Guidelines for Feature Articles

Guidelines for Feature Articles


  • Select a title not exceeding ten words.
  • A short "blurb" may be used to highlight the major idea or extend a brief title.
  • Include all authors in the order they should appear, together with title and business affiliation of each.
  • The text should not exceed 3000 words.
  • Use headings or subheadings throughout the text to divide subject matter into its important, logical parts.
  • Number figures sequentially in the text in the order of their intended appearance. All figures should be sharp and clear, sent separately, and not embedded in the text. Figure captions should be submitted on a separate page.
  • Submit tables separate from the text and number consecutively (Table 1, 2, 3, etc.).  Give a brief descriptive heading at the top of each table, and cite each table in the text.
  • Acknowledgments – Credit help received from associates or others in the presentation or preparation of the work. Acknowledgements should appear at the end of the text, preceding the references.
  • References – Literature and the works of other authors cited in the text must be referenced by number and keyed in the same order to a separate bibliography. The format of the University of Chicago Press Manual of Style is used in the Welding Journal. The following bibliographical references illustrate the correct order and form of presentation for magazine articles, books, reports, and proceedings, respectively:
    1. Stout, R. D., McLaughlin, P. F., and Strunck, S. S. 1969. Heat treatment effects in multiple-pass welds--part 1. Welding Journal 48 (4): 155-s to160-s.
    2. Hald, A. 1952. Statistical Theory with Engineering Applications. 571, New York, N. Y., Wiley
    3. Horvath, P. J., Jr. 1964. The influence of microstructure on weld metal impact properties.  Ph.D. dissertation. Bethlehem, Pa., Lehigh University
    4. Paris. P. C. 1964. The fracture mechanics approach to fatigue. Proc. 10th Sagamore Army Mat. Res. Conf. eds. J. J. Burke, N. L. Reed, and V. Wiess, pp. 121-134. Syracuse Univ. Press


  • Submit manuscripts electronically in Microsoft Word through e-mail to or by CD or mail to the address below.
  • Submit photos and line art electronically. Photos must have a minimum density of 300 dpi; line art, minimum 1000 dpi. Do not embed the figures in the text. Send them separately as a TIFF, EPS, or JPEG. Photos and line art must include a description of action/object/person and relevance for use as a caption.
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Proper use of terms, abbreviations, and symbols is required. For welding terminology, the Welding Journal adheres to ANSI/AWS A3.0, Standard Welding Terms and Definitions. A list of some of the more commonly used welding terms showing standard and nonstandard forms is given below.



arc welding

electric arc welding; electric welding

base metal (material)

parent metal

butt joint

butt weld

complete join penetration

complete penetration, full penetration

covered electrode

coated electrode, stick electrode

diffusion welding

diffusion bonding


defect (unless indicating rejectability)

filler metal

filler alloy, filler

gas metal arc welding (GMAW)

metal inert gas, MIG, CO2 welding

gas tungsten arc welding (GMAW)

tungsten inert gas, TIG

incomplete fusion

lack of fusion

oxygen cutting

flame cutting; burning


blowhole; gas pocket

root face

land, nose

root opening

root gap, gap

shielded metal arc welding

stick electrode welding


soft solder, silver solder

weld interface

fusion line

welder,* welding operator


welding machine


workpiece lead

ground lead, ground

welding wire

wire, filler wire

* Refers to the individual, not to requirement or machines


Authors should present measurements first in the units by which the measurements were actually made and then accompany them in the following manner:

  • U.S. customary (nonmetric) units should be accompanied in parentheses by SI conversions (metric).
  • SI units (metric) should be accompanied in parentheses by U.S. customary units (in., ft., lb., etc.)
  • The Welding Journal follows the conversions found in Metric Practice Guide for the Welding Industry AWS A1.1.