• Best Practices for Writing Papers

    Aleksandar Bradic12/16/2017 at 19:36 1 comment

    Initial list as proposed by Peter Walsh:

    1. Citations should reference prior work that the reader needs in order to understand the current work, and nothing more. