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Tech & Innovation articles

Blog Post created by CommUnity Post Partner on 08-Feb-2017

Scientific/Technical articles

 

  1. Scientific or technical articles are articles that report on a particular piece of research or innovation that you or anyone else has worked on.
  2. A broad range of ways of writing are possible. Articles written like a scientific paper (for example: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0960148116310680), or articles written like popular science articles (for example: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/are-we-living-in-a-computer-simulation/)  are typical examples.
  3. Think about the intended audience - scientific papers are longer and are good to state hard facts or numbers, but aren’t meant for casual readers. Popular science articles aren’t meant to state hard numbers and are often shorter.
  4. Typically, casual or popular science articles would be better for the CommUnity Post because we can engage the audience better. The CommUnity Post is not a scientific journal, and the review process is not comparable to a peer review process.
  5. A general guideline would be to keep the article at around 2-3 pages on MS Word, with a standard font size and formatting. Longer articles are allowed, but do keep in mind that they take more time for review, and some readers might not prefer reading longer articles.
  6. The third person is normally used for technical articles, and the tone usually remains formal, although a guardedly casual tone is acceptable too.
  7. If you are merely using facts or numbers or concepts stated in another source, it might be better to mention your sources in order for your article to be more credible.
  8. If you are directly taking large quotes or images or tables (or any data) directly from another source, then you must make sure that you have the legal permissions to allow the CommUnity Post to republish the above mentioned data. The CommUnity Post will not republish copyrighted or plagiarised data that is not permitted for reuse.
  9. If in doubt, ask.
  10. For general questions, you can feel free to contact any member of the CommUnity Post. For questions on copyright, please contact me (Swaroop Rao) through the platform or by email.

 

 

Opinion articles

 

  1. Opinion articles are articles in which the author expresses their opinion. It need not be neutrally written (like scientific articles). An example would be: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/06/is-malcolm-turnbulls-priority-really-just-keeping-the-lights-on.
  2. The first person is liberally used while writing, and the tone can range from very formal to casual.
  3. Authors are free to express their opinions, whatever they might be.
  4. The opinion of the author remains the opinion of the author, and need not necessarily form the opinion of the CommUnity Post.
  5. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence - take care of the language used and avoid hyperbole. For example, a sentence like “Everyone was happy that Sweden reached its renewable energy targets” is not well written. “A lot of people were happy that Sweden reached its renewable energy targets” is better. “According to a poll conducted by ABC, 83% of Swedes were happy that Sweden reached its renewable energy targets” is the best formulation.
  6. If you are merely using facts or numbers or concepts stated in another source, it might not be practical to always cite your sources, but it might be better to mention your sources in order for your article to be more credible.
  7. If you are directly taking quotes or images or tables (or any data) directly from another source, then you must make sure that you have the legal permissions to allow the CommUnity Post to republish the above mentioned data. The CommUnity Post will not republish copyrighted data not permitted for reuse.
  8. If in doubt, ask.
  9. For general questions, you can feel free to contact any member of the CommUnity Post. For questions on copyright, please contact me (Swaroop Rao) through the platform or by email.

 

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