Manuscript Submission Guidelines
Waste Management & Research (WM&R)
- Preparing your manuscript
- How to submit your manuscript
- After editor acceptance of your manuscript
- How to become a more successful author
- Further information
Waste Management & Research (WM&R) satisfies the growing demand for scientifically based essential information that can be utilised by waste management professionals in academia, government, industry, engineering, management, planning, and public health.
WM&R is a fully peer reviewed international journal that publishes original research and review articles relating to both the theory and practice of waste management and research. In this regard, Editors are obliged to avoid acceptance of plagiarized manuscripts. Instead the Editorial Group seeks to promote innovation and provide a bridge between academic studies and practical problems. Articles should address problems and solutions that are of general interest to the readers.
Guidance for the preparation and submission of your manuscript is given below. More detail is available by using the links provided in the text where appropriate.
1. Preparing your manuscript
1.1 Manuscript peer reviewing and acceptance policy
All manuscripts are reviewed initially at the Editorial Office and then by the Associate Editors. Only manuscripts that meet the scientific and editorial standards, and fit within the Aims and Scope of the journal, will be sent for outside peer review.
Be advised that WM&R receives many manuscripts. In order to offer both peer reviewers and editors fair and reasonable workloads, manuscripts uploaded by authors must comply strictly with the WM&R manuscript guidelines, for example in terms of substance, structure and language.
WM&R operates a single-blind reviewing policy in which the peer reviewers’ names are always concealed from the submitting author. Authors are requested to suggest the names, affiliations and contact information of five individuals who may suitably serve as peer reviewers (also known as referees). The suggested reviewers should preferably represent international expertise, and not in any way be associated to the authors or the reported work. The Editors are under no obligation to use all or any of these individuals as reviewers.
1.2 Manuscript Format
Manuscript formats which may be considered for publication:
- Review articles: Approximately 80,000 characters (with spaces) + additionally 10-12 illustrations/tables. A review article presents a critical evaluation of information that has already been published, and considers the progress of current research toward clarifying a stated problem or topic. It should meet both of the following criteria:
- Cite around 100 references, more if appropriate; and
- Review must appear as a word in the title, and the abstract must state that it is a review article
- Original articles: Max. 30,000 characters (with spaces) + additionally 6-8 illustrations/tables. An original article presents new information on a specific waste management and research topic or problem. Novel concepts, proven results and interesting perspectives for waste management in theory or practice are important criteria when considering acceptability for peer review.
- Short Reports: Max. 12,000 characters (with spaces) + additionally 3-4 illustrations/tables. A short report would typically describe an interesting case study or experimental work with a limited scope but still of interest to an international professional audience.
- Letters to the Editor: Max. 3,000 characters (with spaces) + one figure/table. Letters to the editor must be short and specific and relate to an already published article in WM&R or to the journal’s operations. Letters to the Editor should be sent directly to the Editor–in-chief (firstname.lastname@example.org ) copied to the WMR Editorial Office (email@example.com).
- Editorials: Max. 8,000 characters (with spaces) + one figure/table. Editorials address topics that editors or invited guest editors deem of particular concern.
Further details on format, layout and structure are outlined below.
1.3 Manuscript structure (original articles and short reports):
In general, authors are encouraged to review and mimic the format and style of previously published WM&R manuscripts. Further guidance is provided below.
Title page: The first page should indicate the title, the authors' names in full and affiliations, and a postal and e-mail address for the corresponding author.
Abstract: Each manuscript should begin with a single-paragraph abstract of max. 1,500 characters (with spaces). The abstract should summarise all aspects of the manuscript [problem(s) addressed, objective(s), methodologies, important result(s), and conclusion(s)].
Key words: For indexing purposes, a list of 6-8 key words is essential. Key words should include important nouns cited in the title and abstract. If in doubt how to select proper key words you may consult “How to become a more successful author” or http://www.uk.sagepub.com/authors/journal/readership.sp
Introduction: A short introduction should start the substantive text. The introduction must place the work described in an appropriate context, including impetus for the research, practical applications (including estimates of costs, where applicable), and results of a literature study. The introduction must clearly state the specific objectives of the work presented.
