GUIDELINES FOR AUTHORS
The objectives of this document are to provide information for Authors of new articles for Thermopedia™. In Section 2, the background to Thermopedia™ is presented and Section 3 outlines the procedure for commissioning, preparing and submitting an article. Finally, Section 4 spells out the benefits to Authors of contributing to Thermopedia™.
Thermopedia™ (TH-A) is a web-based product of Begell House Inc. of Redding, Connecticut, USA which aims to provide a first point of contact for those wishing to obtain information on topics in heat and mass transfer, fluid flow and thermodynamics. TH-A deals not only with the fundamentals of these subjects but also gives information on equipment and applications. The primary (Level 1) articles in TH-A are intended to give precise statements on each topic, at a sufficient level of detail to allow the user to deal with most requirements. For further information, TH-A leads the user to the following types of source:
- Level 2 articles which are part of Thermopedia™ and which extend the summary treatments in the Level 1 articles to fuller treatments designed to meet the needs of those who require a more in-depth coverage.
- Secondary sources which would typically be books or review articles dealing with the topic. Sources of this type include those referenced in the TH-A article and newer sources which have become available since the last edition of the article. Wherever possible, web links to these sources will be given.
- Original papers. Though TH-A is not intended to give detailed reviews of the literature in each topic area, there will be cases where original papers are so seminal in nature that they must be quoted.
- Material available from the Begell House web site. This material would include all relevant Begell House journals. It would also include material from monographs, textbooks and handbooks (for instance the Heat Exchanger Design Handbook) published by Begell House. Web links will be provided from TH-A to all these publications. Where appropriate, more detailed articles covering a particular subject area would be commissioned by Begell House and be made available through a link to the primary source in TH-A. Begell House is also the official publisher for the International Centre for Heat and Mass Transfer (ICHMT) and makes all the past publications of ICHMT available on its web site. Where appropriate, ICHMT publications will also be linked to TH-A. Note that all Begell House web-based information in the area (including TH-A itself) is available free of further charge to those organisations and companies participating in the Begell House e-resource and digital library schemes.
- Material from other publishers. Negotiations have been concluded, or are being pursued, with other publishers active in the TH-A areas. The intention is to provide web links from TH-A to material (journal articles, books etc) published outside Begell House.
The first offering of TH-A (which is already available on the Begell House web site) is based on the International Encyclopedia of Heat and Mass Transfer (IEHMT) which was published in book form in 1997 and has been widely used by practitioners. The structure of IEHMT made it ideally suitable as a basis for its redesign as a web based product. The availability of IEHMT material has been extremely important in developing the TH-A concept and in delivering a useful version of TH-A at an early stage. However, there is now an urgent need to refine, update and extend this material to cover a wider range of topics taking full account of recent developments. In this context, the TH-A Editorial Board has a key role. The intention is to make TH-A such a rich source of information in the areas covered that it will be the automatic first port of call for those seeking such information.
The Editorial Team of Thermopedia™ consists of an Editor-in-Chief (Geoff Hewitt), an Executive Editor (Jader Barbosa), Regional Editors providing interfaces for the product in various geographical areas and 21 Area Editorial Boards covering the main technical areas addressed by Thermopedia™. The Area Editorial Boards each have Lead Editor and 4-6 specialists in the technical area. Invitations to produce articles for Thermopedia™ come from the Lead Editors in the given technical area.
PREPARATION OF ARTICLES
An Author would be invited by the Lead Editor in the technical area to prepare an article. This article could be either at Level 1 or at Level 2. Indeed, it may be useful for a given Author to produce articles at both levels, the Level 1 article giving a summary of the cogent technical content and the Level 2 article giving more detailed information for the more specialised user; this would be a matter for discussion between the Lead Editor and the Author.
Thermopedia™, (TH-A) the web-based structure is extremely important and it is necessary to devise TH-A to a Level 1 and Level 2 in which the following Guide Line shall be followed:
- All articles should be useful for scientists and engineers at all levels.
- Level 1: TH-A articles should be readable by qualified non-specialist, however, an intelligent scientifically literate person. Undergraduate student level should be considered as a starting point for Level 1.
The level 1 articles in TH-A are intended to give precise statements on each topic, with a sufficient level of detail to allow the user to deal with most requirements. For more specialized and extended information TH-A leads the user to Level 2 articles.
The page limitation for Level 1 articles in TH-A: Authors are requested to respect the upper limit of approximately 1-3 pages per article.
- LEVEL 2: Level 2 articles which are part of TH-A extend the summary treatments from the Level 1 articles to broader treatments designed to meet the needs of those who require more in-depth coverage.
The page limitation for Level 2 articles is estimated from 3-15 pages per article and can link to other journal articles/references/eBooks, etc.
3.1 Article style
The primary articles in Thermopedia™ are intended to give precise statements on each topic, at a sufficient level of detail to allow the user to deal with most requirements. Therefore, authors are urged to write their contributions in a concise way and to use primarily the following types of sources:
a) Books or review articles dealing with the topic. Wherever possible, web links to these sources will be given.
b) Original papers. Although Thermopedia™ is not intended to give detailed reviews of the literature in each topic area, there will be cases where original papers are so seminal in nature that they must be quoted.
