Submission guidelines

Instructions for Authors

Publication ethics

Submission for publication is representation that neither the manuscript nor the basic information in the manuscript has been copyrighted, published, or submitted for publication elsewhere. Prior publication is a basis for rejection except under special circumstances, such as appearance as an internal organizational report or expanded versions of a conference or symposium proceedings with limited circulation. The prior publication history should be clearly noted on the manuscript. If the manuscript is under a prior copyright but still appropriate for publication in JMEP, the author must obtain permission of the prior copyright holder for JMEP to print the manuscript and to include it in an online version of the publication. It is understood that the corresponding author has obtained the permission to include the names of co-authors in the submission.

Authors must avoid plagiarism. Any material taken verbatim from another source needs to be clearly identified to distinguish it from the present submission and the original source must be credited. Authors wishing to include figures, tables, or text passages that have already been published elsewhere are required to obtain permission from the copyright holder and to include evidence that such permission has been granted when submitting their papers. Any material received without such evidence will be assumed to be unpublished work generated by the authors.

JMEP utilizes iThenticate Plagiarism Detection Software. All manuscripts submitted to JMEP are automatically upon submission submitted to the CrossCheck Database to check for potential plagiarism.

Please see the specific plagiarism policy at the download below:

Specific Plagiarism policy (Download pdf, 91 kB)

Document Classes

JMEP publishes two classes of papers:

Reviews: Authors who intend to write extensive reviews are invited to submit an extended abstract (400-500 words) and a listing of section headings to the Editor prior to submission of the complete manuscript. It is expected that this prior discussion and planning of the paper will facilitate rapid publication.

Peer-Reviewed Papers: Manuscripts should represent completed original work embodying the results of extensive field, plant, laboratory, or theoretical investigation, or new interpretations of existing problems. Material must be considered to have significant permanent value.


In addition to technical acceptability, material should be presented clearly and concisely in English. Authors for whom English is not their native language are encouraged to have their manuscript reviewed prior to submittal. Additional details are given in Sec. 9 under “Manuscript Preparation”. The Editor and the Associate Editors reserve the right to return a paper to the author without further review if in their opinion the English is of a poor quality.

Manuscripts resubmitted which fail to address the concerns of JMEP reviewers may be rejected and debarred from further submittal. Papers which have been rejected after two submissions will not be accepted by the journal if submitted again unless in the opinion of the editor it can be considered as a new submission.

Manuscript Preparation

1. Manuscripts submitted to JMEP should be based on Word files with only essential formatting included (Bold, Italic, etc.). Any extraneous formatting (double column text, embedded figures/tables, margin adjustments, etc.) should be removed. Manuscript text, references, figure captions, and tables should all be included in one single document. Tables and figures should be separately included after the reference section. High quality art work should be included as separate files. All figures must be labeled, numbered, and numerically cited in the text of the manuscript.

2. Submit art at print size as separate .tif or .jpg files at 300 DPI resolution for photos and micrographs, at 1200 DPI resolution for line drawings, and at 600 DPI for combination grayscale/line drawings. Final manuscripts with poor quality figures and micrographs, which are unlikely to reproduce properly, may be returned to the author until better quality figures are supplied even if the paper has been accepted for publication. Art embedded into a Word document defaults to 72 DPI, resulting in low resolution not suitable for print production. However, for review purposes figures may be embedded in a Word document in addition to submittal as separate files. All micrographs must include micron markers. The journal reserves the right to return the manuscript to the author, if in the view of the Editor, the submitted figures and micrographs are of poor quality and impede a fair and objective review. In order to ensure readability, figures and art work should be submitted in a form suitable for publication in black and white, unless the author plans to pay for color in the print version.

For more specific guidelines, authors may refer to the Springer guidelines for artwork at

Color printing can be arranged, but will involve a cost billed to the author. Authors should contact Vince Katona, Production Coordinator,; phone 440/338-5151, ext. 5240, regarding specific papers. For previously published figures and tables, written confirmation of permission to reprint should be included for each item along with the manuscript at submission.