Materials and methods: This section should describe and reference the techniques applied in the investigation and make clear the protocol of the study. The model and sensitivity of monitoring equipment should be stated in this section. Statistical tests should be described briefly.
Results and discussion: This section should describe what was found and provide appropriate numerical and statistical support. The discussion should explore the implications of the findings but not be highly speculative. It may be convenient to organise the text under sub-headings (not to be numbered).
Conclusion: This section should tie the major findings to the objective(s) stated in the introduction and suggest the practical or theoretical relevance of the manuscript to future research, waste management practices, or regulations and policies.
Acknowledgements: Please acknowledge contributors and sponsors to your work. Formatting and other guidance are set forth at http://www.uk.sagepub.com/authors/journal/funding.sp
1.4 Manuscript style & format
The Manuscript should be written as editable/source files only e.g. Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx). Tables, figures and captions/legends should be embedded in the text where they naturally belong. Manuscripts should be in UK English as in the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) and be double line spaced. In general, grammar, punctuation, and syntax for body text should be in accordance with common English practice, such as set forth in the EU English Style Guide (http://ec.europa.eu/translation/english/guidelines/documents/styleguide_english_dgt_en.pdf).
The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point.
Illustrations and tables
Original line drawings and photographs must be twice the desired size (maximum printed width 130 mm) at a resolution of at least 300 dpi. Remember that text and symbols should be legible in print. The default is to print all graphics in black and white; colour printing is optional at authors' expense. All illustrations should be in “ .jpg” format.
All figures must be numbered consecutively with concise descriptive captions and legends provided on separate pages. Each figure must be clearly referenced in the text (e.g. Fig. 4) and with an indication of where it should appear in the final document (e.g.: Table 4 here).
Authors are responsible for obtaining and submitting to WM&R permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere.
Units, abbreviations, symbols and equations
Only metric units (SI) should be used in a manuscript. After the first appearance of a term in full, a standard abbreviation may be used. Superscripts, not slashes (/), should be used to describe units, e.g. kg m-3.
Equations: Equations should be numbered consecutively and referenced in the text (e.g. Eq. 1), for example Am = B + C (1)
English Language Editing services
Non-English speaking authors who would like to refine their use of language in their manuscripts might consider using a professional editing service or including a native-English-speaker as a co-author.
Essential information must be included in the text: authors should not use footnotes.
References should be listed in alphabetical order and appear at the end of the manuscript. Citations in the text should be denoted with the author's surname and the year of publication (e.g.: using the data obtained by Parkpain et al. (2000) or using data from literature (Grigg 1996, Pokrajac & Jones 2000).
If the text contains two or more papers written by the same author(s) in the same year, the citations should be differentiated by a letter; e.g.: (Grigg 1996a). Journal names should be given in full and should not be translated. Titles of papers should be given in their original language and, if possible, they should be followed by a translation into English in parentheses.
- (Book example):
Grigg, N.S. (1996). Water Resources Management, pp. 8-11. McGraw-Hill, New York, USA
- (Conference Proceedings example):
Pokrajac, D., & Jones, K. (2000) Oil infiltration in the vicinity of a shallow groundwater table. In: Bjerg, P.L., Engesgaard, P., & Krom, T.D. (eds.): Groundwater 2000. Proceedings of the International Conference on Groundwater Research, Copenhagen, 6-8 June, pp. 17-18. A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam, NL
- (OnlineFirst example):
Velasco, E, Nino, J. Recycling of aluminium scrp for secondary Al‐Si alloys.Waste Management & Research, September 1st 2010 doi:10.1177/0734242X10381413
- (Scientific journal example):
Parkpain, P., Sreesai, S., & Delaune, R.D. (2000) Bioavailability of heavy metals in sewage sludge amended Thai soils. Water, Air and Soil Pollution, 122, 163-182
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2. How to submit your manuscript
Before submitting your manuscript, please carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines and instructions to authors provided above. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.
Online submission and review for all types of manuscripts excluding Letters to the Editor is mandatory. Please use the SAGE track website http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/WMR to open an account as author and follow the guidelines for uploading of manuscripts.