Although there is no formal page limitation in Thermopedia™, authors are requested to respect the upper limit of the number of pages agreed at the commissioning stage with the Lead Editor. Note that the style and the length of specific articles may vary according to the type and subject of the article (for instance, a review of an experimental technique, a historical perspective on a given subject). The authors should follow the recommendations of the Lead Editor in each case.
The article (or set of articles) may be part of a more comprehensive structure of subjects on a given field (organized on the basis of following from and leading to indicators at the beginning of each article). However, please note that some degree of self-sufficiency must be ensured in each article. In order to benefit from the web-based structure of Thermopedia™, authors are encouraged, wherever appropriate, to refer to other articles in Thermopedia™ via 'hot links'. Some additional links may be added to your article by the Lead Editor after the article publication.
A short sample article (Kinematic Waves, by G.B. Wallis) is available as an attached file.
The authors of Thermopedia™ will have a free personal access to the current version of Thermopedia™ after accepting the invitation to submit an article. This is intended to guide the author during the preparation of the article and to establish links with existing articles from other authors.
3.2 Article preparation
Articles should be prepared in English and submitted for review preferably in pdf format. After review, once the article is ready for production the author must provide the program files for the article. Figures should be provided in individual files. Figures and tables should be clear, legible and with a suitable resolution for both printing and on-screen viewing. Suggested figure formats are tiff, jpeg and eps. Video clips and animations are accepted.
Mathematical symbols and equations should be typed. Equations should be numbered sequentially. The standard symbols used in Thermopedia™ are listed in an attached file. The international system of units (SI) should be used. Wherever applicable, the number of significant figures should correspond to the accuracy of measurements.
References should be cited in the text using the last name of the author(s) and the year of publication, either as "(Smith and Johnson, 2002) or "Smith and Johnson (2002)." For more than two authors, use "Smith et al. (2002)." Order the reference list in alphabetical order and format according to the following samples:
Journal: Nakayama, W. and Nakajima, T. (1982) Effects of Pore Diameters and System Pressure on Saturated Pool Nucleate Boiling Heat Transfer from Porous Surfaces, J. Enhanced Heat Trans., 104(2): 286-291.
Book: Nield, D.A. and Bejan, A. (2005) Convection in Porous Media, New York: Springer-Verlag, p. 125-176.
Edited Book: Yang, W. and Kim J.H. (Eds.) (1992) Rotating Machinery, New York: Begell House.
Chapters of Edited Book: Nishikawa, K. and Ito, T. (1982) Augmentation of Nucleate Boiling Heat Transfer by Prepared Surfaces, In T. Mizushima and W.J. Yang, Eds., Heat Transfer in Energy Problems, Washington, D.C.: Hemisphere Publishing, p. 111-1182.
E-Books: Buyevich, Yu.A. and Alexandrov, D.V. (2005) Heat Transfer in Dispersions, Connecticut: Begell House, Available at http://www.edata-center.com/ebooks/b7f98f1e271b3e77a.html/ E-Books
Conference Proceedings: Ma, T.M. (1987) Effects of Geometrical Shapes of Reentrant Grooves on Boiling Heat Transfer from Porous Surfaces, In Heat Transfer 1986, Proc. of 8th Intl. Heat Trans. Conf., vol. 4:2013-2018.
Dissertation: Richmond, J. (2004) Steady State Thermal Conductivity, PhD, University of Connecticut.
Authors are invited to submit their articles via the Begell House Submission System Site.
3.3 Peer review process
The review process is organized by the Lead Editor who is responsible for securing a high-quality review during a limited time. At the moment, we consider two months as a maximum time for the complete review process. As a rule, the Lead Editor decision on a revised article will be made immediately without a repeating review of the paper.
A proof of the typeset article will be sent to the corresponding author for review and correction of technical information. The article should be reviewed carefully and all Please carefully review your all queries answered (particularly those referring to the reference section if applicable to the article). It is extremely important that the author answer all queries so that delays in processing the article for publication can be avoided. After carefully reviewing their article, authors should please fax or email corrections within 48 hours (not counting weekends). Begell house should be advised immediately if additional time is needed.
For Authors, the benefits of participating in Thermopedia™ would be as follows:
- Writing a key article in a given area will automatically signify the author's expertise in the area and promote the associated professional benefit and recognition. For each author and for each article written by that author, a link will be provided to a short biographical statement about the author which would be that embodied in the Begell House Register of Specialists in Heat Transfer and Fluid Flow. A link would also be provided to the author's web site. It is envisaged that links would provide opportunities for readers of the material to make contact with the author in the context of research and consulting opportunities in the area covered by the article and in associated areas. As the use of TH-A widens, then authorship of contributions to TH-A would signify to the author's employers and others that the author has a significant standing in the community associated with his contribution.
- Authors contributing to TH-A would be granted one years free access to TH-A on the Begell House web site.