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Author Instructions

Thank you for agreeing to write a FireWords glossary entry. Before composing your entry, please spend a few minutes browsing the prototype glossary, which includes terms related to wind speed. Click here for a quick tutorial on how to use FireWords. Follow each link on an entry to see how each piece of information will be displayed. A glossary entry consists of the following parts:


  • Title


    The title is simply the term to be defined. You have been assigned one or more terms to define.


  • Short definition


    The short definition begins with the part of speech (noun, verb, etc.). Some terms can have more than one part of speech, for example both noun and verb. The short definition is the shortest unique definition of each term. However, the short definition is not always sufficient to discern the important differences from similar terms. Please limit the short definition to one sentence, and no more than 20-30 words.


    If you choose to use verbatim a short definition that has been previously published, please include the reference at the end of the short definition. For example, the definition of Torching Index in FireWords has been previously published, so the FireWords definition includes the reference.


    n. The 20-foot wind speed at which surface fireline intensity equals that required for crown fire initiation (Scott and Reinhardt 2001).


  • Discussion


    In the discussion section please relate the term to similar and contrasting terms, discusses its use (and misuse), perhaps its origin, and more -- anything a reader will find relevant to the term. Create or suggest a drawing, photograph, chart or other figure to illustrate the concept. Movies and sounds can also be included if desired.


    In your discussion you will likely refer to other FireWords terms. We will create the proper links when formtting the final glossary entry. Refer to the prototype list of FireWords terms when writing your discussion. Because you cannot yet read the final definitions of those terms, both the author and compilers will review the definitions to ensure consistency once all definitions have been written.


    Only the first paragraph or two of the discussion is shown on the entry page. If more discussion has been written, the user will click on the more... link to display the full discussion.


  • Units


    Please indicate the preferred units of measure for the term, if applicable. You may indicate different preferred units for different uses. For example, preferred units for rate of spread are m/min for scientific papers, but still ch/hr for management documents.


    We will compile a list of conversion factors for the units. Please provide them if possible (to at least four significant figures). Also, in addition to the preferred units, please indicate any obsolete or rarely used units of measure for that term, so that we may include conversion factors for them as well. For example, rate of spread has also been shown in: mi/hr, ft/min, and km/hr.


  • References


    Any literature cited anywhere in the glossary entry is listed under this heading in the author-date format, for example "Albini and Baughman 1979". Clicking on each listed reference will bring the user to the proper location in the master reference list for all of FireWords.


    Please include with your submittal the full citation for the reference as if it would appear in a peer-reviewed publication.


  • See Also


    Links to the full glossary entry of terms used in this entry are listed under this heading. Every FireWords term used in the discussion section will be listed here. FireWords compilers will create these links based on related terms found in the entry.


  • Notes


    The notes section includes entries for:

    • author of entry

    • date entry was added to FireWords

    • Email address for sending a comment to author


    We will edit the notes section as we format each entry into the glossary. Let us know if you do not want to publish your email address.


  • Tidbit


    Each glossary entry ends with a quotation, poem, cartoon or other interesting tidbit. Most have nothing to do with wildland fire -- they are here to keep readers interested in reading to the bottom of the entry. And because sometimes work should be fun.


    We have heaps of tidbits to use, but feel free to suggest your own. Copyrighted material like cartoons cannot be included without permission from the copyright owner.



To aid in your writing we have created templates in MS Word and rich text formats. Please write and edit your entry electronically using either template. Save the file using the Term name as the filename. For example, the file for "midflame wind speed" would be midflamewindspeed.doc. Finally, email the file(s) to the Joe Scott for editing (primarily for consistency with other terms), hyperlinking, and compiling into the FireWords document. Any suggested changes will be approved by the author before inclusion. No glossary entry will be published in FireWords unless mutually approved by both author and compilers. The compilers reserve the right to refuse publication of any entry submitted.


The templates can be found in the same folder as the FireWords prototype.