This page contains few rules to write a good article and several resources to skin your documents.

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Editorial rules

Helpful websites for French-English Translation and Vocabulary

Article Translation

Helpful websites for LaTeX documents

For LaTeX users:

Avoid plagiat in your articles

Check the originality of your article and be sure it is clear from any plagiary issues, you may use the following website:

List of the authors

For journal papers, the following order may be using under the agreement by the authors:

  1. Contributors to the background and the paper's text.
    1. PhD students in alphabetical order.
    2. Professors in alphabetic order, junior professors may appear before senior professors.
    3. Engineers in alphabetic order.
  2. Contributors to the paper's text only.
    1. PhD students in alphabetical order.
    2. Professors in alphabetic order, junior professors may appear before senior professors.
  3. Supervisors
    1. Senior professors in alphabetic order, junior professors may appear before senior professors.


For conference papers, the authors are put according to their contributions (usually PhD students, junior professors, senior professors).

Writing a Great Abstract for a Tech Conference

Note: The following guidelines were initially published here and slightly modified.

The following questions can help guide you when writing your abstract, but you may not have to answer each one of them explicitly.

  • What is your talk about? It is important to be specific and to focus; you are not going for comprehensiveness in talks. Especially not in short talks.
  • Who is the talk targeted at? Beginners? Experts? What knowledge is required to understand the talk? It may not be necessary to mention the answer in the abstract. But, even then, figuring it out helps you write the abstract.
  • What does one get out of your talk? Attendees will scan your abstract to decide whether they will attend - or not. Make it clear what they will learn in your talk to attract the right (interested) people.
  • How is your talk unique; what makes it better than other talks? You may have addressed this if your abstract already answers the former question. But sometimes people submit talks on the same or very close topics. Being precise what you will talk about (and maybe not talk about) helps the program committee to select talks with little or no overlap.


A few general tips on writing a good abstract:

  • Don’t rush it. Write the abstract, leave it alone for a day or two, go over it again and then submit it.
  • Stay positive and interesting. The abstract is more like a sales pitch. Be sure that you pique the interest of your readers. But stay concrete enough so that everyone gets a clear vision of what they will hear and learn in your presentation.
  • Avoid language and spelling mistakes. If your abstract already contains lots of spelling mistakes, how good and well prepared will your presentation be? Obviously, non-native speakers deserve more leniency, but using a spell checker is an absolute minimum.
  • Optimize for quick reading. Be concise with language. Bullet lists can help, too.
  • Pick an interesting talk title. The title should contain the information what your talk is about. Don’t shy away from buzz words like Agile, Scala Testing, etc. Don't leave people totally in the dark just to sound cool (like “Houston, we have a problem”).
  • Direct the abstract at the conference attendees, not at the program committee. The abstract will be used in the program, which is why the attendees are your real audience.


Tips for writing a speaker bio:

  • Be concise but make sure readers know you are an expert in the domain you submit your talk in. Otherwise attendees and program committee members might give preference to others although they may have less experience in that domain than you have.
  • If you’ve already have spoken at one or more conferences tell this fact to the program committee. There is often a field you can fill out like “message to the committee.” If not, consider adding it to your bio. Sounds lame? Maybe, but then the committee knows that you’re able to do a presentation and other conferences have already accepted you in the past.
  • If there are slides or videos of your talks, send the links! This helps the program committee do an even better job of judging the content of your submitted talk.
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