Question: Does SAE have a new Technical Paper template? Answer: Yes. SAE is moving towards publishing content online, and in order to do so, the guidelines for authoring technical papers must be updated. These guidelines will enable content to be stored electronically in a standard format (XML), thereby preserving the content for initial publication as well as for future special publications, journals, and products. All publications, including printed papers, PDF files, and hyperlinked web content will be produced from the XML. Question: Is the new SAE Technical Paper template now a one-column format? Answer: Yes. You will notice other changes as well such as restricted formatting. This is done to shift many formatting tasks from the author to the publisher (SAE), eliminating for example the need for the author to manage whitespace, page breaks, and multiple columns. Question: Why must I use style tags? Answer: The primary purpose of applying template styles is to identify or tag each of the document’s elements as required for electronic processing. Of course, in addition to this tagging function, correctly applying the template styles will create a document suitable formatted for the paper-review process. Question: Are there sections of the SAE Technical Paper which are mandatory? Yes. The mandatory sections are: Paper Number, Title, Author(s), Affiliation(s), Abstract, Introduction, Body, Summary/Conclusions, References and Contact Information. Question: Can I have landscape pages as part of my technical paper? Answer: No. Since you are restricted from inserting a page break you are not able to do landscape pages. One option is to scan the information and insert as a graphic and then rotate it so it will be portrait. Question: Should my figures and tables be a certain size? Answer: Whenever possible keep table and figure width to one-column (3-in. wide) so that two-column papers can be published efficiently. However, SAE can accommodate wider tables and figures with a maximum width of 7 in. Question: Is there a standard method for formatting citations? Answer: Yes. In the body of the report, citations are numerically identified using square brackets inserted in the text, as in [1,2] or [1-3]. They are numbered sequentially in the order of first appearance. The citations are resolved as literature references in the Reference section of the paper. See the Technical Paper Reference Style Guide located at http://volunteers.sae.org/ for formatting samples. Question: Does SAE have a template for LaTex users? Answer: No. SAE does not have a LaTex template as we do not maintain or support this software. Because SAE is moving towards publishing content on line, Microsoft Word is our preferred software. The current guidelines will enable content to be efficiently stored electronically in a standard format (XML), thereby preserving the content for initial publication as well as for future special publications. SAE would appreciate your consideration in creating your paper in Microsoft Word. Question: I do not seem to have all the styles in the Technical Paper template that the Technical Paper Reference Style Guide says that I should. What should I do? Answer: Do a Control+Shift+S to bring up the Apply Styles dialog box. All the styles will now be available for you to choose. Question: Does it matter if I submit my final manuscript with my paper offer number instead of my final paper number? Answer: Yes. It is very important that you use your final paper number which is a ten digit number (i.e. 2010-01-0001). You can find your final paper number by going to MyTechZone at www.sae/org/mytechzone. You should not submit your final paper until you have placed the final paper number in the document. Question: Is there a manual that I can refer to for any questions I might have about formatting my SAE technical paper? Answer: Yes. There is a Technical Paper Reference Style Guide which is located at http://volunteers.sae.org/.
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