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OpenSystems Publishing Editorial Instructions 7/5/07 10:19 AM EditorialInstructions.Version7-5-07.doc Page 1 of 3 Overview More than 50,000 software, hardware, and systems engineers from around the world receive the printed and PDF versions of OpenSystems Publishing’s free publications, which consist of staff-written, contributed, and bylined articles by various engineers in the field. In addition, we distribute our publications to attendees at selected worldwide tradeshows and conferences (see the individual editorial calendars for specific events). Your article can expose our subscribers to the latest trends in technology as well as your company’s product offerings. Contributed articles, like our magazines, are written for engineers by engineers. These features should explain developments and issues related to the designated topic for a particular section. Editorial calendars for each publication, available for download at http://www.opensystems-publishing.com/publications, list the editorial features and product guide features for each issue. Editorial assistance OpenSystems Publishing editors are always available to review abstracts for a technologically accurate article. Editors can work with contributors throughout the article submission process, from the initial phase of identifying a theme to the final stages of revising drafts for publication. Editorial staff contact information is available at http://www.opensystems-publishing.com/company/directory/. Initial guidelines 1. All articles must be original and unpublished. 2. All articles previously published by the vendor on the proposed article subject within the preceding 90 days from the date of abstract submittal must be disclosed to OpenSystems Publishing. We use this information to ensure that the material has not been published previously, so we do not violate other publication’s copyright protections. Article reprints Hard copy and electronic article reprints are available to authors and their companies after the article has been published. For more information, contact Becky Mullaney at 717-399-1900 ext. 166 or visit http://www.opensystems-publishing.com/reprints. Article content Contributors should think and write like engineers. If you make a statement, prove it. We don’t demand polished prose, but we are looking for solid, detailed technical content. Keep the discussion at a conceptual level first, then present your company’s product as an example of your proposed solution. This will establish credibility for you and your company, as readers prefer a well thought-out article over a sales pitch. Incorporate figures, tables, and illustrations to add visual appeal, and try to maintain the active verb tense. Article organization Use the problem/solution format. Consider the following three-part organization with an optional fourth part: • Part 1: Provide a description of the problem to be solved. • Part 2: Describe your conceptual solution to the problem. • Part 3: Describe your actual implementation of that solution. • Part 4 (optional): Show how your product has actually been deployed. Avoid mentioning your company or product more than twice. Article length Articles vary in length and must be submitted by the editorial calendar due date. Some sidebars and supplemental information may be posted online. Articles may be cut during the production phase to meet the issue page budget. OpenSystems Publishing Editorial Instructions 7/5/07 10:19 AM EditorialInstructions.Version7-5-07.doc Page 2 of 3 Article type The table below lists and describes the types of articles OpenSystems Publishing runs in our publications. For more information on the relevant focus and interest technologies/markets for each publication, download the embedded technology and markets chart at http://www.opensystems-publishing.com/publications/osp.embeddedmarkets.pdf. Article type Article description Special Feature Covers a topic listed in the respective editorial calendar. Technology Feature Covers a technology theme listed in the respective editorial calendar. Application Feature Covers product deployment and includes an application photo. Lead-in Features for: Product Guide Buyer’s Guide Resource Guide Lead-in that complements one of the category sections. Guest Editorial Commentary on a topic not listed on the editorial calendar, but determined by an editor to be of interest to our readers. Contact the respective publication editor with your idea. Executive Speakout An executive’s assessment of the industry and/or predictions about future developments. Feature Sidebar Articles that accompany and complement a Special or Technology Feature article. Contact the respective publication editor with your idea. White Papers In-depth technical articles that cover the development of a product, technology, or specification. These are full-length articles that go into more technical depth than articles in other trade publications. Contact the respective publication editor with your idea. Submission guidelines To submit an abstract If you find a specific topic feature of interest in the editorial calendar, contact the respective editor by e-mail for abstract instructions. The editor will let you know exactly what is required for that particular feature. Abstracts are between 100 and 500 words in length, and must be submitted by the due date listed on the editorial calendar. To submit an article Include the following with your final article submission (see example at right): Author name, title, photo, and professional biography including educational background (limit to three sentences) Vendor postal address and website, office telephone, and published author e-mail (published author cell phone number and Instant Message moniker are optional) All photos, art figures, and tables OpenSystems Publishing Editorial Instructions 7/5/07 10:19 AM EditorialInstructions.Version7-5-07.doc Page 3 of 3 Text requirements We use Microsoft Word. If you are using another word processor, please include an ASCII and/or RTF file in case we cannot use your word processor’s file format. Please do not format your article with type font styles, columns, or embedded logos and images. Include a reference for each art figure, photo, or image within the text and not as a separate caption. Omit headers and footers in the document. Image requirements We use the CMYK color model. All articles must have at least one figure. References to images must be included in the text (for example, “Figure 1 shows …”). Submit all images as separate electronic files at least 5 inches wide and 300 dpi resolution. Author head shots (from shoulders up) must be at least 2 inches wide. Important note on figures: Please send the original file the image was created in and include the figure number in the file name. Images created in PowerPoint, high-resolution PDFs, and Adobe Illustrator files are preferred, though high-resolution jpgs and tiffs are acceptable alternatives. Do not embed or place low-resolution images in Word, PowerPoint, or Illustrator. We do not accept Visio drawings, but they can be exported as svg or dwg file formats. Screen shot requirements Screen shot resolution is identical to the current resolution setting of the display. Please set the display resolution to its highest possible setting before taking a screen shot. For example, if the normal display resolution is 800 by 600, reset it to 1024 by 768 before taking the screen shot. You can then reset it to the normal resolution of 800 by 600. File submission by e-mail You may submit zipped files by e-mail to the respective publication editor. Drop off/Pick up files by FTP 1. First try this link : ftp://others:firstname.lastname@example.org/ If the link fails, enter the following into your FTP program: Server: ftpserver.opensystems-publishing.com User ID: others Password: others 2. For further instructions, see http://www.opensystems-publishing.com/vendors/submissions/ftp/ Postpublication procedures Complimentary copies We provide each author with two complimentary copies of the issue in which their article was featured. Please ensure that we receive the correct delivery address for these issues when sending in your final article (we cannot deliver to PO boxes). Include a phone number for addresses outside the United States. Copyrights/Article Web posting As a special bonus for authors, we place each article on the publication’s respective website after the issue has been distributed. Because of the considerable amount of work that goes into editing and designing the magazines, articles are available as electronic and hard copy reprints only, and are not for reuse in other publications. To observe international Internet copyright law, please note the following rules: ■ You can place the links to the HTML and PDF versions on your websites or use in your e-mails. ■ You cannot download the OpenSystems Publishing PDF file and place it on your website. ■ You cannot download the OpenSystems Publishing PDF file and then distribute it. ■ To host or distribute a PDF, please contact Becky Mullaney at 717-399-1900 ext. 166 or visit http://www.opensystems-publishing.com/reprints for more information. ■ Other websites approved by OpenSystems Publishing can post the link to the PDF file of your article.