3. The full contact address and email address of the corresponding author must be provided and will be included in the printed JMEP article. Also, include contact information for coauthors. If there is only one author, please provide contact information for an assistant or coworker as backup.

4. The title of the contribution should be succinct (no greater than 15 words) and clearly describe the focus of the work. The abstract is the author's summary of a scientific paper. It should indicate newly observed facts, conclusions, and the essential parts of any new theory and experimental procedures. It should be concise and informative and limited to less than 200 words. The abstract should provide a descriptive summary of the major findings of the research.

5. Include 4 to 7 keywords. Two to three of the keywords provided must be taken from Journal’s pull-down menu.

6. The required Reference format is shown in the section entitled STYLING OF REFERENCES. Reference to unpublished work that is difficult to obtain should be avoided unless it is inevitable for the understanding of the work and if the authors can make it available as review-only material. The editor may ask for further clarification or substantiation of such references. The title for all journal references must be included.

7. Extensive revision at the author's option of text or figures in proof is costly and will be charged to the author. Typographical errors may be corrected and references updated without charge.

8. All submissions shall be in English. There are no facilities for translating or making editorial revisions of contributions written in a foreign language. All papers will be published in English. Papers should be proofed before submission for acceptable English composition. If the abstract of the paper is not clear to the staff receiving the manuscript, it will be returned to the author(s) for revision.

9. Authors who require assistance with English language editing to bring their manuscript to a level sufficient for peer review may consider using the following services:

Edanz (

American Journal Experts (

SPi (

Also available is the Springer Author Academy,, which provides helpful information to new authors.

These are offered as potential paths by which authors may improve the language quality of their manuscripts and a small sample of many such services available, but no guarantee is made regarding the services. Editing services must be arranged and paid for by the authors. Such editing may be required by the editors when they deem it necessary. Procurement of language editing by the authors does not guarantee acceptance of their manuscript.

10. The policy of the Journal of Materials Engineering and Performance is to use metric units based on the International System of Units (SI). For guidelines, access the NIST site ( to obtain information on SI units. If a particular situation justifies the use of another system, conversion must be made to SI units in parentheses or in tabular form. For temperature, degrees C (Celsius or Centigrade) is allowed.

11. Avoid the use of trade names and proprietary information whenever possible. Such use can occasionally be justified if this is the best way to specify a particular material or process. Company name and location (city, state, and country) must accompany trade name use.

12. A series of papers dealing with the separate aspects of a subject should be cross-referenced. Divisions, such as Part I and Part II, are not recommended as they complicate the review procedure and abstract listings. If such divisions are considered essential, they should be justified by the author at the time of submission and are subject to approval in review.

13. A Table of Symbols and their corresponding dimensional units should be included when symbols are used extensively throughout a paper.

14. The online Copyright Transfer form must be completed before the manuscript can be published. Please use the copyright E-forms function within ScholarOne Manuscripts to submit the form online. It is preferable to complete the form online immediately following submission. If the article is not published in JMEP, the copyright transfer will not take effect. See section entitled COPYRIGHT POLICY that follows.

Acknowledgments and Funding Information

Acknowledgments of people, grants, funds, etc. should be placed in a separate section before the reference list. The names of funding organizations should be written in full. In addition, please provide the funding information in a separate step of the submission process in the peer review system. Funder names should preferably be selected from the standardized list you will see during submission. If the funding institution you need is not listed, it can be entered as free text. Funding information will be published as searchable metadata for the accepted article, whereas acknowledgements are published within the paper.

Styling of References

1 If the work being cited is an article in a book or journal, the article title must be included.

2. All authors’ names must be listed.

3. Use journal abbreviations as given in the current listing of Chemical Abstracts Service Source Index.

Example: Authors, Article Title, Journal, year, volume(issue number), pages, language

R.A. Miller, P. Agarwal, and E.C. Duderstadt, Life Modeling of Atmospheric and Low Pressure Plasma Sprayed Thermal Barrier Coatings, Ceram. Eng. Sci Proc., 1984, 5(78), p 470–478, in German

4. If an article is written in a language other than English, list the title in the original language, followed by the English translation (if available) in parentheses. State the language of the paper in parenthesis at the end of the citation.


