwork, sewage-treatment facilities, steel mills, stone, clay and glass, and many more.
Topics include, but are not limited, to:
- Baghouse filtration
- Cartridge filtration
- Dust collection
- Dust suppression
- Explosion protection
- Flue gas conditioning
- Hazardous gases
- Loading spouts
- Materials handling
- NOx and SOx reduction
- Odor abatement
- Vacuum cleaners
Although we want you to write your technical information as clearly and completely as possible, you do not have to be an experienced writer to be published in APC. We edit your articles and work with you to clear up any questions we have. Before publication, we send you your edited article so you can make final changes to it.
Writing Your Article
Abstract. All articles should start with a 60- to 70-word abstract. The abstract is a concise description of the article’s content and summarizes what readers will learn. Abstracts are also used in the on-line version of the magazine.
Text. Write in a conversational manner, as though you are talking to a friend about your work. Write as simply and clearly as the topic allows. Define any technical terms or industry jargon.
Length. Technical articles range from short “Tips” pieces (around 800 to 1,500 words) to long articles (up to about 3,500 words). Provide as much detail as you think is necessary; it’s better to provide too much text than too little.
Accuracy check. Before publication, APC will send the article to a reviewer, who will check the article for technical accuracy and correct any technical errors. Normally, we allow 24 to 48 hours in our production cycle for the accuracy check.
Types of Articles
Technical articles. All APC technical articles must handle their subject matter objectively and use a noncommercial approach. Your viewpoint must be impartial. It can’t promote one manufacturer’s equipment or technologies over another’s, and it can’t feature a type of equipment offered by only one company. Your article must be relevant to more than one industry.
APC technical articles relate practical information about the equipment and processes our readers use daily. APC doesn’t publish general information articles like those found in news and business publications. Instead, APC technical articles discuss air pollution control processes, technology, and equipment.
Articles for Interest and Variety
Application articles, including case histories, test center articles, and engineering solution articles, generally involve interviews with both a supplier and a customer. All involve a problem–solution situation: the customer has a problem, and the equipment supplier or engineering company solves it.
Case histories. You provide us a detailed write-up describing a situation in which your company helped a customer solve a problem, prevent a future problem, or meet certain requirements. We use your information to interview both you and your customer. You provide photos showing your equipment in your customer’s plant.
Test center articles. These articles describe the testing laboratory of an equipment manufacturer and explain its use in solving a particular problem. You send us a detailed write-up—including photographs of actual customer tests—describing your test center and one customer’s use of it. We use the information you provide us to interview both you and your customer.
Engineering solutions. These articles usually describe a customer that hires an engineering company to design or redesign its processing line or perform another service the customer can’t do simply by replacing or adding a piece of equipment. The customer’s goals might be reached by designing or modifying a production line, an entire plant, or one piece of equipment. The article describes how you and your customer worked together to reach your customer’s goals.
Plant upgrades. These articles usually describe a customer that increased plant production capabilities by increasing its plant size, adding to its number or types of production lines, or making other significant plant changes.
Emerging technology articles. These articles describe a significant technological breakthrough in industrial air pollution control. 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.
Manuscript Nuts and Bolts
The best way to submit manuscripts is through an e-mail attachment. You are welcome to send a hard copy as well.
Manuscripts. We use Microsoft Word for word processing. If you use a different word processing program, please send two files: one saved in your program, and the other saved as “plain text.”
Byline. On the first page of the manuscript, show how you would like your name and company name to appear if the article is published.
Mathematical equation. Present formulas and equations clearly, and double-check them for accuracy. Define all symbols, even if the meaning is obvious to you or is generally known. If your manuscript uses several symbols, please supply a nomenclature table.
Footnotes and references. Format footnotes and references consistently, using your preferred professional style. Make sure each listing contains complete bibliographical data, including page numbers and place and date of publication. Number your references in order of their appearance in the text. We do not accept Wikipedia as a reference source.
Biography. Include a 60- to 70-word professional biography that specifies your job title, your company’s name and address, and anything else you think your readers would like to know. Also include a mailing address, telephone number, fax number, e-mail address, and if applicable, a URL.
