Submit an Article

How to Submit an Article

Have an idea for an article? Pharmaceutical Engineering welcomes the submission of articles pertaining to the pharmaceutical industry. Here's what you do:

Assistance Available

Have an idea, but unsure how to proceed? Members of the ISPE Editorial Committee are available to assist potential authors in the development of story ideas or manuscripts.

For further information, please contact the Editorial Staff.

Manuscript Submission Guidelines – Instructions for Authors

Pharmaceutical Engineering is a bi-monthly technical magazine published for ISPE members engaged in all aspects of research, development, and manufacture of safe and effective medicines and medical devices.The magazine covers topics important to the global pharmaceutical industry across all sectors, including traditional pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, innovator, and generics.

Commercialism in Pharmaceutical Engineering is strictly prohibited.
Commercialism is deemed to be the inclusion of visual, written, or verbal references to any specific company and/or product for its promotion or commercial advantage. Articles that promote a specific product or company will not be accepted.

Accuracy and Correctness
The author is responsible for the accuracy and correctness of all statements contained in the article (the publisher assumes no liability). Accepted articles become the property of the publisher and may not be published elsewhere without the written permission of both the author and publisher.

Authors wishing to include figures, tables, or text passages that have already been published elsewhere are required to obtain permission from the copyright owner(s) and to include evidence that such permission has been granted when submitting their papers. Any material received without such evidence will be assumed to originate from the authors.

Peer Reviewed 
Case studies, research, and technical articles are reviewed for technical content, quality, and relevance to our readership by members of the Editorial Review Board for Pharmaceutical Engineering. Potential articles must be submitted a minimum of FOUR MONTHS PRIOR to the proposed editorial calendar due dates.

The International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) retains full editorial control of the contents of Pharmaceutical Engineering, and is authorized to edit, revise and delete copy as appropriate.

How to Submit
Authors should submit their articles online. Articles must be submitted via ScholarOne Manuscripts:

Once at the site:

  • If you do not have a user account, to the right of the Log In box, click on Register here under New User? or Create Account in the upper right corner and complete the steps. You will see the message: “You have successfully created an account. You may now log in.” To continue right away, click on log in; otherwise close the window to continue later.
  • If you have a user account, enter your ID and Password to log in.
  • Once logged in, click on the Author Center link and follow the steps to submit your manuscript. We ask that you upload FINAL articles (no drafts will be accepted), along with all figures, tables, biographies, headshots, etc., via the site. When necessary, you may submit information off-line (via email), but this is not recommended.

NOTE: For complete instructions on how to submit a manuscript, click on the Instructions & Forms link located under Resources on the main page. Open the following document: ScholarOne Manuscripts_Author Guide.

Article Preparation

Please provide an abstract of 100 to 150 words. The abstract should not contain any undefined abbreviations or unspecified references.

Please provide four to sixkeywords which can be used for indexing purposes.

Text Formatting
For submission in Word:

  • Articles should be submitted as MS Word Document using Times Roman 11-point font
  • Please refrain from the use of columns and/or excessive formatting; as your article will be formatted per the style used in Pharmaceutical Engineering magazine.
  • Do not use the automatic page numbering function to number the pages.
  • Do not use field functions.
  • Use tab stops or other commands for indents, not the space bar.
  • All tables must be submitted in MS Word; they must not be submitted as images.
  • Use the equation editor or MathType for equations.
    Note: If you use Word 2007, do not create the equations with the default equation editor but use MathType instead.
  • Save your file in two formats: doc and rtf. Do not submit docx files.

Heading Levels, Numbering
Please use no more than three levels of displayed headings.

Abbreviations and Acronyms
Abbreviations, including all acronyms, should be defined at first mention and used consistently thereafter.

Units, Numbers
Dual units are required. Any reference to units should be in both Inch-Pound (IP) and the International System of Units (SI).

For the review process, all figures and tables should be inserted within the document. Equations in the article must be numbered in order as they appear using the following format: (1), (2), (3) … These equation numbers should be right-justified at the end of the line on which the equation appears.

Acknowledgments of people, grants, funds, etc. should be placed in a separate section before the reference list. The names of funding organizations should be written in full.

The list of references should only include works that are cited in the text and that have been published or accepted for publication. Personal communications and unpublished works should only be mentioned in the text. DO NOT use footnotes or endnotes as a substitute for a reference list.

List Style
Reference list entries should be numbered consecutively.

Examples of References:
Book:  Leggett, G., C.D. Mead, and W. Charvat, Prentice-Hall Handbook for Writers, 7th ed., Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1978.

Reference Book:  Physician's Desk Reference, 1980 ed., Oradel, N.J. Litton Industries, Inc., 1980 p. 937.

Article in Magazine:  Thomas, R., "Pan Coating Control Systems," Pharmaceutical Engineering, Vol. 1, No. 4, 1981, pp. 16-18,
Always use the standard abbreviation of a journal’s name according to the ISSN List of Title Word Abbreviations, see

Public Document:  Kieffer, L.J. (ed), Calibration and Related Measurement Services of the National Bureau of Standards, NBS Spec. Publ. 250, GPO, Washington, DC, 1980.

Online Document:  Doe J. Title of subordinate document. In: The dictionary of substances and their effects. Royal Society of Chemistry. 1999. of subordinate document. Accessed 15 Jan 1999.

