Information for Authors


The purpose of the Society is to disseminate technical information of permanent interest through the publication of a series of Transactions quarterlies. These quarterlies are deposited, free of charge, in selected libraries throughout the world, in addition, more than 20,000 subscribers receive copies.


The Journal of Fluids Engineering dissminates technical information in fluid mechanics, of interest to researchers and designers in mechanical engineering. The majority of papers published in JFE present original analytical, numerical, or experimental results and physical interpretation of lasting scientific value. A small number of papers are devoted to review of recent contributions to a topic, or the description of the methodology and/or the physical significance of an area which has recently matured. This Journal seeks papers in the areas of Aerodynamics, Boundary Layers, Bubbly Flows, Cavitation, Compressible Flows, Convective Heat Transfer, Duct and Pipe Flows, Free Shear Layers, Flows in Biological Systems, Fluid Structure Interaction, Fluid Transients and Wave Motion, Jets, Multiphase Flows, Naval Hydrodynamics, Sprays, Stability and Transition, Turbulence, Wakes, as well as papers emphasizing an investigative technique, as for example, papers on Analytical Methods, Computational Fluid Mechanics, or Experimental Methods like Laser-Doppler Velocimetry, and Hot Fim and Hot-Wire Anemometry.

Transactions Voluntary Page Charge:

Papers selected for pubication in the ASME Transactions are subject to a voluntary Page Charge of $75 per journal page, which will be invoiced, through the author, to the author's company, institution, or agency. Publication is not dependent on payment of the voluntary Page Charge, 100 reprints are provided when a paper has been published in a journal and the voluntary page charge has been paid. Additional reprints can be ordered from the Technical Pubishing Dept., 345 East 47th Street, New York, NY 10017.

Manadatory Excess-Page Charge:

The lead author of a Transactions paper which exceeds the standard length of six pages (6000 words) will be assessed a mandatory excess-page charge of $200 per page for each page over six journal pages. This charge will be included, as a separate item, on the same invoice as the voluntary Page Charge.

Prior Publication:

Manuscripts should be submitted in final form to the Technical Editor. Each manuscript must be accompanied by a statement that it has not been published, either in whole or in part, in a serial, professional journal. Refer questionable cases to the Technical Editor.

An ASME Paper:

An ASME paper should be: clear, complete, with assumptions plainly identified, with precise logic, with relevance to practice described, and with actual accomplishments of the work plainly stated and honestly appraised.

Six Copies:

Six Copies of the manuscript are required. The author should retain his original figures until he submits his final revised paper (after review) to the Associate Editor responsible. Revision of papers is required in most cases before final acceptance for publication.

Title Page and Abstract:

Titles of papers should be brief and clearly descriptive of contents. The author should state his business connection, the title of his position, and his mailing address. A short abstract (50 to 100 words) should be included on the first page immediately preceding the introductory paragraph of the paper.

SI Units:

Standard International units must be included; preferred form is American Standard (Standard International). See ASME Manual MS-4 "An ASME Paper" and ASME Guide S1-1 "Orientation and Guide for Use of SI (Metric) Units" available to authors from the Technical Editor.

Mathematical Expressions:

All mathematical expressions should be typewritten. Greek letters and other symbols not available on the typewriter should be carefully inserted in ink. Care should be taken to distinguish between capital and lowercase letters, between zero (0) and the letter (O), between the numeral (1) and the letter (l), etc. A letter representing a vector cannot be printed with an arrow above or below it. The letter should be underscored with a single wavy line wherever it appears in the text, to designate boldface type.

A list of symbols carefully marked for the use of the edtior (thus; , Greek l.c. kappa), if it has not been included in the body of the paper, should accomany the manuscript on a separate page. A nomenclature defining symbols may be included.

Before preparing a manuscript the author should study printed articles in the Journal, with special attention to the form and style of mathematical expressions,tables, footnotes, references, and abstract. Numbers that identify mathemmatical expressions should be enclosed in parentheses. Care should be taken to arrange all tables and mathematical expressions in such a way that they will fit into a single column when set in type. Equations that might extend beyond the width of one column (fractions that should not be broken or long expressions enclosed in parentheses) should be rephrased to go on two or more lines within column width. Fractional powers are preferred to root signs and should always be used in more elaborate formulas. The solidus should be used instead of the horizontal line for fractions whenever possible.


References should be cited in the text by giving the last name of the author(s) and the year of publication of the reference either "Recent work (Smith and Jones, 1985) ..." or "Recently Smith and Jones (1985)...." With three or more names, use the form "Smith et al. (1985) in text. When two or more references would have the same text identification, distinguish them by adding "a," "b," etc. to the year of publication.

Acceptable references include: journal articles, dissertations, published conference proceedings, numbered paper preprints from conferences, books, reports available for the U.S. Government, submitted articles if the journal is identified, and private communications. References should be listed in alphabetical order, according to the last name of the first author, at the end of the paper.


The text of an ASME paper should not exceed 6 Journal pages. A technical brief should not exceed 1500 words or equivalent. A Discussion should not exceed 1/2 Journal page and an Author's Closure not more than 1/4 Journal page per Discussion answered. A Journal page contains about 1000 words or equivalent area in figures, tables and equations.

Line drawings should not be larger than 8-1/2 x 11 in. and should be planned for reduction to column width. Lettering should be large enough to be clearly legible when the illustration is reduced. Photographs of equipment or test specimens must be glossy prints and should be used sparingly. Captions for figures should be typed double-spaced and included as the last page of the manuscript. The figure number and author's name should be written in the margin or on the back of each illustration.

Please submit manuscripts for review and address all communications to:

Professor Demetri P. Telionis
Technical Editor
Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Tel: 540-231-7492
Fax: 540-231-4574

by Sisi Chen