Submission Guidelines Coal Combustion and Gasification Products Journal

Journal Title: Coal Combustion and Gasification Products
Format: Online
ISSN 1946-0198

 

Coal Combustion and Gasification Products (CCGP) is an international peer-reviewed, on-line journal encompassing the science and technology of the production, sustainable utilization, and environmentally sound handling of the byproducts of coal combustion and gasification, including fly ash, bottom ash, boiler slag, gasification residues, and products from coal-fuel blends, flue-gas desulfurization products, and related materials. While the emphasis will be on products from coal combustion and gasification, products of the co-combustion of tires, petroleum coke, biomass, etc., with coal will also be considered. Above all, a contribution accepted for publication should be a novel, original, concise, and well-written advance in the science and/or engineering of solid coal combustion and gasification products.

Types of contributions published are papers describing original research results; proceedings of symposia; surveys; reviews; book reviews; overviews of recent literature; and letters to the editor.

Coal Combustion and Gasification Products is a unique peer-reviewed journal that is a joint venture between the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research (UK CAER) and the American Coal Ash Association (ACAA). The decision to establish the journal is based upon the success of the UK CAER-ACAA jointly-organized World of Coal Ash Conference and the problems inherent with not having a dedicated refereed journal specifically for coal ash research. With current research dispersed across multiple journals, one of our primary goals is to build a resource for the niche audience interested in coal combustion and gasification products research.

We are creating a journal that essentially will appear in two mutually cooperative, but distinct, formats. On one hand we intend to provide an electronic journal. On the other hand, we will maintain a printed variation, not a full replica, of the journal. While this is an unusual model, we believe that the rapidly evolving world of print publications calls for a combination of traditional print and electronic publication in order to reach the widest and most appropriate audience.

Our on-line journal entity will present full-text articles not previously published in other journals or sources. Reviewed, revised, and accepted manuscripts will be posted as soon as all markups are completed. Viewing of a paper will not be artificially constrained by waiting for the mailing of a paper journal. Numbering of volumes, as with traditional print journals, will be maintained. There will be no charges to authors for page fees or inclusion of supplementary data or color graphics/photos. Also, on-line access to the journal will be free of charge.

The journal's editorial board was established by agreement between UK CAER and ACAA. It consists of experts from academia, industry and government who will provide input and solid reviews of the various aspects of the science and engineering of ash.

Only contributions that have not been published previously are considered for CCGP. An exception may be made for a paper presented at the World of Coal Ash Conference or published in the WOCA proceedings. Please contact the UK CAER for additional details.

Material suitable for inclusion in the electronic, on-line CCGP Journal

Full-Length Papers ... (more info)

  • All submissions will undergo the peer-review process.
  • Full-length papers should conform to a maximum of 20 double-spaced pages (including references and tables/graphics/photos), using a 12-point Times New Roman font (or equivalent, excluding Helvetica).
  • There are no charges to authors for page fees (up to 10 published pages) or inclusion of color graphics/photos (up to 5 color graphics/photos).
  • Authors will be charged $100.00 per published page for each page beyond ten. Authors will be charged $45.00 per color graphic/photo for each beyond five.
  • 10 published pages is approximately equivalent to 20 double-spaced Microsoft Word pages (including references and tables/graphics/photos).
  • All full-length papers must be accompanied by an extended abstract. Extended abstracts should be at least one (1) page, no more than two (2) pages, and will be published electronically and in the print insert for Ash at Work.
  • Extended abstracts may include 1 table and/or 1 graphic and/or 1 photo.

  • Full-length papers can include supplementary data and materials, including video, audio, tables, data sets. Authors are not charged for the inclusion of supplementary data or supplementary color graphics/photos. Supplementary materials will be linked from the pdf version of the paper on the CCGP Journal website.

Research Communications ... (more info)

  • A research communication, when published, is a complete paper of approximately two pages in length with references.
  • Research communications are not extended abstracts. A research communication should have a clear beginning, middle, and end.

