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Powder and Bulk Engineering International is a technical publication devoted to readers in the powder and bulk solids market outside North America.

Technical articles

Send articles to the Editor:
Jan Brenny
Powder and Bulk Engineering International
• 1155 Northland Drive • St. Paul, MN 55120
+1 651-287-5619 • fax +1 651-287-5650 • jbrenny@cscpub.com

About PBEI articles

Powder and Bulk Engineering International publishes two types of feature articles — technical articles and application articles (including case histories and others). For information about application articles, see the guidelines called “Application articles.” For article examples, see any PBEI issue or click on “Recent Articles” on PBEI’s Web site (www.powderbulk.com).

PBEI’s technical articles are written by technical professionals for technical professionals. However, the articles are a team effort: You provide the content and expertise; we provide the editorial skills to tailor your article to PBEI’s audience.

This means that you don’t have to be an Ernest Hemingway to become a PBEI author. We look for technical experts who have valuable information to share. Our editors can shape and polish your manuscript into a well-written article even if you’ve never written before.

It also means that even if you are an Ernest Hemingway, you can expect your article to be edited — sometimes in minor ways, sometimes in major ways. PBEI has well-established content and style criteria for the articles we publish. We also have other publishing constraints to consider, such as available space.

Why should a busy engineer or manager like you take the time and trouble to write for PBEI? While we can’t promise you the fame and fortune of a best-selling novelist, your published article will bring professional attention to you and your company. Most important, your experience and know-how can help others learn.

About Powder and Bulk Engineering International

Powder and Bulk Engineering International is the only monthly technical publication edited exclusively for readers in the North American powder and bulk solids market.

Our readers are hands-on engineers and managers who evaluate, select, and design systems for handling, processing, and storing materials in powder and bulk solid form. The majority of our readers identify themselves as process and production engineers, design and construction engineers, operations managers, research and development specialists, and plant managers. These technical decision-makers need practical information they can use in their daily operations.

PBEI readers are involved in the manufacture of a broad range of powder and bulk solid materials, including industrial and agricultural chemicals, pharmaceuticals, food products, plastics and rubber, lime and cement, explosives and ammunition, primary metals, pigments and coatings, stone, clay, glass, ceramics, pulp and paper, and textiles.

Editorial calendar

For an editorial calendar that shows each issue’s focus, special features, and editorial deadlines, contact the Editor or click here

If you’d like your article considered for a particular issue, contact the Editor several months before the issue is to appear. Generally, the articles for an issue are selected about 4 to 5 months before the issue date.

Technical article content

All PBEI technical articles must handle their subject matter objectively and use a noncommercial approach. Your viewpoint must be impartial. It can’t promote one manufacturer’s equipment or technologies and can’t feature a type of equipment offered by only one company. And your article must be relevant to more than one dry bulk solids industry.

PBEI technical articles relate practical information about the equipment and processes our readers use daily. PBEI doesn’t publish general information articles like those found in news and business publications. PBEI technical articles discuss powder and bulk solids processes, technology, and equipment. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Agglomeration
  • Bagging and packaging
  • Classifying
  • Drying
  • Dust collection
  • Feeding
  • Mixing and blending
  • Particle analysis
  • Pneumatic and mechanical conveying
  • Screening, sifting, and sieving
  • Size reduction
  • Storage and storage vessels
  • Weighing and batching

Your article can share facts, ideas, and advice on selecting or troubleshooting equipment or a process. It can include checklists or other helpful tools. It can discuss trends in processing, handling, or testing methods. Article ideas include the following:

Select and apply articles help the reader select and apply a particular process, technology, or type of equipment. The facts help the reader make informed decisions. For instance, your article can

  • Discuss major facts about a process.
  • Compare and contrast equipment.
  • Detail important criteria for selecting a process or equipment.
  • Provide advice on troubleshooting existing processes or equipment.

Trends articles discuss the current trends in equipment design, production processes, or testing methods. Your article can discuss fairly broad changes within a technology or one portion of a particular technology or process.

Engineering studies describe what you learned from conducting an engineering study to solve a processing or handling problem in your plant.

