The STREAM Tools Handbook

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Research fuels innovation—and with this focused guide to Microsoft Word, you can help increase your team’s collaborative power and effectiveness, and bring new research to life. Writing proposals, reports, journal articles, theses, and other technical documents as a team poses unique challenges, not the least of which is consistent presentation and voice. You must also manage the formatting and accuracy of figures, equations, and citations, and comply with the style rules of external publications. In this book you’ll learn from the authors’ extensive experience managing the authoring and publication of technical content, and gain specific practices and templates you can apply right away.

  • Focuses on the unique challenges of writing and producing documents in an academic or commercial R&D setting
  • Demonstrates how to use Microsoft Word to increase the quality of collaborative document preparation—including formatting, editing, citations management, commenting, and version control
  • Includes downloadable templates that help automate creation of scientific documents 
  • Offers best-practices guidance for writing in teams and writing in the scientific genre

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A unique, integrative, team-centered approach to writing and formatting technical documents

Technical Professionals:

  • Do you have difficulty producing high-quality documents with multiple contributors when faced with a tight deadline?

  • Do you need a process that enables global team members to collaborate online as they produce sophisticated documents?

  • Do you prefer the ease of a WYSIWG desktop publishing tool like Microsoft Word rather than more complex software like LaTeX?

  • Professors and Graduate Students:

  • Do you want to streamline the process of writing multi-investigator papers, reports, proposals, and books?

  • Do you spend a lot of time formatting documents instead of thinking and writing?

  • Do you write research papers in Microsoft Word and then need to convert them to LaTeX for your thesis?

  • Do you write research papers in LaTeX and then need to convert them to Microsoft Word when embarking on collaborations with your colleagues from industry?

Undergraduate Students:

  • Do you need to write a research paper and don't know where to start?

  • Do you need to collaborate with classmates on a long paper and find yourself lost in organizational details rather than immersed in the content?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, Technical Writing for Teams: The STREAM Tools Handbook is for you. It provides an easy-to-learn system that streamlines individual and collaborative writing, allowing you and your teams to instantly become more productive and create the highest quality documents in a minimum amount of time. Introduced here are the STREAM Tools—Scientific and Technical wRiting, Editing, and file Management Tools—which unlock your collaborators' potential and addresses team dynamics, separation of duties, and workflow. You'll see how to ensure compatibility among multiple writers, achieve consistent formatting, organize content, integrate bibliographic databases, automate the process of document preparation, and move content between Microsoft Word and LaTeX. Checklists, guidelines, and success stories are also included to help you operate as efficiently as possible.

From planning and editing documents to solving common team writing problems to managing workflow, Technical Writing for Teams: The STREAM Tools Handbook is the one-stop reference that allows teams to collaborate successfully and create unified, effective documents.