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Journal of Plastic Film & Sheeting

2016 Impact Factor: 1.250
2016 Ranking: 12/19 in Materials Science, Coatings & Films
Source: 2016 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate Analytics, 2017)

Editor in Chief
John R. Wagner, Jr. Crescent Associates, Inc., Rochester, NY, USA
Founder & Editor Emeritus
James P Harrington Consultant, USA


eISSN: 15308014 | ISSN: 87560879 | Current volume: 33 | Current issue: 4 Frequency: Quarterly

The Journal of Plastic Film and Sheeting improves communication concerning plastic film and sheeting with major emphasis on the propogation of knowledge which will serve to advance the science and technology of these products and thus better serve industry and the ultimate consumer. The journal reports on the wide variety of advances that are rapidly taking place in the technology of plastic film and sheeting. This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

The Journal of Plastic Film and Sheeting is a peer-reviewed journal devoted exclusively to the research, development, and processing of plastic film and sheeting. Reports by specialists from industry and universities present new developments in polymer science and plastics technology that result in improved films and sheeting.

Topics include:

  • new plastics resins and additives for films
  • processing methods and equipment
  • characterization
  • test methods and data
  • applications.
  • Also included are reports on film safety in various applications, environmental aspects, and regulatory considerations. Emphasis is placed on films and film properties for food packaging.

This unique journal serves the information needs of polymer scientists, plastics engineers, packaging specialists, and researchers involved in plastic film research, development, processing and applications.

Associate Editor
Sedat Gunes 3M Corporation, USA
Editorial Board
A. Ajji National Research Council of Canada Industrial Materials Institute, Quebec, Canada
Maria L Auad Auburn University, USA
Miko Cakmak Purdue University, USA
Gregory A. Campbell SPE Extrusion Division, USA
Tom Dunn Flexpacknology, USA
Osman Ersoy ARCELIK AS, Turkey
Anup K Ghosh Indian Institute of Technology, Dehli, India
Joseph C. Golba PolyOne Corporation, USA
Jaime A. Gómez Consultant
Douglas E Hirt Clemson University, United States, USA
Jim Huang Bemis, USA
Guillermo A. Jimenez Universidad Nacional, Costa Rica
Devang Khariwala Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, USA
Yusuf Menceloglu Sabanci University, Turkey
Evan Mitsoulis National Technical University of Athens, Greece
Barry Morris DuPont, USA
Eldridge M. Mount III EMMOUNT Technologies, USA
Ilhan Ozen Erciyes University, Turkey
Suat Pat Eskisehir Osmangazi University, Turkey
Jairo E. Perilla Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Colombia
Syed S.H. Rizvi Cornell University, USA
Suprakas Sinha Ray National Centre for Nanostructured Materials, CSIR, South Africa
Mark Spalding Dow Chemical Company, USA
Luyi Sun University of Connecticut, USA
Baris Yalcin Coca Cola Company, USA
Lora Ying Liang Kraft, USA
Paul Zerfas Kraft Foods, USA
Wei Zhao SABIC, USA
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  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines: Journal of Plastic Film & Sheeting

    This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jpfs to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Journal of Plastic Film & Sheeting will be reviewed.

    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

    1. What do we publish?
      1.1 Aims & Scope
      1.2 Article types
      1.3 Writing your paper
    2. Editorial policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
      2.3 Acknowledgements
      2.4 Funding
      2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
    3. Publishing policies
      3.1 Publication ethics
      3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
      3.3 Open access and author archiving
    4. Preparing your manuscript
      4.1 Formatting
      4.2 Word processing formats
      4.3 Artwork, figures and other graphics
      4.4 Supplementary material
      4.5 Reference style
      4.6 English language editing services
    5. Submitting your manuscript
      5.1 ORCID
      5.2 Information required for completing your submission
      5.3 Permissions
    6. On acceptance and publication
      6.1 SAGE Production
      6.2 Online First publication
      6.3 Access to your published article
      6.4 Promoting your article
    7. Further information

     

    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & Scope

    Before submitting your manuscript to Journal of Plastic Film & Sheeting, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

    1.2 Article Types

    Journal of Plastic Film and Sheeting publishes original research and review articles on developments in polymer science and plastics technology that result in improved films and sheeting. The journal considers the following kinds of article for publication:

    1. Original Research, describing the research, development, and processing of plastic film and sheeting.
    2. Review Articles.
    3. Letters to the Editors. Readers' letters should address issues raised by published articles or should report significant new findings that merit rapid dissemination.

    1.3 Writing your paper

    The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.

    1.3.1 Make your article discoverable

    When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    Journal of Plastic Film and Sheeting operates a conventional single-blind reviewing policy in which the reviewer’s name is always concealed from the submitting author. All manuscripts are reviewed initially by one of the Editors and only those papers that meet the scientific and editorial standards of the journal, and fit within the aims and scope of the journal, will be sent for peer review.

    As part of the submission process you will be asked to provide the names of 3 peers who could be called upon to review your manuscript. Recommended reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Please be aware of any conflicts of interest when recommending reviewers. Examples of conflicts of interest include (but are not limited to) the below: 

    • The reviewer should have no prior knowledge of your submission.
    • The reviewer should not have recently collaborated with any of the authors.
    • Reviewer nominees from the same institution as any of the authors are not permitted.

