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  • Description
  • Editorial Board
  • Guide for Authors

The scope of the PCCC Journal covers a wide range of the highly interdisciplinary field of color science and technology, including:

  • Color Imaging and Image Processing,
  • Color Physics (Color Control and Measurement, Color Imaging and Color Image Processing),
  • Environmental Aspect on Color and Coating Science and Technology,
  • Ink and Printing Science and Technology,
  • Inorganic Pigments and Glazes including their applications,
  • Novel Technologies in Color and Coating Science and Technology (Nano Technology, Bio Technology ...) Organic Colorants and their applications,
  • Resin and Additives,
  • Surface Coatings & Corrosion (Materials/Applications),
  • Inorganic Coatings their applications,
  • Outlook, Market and Technology Trend,

The journal will interest a wide variety of workers in a range of disciplines whose work involves dyes, pigments and their intermediates, Color Imaging, Color Physics, Coating, Ink Technology, Resin and Additives and provides a platform for investigators.

Contact: Please feel free to contact us for any comments, questions or feedback. In addition, we are always interested in any publication proposals for books, electronic products, new journals and cooperationfor existing journals.

Editorial Board
Editor-in-Chief: Z. Ranjbar, Institute for Color Science and Technology, Tehran, Iran,
Editorial Board:
F. Afshar Taromi, Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran.
H. Amirshahi, Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran.
A. D. Broadbent, University de Sherbrooke, Canada.
N.M. Mahmoodi, Institute for Color Science and Technology, Tehran, Iran.
M. Mohseni, Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran.

S. Moradian, Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran.

W. Ngah, University Sains Malaysia, Malaysia.
M. Piens, Coatings Research Institute (CoRI)
S. Pourmahdian, Amirkabir University, Tehran, Iran,
Z. Ranjbar, Institute for Color Science and Technology, Tehran, Iran.
H. Sarpoolaky, Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran, Iran.
R. Solmaz, Associate Professor, Bingol University, Bingol, Turkey.
S. Westland, University of Leeds, UK.I. Yavari, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran.

F. Nourmohamadian, Institute for Color Science and Technology, Tehran, Iran.

Guide for Authors

The journal will interest a wide variety of workers in a range of disciplines whose work involves dyes, pigments and their intermediates, Color Imaging, Color Physics, Coating, Ink Technology, Resin and Additives and provides a platform for investigators.
Important notice: This journal has not page charge.

Conflict of interest
All authors are requested to disclose any actual or potential conflict of interest including any financial, personal or other relationships with other people or organizations within three years of beginning the submitted work that could inappropriately influence, or be perceived to influence, their work.

Submission declaration and verification
Submission of an article implies that the work described has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis), that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, that its publication is approved by all authors and tacitly or explicitly by the responsible authorities where the work was carried out, and that, if accepted, it will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in English or in any other language, without the written consent of the copyright-holder.

Changes to authorship
This policy concerns the addition, deletion, or rearrangement of author names in the authorship of accepted manuscripts: Before the accepted manuscript is published in an online issue: Requests to add or remove an author, or to rearrange the author names, must be sent to the Journal Manager from the corresponding author of the accepted manuscript and must include: (a) the reason the name should be added or removed, or the author names rearranged and (b) written confirmation (e-mail, fax, letter) from all authors that they agree with the addition, removal or rearrangement. In the case of addition or removal of authors, this includes confirmation from the author being added or removed. Requests that are not sent by the corresponding author will be forwarded by the Journal Manager to the corresponding author, who must follow the procedure as described above. Note that: (1) Journal Managers will inform the Journal Editors of any such requests and (2) publication of the accepted manuscript in an online issue is suspended until authorship has been agreed. After the accepted manuscript is published in an online issue: Any requests to add, delete, o rearrange author names in an article published in an online issue will follow the same policies as noted above and result in a corrigendum.

Upon acceptance of an article, authors will be asked to complete a 'Journal Publishing Agreement' (for more information on this and copyright, see An e-mail will be sent to the corresponding author confirming receipt of the manuscript together with a 'Journal Publishing Agreement' form or a link to the online version of this agreement. Permission of the Publisher is required for resale or distribution outside the institution and for all other derivative works, including compilations and translations.

