STREAM Tools stands for "Scientific and Technical wRiting, Editing, and content Management Tools." It is a comprehensive methodology aimed to streamline the process of preparing technical proposals and research publications.

   Most technical writing guides are not tied to any particular software practices. They follow a sensible philosophy: “here are your audience analysis paradigms, your composition principles, and your grammar rules and you can use your favorite software to put your ideas down on paper.” STREAM Tools departs from this approach because we specifically recommend that writing teams utilize Microsoft Word.

   Are you a LaTEX user? Read this to learn why we recommend Microsoft Word.

We recommend Microsoft Word primarily for practical reasons: it is simply the easiest to use, is the most widely available, and has enough functionality to meet the needs of nearly every collaborative research team. Why struggle within your team to decide which software packages to use when others have already done it for you?