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Elastomers and Composites
  Guidelines to publication of research
The adoption and examination of full papers and feature articles discussed in Elastomers and Composites follows this regulations. The chief editor entrusts three judges on the recommendation of editorial staffs, and they examine the thesis and offer opinions. The editorial committee decide the acceptance and amendment of other manuscripts under the supervision of the chief editor. The chief editor can likewise delegate some of the tasks to the editing secretary.
  Preface
An essential feature of a profession is the members' acceptance of a code that outlines desirable behavior and specifies their obliagations to each other and to the public. Such a code derives from a desire to maximize perceived benefits to society and to the profession as a whole. The advancement in Elastomers and Composites requires the sharing of knowledge between individuals. With these thoughts in mind, the editors of Elastomers and Composites now present a set of ethical guidelines for people engaged in the publication of research such as editors, authors, and manuscript reviewers.
  Guidelines
A. Obligations of editors
1. An editor should give fair consideration to all manuscripts for publication, judging each on its merits without regard to race, religion, nationality, sex, seniority, or institutional affiliation of the author. However, an editor can take into account relationships of a manuscript immediately under consideration to others offered by the same author.
2. An editor should consider manuscripts submitted for publication as soon as possible.
3. The sole responsibility for acceptance or rejection of a manuscript rests with the editor. Responsible and prudent exercise of this duty normally requires that the editor seek advice from reviewers, chosen for their expertise and good judgment, as to the quality and reliability of manuscripts submitted for publication. However, manuscripts may be rejected without external review if considered by the Editors to be inappropriate for this journal.
4. The editor and the editorial staff should not disclose any information about a manuscript under consideration to anyone other than those from whom professional advice is sought. After a decision has been made about a manuscript, the editor and editorial staff may disclose or publish manuscript titles and authors’ names of papers that have been accepted for publication, but no more than that unless the author’s permission has been obtained.
5. An editor should respect the intellectual independence of authors.
6. Editorial responsibility and authority for any manuscript authored by an editor and submitted to the editor’s journal should be delegated to some other qualified member, such as another editor of that journal or a member of its Editorial Advisory Board.
7. Unpublished information, arguments, or interpretations disclosed in a submitted manuscript should not be used in an editor’s own research except with the consent of the author. However, if such information indicates that some of the editor’s own research is unlikely to be profitable, the editor could ethically discontinue the work.
8. If an editor is presented with convincing evidence that the main substance or conclusions of a report published in an editor’s journal are erroneous, the editor should facilitate publication of an appropriate report pointing out the error and, if possible, correcting it. The report may be written by the person who discovered the error or by the original author.
9. An author may request that the editor not employ certain reviewers in consideration of a manuscript. However, the editor may decide to employ one or more of these reviewers, if the editor feels their opinions are important in the fair consideration of a manuscript.
B. Obligations of authors
Authors are expected to adhere to the following guidelines:
1. An author’s central obligation is to present an accurate account of the research performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance.
2. An author should recognize that journal space is a precious resource created at considerable cost.
3. A primary research report should contain sufficient detail and reference to public sources of information to allow the author’s peers to repeat the work.
4. An author should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work thus guiding the readers easily to the earlier work that is essential for understanding the present investigation.
5. Any unusual hazards inherent in the chemicals, equipment, or procedures used in an investigation should be clearly identified in a manuscript reporting the work.
6. A scientist who has done extensive work on a system or group of related systems should organize publication so that each report gives a well-rounded account of a particular aspect of the general study.
7. In submitting a manuscript for publication, an author should inform the editor of related manuscripts that the author has under editorial consideration or in press. Copies of those manuscripts should be supplied to the editor, and the relationships of such manuscripts to the one submitted should be indicated.
8. It is improper for an author to submit manuscripts describing essentially the same research to more than one journal of primary publication, unless it is a resubmission of a manuscript rejected for or withdrawn from publication. It is generally permissible to submit a manuscript for a full paper expanding on a previously published brief preliminary account of the same work. However, at the time of submission, the editor should be made aware of the earlier communication, and the preliminary communication should be cited in the manuscript.
