Author Guidelines

How to Submit an Article

  1. Pitch Your Idea. Got an article idea? We want to hear it. Send your concept to our managing editor, Kevin Campbell, at
  2. Submit an Abstract. If you're "chomping at the bit" and have something already in the works, send us your abstract (at least 100 words) and a proposed title. Note that abstracts are needed at least 5-6 months prior to the month in which you're hoping* to publish.
  3. Send in Your Manuscript. While we recommend submitting your idea or abstract first, we're always thrilled to receive full manuscripts. These are required at least four months prior to the month in which you're hoping* to publish. Our feature articles are peer-reviewed, so all submissions are vetted by a scientific advisor and only upon acceptance are they scheduled* for publication.

*Publication dates for editorial are always tentative. While we strive to meet the requests of our authors, the final publication date is at the editor's discretion.


2015-2016 Feature Article Submission Deadlines

Sept. 1, 2015    

Nov. 1, 2015    

Dec. 1, 2015

Jan. 1, 2016

Feb. 1, 2016

March 1, 2016

May 1, 2016

June 1, 2016

July 1, 2016


Content Requirements

  • Original. Submissions must be original work, presenting new information relevant to the development of cosmetics and personal care products.
  • Peer-reviewed. All manuscripts submitted will be peer-reviewed by one or more Cosmetics & Toiletries scientific advisors for soundness of science and appropriateness for our audience. Upon reviewer acceptance, articles will be scheduled for publication in either print or digital formats.
  • Support Claims. Any claims made in the article must be substantiated with references and/or data; Note for figures: please include error bars on bar graphs and the p-value to inficate significance level.
  • Nonpromotional. Promotional and marketing language is not permitted. A product trademark may be referenced initially in the footnotes but the chemical or INCI name should be used in the main text of the article.
  • Novel and Relevant. Articles of interest include novel and cutting-edge formulating, research, testing and regulatory information applicable to personal care product development. This information may come from within the cosmetics and personal care industry, or it may derive from peripheral fields. In the latter case, the article should propose how cosmetic scientists may practically apply the information presented.
  • Review Articles. Review articles also are acceptable, so long as they provide a comprehensive view of the subject matter and are presented in the context of a current cosmetics and personal care market need.
  • International Audience. Cosmetics & Toiletries speaks to a technical international audience. Please use scientific language that is familiar to the worldwide personal care industry.


Submission Requirements

  • Complete Contact Information. Include name(s), title(s), company or organization affiliation(s) and city/country location(s) for all authors. For the primary corresponding author, include current mailing address, phone number and e-mail address.
  • Digital Format. Submit articles in a digital format to science editor Rachel Grabenhofer,, or managing editor Kevin Campbell, Word files for PC are preferred.
  • Manuscript Length: 2,000 to 2,500 words maximum. Exceptions can be made but could require dividing the article into parts.
  • Manuscript Components:
    • Proposed article title
    • Author byline—including professional affiliations, i.e., Ph.D. or M.D., and the business affiliations and location of each author
    • Key words—five to 10 key words or phrases discussed in the article
    • Abstract—30-50 words describing the purpose of the article
    • Main text—including:
      1. Introduction. Briefly explain the premise of the study or why the content of the article is a topic of interest;
      2. Experimental Design. If appropriate, provide a description of the experimental design, including a discussion of: instruments used (and their manufacturers); test ingredients (with INCI names) along with their suppliers and amounts used; test formulas and amounts used; experimental conditions and controls/benchmarks; sample size(s), if appropriate; p-values; etc.
      3. Results. Provide the results of the tests performed or conclusionsfrom the literature reviewed; if tests were performed, include figures (with error bars), graphs, etc., illustrating findings and compared with controls/benchmarks.
      4. Discussion. Discuss the results and conclusions, and why they are significant and relevant, i.e., what they mean to cosmetic scientists.
      5. Conclusion or Summary. Review the work described in the article and implications for how it impacts the cosmetic scientist or overall industry.
    • References. Support the information presented and claims made. *Please do not format the references as endnotes, list them as text at the end of the paper.
      Following are example references for: 1) journal articles, 2) books, 3) chapters in books, 4) patents and 5) websites:
      1. AP Tyler, TR Palmer Jr and JG Smith, Surfactants for shampoos: A review, J Soc Cosmet Chem 99(4) 43-54 (1987)

      2. R Schueller and P Romanowski, Beginning Cosmetic Chemistry, Allured Business Media, Carol Stream, IL USA (1999)

      3. D Orth and Y Appa, Glycerin: A natural ingredient for moisturizing skin, in Dry Skin and Moisturizers—Chemistry and Function, M Lodén and HI Maibach, eds, CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL USA (2000) pp 213-224

      4. US Pat 4,111,323, Copolymers for shampoo formulations, AP Tyler and JP Smith, assigned to The Cosmetic House (Dec 10, 1987)

      5. (Accessed May 20, 2010)

Design Requirements


  • JPG or EPS. Figures should be submitted as JPG or EPS files and saved at a resolution of 300 dpi or higher. Note that the figures should not include trade names; please use chemical or INCI names. Also, illustrative images that relate to a product's application are welcome.
  • Larger-sized files can be sent via Dropbox, YouSendIt or other free services. Please indicate with your article submission if you will be sending files through these services.
  • PLEASE DO NOT RELY ON embedded figures in Word or those copied from the Internet. These will not reproduce clearly in print. You may include low-resolution images in the text for placement purposes only; separate, higher-resolution JPG or EPS files also are required.
  • High-quality photographs may be submitted as an alternative.
  • Indicate Figure Placement. Either include the instruction "INSERT FIGURE # HERE" in your article text or embed low-resolution images to illustrate placement; note that separate high-resolution figures in JPG or EPS format still are required.
  • Figure Captions. Provide captions for your figures either near your placement instructions or at the end of the article.


  • Microsoft Word or Excel. Tables may be formatted as such within the article text and either placed where they belong in the layout, or at the end of the article. If the latter, include the instruction "INSERT TABLE # HERE" within the text. Tables may also be provided in a Microsoft Excel format, again with the text instructions as to where they should appear in the layout.


  • Formulas must be titled and numbered.
  • Text, Table or Microsoft Excel. Formulas may be formatted in the Word file simply as text, tabbed across the various columns, or as a table within the text. They may also be provided as separate Microsoft Excel files.
  • INCI names are required; trade names may be included so long as they include the name of the supplier as well.
  • List each ingredient on a separate line with its relevant quantity or percentage.
  • Indicate Placement. Formulas formatted as text or tables can either be embedded within the text to indicate their placement or placed at the end of the article. If the latter, or if they are provided as Microsoft Excel files, please provide the instruction "INSERT FORMULA # HERE" in the text to indicate where they should be placed.


For submissions or inquiries, please contact:

Kevin Campbell, Managing Editor
Cosmetics & Toiletries
336 Gundersen Drive, Suite A
Carol Stream, IL 60188 USA
Tel: 1-630-344-6068
Fax: 1-630-653-2192

Rachel Grabenhofer, Scientific Acquisitions Editor
Allured Business Media
Tel: 1-630-344-6072