InTech Author Guidelines
InTech publishes technical articles about practical automation technologies and applications written by outside authors/technical experts. InTech owns all by-lined articles, meaning authors must assign the copyright to InTech. We provide a Copyright Assignment form to do this.
The 2013 Editorial Calendar lists the topics that are featured each month during the year.
Articles, and all associated art, must be in the hands of InTech editors three months before the month of publication.
General Writing Guidelines
Technical feature articles can focus on a specific technology, application (case history), or be tutorial (how-to) in nature. User-written articles are preferred. Authors should write from the perspective of the user, and make sure the article covers the problem, what was done in the past, the solution, and results obtained. Absolutely no product endorsements of any kind are allowed.
- Feature Articles - Generally, feature articles are between 1,200 and 2,400 words long. They should be accompanied by color photos, charts, graphs, flow schematics, or other drawings. Black & white photos are discouraged. A brief, 3-4 sentence biography of each author, describing related experience and/or expertise, company affiliation, and education must also be provided.
- Tutorials - Tutorial, or "how to" articles should first put the subject in perspective and explain the industry problem. Then, they should fully describe the technology or control technique, and explain possible applications. Generally, "how to" articles are between 1,000 and 2,000 words long. When possible, they should be accompanied by color photos, charts, graphs, flow schematics, or other drawings. A brief, 3-4 sentence biography of each author, describing related experience and/or expertise, company affiliation, and education must also be provided.
- Opinion Pieces – Opinion articles should be issue-oriented and focused on important, possibly controversial, topics of interest to automation professionals. They can range in length from 750 to 1,500 words (longer than a "Letter to the Editor"), and can either be a reaction to something previously printed, or discuss an entirely new subject.
Article manuscripts, and/or technical papers, should be provided in electronic format via disk, or via Internet to one of the following editors. Contact the editor in advance for information of preferred file formats for text and graphics.
Susan Colwell, Products and Services (firstname.lastname@example.org)