9. An author should identify the source of all information quoted or cited, except that which is common knowledge. Information obtained privately, as in conversation, correspondence, or discussion with third parties, should not be used or reported in the author’s work without explicit permission from the investigator with whom the information originated.
10. An experimental or theoretical study may sometimes justify criticism, even severe criticism, of the work of another scientist. When appropriate, such criticism may be offered in published papers.
11. The co-authors of a paper should be all those persons who have made significant scientific contributions to the work reported and who share responsibility and accountability for the results. Other contributions should be indicated in a footnote or an “Acknowledgments” section. An administrative relationship to the investigation does not qualify a person for co-authorship. Deceased persons who meet the criterion for inclusion as co-authors should also be included, with a footnote reporting date of death. No fictitious name should be listed as an author or co-author. The author who submits a manuscript for publication accepts the responsibility of having included as co-authors all persons appropriate and none inappropriate.
12. The authors should reveal to the editor and to the readers of the journal any potential and/or relevant competing financial or other interest that might be affected by publication of the results contained in the authors’ manuscript. Sources of funding of the research reported should be clearly stated.
C. Obligations of reviewers of submitted manuscripts
1. Since the reviewing of manuscripts is an essential step in the publication process, and therefore in the operation of the scientific method, every scientist has an obligation to do a fair share of reviewing.
2. A chosen reviewer who feels inadequately qualified to judge the research reported in a manuscript should return it promptly to the editor.
3. A reviewer of a manuscript should judge objectively the quality of the manuscript, of its experimental and theoretical work, of its interpretations and its exposition, with due regard to the maintenance of high scientific and literary standards. A reviewer should respect the intellectual independence of the authors.
4. A reviewer should be sensitive to the probability of a conflict of interest when the manuscript under review is closely related to the reviewer’s work in progress or published.
5. A reviewer should not evaluate a manuscript authored or co-authored by a person with whom the reviewer has a personal or professional connection if the relationship would bias judgment of the manuscript.
6. A reviewer should treat a manuscript sent for review as a confidential document. It should neither be shown to nor discussed with others except, in special cases, to persons from whom specific advice may be sought; in that event, the identities of those consulted should be disclosed to the editor.
7. Reviewers should explain and support their judgments adequately so that editors and authors may understand the basis of their comments.
8. A reviewer should be alert to failure of authors to cite relevant work by other scientists, bearing in mind the complaints that the reviewer’s own research was insufficiently cited may seem self-serving.
9. A reviewer should act promptly, submitting a report in a timely manner. Should a reviewer receive a manuscript at a time when circumstances preclude prompt attention to it, the unreviewed manuscript should be returned immediately to the editor. Alternatively, the reviewer may notify the editor of probable delays and propose a revised review date.
10. Reviewers should not use or disclose unpublished information, arguments, or interpretations contained in a manuscript under consideration, except with the consent of the author.
11. The review of a submitted manuscript may sometimes justify criticism, even severe criticism, from a reviewer. When appropriate, such criticism may be offered in published papers. However, in no case is personal criticism of the author considered to be appropriate.
Guidelines for authors
  Submission of manuscripts
Authors can submit cover letters and manuscripts via Internet. Authors should submit final, accepted manuscripts through the submission site. The complete manuscript should be placed in one file. Graphics should be listed at the end of the file. The manuscript submission site employs state-of-the-art security mechanisms to ensure privacy for all electronically submitted manuscripts. These same security mechanisms are utilized throughout the peer review process, permitting access only to the editors and reviewers assigned to a particular manuscript. An optional electronic template is available in several word processing versions at Elastomers and Composites Web home page. The entire manuscript should be double-spaced. All pages should be numbered consecutively. Sequences of figures, tables, charts, and schemes should also be numbered, with Arabic numerals. Each paper should be provided with an Abstract of about 100-150 words English, reporting on the purpose and results of the paper and with five key words for use in indexing and by Abstract services.
This order must be followed in writing manuscripts: Introduction, Experimental, Results and Discussion, and Conclusions. Authors should consult a recent issue of the journal for style if possible. The Editors reserve the right to adjust style to certain standards of uniformity.
