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Where to Submit Your Manuscript | Contact Editorial Offices | Statement of Ethics and Responsibilities of Authors
Open Access | Accepted Manuscripts | How to Prepare Your Manuscript | English Language Editing Assistance
Multimedia | Supplemental Material | Free Color Online | How to Prepare Your Illustrations | Manuscript Preparation Checklist
PoF Style Files | Sample Manuscript
Where to Submit Your Manuscript
Submit manuscripts via Peer X-Press®, the journal's online manuscript submission system, located at http://pof.peerx-press.org. Author instructions are available through a link after you successfully log into Peer X-Press. After registering and submitting information and files, you may use Peer X-Press to check on the status of your manuscript throughout the peer review process.
Instructions for Authors:
The preferred method for manuscript submission is through the journal's Peer X-Press online submission site. There are several ways to submit manuscript materials:
- Via Peer X-Press, upload a cover letter file and a single, complete manuscript file with figures and tables, with their captions, embedded in the text, near where they are first mentioned. The preferred file is PDF, but Word documents and TEX files are also acceptable.
- If absolutely necessary, you may submit files to the editorial office via e-mail or diskette, or as a last resort, mail the manuscript materials in hardcopy form. If you choose one of these options, also complete the online manuscript-submission form via Peer X-Press.
All cited references MUST INCLUDE full titles. It is preferred that the article be produced in 12-point font, double-spaced, with 1-inch (2.54-cm) margins all the way around.
Note About Production-Ready Files: Only if your paper is accepted for publication, will you be asked to provide separate files for the article. Please do not provide separate figures until your paper is accepted for publication.
A cover letter should specify authors, title, Journal, corresponding author's e-mail address, and any special requests.
Unless otherwise stated, submission of a manuscript will be understood to mean that neither the paper NOR ANY PART OF IT is now, or has ever been, under consideration by another publication, and has not been copyrighted, classified, or published elsewhere. If the manuscript was previously submitted to another journal, you MUST include a copy of all the related correspondence with your submission. It is expected that the manuscript does not substantially duplicate material elsewhere, such as a published conference proceedings volume. If there is any uncertainty about this point, please enclose a copy of the relevant related paper with your submission.
Agreement to the terms of AIP Publishing's Transfer of Copyright Agreement form is required for publication in this journal. No claim is made to original U.S. Government works. When submitting your original or revised manuscript to the journal's online submission site (http://pof.peerx-press.org), you will be able to provide electronic consent to the Transfer of Copyright Agreement.
There is no publication charge.
Contact the Editorial Offices
Contact the Editorial Office for Physics of Fluids at:
Physics of Fluids
AIP Publishing LLC
2 Huntington Quadrangle
Melville, NY 11747-4502, USA
Telephone: +1 517-576-2343
Statement of Ethics and Responsibilities of Authors Submitting to AIP Publishing Journals
This journal is published as part of the charter of its publisher, the AIP Publishing LLC (AIPP), to advance and diffuse knowledge of the science of physics and its applications to human welfare. To that end, it is essential that all who participate in producing the journal conduct themselves as authors, reviewers, editors, and publishers in accord with the highest level of professional ethics and standards.
A detailed statement of what this journal expects is available here.
By submitting a manuscript to this journal, each author implicitly confirms that it meets the highest ethical standards.
Through participation in Author Select®, authors may choose open access for their published article. By supporting both publication and archiving costs through payment of a $2200 fee, authors may instruct the journal to provide online access to the published article, in perpetuity, to any online user. A subscription to the online journal will not be required to access full-text versions of these open access articles. See details about Author Select and look for information during manuscript submission.
Authors whose manuscripts have been accepted for publication will receive correspondence informing them of the issue for which it is tentatively scheduled. Date of publication may be before the cover date of the issue. Authors may access publication data for their manuscripts online through AIP Publishing's AMSIS service.
