Journal of SMT - Paper Review Process

About the Journal of SMT

The Journal of SMT is a quarterly, peer-reviewed, technical publication of articles related to electronic assembly technologies, including microsystems, emerging technologies, and related business operations.

Committee Mission Statement

The mission of the SMTA Journal Committee is to select and review papers for publication in the Journal of SMT, ensuring a high standard of quality for each issue and ensuring article content best serves SMTA membership.

So you want to get published in the Journal of SMT...

Surface Mount Technology Association and the Journal of Surface Mount Technology offers electronics assembly and packaging scientists and engineers an opportunity to publish significant findings of their research in a high quality, peer-reviewed, technical journal in a timely manner without incurring any page charges and share their knowledge with their colleagues.

Authors are invited to submit original and unpublished contributions to the journal. The technical and scientific content of the contribution should be new, significant and relevant to practicing technologists, engineers and scientists that make up SMTA membership. Topical areas of interest include practice, development and deployment of new technologies, materials, processes, manufacturing, quality and reliability. Manuscripts are required to be non-commercial in nature and content. Trademarks and copyrights are to be indicated in footnotes.

The review committee may consider publishing contributions based on materials previously presented to a limited audience if such material is considered topical, relevant, significant, and timely. Such contributions must have been revised and updated significantly enough to warrant bringing it to the attention of a wider audience in a timely manner.

Paper Format/Structure Requirements

General Formatting (Download a format template here)

  • All manuscripts should be formatted in Times New Roman size 12 font, as a single column, double-spaced, Microsoft Word Document.
  • The size of the manuscript including text, figures, tables, and references is not to exceed 15 pages.
  • The title of the paper is to be provided as Times New Roman, 14-font capitals format.
  • The title is to be followed by the author or authors’ name(s) along with their organizational/institutional affiliation and mailing addresses. In case of multiple authors, an asterisk next to his or her name should indicate the author to whom all correspondence is to be sent.
  • An abstract not exceeding 300 words in length is required to accurately reflect the content of the paper and should be such as to draw the interest of the reader. It should be included at the head of the main text of the manuscript. The abstract is to be cast in a manner to generate readers' interest in the contribution. It should contain the essence of the contribution indicating the relevance of the paper, a synopsis of the experimental or theoretical work, and finally the most important conclusions from the paper.
  • The abstract is followed by a set of key words in italics (not exceeding ten in number) to enable electronic search and access of the publication.
  • The text of the paper that follows should be divided into traditional sections. These include: Introduction, Theoretical Aspects, Experimental Aspects, Results, Discussion, Conclusions, and Acknowledgements. Main text headings should be in capitalized letters. Subheadings are to be in italics with the first letter capitalized.
  • The authors, before submission, should proof read the manuscript thoroughly and ensure that the manuscript is tense consistent, grammatically correct, technically precise, accurate, and devoid of typographical and spelling errors.

    Figures and Tables

  • Relevant tables and figures sequentially numbered are embedded in the text at the appropriate locations in the text or listed in order at the end.
  • Each table, illustration, and figure should be referred to in the text at least once.
  • Each figure, properly numbered, is to contain a legend that accurately describes the figure. All photographs should be high resolution and well-captured. The text and any numbers within the figure should be large and legible enough to discern and read.
  • For graphs, the axes should be labeled along with any units involved. All units of measure are to be indicated in metric.
  • References

  • References should be sequentially numbered in the text and indicated within square brackets at the appropriate locations in the text.
  • References are included as a separate section at the end of the text after acknowledgement. The style of papers: author’s first initial followed by last name, title of publication, periodical, volume, number, page numbers, year. For books: author’s first initial, last name, title of publication, publisher, chapter number, page numbers, year.
  • Prospective authors are referred to the SMTA journal format template for acceptable formatting information.

    The Review Process

    The complete review process is expected to take two to three months but can take longer depending on the number of papers currently in review. Authors can expect to hear from the journal editor or communications director within three weeks of submission of your manuscript.

    (Step 1) The completed manuscript in a soft copy (Word doc) format should be submitted to the SMTA Director of Communications.

    (Step 2) The manuscript is then submitted to the committee chair to be assigned for review to two (2) reviewers considered to have the expertise in the subject area of the manuscript for a careful dispassionate review. The identity of the authors and their institutional affiliations will be concealed from the reviewers. They will review the paper for technical content, relevance, timeliness, and value to the readership.

    (Step 3) The manuscript will be adjudged into one of four categories: 1) accepted for publication 2) accepted with minor modifications, 3) accepted with major modifications and 4) not accepted. The results of the review will be communicated to the editor for onward transmission to the authors.

    (Step 4) If required, authors are to modify the manuscript in light of the reviewers' comments and suggestions and resubmit the manuscript within two weeks. Authors should also send bios and photos at this time.

    (Done!) When the manuscript is finally accepted for publication, the editor will schedule the publication and inform the authors of the particular number and volume of the journal in which the article will be published.

    How to submit your paper for review

    Ready to submit your paper?
    to the journal review portal at

    Then begin the 5-step submission process.

    1. Acknowledge and accept the requirements

    2. Upload your paper

    3. Enter metadata

    4. Confirm your submission

    5. Review next steps of the process

    Questions? Contact SMTA Director of Communications.

    Committee Members

    Srinivas Chada, Ph.D., Stryker, Committee Chair

    Kola Akinade, Ph.D., Quest International

    Raiyo Aspandiar, Ph.D., Intel Corporation

    Nilesh Badwe, Ph.D., Intel Corporation

    Tom Borkes, The Jefferson Project

    Richard Brooks, Jabil

    Jean-Paul Clech, Ph.D., EPSI, Inc.

    Richard Coyle, Ph.D., Nokia Bell Labs

    Gary Freedman, Colab Engineering, LLC

    Reza Ghaffarian, Ph.D., Jet Propulsion Laboratory

    David Hillman, Collins Aerospace

    Amol Kane, Schlumberger

    Pradeep Lall, Ph.D., M.B.A., Auburn University

    Tae-Kyu Lee, Ph.D., Portland State University

    Luu Nguyen, Psi Quantum

    Anthony Primavera, Ph.D., Micro Systems Engineering, Inc.

    Dr. Viswam Puligandla, Ph.D., Nokia

    Brian Roggeman, Qualcomm Technologies Inc.

    Bhanu Sood, Ph.D., NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

    Paul Vianco, Ph.D., Sandia National Laboratories

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