CIAN Student Webinar Talk Series – Dr. Chris Mack

Getting Published: How to write a good science paper

Date: Friday, April 24, 2015
Time: 3pm ET, 2pm CT, 1pm MT, 12pm AZT/PT


Publishing is an extremely important part of the process of science, and often an important part of the career of scientists and engineers.  But to the early-career author (or student preparing their first publication), the peer-reviewed journal writing and publishing process can be intimidating, and possibly a bit mysterious.  What are journal editors and reviewers looking for?  What does it take to get your work published?

Of course, the first place to start is by doing good research on an important topic.  But you still have to write a good paper.  This talk will focus on what it takes to get published, and in particular how to write a good science paper.  I’ll share some of my secrets on writing a good paper (OK, they’re not really secrets, but these skills are not often taught in school).  The good news is you don’t have to be a good writer to write a good paper.  But you do have to be a careful and knowledgeable writer.  With practice, you can become a good writer as well.


Chris A. Mack
Associate Professor, The University of Texas at Austin
Editor-in-Chief, the Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS, and MOEMS

Dr. Chris A. Mack has worked in semiconductor fabrication since 1983.  He developed the lithography simulation software PROLITH, and founded and ran the company FINLE Technologies for ten years.  He then served as Vice President of Lithography Technology for KLA-Tencor for five years, until 2005.  In 2003 he received the SEMI Award for North America for his efforts in lithography simulation and education and in 2009 he received the SPIE Frits Zernike Award for Microlithography.  He is a fellow of SPIE and IEEE and is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Texas at Austin.  In 2012 he became Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS, and MOEMS (JM3).  He has published over 200 scientific papers, some of which were actually written well.  Currently, he writes, teaches, and consults on the field of semiconductor microlithography in Austin, Texas.  (

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