  • Research communications allow an author to report important research findings quickly, with the option of putting together a more detailed, full-length paper (roughly 15 to 20 unpublished pages) for publication at a later date.
  • As with full-length papers, a research communication may include graphics, tables, and photos.
  • All research communications undergo the peer-reviewed process and are published simultaneously in the print and online editions.

Other Types of Contributions

  • Because CCGP online is NOT constrained by conventional print limitations of paper and ink, other contributions are accepted and published. Some additional contributions may include
  • Summaries/reviews of research in other journals/recent literature
  • Surveys and books reviews
  • Editorials and letters to the editor
  • Proceedings of symposia
  • Reviews of standards

Printed Insert of CCGP Journal - for inclusion in ACAA's Ash at Work Trade Publication

Circulated in the ACAA trade publication Ash at Work, published twice a year, will be a physical variation of the journal. With a circulation of over 3000 copies for each issue, the visibility provided by Ash at Work will be a valuable and targeted addition to the web presence of Coal Combustion and Gasification Products. The Ash at Work insert will be devoted to presenting shorter material, including abstracts of the papers appearing in the on-line edition of Coal Combustion and Gasification Products. Research Communications and Extended Abstracts of research will primarily fill the insert, although other features may appear as space allows.

 

The physical variation of CCGP published as an insert to Ash at Work is more limited to accepting shorter material for publication. Material suitable for the Coal Combustion and Gasification Products printed insert include:

Research Communications

  • As stated above, a research communication is a short paper that undergoes the peer-review process. Research communications appear online and in the insert.
  • Approximately two publsihed pages in length (approximately 4 Word pages), and different from an extended abstract.
  • Report important research findings quickly.
  • Have the option of publishing, at a later date, a full-length paper (suggested length of approximately 15 to 20 unpublished pages) in the CCGP online edition.
  • Graphics, tables, photos allowed.

Extended Abstracts

  • Accompany a full-length paper submitted for publication online. Because an extended abstract will appear without the full-length paper in the CCGP print insert, all extended abstracts should be prepared so that they can stand alone.
  • 1 published page minimum; 2 published pages maximum abstract of the full-text paper published electronically.
  • May include 1 table and/or 1 graphic and/or 1 photo.

Other Types of Articles may be included, space permitting, in the paper insert, such as

  • Editorials
  • Letters to the editor
  • Review of standards
  • Reviews of research, etc.
  • Please remember, however, that a full-length paper will not appear at any time in the print insert.

Submission Guidelines for the CCGP Journal

The CAER handles all editorial and refereeing responsibilities, including the solicitation of manuscripts and authors, management of the peer-review process, and editing, production, publication, and Web services. ACAA handles the publication of the Ash at Work printed insert.

Authors are asked to submit all items for consideration electronically (direct any questions or concerns regarding this policy to the UK CAER office). Coal Combustion and Gasification Products provides specific submission guidelines for article content, arrangement, and presentation; title page design and content; citation and reference formats; and visibility of author's contact and identifying information. Please review the below guidelines.

Coal Combustion and Gasification Products (CCGP) accepts contributions that are relevant to the research focus outlined in our mission statement. Review the mission statement to ensure your contribution complements our research focus.

Contributions to CCGP must be made in English (either American or British standard dialects, but not a hybrid of the two). If you are not fluent in the English language, please seek the assistance of a colleague with strong English skills.

Only contributions that have not been published previously will be considered for CCGP. An exception may be made for a paper presented at the World of Coal Ash Conference or published in the WOCA proceedings. Please contact the UK CAER for additional details.

Page Charges (and Use of Color Figures)

  • There are no charges to authors for page fees (up to 10 published pages) or inclusion of color graphics/photos (up to 5 color graphics/photos).
  • Authors will be charged $100.00 per published page for each page beyond ten. Authors will be charged $45.00 per color graphic/photo for each beyond five.
  • 10 published pages is approximately equivalent to 20 double-spaced Microsoft Word pages (including references and tables/graphics/photos).

