Submission guidelines

Instructions for Authors

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Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention (JFAP) publishes contributions of news, technical notes, case histories, and archival peer-reviewed papers and reviews. The publication encompasses failure analysis techniques, materials degradation and failure mechanisms, failure prevention technologies, and reviews of classic failures and failure processes. Descriptions of new equipment and applications, forensics, and field evaluation and sampling will also be included. All contributions must be in English.

Content will determine whether an accepted manuscript is a peer-reviewed paper, a technical note, or a news item. The Editorial Office will assign the category for each manuscript, but author guidance is appreciated.

Peer-reviewed papers and technical notes will be judged by one or more qualified reviewers, assigned by the Editor or a member of the Editorial Review Board. The review will determine the suitability of the manuscript for inclusion in the Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention. The reviewers will provide the editorial office a recommendation on the merit of the manuscript; however, the editorial office will make the final decision on the acceptance of the manuscript for publication.

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 in a conference or symposium proceedings that had very 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 the Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention, the author must have permission of the prior copyright holder for JFAP to print the manuscript and to include it in an online version of the publication.

Manuscript Submission and Preparation

Submissions for the Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention should be submitted electronically through Manuscript review will occur online in a secure environment. Correspondence concerning the submission will be transmitted to the corresponding author via email.

1. Launch Web Browser (Internet Explorer 5 or higher or Netscape 6 or higher) and go to: Log in to Manuscript Central or click the "Create Account" option if you are a first time user. If you are creating an account

  • After clicking on "Create Account" enter your name and e-mail information. Your e-mail information is very important! Click "Next."

  • Enter your institution and address information as prompted. Click "Next."

  • Enter your user id and password, then select attributes/keywords that describe your area of expertise. Click "Finish" when done.

Log in and select Author Center. Note: You may update account information any time by clicking on the "Edit My Account" link in the Menu Bar.

2. 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. Print the instructions for later reference. 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. To upload your files:

  • a. Click the "Browse" button and locate the file on your computer. Double-click the file name. NOTE: The following file formats, which are unsuitable for production, are excluded from submission: .ppt, .pdf, .exe, .zip, .com, and .vbs.

  • b. Select the designation of the file in the drop down next to the Browse button. Use the next "Browse" button on the screen and repeat steps 1 and 2 to upload multiple files at once.

  • c. When you have selected the files for upload, click the "Upload" button.

  • d. To view your uploaded files, click one of the format links (e.g., HTML, PDF Full Resolution, etc.)

Complete the submission process by reviewing your data. You can edit information by clicking the "Edit" button next to each step. Click the "Submit" button to submit your manuscript. You and your co-authors will receive an e-mail message confirming that the manuscript has been received by the journal. You may log in to Manuscript Central and select the Author Center any time 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 of Manuscript Central. A Support screen will display where you will have access to the FAQs database, may query the database for a particular solution, may send Support an e-mail query, have access to the Support telephone number. E-mail: Call Monday-Friday, 3 a.m.-5:30 p.m. EST: 1-434-817-2040 x167.

3. The Copyright Transfer form must be completed before the manuscript can be published. It is preferable to include the form at the time of submission. If the article is not published in JFAP, the copyright transfer will not take effect. See section entitled COPYRIGHT POLICY that follows. The copyright transfer form can be downloaded from or accessed through the Manuscript Central site.

4. Submit art as separate .tif or .jpg files at 300 DPI resolution for photos and micrographs and 1200 DPI resolution for line drawings. (Art embedded into a Word document defaults to 72 DPI, resulting in low resolution not suitable for print production.) Include micron bars on all micrographs. For previously published figures and tables, written confirmation of permission to reprint should be included for each item along with the manuscript at submission.

5. The title of the contribution should be succinct (no greater than 15 words) and clearly describe the focus of the work.

6. The full contact address of the author for all inquiries and correspondence must be available and will be included in the printed JFAP article. The Editor would also appreciate the e-mail address, fax number, and telephone number for expediting the review and editorial processes. Contact information should also be included for at least one co-author. If there is only one author, please provide contact information for an assistant or co-worker as backup.

7. The abstract is the author's summary of a scientific paper and is included in the review procedure. It should indicate newly observed facts, conclusions, and the essential parts of any new theory, treatment, apparatus, technique, etc. It should be concise and informative and only in exceptional cases exceed 200 words.

8. The required Reference format is shown in the section entitled STYLING OF REFERENCES. Reference to unpublished work that is difficult to obtain (such as classified or secret works) should be kept to a minimum. The editor may ask for further clarification or substantiation of such references.

9. 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.

10. There are no facilities for translating or making editorial revisions of contributions written in a foreign language.

11. The policy of the Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention is to use the International System of Units (SI). For guidelines, see National Bureau of Standards Special Publication 003-003-02380-9 (for sale by the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402). If other units are required for special situations, a conversion to SI must be provided in parentheses or in a table.

12. 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.

13. A series of papers dealing with the separate aspects of a subject should be cross referenced. Divisions, such as Part I, Part II, etc., 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 submission and are subject to approval in review.

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

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, volume (issue number), year, 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., Vol 5 (No. 78), 1984, 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.

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

6. 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, page numbers

"Test Method for Acid and Base Number by Color Indicator Titration," C 633, Annual Book of ASTM Standards, Part 17, ASTM, 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

7. 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

8. 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.

Publication of Symposium Papers in Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention

There are special situations when it is desirable to publish a group of papers concurrently in JFAP. Typically, these arise when a technical committee has organized a limited meeting program of two or three half-day sessions 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. A high percentage of symposia papers would likely be published as separate JFAP articles, but the authors and committees may feel there is an additional benefit from concurrent publication.

To obtain approval, the chair of the symposium program should write to the Editor outlining the symposium scope and the papers to be considered, with 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 JFAP standard review procedure.

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JFAP is subject to the U.S. Copyright Law, which became effective on January 1, 1978. Accordingly, the signed copyright transfer form must be received in the Editorial Office before an article can be processed for publication. This form, available online, can be downloaded from, and must be signed by each author unless excepted as noted under Part A, "work made for hire," or Part B, which pertains to U.S. government employees. Other copyright transfer forms may not be substituted for this form. Note: If unable to access the Internet, please contact Ellyn Vander-Kaay, Journal Coordinator (contact e-mail:; phone: 440/338-5151, ext. 5518) to obtain a copy of this form.

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

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