Proofs and all subsequent correspondence pertaining to papers in the production process should be addressed to:
Physics of Fluids
AIP Publishing LLC
Suite 1NO1, 2 Huntington Quadrangle
Melville, NY 11747-4502, USA
Telephone: +1 516-576-2414
Fax: +1 516-576-2233
Reference must be made to the AIP Publishing identification number (e.g., 001201PHF), title, author, and scheduled issue date. A limited number of alterations in proof are unavoidable, but the cost of making extensive alterations after the article has been typeset may be charged to the author. Please do not address correspondence about proofs, reprints, artwork, color printing charges, etc., to the Editors. To do so simply delays the appropriate action and response.
Through AIP Publishing Accepted Manuscript Status Inquiry Service (AMSIS), authors may access information about significant milestones for their accepted manuscript during the production process at AIP Publishing. AMSIS can be used only by authors of accepted manuscripts; authors will use Peer X-Press to monitor their submitted manuscript during peer review.
General information regarding publication and color charges, and similar material may be found on the inside front cover of each printed issue.
How to Prepare Your Manuscript
A sample manuscript is available for download.
AIP Publishing recommends Edanz for authors who wish to have the language in their manuscripts edited by a native-English-speaking language editor who is also a scientific expert. Edanz is a global editing service with offices in Japan and China. Use of an editing service is neither a requirement nor a guarantee of acceptance for publication. Please contact Edanz directly to make arrangements for editing and to receive a quotation regarding price and time.
The speed with which papers are processed in the Editorial Offices and prepared for publication by the AIP Publishing LLC can be increased considerably if authors take care in the preparation of manuscripts. Particular care should be taken when a laboratory report is used as the basis for the preparation of a manuscript. Such reports often include an exhaustive review of previous or related work, extensive information on experimental instrumentation and techniques, details of algebraic operations, numerous figures, data, tables, etc., which are not appropriate for publication.
Articles which do not meet the criteria listed will not be sent out for review and will either be rejected outright or returned to the authors for resubmission.
For general format and style, consult recent issues of the journal. Link to the journal’s General Editorial Policies here.
Acceptable manuscript file types include Word, LaTeX, and PDF. PDF is acceptable only for the review process; a source Word or LaTex file is required for production. For authors who use LaTeX, REVTeX 4.1 is now available and includes style files for AIP Publishing journals and associated instructions. REVTeX 4.1 is available here.
Note for TeX users:
Please note that AIP Publishing does not compose/typeset pages in TeX. Instead we use the generic markup language XML (Extensible Markup Language). As a result, the format and layout, especially math, may look somewhat different to what was originally created in TeX.
While we appreciate the benefits to authors of preparing manuscripts in TeX, especially for math-intensive manuscripts, it is neither a cost-effective composition tool (for the volume of pages AIP Publishing currently produces) nor is it a format that can be used effectively for online publishing.
XML is critical to ensure that online content is discoverable, searchable, and accessible well into the future. It is a W3C standard that has been adopted by many publishers as well as by many software industry market leaders. Information in XML can be processed easily by computers and is both hardware and software independent. Tagged XML data is an ideal archive format as identification and extraction of specific content for reuse is relatively easy. A single XML source file is generated from authors’ TeX or Word files and feeds our entire process. All end-products and deliverables, whether print or electronic, are derived from this single XML file, reducing the chance of errors or inconsistencies.
The purpose of the Letters section is to provide rapid dissemination of important new results in the fields regularly covered by Physics of Fluids. Results of extended research should not be presented as a series of Letters in place of comprehensive articles. Except for length, Letters manuscripts are governed by the same criteria as for longer articles. However, ordinarily there is a three-month time limit, from date of receipt to acceptance, for processing Letters manuscripts. Timeliness and current importance of the subject matter, and brevity and clarity of presentation determine the acceptability of contributions. Feasibility studies and proposals for future research will seldom be accepted. When submitting a manuscript, authors must include a brief statement justifying rapid publication in the Letters section. Each Letter should be self-contained and may on occasion be followed by a comprehensive article in Physics of Fluids or elsewhere. Letters are limited to seven (7) printed pages in length, including space allowed for title, figures, tables, references, and an abstract limited to 100 words; Letters do not have section headings. Guidance is provided for page limitations if you use the LATeX template.
Initially, all manuscripts should be submitted as a single, complete PDF file, with all material double-spaced, in a 12-point font, in single column. Figures and tables should be embedded in the text. Full references, with complete titles, must be included. Should the paper be accepted, the Editorial Office will ask you to resubmit in a production-ready format, including uploading individual figure files.