Author Copyright Guidelines

Authors must sign a publishing/copyright agreement granting and transferring exclusively all rights to the contribution, including but not limited to copyright, for the full term of copyright in the United States of America or elsewhere. The authors retain non-exclusive rights to their articles for "scholarly purposes," including use in their own teaching activities; publishing the article, or permitting its publication, as part of a book; and including the article in their own personal or departmental database or on-line. The author must, however, credit the journal as publisher and copyright holder.

The CCPG Copyright Publishing Agreement must be signed by the contributing author and returned/emailed to the assistant to the CCGP Editor at this email address: ccgp-journal@caer.uky.edu when the manuscript has been approved for publication.

Specifics for Full-Length Papers

IMPORTANT:
All full-length papers must be accompanied by an extended abstract.
Extended Abstracts will be featured in the online CCGP journal and the insert for Ash at Work. Extended Abstracts will appear as no more than two full pages when published. You may include one (1) table and/or one (1) graphic and/or one (1) photo -- see extended abstract formatting.

 

As a general rule of thumb, keep your text formatted to a minimum. Double-space your text with a 12-point Times New Roman font (or equivalent, excluding Helvetica). Although you may use basic commands such as bold and italics, do not attempt to format the text as you think it will appear in final publication. All documents are formatted to adhere to CCGP's overall presentation.

Any abbreviations used in your abstracts or full papers that are not standard in the field should be defined at their first occurrence. Be consistent with your abbreviations. Also, refer to our section on formatting in-text citations and preparing your References page.

On your title page should appear a brief, informative title that avoids unnecessary abbreviations and formulae. Name all authors (with the author's family name clearly marked), their e-mail addresses, their affiliations, and the full postal address (including the name of the country) for each affiliation. Use a superscript number after the author's name and before the affiliation address to connect authors to their organizations. CCGP suggests the affiliation address at which the author did their work appear as the main affiliation address even if the author is no longer working at that address.

CCGP requires that one author serve as Corresponding Author. Mark which author shall serve as Corresponding Author and provide this person's telephone and fax numbers. The Corresponding Author serves as a contact during all stages of the review and publication process. It is very important to report to us any changes to the Corresponding Author's contact information.

Provide an abstract of no more than 300 words that presents the purpose of your research, the principle results, and major conclusions. This abstract is in addition to the extended abstract. Avoid using non-standard or uncommon abbreviations. If you must include a citation, cite your reference in full and do not link it to the Reference list of your full paper. Prepare your abstract so that it can appear independently of your full paper.

Following the abstract, provide a maximum of six keywords that can be used for indexing your paper. Try to avoid common terms in the English language, and do not use words for linking concepts. Unless it is widely recognized in our field, do not use abbreviations.

All acknowledgments should appear in a separate section at the end of the article. Do not include acknowledgments on your title page or at the beginning of your main text.

The main content of your paper should fall into clearly numbered sections. Subsections should be numbered with a brief heading appearing on its own separate line. Follow the example below:

  1. Introduction
  2. 1.1 Previous study(ies) of fly ash in cement
  3. 1.2 Previous ASR investigations
  4. Method
  5. 2.1 Data procedure
  6. Results and discussion
  7. Conclusions

All references cited in your text must correspond with the listing on the references section. Figure captions, tables, figures, and schemes should be presented, in that order, at the end of the article. See below for additional details.

Use footnotes sparingly, numbering them consecutively throughout the article. If available, only use the footnote command in your word processor. Otherwise, you must use superscript Arabic numbers to indicate the position of footnotes in the text with your footnotes on a separate page at the end of the paper. Do not include the footnotes in the Reference list.

For representing mathematical formulae, we encourage the use of normal text where possible (this is in keeping with the suggestion of Allen Press). Variables should be presented in italics. Use the solidus (/), rather than a horizontal line, for expressions such as X/Y. Use exp. to denote powers of e. Number consecutively any equations displayed separately from, but referred to explicitly in, the text.

