About JPT

The Journal of Petroleum Technology, the Society of Petroleum Engineers’ flagship magazine, presents authoritative briefs and features on technology advancements in exploration and production, oil and gas industry issues, and news about SPE and its members.

The JPT website includes three other SPE magazines:

Each of these other magazines has a landing page (linked above), but you will find their content woven into the overall JPT site based on topic and discipline.

Online, JPT includes exclusive content and features not found in the digital version of the publication. Also online, SPE members have free access to full-length SPE technical papers highlighted in each issue for a 2-month period. A JPT subscription is included with SPE membership dues.

Have a story idea? Please read the guidelines below. Note that submissions must not be commercial in nature. Case studies are of particular interest. Questions? Contact JPT Editor Pam Boschee via email.

Guidelines for Case Studies

Guidelines for Feature Articles

Guidelines for Guest Editorials

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SPE encourages open and objective discussion of technical and professional subjects pertinent to the interests of the Society. Society publications shall contain no judgmental remarks or opinions as to the technical competence, personal character, or motivations of any individual, company, or group. Any material which, in the publisher’s opinion, does not meet the standards for objectivity, pertinence, and professional tone will be returned to the contributor with a request for revision before publication. SPE accepts advertising (print and electronic) for goods and services that, in the publisher’s judgment, address the technical or professional interests of its readers. SPE reserves the right to refuse to publish any advertising it considers to be unacceptable.


JPT welcomes submissions of articles from both SPE members and non-members as well as from veteran and less experienced writers. JPT's objectives are to provide information about the latest upstream technology developments and applications, oil and gas industry news and trends, and other news and ideas pertinent to the E&P professional.

SPE maintains the highest editorial standards in its publications and expects guest authors to adhere to those standards. Guest articles should be written for the interest and benefit of JPT readers, which includes the entire SPE membership and is made up of engineers, geoscientists, managers, executives, consultants, and academia. Articles should not be written to promote a particular product or company.

General Guidelines

Article submissions should be submitted in electronic format in Microsoft Word 12-point type and double-spaced. Omit page formatting and style codes. Spell out all units of measure and acronyms. Mention of trade and service marks is generally discouraged.

A short bio of the author—including current job title, company or organization, previous relevant jobs, degrees earned, and universities attended—and a photo of the author if available also should be included as separate attachments. The byline should include the author’s name, current job title, company, and note whether the person is a current member of SPE.

SPE’s Style Guide—which offers guidelines on usage, punctuation, abbreviations, and numbering of references and tables—can be found here: SPE Style Guide

SPE’s rules of style are intended to promote clarity, conciseness, accuracy, and consistency. Because JPT has a global readership, it is important to avoid local terminology and to adhere to widely accepted modes of English expression. Clear writing is essential for the comprehension of readers from numerous geographic regions, nationalities, and language backgrounds. The use of equations and references should be kept to a minimum.

JPT does not accept articles that have been printed in other publications/websites or that have been simultaneously submitted to other publications/websites for review. It is understood that the article submitted is the author’s original work and contains no plagiarism or copyright violations.

JPT reserves the right to edit submitted articles; however, authors will be notified if significant editing changes are needed. Every attempt is made to preserve the integrity and voice of the original work.

Photos and Graphics

Photos and graphics, such as charts and tables, can be valuable additions because they attract the reader’s eye and clarify complex material. Color photos and graphics are preferred. They should be sent as separate attachments and not embedded in text.

Photos and graphics should be high resolution of at least 300 dpi and sent in jpg, tif, bmp, or eps format. Power Points are acceptable. Tables, charts, and figures should be clear and easy to read and follow the numbering and abbreviation guidelines laid out in the SPE Style Guide. Letters and numbers should be clear. Figure captions should be listed at the end of the article text and numbered sequentially in the order that they appear in the article.

Photos also should have individual captions, which clearly describe what is taking place in the photo, where the photo was taken, and include any necessary photo credit. Authors accept responsibility for obtaining the necessary rights to any photo or graphic.

Please contact JPT Editor Pam Boschee via email before submitting an article or if you have any any questions regarding JPT’s editorial guidelines.


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