Call For Papers & Item Submission

Topics of Interest

Each month Metal Finishing focuses on a theme. Several articles related to a single topic are incorporated in the theme issue, along with other articles of general interest. Individual issues may also spotlight an additional topic.

Metal Finishing readers are looking for practical information related to the surface treatment and coating of metals and plastics. Topics may include, but are not limited to, processes, materials, and equipment utilized for:

  • Anodizing
  • Blackening and Antiquing
  • Blasting and Shot Peening
  • Cleaning and Degreasing
  • Conversion Coating/Phosphating
  • Electroforming
  • Electroless Plating
  • Electroplating
  • Electropolishing
  • Environmental/Regulatory Compliance
  • Hot Dip Coating
  • Mass Finishing/Tumbling/Vibratory 
  • Mechanical Plating  
  • Painting and Powder Coating
  • Pickling and Descaling
  • Plating on Plastics (POP)
  • Polishing and Buffing
  • Stripping of Metals and Paint
  • Thickness Testing/Plating Bath Control
  • Vacuum Coating

Please include a cover letter with your manuscript stating that it is intended for the exclusive use of Metal Finishing and that it has not been submitted to another periodical. Upon acceptance you will be asked to sign a Copyright Transfer Agreement. Papers should have appropriate clearance from the organization with which the author is affiliated before submission to Metal Finishing, if such clearance is necessary. Authors are obliged to reveal exceptions to these conditions at the time of submission.

Manuscript Preparation


Paper manuscripts should be 6 to 10 double-spaced pages on 8½ x 11-in. paper with 1-in. margins all around (approximately 1,500 to 2,500 words). Submit both a hard copy and an electronic copy of the manuscript. Additional instructions for electronic submission follow. Generic names should be used in place of trade names.


Data tables should each be on a separate page at the end of the text, not included within the text. Each table should be numbered, have a descriptive title, and be cited in the text. When using numerical data in tables, numbers less than one should have a zero before the decimal point.


References should be cited in the text and listed at the end of the paper in the order of appearance. Please include volume number, page, and date for periodicals, and also title, publisher, and location for books.


Authors are reminded that they must obtain permission to reprint material from other publications including lengthy quoted text, tables, or illustrations. Authors should include appropriate credit lines for all reprinted material.

News Submission

Metal Finishing encourages submission of timely items of interest to our readers. News releases should be brief and include applicable high-resolution computer image files such as JPEG, TIF, or EPS. Resolution should be 300 dpi to ensure reproductive quality.

New Products: Eligibility for this section is limited to new or substantially upgraded equipment, processes, and materials.

Industry Activities: Announcements of new personnel, offices, warehouse facilities, plant expansion, mergers, etc.

New Literature: Books offered for review and new publications will be considered.

Calendar of Events: A listing of upcoming conferences, seminars, courses, and exhibits of interest to our readers. Announcements should include the name, address, telephone number, and e-mail of a person to contact for further information on these scheduled events.