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Information for Authors

The Journal of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering is an international journal published under the auspices of the Nigerian Metallurgical Society with the primary objective of documenting previously unpublished research findings in the broad field of Metallurgy and Materials Science and Engineering. Subject areas covered by the journal include Metallurgy, Ceramic Engineering, Polymer Science and Technology, Semiconductor materials, and Corrosion Science and Engineering.

1.1 Types of Papers published:
Papers for submission to JMME must be clearly written and may take any of the following forms:

a) Original research papers: These will constitute the main thrust of the journal. These papers must present important advances beyond present knowledge.

b) Review articles: These papers must present a critical assessment of a specified area of literature, emphasizing strengths and weaknesses of existing data and interpretations.

c) Technical Notes: These should be abbreviated forms of (a) and (b), and are in general intended to announce a significant new finding or to beef up information already given out in a previous paper.

d) Technical-Reviews: The purpose of these is to present the state-of-the-art in the field, or to review important industrial problems. However, articles under this category must be very well written in a scholarly manner and must emphasize important technical innovations. Properly documented new designs may also be considered under this category.

e) Discussions/Communications: Issues pertaining to the contents of an earlier paper by another author may be raised under this category. The reaction of the author to such issues (comments or questions) may also be presented.

f) Special Papers: Papers of a special nature, such as policy papers highlighting important advances in the field and furnishing relevant data, will occasionally be considered for publication.

Manuscripts should be carefully typed double-spaced, on one side only, of standard white A4 typing sheets (approx. 21cm x 30cm) with adequate margins. The first page of the paper should contain only the following:

i) Title of paper

ii) Name(s) and affiliation of author(s)

iii) Abstract - in not more than 200 words.

Abstracts summarize the major points made by the paper, and are required for all classes of papers,

iv) Subject Classification(s) and Key words: These are indicated below a horizontal line drawn near the bottom of the first page.

Other pages should then contain the MAIN BODY of the paper which is broken down into sections such as: Introduction, Experimental Procedure; Results; Discussions; and Conclusion.

Other possible sections are Acknowledgments, and Nomenclature (defining symbols used, and their units). Then there must be a complete list of References.
References should be indicated in the text with numbers written as superscripts in parentheses, the numbers being given in the order in which the references occur in the text. Other standard methods of indicating references will be accepted. These references are then listed at the end of the manuscript in the same order.

Example: Even humus soils, which have high susceptibility to dry crushing and failure under load, have successfully been used (1) to bind silica sand in the casting of cast iron and brass pipe joints. The reference indicated as (1) above would then be listed as follows in the master list at the end of the manuscript.

1. S.A. Balogun, J.A. Olubode and D.A. Aderibigbe: "Working Properties of some Nigerian Synthetic Moulding Sands", Nigerian Journal of Engrg. And Tech., Vol. 3, Nos. 1 and 2, pp. 89-97 (1980).

For references to books, the name of the publishing company and year of publication must be indicated:

2. J.D. Gilchrist: Fuels, Furnaces and Refractories, Pergamon Press Ltd, Oxford , 1st ed., pp. 197-230 (1997).

Other Examples:
3. W.B. Nowak and M.F. Collins: "Corrosion Resistance of Ion-plated Metallic Films", in Rapidly Quenched Metals III, Vol. 2, B. Cantor, ed., Book No. 198, The Metals Society, London (1978).

4. O.E. Okorafor: "Some Metallurgical Aspects of Full Mould Casting of Automobile Components", Proc. Of the Nigerian Met. Soc., Fifth Annual Conf, Ile-Ife, pp. 17-27 (1987).

5. A.A, Afonja: "A Study of the Potential of Nigerian Coals for Metallurgical Coking", Paper presented at the First National Conference on Steel, Ovwian-Aladja, 18-20 April (1983).

2.2 Length of Paper:
Authors are advised to limit the length of Research papers and Review articles to 20 typewritten pages, Technical notes to 5 pages, and Discussions to 3 pages; (Prints should be limited to 15, 3 and 2 pages respectively).

2.3 Illustrations:
Diagrams should be prepared in black ink on transparent paper, preferably A4 size transparent paper. The size of the drawings and photographs should be such as to permit considerable reduction without impairing clarity. All tables, figures and photographs should be given reference numbers and grouped at the end of the manuscript. Figure numbers and titles should not be given directly on the figures; rather the list of all captions and titles should be typed out fully on a separate page, and the figure reference number is then written in pencil at the back of each figure. Authors should mark in the text the appropriate locations of all tables and illustrations. The number of tables and figures should be limited to only the absolutely necessary ones.

2.4 Computer Soft Copies:
Authors are encouraged to prepare soft copies of their manuscripts, complete with computer processed illustrations and diagrams using CD/DVD, and current Word Processors such as Microsoft Word 2007-2015. The Word Processor used should be indicated on the CD/DVD.

2.5 Units:
Only standard SI units are allowed.

Manuscripts should be submitted to the Editor-in-Chief through the form on our website or CD/DVDs to the address on the next page. All manuscripts submitted for publication must not have been sent elsewhere for publication. An author whose article is accepted for publication after review may be formally required to agree not to publish it elsewhere.

Twice yearly (Biannually).

Authors of accepted papers will be required to pay modest page costs at a rate that may vary from time to time according to the journal editorial policy. Currently applicable rates are as follows:

Nigerian Authors - N10,000.00 per publication

Other Authors
Based elsewhere in Africa - US$100
All others - US$ 150

Five complimentary reprints of published papers will be made available to authors, and additional copies will be available on request at a nominal cost.

All correspondence should be addressed to:
Prof. B.A. Okorie
Editor-in-Chief, JMME,
c/0 Dept. of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering,
Enugu State University of Science and Technology,
Enugu , Nigeria .

Journal of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering