Chemical Industry & Chemical Engineering Quarterly

Instruction for Authors

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Processing Fee

As journal is in the open access regime, for every contribution accepted for publication author(s) will participate in publishing expenses in amount of 100 € + VAT (for authors from Serbia the equivalent in RSD at the rate of NBS).

Upon paper acceptance, publisher’s office will send you Proforma invoice with payment instructions. Please, bear in mind that Editorial office will not be able to proceed with publishing without Processing fee being paid.

The Chemical Industry & Chemical Engineering Quarterly (Chem. Ind. Chem. Eng. Q.) is published by the Association of the Chemical Engineers of Serbia (AChE). Activities of the publisher are supported by following institutions:


The Chemical Industry & Chemical Engineering Quarterly (Chem. Ind. Chem. Eng. Q.), as an international peer-reviewed research journal, invites contributions of original and novel fundamental research related to chemical industry and chemical engineering and connected areas. Papers describing novel theory and its application to practice as well as those reporting experimental work, which is soundly interpreted, are welcome.


The Journal invites contributions to the following two main areas:

     Applied Chemistry dealing with the application of basic chemical sciences to industry

     Chemical Engineering dealing with the chemical and biochemical conversion of raw materials into different products as well as the design and operation of plants and equipment.


The Journal welcomes contributions focused on:

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

     Heat, mass and momentum transfer

     Reactor, equipment and downstream processing modeling, simulation and design

     Novel reactors (membrane, chromatographic, electrochemical reactors, micro-reactors, etc.)

     Scale up and scale down design

     Applied catalysis, kinetics and modeling

     Separation science and technology

     Particle technology and fluidization

Process Systems Engineering

     Process dynamics, monitoring and control

     Process modeling, simulation and optimization

     Process design, integration, operation and intensification

     Techno-economic analysis

Environmental Chemical and Process Engineering

     Treatment processes

     Environmental separation processes

     Environmental bioprocesses

     Environmental nanotechnology

     Clean process technology

     Green processes

Materials Synthesis and Processing

     Novel physical and chemical methods of synthesis of advanced materials

     Novel materials (micro- and nano-structured materials, composite and hybrid materials, etc.) of different morphologies (particles, films, fibers)

     Product design based on chemical engineering tools

Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Engineering

     Design, modeling, operation and control of pharmaceutical (bio)reactors,

     Unit operations and process systems used in the production of pharmaceuticals and cosmetic products

Food and Bioproducts Processing

     Plant, process and product design

     Unit operations, process modeling and optimization in food engineering

     Heating and cooling methods, including freezing, pasteurization and thermal sterilization

     Non-thermal processes

Process Technology

     Industrial biotechnology

     Separation and purification technologies



Papers having a primary focus on pure chemical sciences such as analytical, biochemical, food, environmental, inorganic, medicinal, microbiological, organic, pharmaceutical, physical or polymer chemistry as well as natural sciences (biology, microbiology, etc.) are strongly discouraged.

Theoretical papers that do not include chemical engineering applications or papers that do not contribute new ideas or research directions to the fields of applied chemistry and chemical engineering are also inappropriate.


Articles for publication:

     Original scientific papers - should be complete and authoritative accounts of work which has a special significance and must be presented clearly and concisely,

     Preliminary (short) communications - the early communication of important and original advances should always be complete,

     Review articles - authors of a review article should consult with the Editor to check the suitability of their topic and material before submitting their review by sending the extended summary (300-400 words), outline and the list of publications of authors on the topic,

     Professional papers and

     Letters to the editors (commenting on work published in the journal).


All papers submitted will be dealt with rapidly and, if accepted, will normally appear in the Journal within six months. Inadequately or incorrectly prepared manuscripts may be delayed or even rejected. Authors must therefore conform closely to the instructions given below.


The journal is published both online and in print.

Submission of Papers

Please submit your manuscript using our OnLine Submission Form.