H. Grein, De la cavitation: une vue d’ensemble (Cavitation: An Overview), Rev. Tech. Sulzer, 1974, p 87–112 (in French)

5. References to articles in books, including published conference proceedings, should include the title and the pages within the book. Chapter numbers may be given in place of chapter titles or page ranges. Roman numerals are acceptable. The abbreviation Chap. is used with the number. If an article is published on a CD-ROM or online and has no page numbers, the article title will be sufficient.

Example: Authors, Article Title, Book Title, edition, Editor(s), Date of conference (Location of Conference), Conference Sponsor, Publisher, year, pages

J. Sickfield, Pull-off Test, Adhesion Aspects of Polymeric Coatings, 2nd ed., K.L. Mittal, Ed., Sept 15–18, 1980 (Paris), Plenum Press, 1983, p 543–567

J. Wilden, S. Jahn, S. Reich, G. Fischer, and V.E. Drescher, FeNiW-Coatings for Casting Molds in the Aluminium Industry, Thermal Spray 2008: Thermal Spray Crossing the Borders, on CD-ROM, E. Lugscheider, Ed., June 2-4, 2008 (Maastricht, The Netherlands), DVS-German Welding Society, 2008

6. References to online documents should be referenced either by the DOI or should include the full web address and date of access.

M.K. Slifka and J.L. Whitton, Clinical implications of dysregulated cytokine production. J Mol Med., 2000, doi:10.1007/s001090000086

J. Cartwright, Big stars have weather too. IOP Publishing Physics Web,, 2007. Accessed 26 June 2007

7. When citing specifications and standards, the critical elements are the standard number and the name of the standards organization.

Example: Author (if available), “Standard Title,” Standard Number, Name of Standards Organization, year, page numbers

“Test Method for Acid and Base Number by Color Indicator Titration,” C 633, Annual Book of ASTM Standards, Part 17, ASTM, 1986, p 636–642

P.H. Hutton, “An Acoustic Emission Zone Monitor and Recorder for BWR Pipe-Cracking Detection,” EPRI NP-1408, Electric Power Research Institute, June 1980

8. Private communications, unpublished research, and company and agency reports may be cited when required. The citation must include the affiliation and, where necessary, the address of the person involved as well as the year. Papers presented at meetings, but not published, are in this category. When citing theses and dissertations, the critical elements are the author’s name, the school’s name, and the year.


J. Smith, “ABC Coatings—A New Technology,” AAA Company, New York, NY, promotional literature, undated

P.A. Siemers and W.B. Hillig, “Thermal Barrier Coated Turbine Blade Study,” NASA Cr-165351, NASA-LeRC, Cleveland, OH, Aug 1981

P. Ostojoc, “The Adhesion of Thermally Sprayed Coatings,” Ph.D. Thesis, Monash University, 1986

9. In press references must include the journal name and as many details as are available at that time, and be denoted by in press, submitted for publication, or to be published.

Manuscript Submission

Online Submission System

Go to Log in to ScholarOne Manuscripts or click the “Create Account” option if you are a first time user.

IMPORTANT: Read all author instructions on how to prepare your manuscript and figures before you submit. Author instructions are found through the “Instructions & Forms” link in the upper right corner of all pages. Click the “Submit a Manuscript” link in the menu bar to begin. Enter data and answer questions about the manuscript as prompted. Click the “Next” button on each screen to save your work and advance to the next screen. You will be prompted to upload your files.

The following file formats are unsuitable for production and are excluded from submission:

• ppt, .pdf, .exe, .zip, .com, and .vbs.

