Polymer Journals

Instructions for Authors

Submission of papers is welcomed for consideration. Papers should not have been published elsewhere, or submitted simultaneously to other journals. Previous oral presentations should be noted by the author.

The following types of contributions will be considered:

  • Papers describing original research,
  • Literature reviews of 3,000 to 10,000 words,
  • Short Communications making one novel point with a minimum of detail, ideally not exceeding 3 pages.

Peer Review

All contributions will be peer reviewed, and may require revisions before final acceptance.


Papers should not normally exceed 10,000 words, with allowance made for tables and illustrations.

SI units must be used throughout.

References should be listed at the end of the text, numbered in order of citation, denoted by superscript numbers in the text. For periodicals they should read: name of author(s), journal, volume number, year of issue (in parentheses), page number. For books: name of author(s), title, city and country of origin, year of issue (in parentheses). For conference papers: author(s), conference name, paper number, location, year of event (in parentheses), proceedings publisher.


Since the journals are published in mono, please do not submit colour illustrations.

Computer generated graphics can be accepted in a number of formats (e.g. TIFF, Autocad, EPS). No amendments can be made to the illustrations supplied.



A scale, where appropriate, should be marked or indicated in the figure caption.


Upon acceptance of an article, the author(s) will be asked to transfer the copyright to Smithers Rapra. Author's traditional rights will not be affected.

SAGE Publishing has taken over publication of the following Smithers Rapra journals as of 19th June 2018. Please visit the URLs below and follow instructions to submit your work online, forwarding any queries to the adjacent email addresses:

For queries regarding papers already submitted to the above journals or queries related to Applied Polymer Composites or Rapra Review Reports, please contact: kmevans@smithers.com