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Instructions for authors  
Publication rate  
Printed issues of Nordic Pulp & Paper Research Journal are published four times a year, in March, June, September and December.

Edited versions of papers accepted for publication are published on the NPPRJ website as soon as possible once the authors have signed the publication agreement (see below).

Please note: From January, 2018, NPPERJ is published by the publishing company De Gruyter, Please move to for further information. Also, new manuscripts should be submitted to 
Open access 
Authors can choose to publish their articles with either Gold Open Access or Green Open Access.

Authors need to make the choice of publication mode and sign the appropriate publication agreement when the manuscript is accepted for publication. Articles will be published on the NPPRJ website as soon as they have been finally edited, the publication agreement has been signed, and - in the case of Gold Open Access - the publication fee has been paid.

Gold Open Access: Articles can be viewed and dowloaded for for free by both subscribers and other readers immediately after publication on the NPPRJ website. The author owns the copyright of the article. Gold Open Access can be bought against 1100 EUR. This fee can be paid by the authors or by their research funder. For details, click “Open_Access_Gold_form2017” below.
« Open_access_GOLD_form2017.pdf »
Green Open Access: Articles are freely available to subscribers. Authors may share articles on their personal non-commerical homepage immediately after publication on the NPPRJ website and may upload them to non-commercial hosting platforms (such as university archives) after a restriction period of minimum 12 months after publication in a full issue of NPPRJ. There is no fee for Green open access. For details, click “Open_Access_Green_form2017” below.
« Open_access_GREEN_form2017.pdf »
Manuscript submission 
The manuscript may be submitted by e-mail to as an MS Word file or as a PFD file.

Authors are recommended to use the NPPRJ article template (see link below), but for the first submission of a manuscript, this is not mandatory.

Short Communications: In case of submitting a Short Communication, this should be as brief as possible, normally restricted to one printed page. Brief details of key experiment may be given, but lengthy introduction, discussion and conjecture as well as extensive experimental details and descriptions of routine procedures should not be included in a Short Communication. More extensive evidence deemed necessary as an aid for the reviewers in their assessment of the work may be supplied separately. Figures and tables should be kept to a minimum and will be published only if they are essential to the understanding of the contents of the communication.

Manuscript template: 
« NPPRJ_template_Word.doc »
« NPPRJ_template_Word.pdf »

NPPRJ publishes full papers, communications and reviews in the fields of science and technology of wood constituents, pulp and paper, including new fiber-based materials, by-products from pulping processes, biorefining and energy issues.

All manuscripts are peer reviewed. Only original manuscripts not scheduled for publication elsewhere are considered for publication.

Full papers should present new significant results that have not been previously published. Extensions on work that has appeared in print in short form, such as a Communication or a Conference abstract, may also be accepted.

Reviews should be summaries of recent advances in the fields they cover with a critical selection of literature references.

Short communications should present novel work that is of such importance and interest that rapid publication is desirable. Note the instructions for submission of Short Communications below.  
Instructions for authors for NPPRJ are given through the following file that may be downloaded: 
« Instructions_for_Authors.pdf »
Manuscript preparation 

We recommend using the NPPRJ article template (see link above), but for the first submission of a manuscript this is not mandatory. However, should the manuscript be considered for publication after review, authors will have to transfer the manuscript to the template format with revisions based on reviewers comments.

English language
The manuscript must be written in English and linguistically correct. Either American or British spelling may be used and should be consistently applied throughout the manuscript. Use of not generally accepted acronyms should be avoided.

4-8 adequate keywords should be given. The combo list shown under the ''Advanced search'' function on the NPPRJ Web Site may be used as a guide to appropriate keywords.

The Abstract at the beginning of the paper should be informative, not merely indicative. It should briefly state the purpose of the work, significant results and conclusions. The length of the abstract should not exceed 200 words. Abbreviations should be avoided. A more extensive description of significance and conclusions should be given at the end of the paper.

Addresses (including e-mail addresses) at the time of publication should be given for each author in a separate paragraph after the Summary. A Corresponding author should also be specified.

ADDRESSES OF THE AUTHORS: Rickard Granevald ( and Lars S. Nilsson ( Karlstad University, Department of Chemical Engineering, SE-651 88 Karlstad, Sweden. Stig Stenström ( Lund University, Department of Chemical Engineering, Box 124, SE-221 00 Lund, Sweden.
Corresponding author: Rickard Granevald.  
The IMRAD Format 

We recommend authors to follow the IMRAD principle (Introduction, Materials/Methods, Results And Discussion) whenever possible:

Description of the problem investigated. Review of pertinent literature. Method of investigation. Aim of the work.

Materials and Methods
Full details of all the experiments, so that they can be checked by the reader. Results should not be reported here.