Tips articles let you share your tips for solving a processing, handling, or equipment problem.

Before preparing your technical article

To save you the time and aggravation of preparing an article that may not be right for PBEI’s audience or may not fit into PBEI’s editorial schedule, we urge you to send us a brief abstract of your proposed article. It should give us a good idea of what you have in mind — what the article is about, its scope, and what our readers will learn from it.

If the abstract fits PBEI’s upcoming editorial plans, we’ll ask you to submit the complete article. Please remember that this request doesn’t mean the article will definitely be published. The final decision about that will be made when we have the completed article in hand.

Writing your article

The abstract. Technical articles should start with an abstract of about 25 to 50 words — a concise statement of what the article is about and what readers will learn from it.

The text. Write in a conversational manner, as if you were talking to a friend about your work. Remember, you want to inform, so write as simply and clearly as you can. Use short sentences whenever possible. Avoid technical jargon. Define all specialized terms. Use examples to tie difficult or abstract points to the reader’s experience. Don’t worry about grammar, punctuation, and style — PBEI’s editors will polish these as needed.

Tip: Put yourself in the reader’s place. Never assume your reader knows as much about the subject as you do. Plan the most logical way to present your material to help your reader understand it.

The length. PBEI is flexible about length, but typical articles run 2,500 to 3,750 words — about 10 to 15 double-spaced typed pages. (Tips articles are often much shorter — 800 to 1,500 words.) Provide as much detail as you think is necessary. We’ll condense if needed.


Manuscripts may be submitted as hard copies or by e-mail. If you send a diskette, please send a hard copy as well.

  • Manuscripts should be double-spaced with wide margins on all sides and printed on a letter-quality or better printer or typewriter.
  • We use Macintosh computers with MS-Word for word processing. If you use a different word processing program, please send two files: one saved in your program and one saved as “plain text.” Please do include a printed copy of your manuscript as well.
  • E-mailed manuscripts should be sent as MS-Word or plain text files. If you send plain text files, mail us a hard copy of the article so we can see any formatting (italics, bold type, etc.) that should be included.
  • Byline. On the first page of the manuscript, indicate how you would like your name and company name to appear if the article is published.
  • Mathematical equations. Present formulas and equations clearly, and double-check them for accuracy. Label symbols that might be ambiguous. Be sure to define all symbols — even if the meaning is obvious to you or is generally known. If your manuscript uses several symbols, please supply a nomenclature table.
  • Footnotes and references. Double-space all footnotes and references. Don’t worry about format — we’ll edit these items to conform to PBEI style. However, make sure each listing contains complete bibliographical data, including page numbers and place and date of publication.
  • Number your footnotes consecutively in order of their appearance in the text.
  • Keep in mind that your reference list should be useful rather than exhaustive.
  • Biography. Include a short professional biography that specifies your present position title, your experience in this field, and your educational background. Also include a mailing address, telephone number, fax number, and e-mail address, if available.

Photos and illustrations

Magazines are a visual medium. Good pictures will attract readers to your article and help them understand the information you’re presenting. We encourage authors to provide several photos, illustrations, tables, graphs, and charts.


Format. Submit good-quality photos in either color or black and white. You can send glossy prints, slides or transparencies, or digital files on a CD-ROM or Zip disk or by e-mail. For technical articles, digital photos must be at least 300 dpi at a 3.5-inch width. Preferred formats are eps and tiff. Photocopies, prints from inkjet printers, and half-tone prints and negatives aren’t acceptable. If you send high-res photos by e-mail, please send each photo in a separate e-mail.

Content. The best photos will clearly show the equipment under discussion. A supplier’s nameplate should not be a prominent part of the photos.

Illustrations, tables, graphs, and charts

All graphics should enhance the reader’s understanding of your text. Please send the original graphics if at all possible. If that’s not possible, be sure that the copies you send are crisp and readable.

Submit each item on a separate sheet of paper (or as a separate digital file), not on your text pages. If you send graphics as digital files, we prefer eps or tiff format, 300 dpi at a 3.5-inch width. CAD files and certain other file types won’t work for us.

