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Subject: Re: Publishing engineering techniques?
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Date: Sat, 07 Sep 2002 14:37:24 GMT
In sci.electronics.design, Chris Carlen
>In my recent experiences with PLLs and motors, I have worked through a
>procedure for characterizing the paramters of a DC motor, as well as
>some Mathematica code for calculating loop filter parameters and
>plotting transfer functions, all that stuff.
>Thus, my preparing such a document could be of benefit to engineers
>wanting to learn the subject of motor PLLs, by providing hopefully a
>more approachable treatment.
I followed the threads and found it interesting.
>My question: Is such a thing worth trying to publish in a journal, and
>if so, which ones might be appropriate? I am not currently subscribed
>to any EE journals or associations. I'm not even an EE. I have been
>considering subscribing to some, just to keep abreast, but haven't
>gotten to it yet. I wonder if my document is on a relatively trivial
>subject, and so wouldn't be worth publishing. It seems journals publish
>mostly cutting edge stuff. My paper will be old-hat, just a different
It depends on the mag - some (like ESJ) will have an article on
things like PID controllers every year or two, just to get the
interest of newer readers that didn't see the earlier ones. And I
don't see PLL's as trivial (maybe because I don't have much experience
with them), especially with something mechanical in the loop.
>I remember in my chemistry days, there was the "American Journal of
>Chemical Education" journal, I think it was called. In there we could
>publish a lot of not so cutting edge stuff, but which was useful to
>students and educators. I wonder if something like that might be
>appropriate. Perhaps there is a Physics Ed. journal that might be a
Rather than peer-reviewed journals, you might look at
technically-oriented non-peer-reviewed magazines. You might even get
paid - not enough to actually cover your time writing it, but probably
something in the $100 range.
A few I can think of that might be appropriate are Circuit Cellar
and Embedded Systems Journal (though I haven't seen ESJ since I last
subscribed a few years ago - is it still around?).
There are also controlled-circulation industry mags such as
Electronic Design and EDN that might be interested - these might
accept a shortened, fast-paced article where you hit the the
highlights, and at the end have a link to your full article on your
webpage. I don't know how they do things editorially, I just recall
seeing such articles in the magazines.
>Suggestions appreciated. The document itself is coming along rather
>slowly, because I have to work, study for school, and chase the wife
>around the house. All that time consuming stuff. But I think at least
>the motor characterizing paper will be done before the end of the year.
>Christopher R. Carlen
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