Names and email addresses for all authors listed on the manuscript must be entered during the submission process. The authors and co-authors will receive an e-mail message confirming that the manuscript has been received by the journal. You may log in to ScholarOne Manuscripts and select the Author Center anytime from anywhere to check the status of your manuscript. You may stop a submission at any stage and complete it later. From the Author Center, click on “Unsubmitted Manuscripts” and then click on the “Continue Submission” link to resume the submission process. If you need assistance, click on the “Get Help Now” button found on every screen. You may also call 888-503-1050 or 434-964-4100 or email for assistance.

Symposium Papers

There are special situations when it is desirable to publish a group of papers concurrently in JMEP. Typically, these arise when a technical committee has organized a limited meeting program on a particular theme. The material must be original, of high quality, and closely correlated but not sufficient in volume to justify a monograph or proceedings-type publication.

To obtain approval, the chairman of the symposium program should write to the Editor outlining the symposium scope and the papers to be considered, and abstracts if available. On receipt of this information, the Editor will determine suitability of the material for a focused issue. All manuscripts in the symposium will be reviewed according to JMEP standard review procedure. Presentation at the symposium is no guarantee that the editor will accept the paper for publication in JMEP.

JMEP is subject to the U.S. Copyright Law, which became effective on January 1, 1978. Accordingly, the completed copyright transfer form must be received in the Editorial Office before an article can be processed for publication. This form, as accessed through the JMEP ScholarOne Manuscripts site, must be electronically signed by each author and coauthor unless excepted as noted as "work made for hire" or U.S. Government employees. Other copyright transfer forms may not be substituted for this form.

The copyright transfer becomes effective when the manuscript is accepted for publication. If the article is not published in JMEP, the copyright transfer will not take effect. As the copyright owner for articles in JMEP, ASM International will continue to promote the widest dissemination of the technical information printed in this journal.


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Plagiarism Policy

Journal of Materials Engineering and Performance Plagiarism Policy

(To be used in conjunction with the current ‘Publication Ethics’ statement)

The editors of Journal of Materials Engineering and Performance (JMEP) consider plagiarism in any form in scholarly publications to be unacceptable and, therefore, adopt the following policy stating specific actions (penalties) when plagiarism is identified in an article that is submitted for publication in JMEP. This policy is based largely on the plagiarism policy of the Journal of Thermal Spray Technology1 and Metallography, Microstructure, and Analysis2, and on the guidelines established by the Committee on Publication Ethics.3


Plagiarism involves the "use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one's own original work." [1995 Random House Compact Unabridged Dictionary].


Submission for publication to JMEP is representation that neither the manuscript nor the basic information in the manuscript has been copyrighted, published, or submitted for publication elsewhere. Any textual, pictorial, graphical, tabular or other type of material taken from another source must be clearly identified to distinguish it from the submission to JMEP under review. The original source must be credited (i) in the list of cited references and (ii) at the place in the manuscript where it appears. This applies to prior publications by the submitting authors as well as those by others.

Any material taken verbatim from another source needs to be clearly identified as different from the present original text by (1) indentation, (2) use of quotation marks, and (3) identification of the source. Any text of an amount exceeding fair use standards (herein defined as more than two sentences or the equivalent thereof) or any graphic material reproduced from another source requires permission from the copyright holder and, if feasible, the original author(s), and also requires identification of the original source; e.g., previous publication. Use of previously published pictorial or graphical materials with minor changes made to the original may be considered as plagiarism if so determined by the referees and the editors.

Identification of Plagiarism

All manuscripts received at JMEP editorial office are automatically submitted to the CrossCheck Database to check for potential plagiarism. The results of this automated detection are forwarded to the Associate Editor, and will serve as the preliminary check for plagiarism. Plagiarism may also be identified during the review process by the technical reviewers assigned to the manuscript.

When plagiarism is identified, the Associate Editor responsible for the review of the manuscript and the Editor-in-Chief will agree on measures according to the extent of plagiarism detected in the manuscript in agreement with the following guidelines. The Editor-in-Chief shall have the authority to deviate from these guidelines on a case by case basis.

Plagiarism Offense Action Taken


Short sections of another article (e.g., under introduction or experimental methodology) are plagiarized without any significant data or idea taken from the other paper A warning is given to the authors and a request to change the text and properly cite the original article is made.


