Author Guidelines and Submission
Biosolids Technical Bulletin is a bimonthly newsletter focusing on all
aspects of the biosolids industry. In addition to treatment technologies,
product uses, and regulatory issues, it also provides information on such topics
as odor control, public education, and sampling and testing.
Before writing an article, prospective authors should contact the editor to
discuss their story ideas or send a brief outline. Once an article is accepted,
the editor will set a submission deadline and target publication date.
Space is limited. Feature articles typically contain between 1500 and 2000
words. Longer articles generally will be cut or published as a multipart series.
When writing, be clear and concise and include technical details and cost
information when possible (imagine you are explaining the idea to a colleague
who is unfamiliar with the topic). The main idea should be stated at the
beginning of the article rather than the end. This catches the readers' interest
and encourages them to continue reading.
The Publication Process
Editing ensures that manuscripts are in the best possible shape for
publication. Accepted manuscripts are edited by WEF's in-house editors for
clarity, cohesion, substance, and style. The WEF Technical Periodicals Group has
developed its own editorial style that dictates grammatical and word
preferences. All manuscripts accepted for publication are edited to conform to
this style. However, the editors recognize that each writer has a unique writing
style; every effort is made to preserve that style. In addition, promotional
language will be removed. An abundance of promotional text may cause a
manuscript to be rejected.
Because WEF is an international organization, all technical periodicals use
the international system for units of weights and measures. Authors submitting
manuscripts that contain English units will be asked to provide conversions. For
example, "The pipe is 102 mm (4 in.) long."
Once a manuscript has been edited, it is returned to the author for final
review. Authors may be asked to revise their manuscripts or provide additional
Authors are encouraged to submit figures and tables to accompany their
articles. Figures and tables can be submitted electronically in files separate
from the text, but they must also be submitted on paper. All figures and tables
will be redrawn to ensure consistency throughout the publication. Photos are
accepted on a limited basis and must be accompanied by captions and credit
Authors should submit biographical information, including title or
professional discipline, company name, office location, and company
Send articles or abstracts to:
Biosolids Technical Bulletin
Water Environment Federation
Alexandria, VA 22314-1994 USA