The entire Manuscript, should be set up for 21.6 x 28 cm (8-1/2 x 11 in. or A4) pages with 1”/2.54cm margins all the way around. It should be carefully proofread by the author. The manuscript must be in good scientific American English; this is the author's responsibility. Number all pages in single sequence. The title page should contain the title of the article, the names of the authors, a suitable byline, and a short abstract. Parts of the manuscript should be arranged in the following order: title, author, affiliation, abstract, text, acknowledgments, appendices, and references. Figures, with figure captions, may be embedded within the manuscript to assist the reviewers. Papers should not be lengthened by unnecessary descriptions and repetitions, but neither should authors use a telegraphic style detrimental to the clarity and understanding of the paper. Do not include a Nomenclature section; explain symbols in the text where they first appear.
The title of a paper should be as concise as possible but informative enough to facilitate information retrieval. For series publications of closely related papers, the descriptor “Part I,” or simply “I,” will not be included as part of the title of an article unless Part II has already been submitted for publication in the Journal. Part III, IV, etc., are likewise unacceptable unless the prior parts have already been accepted or have appeared in this Journal, and are properly identified in the references.
The Abstract must emphasize the new results and should be self-contained. One should not have to read the paper to understand the abstract. It should be adequate as an index (giving all subjects, major and minor, about which new information is given), and as a summary (giving conclusions and all results of general interest in the article). It should be about 5% of the length of the article, but fewer than 500 words for full-length articles and correspondingly shorter for Letters. The abstract should be written as one paragraph and should not contain displayed mathematical equations or tabular material.
Authors' names should preferably be written in a standard form for all publications to facilitate indexing and avoid ambiguities.
Authors with Chinese, Japanese, or Korean names may choose to have their names published in their own languages.
Equations should be punctuated and aligned to bring out their structure and numbered on the right. Mathematical operation signs indicating continuity of the expression should be placed at the left of the second and succeeding lines. Use x rather than a centered dot, except for scalar products of vectors. The solidus (/) should be used instead of built-up fractions in running text, and in display wherever clarity would not be jeopardized. Use "exp" for complicated exponents.
Notation must be legible, clear, compact, and consistent with standard usage. All unusual symbols whose identity may not be obvious must be identified the first time they appear, and at all subsequent times when confusion might arise. Superscripts are normally set directly over subscripts; authors should note where readability or the meaning requires a special order.
References and footnotes are treated alike and should be in the form shown in recent issues of this journal; traditional footnotes at the bottoms of pages are not supported but are numbered in sequence with the references and their content appears on the list of references. With a few exceptions, listed below, Physics of Fluids only accepts references to published journal articles and/or books. If your paper contains other types of references, these should be either removed or replaced with published references. If an unpublished reference contains material that is essential to understanding the current paper, this should be summarized in the text as required for understanding, and the source of the material indicated by the author or authors names(s) followed by the phrase “personal communication”. Exceptions are:
- Conference proceedings, but only if these have appeared in a form that is generally available in academic or technical libraries.
- Papers in press, but only if these have been formally accepted for publication. Papers that have been submitted or that are still under revision must not appear as references.
- Technical reports, but only if these are generally available through academic or technical libraries.
- M.S./Ph.D. theses, but only after these are officially approved and readily available through library resources.
Papers/reports, etc., that have been posted in web sites are not allowed as references, except via online reproductions of regular journals. The names, including initials, of all authors in each reference should be given. (In the text, the use of et al. is permissible.) For footnotes to titles and bylines, use a), b), c), etc. All text references (excluding tables and captions) should be listed in sequential order of appearance. Avoid lengthy footnotes by inserting them in the text, except for the references. In references, titles of papers in journals are required.
Each table must have a caption that will make the data in the table intelligible without reference to the text. Complicated column headings should be avoided. Footnotes to the table should be indicated by superscripts, a, b, c, etc., and begun anew for each table. The tables should be numbered with Roman numerals in the order in which they are referred to in the text.