A significant portion of a paper (more than two sentences but less than 20% of the content) is plagiarized (including plagiarism of one’s own previously published work) without proper citation to the original paper. The submitted article is rejected and a resubmission is not permitted.


A significant portion of a paper (>30%) is plagiarized that involves reproducing original results or ideas presented in another publication. Multiple (repeated) instances of plagiarism at the intermediate level may also constitute a severe infraction. The paper is rejected and the authors are forbidden to submit further articles to the journal for a period of three years. The authors’ employers / sponsoring agencies may be informed of the infraction. The offending authors are named in a brief announcement in a subsequent JMEP issue.

It is understood that all authors are responsible for the content of their submitted paper as they all sign the ASM Copyright Transfer Form. If a penalty is imposed for plagiarism, all authors will be subject to the same penalty. If a second case of plagiarism by the same author(s) is identified, a decision on the measures to be enforced will be made by the Editor-in-Chief and Associate Editor(s). The author(s) may receive a lifetime ban on submitting articles to JMEP.


In most instances, the policy described above will also apply to material reproduced from another publication by the same author(s).

If an author uses text or figures that have previously been published, the corresponding paragraphs or figures should be identified and the previous publication referenced. It is understood that in case of a review paper or a paper of a tutorial nature much of the material was previously published. The author should identify the source of the previously published material and obtain permission from the copyright holder and the original author.

Prior publication is a basis for rejection except under special circumstances, such as appearance as an internal organizational report or expanded versions of a conference proceedings with limited circulation. In the latter case, the authors must identify the name of the conference proceedings and the date of the publication and obtain permission to republish from the copyright holder. The Editor-in-Chief may decide not to accept this paper for publication based solely on the prior publication in a conference proceedings.

If an author uses some of his/her previously published material to clarify the presentation of new results, the previously published material shall be identified and the difference to the present publication shall be mentioned. Permission to republish must be obtained from the copyright holder. However, an author shall be permitted to use material from an unpublished presentation, including visual displays, in a subsequent journal publication.

Submission to Multiple Journals

If an author submits a manuscript to JMEP with significant overlap with a manuscript submitted to another journal simultaneously, and this overlap is discovered during the review process or after the publications of both papers, the editor of the other journal is notified and the case is treated as a severe plagiarism case. Significant overlap means use of identical or nearly identical figures and identical or slightly modified text for one half or more of the paper.

The editor may select a specific paper that had been published (e.g. a “historic” paper) for republication in order to provide a better perspective of a series of papers published in one issue of JMEP. This republication shall be clearly identified as such and the date and journal of the original publication shall be given, and the permission of the publisher and the author(s) shall be obtained.

Policy Enforcement

The ASM Production Coordinator for the Journal is responsible for maintaining the list of authors subjected to penalties and will check that no authors of a submitted paper are on this list. If a banned author is identified, the Coordinator will inform the Editor-in-Chief, who will then take appropriate actions.

This policy will be posted on the journal website with the instructions for submitting a manuscript, and a copy will be sent to the authors with the confirmation email upon initial receipt of their original manuscript. A sentence is included on the copyright transfer form to indicate that the author(s) have read and understood the Plagiarism Policy. The policy supplements rather than supersedes the JMEP’s statement of ‘Publication Ethics.’


The bulk of this policy is based upon the plagiarism policy of the Metallography, Microstructure, and Analysis (MMA) and Journal of Thermal Spray Technology (JTST); significant portions of the MMA and JTST policy text are used here with permission. JMEP thanks the editorial staff of MMA and JTST for permitting this use. JMEP would also like to acknowledge the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), whose guidelines and other materials were used in customizing this policy for JMEP.


1. Journal of Thermal Spray Technology Plagiarism Policy, downloaded December 17, 2015.

2. Metallography, Microstructure, and Analysis,

3. Committee on Publication Ethics Flowcharts, What to do if You Suspect Plagiarism,, downloaded December 17, 2015.

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