All correspondence, including notification of the Editor's decision and requests for revision, takes place by e-mail via the following e-mail address:

Professor Vlada Veljković

Faculty of Technology, University of Niš

124 Bulevar oslobodjenja, 16000 Leskovac, SERBIA

Telephone: +381 16 247 203; Fax: +381 16 242 859


Submission of a paper implies that

•    it has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis),

•    it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere,

     it will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in English or in any other language, without the written consent of the publisher and

     the authors should state the novelty in results/findings, or significance of results in the cover letter.


Also, all co-authors are required to confirm in their cover letter that:

     the manuscript is entirely originally written,

     someone else’s data and/or text, including author’s previously published, are appropriately cited or quoted,

     permission has been obtained for use of copyrighted material from other sources (including the Web),

     the manuscript has been read and approved by all named authors and tacitly or explicitly by the responsible authorities where the work was carried out,

     the order of authors listed in the manuscript has been approved by all co-authors,

     there are no other persons who satisfied the criteria for authorship but are not listed,

     the Corresponding Author is responsible for communicating with the other authors about all parts of publishing process and progress; submissions of revisions and final approval of proofs,

     there is not any conflict of interest and

     the submitted paper is ethically and professionally correct in every other sense regarding the publishing process.


The ethical guidelines for publication issued by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) are followed and applied by the Chemical Industry & Chemical Engineering Quarterly. Additionally, the Chemical Industry & Chemical Engineering Quarterly ensures compliance by using plagiarism detection software.


Changes to authorship. Authorship can be changed only before a manuscript is accepted for publication.

The corresponding author must send to the Editor a request to add or remove an author, or to rearrange the author names, which must include:

i) the reason the name should be added or removed, or the author names rearranged and

ii) written confirmation (e-mail, fax, letter) from all authors (including the author being added or removed) that they agree with the addition, removal or rearrangement.

If a request is incomplete the manuscript will be suspended until authorship has been agreed.


Potential referees

All papers will be peer reviewed. Authors are asked to submit full contact details, including e-mail addresses, for three potential referees. Referees should be experts in the field of the paper, and not associated with the institution with which the authors are affiliated. Moreover, the authors from Serbia should suggest no referee from Serbia and other ex-Yugoslav Republics. The final choice of referees will remain entirely with the Editor.


All manuscripts are first evaluated on technical aspects such as compliance to the Instructions for Authors and revision can be requested. Authors must follow the Instructions for Authors strictly, failing which the manuscripts would be rejected without review. Accepted manuscripts are then evaluated by the Editor who can also reject it because the work is considered outside the aims and scope or because of its insufficient originality and serious scientific weaknesses. Only the manuscript satisfying the minimum criteria are reviewed by at least two independent experts. Reviewers advise the Editor, who is responsible for the final decision to accept or reject the article. Please note: any Editor's decision is final.


Manuscripts previously rejected by the Journal will not be re-considered by the Editors, and therefore will be rejected without review.

Preparation of Manuscripts
Language: Manuscripts should be written in good English (American or British usage is accepted, but not a mixture of these). The Editor suggests avoidance of usage of first person (we, us, our) in the text. Authors for whom English is not their native language are encouraged to have their paper checked before submission for grammar and clarity by a native English speaker.

Typing: Manuscripts must be typewritten in Word by using common system fonts (Times New Roman, Arial, etc.), 1.5-spaced with wide margins (2.5 cm) on A4 pages. The authors using Word 2007 or newer versions (.docx extension) should prepare their manuscripts to be fully compatible with earlier versions of Word text processor (.doc extension). The text should be in single-column format without a constant right-hand margin (i.e., full justification should be avoided). Each new paragraph should clearly be indicated. Number all pages of the manuscript including references, tables, a list of figure captions and figures. Indicate positions for figures and tables in the text.


Page length: Maximum page length should be 20,000, 35,000 and 50,000 characters (including spaces) for Short communication, Original article and Review paper, without tables, figures, figure captions and references. The maximum number of figures allowed for the whole manuscript is 8 comprising a total of max. 15 subfigures. One main figure may consist of up to four subfigures (i.e., a, b, c and d) that are logically interrelated. Subfigures must be grouped in the main figure. Additional figures may be included as supplementary material that will be considered for Web-only publication. Each figure and table must be put separately on a single page at the end of the manuscript. Invited papers and papers written for special issues may depart from the prescribed length, number of figures and number of references with the permission of the Editor.


