Contributing an article
Note: If you're wondering what kind of articles we publish, please go to our Editorial Contributions page. If you have an article that you're ready to submit to us, read on!
We always look for great articles to publish, but to do so, we need a few logistical items addressed. Please read through the list below carefully and make sure that you've taken care of each one. We won't be able to publish until all of these logistical requirements are satisfied. At this point in the process, you should already be working with an Embedded editor, but if not, you forward any additional questions to Clive "Max" Maxfield (email@example.com) or Steve Evanczuk (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Doc file: We prefer receiving a Word doc but rtf is fine. If the article includes external links, go ahead and use Word's embedded link feature or place the link inline within square brackets immediately following the link anchor text. Please do not use Word advanced formatting features such as auto-numbering, WordArt, Equation, or the like. These features do not survive import into our publishing tools (and worse, they're simply deleted so it's difficult to tell that they've been dropped).
- Length. Technical feature articles tend to run ~2000 words, while guest blogs tend to run ~800-1200 words. Those are not hard-and-fast rules: We let the content dictate the length. If an article is very long, we might split it into a series of articles. If it's too short, we might question whether the article provides sufficient detail.
- Figures and captions: We suggest including one for every 500-800 words or so if appropriate. In the copy, please include accompanying captions (one short sentence) at the desired location of the image in the article. A corresponding reference to the figure or table needs to appear in the copy itself. For the caption, please be sure to include the source of the image, e.g.: Figure 1. Engineers really like this figure. (Source: XYZ Corp.)
- Graphics files: Please send figures/tables in separate files (jpg or png preferred) - please embed figures/thumbnails in the Word file to show position, but please also send the graphics in separate files anyway. Graphics extracted from a Word file are typically suboptimal. Images should be at least 500px in width (with vertical dimensions as needed to maintain the aspect ratio), but figures with small features should be at least 1000px to allow readers the option of viewing that larger version of the image.
- Embedded.com registration. Please be sure authors each register on Embedded.com (near the "search box" in the upper right of the home page), provide a bio (and picture if desired), and then send the editor the "screen name" and associated email address. The first and last name provided in the profile are used in the byline, which links to this profile so providing a bio is important. The email address will not be published: The system uses it to send notification of reader comments to the author(s).
- Original contribution. Any contributed article must not have already been published elsewhere. The same content posted on multiple sites is considered spam by search engines and is ultimately counterproductive for all involved.
- Contributor's Agreement. To ensure usage rights for publication, AspenCore (Embedded's publisher) requires authors to send your editor an email agreeing to the following statement:
The author, company, or company representative gives AspenCore his/her/their express permission to post the article and use it across the AspenCore network in whatever form, in perpetuity. AspenCore has the right to edit the article and will work with the author to do so.
Please include the above statement and your explicit agreement to that statement in an email to the editor with whom you've been working to place your article.
If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to ask your editor.