Submission guidelines

Instructions for Authors


Manuscripts submitted to this journal must not be under simultaneous consideration by any other publisher and should not have been published elsewhere in substantially similar form. No part of a paper which has been published by JCTR may be reproduced or published elsewhere without the written permission of the publisher.

Online Manuscript Submission

Authors must submit their manuscripts online.Please connect directly to the site and upload all of your manuscript files following the instructions given on the screen.

Classes of Papers Considered for Publication

JCTR welcomes for review original articles that advance the state of knowledge of the science and technology of functional, protective and decorative surface coatings, the materials comprising such coatings, and their manufacture, use, properties and performance. The surface coatings of particular interest include, but are not limited to, paints, inks and related coatings and their raw materials.

JCTR welcomes for review original articles that advance the state of knowledge of the science and technology of functional, protective and decorative surface coatings, the materials comprising such coatings, and their manufacture, use, properties and performance. The surface coatings of particular interest include, but are not limited to, paints, inks and related coatings and their raw materials.

The following classes of papers can be submitted to the journal:

RESEARCH papers describing original fundamental and applied investigations of the chemistry, physics, materials science, and related engineering studies relevant to surface coatings;

APPLICATIONS papers emphasizing the use of experimental methods for the solution of significant technological problems in the design, formulation, manufacture, application, use and performance of surface coatings;

REVIEW articles providing broad, critical overviews of current and emerging advances in coatings science;

SHORT COMMUNICATIONS for publication of significant original research results of limited scope (notes) or of immediate importance and impact (letters).

Authors submitting review articles or short communications should designate them as such in a cover letter.

Papers in which proprietary products or processes are promoted for commercial purposes are specifically not acceptable for publication in JCTR. Manuscripts focused principally on commercial practice, business and manufacturing features, and related topics should be submitted to the member journal of American Coatings Association: JCT COATINGSTECH for consideration. Please consult ACA Editorial Office of the journal for further information on submissions for the member journal.

General Requirements

Submit the full author name, job title, address, phone, fax and email for all authors listed on the paper. Indicate which of the authors is to receive all communications regarding the paper including author queries and proofs.

The title of the paper should be explicit, descriptive and concise. A short abstract of 150 to 200 words, indicating the object and scope of the paper as well as the results achieved, should appear on the first page. Please also include three to five keywords, and please insert page numbers on your manuscript. Headings and subheadings should be used throughout the text to divide the subject matter into its important, logical parts. Typical headings include: Introduction, Experimental Methods and Materials, Results, Discussion, Conclusions, Acknowledgments, Appendixes and References.

Metric units are used in the journal. The International System of Units (SI Units) is the only acceptable system. If it is desired to give measurements in English units, or other non-standard or non-SI units, such values may be included in parentheses following the SI values and units. Authors are directed to refer to ‘Standard Number E 380’ of the American Society for Testing and Materials for a complete description of the SI Units. Authors are also required to follow spelling conventions of American English, rather than British English, e.g. color (not colour), analyze (not analyse).


Figures should be sharp, noise-free, and of good contrast. We regret that we cannot provide drafting or art service. Each figure should be mentioned in the text and numbered consecutively using Arabic numerals. All lettering should be large enough to permit legible reduction. Suggested figure formats are TIFF, GIF, EPS, PPT and Postscript. Files should be at least 300 dpi. Graphs and their captions should be essentially self-explanatory.

Color figures will be accommodated only at editorial discretion and only when required to convey the technical content of illustrations, as for example in presentation of micrographs that cannot be properly rendered in gray scale. In general, line drawings will be printed in black and white, and authors should appropriately differentiate data points and curves by shape rather than color on such figures. Figures not meeting these requirements will be returned to the author(s) for appropriate revision.

Figures and illustrations may appear in color in the online version of the journal at no extra charge to the author. Color figures for inclusion in either or both the print version and the online version of the journal need to be submitted with the final version of the paper. Authors may be charged for color figures in the printed version of the journal.


References should appear in a separate bibliography at the end of the paper, double-spaced, with items referred to by numerals and in order of appearance in the text. References in the text should be denoted by superscript numbers, e.g. 12. References should be complete, in the styles exemplified below:

(Book) Satas, D, Handbook of Pressure Sensitive Adhesive Technology. Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York (1989)

(Chapter in an Edited Book) Storti, G, Morbidelli, M, “Open-Loop Control of Polymerization Reactors.” In: Asua, JM (ed.) Polymer Dispersions. Principles and Applications, pp. 25-26. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht (1997)

(Journal Article) Davidson, RS, “The Photodegradation of Some Naturally Occurring Polymers.” J. Photochem. Photobiol., B: Biology, 33 (1) 3-25 (1996)

(Conference Proceedings) Nguyen, T, Gu, X, Van Landingham, MR, Byrd, E, Martin, D, Ryntz, R, Martin, JW, “Degradation Modes of Polymeric Coatings Exposed to UV.” Proc. Coatings for Plastics Symposium, Troy, MI, July 2004

(Patent) Sarin, VK, Mulpuri, RP, “Chemical Vapor Deposition of Mullite Coatings.” US Patent 5,763,008, 1998

Submission of Revised Manuscripts

Authors are required to incorporate changes to their articles resulting from technical review using a change-tracking feature, such as the Track Changes option under the Review menu in MS Word.


Please be sure to include your e-mail address on your paper. If your paper is accepted, we will provide proofs electronically. The proofread copy should be returned to the Publisher within 48 hours. Your cooperation is appreciated.

It is the policy of the American Coatings Association to own the copyright of all contributions they publish. To comply with U.S. Copyright Law, authors are required to sign a copyright transfer form before publication. This form returns to authors and their employers full rights to reuse their material for their own purposes. Authors must submit a signed copy of this form with their manuscript.

For Non-native English Speakers

Manuscripts accepted for publication will be checked by copyeditors for spelling and formal style. For some papers, where English is not the author’s native language, substantial modification by an editor fluent in the author’s native language would be required. Bearing this in mind, authors unsure of their written English proficiency are strongly urged to have their manuscript edited by a native speaker prior to submission. Prospective articles in clear, grammatically correct English will help the technical editors and reviewers concentrate on the scientific content of the paper and thus smooth the peer review process.

The following editing service provides English language editing for scientific articles in all areas in which Springer publishes:

Edanz English editing for scientists

Use of an editing service is neither a requirement nor a guarantee of acceptance for publication. However, the editors strongly encourage non-native English language authors to consider using an editing service, as an imprecise description of a process or result in an article submitted for consideration may result in rejection, unnecessary suggested revision, or delay.

Please contact the editing service directly to make arrangements for editing and payment.

English Language Editing

For editors and reviewers to accurately assess the work presented in your manuscript you need to ensure the English language is of sufficient quality to be understood. If you need help with writing in English you should consider:

  • Asking a colleague who is a native English speaker to review your manuscript for clarity.
  • Visiting the English language tutorial which covers the common mistakes when writing in English.
  • Using a professional language editing service where editors will improve the English to ensure that your meaning is clear and identify problems that require your review. Two such services are provided by our affiliates Nature Research Editing Service and American Journal Experts. Springer authors are entitled to a 10% discount on their first submission to either of these services, simply follow the links below.

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Please note that the use of a language editing service is not a requirement for publication in this journal and does not imply or guarantee that the article will be selected for peer review or accepted.

If your manuscript is accepted it will be checked by our copyeditors for spelling and formal style before publication.



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