Photos and Illustrations
Good pictures, tables, charts, and other illustrations attract readers to your article and help them understand the information you present. We encourage you to provide several photos for us to select from.
Image format. Submit high-quality images and illustrations. Most authors send digital images. Digital files should be sent by e-mail or on a CD. They should be at least 300 dpi, but the larger the image, the better it will appear in print. We prefer .eps, .giff, and .tiff formats; jpegs do not reproduce very clearly, but we do accept these. We cannot use photocopies or prints from inkjet printers.
Do not embed the images or other graphic elements into the pages of the text. Submit each illustration as a separate digital file. Refer to illustrations, line drawings, graphs, and photographs in the text in consecutive order: Figure 1, Figure 2, and so on. Make sure you indicate where each image or illustration should appear in the text, and we will insert the appropriate image during production.
Figure captions. Make sure you give every photo or illustration a caption. Be as detailed as you like.
Content. The best photos clearly show the equipment or material under discussion. “Action photos” - those showing equipment in operation, or people working with the equipment or process - are more interesting than a static equipment shot. Close-ups of the equipment or process can also be effective. A supplier’s nameplate should not be a prominent part of any photo.
Copyrights. Photos, illustrations, tables, graphs, and charts can be copyrighted, just like text. If you borrow any of these items from another source - such as a book, article, or website - you must obtain permission to use them. Indicate whether you have such clearance, and what credit must be given, if any. Let us know the exact wording the original source wants us to use.
Clearances. If your work must be cleared by your company, supplier, customer, or government sources, obtain this clearance before submitting the manuscript to APC. If you need help with this, check with your company’s public relations, marketing, or advertising department.
After We Receive Your Article
Editorial review. After we receive your article, it will go through an editorial review. This includes evaluation by staff editors and possibly by an Editorial Advisory Board member or a technical expert. We’ll tell you as quickly as possible (usually within a couple of weeks) whether your manuscript has been accepted, needs revision, or is declined. If it needs revision, we will work with you to provide guidance.
Here are some of the questions we consider when we evaluate an article:
- Does it cover a topic specific to the air pollution control industry?
- Will it be useful to a large segment of our audience?
- Does it offer sound, impartial information or advice?
- Does it offer a fresh look at its subject?
- Will it advance the reader’s professional knowledge?
- Does it contain interesting, informative photos and other graphics?
Scheduling and editing. Once APC and you jointly agree to proceed, your article will be scheduled for a specific issue. We will copyedit your article, generally making minor changes, such as sharpening sentence structure and word choice. We may also make substantial changes, such as condensing some portions and rewriting or reorganizing others, clarifying content, and providing a balanced level of detail. We may contact you with questions during the editorial process.
Accuracy check. Before publication, we’ll send you your edited article so that you can check it for technical accuracy and answer all editorial questions. We allow 48 hours for you to review your article, answer all questions, and return the article to us for final production.
Copyright status. When your article is published, APC retains the copyright, which includes the right to use the article on our website, for promotional purposes, and for possible inclusion in an anthology. You must obtain APC‘s permission to post the article on your website or to make copies for distribution. You retain the right to prepare derivative works or to revise, adapt, or present your unedited article.
Complimentary issues. We will send you two complimentary copies of the issue that contains your article. If you need a few additional copies, please let APC’s production supervisor know.
Reprints. If you or your company would like reprints of the article, our production department will figure the cost and work with you to design the reprint’s format.
Other Editorial Opportunities
APC offers many other editorial opportunities for you to showcase your products, services, and expertise. Here are a few examples:
- Cover photo
- Product and literature write-ups
- Supplier notes
- Company news
- Calendar items
- Continuing education
- Suppliers’ tips
APC relies on professionals like you to keep our readers informed about the latest technology, methods, and equipment in air pollution control. Thank you for considering APC for placement of your article.
If you would like more detailed information about our editorial policies and practices, contact the editor, Jan Brenny, at email@example.com or 651-287-5619.