Author Guidelines

Please note: The lead-time required for Cosmetics & Toiletries feature articles is approximately four months prior to the anticipated publication date. This allows for our peer-review and editing processes. If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact the editors at

2015-2106 Feature Submission Deadlines

March April
Sept. 1, 2015 Oct. 1, 2015 Nov. 1, 2015
June July/August
Jan. 1, 2016 Feb. 1, 2016 March 1, 2016
September October November/December
May 1, 2016 June 1, 2016 July 1, 2016

Content Requirements

  • Submissions must be original work, presenting new information relevant to the development of cosmetics and personal care products.
  • All manuscripts submitted are 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.
  • Any claims made in the article must be substantiated with references and/or data; Note: please be sure to include error bars in your figures.
  • 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.
  • Articles of interest include cutting-edge formulating, research, testing and regulatory information relevant and applicable to personal care product development. The source of this information may come from within the cosmetics and personal care industry, or it may transfer from peripheral fields. In the latter case, the article should suggest how cosmetic scientists may practically apply the information presented.
  • 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.
  • Cosmetics & Toiletries content speaks to a technical and international audience. Thus, using scientific language familiar to the worldwide personal care industry is recommended. 

Submission Requirements

  • Include full contact information for all authors including name, title, company or organization affiliation; current mailing address, phone and fax numbers; and e-mail address. Also, please indicate whether one author will serve as the main contact for all article correspondences.
  • Submit articles in a digital format; e-mail (to or mail your submission saved to a disk or CD; Word files for PC are preferred.
  • Limit the manuscript to 2,500 words.
  • Manuscripts should include:
    • Proposed article title
    • Author byline—including professional affiliations, i.e., PhD or MD, and the business affiliations 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. a brief introduction, explaining why the topic would be of interest to readers;
      2. if appropriate, a description of the experimental design, including a discussion of: instruments used and their manufacturers; test ingredients (with INCI names), their suppliers and amounts used; test formulas and amounts used; experimental conditions and controls/benchmarks; total sample size(s); statistical significance; etc.
      3. results of the tests performed or conclusions from the literature reviewed; if tests were performed, include figures (with error bars), graphs, etc., illustrating findings from the study and compared with controls/benchmarks
      4. discussion of these results and conclusions, and why they are significant/what they mean to cosmetic scientists
      5. suggestions of how these findings/conclusions might be applied to cosmetics and personal care product development
      6. conclusions drawn from the work described and implications for how it impacts the cosmetic scientist's daily work or overall industry.
    • References—to 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


  • Figures should be submitted in electronic file formats, i.e., JPG or EPS, designed in Adobe Illustrator or PhotoShop and saved at 300 dpi or higher. Note that the figures themselves also should not include trade names; please use chemical or INCI names.
  • Larger-sized files can be uploaded to our FTP website (please contact us for assistance).
  • Do not send figures embedded in a Word document or copied from the Internet; these will not reproduce clearly in print.
  • High-quality photographs may be submitted if necessary.
  • Within the article, include text indicating "INSERT FIGURE # HERE" so that our designers place your figures appropriately in the layout; again, do not embed figures within the article.
  • At the end of the article text, please include figure captions.


  • Tables also should not be embedded within article. Either send tables in a separate Excel file or place them after the main text in the Word document.
  • Again, after the main text, include table titles and within the text indicate where the table should appear, i.e., "INSERT TABLE # HERE."


  • Formulas must be titled and numbered.
  • INCI names are required for each ingredient; trade names may also be included, so long as the supplier is, too.
  • Each ingredient should be listed on a separate line with its relevant quantity or percentage used in the formula.
  • Like the figures and tables, do not embed formulas within the main text. Place formulas at the end of the article, after the main text, and within the article, indicate where the formula should appear, i.e., "INSERT FORMULA # HERE."


For submissions or inquiries, please contact:

Rachel Grabenhofer, Editor
Cosmetics & Toiletries
336 Gundersen Drive, Suite A
Carol Stream, IL 60188 USA
Tel: 1-630-344-6072
Fax: 1-630-653-2192 or