  Preparation of manuscript
Authors should write in clear, and concise English and follow the style of headings in a current issue of Elastomers and Composites.
Copyright. All authors must sign the Transfer of Copyright agreement before the article can be published. The copyright transfer covers the exclusive rights to reproduce and distribute the article, including reprints, photographic reproductions, microfilm or any other reproductions of similar nature and translations. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce any figures for which copyright exists from the copyright holder.
Title. Titles should clearly and concisely reflect the emphasis and content of the paper. Titles are of great importance for current awareness and information retrieval and should be carefully constructed for these purposes.
Author list. All co-authors who have made substantial contributions to the work need to be included during the submission process. To facilitate indexing and retrieval and for unique identification of an author, use first names, initials, and surnames or first initials, second names, and surnames. At least one author must be designated with an asterisk as the person to whom correspondence should be addressed. Corresponding author who is clearly indicated is responsible for correspondence at all stages of refereeing and publication, including post-publication. Ensure that telephone and fax numbers (with country and area code) are provided in addition to the e-mail address and the complete postal address.
Abstract. must be provided for full paper and feature articles. For full-length articles, use between 100-150 English words in complete, concise sentences to indicate new and significant finding. The abstract should be presented in a findings-oriented format.
Keywords. Authors should select a maximum of five keywords from the Keyword List at the end of these instructions. Each Keyword should be accompanied by the capital letter denoting the category from which the keyword has been selected. The list of up to five keywords should appear on the title page of each paper submitted for consideration, following the abstract. The keywords for Elastomers and Composites are separated into five categories:
A. Materials :
Adhesive joints, Amorphous materials, Aramid fiber, Carbon fibers, Carbon nanotubes, Coupling agents, Elastomers, Fabrics/textiles, Fibers, Flexible composites, Functional composites, Glass fibers, Glasses, Hybrid composites, Intermetallics, Laminate, Layered structures, Nanoclays, Nano composites, Nano particles, Particle-reinforced composites, Polymer-matrix composites (PMCs), Polymers, Preceramic polymer, Rubbers, Recycling, Sandwich, Structural composites, Short-fiber composites, Smart materials, Textile composites, Thermoplastic polymers, Thermoset polymers.
B. Properties:
Corrosion, Creep, Curing, Debonding, Defects, Delamination, Durability, Electrical properties, Environmental Degradation, Fatigue, Fiber/matrix bond, Fracture, Fracture toughness, Fragmentation, Friction/wear, High-temperature properties, Impact behaviour, Interface, Interfacial strength, Interphase, Magnetic properties, Matrix cracking, Mechanical properties, Plastic deformation, Strength, Stress/strain curves, Surface tratments, Thermal properties, Thermomechanical properties, Transport properties, Vibration.
C. Analyses:
Anelasticity, Anisotropy, Buckling, Complex moduli, Computational mechanics, Crack, Damage mechanics, Damage tolerance, Deformation, Elastic properties, Fiber bridging, Finite element analysis (FEA), Notch, Plate theory, Probabilistic methods, Residual stress, Sandwich structures, Shell theory, Statistics, Stress concentrations, Stress relaxation, Stress transfer, Transverse cracking.
D. Testings:
Atomic force microscopy (AFM), Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), Dynamic mechanical thermal analysis (DMTA), Electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS), Electron microprobe analysis, Hardness testing, Infrared (IR) spectroscopy, Life prediction, Moire techniques, Non-destructive testing, Optical microscopy, Photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Raman spectroscopy, Rheology, Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Scanning/transmission electron microscopy (STEM), Secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS), Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Ultrasonics, X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray fluorescence (XRF).
E. Processings:
Annealing, Casting, Chemical vapour deposition (CVD), Chemical vapour infiltration (CVI), Electro-spinning, Extrusion, Filament winding, Heat treatment, Injection moulding, Ion implantation, Ion plating, Isostatic pressing, Liquid metal infiltration (LMI), Melt-spinning, Microwave processing, Plasma deposition, Plasma spraying, Powder processing, Resin transfer moulding (RTM), Slip casting, Sol-gel methods, Welding/joining.
