Power Electronics Technology, (Formerlly PCIM Power Electronic Systems) is directed toward engineers and designers of power electronics subsystems and systems. Therefore, technical articles submitted to the magazine must address at least one of these areas. Technical articles are welcome from all sources, as long as they cover the appropriate subjects.
If you have an article idea, please send the abstract or outline via e-mail to [email protected]. If the abstract/outline is approved. The complete article can follow. Article acceptance is based on the technical quality, completeness, figure quality, and the timeliness of the material. Authors may contact Power Electronics Technology (PE Tech) magazine via phone or e-mail to see if their article has been accepted.
Generally, articles for the magazine must be received by the magazine at least two months prior to the publication date of the magazine. That is, an article for the May issue must be received by March 1. However, the actual publication date also depends on the magazine’s editorial schedule, which lists specific subjects for each monthly issue.
The technical article should give engineers/designers information that helps them in their job. That is, it should describe a new component, new system technique, new technology, etc. that results in an improved power electronics system.
These technical articles must not have a sales pitch. If the article has "salesy" information, it will be deleted during editing. We have found that salesy articles can actually be counter-productive, so please stick to the technical facts. These articles can fit any of the following formats:
- Description of a power electronics component, including application details
- Survey of a group of components that perform a specific task in power electronics systems
- A design idea, or circuit, that provides improved performance in a power electronics system
- Application of a power electronics component or subsystem
- A tutorial on a basic technology employed in a power electronics system
- An overview of a specific segment of power electronics markets with an emphasis on technical information
We try to maintain the writing style of the author; however, we must sometimes edit the material to enhance clarity. The most important characteristic of the material should be a smooth flow of information presented in a logical manner. Our major concern is not spelling and sentence structure, although it is best to do this properly.
We understand that it is difficult to bring out all details, particularly with a subject that you have been working with and know intimately. Therefore, before you send the article to the magazine it is usually a good idea to have someone who is not thoroughly familiar with the subject review the article. Technical articles should emphasize technical details. Historical information may be interesting but is usually not relevant, so minimize this type of information. Include history only if it is absolutely essential to the article.
The first paragraph of the article should explain the overall subject, but with a minimum of detail. The rest of the article can describe the details. There should also be a direct correlation between the headline and the first paragraph. However, you don't have to spend a lot of time figuring out the headline' we can do that in the editing process.
On the first page of the article we include a short description of what is significant about the article. This "deckhead" is usually one sentence, sometimes two. If you want to write this you can, but if you give us a good description, we'll clean it up. The finished article will include "subheads" that break up the text. These are usually one to four words that list a subject, but we have to space them according to the layout of the article. Therefore, they will probably change in the final copy. You don't have to put in subheads that say "Introduction" and "Conclusion" because they won't be used. Most trade magazine articles usually end somewhat abruptly without summarizing the article.
General Article Details
The technical article must conform to the following:
- Typewritten, or computer printout, or in electronic format in Microsoft Word sent by e-mail to [email protected].
- Double spaced
- A typical article is 1,500 to 2,000 words (about eight typewritten, double-spaced pages) with four to six figures/photographs. However, we can use a longer article, if necessary.
- Equations should be typewritten or written very legibly so they can be typeset properly. Poorly written equations cause errors.
- Include a complete list of figures with captions.
- Include the names of all authors along with their company, address, phone number and FAX number.
- If you include references, list them at the end of the article giving the title, author, publication (or publishing company for a book) date and page numbers (for a magazine or proceedings article).
Figures and Photographs
The technical article must conform to the following:
- Figures should be on separate pages, that is, NOT embedded in the text.
- Each figure must have a caption.
- The text should be checked to make sure that there is a correlation between the figure numbers and those referred to in the text.
- Line drawings should be "professional" quality. Good laser printer figures are usually acceptable (the higher resolution, the better). These can be original drawings, photostats or clean, printed copies. Photographs should be "professional" quality black and white or color prints or transparencies.
- It is best to mount each drawing or photograph on a separate piece of paper, particularly small sizes that might get lost. The paper should be clearly marked to indicate the figure number, caption and author's name and article headline.
- We cannot use "xerox" copies of a photograph or previously screened prints because they do not reproduce well.
- Do not scratch oscilloscope photographs to show settings. Instead, mount them on a separate piece of paper and write the information on the paper.
Please proof your article the day you receive the typeset version back from us. Please send any corrections back to us immediately via fax or overnight carrier. Some times we will redraw figures and equations, so double check them thoroughly. The corrections must be e-mailed, Faxed or sent overnight to PETech.
When Will It Be Published?
It is hard to say when or if an article will be published. Subjects for most articles are set in our editorial calendar for the year and we try to maintain this schedule. However, articles with new and significant concepts usually get published quickly, regardless of the editorial schedule.
If you have any questions contact Ashok Bindra at [email protected] or call 631-471-5895.