Language (usage and editing services)
Please write your text in good English (American or British usage is accepted, but not a mixture of these).

Submission, initial assessment and peer review
Progress in Color, Colorants and Coatings has a fully web-based system for the submission and review of manuscripts. Submissions should be prepared in accordance with the 'Author Guidelines' available at Manuscripts may be returned to authors without a scientific assessment if they do not meet all submission requirements, if they are not in the correct format, are too long or cannot be downloaded reliably.

Please submit, with the manuscript, the names, addresses and e-mail addresses of 3 potential referees. Note that the editor retains the sole right to decide whether or not the suggested reviewers are used.

It is important that the file be saved in the native format of the word processor used. The text should be in single-column format. Keep the layout of the text as simple as possible. Most formatting codes will be removed and replaced on processing the article. In particular, do not use the word processor's options to justify text or to hyphenate words. However, do use bold face, italics, subscripts, superscripts etc.
The text not more than Pages sizes of standard A4 paper, leaving 2.5 cm each margin and 2.5 cm top and 2.5 cm from the bottom of the page. The font for the main text should be in Times New Roman, 12 point size, Normal. The first paragraph of each section should be Normal style while, others should be prepared in Body style (no indents) and multiple-spaced. Do NOT start new sections on a new page if space is available on the previous page and using justified paragraph alignment through the whole paragraphs. Keep the layout of the text as simple as possible. To avoid unnecessary errors you are strongly advised to use the ‘‘spell-check’’ and ‘‘grammar-check’’ functions of your word processor.

Essential title page information

  • Title; Concise and informative. Titles are often used in information-retrieval systems. Avoid abbreviations and formulae where possible.
  • Author name and affiliations; A list of author names, affiliation(s), and e-mail addresses. Give the complete information about all authors' academic titles (professor or associate professor) and the department or laboratory for university affiliations.
  • Corresponding author; Clearly indicate who will handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing and publication, also post-publication. Ensure that the name, complete mailing address (including e-mail address, telephone and fax numbers) of the corresponding author is given in the manuscript.

Incorporate footnoted information into text; footnotes are used only for affiliations and auxiliary material.

A concise and factual abstract consisting of one paragraph is required (150-200 words) and should be placed before the introduction section. The abstract should state briefly the scope, the principal results and major conclusions. The abstract should be informative, not descriptive. It should not serve as an introduction, nor contain references. Define all abbreviations used in the abstract and avoid including reference citations.

A list in alphabetical order not exceeding 6 words or short phrases, excluding words used in the title and chosen carefully to reflect the precise content of the paper.

Subdivision - numbered sections
Divide your article into clearly defined and numbered sections. The text should be divided into sections, each with its own heading. Sections are numbered with Arabic numerals (1, 2, 3, etc.). A maximum of four levels of heads may be used, with subheadings numbered 1.1., 1.2.; 1.1.1., 1.2.1;, and so on. Headings and subheadings should be typed in bold with the initial letter of only first word capitalized. All headings and subheadings font sizes should be 12, 11 point size, in heading 2 and heading 3, respectively.

State the objectives of the work and provide an adequate background, avoiding a detailed literature survey or a summary of the results.

Experimental/Materials and methods
Include sufficient detail to allow the work to be repeated. Where specific equipment and materials are named, the manufacturer’s details (name, city and country) should be given so that readers can trace specifications by contacting the manufacturer. Methods already published should be indicated by a reference: only relevant modifications should be described.

Results and Discussion
This should explore the significance of the results of experimental or modeling work, drawing attention to important details in tables and figures. The Results and discussion section should conform to the highest standards of rigour. Include clear recommendations for management or policy.

The main conclusions of the study may be presented in a short Conclusions section, which may stand alone or form a subsection of a Discussion or Results and Discussion section.

Collate acknowledgements in a separate section at the end of the article before the references and do not, therefore, include them on the title page, as a footnote to the title or otherwise. List here those individuals who provided help during the research (e.g., providing language help, writing assistance or proof reading the article, etc.).