General Format: The manuscript should contain the following in this order: Title Page, Abstract and Keywords, Text, Acknowledgements (optional), Appendix (optional), Nomenclature (optional), References, Figure captions, Tables and Figures. Do not import the Tables or Figures into the text.

Title Page: The title page should be devoted to the title (in caps), the full name(s) of the author(s), and the full postal addresses for all co-authors. In multi-authored texts indicate author affiliation by superscript Arabic numbers placed after author's name and before the appropriate address. Clearly indicate who is willing to handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing, publication and post-publication. The corresponding author should be identified with an asterisk. A footnote should contain an e-mail address, telephone number and fax number for the corresponding author. Title should be concise and explanatory of the content of the paper. It must be limited to about twelve word or 100 characters.

Abstract: The second page should consist of an abstract of up to 200 words summarizing the major findings. Non-standard or uncommon abbreviations should be avoided, but if essential they must be defined at their first mention in the abstract itself. References should be avoided, but if essential, it must be given in full.


Highlights are mandatory and should be submitted in a separate file. They consist of a short collection of bullet points that convey the most important findings of the article. Please use 'Highlights' in the file name and include 3 to 5 bullet points (maximum 100 characters, including spaces, per bullet point).

Keywords: up to 6 keywords (to facilitate indexing and on-line searching) should be provided in alphabetical order, using American spelling and avoiding general and plural terms and multiple concepts (avoid, for example, "and", "of"). Only abbreviations firmly established in the field may be eligible.


Text: The text may contain: Introduction, Theoretical part (if necessary), Experimental, Results and Discussion and Conclusion. It should clearly convey the purpose of the study, the approach, and the key findings. Footnotes, if any, should be identified with superscript Arabic numbers. Indicate references in the text using numerals in square brackets in order of appearance (for instance, [1,2,3-6]). Indicate approximate locations of tables and figures directly in the electronic text. Authors should distinguish clearly between main and subsidiary headings. Headings should not be numbered.


Introduction. This should state previous relevant work with appropriate references, the problem investigated and the aim of the work. A detailed literature survey or a summary of the results should be avoided.

Theoretical part. It gives, if necessary, the theoretical basis of the work performed, such as models etc.

Experimental. The methods and materials used should be stated clearly in sufficient detail to permit the work to be repeated by others. Only new techniques should be described in detail; known methods must have adequate references.

Results and Discussion. Results should be presented concisely, with tables or illustrations for clarity. Extensive citation and discussion of the published literature should be avoided. Hence, the significance of the findings should be discussed without repetition of the material in the Introduction. Adequate indication of the level of experimental error and the statistical significance of the results should be given. The number of illustrations, graphs and chemical formulae used must be kept to a minimum.

Conclusion. It should indicate the significant contribution of the manuscript with its applications (maximum 200 words).

Nomenclature: If symbols, letters and abbreviations are used in the text they should be listed with their explanations. Define abbreviations that are not standard in the field at their first mention. Ensure consistency of abbreviations throughout the manuscript.

Appendices. If there is more than one appendix, they should be identified as A, B, etc. Equations, tables and figures in appendices should be given separate numbering: Eq. (A.1), Table A.1, Fig. A.1, etc.


Acknowledgements. These should be kept to a minimum. It should be placed in a separate section at the end of the article before the references.


References: References should start on a separate page. All publications cited in the text should be presented in a list of references (and vice versa). The list of references should be arranged according to their appearance in the text. Give names of all authors (do not use "et al."), with their initials before the respective surnames. Exclude article titles in journals. Journal titles should be abbreviated according to the Chemical Abstracts Service Source Index, 2005 edition, and supplements. The abbreviated titles should be followed by the volume number, year (in parentheses) and first and last page numbers.


