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Write in Technical English

Communicate your ideas and research to the world through a well-written paper. Learn how to write in technical English and improve the readability of your paper.

Follow these tips:

  • Write clear, simple sentences without unnecessary words.
  • Avoid overly formal or complex language.
  • Define all acronyms the first time they are used in the paper.
  • Organize your paper logically so that the reader can easily follow your argument.

If English is not your native language, consider using an English language editing service before submitting your paper for review. IEEE authors receive discounts at select editing services. The use of an editing service is paid for by the author and does not guarantee acceptance in an IEEE publication.

Using equations in your paper

It is important your equations display correctly in the published paper. In Microsoft Word, use either the Microsoft Equation Editor or the MathType add-on to insert equations in your article:

  • “Float over text” should not be selected. 
  • Define any symbols in your equation before or immediately after the equation appears.
  • Check that your equation displays properly in the article proof you will receive before publication.

Publishing author names in native languages

Publish your name in your native language, alongside the English version of your name, in the author list of your paper. The guidelines below are for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean characters. All other native language names should be submitted via Unicode characters.

The following font styles will be used when rendering Chinese, Japanese, or Korean characters in the final publication. Use the appropriate font for your native language to avoid potential errors:

  • Simplified Chinese: SongMT
  • Traditional Chinese: SungMT
  • Japanese: MS Mincho
  • Korean: Batang

In Microsoft Word, use Word’s Insert Symbols feature to add the correct characters in parentheses after the name of each author who like to have their name shown in their native language. Use the standard font listed above to ensure accuracy.

In LaTeX, provide the CJK Ascii Unicode for Chinese (traditional or simplified), Japanese, or Korean.

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