Submission Preparation ChecklistAs part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
- A 150-word maximum abstract must be submitted for consideration prior to paper submission.
- Titles should not exceed 20 words.
- Abstracts are evaluated on the strength and clarity of the thesis, conclusion, engineering content, and perceived appeal or value to the Academy.
- The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining; and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed in-line. Use the most recent Journal template.
- The submission has not been previously published or made publicly available, nor is it before another journal for consideration.
- Specific commercial entities (e.g., retailers, manufacturers, property holders) or their products (specific brands or models, named or otherwise identifiable locations) may only be mentioned by name under two conditions: 1) the entity is already the subject of public comment regarding the technical topic at issue and properly cited — for example, in a government defect investigation/recall with the official document cited, or 2) the name is mentioned as part of a descriptive methodology or historical reference, without assertions of deficiency.
- Media sources such as newspapers, websites, TV shows will include full citation of the specific article, broadcast segment, or web page instead of the just the title of the publication, website, or show.
- Whenever possible, the case or incident should be obscured. Named parties and locations should be omitted. It is acceptable to change non-engineering features of paper to obscure the case, such as changing the color of vehicles, gender of participants, or other descriptors used to differentiate objects and people providing it does not impact the engineering being presented or the context of the scenario(s). For example, a personal pleasure craft striking a dock and causing damage can be changed from an unnamed lake to an unnamed bay or river providing the type of pleasure craft is used in such waters.
- Commercial, government, educational, and other documents downloaded from the internet will include the website in the reference citation unless a DOI, ISBN, patent number, or Federal case docket number is cited.
- Where available, Digital Object Identifier (DOI) for journal articles and International Standard Book Number (ISBN) will be included in the reference. If your citation tool does not include the DOI or ISBN in the ISEE format, add it to the end of the formatted reference.
- The submission file must be in Microsoft Word. Use the provided JotNAFE template.
- Specific cited/referenced works shall be documented in IEEE style formats as endnotes (using brackets such as , [3-5] in the body of text or captions), with the formatted sources listed under the heading “References" in order of first appearance. CSE format is no longer used by the JotNAFE.
- Final papers must be a minimum of 2,400 words and no more than 10,000 words. A chart, illustration, graph, or other graphic element (including its caption) is equivalent to 400 words.
- No ghost writers or adminstrators as the point of contact. The corresponding author must be part of the named writing team. A journal article is to reflect upon the named author, irrespective of employment.
In connection with my efforts as a presenter at any NAFE educational program and/or as an author of a NAFE Journal article, I may have occasion to perform tasks and activities which could be determined to constitute authorship under applicable copyright laws. It is my express intent never to exercise any intellectual property right in any NAFE document or publication, whether in final or draft form. With regard to any intellectual property I provide to NAFE, I hereby warrant that (1) I am the author of such work or that I have secured written consent for use of any portions of the work copyrighted by others and (2) to the best of my knowledge, the work does not violate or infringe the copyright or other personal property rights of others.
I hereby acknowledge that my participation in NAFE activities provides me with substantial and valuable benefits, including access to current and revised forensic engineering content, discussion of existing and emerging legal and forensic principles, concepts and trends, and the opportunity to review forensic engineering information prior to its dissemination to the broader engineering community.
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