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We welcome contributed articles concerning a variety of marine subjects—from semi-technical descriptions of new developments in instrumentation or techniques for acquiring and processing data, to general discussions about current marine events and policies-all written and bylined by the experts and leaders in these areas.

Our readers want to see articles that describe the involvement of those instruments, systems or services that have satisfied a need or solved a problem.

Sea Technology articles deal with the background of a problem and the development of new technologies, or modification of existing techniques, to meet users' requirements.

For clarification or further information contact:

Compass Publications, Inc.
1600 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1010
Arlington, VA 22209
Tel: (703) 524-3136
Fax: (703) 841-0852
E-mail: oceanbiz@sea-technology.com


Sea Technology is protected under U.S. copyright laws. Reprinting and/or reproduction of any portion of the publication by printing or publication via electronic media is prohibited without prior written consent of Compass Publications, Inc.

For pricing information regarding reprints or republication of written material or photographs from Sea Technology on other websites, contact Compass Publications.

Your article submission package (sent either via e-mail to oceanbiz@sea-technology.com or mailed on a CD) should include the following:

  • Manuscript (text should be between 1,000 and 2,000 words)

  • Author(s) bio information (text should be between 40 and 50 words)

  • Author photo(s)

  • Graphics sent as TIFF, EPS or JPEG files at 300 dpi or higher and at least 3" x 5" or larger, otherwise, graphics will not clearly reproduce in publishing (we can guarantee only three graphics; if more are sent, they must be ranked in order of importance)

    NOTE: If you are unsure that your graphics are 300 dpi, send hard copies of each graphic via postal mail for in-house scanning.

    NOTE: Images taken from the Internet cannot be accepted as they are low resolution.

  • Short captions for all graphics (these should include photo credits if applicable)

  • Fax number, phone number, e-mail address and mailing address

  • Review all Words of Wisdom
Words of Wisdom
  • Do not embed graphics within your Word document—send as separate graphics files
  • Do not make reference to your graphics within your text; we provide captions for each graphic for that reason
  • We cannot accept more than three authors per article
  • We cannot have more than five references listed per article
  • Spell out all acronyms within the text (acronyms are to be used only when there are multiple instances of use within the text)
  • Title must span two lines and a secondary title (a longer title) must also span two lines
  • Do not include bullet points, instead place that text into paragraph format
  • Do not list websites in your article
  • Do not list websites as references at the end of the article, try to find the original (published) source material
  • Do not list press releases as references

Our magazine is prepared using Apple Mac G5® computers via QuarkXpress® 6.5 desktop publishing software. We request that all articles be submitted either via e-mail to oceanbiz@sea-technology.com or mailed on a CD in Microsoft Word.

Please send only PC-formatted discs.
Please do not embed graphic images or photographs within the manuscript text!
Send all graphics as separate TIFF, EPS or JPEG files.

Due to space constraints, we cannot have more than three authors per article. All other contributors can be listed in an acknowledgements section at the end of the article. Biographical information about the author(s) should be brief and concise (40 to 50 words), including descriptions of current responsibilities, research interests, accomplishments and prior related experience. Please include a recent full-face photograph-passport type or clear snapshot.

Sea Technology includes only two to three graphics with each article due to space limitations. We require good-quality images that are interesting and action-oriented.

Our preference is electronic graphics that are 300 dpi or greater and at least 3" x 5". We can accept only TIFF, EPS or JPEG files. When sending color images, make sure they are in CMYK mode, not RGB. High-quality, clear line drawings, graphs and charts are also welcome-either as camera-ready art or as 300 dpi TIFF, EPS or JPEG files. Please avoid mixing background screens and typed callouts. Query first to be safe. All callouts or other text materials should be clear and readable if reduction to half-size (two magazine columns) or less is required.

Do not send graphics generated in MS Powerpoint or Word.

If your graphics files (for article figures OR cover candidates) are larger than 3 MB total, Sea Technology has an FTP site where you can post your graphics so they do not clog up our e-mail.

Please contact us at 703.524.3136 or email us at oceanbiz@sea-technology.com for steps to upload your graphics and/or article to our FTP site

All materials and editorial content are due approximately 30-45 days prior to the first day of an issue month. Any content sent after the first of the month preceding the issue month will be held for the next available issue.

Editorial space restrictions occasionally force the temporary postponement of articles scheduled for a particular issue. In that event, every effort will be made to contact the principal author for updates for revisions and to reschedule the article in a subsequent issue.

Sea Technology is proud of its long history of dramatic covers. Editorial staff members are always on the look-out for outstanding, eye-catching photographs of subjects that are appropriate to the theme of each month's issue.

Candidate photographs submitted for consideration as Sea Technology covers should be sent as high-quality color prints or high-resolution TIFF, EPS or JPEG files that are at least 300 dpi and 8 1/2 x 11". Images must be oriented vertically, with the top quarter of the image area "clean" with a plain background (clear sky, indistinct clouds, open water) to accommodate the Sea Technology logo material.

Sea Technology
pays no honoraria for cover photos selected.
Publication policy also prohibits the appearance of recognizable individuals or commercial tradenames and logos as part of the cover photograph. A brief description of the cover subject-along with credit to individual photographers or companies-appears as part of the Table of Contents page.

In our 43rd year of publication, Sea Technology magazine is the global ocean community's recognized spokesman for the design, engineering and application of instrumentation, equipment and services in the marine environment. The magazine is edited for executives, scientists and engineering and technical personnel in government, industry and education. Our readers are typically engaged in the fields of port and harbor security, oceanography and marine sciences, offshore oil technology, geophysical exploration, commercial diving, manned submersibles and remotely operated vehicles, undersea defense and antisubmarine warfare, ocean mining and underwater construction.

Compass Publications, Inc.
1600 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1010
Arlington, VA 22209

Tel: (703) 524-3136
Fax: (703) 841-0852
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Sea Technology is read worldwide in more than 110 countries by management, engineers, scientists and technical personnel working in industry, government and educational research institutions. Readers are involved with oceanographic research, fisheries management, offshore oil and gas exploration and production, undersea defense including antisubmarine warfare, ocean mining and commercial diving.