R&D Magazine and www.rdmag.com informs and educates research scientists, engineers, and technical staff members at laboratories around the world with timely, informative news—and useful technical articles that broaden our readers’ knowledge of the research and development industry and improve the quality of their work.
The readers are managers; they run projects, laboratories, research divisions, or entire companies. Often multidisciplinary in nature, their work focuses on physics, chemistry, materials science, biology, and engineering as well as informatics, environment issues, nanotechnology, and other emerging technologies.
Most articles are technical. Due to the multidisciplinary nature of the magazine’s readership, however, articles are written to be readable and useful to all readers, regardless of their scientific specialty. News stories and technical articles in R&D Magazine and on www.rdmag.com address state-of-the-art scientific and technical advances; how the latest R&D instruments and techniques help researchers work more productively; and important trends in research management, funding, and policy.
Contributed Feature Articles
In addition to feature articles written by the staff of editors for R&D Magazine the publication is always looking for good story ideas and articles, and welcome outside contributions. These contributed technical articles may be published in print, online, or both.
Contributed articles should emphasize technical applications and are written from the user’s point of view. Examples include how-to articles on techniques, procedures related to specific instruments, processes, or technologies, and reports explaining how significant new products are being used in the laboratory. All articles must tell our readers how the instrument or new product being described has helped researchers save time, money, and effort; how it has improved their research results; or how it has allowed them to perform activities that previously were not possible.
R&D Magazine accepts articles from research scientists, university and government lab researchers, and technical experts at vendors or industry suppliers.
Articles should be engaging, technically rigorous and professionally useful through concise, crisp writing, and helpful, eye-catching graphics. All articles are reviewed and editing by the editors prior to publication.
Prospective authors should contact the editors prior to writing the article. Send an email outlining:
• A suggested title or topic heading for your article.
• A 200-word synopsis or outline of the story idea, indicating its significance and why it should be published in R&D Magazine.
• A sentence or two about the author (and any co-authors) indicating why they are qualified to write the article.
• The graphics, images, or illustrations available to support the article.
The editors review all submissions within one week and may invite the author to prepare a full-length article. This invitation to write is not agreement to publish. Articles are not accepted for publication until a final draft has been edited and approved by the editors. The style, length, format, and technical content of the final article is determined by the editors.
All submitted articles must be original. R&D Magazine will not use previously published articles. Articles must be submitted to R&D Magazine on an exclusive basis. Articles must be noncommercial.
Authors must obtain all necessary approvals and releases from their organization and affiliated partners prior to submission. If images or illustrations were published previously, the author must obtain written permission for re-publication prior to submission.
Provide a brief (35 words) biographical sketch for each author, describing their training and expertise in the subject area. Include the correct name, title, affiliation, and location. Contact information: Always include a phone number and email address in correspondence. Provide a secondary contact name if the author will not be available during the editing process.
All published articles are copyrighted by Advantage Business Media and may only be used for other purposes with written approval of Advantage Business Media/R&D Magazine or www.RDmag.com.
If you have an article inquiry, please contact RDeditors@advantagemedia.com.
If you know about late-breaking news or important research findings affecting R&D, email the information to R&D Magazine’s Senior Editor, firstname.lastname@example.org. Public policy issues, human interest stories, technological breakthroughs, laboratory grand openings, major personnel appointments, mergers & acquisitions, and important studies or reports are among the topics that the R&D Daily covers each business day. News items from organizations outside the U.S. are encouraged.
Product announcements and literature releases are selected based on their technical significance and usefulness to our readers. Please keep the press releases short and to the point. Describe what is new and important about the product, how it advances the technology, and where and how it can be used. Product announcements should include a digital photo following the specifications described in the Photos and Illustrations section. Submit new product announcements to RDeditors@advantagemedia.com.
The events calendar on our website lists upcoming technical meetings, seminars, conferences, symposia, and expositions. To add your event to our listing, send an email to RDeditors@advantagemedia.com. Include the exact name of the conference, the date, sponsoring organization, brief description, location and a contact name and phone number.
R&D Magazine covers a broad range of topics related to industrial research. Subject areas include:
• Aerospace Research
• Analytical Instrumentation
• Automotive Research
• Analytical Chemistry
• Chromatography/Separation Sciences
• Computers/LIMS/Image Analysis/Software
• Data Acquisition
• Electronic Instrumentation
• Energy Research
• Environmental Research and Instrumentation
• Food & Beverage Technology
• General Science Research
• Laboratory Design
• Lab Equipment and Supplies
• Lab Safety and Standards
• Materials Research
• Micro-machined Devices
• Pharmaceuticals Research
• Process Technology
• Sample Preparation
• Semiconductor Research
• Surface Analysis
• Test and Measurement Equipment
• Vacuum Technology
Photos and Illustrations
Good photos and illustrations are crucial to the success of an article to attract readers and supply additional information to enhance the text.
All photos and illustrations should be of high quality, with good contrast and sharpness. Electronic images are required and must be saved as separate files in TIF or EPS format, with 300 dpi or higher resolution and a minimum of four inches wide.
Bar charts, diagrams, sketches, etc., should be drawn accurately and clearly, but need not be suitable for reproduction as submitted. R&D Magazine’s staff can prepare them for publication. If a chart has supporting data, supply it in Excel format.
A caption should accompany each graphic and should accurately describe what is represented in the graphic including company name and location, product, application, and researcher names. Provide a credit (name, company) for the submitted graphic.
DOs & DON'Ts for Contributors
• DO get to the point. R&D Magazine’s readers are busy. They want to know right away why they should be reading your article. If they have to wade through unnecessary material, you could lose them.
• DO remember that R&D Magazine’s readers come from a broad range of disciplines. While they are experts in their own fields, they may not be knowledgeable in yours. Spell out all acronyms in first reference.
• DO submit your articles via email. Avoid special key codes for under-lining, boldface or centering.
• DO keep a copy of your article for your records (R&D Magazine is not responsible for lost manuscripts).
• DO give the full name, title, affiliation, and location (city, state) of all individuals in your first references to them.
• DO convert all measurements to metric units, except those that would sound ridiculous when converted.
• DON’T use footnotes. If the material is important, put it in the article.
• DON’T use references. R&D is a magazine, not a scholarly journal. If you must cite an important paper, do so within the text of the article.
• DON’T include acknowledgments. If someone else’s work is important enough to the article, that person should share the byline.
Important Policies & Procedures
Deadlines: Most material is due two months before the projected date of publication, but anything you can do to get articles, press releases, photos and artwork to us sooner than that would be appreciated. Your supervising editor will give you specific dates when materials are due.
Payment: In general, R&D Magazine does not pay contributors for articles, nor does it charge authors to have articles published in the Magazine.
Preprints and reprints: Preprints are not made available to authors, but reprints can be ordered. Price quotations are available on request.
Online articles: R&D Magazine reserves the right to post all articles that appear in the magazine online at www.rdmag.com.
Copyright: All articles appearing in R&D Magazine are copyrighted by Advantage Business Media. You may be asked to sign a standard copyright transfer agreement, which is designed to protect you and R&D Magazine. You are encouraged to create a link from your website to the online version of your article, but you may not copy the article onto your site without a copyright transfer agreement.
Complimentary copies: If requested, upon publication of the article, authors will be mailed four copies of the issue. For co-authored articles, the senior author will receive four copies, the other authors, two each. Additional copies may be purchased.