Allen Press provides details for creating and arranging your tables. Refer to the Allen Press Education Library for these details. If you are submitting a table made in Excel, it will be converted to Word. If using Word to create your table, use the Word processor's table function. Table titles and footnotes should appear above and below the table, respectively, and must be separate of the table. Do not put the title or footnotes into a table cell. Avoid using a table if your results are duplicated in the description of your text. Number your tables consecutively and indicate their placement throughout the paper.

Because CCGP is an international journal, all authors must use the international system of units (SI) and, when necessary, provide an SI equivalent value for other quantities.

Specifics for an Extended Abstract

All full-length papers must be accompanied by an extended abstract. Extended abstracts will be featured in the CCGP insert for Ash at Work. Extended abstracts will appear as no more than two full pages when published.

Please remember to provide a full reference if you must make a reference in your extended abstract. Only include references if they are not avoidable. Do not list any references from your extended abstract in a reference page.

Any abbreviations used in the extended abstract that are not common or well known to the field must be defined at the first inclusion of the abbreviation in the text.

You may include one (1) table and/or one (1) graphic and/or one (1) photo.

Upload your extended abstract as a supplementary Word document. (Supplemenary materials that accompany your full-length paper.)

Specifics for a Research Communication

Research communications are tightly written, complete papers that will undergo the peer-review process. The research communications format is reserved for those interested authors wishing to share their important research findings quickly while retaining the option of publishing a full-length paper with CCGP at a later date.

Graphics, tables, and photos are allowed in research communications. However, when writing the text of the paper, the author should consider how much space must be devoted to displaying supplementary materials. Generally speaking, a research communication should conform to approximately two to four pages of text.

A research communication is a complete paper, meaning it should have a clear introduction and conclusion. Research communications will be published online and in the CCGP print insert for Ash at Work.

When completing a research communication, be sure to include any appropriate references as a footnote on the page in which the in-text citation occurs. Also, provide a references list for inclusion in the version of your paper that will appear online. Because of space limitations with our print insert, a full list of references is not feasible.

A research communication does not require an abstract. Please, though, include a title page with the identifying information that would normally accompany a full-length paper. Other considerations for preparing the text of a research communication are the same as those discussed in Specifics for Full-Length Papers.

Procedure for Presenting References

It is the author's responsibility to check references for accuracy and ensure all references that are cited in-text appear on the References page.

Please refrain from citing a reference in the abstract unless such a citation is necessary. If citing in your abstract, please give the reference in full in the text (not as a footnote, not on a list of references).

Any references to information found on the web should take the form of a footnote on the page of the in-text citation. Please provide the full URL and any other known information, such as the authors' names, dates, or source of publication.

Do not include any unpublished results or personal communications in the list of references; cite such references in the text. Example: (J. Doe, Personal Communication, May 2008).

Be aware that any citation as "in press" is understood to mean the item is pending publication.

When creating an in-text citation, list your references chronologically, then alphabetically,. Please follow the examples below:

  • Single Author: list author's family name (use initials only if there is ambiguity) and year of publication.
  • (Doe, 2004)
  • Doe (2004) says …
  • Two Authors: list both Author's family names and the year of publication.
  • Doe and Smith (2004) suggest …
  • (Doe & Smith, 2004).
  • Three or more Authors: provide the first author's name followed by "et al." and the year of publication.
  • Doe et al. (2008) imply …
  • (Doe et al. 2008).
  • Multiple citations:
  • Doe et al. (2008) and Arnold (2009) ...
  • (Doe et al., 2008; Arnold, 2009).

