Editorial Guidelines

Our Audience


In Compliance Magazine
serves an audience of electrical engineers working in the electronics manufacturing industry.  These engineers are concerned with the compliance of their products to worldwide standards and regulations.  We’re interested in publishing detailed, specific, accurate, and immediately useful design and compliance-oriented articles.  As well, we provide our audience with articles that capture the interest of our readers in relation to education, and special interests related to the field of electrical engineering.

Our Editorial


In Compliance Magazine
has several requirements of the editorial we publish.  We’re committed to providing interesting, innovative and informational articles.  Articles considered for publication will provide the reader with valuable solutions to challenges they face in designing and manufacturing products to meet current and upcoming standards requirements worldwide.

How-to types of articles are well received by the In Compliance audience.  A conversational, peer-to-peer tone using an active rather than a passive voice is our most successful writing style.

Articles should be unbiased and avoid commercial content.  Our authors establish credibility and respect for the expertise they convey.

Articles covering the history of electrical engineering or a special interest intended to capture the engineer’s imagination to provoke innovation and creativity in the field of electrical engineering are also encouraged for possible publication.

We look for new information, not material that can easily be found in textbooks or has been previously published.  You should submit your articles for our consideration exclusively, not to multiple publications.  If your article is not appropriate for our audience, we will let you know promptly, and you will then be free to submit it to other publications.

The Writing Process


The Proposal

We encourage our authors to prepare a brief summary of a proposed article and a detailed outline.  Crafting an article summary and outline in advance will require organized ideas.  Consider the following questions when preparing your article summary and outline:

  • What will this article tell the reader that they don’t already know?
  • Why would readers want this information?
  • Are the applications new?
  • Do the article’s lessons extend beyond the obvious?
  • Does the article cover the parameters and the problems?
  • Are alternative solutions, with pros and cons covered in the article?

We may also ask you to submit a sample of your written work along with your article summary or outline.  This will help us assess the level of assistance that may be required in preparing your article for publication.

If we find merit in the proposal, we will ask for a complete article.  It is important to note that final decisions regarding publication of an article are based on the actual article, not the proposal.

 


The Article

The typical In Compliance Magazine article averages between 2,500 and 4,000 words.  However, if you feel it is necessary to provide the reader with additional information and the article runs over, please continue beyond that length.  We may choose to run the article in multiple parts if necessary.

The deadline for editorial material is typically four months in advance of the intended month of publication.  We will confirm with you in advance a specific deadline for the submission of your completed article.  We request that once committed, you follow through with your commitment. If you are unable to provide the promised article as planned please contact us as soon as possible.


The Mechanics

  • Use Microsoft Word or other standard word processing software in preparing your draft.
  • Set margins at .5” at the top and bottom of the page, and 1.0” on the left and right sides.
  • Use Times New Roman font, 12 point, for all text.
  • Left-justify all text, including titles and headings.  Do not use columns
  • Use single-spacing throughout the draft, double space between paragraphs.
  • Use bold text for first-level heads, bold and italicized text for second-level heads, and underlined and italicized text for third-level heads.
  • Do not add any headers or footers to your document.
  • Avoid using footnotes whenever possible, or place them at the end of your draft.
  • Make clear reference in your text to all figures, tables or graphics.
  • Provide graphics with a minimum resolution of 266 dpi.
  • Provide a brief (one or two sentences) biography and include your email address

Articles submitted for consideration must use the above formatting standards.  Articles not following the above standards may be returned to the author for reformatting, or may be rejected for publication.


Writing Tips

Write clearly and simply, as though you are explaining your topic directly to the engineer.  Write to express, not to impress. Use active, rather than passive voice as this helps to eliminate ambiguity and encourages the reader to act.

Readers are pressed for time.  Tell them, up front, why they should read your article.  Readers will decide whether or not to read on within the first five seconds of reading.  Put the most important information in the headline and first paragraph.

We use the Chicago Manual of Style, and the IEEE Computer Society’s Style Guide http://www.computer.org/portal/web/publications/style_refs as the basis for decisions regarding punctuation and style.  An additional reference for technical writers is the “Handbook of Technical Writing,” by Gerald J. Alred, Charles T. Brusaw, and Walter E. Oliu, St. Martin’s Press, New York, NY, ISBN 0-312-5751-22.

Send all editorial correspondence to:

Lorie Nichols, Editor

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