The journal's guide for authors presents the guidelines on how to write an article for submitting it to that journal: how to include footnotes, how to number the figures, what style to use for the reference list or bibliography, etc.
The guide for authors should be the first thing you read before writing your article. Following the journal recommendations increases the chances that your article will be accepted and published.
Written by Mike Ashby, Engineering Department, University of Cambridge
Advice from Polytechnique experts
At Polytechnique, Professors Daria Camilla Boffito and Gregory Scott Patience have been working on the issue of scientific communication. They published a questionnaire entitled "How do you write and present research well?" in the Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering, followed by a series of articles answering each question and offering writing tips.