Representative data should be presented. Methods should not be described here,

Discuss interpretation of results, principles and relationships, and connections to previously published research work.

Conclusions drawn from the work and their significance should be presented in a separate section. Please note that the Conclusion section should not be an Abstract!

Special information, such as extensive tables, detailed descriptions of methods and apparatus etc., which would the impend the flow of reading the paper can be given in an Appendix.  
Illustrations, symbols, units, citations in text, references 

In artwork (colour or black/white), chemical structures and graphs the lines must be sufficiently heavy and letters and symbols sufficiently large to be readily legible also when their size is reduced to the one in the printed article. For text and numbers in figures and axis titles, use a typeface sans serif , for example, Arial, Helvetica, Trebuchet MS or Verdana. Note that the width of a column in NPPRJ is 80 mm. Units used in graphs should be given on the axes. The magnification of photomicrographs must be indicated, e.g. by a size bar. Minimum resolution of pictures is 300 dpi.

Symbols and units
The SI system should be used consistently. Particular attention should be paid to the correct positioning in equations of subscripts, superscripts and mathematical signs. Preferably use a equation editor, such as the one jn Word or Equation Editor. All symbols used in equations must be defined in the text or in a separate list of symbols. Each equation should be presented on a separate line, Equations should be numbered in the order of appearance. Very long equations can be extended over two columns (see the template). The size of exponents and indexet in equations should be 50% of the main letter.

Citations in text
References in the running text are identified by means of the author name(s) and the year of publication, all written within brackets. If there are three or more authors, write the first name followed by "et al.".
(Mao, Hartler 1992; Horvath et al. 2006).
If a reference is given in a running sentence write the year of publication within brackets directly after the author(s).
It was shown by Horvath et al. (2006) that ...
If there are several publications by the same author(s) during one year, enumerate them by lower-case letters after the year, for example, 2005a, 2005b etc.

References should be listed at the end of the article in alphabetic order according to the first author.
Reference to articles not published or not publicly available or only submitted for publication is not allowed. Reference to publications that are "Accepted for publication" is allowed with an appropriate indication of where they are to be published. The following formats should be used ( Harvard-Anglia 2008 Bibliography);

References to articles in periodicals should include the author’s name, year of publication, title of paper, abbreviated title of journal*, volume number, issue number, page numbers.
Mao, B. and Hartler, N. (1992): Improved modified kraft cooking, Nord. Pulp Paper Res. J. 7(4), 168-173.
Horvath, A.E., Lindström, T. and Laine, J. (2006): On the indirect polyelectrolyte titration of cellulosic fibers, Langmuir 22(2), 824-830.  
Abbreviations of journal titles: see e.g.
Please note for example
- Nordic Pulp and Paper Research Journal: Nord. Pulp Paper Res. J.
- Journal of Pulp and Paper Science: J. Pulp Paper Sci.
- Paperi ja Puu: Paperi Puu
- Pulp and Paper Canada: Pulp Paper Canada  
References to books should include the authors name, year of publication, book title, publisher, place of publication, first and last page numbers (if reference to whole book is not intended).
Walling, C. (1976): Free Radicals in Solution, Wiley, New York, 3-12. 
References to articles in edited collections should include the authors name, year of publication, article title, editors name, title of collection, publisher, place of publication, first and last page numbers.
Uesaka, T. (1984): Determination of fiber-fiber bond properties, In: Mark, R. E. (ed.): Handbook of Physical and Mechanical Testing of Paper and Paperboard, Marcel Dekker Inc., New York, 379-402. 
References to articles in conference proceedings should include the authors name, year of publication, article title, editors name (if any), title of proceedings, place and date of conference, publisher, place of publication, first and last page numbers.
Giertz, H. W. and Rødland, G. (1979): Elongation of segments bonds in the secondary regime of the load/elongation curve, Int. Paper Physics Conf., Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia, Canada, September 17-19, 1979, CPPA, Montreal, Canada, 129-136. 
References to dissertations or reports should include the authors name, year of publication, title dissertation or report, institution, location of institution.
Retulainen, E. (1997): The Role of Fibre Bonding in Paper Properties, Ph.D. Thesis, Helsinki University of Technology, Espoo, Finland. 
References to patents should include patent owner, year, title of patent, patent number, date of issue 
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NPPRJ was founded by the Swedish Association of Pulp and Paper Engineers (SPCI) in 1986. From 2013 NPPRJ is owned by Mid Sweden University (MiUN), Sundsvall and run as a project by MiUn, Chalmers University of Technology, Karlstad University, Royal Institute of Technology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Aalto University, Åbo Akademi University, Lappeenranta University of Technology and University of Oulu. The website is managed by Foritec AB, Sweden.
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