Make sure each item is cited in the text. Make sure all text, numbers, and symbols are clearly understandable. Provide a key where needed.


Every photo or illustration you submit must have an appropriate caption. Give as much detail as you want. We’ll edit it to fit the article’s space and content needs.

Don’t write captions directly on the front or back of photos or illustrations. Type the captions separately and masking-tape them to the back. Or very lightly but clearly mark a number on the back of each item. Then provide a list of captions on a separate sheet, numbered to correspond with each item.


Photos, illustrations, tables, graphs, and charts can be copyrighted, just like text. Be sure that if you’ve borrowed any of these from another source — such as a book, article, or Internet site — you obtain permission to use it. Provide us with proof of that permission and the credit line that must be used.

Mailing graphics

Protect your photos, illustrations, and other graphics. When you send your photos and illustrations to us, put the items between cardboard sheets. Don’t use paper clips or staples. We’ll return all images that you request; however, we can’t be responsible for any accident that may occur or any loss in the mail.


If your work must be cleared by your company, supplier, or regulatory sources, obtain these clearances prior to submitting your article. While we can discuss manuscript ideas or review article outlines before you’ve initiated clearance procedures, we’ll accept your manuscript for publication only after it has been approved. (And be certain that whoever has to approve the article is aware that changes will be made during the editing process.) If you need help, check with your public relations or marketing people. They may know about the standard clearance procedure.

After we receive your article

Editorial review. After we receive your article, it will go through editorial review. This will include evaluation by staff editors and possibly by our Editorial Advisory Board members or other experts. We’ll notify you as quickly as possible (usually within several weeks) whether your manuscript will be accepted, will need to be revised for further consideration, or will not be used. If revision is required, we’ll provide guidance.

Here are some of the questions we consider when we evaluate an article:

  • Does it cover a topic specific to the powder and bulk industry?
  • Will it be useful to a large segment of our audience?
  • Does it offer sound, impartial information or advice?
  • Does it offer a fresh look at its subject, or is it a rehash of old or commonly known material?
  • Is it written to help the reader who’s not an expert on the topic?
  • Will it advance the reader’s professional knowledge?
  • Does it have interesting, informative photos or other graphics?

Scheduling and editing. Once PBEI and you jointly agree to proceed, your article will be tentatively scheduled for a specific issue. We’ll also tentatively schedule a time for your article to be edited for maximum impact. We may make minor changes, such as sharpening sentence structure and word choice. We may also make substantial changes, such as condensing some portions and rewriting or reorganizing others, clarifying content, and providing a balanced level of detail. We’ll contact you with questions during this process.

Accuracy check

Prior to publication, we’ll send you the edited article so that you can check it for technical accuracy and correct any technical errors.

Normally, we allow 24 to 48 hours in our production cycle for the accuracy check. If you know your company will require more time, please let us know at the beginning of the editorial process.

After publication

Copyright status. On publication of the article, copyright is transferred to PBEI, including the right to use the article on our Web site, for promotional purposes, and for possible inclusion in an anthology. You must obtain PBEI’s permission to post the article on your Web site or to make copies and distribute the article or its figures and tables.You retain the right to prepare derivative works or to revise, adapt, or orally present your unedited article.

Complimentary issues. We’ll send you two complimentary copies of the issue that contains your article. If you need a few additional copies, please let us know.

Reprints. If you or your company wants reprints of the article, our production department can quote prices and work with you on designing the reprint’s format. Contact Chris Myers for information (651-287-5611, cmyers@cscpub.com).

Thank you!

PBEI relies on professionals like you to keep our readers informed about the latest and best technology and equipment in our industry. Thank you for considering PBEI for placement of your article.


Other guidelines

Ask for our other article guidelines:

Technical articles

Application articles
Case history, plant upgrade, engineering solution
Test center, custom processor

Plant tour articles

Other opportunities for editorial coverage
Cover image
Association, industry, and company news
Product and literature writeups

Send articles to the Editor:
Jan Brenny
Powder and Bulk Engineering International
• 1155 Northland Drive • St. Paul, MN 55120
+1 651-287-5619 • fax +1 651-287-5650 • jbrenny@cscpub.com