Experimental. Section should provide a clear, unambiguous description of materials, methods, and equipment in sufficient detail to permit repetition of the work elsewhere. Repetitive descriptions of a general procedure should be avoided. Precautions for handling dangerous material or for performing hazardous procedures should be explicitly stated.
Symbols. Temperatures should be given in Celsius (C) or Kelvin (K) scales. Abbreviations for units should follow the suggestions of the British Standards publication BS 1991. The full stop should not be included in abbreviations, eg m (not m.), ppm (not p.p.m.): '%' and '/' should be used in preference to 'per cent' and 'per'. Where abbreviations are likely to cause ambiguity or not be readily understood by an international readership, units should be given in full.
Units. Follow internationally accepted rules and conventions: use the international system of units (SI). If other quantities are mentioned, give their equivalent in SI.
Maths. Number consecutively any equations that have to be displayed separately from the text.
References. In the test, indicate reference to the literature by superscript Arabic numerals, which run consecutively through the full paper. References should be typed in the format of Elastomers and Composites (see below) and cited in the text by superscript numbers without parentheses or spaces. When more than one reference is cited in one place, separate the numbers by commas without spaces. Sample for references section:

(1) Y. I. Huh, Y. H. Kim, J. H. Ahn, H. K. Lee, and C. Nah, "Effect of Fiber Orientation on Ionic Conductivity of Electrospun Polyimide Nanofibers Mats", Elast. Compos., 40, 45 (2010).
(2) J. E. Mark, "Science and Technology of Rubber", ed. by J. E. Mark, 2nd de., p.100, Academic Press, New York, 1994.
(3) E. P. Fivel, U.S. patent 3141868 (1964).

Length of manuscript. Basically there is no limitation on the number of pages that can be published in Elastomers and Composites. However, it is important that authors keep their text as brief as possible. Care should be taken not to use an overly-long Introduction section, and only references that pertain to the information in the article should be used. Authors should not repeat information found in their previous publications.
  Guidelines for illustrations in Elastomers and Composites
General considerations. Remove all color from graphics, except for those graphics that the author would like to have considered for publication in color. The quality of the illustrations in the journal depends on the quality of the originals. Figures cannot be modified or enhanced by the journal production staff. To ensure good quality production in the journal, a copy of each graphic should be printed from a high-quality laser printer to verify that all parts of the artwork are clear and legible. Any changes to the artwork must be made in the drawing program that was used to create the artwork, and the revised artwork reimported into the manuscript. Illustrations must fit a one- or two-column format on the journal page: For efficient use of journal space, single-column illustrations are preferred.
Single (preferred) Double
Width
minimum 10.5cm (4.13in.)
maximum 8.25cm (3.25in.) 17.78cm (7in.)
Maximum depth 24cm (9.5in.) 24cm (9.5in.)
For best results, submit illustrations in the actual size at which they should appear in the journal. Original illustrations which do not need to be reduced to fit a single or double column will yield the best quality. Font size should be no smaller than 4.5 points. Lines should be no thinner than 0.5 point. Fonts and lines should be of uniform density. In submitting artwork that must be reduced, use larger fonts and thicker lines so that, when reduced, the artwork meets the above-mentioned parameters. Avoid using complex textures and shading to achieve a three dimensional effect. To show a pattern, choose a simple crosshatch design.
Color. Color reproduction, if approved by the Editor, will be provided at no cost to the author. Color illustrations should only be submitted if essential for clarity of communication.
Chemical structures. Structures should be produced with the use of a drawing program such as ChemDraw. Structure drawing preferences are as follows:
(1) As drawing settings select:
chain angle ------------- 120°
bond spacing ------------- 18% of width
fixed length ------------- 14.4 pt (0.508 cm, 0.2 in.)
bold width ------------- 2.0 pt (0.071 cm, 0.0278 in.)
line width ------------- 0.6 pt (0.021 cm, 0.0084 in.)
margin width ------------- 1.6 pt (0.056 cm, 0.0222 in.)
hash spacing ------------- 2.5 pt (0.088 cm, 0.0347 in.)