AUTHOR GUIDELINES FOR INTEGRAL MULTIMEDIA SUBMISSIONS
Integral multimedia files can be included in the online version of published papers. These integral multimedia files can be viewed by simply clicking on a link in the paper, provided the reader has a video player, such as Windows Media PlayerTM, QuickTime PlayerTM, or RealOne PlayerTM installed.
Please adhere to the following guidelines when preparing integral multimedia files for submission:
- When incorporating multimedia, note that the paper should be written so that the print version can be understood on its own.
- Submit all multimedia files initially with the manuscript.
- Treat all multimedia files as figures, numbered in sequence as they are referred to in text. (Multimedia files will not have a numbering scheme separate from the figures.)
- All multimedia files must be cited in the text, referred to by their figure number.
- For each multimedia file, provide a figure, which is a static representation of the multimedia file. Also provide an accompanying caption. At the end of the caption, include the phrase, "(enhanced online)."
- Video and other enhanced files should be in a format that the majority of readers can view without too much difficulty. See the multimedia guidelines here for specific submission requirements.
Supplemental files may be of two types:
- Files to aid the reviewer and not for publication.
- Supplementary information for publication alongside the manuscript.
Appropriate items for publication as supplemental material include; multimedia (e.g., movie files, audio files, 3D rendering files), data tables, and text (e.g., appendices) that are too lengthy or of too limited interest for inclusion in the article. Links (URLs) in the online (printed) journal article allow users to navigate directly to the associated files. Note that subdirectories (folders) are not acceptable. Name files appropriately, so that all files can reside at the root directory, allowing successful linking between the published paper and its associated supplemental material.
All supplemental material must be approved by the Journal Editor as part of a manuscript's normal review cycle, and must be listed in the reference section as follows: "See supplementary material at [URL will be inserted by AIP Publishing] for [give brief description of material]."
For additional information about depositing or retrieving supplementary material, see the Supplemental Material homepage.
Free Color Online
If authors supply usable color graphics files in time for the production process, color will appear in the online journal free of charge. A usable color graphics file must be in one of the following formats: Encapsulated PostScript (.eps), PostScript (.ps), Tagged Image File Format (.tif), and Portable Document Format (.pdf). No other type of color illustration is acceptable for production, and only one version of each graphics file will be accepted.
In order to maintain online color as a free service to authors, the journal cannot accept, for production, multiple versions of the same graphics file. Authors may not submit, for use in production, two versions of the same illustration (e.g., one for color and one for black & white). When preparing illustrations that will appear in color in the online journal and in black & white in the printed journal, authors must ensure that: (i) colors chosen will reproduce well when printed in black & white and (ii) descriptions of figures in text and captions will be sufficiently clear for both print and online versions. This is the author’s responsibility.
If usable color graphics files are received in time for the production process, authors will see color versions of those illustrations when viewing their author proofs. (The Corresponding Author will receive e-mail notification from AIP Publishing when the proof, as a PDF file, is available for downloading.)
Although figures will appear in color online, the printed version of the article will contain black-and-white images. Therefore, a descriptive term other than a color is needed in the caption to support the data of discussion. For example, instead of “the red and blue symbols” write “the red circles and blue squares.” By adding the descriptive terms “circles” and “squares” the print reader, seeing the image in black and white, would have a clearer picture as to what is being explained in the figure.
The procedures for obtaining color in the printed journal remain unchanged. Authors or their institutions must bear the cost of any color they wish to use in print. See information about color printing charges here.
How to Prepare Your Illustrations
For best results, please adhere to these guidelines when preparing your illustrations for submission.
Manuscript Preparation Checklist
A sample manuscript is available for download. Use this checklist to avoid the most common mechanical errors in submitted manuscripts:
- Number all pages in single sequence.
- Type references in the style used by this journal; include titles for journal articles.
- For the initial submission, submit cover letter, manuscript file, multimedia files, and any supplemental files via Peer X-Press, the journal's online submission system. Include correspondence concerning the paper's previous history, if any.
- When submitting your original or revised manuscript to the journal’s online submission site (http://pof.peerx-press.org), please provide electronic consent to the Transfer of Copyright Agreement.
- Obtain permission for reuse of any previously published material and include proper citation information within manuscript. For guidelines and blank form click here.