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Author Instructions

Page Charges

The Journal of Rheology® does not assess page charges. Reprints, if desired, may be purchased via the article page on once the article is published online.

Submitting Your Manuscript

  • Manuscripts for the Journal of Rheology® must be submitted online:
  • Note that only articles in English can be accepted for peer review and publication. The Society of Rheology recommends that authors contact a language editing service for assistance, if needed; however, this is not a requirement or a guarantee of acceptance for publication.
  • The Journal of Rheology® requires that a signed copyright transfer form, assigning copyright to The Society of Rheology, be completed at the time of submission. Submission to The Journal of Rheology® implies that the work has been neither copyrighted, classified, published, nor is being considered for publication elsewhere. Through Author Select, The Journal of Rheology® offers authors the option to choose open access for their published articles. By supporting both publication and archiving costs through payment of a USD $2500.00 fee, authors may instruct the journal to provide free online access to the published article, in perpetuity, to any online user. In addition, authors will retain copyright to their articles, which will be published under a Creative Commons (CC-BY) license. NB: The Editor(s) and reviewers are not informed of an author's choice concerning open access; thus, the author's decision in this regard will have no impact on any aspect of the peer review process or on an Editor's ultimate decision regarding publication. The peer review process will proceed normally regardless of the author's choice of conventional publication or open access publication.
  • Through participation in the CHORUS initiative, SOR will make publicly available the Accepted Manuscript version of an article in response to government or funder requirements 12 months after publication. Unless otherwise noted on the article, the Accepted Manuscript is licensed under the terms of the SOR Transfer of Copyright Agreement.

Preparing Your Manuscript

Acceptable file formats: Please use REVTeX 4.1 or Microsoft Word®.

  • The REVTeX 4.1 package has been updated with changes and is available for download from Please select sor4-1.rtx in the package and use the latest version of natbib.
  • Users of the Windows version of Word: Please embed all fonts.
  • Users of Macintosh Word: Please save all files in DOCX format, as the use of DOC is not supported. Additionally, because font embedding is not possible, Mac Word users should limit their font selection to those available from the basic installation.

Manuscript Guidelines

  • The manuscript, including the abstract, references, and captions should be set up on a 21.6 X 28 cm (8.5 X 11 in. or A4) grid with ample margins. It is essential that the motivation for the research presented, central results, and conclusion be stated in nontechnical language that is intelligible to a broad audience. The manuscript must be in good scientific American English. All pages need to be numbered consecutively.
  • The manuscript should be arranged in the following order: title, author(s), affiliation(s), abstract, text, acknowledgments, and references, using section and subsection headings as needed. Figures, with figure captions, may be embedded within the manuscript to assist the reviewers. In addition, please submit separate figure source files. See below for acceptable file formats.
  • Series publications should be submitted in sequential order (Part I or I, Part II or II, etc.) and properly identified in the references. For series publication of closely related papers, the descriptor “Part I,” or simply “I” will not be included in the title of an article unless Part II has been submitted for publication in the journal.
  • The abstract should serve as an index (including all subjects, major and minor, about which new information is given) and as a summary (presenting the conclusions and all primary results of general interest in the article). It should be one paragraph with approximately 200 words. The abstract should not contain displayed mathematical equations, footnotes, references, graphics, or tables.
  • Authors’ names should be presented consistently across all publications to facilitate indexing and discoverability and to avoid ambiguity.
  • Equations should be punctuated and aligned to bring out their structure and should be 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 center 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 and “ln” for natural logarithm.
  • Footnotes to the title should be set as a “Note” above the byline footnotes. For footnotes to the bylines, use a), b), c), etc. Avoid textual footnotes by inserting the information in the text. Footnotes within tables should be designated by lowercase roman letter superscripts and given below the table. If using Microsoft Word, footnotes should be inserted using Word’s Insert Footnote command.


  • In the reference list, should be set double-spaced at the end of the text, in biblionumerical style, as follows:
    [1] Momeni, A., and M. J. Filiaggi, “Synthesis and characterization of different chain length sodipolyphosphates,” J. Non-Cryst. Solids 382, 11–17 (2013).
    [2] Van Wazer, J. R., Phosphorus and its Compounds (Interscience, New York, 1958), Vol. 1.
    [3] Radeva, T., J. A. Rowley, G. Madlambayan, and D. J. Mooney, Biomater 20, 45-53 (1991).
    [4] Jia, P., and J. Zhao, “Single chain contraction and re-expansion of polystyrene sulfonate: A study on its re-entrant condensation at single molecular level,” J. Chem. Phys. 131, 2311031 (2009).
  • In text, should be cited in sequential order, with the number set on line and in brackets, as follows:
    …prepared through melting NaH2PO4 [1].
    …that is immiscible with water [2].
    ….as described in previous work by Radeva et al. [3].
    ….is previously described in [4]; factors affecting….
    Note that citations of “submitted or “in preparation” material are not permitted as all references must be accessible.
  • Tables should be included within the body of the paper, numbered sequentially with roman numerals in the order of appearance in the text, and contain a caption above the Table. The structure should be clear, with simple column headings denoting all units. If using Microsoft Word, tables should be created with Word’s Insert Table function.

    Symbols and Nomenclature: SI Units and their standard abbreviations should be used where possible. Notation and symbols should conform to the official standards of the Society of Rheology, adopted in 1984 and approved for distribution by the Society of Rheology Executive Committee in 2013, available at

Preparing Graphics

  • Number figures in the order in which they appear in the text.
  • Identify all figure parts with (a), (b), etc. Avoid any large size differences of the lettering and labels used within one illustration.
  • Submit illustrations in the size and resolution you wish them to appear in print. The required width for a one-column figure is 3.37 inches (8.5 cm). The required width for a two-column figure is 6.69 inches (17 cm). Each illustration should be prepared for 100% reproduction in order to avoid problems arising from large reductions in size.
  • Multipart figures must be submitted as single high-resolution figure files with the layout desired.
  • Use 20 point font for axis labels and 16 point font for tick-mark labels. All fonts must be embedded in your figure files.
  • Ensure that lettering and lines are dark enough and thick enough to reproduce clearly, especially if reduction is necessary. Remember that fine lines tend to disappear upon reduction.
  • Use only these file formats: EPS (preferred format), PS, TIFF (.tif), JPEG (.jpg) at the highest resolution possible. Application files (e.g., Corel Draw, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint) are not acceptable.
  • Scalable vector formats (i.e., SVG, EPS, and PS) are greatly preferred. AIP Publishing suggests the use of Adobe Illustrator (Paid, OS X, Windows) or Inkscape (Freeware, OS X, Windows, Linux) for the creation of acceptable illustrations and Adobe Photoshop (Paid, OS X, Windows) or GIMP (Freeware, OS X, Windows Linux) for the editing of acceptable photographs.


  • Color illustrations in print require a $325.00 processing fee per figure, inclusive of figure parts. Illustrations will appear in color in the online journal free of charge to authors. To take advantage of this free service, you must:
    • supply only one version of each color graphics file (.eps, .ps, .tif, or .jpg only)
    • ensure that colors chosen will reproduce well when printed in black & white, and
    • ensure that descriptions of figures in text and figure captions will be sufficiently clear for both black & white print and color online versions.


  • To communicate with the Editorial Office or the Editor, please e-mail
  • To communicate with AIP Publishing, please e-mail Dave Baker
  • To communicate with AIP Production Operations staff after your paper has been accepted, please e-mail
  • To advertise the Journal of Rheology, please e-mail A. Jeffrey Giacomin
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