Citation in Text
Citations in the text should be identified by numbers in square brackets. Some examples:

  • Negotiation research spans many disciplines [3].
  • This result was later contradicted by Becker and Seligman [5].
  • This effect has been widely studied [1-3, 7].


  • Tables may be uploaded with each manuscript.
  • Tables should be created using the table function in MS Word; they must not be submitted as images.
  • Please refer to your tables alphabetically: (Table A, Table B, etc.).All tables MUST have captions.
  • Tables should always be cited in text in consecutive alphabetical order.
  • For each table, a table heading may be included. The table column/row header should explain clearly and concisely the components of the table.
  • Identify any previously published material by giving the original source in the form of a reference at the end of the table caption.
  • Footnotes to tables should be indicated by superscript lower-case letters (or asterisks for significance values and other statistical data) and included in the last row of the table.
  • Author must provide appropriate credit for tables if from another source and must obtain the necessary permissions of figures and tables that have already been published. Source should be included as a reference and the reference number placed at the end of the caption.


  • All figures must be submitted in high-resolution format (minimum 300 dpi) and sent as separate image files, e.g., TIF, JPG, EPS. Figures created with Word, PowerPoint, or Visio are also acceptable. If the figures are embedded in an MS Word document, they must be high quality, crisp images not blurry or pixilated.
  • We cannot accept digital figures created in CAD, or other drafting-type programs.
  • Text in the figures should be set in a clear, readable typeface, such as Arial.
  • The type size should be no smaller than 8 pt and no larger than 12 pt. Figure size for final reproduction should be at least 4 inches across.
  • Figures must be uploaded with the manuscript. Graphs, photographs, charts, and drawings are all designated as figures. Please refer to your figures numerically: (Figure 1, Figure 2, etc.)
  • Lettering on figures should be suitable for reduction. 
  • Figure parts should be denoted by lowercase letters.
  • Figures should always be cited in text in consecutive numerical order.
  • For each figure, please supply a figure caption.
  • Author must provide appropriate credit for figures if from another source and must obtain the necessary permissions of figures that have already been published. Source should be included as a reference and the reference number placed at the end of the caption.

The biographical sketch should be 150 words or less and MUST accompany the article and be uploaded as an individual document(s). Please include the following information: educational background, title and job affiliation, job responsibilities, major areas of accomplishment, and industry associations or affiliations.
Note: to save time, you may include all author biographies in one document when uploading to ScholarOne Manuscripts.


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A digital headshot, e.g., formal portrait that includes the head, neck, and shoulders of each author, must be uploaded as individual files, e.g., JPG or TIF. The minimum size of the headshot should be 2” x 3” in a high resolution format (minimum 300 dpi). Blurry or pixilated headshots cannot be used. Photos should be taken at the highest resolution setting on the camera and not cropped. A simple background is preferred.

If you have any questions regarding the article submission process please contact:
Anna Maria di Giorgio,
Sr. Director, Global Communications, Email: -or-
Amy Loerch, Publications Manager PE Magazine, Email:


Tel: 813/960-2105; Fax: 813/264-2816;

We look forward to working with you!


Guest Editorials 
Editorial articles provide a forum for a personal perspective on contemporary issues, hot topics, or controversies- topics that the author is passionate about or that may be thought provoking for the readers.

1000 words maximum
+ 10 references max
+ 1 figure, box or table
+ ~100 word Summary
+ 25-30 word teaser

These are opinion articles on controversial topics or recent developments in the industry, or can cover strategic industry issues, technical developments, innovative solutions, or industry trends. They should stimulate debate, present new models or hypotheses (along with suggestions for future experiments), or speculate on the meaning/interpretation of some new data. Articles that merely outline recent advances in a field rather than give an opinion on them are not suitable for this section of the magazine.

2000 words maximum
+ 20 references max
+ 2 figures, boxes or tables
+ ~100 word Summary
+ 25-30 word teaser

Technical Articles
These are practical application articles that define and demonstrate global best practices in engineering and design; product development; technology transfer; manufacturing process development and scale-up; commercial manufacturing; quality and compliance; and product lifecycle management. Technical articles are peer reviewed.

3000 words maximum
+ 30 references max
+ 3 figures, boxes or tables
+ ~100 word Summary
+ 25-30 word teaser

Case Studies 
These are articles that review a novel approach to an industry problem, describing in detail the new approach and the outcome. Authors should provide a critical analysis of the new method, process, or technology, discussing any difficulties encountered during the project, and providing a balanced and supported view of the pros and cons of this approach versus other more established approaches. Case studies are peer reviewed.

4000 words maximum
+ 40 references max
+ 4 figures, boxes or tables
+ ~100 word Summary
+ 25-30 word teaser

Research Articles
These are standard format research articles with an Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion sections. They should describe in detail new and innovative methods and techniques used by pharmaceutical professionals serving all aspects of the industry including manufacturing and applied pharmaceutical science and technology, process and product understanding and control. Emphasis should be given to sound research methods and results. All conclusions must be supported by adequate evidence. Scientific rigor and reproducible results are required. Research articles are peer reviewed.

5000 words maximum
+ 50 references max
+ 5 figures, boxes or tables
+ ~100 word Summary
+ 25-30 word teaser

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