Guidelines for Non-Technical Submissions

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Guidelines for Non-Technical Submissions


Discussions and Closures
A discussion is a short article that critically addresses specific results or data provided in a published research paper. Publication of a submitted discussion is at the discretion of the Editor. Discussions should not exceed 500 words. A closure is the response of an author whose paper was the subject of a published discussion. Publication of a submitted closure is at the discretion of the Editor. Recommended length for closures is 250 words (per discussion).

Editorials
An editorial is an article, usually written by the journal editor, that describes or introduces the content of the journal or a special issue, or that relates to the workings or practices of the journal or ASME. A guest editorial is an editorial written by a guest editor for a specific journal issue or topic. Guest editorials are published at the invitation of the Editor.

Book and Software Reviews
A book review is a brief, critical and unbiased evaluation of a current book determined to be of interest to the journal audience. A technology review is a brief, critical and unbiased evaluation of a current technology, application, or product determined to be of interest to the journal audience. Publication of a submitted book or technology review is at the discretion of the Editor. The suggested length for this type of submittal is 1 to 4 pages.

Announcements
An announcement is a general or specific message deemed of interest to the journal audience. This might be a calendar or events for a particular ASME Division or group, a call for papers (invitation to present, attend and publish) for a conference affiliated or sponsored by ASME, or other journal-related messages that do not fall into a specific category. Publication of a submitted announcement is at the discretion of the Editor.

Other
Other is a generic catchall category for material that falls outside the definitions stated above. Examples, a paper type specific to one journal only, a dedication, an obituary, or a reflection on an individual’s contributions to the science. Other examples are Solar Scenery from the Journal of Solar Engineering and the Gallery of full color graphics in the Journal of Heat Transfer. Publication of items within this category is at the discretion of the Editor.