1.      A. Wilchem, B. Wilchem, Chem. Ind. Chem. Eng. Q. 18 (2012) 123-125.

2.      C. Wilchem, Textbook of Chemistry, Publisher, City (2012), p. 123.

3.      D. Wilchem, in Chemistry Handbook, E. Editor Ed., Publisher, City (2012), p. 123.

4.      E. Wilchem, Title of the Proceeding, in Proceeding of Name of the Conference or Symposium, Place of the Conference, Country (2012), p. 100.

5.      F. Wilchem, (Holder), Country Code and patent number (registration year)


Online citations should be avoided, but if essential they should include the author, title, website and date of access (example: N.A. Wright, The Title of the Online citation, URL in full [accessed 7 June 2012]).


If a statement has multiple references all of the citations should be referenced in the text. If there are two or more citations and the numbers are not consecutive, commas (with no spaces) should be used between numbers, examples: [1,2] or [3,5,6]. If there are more than two numbers and they are consecutive, then an en-dash is used to separate the first and last citation – for example, [1–5].


The author(s) can be mentioned at their first citation in the text without initials. For papers with one or two authors simply state the surname(s), for example, Wilchem and Wilchem [1], and for papers with three or more authors you should use the first author’s surname followed by et al. for example, Wilchem et al. [1].


References in abstract should be avoided, but if essential they must be given in full. Citation of a reference as 'in press' implies that it has been accepted for publication. Unpublished results and personal communications should be included in the reference list as 'Unpublished results' or 'Personal communication.'


Note that maximum references should be 20, 60 and 120 for short communication, original research paper and review papers, respectively.


Tables: Tables should be placed after the references, with each table placed on a separate page, numbered consecutively in the order to which they are referred and given a suitable caption. Tables have to be prepared by “Insert Table” tool incorporated in all MS Word text processors. Each table should have a brief descriptive title. Footnotes to tables should be typed below the table and should be referred to by superscript lowercase letters. No vertical rules should be used. Tables should not duplicate results presented elsewhere in the manuscript (e.g. in graphs). Simple one parameter tables should be avoided.


Preparation of Illustrations
Use uniform lettering and sizing of original artwork.

·         Save text in illustrations as "graphics".

·         Number the illustrations according to their sequence in the text.

·         Provide all illustrations as separate files.

·         Provide captions to illustrations separately.

·         Produce images near to the desired size of the printed version.

The electronic artwork should be converted to one of the following formats (note the resolution requirements for line drawings, halftones, and line/halftone combinations given below.):

EPS: Vector drawings. Embed the font or save the text as "graphics".
TIFF: Greyscale photographs (halftones): always use a minimum of 300 dpi.
TIFF: Bitmapped line drawings: use a minimum of 1000 dpi.
TIFF: Combinations bitmapped line/half-tone (greyscale): a minimum of 500 dpi is required.

Figures: Photographs, charts and diagrams are all to be referred to as "Figure(s)". Figures should be placed after the tables, numbered consecutively in the order to which they are referred, and given a descriptive caption. Do not use any type of shading on computer-generated illustrations. Number of illustrations should be restricted to the absolute minimum. A caption should comprise a brief title (not on the figure itself) and a description of the illustration. Keep text in the illustrations themselves to a minimum but explain all symbols and abbreviations used. Supply captions on a separate sheet, not attached to the figure. Please note that the maximum number of figures allowed is 8 comprising a total of max. 15 subfigures.

Line drawings: The lettering and symbols, as well as other details, should have proportionate dimensions, so as not to become illegible or unclear after possible reduction; in general, the figures should be designed for a reduction factor of two to three. Illustrations will not be enlarged.

Photographs (halftones): Photographs should be avoided unless they are of high contrast, clear, black and white, glossy prints. Color photographs are not acceptable. Remove non-essential areas of a photograph. Where necessary, insert a scale bar in the illustration (not below it), as opposed to giving a magnification factor in the caption.

