Proofread! Once the final draft of the paper is finished, do not forget to leave time for the review, both technical and grammatical. Incomplete sentences, redundant phrases, misspellings, and grammatical errors are unprofessional. Waiting a day or two before reviewing helps to provide a fresh approach, and more mistakes can be found. Another good way to catch errors is to give the paper to somebody else to read. The more people who review it, the more comments will be received, creating opportunities to improve the paper. If English is not your native language, it would help if one of the reviewers is a native English speaker, or have a trained technical editor proofread your paper. It may be that your heavily accented English is passable to a native English speaker, but can other non-native English speakers also understand? I heard a story about how one native English speaker had to act as an interpreter between two others speaking their own accented versions of the English language! It will increase your chances for success if the grammar is correct.
Writing an effective paper is time consuming, but is worth the effort when it is finally published and others can read and reference your work in their own research. Know and follow the criteria for the particular publication to which you are submitting, and make sure that all the components of a good technical paper are included in the next one you write.
In a technical writing course, instructions may require you to include illustrations or other kinds of graphics—whatever would normally be used in the instructions. The problem of course may be that you don't have access to graphics that would be suitable for your particular instructions, and that you don't feel wildly confident in your artistic abilities. There are ways to overcome these problems! Take a look at the suggestions in . In that chapter, you'll see not only suggestions for creating graphics, but also requirements on their format.
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When carrying out a technical writing assignment, you must remember to follow what is known as the three ‘Cs’ and ask yourself the following questions:
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Once the requirements for the paper have been reviewed and the work has been completed and researched for technical value, the writing may begin. Writing a technical paper, especially for an international audience, can be a daunting task. Not only can the English language be a problem, but many scientists and engineers never learned how to write a formal technical paper. There are a few good instruction guides on line,  and , if a tutorial is needed; however, the highlights of technical paper writing and a few notes on many of the common errors are given in this article.
A technical paper is not an English paper. It is also not a science lab report. The layout of a formal technical paper typically consists of the following key elements: Abstract, Introduction, Work Done, Results & Discussion, Conclusion, and References. The Abstract and Introduction are standard with their titles and content. The meat of the paper is contained in the middle sections, Work Done, Results, and Discussion, and the labeling or titles for these sections vary depending on the topic. The final two sections, Conclusion and References, are also relatively standard with their titling and content. Sometimes an Acknowledgements section is inserted between the Conclusions and References.
Working drafts often begin with the Work Done, Results, and Discussion sections. The Introduction and Conclusion sections can be started a bit later, to aid in binding the flow of the paper together. Make certain that any goals and objectives stated in the Introduction are addressed in the Conclusions. Oddly enough, the Abstract should be written last. It is only after the introduction and conclusions have been written that there will be clarity in how to phrase this special, brief summary of the paper.
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Paper submittals to the annual IEEE International Symposium on EMC may be directed toward the Regular or Special Sessions, and all papers have the same requirements: they must be significant to EMC, have technical depth, be readable in clear English, and contain new, unpublished work. These papers are peer reviewed, although not as heavily as for the IEEE Transactions on EMC papers. Manuscripts will be either: accepted, accepted with required changes (requiring a second peer review), accepted with suggested changes, or rejected.
If the paper is directed toward one of the Special Sessions at the Symposium, do not make the mistake of thinking it will be automatically accepted because it was “invited”. These sessions are typically organized by an individual or EMC Society Technical Committee (TC) on a topic that is of particular interest. Therefore, think of it as an invitation to submit a paper on a special topic; a topic that will not necessarily be repeated the following year. All Special Sessions papers are peer reviewed, and are held to the same required high standards as Regular Session papers.
Regular Session papers may be presented orally or in a Poster Session (Open Forum). Both types receive equal peer reviews; it is merely the presentation that differs. One common misconception is that papers in the Poster Session are of lesser value or have more relaxed standards. This is far from the truth as it is always a goal of the Symposium review committee to ensure that a good variety of topics are presented in the Poster Sessions. The major benefit of a Poster Session to the author is the ability to directly interact with interested attendees, which can be a great source of information to those doing similar work.