Vector: Author’s guide

How to get an article published in EngineerIT, Energize, Vector and PositionIT

The major content within EngineerIT, Energize, Vector and PositionIT comprises technical articles; industry, institute, company, project, product and technology news; people and event news; views, comment and opinion; and letters to the editor.

Editorial contributions generally comprise articles, news releases and letters submitted by our readers, their affiliated companies or organisations, advertising agencies and PR companies, for consideration for publication.

Participation within the pages of EngineerIT, Energize, Vector and PositionIT by readers, industry leaders and experts is pro-actively encouraged.

The editor reserves the right to decide whether or not to publish an editorial submission, and to shorten or edit any article to suit the style and length requirements of the journal as detailed below. This is done with due diligence, and, in the case of technical articles, generally in conjunction with the author.

Technical articles

Technical articles should be between 750 and 4000 words in length. Preference is given to technical articles that have not been published in South Africa before, and/or are given exclusively to EE Publishers for publication. While it is accepted that proprietary technologies, products and services may be described, technical articles should be generic in nature and should not have an overtly self-serving or commercial content. The use of company names, brand names and trademarks should be kept to an absolute minimum. Authors should aim to serve technical needs, provide appropriate technical solutions and/or share technical experiences with the reader. Technical articles are published on merit at the sole discretion of the editor, subject to the availability of space, based on the perceived interest and relevance to the reader, and the need to maintain the necessary editorial balance and a viable editorial/advertising ratio.

An easy-to-use technical article template (60 kB Word doc) and general style sheet (344 kB pdf) and  is available to assist authors in the preparation of technical papers in a consistent format and style, for consideration for publishing in EngineerIT, Energize, Vector or PositionIT.

Industry, institute, company, project, product and technology news

Industry, institute, company, project, product and technology news should be topical and newsworthy, and between 100 and 300 words in length. Every news item or press release received is reviewed and edited to ensure that the news item meets the length and style requirements of the journal. Although these news articles may be more overtly commercial or promotional in nature, the use of unexplained acronyms and/or repetitious use of company names, brand names and trademarks should be avoided. We strongly encourage contributors of overtly commercial, promotional or self-serving company, project, product and technology news to back up their PR efforts with some advertising support and/or a colour picture, to grab the attention of the reader. Colour pictures are generally published at a nominal charge to cover the extra costs of full colour repro and printing. In publishing such news items, it should be understood that we generally receive far more submissions than we can possibly publish, while maintaining the necessary balance and a viable editorial/advertising ratio. We therefore support our affiliated institutions and customers first.

Paid editorial content or advertorial

Where an author or company requires a commercial, promotional or self-serving submission to be published in full without editing or shortening, in a specific font, style or layout, and/or with a specified title, pictures, logos and contact details, then this may be classified as paid editorial content, or advertorial, which is charged for at an agreed rate. In these cases the word “Advertorial” will be discreetly included above the article to indicate to readers that this is paid editorial content.

Letters to the editor, views, comment and opinion

Letters to the editor, views, comment and opinion on relevant topics, and any responses to articles previously published, are welcome and highly valued. Letters should be short and to the point. Where a submission is controversial, reasonable efforts will be made to ensure that affected persons and organisations are given an opportunity to respond, and that diverse views are solicited and fairly presented.

People news

People news should be relevant and current, and should generally comprise a colour picture with a caption or short accompanying article. Colour pictures are generally published at a nominal charge to cover the extra costs of full colour repro and printing.

Event news

Event news should be relevant, and should include at least the title, dates and times, venue, target audience, purpose, subject matter covered, organisers and contact details for the event. Events may comprise lectures, symposiums, conferences, exhibitions, workshops, tutorials, training courses, launches, corporate promotions, etc.

Format of editorial submissions

Editorial submissions for publication should preferably be made to the editor in electronic format by e-mail, provided that individual file sizes are less than 5 MB each. The text of electronic format submissions should be Microsoft Word documents ( .doc or .docx), rich rext format ( .rtf), plain text format, or Adobe portable document format ( .pdf). Submissions should include the necessary figures, diagrams, graphs and pictures (see below).

Figures, diagrams, graphs and pictures

We are able to handle most commonly used graphic file formats. Electronic format graphic images should be of adequate resolution (300 dpi minimum) and should be about 10 x 10 cm in size. Good quality hard copy documents, diagrams and photographic images in the form of colour positives can be submitted for us to scan. If there is any doubt, please discuss this with us to avoid any potential problems.


Copyright of all material published in EngineerIT, Energize, Vector and PositionIT is vested in the author(s) and EE Publishers. In submitting any article for publication, submittors confirm that they have the permission of the author(s) and/or own the copyright, which is granted to EE Publishers for publishing purposes. No part of EngineerIT, Energize, Vector and PositionITmay be reproduced or stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, except as described hereafter. Copying of articles published in EngineerIT, Energize, Vector and PositionIT is not permitted except for personal and internal use, to the extent permitted by South African law. Permission is not required to make abstracts, on condition that a full reference to the source is shown. Requests for permission for other kinds of copying, reproduction or re-publishing should be addressed to EE Publishers.


Articles published in EngineerIT, Energize, Vector and PositionIT do not necessarily reflect the views of EE Publishers, the editor(s), or any institute or other affiliated organisation. It is a condition of publishing material in EngineerIT, Energize, Vector and PositionIT that EE Publishers shall not be liable for any consequential damages arising from the publication in good faith of any article, advertisement, picture, comment, view or opinion. This applies to publishing, failing to publish, late publishing or incorrectly publishing any article, advertisement, insert, picture, caption, etc. It is acknowledged that errors in transcript, human and technical errors can and do occur, but reasonable effort will be made to minimise their occurrence, and to acknowledge and correct such errors when they are brought to the attention of EE Publishers.

Editorial submissions should be addressed to:

The Editor
EE Publishers
P O Box 458, Muldersdrift, 1747, South Africa
Tel: 011 543-7000

Pierre Potgieter – editor of PositionIT,
Aimee Clarke – editor of EngineerIT,
Roger Lilley – editor of Energize,
Mark Botha – editor of Vector,