    Please note that the Editors are not obliged to invite any recommended/opposed reviewers to assess your manuscript.

    2.2 Authorship

    Papers should only be submitted for consideration once consent is given by all contributing authors. Those submitting papers should carefully check that all those whose work contributed to the paper are acknowledged as contributing authors.

    The list of authors should include all those who can legitimately claim authorship. This is all those who:

    • Made a substantial contribution to the concept or design of the work; or acquisition, analysis or interpretation of data,
    • Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,
    • Approved the version to be published,
    • Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.

    Authors should meet the conditions of all of the points above. When a large, multicentre group has conducted the work, the group should identify the individuals who accept direct responsibility for the manuscript. These individuals should fully meet the criteria for authorship.

    Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group alone does not constitute authorship, although all contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgments section. Please refer to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) authorship guidelines for more information on authorship.

    2.3 Acknowledgements

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

    2.3.1 Writing assistance

    Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance”).

    It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.

    Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.

    2.4 Funding

    Journal of Plastic Film & Sheeting requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors. 

    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    It is the policy of Journal of Plastic Film & Sheeting to require a declaration of conflicting interests from all authors enabling a statement to be carried within the paginated pages of all published articles.

    Please ensure that a ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’ statement is included at the end of your manuscript, after any acknowledgements and prior to the references. If no conflict exists, please state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’. For guidance on conflict of interest statements, please see the ICMJE recommendations here.

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    3. Publishing Policies

    3.1 Publication ethics

    SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway.

    3.1.1 Plagiarism

    Journal of Plastic Film & Sheeting and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

    3.1.2 Prior publication

    If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

    3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

    Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway.

    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    Journal of Plastic Film & Sheeting offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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    4. Preparing your manuscript for submission

    4.1 Formatting

    The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    4.2 Word processing formats

    Only electronic files conforming to the journal's guidelines will be accepted. Please submit a WORD document with all tables and text embedded in the document after first mentioned.  Please also provide short author bios at the end of your paper. This should include: Education, work history, academic or technical interest, current responsibilities.  Please also refer to additional guideline on submitting figures and graphics below.

    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

    Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    FIGURE, TABLE, EQUATION: spelled out in text, initial capital only. Figure 1 Table 1 Equation (9).

    TABLES and FIGURES: Number consecutively and insert in word file after first mentioned.

    Figures need to be at least 300 dpi and 4-6 inches wide.  JPEGs are preferable as they provide smaller files.  Save the JPEG with the maximum resolution or minimum compression.

    Please use Arabic numerals and supply a heading. Column headings should be explanatory and carry units (see example). Place table in text just after it is mentioned. Use decimal tab to align decimal points.

    Please see Table example.

    Table 1. Example of table format

     Example of table formatting for submission to JPF

    SYMBOLS. A list of symbols used and their meanings should be included if a large number of symbols appear in the text.UNITS & ABBREVIATIONS. SI units should be used, although English units may be added in parentheses.

    HEADINGS. Your article should be structured into sections. Normally two headings are used as follows:

    Main head: DESIGN OF A MICROWAVE INSTALLATION [all capital letters, left justified, bold].

    Secondary head: Principle of the Design Method [capitalize first letter of main words, left justified, bold].

    Equations. Number equations with Arabic numbers enclosed in parentheses at the right-hand margin. Type superscripts and subscripts clearly above or below the baseline, or mark them with a caret. Be sure that all symbols, letters and numbers are clearly distinguishable and not subject to mistaken identity (e.g., O for 0 when indicating the letter and the numeral zero, 1 for l when indicating the number one and the lower case of L, and v or u as compared to the Greek nu and mu).

    Microsoft Word provides a useful equation editor and it is preferred that you use it. See example below and symbol table. Symbols are in italics. Specify units where appropriate e.g. [Pressure (psi)]:

     

    Where:

     Example of table formatting for submission to JPF

    Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    4.4 Supplementary material

    This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files.

    4.4 Reference style

    Journal of Plastic Film & Sheeting adheres to the SAGE Vancouver reference style. View the SAGE Vancouver guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    Examples:

    Name 1, A.A., B.B. Name 2, and C.C. Name 3. A Method of Damage Detection for Rotating Systems, Journal Name Year of publication; 107(3): 275–281.
    Name, D.D. Title of Chapter, Book Name, Edition (if not first), place, publisher, year of publication, pp.51–55.

    If you use EndNote to manage references, you can download the SAGE Vancouver output file.

    4.5 English language editing services

    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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    5. Submitting your manuscript

    Journal of Plastic Film & Sheeting is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jpfs to login and submit your article online.

    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.  For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

    5.1 ORCID

    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities ensuring that their work is recognised.

    We encourage all authors to add their ORCIDs to their SAGE Track accounts and include their ORCIDs as part of the submission process. If you don’t already have one you can create one here.

    5.2 Information required for completing your submission

    You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

    5.3 Permissions

    Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway.

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    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 SAGE Production

    Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.  Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.

    6.2 Online First publication

    Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the SAGE Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.

    6.3 Access to your published article

    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.4 Promoting your article

    Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice. In addition, SAGE is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich, share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximise your article’s impact with Kudos

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    7. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Journal of Plastic Film & Sheeting editorial office as follows:

    John R. Wagner Jr.
    JPFS-editor@rochester.rr.com

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