(2) As text settings select:
font ------------- Arial/Helvetica
size ------------- 11 pt

(3) Under the preferences choose:
units ------------- points
tolerances ------------- 3 pixels

(4) Save the file at 75%
Authors using other drawing packages should, insofar as possible, modify their program’s parameters so that they reflect the above guidelines.
  File preparation for submission
Manuscripts prepared with the software packages listed below will be used for production, providing the following guidelines are adhered to. Failure to adhere to the following instructions may prevent all or part of the material supplied from being used in production. When preparing a manuscript, use the document mode or its equivalent in the word-processing program; i.e., do not save files in "Text Only" mode. Do not include any page-layout instructions such as placement information for graphics in the file. The text should be left justified, and automatic end-of-line hyphenation should be turned off. Use carriage returns only to end headings and paragraphs, not to break lines of text. Do not insert spaces before punctuation. References must conform to the format printed in the journal. Ensure that all characters are correctly represented throughout the manuscript. Check the final copy carefully for consistent notation and correct spelling. The Editorial Office conversion program will faithfully translate any errors to the typeset copy.
  Obligations of authors
Authors are expected to adhere to the following guidelines:
1. An author’s central obligation is to present an accurate account of the research performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance.
2. An author should recognize that journal space is a precious resource created at considerable cost.
3. A primary research report should contain sufficient detail and reference to public sources of information to allow the author’s peers to repeat the work.
4. An author should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work thus guiding the readers easily to the earlier work that is essential for understanding the present investigation.
5. Any unusual hazards inherent in the chemicals, equipment, or procedures used in an investigation should be clearly identified in a manuscript reporting the work.
6. A scientist who has done extensive work on a system or group of related systems should organize publication so that each report gives a well-rounded account of a particular aspect of the general study.
7. In submitting a manuscript for publication, an author should inform the editor of related manuscripts that the author has under editorial consideration or in press. Copies of those manuscripts should be supplied to the editor, and the relationships of such manuscripts to the one submitted should be indicated.
8. It is improper for an author to submit manuscripts describing essentially the same research to more than one journal of primary publication, unless it is a resubmission of a manuscript rejected for or withdrawn from publication. It is generally permissible to submit a manuscript for a full paper expanding on a previously published brief preliminary account of the same work. However, at the time of submission, the editor should be made aware of the earlier communication, and the preliminary communication should be cited in the manuscript.
9. An author should identify the source of all information quoted or cited, except that which is common knowledge. Information obtained privately, as in conversation, correspondence, or discussion with third parties, should not be used or reported in the author’s work without explicit permission from the investigator with whom the information originated.
10. An experimental or theoretical study may sometimes justify criticism, even severe criticism, of the work of another scientist. When appropriate, such criticism may be offered in published papers.
11. The co-authors of a paper should be all those persons who have made significant scientific contributions to the work reported and who share responsibility and accountability for the results. Other contributions should be indicated in a footnote or an “Acknowledgments” section. An administrative relationship to the investigation does not qualify a person for co-authorship. Deceased persons who meet the criterion for inclusion as co-authors should also be included, with a footnote reporting date of death. No fictitious name should be listed as an author or co-author. The author who submits a manuscript for publication accepts the responsibility of having included as co-authors all persons appropriate and none inappropriate.
12. The authors should reveal to the editor and to the readers of the journal any potential and/or relevant competing financial or other interest that might be affected by publication of the results contained in the authors’ manuscript. Sources of funding of the research reported should be clearly stated.
  Fee for page charge
If the manuscript is accepted for publication, processing fee of Korean Won 200,000 should be paid by the corresponding author before printing.
  Address of the Editor-in-Chief
Chang Kook Hong
School of Applied Chemical Engineering, Chonnam National University
77, Yongbong-ro, Buk-gu, Gwangju, 61186, Korea
E-mail : hongck@chonnam.ac.kr, Tel : +82-62-530-1907
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