When creating a References list, place all references in alphabetical order, then, if necessary, sort them chronologically. If reference is made to an author with multiple publications in one year, distinguish between the publications by placing a lower-case letter after the year of publication. Examples of our preferred style are as follows:

  • Reference to a journal publication:
  • Hower, J.C., Robertson, J.D., 2004. Chemistry and petrology of fly ash derived from the co-combustion of Western United States coal and tire-derived fuel. Fuel Processing Technology 85, 359-377.
  • Reference to a book:
  • Strunk Jr., W., White, E.B., 1979. The Elements of Style, third ed. Macmillan, New York.
  • Reference to a chapter in an edited book:
  • Weisenberger, M.C., Andrews, R., Rantell, T., 2007. Carbon nanotube polymer composites: recent developments in mechanical properties. Physical Properties of Polymers Handbook, (Mark, J.E., eds.), Springer, 2nd ed. New York, NY, pp. 585-598.
  • Reference to a web page:
  • Hower, J.C., Mastalerz, M., 2008. Coal petrology. Scirus topic pages, http://topics.scirus.com/Coal_petrology.html, accessed 19 November 2008.

Specifically for in-press papers, do include appropriate DOI numbers (when available) in your references. For any questions related to proper citation style, please contact the UK CAER office.

Digital Art Guidelines

Do not submit your graphics, photos, audio, video, etc., in the text of your paper. Please submit each item separately. For point-by-point specific details regarding acceptable file formats and visual presentation for art, graphics, and photos, read the Allen Press "Guide to Digital Art Specifications" (PDF format) for precise guidelines.

Guidelines for Accepting Supplementary Materials

Please supply supplementary materials as separate files. Do not submit your graphics, photos, audio, video, etc., in the text of your paper. For point-by-point specific details regarding acceptable file formats and visual presentation for art, graphics, and photos please read the above digital art guidelines. For details regarding audio and video materials, see below. Full-length papers can include supplementary data and materials, including video, audio, tables, data sets. Authors are not charged for the inclusion of supplementary data or supplementary color graphics/photos. Supplementary materials will be linked from the pdf version of the paper on the CCGP Journal website. For any questions, contact the UK CAER office for assistance.

Guidelines for Accepting Video and Audio

Coal Combustion and Gasification Products accepts supplementary material in the forms of audio and video. CCGP will post such materials alongside published papers.

CCGP prefers media formats that are easily viewable on most players, such as Windows Media Player and Apple Quicktime. Thus, the preferred movie formats are MPEG (.mpg) (in either MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 format) and Apple Quicktime (.mov). However, we also accept videos in Audio/Video Interlaced (.avi) or Windows Media Video (.wmv) formats. All videos should be in the highest possible quality.

The CCGP also accepts videos made available through YouTube. In order to accept a YouTube video, we must be provided with a URL link to the video and/or HTML coding allowing embedding of the video on the CCGP website. YouTube users are cautioned to provide high quality videos.

In regards to audio files, CCGP prefers MP3 (.mp3), although WAVE audio (.wav) can be accepted. Again, our intention is to provide audio playable on common players such as Windows Media Player and Apple iTunes.

When contributing multi-media content, please include a title, keywords, the names of persons featured, and a short description of media content. Media materials cannot be submitted through the Allen Press submission site. Instead, authors must contact the UK CAER office direct in order to arrange submission of audio/video materials.

Submit Manuscript to the CCGP Editorial Office

  • Submit Manuscript to CCPG Peer Review Web Site. All Authors must register (including creating a username and password).
  • Because we will be using Allen Press to handle submissions, we ask that you refer to the Allen Press Education Library's list of "How-To Guides" when preparing the text of your paper. Please note that although Allen Press accepts different document files, all submissions must be made in Microsoft Word (.doc or .rtf) or WordPerfect format. Furthermore, Allen Press will convert a WordPerfect file to a Word document and does not guarantee character accuracy.
  • Also, it may benefit the author(s) to read through the Guidelines for Peer Reviewers for the criteria used in reviewing contributions.
  • Submit the signed author copyright form when the manuscript has been approved for publication.
  • Any questions should be directed to the Assistant to the CCGP Editor at email: ccgp-journal@uky.edu or phone number:   859-257-0311.