= Pearce Research Group in Open Sustainability Technology at Michigan Tech Paper Writing Protocol =
# First do a detailed literature review of your topic – this is the foundation – it must be complete so that you can be sure that you are contributing to the field – see [[:Category:MOST_literature_reviews| How to do a Lit search]]
# After literature review choose an experiment and/or theory development/analysis which will contribute to the field and do it with Dr. Pearce's help.
# When experiment/theoretical work is complete and you have results worth sharing begin to write the paper - Do not use docx or xlsm formatting. Use [http://www.libreoffice.org/download/ Libre
Office] or [http://www.openoffice.org/ Open Office] to avoid any problems with journal formatting as libre Office can save in any format.
# Choose a high impact [[journal]] that best fits your topic and the magnitude of your contribution to the field in collaboration with Dr. Pearce.
# Make outline -- approximately 1 page long that includes what you think the major figures will be and a link to your chosen journal.
# Dr. Pearce details the outline, put it into partial journal format, and highlight notes. Highlights stay until final draft. The red-notes are about the journal, and yellow -notes to each other/selves (ex. Abstract length, etc). Dr. Pearce will also add the groups past work that you should reference – will be highlighted in grey. Any text (every sentence) taken from previous writing must be edited to avoid self plagiarism and must be cited. Always acquire the original sources, read them and cite them – do NOT cite secondary sources.
# Write as complete a paper as possible by filling in outline. Leave outline text – highlighted yellow for removal. Use parenthetical notation for references even if your journal calls for numbers. These can be replaced later. Do not use hyperlinking within document since IEEE can not handle it yet – along with many other publishers. Do not link figures or tables either – use Table # instead and will fill in at end. Highlight refs if the journal does not use parenthetical documentation and fig/table numbers.'''Before sending article ensure that every sentence is supported by one of the three methods below:
## Supported by the best peer-reviewed literature available (sometime government documents or other sources are acceptable – but generally it must be in an academic peer-reviewed journal).
## Supported by logic and previous statements in the article.
# After approved – prepare article for submission. Following technical directions is key! '''Print out requirements and go through and check off each one to ensure compliance.''' Format of both text, tables and figures (See: [[How to make a figure to publish]]) must be exactly as requested by the journal. Make sure enough dpi, etc. Put references in final formatting if required. When possible use eps for SEO optimization. Make sure you have all the parts - e.g. now Elsevier journals are requesting a 'highlights' document with 5 bullets <85 characters long.
# Dr. Pearce writes cover letter and sends everything to journal.
# Get published and become a high-caliber academic, go on to save the world .