About (and article guidelines)

Established in 1954, the American Nuclear Society is a professional membership organization of engineers and scientists devoted to the applications of nuclear science and technology.  Its 11,500 members come from diverse technical backgrounds covering the full range of engineering disciplines as well as the physical and biological sciences.  The members are advancing the application of these technologies to improve the lives of the world community through national and international enterprise within government, academia, research laboratories, and private industry.

Information contained on the ANS Nuclear Cafe has been provided by numerous sources. Therefore, the American Nuclear Society assumes no responsibility or liability for the accuracy of information contained herein. The views expressed here are those of the individual authors and do not reflect the official positions or the views of ANS. ANS assumes no responsibility or liability for any use or operation of any methods, products, instructions, or ideas contained on this site.

The ANS Nuclear Cafe includes links to other sites operated by third parties. These links are provided as a convenience to you and as an additional avenue of access to the information contained therein. We have not reviewed all of the information on other sites and are not responsible for the content of any other sites or any products or services that may be offered through other sites. The inclusion of these links in no way indicates their endorsement, support, or approval of the contents of this site or the policies or positions of the American Nuclear Society. We have the right to edit, remove, or deny access to content that is determined to be, in our sole discretion, inappropriate or unacceptable.

ANS welcomes submissions from ANS members on nuclear topics. For more information on submitting a perspective, see the instructions below, or contact ANS Outreach.


Guidelines for submitting blog articles to ANS Nuclear Cafe

(If you have a paper, speech, or draft already written, there is no need to modify it or to query us about it. Just send it to us. We will review it to see if it—or a revised version—could meet our editorial needs and standards.)

Send us a detailed proposal message describing the subject that you would like to write about, and the article’s scope and perspective. If we agree, we will ask for an outline.

Send us an outline of the proposed article. It should contain all the major points and observations that you will be making in the article. If the outline is acceptable to us , we then will ask for a draft of the article.

Send us the article at ANS Outreach. We can generally use all graphics file formats. For each table, figure, and photo, please provide caption information. Please also provide photo credit information, such as “(Photo: Acme Company)” or “(Photo: Acme Company/John Smith).”

We will review the article, and edit it for content, structure, and style, according to our standards.

A blog article on the ANS Nuclear Cafe must have readability. We put a high premium on readability—tight and clear writing that is simple and direct and flows well. Make the article readable and understandable, and do not use engineering writing, language that is overly technical, programmatic prose, or broad generalities.

Use the spelled-out version of an organization or item, followed by the relevant acronym in parentheses. Subsequently, the acronym will be used.

The most important conclusions, observations, and facts—the highlights—should be mentioned or listed at the beginning of the article.

Especially important is how the ideas and pieces of information are connected. Provide good “guide posts” to help the reader through the information, from point to point. To do that, use topic and transition sentences to lead the reader successively from one idea or fact to another.

Where possible, focus on the practical (give specific examples). Also, if available, include direct quotations, focused quotes that help to carry the story and convey information.

You own your words—you are responsible for the accuracy of what you write. All facts, including names of persons, organizations, publications, projects, or other titles or terms of any sort must be completely accurate, not approximate. Dates, historical details, and technical information also must be correct.

Double-check everything. There is no room for guessing. Published articles are regarded as reference material by readers.

The draft should include, at the end, brief biographical information about the author(s). Please provide photo(s) of author(s).


5 Responses to About (and article guidelines)

  1. Greeting,
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    The site has experienced an activity growth of 30% to 60% every month since it arrived on search engines on the first of July. Atomic Insights offers, “The Hiroshima Syndrome provides thought provoking reflections on the roots of some of the fears associated with nuclear energy from someone with technical knowledge and experience who has struggled to correct public perceptions.” December promises to be the first month with over a thousand visits (822 in November from more than 45 countries).

    Please give the website a look. You won’t be sorry.

    Leslie Corrice

  2. Hello,
    Could you kindly advise on your reproduction policy for content posted to your site?

  3. I believe in internet freedom, as much as possible. Plus, as a former teacher, I want to support classroom use unconditionally. Thus, my policy is for free and open reproduction.


  4. I checked with my web designer, and she suggested I ask for reprint credit whenever someone uses any of my copy, e.g. include a link back to my website as the author, or a mention of my website URL in any printed material. I’m going to add something about this on the site tomorrow, after I’ve had a night to “sleep on it”. A reprint “policy”, if you will. A very “minimal charge” n’est pas?


  5. I’d like to speak with you about a joint post on energy, or other avenues we can do cross promotion. Please send me an email if you are interested.



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