How to submit to Enginerdery

The process for submitting to Enginerdery is relatively straightforward.

  1. Have a recently published work that you would like to write about.
  2. Download the Enginerdery blog post template (described further below).
  3. Use the template to fill in the details about your work and author your post in Markdown. Be sure to focus on using simple language and avoid unnecessary jargon. Remember that this blog post is intended for a general audience. While the typical research paper starts with an introduction, describes the methods, and finishes with the conclusions, a blog post for the general public should instead lead with the key findings and follow it up by answering the question, why should I care? In general you can leave out the methods; the interested reader can click through to your full paper.
  4. Fork the Enginerdery Github repo.*
  5. Save your authored post to the _posts folder using the file naming format.
  6. Add any images to the /images folder with a file name such as YYYY-MM-URL-slug-filename.png.
  7. Submit a pull request with your additions.
  8. If any corrections are needed prior to posting, you will be notified via a comment on your pull request.

* Alternatively you can navigate to the _posts folder in the Github repo and click Create new file or Upload files to simultaneously create a fork and submit a pull request.

Description of Enginerdery template

This section describes the features and components of the Markdown template for use on Enginerdery. A template file can be copied or downloaded for modification here.

The first thing that needs to be included in the template is the YAML frontmatter as shown below. This block of code contains the title information, tags, categories, the permalink, and author name and URL.

  • title: This can be the same as the published paper you are writing about or might be simplified if the original paper title is not easily understandable.
  • tags: Tags should be included that reflect the content of the paper.
  • category: Choose from journal-article, conference-paper, or thesis.
  • permalink: Should be of the format YYYY/MM/short-title-description
  • post_author: Include your name in the format in which you would like it displayed. Authorship should include only those authors contributing to the blog post, not necessarily all of the paper authors. If more than one author is contributing to the blog post, additional fields may be included of the form post_author2 and author_url2 up to five total blog post authors.
  • layout and comments: These fields should be left untouched.
title: "Simplified title goes here"
tags: [relevant, tags]
category: journal-article
permalink: 2017/01/URL-slug
post_author: Jill J. Jones
layout: post
comments: true

Next, include the details of your paper as follows: Paper title: Title of the paper
DOI: 10.1063/1.3050881 If the paper is locked behind a paywall, you are encouraged to provide a link to an accessible (preprint, repository, self-hosted) version here.

Finally, the content of your blog post. Remember that you are writing for a general audience so please try to avoid jargon or words for which the common definition is not widely known. You should also attempt to avoid the use of any equations as well as any graphics that may not be clear to a non-engineer. You may use any Markdown formatting you desire.

Finally, the Bibtex citation for your paper can be included at the bottom as below.


  author  = {Jill J. Jones}, 
  title   = {The title of the work},
  journal = {The name of the journal},
  year    = 1993,
  volume  = 4
  number  = 2,
  pages   = {201-213},
  month   = 7,
  note    = {An optional note},
  doi     = {10.1111/123456789},
  url     = {}

Images may be included and should be submitted as part of your pull request to the /images folder with a file name such as YYYY-MM-URL-slug-filename.png.

The Enginerdery template may be downloaded to give you a starting point. Please save your file with a file name of the format prior to submitting a pull request.

Download the Template