Style guide for contributors
to Filration+Separation magazine

Filtration+Separation is not a scientific journal. It is a business to business trade publication aimed at users and specifiers in the international pumps industry. As such, the way we handle submissions may different from that you may be used to.

Firstly, features in Filtration+Separation tend to be shorter at 3 - 4 pages in length, of around 1500 - 3000 words including three or four images; articles longer that this should be submitted in two or more parts, with each part having a separate introduction and conclusion, and referencing information in the other parts where necessary.

Images can be photographs, charts, tables, diagrams etc In whatever case, they must be accompanied by a caption that explains to the reader what they are looking at and its relevance to the article.

Articles should be submitted as and emailed to me. Photographs should be sent as .jpgs, .tifs, . bmps,  ..jpgs, or .eps. The images should be 300dpi and saved at around 4inches by 5inches or thereabouts. Zipped files and CDs are also welcome.

It is normal practice to pass the articles to external copy editors who will liaise with the author over queries and questions. The author will see a final pdf proof for any comments before publication.

Unfortunately, some articles are turned down simply because it would be too expensive to produce them. i.e. artwork may have to be re-drawn by professional illustrators and our external copy editors invoice the magazine for the time they spend on each article.


Articles submitted to Filtration+Separation magazine should be emailed as or straight emails that can be cut and pasted.

Articles are approximately 1,500 - 2,500 words plus images and captions. Longer article can be divided into as many parts as necessary, but all must have their own headlines and introductions.

Articles should be as objective as possible. It's worth bearing in mind that most World Pumps readers are engineers and users of pumps rather than technical academics. Also too, the magazine is very much an international vehicle with English as many readers' second language, so the language should be as simple as possible.

1. Headline

The headline must be short and too the point and each feature must have an introduction of around 50-60 words summarizing the article.

2. Introduction

These should be short, to the point and be objective without any blatant company self promotion. For example phrases such as: "The company prides itself on the performance of its products and a high level of customer satisfaction." should be avoided.

Example   introduction:

Corrosion is the greatest problem encountered in stainless steel structures widely used in seawater pumps – even specialized brine pumps such as those used in desalination, oil & gas, chemical, thermal and nuclear power plants. Here, Joe Brown and Frank Smith of Acme Filtration Systems discuss the solutions currently on offer for surmounting crevice corrosion and take a look at the latest advances in this field.

3. Sub heads

Short again - no more that three words to fit on one line.

4. Contact details

These should be and often the author will have to be asked to supply them (please note use of colon's lack of lower case letters and dashes between numbers). For example:

Name of person
Tel: + (inc company code)

5. Images and figures

Images and figures must be submitted. Filtration+Separation’ style demands that there should be at least one image per page. So a three-page, 1,500-word article, must have at least three printable images. Images should be 300dpi and saved at around 4inches by 5inches or thereabouts. Zipped files and CDs are also welcome.

All images must be as clear as possible - line drawings and charts in particular can lose some of their detail in the reproduction.

Images - photographs, charts, tables, diagrams should be sent as .jpgs, .tifs, . bmps,  ..jpgs, or .eps. These must be accompanied by a caption explaining to the reader their relevance to the article.

Images must be listed at the end of the article. If images are sent across they should be renamed Fig1.jpg, Fig2.jpg etc etc and the new image name should appear above the relevant caption. If the images are embedded in a World Doc, this should be mentioned in clear letters above the captions. E.g:

Figure 1. Cutaway drawing of a centrifugal pump.

Figure 2. The pump showed in its location.

6. Captions

Captions should always look something like: Figure 1. This is a caption. - With 'Figure' spelt out and a full point at the end of the sentence.

7. Box Copy

Usually a technique for handling chunks of text that focus on the company or a particular product. This material should be place after the main copy, clearly headed 'BOX COPY', with a title below.

8. References

If there are any references, please keep the list as few as possible. Preferably these can be found through main point of contact - usually, the author. A sentence at the end of the article asking readers to contact the author is preferable to a long list of names and publications.


Change capital letters into lower case wherever possible. This is for company names, people names and product names. Be aware of 'sales talk', although most articles are promoting something or other, in many cases this can be toned down so it isn't quite so intrusive.

Once a feature has been accepted for publication it will be scheduled to run the next appropriate slot e.g. an article about handling abrasives will be run in an issue looking at the chemical industry. The copy editing on most technical features is handled by outside external editors who will liaise with the author asking them any questions or for clarifications. The author will received a pdf proof for any final comments before we go to press.

Please send any copy to: Alan Burrows  editor, ‘Filtration+Separation 
tel: +44 (0)1865 843686