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m_write.gif (1506 bytes)any writers have submitted articles to us in the past purely out of the goodness of their hearts, without guidance or expectations of any kind of compensation except the joy of contributing to a worthwhile journal and sharing of information. However, we believe the time has come to formalize our policy regarding the submission of articles to this magazine. We hope this will help those of you who have thought about and want to submit manuscripts for possible publication in this worldwide technical publication.

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JOURNAL POLICY: antenneX receives manuscripts from all over the world and the function of this journal is to transfer information provided by authors to the largest number of readers possible. Final responsibility for the technical accuracy of the information within each article rests with the author.

Some concepts, ideas, and devices may be controversial, even at a technical level. antenneX offer various forums for the expression of alternative technical perspectives. The forums are open to anyone, so long as discussion is conducted in accord with common standards of courtesy and respect.

antenneX may from time to time search out continuing series of articles to develop a line of technical theory and development further than can be contained in a single article. The depth, completeness, and final utility of such series rest with their authors, who may terminate such a series simply by not submitting subsequent articles to antenneX If the flow of information ceases, then antenneX simply cannot publish more, except as further developments become known from other sources. But, this journal may promise to publish further results of developmental work, construction projects, and measurements as they become available.

In all cases, antenneX will submit manuscripts received to knowledgeable persons in the subject area of the article for review and recommendation in accord with standard editorial practice. Review and acceptance by antenneX does not reduce the author's responsibility with respect to technical accuracy and adequacy. antenneX reserves the right to reject any article for any purpose it deems appropriate.

Last, it is preferred that articles submitted to antenneX not have been previously published, or be in the process of consideration by other publications. If an article has already appeared in another publication and is submitted as a reprint, then the necessary permissions must be obtained by the author prior to submission to antenneX, and such permission must accompany the article before any consideration to reprint.

SUBJECTS: Since its inception originated in 1988, antenneX has concentrated its content mainly toward the amateur radio industry, and more specifically, antenna systems. We prefer to be one of the best at one field rather than try to be all things to all of the people. We may deviate somewhat by publishing helpful articles about similar fields, such as the broadcasting field plus other types of antennae, the likes of microwave waveguides for an example. Our subjects may be broadened to include the components making up the entire antenna system, plus the myriad test equipment employed. Explaining the use and benefits of certain types of materials that make up these systems are acceptable as well. Subjects on construction, modeling (simulation) and experimental projects are always popular. Clever "how-to" projects such as seen in the Ham WorkShop do extremely well.

Product reviews is another avenue, but requires some conditions because this is one of the most sensitive areas for a Journal concerning its reputation. If the article is about a product in which the writer has some commercial interest, such as a manufacturer of an antenna, then the article qualifies as an announcement and will be labeled as such rather than as a genuine review where the writer is free to express an opinion, affirmative or negative. There are occasions where antenneX is asked to do the review and it would be assigned to one of our editors. On other occasions, we may receive unsolicited reviews. In both cases, the reviewer must have had possession of a sample of the product to perform or have tests performed in order to have first hand knowledge of the results. All matters pertaining to the responsibility for the product, shipping costs, etc., must have been prearranged to the satisfaction of all parties before committing to the review.

CONTENT: antenneX reserves the right to accept or reject a manuscript for publication. If accepted, an article should have a minimum of 2,000 words and beyond if necessary to do justice to the subject being described (this document has more than 3,100 words as a prime example of size). Most of the word-processors have a "word-count" tool, so that method of counting should be a good guide. Don't worry about your writing skills because we can polish that during the final edit. What you say is more important than how you say it. Primarily, follow these simply rules:

Tell 'em what you are going to tell 'em (introduction)
Tell 'em (body of article)
Tell 'em what you told 'em (conclusion)

If an article approaches 4,000 words, then most likely we will break it into a two-part series and it qualifies as two articles as far as compensation is concerned (see below).

For your writing tool, we are assuming you have a computer or access to one. If you don’t happen to own a computer, or it doesn't have adequate software, don't forget that your local Library may have them as many do nowadays. Some of our subscribers are in this position and report using their local Libraries as the only access to the magazine. As a matter of fact, we just received a very nicely done manuscript written on a Library computer. Now, that's a really dedicated effort—bravo!

Our web site uses the HTML type of documents and if you know how to layout your article using this method, great! If not, please use one of the popular word-processing programs, or even just a plain text editor will do fine. Don't add any fancy formatting because HTML won't support the traditional word-processing layouts. It takes you more time to put in such formatting and more time for us to remove it. Just use simple left-aligned text, 12-point font of either Arial or Times New Roman. These are the main two fonts supported by HTML although it will recognize certain others IF the font happens to reside on the reader's computer. But, we don’t take chances and stay with these two as our standard.

Tabs won't work either, although there are some alignment HTML coding to achieve these effects. In HTML, we usually resort to tables for multi-columnar formatted data. If you can insert a table for such data, all the better—it will save a lot of editing time for us! If you have illustrations (and you should, see below) please refer to them in the approximate area where they should wind up being located, such as —"see Photo-2." Again, the final layout may require some modification during the editing process. Of course, we reserve the right to polish the grammar as well as how things may be said, but will not alter the meaning of your thoughts as long as the article is an acceptable one. However, as stated in our Journal policy above, in most cases, we shall present a submission to others knowledgeable in the subject matter for review and any recommendations for revisions in the interest of accuracy.

An article should contain a minimum of three (3) illustrations, which may be drawings, photos, or schematics or a combination thereof which will be helpful in communicating with the reader. More than three illustrations of course would be better in most cases, but not necessarily all. The main objective is to adequately communicate with the reader to get your thoughts and subject matter across with as much clarity as possible.

