Oil & Gas Journal editors are pleased to receive manuscripts from new or experienced authors.
Articles in specific petroleum-industry fields (drilling, petrochemicals, for examples) should be submitted directly to the responsible section editor. Each is listed in the magazine (on the second page of the Table of Contents) and on www.ogjonline.com. But any manuscript may also be sent to the Chief Technology Editor; a submission checklist (following) provides a list of desired items.
A submitted article should include the name, company, mailing address, telephone and telefax numbers, and e-mail address for each author. It should also indicate in a cover e-mail message or letter whether the article is being submitted exclusively to OGJ or has appeared in another forum (publication, conference, or seminar, for examples).
OGJ editors evaluate a submitted manuscript based on:
Simple descriptions of products and services, new or existing, and their benefits; sales presentations; and features based on interviews or testimonials are not considered technical articles.
There is, however, a place for short technical releases, report or study abstracts, standalone photographs or drawings (with captions), and other material. To be publishable, such items must have elements of Points 1 or 2 or have some other dramatic quality.
LENGTH AND FORMAT
Reviewing the industry-specific sections in previous issues of OGJ provides the best guide for lengths and formats of OGJ articles. Following are the main requirements in this area:
Figures (graphs, maps, charts, drawings, photographs) and tables must be numbered and mentioned by this number in the text. Each should be presented on a separate page or in separate electronic file. PLEASE DO NOT EMBED figure, table, reference numbers, or hyperlinks in the text of the article.
Tables and figures should have titles or headlines. For charts, the title wording should reflect the reason for presenting the figure and not simply repeat the axes (time vs. temperature, for example).
Diagrams and illustrations need only be legible and accurate. OGJ artists will redraw most.
A very complicated figure or chart with intricate scaling, however, should be “camera-ready”: reproduced with crisp lines on white background to be used as a photograph, if called for. Also, it’s important to remember that large, detailed illustrations must remain legible when reduced to 7 or 4-1/4 in. in width.
Color photos in electronic format (see below) are preferable. Minimum width for prints is 3-1/2 in. Each picture or slide should be given a figure number and have a caption that explains it.
All lengthy equations should be numbered and presented in a separate equations box along with necessary nomenclature.
If possible, an article and its graphics should be submitted as attachments to one or more e-mail messages (see below for more items). Or, they may be submitted on a compact disk (CD) or memory stick. The latest version of MSWord is OGJ’s preference.
If digital photographs are submitted, please provide them in .tif, .eps, .jpg, or .bmp formats with a scanned resolution of at least 250-300 dpi (color mode). PowerPoint files may also be submitted.
Inexperienced writers or those for whom English is a second language are encouraged to submit manuscripts.
OGJ editors edit only when necessary to meet our standards for style and tone. If major changes, deletions, or reorganization seem necessary, the author will be contacted before publication.
Although we have requirements, we are flexible. So, if there is any question about your manuscript meeting any of them, please send it anyway.
In the final analysis, it is content, not format, that is most important.
Chief Technology Editor (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Oil & Gas Journal
1455 West Loop South
Houston, TX 77027-3005
Tel.: 713-621-9720 (main); 713/963-6230 (direct)
Fax : 713-963-6282