How to contribute

Tech Design Forum is one of the few editorial outlets in the electronic system design sector that has marked 2012 by expanding its editorial content.

We encourage submissions from all relevant contributors who can deliver valuable technical and business information, provoke thoughtful discussion on key industry issues, and provide a glimpse of future innovations in electronics product design.

If you are interested in publishing material in one of the leading design forums, please submit a query using these guidelines. They take a while to read, but they will improve your chances of success.

Note to sponsors

Tech Design Forum sponsors have additional opportunities to publish content on sponsor pages and in our Resources area.

Note to marcom professionals

Following the change of management at Tech Design Forum, our Cision listing is currently being updated but provides core contact details. For more information on contacts for all the editors, our editorial features list and regular updates to our content plans, you can also email feedback AT techdesignforum DOT com to be added to our Marcom List. Please state your full contact details, company or client, and clearly mark the subject line 'Marcom List'. We regret that only qualifiable marcom professionals can be added to this list.

Contributor guidelines

Who can contribute?

Any relevant company or industry expert can propose an article for publication. There is no charge for publishing articles and interviews.

Our contributors have included employees from the biggest and smallest companies in the semiconductor vendor. EDA, IP, foundry, PCB and embedded software sectors, as well as from firms and consultants that help these companies manage and develop their workflows. We have also featured many of the top technology analysts in those sectors and want to hear from them too.

In short, if the topic of your piece will make a valuable contribution to overpowering increasing design complexity, you qualify.

The 'curation' context

Tech Design Forum is now operated by The Curation Company as a wholly independent online publication with some anticipated print support. This is quite a change from the quarterly journal that (also as EDA Tech Forum) you will have become familiar with during the last eight years. But the changes go further than that, and a brief explanation of the main enhancements may help you to decide whether and what to submit for consideration.

Our version of 'curation' is based around organizing material within themed sections, much as we do already, but also through continuously updated 'Design Guides', with one dedicated to each of the most pressing challenges facing hardware and software engineers, and system integrators.

These guides will link to new and archive technical content that go into still greater depth about the various aspects of those challenges. They will also emphasize the links between these areas and others within a project design flow, as the various phases within one become increasingly interdependent.

The guides are being gradually rolled out, posted and integrated already with many more to follow over the course of 2012. We will release the topics for the next 20 of these guides later this March.

Our goal is to get the most relevant information in front of site visitors as quickly as possible and in its proper context. A further benefit of this, though, is that with guides subject to ceaseless review, they can be augmented with new material while keeping older content in front of the audience. No longer will your hard work (and costly investment) developing a piece result in a few days of exposure on the front page and then obscurity.

What types of article do you accept?

The Tech Design Forum website is currently organized around four areas: EDA, PCB, Embedded, Blog. We shall also shortly be adding Round Tables and Ask The Expert features.

Technical content should where possible follow this template to ensure the best presentation and highest readership in a primarily online journal.

  • 1,000-1,200 words (.doc, .pages, .rtf)
  • 3/4 illustrations in the graphics format in which they were originally created
  • 20 word introduction
  • Author details
  • Contact details
  • Links for insertion into the text marked in line, NOT embedded
  • If published elsewhere and intended for for design guide integration, no more than three years old and still certifiable as current (all archive material must also have been reviewed for updates prior to submission)

Now let's take each of the site's sections in turn.

EDA

For now, this segments the chip design flow and overviews of it into six areas:

  • ESL/SystemC
  • Verified RTL to gates
  • Digital/analog implementation
  • Design to silicon
  • Tested component to system
  • Trend analysis and interviews

PCB

For now, this segments the PCB design flow and overviews of it into seven areas:

  • Constraint-driven design
  • Design for manufacturing
  • Electromechanical co-design
  • High-speed design
  • PCB layout
  • PCB power and signal integrity
  • Trend analysis and interviews

Embedded

For now this segments the Embedded design flow and over views of it into five areas:

  • Embedded development platforms
  • Multicore
  • Open source software
  • User interface
  • Trend analysis and interviews

Blog

Like most blogs, this section will be chiefly populated by quick insights from the editors on market innovations and trends, as well as previews of major industry conferences and events. Marcom professionals and others with relevant announcements should submit material that may be relevant here through the usual channels.

However, we do run occasional guest blogs. As long as the topic you have in mind is relevant (and the proposed content is, shall we say, 'polite'), we'd be happy to hear from you.

Coming soon

We expect to launch our first Ask the Expert feature in Autumn and our first Round Table soon after that.

Ask the Expert will feature a senior technologist or executive answering questions that will be solicited beforehand from the Tech Design Forum readership and the editors. If you fit that profile and are willing to submit to our inquisitors general, please get in touch.

Further Round Table details will follow in the next few weeks.

How do I submit content for publication?

OK, you've got this far! Almost time to push the button on that great idea.

First, it should go without saying that we reserve the right to decline any submission. Inevitably, we won't feel able to take everything that we are offered. So before you begin to type at length, please first submit an abstract of your proposal. It should:

  • state which section you are proposing an article for,
  • be 150 words or fewer,
  • summarize your topic and
  • outline your key points and conclusions.

We generally review abstracts and respond within two weeks. We regret that we cannot return submitted materials/manuscripts.

If your article is accepted, we'll send you a guide on how to structure your content, the style you should aim to use, and more tips to make your content work best on its page. And, of course, there will be a deadline.

Once we receive your material, we will edit it, adapt it to our house style and send it back to you before it is published for a final review and approval of any changes we have made. Then, next thing you know, it will be up on the site.

So, just one thing remains....

Submit an abstract now

And good luck.



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