HOW TO SUBMIT: With the Internet now available to us, the best way to submit articles is electronically so as to attain instant delivery. Such methods utilizing the Internet allow fast "cyber-quick" exchange of corrections, additions and reviews not otherwise possible. This all goes toward helping us to meet or beat those unrelenting publishing deadlines.

With the text, most don’t have a problem, because even a simple text editor will do the job and the text portion of the article can be saved in a text file. Depending on the equipment available to you, the graphics pose a little bigger problem—how to capture them into computer files. For drawings, if you use a good computer drawing program like AUTOCAD, Micrografx, VISIO, COREL, Adobe Illustrator, etc., great! Just save the drawings in their native file formats. Even if you aren't good at a drawing program, a good sketch will still do, because we can do a redraw in color right here for you. The main thing is for us to adequately understand your thoughts for the illustrations. The scanner idea below will do the job for those drawings too. Save the scanned drawings in the "TIFF" file format, which is the least lossy for schematics. Otherwise, as a last resort, you can prepare a pencil sketch (#2 lead for clarity) which can be Faxed to us at (361) 980-1131.

For photographs, the problem gets bigger unless you have access to a digital camera or scanner. If not, perhaps you have a friend with one or the other. If so, then it's easy, just scan in, or download from the camera and save the files in a "JPEG" format for color and "TIFF" for drawings. If the scanner software has the options, set the scan resolution for "screen presentation" for those photos rather than being printer dependent. Also, be sure to set up for the highest "photo quality." Black and white drawings, such as diagrams, and especially schematics, are better using the 300 DPI or 600 DPI printer resolution.

Now, here is a list of the many ways to submit:

DEADLINE: For an article to be included in the upcoming issue, it must arrive on or before the 25th of the month prior to the issue and then depends on how complicated the article may be. Also, a slot must still be open, otherwise, the article will appear in a subsequent month's issue if accepted for publication.

COMPENSATION: We recognize the importance of qualified writers without whom there would not be a magazine such as antenneX, at least one of any consequence. Since our magazine is supported mainly by subscriptions and without advertiser revenues that most other magazines depend on heavily, you can imagine our budget for articles is still rather slim. But, we pledge this will be increased as our revenues are able to support more.

Slim or none, for some reason, though we have been very fortunate in this respect in that we have managed to assemble a great writing team over the years, and anyone else who joins would certainly be in good company. In addition to money we offer tremendous worldwide exposure to over 200 countries. 40-50 of those countries visit daily and those visits presently add up to more than 120,000 monthly on our web sites! So, whenever anyone says anything in the pages of this magazine, the entire world is listening! One of the first things I hear from a new writer is about all the new friends they made from all parts of the globe. That, in itself, can be a most rewarding experience!

Besides the above benefits, here's our present monetary compensation program paid upon publication (all US$):

Exclusive Copyright:
In the absence of any special agreement to the contrary, if the author is compensated by any of the forms of payments listed above, including potential gain from a product review, in exchange for accepting and publishing a manuscript, antenneX shall possess the exclusive copyright.

Non-Exclusive rights: If the author is contributing a manuscript for publication without requirement for any form of payment, antenneX shall possess non-exclusive rights, subject to the "reprint policy" and any other rights outlined herein.

Reprint Policy: If an author (or another publication) wishes to reprint in another journal an article first published in antenneX, permission should be obtained before committing the article to the subsequent publication. A copy of the publication should be, or caused to be, provided to antenneX. Any such reprint should contain due credit to antenneX and should follow this format:

Original Article Name
by: xxx xxxxx
A Reprint by Permission of
antenneX Online Magazine
Issue Number: xxx

GUEST EDITORIALS: In addition to feature articles, as outlined above, you are welcome to do a Guest Editorial for possible publication. We have decided to utilize the editorial section, From The Shack, for this purpose. We thought this would be an ideal place for the readership to have a podium from which to voice their opinions to the rest of the world too. Taking a look at the From The Shack section will give you an idea of the content and format. The text should be about 1,000 or more words and can be with or without illustrations. However, illustrations are useful to get your point across. The subjects should be limited to radio-related areas. You may get on your "soapbox" if you like and want to get something off your chest about some legitimate aspect of this hobby. Just don't expect us to publish anything "flaming" that makes personal attacks, character assassination or any other unwarranted, unfounded and extreme condemnations of persons, entities or concepts. Opinions are okay, but say why you have such an opinion, absent of any defamation of anyone or thing. Just be courteous and reasonable if you are going to be a guest in our house, that's all we ask. Also, remember, this journal is read around the world in 200+ countries, so steer away from politics and religion too. Otherwise, an open invitation is always extended, and we'll pay $150 upon publication!-- unless some commercial benefit is to be gained from its publication for a business venture or product, in which case no compensation will be provided as with feature articles described above.

There you have it! While many are prolific writers out there who are yet to join up, I firmly believe many others also have at least one good article inside trying to get out! Just remember, you do not have to write like Ernest Hemingway to write a technical article for this magazine. If you live in a foreign land with a limited but understandable grasp of English please do not allow this to prevent you from submitting your written article. As mentioned earlier, all articles are edited by our skilled staff for content and grammatical errors.

For even more information about the editing side of the details, be sure to read an article written on this very subject by our Technical Editor, L.B. Cebik before he passed away in April 2008. Click here to read.

So, give it some thought and share your concepts and experiences with the rest of the world. The person your knowledge may help, may be your closest friend, or someone who will become one of your best friends!—you just never know! -30-