The Dryden Publications Manual
One of the primary outputs of the Dryden Flight Research Center is the publication of NASA series reports, conference papers, and journal articles. It is important to document and publish the results of DFRC research, so other researchers, engineers, and scientists can benefit from it. It is also important to an engineer's career because publications are one of the major criteria for promotion, especially in the Research Engineering Directorate.
This manual serves as a guide to the technical reporting procedures at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center. The procedures are outlined in a step-by-step process for both NASA series technical reports and for technical conference papers. While both processes are similar, the schedule for the conference papers must be followed closely to ensure that critical publication dates are met.
The quality of the technical reporting at Dryden is established by a critical review and approval process. Each review, whether by the branch, a committee of peers, or the Directorate office, should be thorough but prompt so that the information is correct and can be disseminated in a timely manner. All technical reports and conference papers written by onsite personnel, i.e., NASA civil service, on-site contractors, NRC fellows, etc., are subject to the technical review process. It is recognized that this requirement is more stringent than required by the NASA NPG 2200.2A, Guidelines for Documentation, Approval, and Dissemination of NASA Scientific and Technical Information, Sept. 3, 1997. (http://www.sti.nasa.gov/npghome3.htm) However, this Dryden Policy has worked well in the past. Off-site contractor reports will be reviewed by the contract monitor. Deviations from this process will be made only with the prior approval/concurrence of the Director of Research Engineering or his designee, and input from the Technical Publications Office.
Samples of checklists, forms, and lists of requirements for the various steps are included in the appendixes.