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How To: Publish a Technical Report

Oct 20 2021

Your technical expertise can now be combined with ASTM’s publishing expertise in a new format: technical reports.

By:  Cicely Enright

Technical reports help make your information available. Longer than a journal paper, shorter than other publications, reports offer a peer-reviewed format to share work that may or may not otherwise call for full-consensus standards. Think of it this way: report information can be critical for certain purposes but not necessarily the best fit for a consensus standard.
These reports could describe the current state, challenges, processes, progress, and research, and have data, recommendations, and/or conclusions in a technical area. The contents could come from work by a committee, groups of committees, an outside industry-specific trade association, professional society, or consortium. Proposals can be made by members or non-members.
For example, the first two technical reports focus on aviation: TR-1, Autonomy Design and Operations in Aviation: Terminology and Requirements Framework, and TR-2, Developmental Pillars of Increased Autonomy for Aircraft Systems. Both can guide technical committees in their work on autonomous systems in aviation. And a third related report is coming soon. You can learn more about the aviation-related reports on the ASTM website (www.astm.org, under Products & Services > Standards & Publications > Technical Reports).
The process for a technical report, like other ASTM publications, begins by submitting a proposal, which is considered by staff, technical committee(s), and the Committee on Publications. Proposals need to have a tentative title, author(s), scope, estimated schedule, manuscript details, any special features, and an audience description.
Note that the technical report peer-review process is single blind, with the committee chair designating at least two members of the committee to review. As mentioned, these reports
are not balloted and are not full-consensus documents.
To learn more, contact your staff manager or Kathy Dernoga, ASTM (+1.610.832.9617; kdernoga@astm.org).

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