How to > Submit Application/ Technical Papers /Product Specs


Thank you for your interest in submitting white papers, articles and product specifications. Below you will find the information you need to send us your contributions:

1. Guidelines

2. Signed publishing approval form (Attached is the author approval form in pdf format)

3. Submit information by email

1.Vendor Product Specifications/Application/Technology Update GUIDELINES

Application Update:
Control Engineering 's Application Update column looks at application stories in the format of short, to-the-point, problem-solution pieces. We like to emphasize the industrial environment and talk about things being made or improved&#8212whether by discrete, continuous process or batch-type manufacturing. Other aspects of technology and innovative products, however, can also make valid candidates, as long as controls are involved. The company and location should be named, users quoted, and titles provided. Please quantify&#8212specific numbers or percentages should be cited to show improvements.

Technology Update:
Control Engineering 's "Technology Update" department provides an unbiased look at the next level of a specific technology used for industrial automation, controls, and instrumentation: devices or systems. The technology must touch the "control loop" in some way: sense (measure), decide (logic), or actuate (control element), along with the communications, software, and hardware that link those pieces.

The department page can mention one or multiple vendors, or be non-vendor-specific discussion of what's next for engineers that design, integrate/implement and use the technology. Advantages over present alternatives and under what situations the technology might best be used should be addressed.

Care should be taken to avoid a sales pitch of adjectives, providing instead quantified measurements or benefits and solid reasoning.

Word Length: A word document item will be 400-2,500 words long in its final form (no embedded images; submit images individually, see below).

Exclusivity: First use of a story is desirable, but not always realistic. Previous mention, excerpting, or some coverage in non-competing publications is acceptable.

Timeliness: Some application and technology stories are more time sensitive than others&#8212the newer the better.

Image requirements
Digital images should be Photoshop compliant JPEG or GIF formats, at no larger than 72 dpi resolution for grayscale and four-color images in RGB format. Format no larger than 3

Rights: Control Engineering , Reed Business Information, assumes the right to publish, perform, display, digitize, transmit, reproduce and, as reasonably required for layout purposes, modify and reformat, in all formats and media now known or hereafter developed throughout the universe in perpetuity for any submitted photography, illustrations, graphics, other images, and related text.

PDF Guidelines

  • High-res (printable) PDF files must be version 1.3 or compatible.
    All fonts must be embedded.
    Images should be 300 dpi.

  • Low-res PDF file must also be 1.3 or compatible
    All fonts must be embedded
    Images should be 72dpi
    *Note the quality of the low-res will result in a quicker file to open but a lower quality for printing.

Signed publishing approval form Click here for a printable form (pdf)

Unpaid License

DATE: __________________

CONTRIBUTOR NAME/ADDRESS: ____________________________________________________________




This letter confirms our agreement with respect to one or more written works (including all accompanying graphics, photographs and text, known as "[insert title of article here]" and, collectively, the “Works”) to be created by you and published by Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. (“Reed”). This letter is effective from the date specified above until terminated by either of us by written notice to the other (the “Term”), and is applicable to all Works submitted by you to Reed during the Term whether or not described in writing. The terms of this letter with respect to rights granted during the Term will survive its termination.

You hereby grant Reed (a) a worldwide, perpetual, royalty-free right and license to use the Work, including all copyrights and other intellectual property rights therein and all renewals and extensions thereof, in all formats and media, whether now known or hereafter developed, including without limitation to publish, display, perform, distribute, reproduce, digitize, transmit, translate, modify and create derivative works of the Work for all or any purposes including but not limited to advertising and promotion; and (b) the right to assign or sublicense all or any of the foregoing rights. You also hereby grant Reed (a) a non-exclusive worldwide, perpetual, royalty-free right and license in each work of authorship (including accompanying graphics, photographs and text) submitted by you to Reed for publication prior to the Term , including all copyrights and other intellectual property rights therein and all renewals and extensions thereof, in all formats and media, whether now known or hereafter developed, including without limitation to publish, display, perform, distribute, reproduce, digitize, transmit, translate, modify and create derivative works of each such work for all or any purposes including but not limited to advertising and promotion; and (b) the right to assign or sublicense all or any of such rights.

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In return for the rights granted herein, Reed agrees to consider your Works for online publication and, if published, to attribute authorship of the Works to you. You acknowledge and agree that you are engaged as an independent contractor, that you are solely responsible for all income and self-employment taxes due as a result of any payments received under this letter and that you are not entitled to receive, and hereby waive in any event, any employee benefits offered to employees of Reed based on your engagement as an independent contractor. You may not assign this letter or any of your rights or obligations hereunder. This letter constitutes the entire agreement between us with respect to the subject matter hereof and may not be amended except in a writing signed by both parties.

You represent and warrant that (a) each Work (i) is your original work, (ii) has not been, and will not be, published prior to publication by Reed, (iii) has not been assigned, licensed or otherwise encumbered, (iv) is not libelous or defamatory and (v) does not violate any rights, including copyrights and rights of privacy or publicity, of any third party, and (b) you have obtained, or prior to delivery of each Work will obtain, all necessary releases, waivers and assignments, including those relating to models, likenesses and privacy, so that Reed may freely exploit the Works without further obligation or payment to any person or entity. You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless Reed and its affiliates against any claims, losses or expenses (including, without limitation, legal fees) arising out of any breach by you of any of your representations, warranties or obligations set forth in this letter.

Please sign this letter, retain a copy for your files and return the original to me.



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Contributed Article License v.1.1--August 15, 2002

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