You Too Can Write
for How2Power Today
by David G.
Morrison, Editor, How2Power Today
Have you ever wanted
to submit an article to an electronics publication, but didn’t
know where to start? Submitting articles to the How2Power Today
newsletter is really quite easy. We accept articles on a wide
variety of topics. The main requirement is that the proposed article
address an existing design challenge in power conversion, while
providing information that may be of practical use to working
of Design Articles
for publication may be about any of the following subjects:
- A power
converter circuit for a specific application (for example,
automotive, computing, industrial, motion control, lighting, etc.)
- A power converter
circuit for a specific class of power supplies or power supply stage
(for example, dc-dc converters, dc-ac inverters, PFC boost
converters, motor drives, etc.)
- A specific power
converter topology (for example, flyback, forward, SEPIC,
- Power supply
control methods (for example current-mode control, hysteretic
control, PWM hard switching or resonant switching, digital loop
- Various aspects of
power supply design (magnetics design, thermal management, EMI,
stability, reliability, noise performance, transient response)
- Power supply
design simulation or test and measurement issues
- Component related
issues concerning power supply ICs; power rectifiers, MOSFETs, and
IGBTs, power modules, capacitors, resistors, inductors and
transformers, heatsinks, circuit protectors, batteries, etc.
requirements such as Energy Star and their impact on power supply
Articles may discuss the design of a power converter for a
specific application, or for a particular class of power converters
(such as dc-dc converters), or a particular topology. Or they may
deal with specific aspects of power supply design such as control
methods, magnetic design, thermal management, efficiency, transient,
response, EMI, etc. Articles may also address test and measurement
issues or simulation issues, reliability, regulatory standards, or
environmental requirements. A look at the categories and
subcategories listed in the How2Power
Design Guide may help you to identify even more topics
you might write about. The possibilities are almost limitless (see
“Different Types of Design Articles” and “Hot
Topics in Power Conversion”).
Hot Topics in
issues are sure to generate reader interest. Some examples are:
energy systems such as solar and windpower
- Power factor
efficiency standards and regulations
Both Long and
Short Articles Are Welcome
When a contributed
article is published in How2Power Today, only a summary appears in
the How2Power Today email newsletter. That summary links to the full
article, which appears at the How2Power.com website. Consequently,
there are no hard and fast rules for how long the article should be.
for How2Power Today may be long or short, ranging from a few hundred
words with one or two figures, up to much longer articles with
thousands of words and a dozen or more figures. Those figures may
include block diagrams, schematics, graphs, tables, photos, and
screen shots. Your article may have many figures and just a little
text, or mostly text and few figures---whatever works for the content
you are presenting.
typical? There probably isn’t a typical article. It all depends
on the material and the scope of the article. However, as a print
magazine editor, I normally asked for authors to aim for about 2000
words and 5 figures. Although those numbers were based on space
limitations in the magazine, that length was sufficient for many
design articles. But keep in mind, articles published online don’t
have those space limitations.
Submitting a Draft of Abstract
If inspiration has
struck hard and you have eagerly written a draft of your article, you
may start by submitting that. Email your draft to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’ll review what you’ve written, and then contact you
with any questions or concerns I may have about the material. If
changes are in order, I’ll give you instructions on what to
add, take away, or modify. I’ll work with you to provide a
deadline that suits your schedule. I’ll also provide some
simple instructions on how to submit the final manuscript, once it is
completed. If only minor revisions are needed to your draft, I may
schedule it right away for publication in the newsletter. Otherwise,
I may wait to receive the final manuscript to determine when it will
fine to submit a draft, a more-efficient approach is to start by
submitting your article idea in the form of an abstract. An abstract
can be as simple as a one paragraph description of what topic you’d
like to write about and why the information may be of interest to
readers of How2Power Today. In other words, what design challenge
will your article help engineers to address? In your abstract try to
say what new information will be presented in your article, or if the
information is not totally new, how your presentation of the
information gives it particular value.
As with a draft,
send your abstract to me at email@example.com.
After reviewing your abstract, I’ll contact you to discuss it,
and if it’s appropriate for How2Power Today, I’ll give
you some guidance on completing the article and simple instructions
on how to submit the final manuscript.
Whether you are
submitting a draft or an abstract, please include your phone number
so I can contact you directly. A short conversation over the phone
can speed up the article development process versus the back and
forth of email.
Even if you’re
not sure that your article idea is appropriate for How2Power Today,
submit it anyway. If your article is not a good fit for the
newsletter, I may be able to suggest other publications that may be
interested in publishing it.
The Benefits of
My first boss as an
editor was fond of quoting Dorothy Parker, who once said, “I
hate writing, I love having written.” Sure, it may be a little
work to take your special knowledge of power circuits, systems, and
applications and distill that knowledge into words, sentences, and
paragraphs for others to share. But there are many incentives to do
ideas and discoveries in power conversion can:
- Distinguish you
and/or your company as specialists in a particular area of power
electronics or a related area
- Promote the use of
new technologies or products
- Help solve existing
challenges in power conversion by starting a dialogue with others
working in a particular area
- Generate feedback
on new ideas
- Help you to network
with potential collaborators, suppliers, or customers
- Help you to network
with potential employers.
Some companies also
provide monetary incentives to their engineers for writing articles.
If your employer does, take advantage of that enticement. But whether
or not they provide a bonus for writing, you’re likely to reap
some of the many other benefits of publishing your ideas. So, start
thinking about the power conversion article that you’d like to
write. Your fellow engineers are interested in what you have to say.
Remember When Submitting Article Proposals
- Any article
that addresses a design challenge in power conversion is relevant
techniques and solutions presented in articles should be practical
for working engineers.
- Articles may
be long or short.
- Authors may
submit their article proposals in the form of an abstract
(preferred) or a draft.
- Include your
phone number with your article proposal so the editor can call to
discuss your article.