Formulae and Equations: They must be written with great care using corresponding formula/equation editor. The equations written in newer versions of equation editors incorporated into Word 2007 or above are not acceptable. The authors are strongly encouraged to use external Microsoft equation editors from earlier versions of MS Word or MathType. Use parentheses freely to avoid ambiguities. Make distinction between digit "one" and letter "l" and between digit "zero" and capital "O". Do not use small letter "o" for zero. Equations should be numbered (1), (2) etc.

Units: Authors are requested to use SI (metric) units. Although SI units are preferred, the use of litres (L) with the appropriate derivation and Celsius degree (oC) is acceptable, as long as the use is consistent throughout the manuscript.

Plants, animals and microorganisms: They should be given their full binominal Latin name, in italic, in the title, abstract, headings and legends of tables and figures, and at the first mention in the text. A collection number, strain number or name should be quoted, e.g. Escherichia coli (K12). Thereafter abbreviate them in the text, e.g. E. coli.


Symbols, terminology and abbreviations: Internationally accepted usage is recommended. Symbols and abbreviations should be used consistently.


Chemical nomenclature: Follow the usage of Chemical Abstracts whenever possible.


The names and location of suppliers/makers of equipment, chemicals, etc. should be provided. The details should be given in the first mention, then subsequently only the maker’s/supplier’s name.

Supplementary material

Electronic supplementary material to support and enhance a scientific research is welcome. Authors are encouraged to supply the illustrations and tabulated data as supplementary material in cases if these were not discussed in details in the manuscript, but straightforwardly confirm the findings presented. Supplementary files supplied will be published online along with the electronic version of an article. In order to ensure that your submitted material is directly usable, please provide the supplementary material in one of the recommended file formats. Authors should submit the material in electronic format together with the article and supply a concise and descriptive caption for each file. Appropriate reference to the supplementary material must be clearly stated in the manuscript.

Additional Information

Review Process: All manuscripts are sent to at least two independent referees who will be asked to complete the refereeing job within 4 to 6 weeks. The final decision regarding acceptance will be made by the Editors. Manuscripts may be sent back to authors for revision if necessary. Revised manuscript submissions should be made as soon as possible (within 2 months) after the receipt of the referees' comments.

Proofs: One set of page proofs in PDF format will be sent by e-mail to the corresponding Author. The author may list the corrections and return to the journal in an e-mail. Please list the corrections quoting line number. If, for any reason, this is not possible, then mark the corrections and any other comments on a printout of your proof and return by fax, or scan the pages and e-mail, or by post.

This proof should only be used for checking the typesetting, editing, completeness and correctness of the text, tables and figures. Significant changes to the article as accepted for publication will not be considered at this stage. It is important to ensure that all corrections are sent back to the journal in one communication. The publication of the article may be proceeded if no response is received.


Proofs must be corrected and returned to the publisher within 48 hours of receipt.

Offprints: The corresponding author, at no cost, will be provided with a PDF file of the article (e-offprints) via e-mail. Hard copy of the issue with the published paper is available for the authors at the price of 50 € + 8 % VAT including shipping and handling. To get an invoice with payment instruction, please contact the AChE of Serbia office via e-mail or by Phone: + 381 11 3240 018

Author Services: For inquiries relating to the submission of manuscripts, please send an e-mail to the Editor.


Submission check list

Prior to sending it to the Editor for review, ensure that the following items are present:

·         One Author designated as corresponding Author:

·         E-mail address

·         Full postal address

·         Telephone and fax numbers

·         Highlights

·         Keywords

·         Page length

·         Number of figures

·         All figure captions

·         All tables (including title, description, footnotes)

·         Manuscript has been "spellchecked"

·         References are in the correct format

·         All references mentioned in the Reference list are cited in the text, and vice versa

·         Permission has been obtained for use of copyrighted material from other sources (including the Web)

·         Figures are black-and-white

·         All necessary files have been included

·         The novelty in results/findings, or significance of results is stated in the cover letter

Authors are kindly requested to cite
Chemical Industry & Chemical Engineering Quarterly as
Chem. Ind. Chem. Eng. Q.
to prevent citation losses as a result of inadequate quoting