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 already created an account. For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help
Account for new users
Please log onto the website. If you are a new user, you will first need to create an account. Follow the instructions and please ensure that you have entered a current and correct e-mail address. Creating your account is a three-step process that takes only a couple of minutes. When you have finished, your User ID and password are sent via e-mail immediately. Please edit your User ID and password to something more memorable by selecting 'edit account' at the top of the screen. If you have already created an account but have forgotten your details, type your e-mail address in the 'Password Help' to receive an e-mailed reminder. Full instructions for uploading the manuscript are provided on the website.
Submissions should be made by logging in and selecting the ‘Author Center’ and the 'Click here to ‘Submit a New Manuscript' option. Follow the instructions on each page, clicking the 'Next' button on each screen to save your work and advance to the next screen. If at any stage you have any questions or require the user guide, please use the 'Get Help Now' button at the top right of every screen. Further help is available through ScholarOne's® Manuscript CentralTM customer support at +1 434 817 2040 x 167 (between 09 and 16 GMT).
To upload your manuscript, click on the 'Browse' button and locate the files on your computer. When you have selected the file you wish to upload, click the 'Upload Files' button.
Check that your submission is as intended (in PDF format) and then click the ‘Submit’ button. You may suspend a submission at any point before clicking the Submit button and save it to submit later. After submission, you will receive a confirmation e-mail. You can also log back into your author centre at any time to check the status of your manuscript.
If you would like to discuss your paper prior to submission, or seek advice on the submission process please contact the Publications Manager at the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Submitting a Revised Submission
Authors submitting revised manuscripts should follow the instructions above to submit through the SAGE track system. To create a revision, go to the 'Manuscripts with Decisions' option in your Author Dashboard and select Create a revision’ in the 'Action' column. Authors of all revised submissions should, when prompted, provide information explaining the changes in their manuscript.
Time for processing of your manuscript
WM&R manuscript processing implies a period of time between submission and acceptance of manuscript that is typically 4-6 months, depending on the quality of the manuscript. Author and editor can shorten the necessary period by appropriate and speedy action when assessing the reviewers’ comments (editor) and when revising the manuscript accordingly (author).
After possible acceptance of your manuscript by the editor, you may expect Online First (OF) publication by SAGE within approximately 1.5 months, given immediate and complete response from you when receiving proofs from SAGE. Printed publication will take place later depending on organisation and focus of topics in the different upcoming issues of WM&R and the number of manuscripts already in the pipeline for printing. You will be notified in advance, but OF publication facilitates immediate journal citation and complete referencing due to the DOI number that will always follow your article in both OF and printed versions.
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3. After editor acceptance of your manuscript
Journal 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 our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway at http://www.sagepub.com/journalEditors.nav
Sage will email a .pdf of the proofs to the corresponding author.
E-Prints and Complimentary Copies
SAGE provides authors with access to a .pdf of their final article. For further information please visit http://www.sagepub.co.uk/authors/journal/reprint.sp. We additionally provide the corresponding author with complimentary copies of the print issue in which the article appears up to a maximum of 5 copies for onward supply by the corresponding author to co-authors.
At SAGE we place an extremely strong emphasis on high quality production standards. We attach high importance to our quality service levels in copy-editing, typesetting, printing, and online publication (http://online.sagepub.com/). We also seek to uphold excellent author relations throughout the publication process.
We value your feedback to help us continue to improve our author service levels. On publication all corresponding authors will receive a brief survey questionnaire about your experience of publishing in WM&R with SAGE.
WM&R benefits from OnlineFirst, a feature offered through SAGE’s electronic journal platform, SAGE Journals Online. It allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming print issue) to be hosted online prior to their inclusion in a final print and online journal issue which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. For more information please visit our OnlineFirst Fact Sheet
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4. How to become a more successful author
The WM&R editors have developed a set of criteria for how to produce well written articles and become successful authors. Authors are advised to follow the guidelines and seek inspiration from the "Aims and Scope" and "Become a more successful author" sections.
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5. Further information
If you would like to discuss your paper prior to submission, or seek advice on the submission process please contact the Publications Manager at this email address: email@example.com
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