Editorial Wish List
This "wish list" was first published in TUGboat 14(4), December
1993, and you may click
here for the
complete article. You, the readers, probably have
some suggestions too and you might also consider becoming an
author or volunteering in some other way. Send in your suggestions,
or declare your intentions, in a message to
Looking for Authors
These are some of the topics on which the editor is looking for
authors. Add your own suggestions or volunteer!
Send e-mail to TUGboat@tug.org
- help with the interview series with
people who have influenced TeX and TUG
- real product reviews of both commercial and PD TeX
implementations and other software, also macro packages like
- surveys of TeX implementations for particular hardware/operating
system combinations, with comparisons of features
- "road map" to the CTAN TeX areas
- more tutorials and expository material, particularly for new users
and users who aren't intending to become TeX wizards; one
possibility: answers to the "top ten" questions sent to
by people writing dissertations
- "how to" articles -- how to build your own style based on, say,
article.sty, how to include an abstract and other stuff in the
full-width block at the top of a two-column article, etc.
- comparative analyses of style files that address the same problem,
e.g., crop marks
- crossword puzzles for the whole TeX community
Reminder to potential TUGboat authors
We always welcome submissions to TUGboat. They can be on any topic
related to TeX and its use. The net spreads rather broadly --
typography, SGML, fonts, suitable hardware, ..., you name it!
There are a few things that a potential author should keep in
- Technical articles will be refereed.
- It's easier for the production staff if a submission has already
been tagged according to TUGboat style.
Retrieve the official and
up-to-date plain and LaTeX style files for TUGboat. (They're on
CTAN, and also in standard TeX distributions.)
- Actually test the file(s) as submitted. If additional macros or style
options are required, send them along, or say where you obtained the
version you are using. The same goes for fonts. Nothing is more
discouraging than trying to send a file through (La)TeX and finding
out that something is missing, or a control sequence isn't defined
(perhaps just because something is spelled wrong).
- An alternative to testing the files yourself is to ask a TeX friend,
preferably one with a different TeX system, to run the article and read
it before you submit it. This would not only shake out any site-specific
constraints, but would give you the benefit of a second pair of eyes checking
your spelling, the flow of ideas, and so forth. This isn't a replacement
for the referee process, but a good test of portability and lucidity.
A brief comment on the level to which articles might be directed:
contrary to popular opinion, the desired level is not "by some great
expert, for the edification of other great experts" [Anna
Russell, in her analysis of Wagner's Ring der Nibelungen].
I continue to hope for good introductory and elementary material,
though no one seems to want to write it, at least not for TUGboat.
I'd like to be proven wrong! Remember -- it isn't possible to
publish something in TUGboat that hasn't been written or submitted.
Call for Volunteers
As always, there are more tasks in producing TUGboat than can
be done by just one person. Many, many thanks to all those people who
have been working faithfully behind the scenes.
Some of the positions where skilled new volunteers
might be of assistance are these:
- Referees: If you are interested in reading submissions to
TUGboat before publication, and "assist[ing] authors in
creating articles that are of maximum value to the TUGboat
readership," [Victor Eijkhout, TUGboat 11(4), p. 605] this
could be a job for you. Send a message to the
stating your availability, listing your specific interests and
experience, and identifying any restrictions.
TUGboat covers a wide variety of subject areas, only some
of which appear in any particular issue. Yours truly comes across a lot
of ideas through reading the TeX-related network discussions, but only
rarely has time to follow them up. A volunteer with a strong interest
in a particular subject and fewer distractions than the editor could
follow up such leads and twist arms (gently, of course) to bring useful
information into print.
There are two tracks that a columnist can follow: actually writing a
regular or occasional column, or, for someone with a particularly solid
background in the area, tactfully persuading someone else to do the work,
and acting as midwife until the article is delivered ready to publish.
After a suitable internship, columnists of the latter variety may be
promoted to associate editor (see the list on the reverse of the title
page of the journal). If you are interested in either track, a message
to TUGboat@tug.org would
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