August 1998

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HPIn Processing: Tips to prospective authors

In my five years as Process Editor, I think this summer has been one of the most uneventful in the HPI. Since there is not much newsy-type stuff to write about, I thought I would take this opportunity..

Nakamura, D. N., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In my five years as Process Editor, I think this summer has been one of the most uneventful in the HPI. Since there is not much newsy-type stuff to write about, I thought I would take this opportunity to give some tips to those aspiring authors out there (yes, you!). Here are some of the major pointers I think would be the most helpful. Journalistic vs. technical writing. One of the toughest adjustments I had to make in this job was learning to write in the journalist style. Being a chemical engineer by training, I was taught to write in the technical style. You know, the traditional: abstract, introduction, body, results, conclusion. As the old saying goes, "tell them what you are

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