All sources cited in text must appear in the reference list at the end of the document. Number the references (numbers in square brackets) in the list in the order in which they appear in the text, not alphabetically. Use size 12 font. Examples:

  • Reference to a journal publication: Author’s initials, article title, journal name (Italic), volume (publication date), pages/citation number.[1]. M. Nejad, P. Cooper, Performance characterization of coatings on treated-wood, Prog. Color Colorants Coat., 6(2013), 61-65.
  • Reference to a book: Author’s initials, book title, publisher, publisher’s location, publishing date, pages.[2]. H. Zollinger, Color chemistry, VCH, Inc., NewYork, 1987, 25-41.
  • Reference to a conference: Authors, title of paper presented, name of meeting, meeting sponsor, location of meeting, (date), pages. (not more 3 conference paper)[3]. J. L. Caivano, The research on environmental color design: Brief history, current developments, and possible future, in Proceedings of the 10th Congress of the International Color Association, AIC Color 05, Granada, Spain, (2005), 705-713.
  • Reference to a thesis: Authors, thesis title, thesis designator (including degree), institution, institution’s location, date.[4]. M. Amani, Modification of metametric induces by parametric correction in relation to visual assessments, PhD thesis, Amirkabir University of Technology, Iran, 2000.
  • Reference to a patent: Authors, patent title, type of patent and its number, Date. [5]. Jr. Plude, Method and apparatus for color matching, US Pat. 6014221, 2000.Reference to a URL address: Authors, title, URL address, Date. [6]. R. Lange, J. Rentfrow, Color and personality: strong’s interest inventory and cattell’s 16PF, color and personality, /PDFS/ DCS_23.pdf, Accessed online Jan. 2009.
  • Reference to a standard: Standard title, standard name, standard number, date. [7]. Standard test methods for measuring adhesion by tape test, Annual Book of ASTM Standard, ASTM Standard, 06.01, D3359 - 09, 2009.

Figure legends, tables, figures and schemes

All figures, graphs, tables, schemes, equations, and illustrations have a caption and put in the text. Supply captions separately, not attached to the figure. A caption should comprise a brief title (not on the figure itself) and a description of the illustration. Keep text in the illustrations themselves to a minimum but explain Figure captions must be placed right below the figure being described using Arial font, 10 point size. All lettering and symbols must be proportioned, clear and easy to read, i.e. no labels should be too large or too small. Label multi-panel figures (a), (b), (c), etc., preferably in the bottom. However, type table captions above the table and using the same format. Multicolored figures, graphs, tables, photographs, and illustrations are acceptable and encouraged. High-resolution graphic files must always be provided separate from the main text file. Always use a minimum of 300 dpi (TIFF or JPEG). If colour figures are submitted for colour online publication only, ensure that after conversion to greyscale they remain entirely intelligible for the black-and-white print publication of your paper.

Equation and formulae
Equations and other mathematics should not be formatted as pictures. Use math type or insert symbols as normal text. Complicated chemical equations, formulae, and schemes should be presented as furnished artwork. Mathematical expressions and chemical formulae should be typed with available symbols and letters. Capital, lower case, and Greek letters should be easily discernible, and identified in the margin so that ambiguities could be protected. Equations should be numbered consecutively throughout the paper with Arabic numerals in parentheses placed flush right, and should be thusly referred to in the text [such as Equation (2)].

Submission checklist
The following list will be useful during the final checking of an article prior to sending it to the journal for review. Please consult this Guide for Authors for further details of any item.
Ensure that the following items are present:
One author has been designated as the corresponding author with contact details:

  • E-mail address
  • Full postal address
  • Phone numbers

All necessary files have been uploaded, and contain:

  • Keywords
  • All figure captions
  • All tables (including title, description, footnotes)

Further considerations

  • Manuscript has been 'spell-checked' and 'grammar-checked'
  • References are in the correct format for this journal
  • All references mentioned in the Reference list are cited in the text
  • Permission has been obtained for use of copyrighted material from other sources

proof correction

Corresponding authors will receive an e-mail with proof manuscript file and copyright transfer file. Your corrections, eliminating the potential introduction of errors should indicated in proof file. Corrected proof file and signature copyright form should send by corresponding author. We will do everything possible to get your article published quickly.

Author Inquiries
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