An Abstract of approximately 300 words shall be sent to the Editor for initial consideration.  After acceptance as white paper content for the NABIE website, one 90% complete draft copy of the manuscript and at least one accompanying feature image shall be submitted to the Editor to be reviewed and published to the membership side of the NABIE web site.

Following publishing, a forum heading will be opened under the appropriate White Paper section of the NABIE website Forum to allow open discussion of each paper submitted.  This forum will remain open for discussion for a period of 45 days after which it is expected that the author will present an updated draft for technical review within 30 days.

NABIE white papers will be evaluated on whether they describe methodologies and concepts clearly, whether those methodologies and concepts are technically sound, and whether the final conclusions reached by the author(s) (based on those methodologies and concepts) are reasonable.  Additionally, manuscripts are expected to be properly organized, appropriately detailed with supporting graphics, video, and images to meet modern expectations, and logically sequenced and commensurate with standards for professional publication.  Compliance with these expectations (and those outlined below) is the responsibility of the author(s), and the NABIE Technical Committee is not staffed to individually guide rewriting of manuscripts. Author(s) may wish to obtain professional guidance on technical paper creation.

Technical content and formatting requirements and guidelines

1.  Titles should have a length not exceeding 20 words.  Titles shall be formal and avoid the use of subjective characterizations.  An alternate title of fewer than 10 words for internet publishing should be provided.

2.  The manuscript should be provided electronically in Microsoft Word or plain text format. A PDF formatted version should also be supplied for reference and download and should be designated as a peer review copy. The final published Journal article text will be produced in Times New Roman 12 point, and the only allowed variations are bold, and/or italicize minor portions of the text for emphasis and organization.  All Figures and Tables shall be referenced in the text (e.g. “See Figure 1.”) and be captioned as described below.

3.  Generally, the minimum length of a finished paper is 2,400 word-equivalents and the maximum length is 10,000 word-equivalents. As an approximation, each full manuscript page of text, tables or figures is the equivalent of 300 words.

4.  Each author’s full name and email address or phone number shall appear in the footer of the first page.  The author to whom correspondence should be addressed shall be listed first.

5.  Headings should be at the left margin.  In the submitted document the first line of paragraphs should be indented (formatting may be altered for HTML publishing). A maximum of two levels of subordinate paragraphs may be included; these paragraphs should use numbers or letters as headings [e.g. “A)” or “1)”], with the first line of the subordinate paragraphs indented.

6.  As all content will be published no equations or other content in the body text of the report may be handwritten.  Special symbols shall be identified properly. The letter symbols used should be defined where they first appear in figures, tables, or text, and arranged alphabetically in an Appendix at the end of the paper titled, “Appendix Notation.”

7.  Standard definitions and symbols should be used.

8.  Photographs, Tables, and Diagrams (images) should be submitted as full-color .png or .jpg files. For high-quality print production, target resolution is 300 dpi at 100% of the size used. Image file names should indicate Figure or Table number (e.g. “Figure1.jpg”). Each image shall be referenced in the text, and have a separate descriptive caption below the image (e.g. “Table 2 – Test

Results”). Images may use arrows and other clarifying graphics but these shall be added directly to the image file using image editing software.  For graphics in images, appropriate contrast for both color and black & white reproduction should be chosen.  Images need not be inserted into the body of the draft manuscript (and may be in a separate document), as long as all Figure references and captions are clearly established.

9.  Specific cited/referenced works shall be documented in Council of Scientific Editors (CSE) “Citation Sequence” or “Name Year” format as endnotes under the heading “References”.  Guidance on these formats is online at Nonspecific informational works shall be separately listed alphabetically at the end of the paper under the heading “Bibliography”.

10. Acronyms and organizational title abbreviations may be used provided the name or title is given in full at the place first used and followed in parentheses by the abbreviated form.

11. Where figures, tables standards, specifications or any substantial textual material is to be incorporated into the article for publication on the NABIE website which

has previously appeared in another publication or is otherwise copyrighted or reserved, the author shall submit written authorization from the previous publishers for use of that material. The source of the material shall be stated in the NABIE article with indication that it is used with permission.

12. Each paper shall begin with the Abstract. Papers should be written in a scholarly form for publication, avoiding the use of first and second person.  To the extent possible, papers shall be written in an objective manner, avoiding a denigrating tone when discussing adverse parties; it is not necessary to reveal which party was represented by the author. Specific companies or manufacturers should only be mentioned if the technical topic is already the subject of public comment – for example, a government defect investigation or recall.

Generally the names of specific parties or individuals should not be revealed, nor should any case captions of the matter that is the subject of the Journal paper.  The Journal does not want to be accused of publishing identifiable information on parties which may compromise privacy, settlements or confidentiality agreements.

13. A section entitled “Keywords” shall follow the Abstract. Keywords shall include a maximum of ten technical terms describing the content.  Avoid generic terms such as “analysis”, “investigate”, or “testify”.

14. A set of conclusions or summary shall end the paper.  This ending, to the extent possible, shall not discuss prevailing parties in the case(s).

Following submittal for technical review

The technical review of the manuscript will be managed by the Journal Editor, and contact will be made with the author as necessary.

Requirements for publication after technical review

After the technical review is completed and the manuscript is accepted by the Editor for publication, corrections should be made by the author and the final draft (and images) sent electronically to the Editor (

NABIE will not return content.  DO NOT send content originals and retain a copy of all content submitted.

NABIE Presentation

Authors of papers submitted may be asked to provide presentations at the annual meeting.  A request to present may be expressed at any time during the submission process and may substitute for the 45 day commentary period.  For presentation, authors are responsible for providing their own presentation slides or other materials, as well as an appropriate laptop computer and peripherals (other than a projector and microphone) for use in projecting their materials. Following the presentation (limited to 30 minutes), there shall be a 10 minute question-and-answer opportunity; additionally, the author shall ask a nontrivial “Learning Question” of the audience to verify understanding. There shall be no promotional information regarding authors included in presentations or papers, other than contact information.  The oral presentation may be waived through approval of the President and the Technical Review Committee Chair for matters deemed to be of urgent interest and benefit to the members. The

Technical Review Committee Chair has final determination as to publication.