Author Guidelines

Hydrocarbon Processing's - Author's Handbook

The Leading Publication for the Hydrocarbon Processing Industry

Since 1922, management and technical professionals from petroleum refining, gas processing, petrochemical/chemical and engineer/constructor companies throughout the world have turned to Hydrocarbon Processing for high quality technical and operating information. Through its monthly magazine, website and e-newsletters, Hydrocarbon Processing covers technological advances, processes and optimization developments from throughout the global Hydrocarbon Processing Industry (HPI). Hydrocarbon Processing editors and writers provide real-world case studies and practical information that readers can use to improve their companies’ operations and their own professional job skills.

What are HP's editorial policies?

Here are the cardinal principles:

  • You must clear the article with authorities in the company or organization. Furthermore, if information in the article is based on the activities of an organization other than the one with whom you are employed, clearance for use of the material must be obtained from that organization. (This protects you as well as us.).
  • Equipment trade names and identification of equipment manufacturers or service companies cannot be used. Names of operating companies may be used if the company has agreed in advance. HP will clearly display author and company name in the heading of the article. Permission for publication of text and illustrations from professional societies, etc., should be obtained by the author(s).
  • Hydrocarbon Processing will not accept articles that have been previously published in any trade journal, magazine, etc. This does not include papers/case studies presented at conferences, forums, etc. If you have questions regarding this principle, please feel free to contact us for clarification.
  • HP reserves the right to edit, reword, rearrange or rewrite the manuscript to conform to the magazine's style and standard or presentation. HP editors will with work with you in regards to these changes, as well as provide you with a final draft before publishing. We will not publish an article until it has been approved by you, the author.

Abstract submissions...

Please submit an abstract to our editorial department via email or hard copy:

Hydrocarbon Processing, P.O. Box 2608, Houston, Texas, U.S.A. 77252

Please outline briefly what you have in mind. An HP editor will follow-up with you on your submission as soon as possible.

Who reads HP?

The majority of HP readers are engineers that look to HP in regards to technical “know-how” in the realm of refining, petrochemicals, gas processing and LNG. HP has put a new emphasis on regional, global and industry trends as well. This new section is written toward the C-level, business developer, market analysis type of reader. Topics include construction/investment trends, supply and demand movements, regional/country trends, etc.

Will my article carry a by-line?

HP is known as the "voice of the industry it serves." We are proud of our authors and their credentials. Consequently, each article should carry a by-line. Occasionally, an article is published without a by-line, by the author's request. The article should also include a biographical sketch of your professional experience, academic credentials, etc. This should run about 75–125 words. We ask that you please submit a recent photograph as well.

Can I publish my article elsewhere, after it is in HP?

HP is copyrighted. However, you retain the copyright to your original manuscript and illustrations. The edited article, as published in HP, may be reprinted by request – for use in training manuals, promotional efforts, etc.. But permission must be obtained from the editor, in writing. HP usually requires a specific credit line with reprinted material. When individuals or organizations, other than the author, request permission to reprint articles, an HP editor will notify the author.

How are articles selected?

Articles come to HP from several sources. Some are solicited by the editors. Some are revised society and convention papers. Still others are unsolicited. In whatever form they come, HP articles will need to be pass the editorial guidelines before publication. Reader interest determines an article's value. The ultimate goal is to publish what HP subscribers want. The many and varied operations within the HPI results in a wide range of potential topics for articles. HP tries to balance each issue with a variety of articles spanning many disciplines and subjects. But whatever the subject, the key to stimulating the editor's interest is to offer material that is new, timely, well written and helpful to the reader.

HP maintains close contact with its readers through surveys, conferences, readership studies, etc. This has allowed HP to receive continuous feedback on the type of articles, data, columns, etc. our readers want each month. HP readers prefer technical articles that help them in their overall job function. They do not want marketing/sales pitches, but information/data on improving downstream HPI operations. Should you have any questions regarding your article, our editorial staff will be more than happy to work with you on your article submission, as well as answer any questions you may have regarding editorial guidelines.

Will the editors revise my manuscript?

HP reserves the right to edit a manuscript for length, style and clarity. All articles are sent to the author for final approval before the article is published, however. An editor's solicitation of a manuscript does not mean acceptance. He may require a "rewrite" or an amended draft, sometimes incorporating comments or observations. But approval to publish the "finished product" rests with the author.

How long should an article be?

HP does not limit article length. HP articles tend to range between 3-5 pages. Articles with multiple figures, tables, etc. can run considerably longer. One magazine page is equivalent to about 1000 words, on average. Of course, photos, figures, etc., add to length.

How are illustrations and equations handled?

Drawings, charts and photographs are valuable in helping support an article. They also clarify matter in the text and help break-up text. Please make sure that your illustrations are numbered to match a corresponding number shown in the text. HP does not require "finished artwork" with manuscripts. HP has a great production staff that can work from clearly prepared "rough" art. Graphs should be free of all lines and lettering not essential to the reader's understanding. Please limit supplementary data on the face of the graph. That information can be written in the "cutline" or in the text. Scale captions should be outside the grid area. Please let the editor know if you would like your original artwork returned to you after the article has been published.

Can I submit Departments material?

In addition to feature articles, HP publishes monthly departments. This includes the submission of new products or new literature. Please note that HP cannot use information on items not yet manufactured or not yet for sale. Please feel free to include performance data highlights, unique properties, etc. so readers can accurately judge the present HPI-related application of the equipment, product, service or literature. In other words, focus on how the information will improve or aid the reader.

New catalogs, bulletins, brochures and services on which information is submitted must have HPI applications.

How is HP's staff organized?

Below are the HP editors with corresponding sector focus. Technical articles can be submitted to any of these editors, as well as at

Lee Nichols
Editor-Associate Publisher

Areas of responsibility: All content for Hydrocarbon Processing, HP Business Trends, Construction Boxscore Database, Business Development, Data

Adrienne Blume
Executive Editor

Areas of responsibility: Natural Gas, LNG, GTL, NGL, Gas Processing

Mike Rhodes
Managing Editor

Areas of responsibility: Print and web editorial, newsletters, “show daily” newspapers for industry conferences

Ben DuBose
Digital Editor

Areas of responsibility: all activity on including news, content, e-newsletters, blogs, HP polls, social media, and petrochemicals

We look forward to working with you.


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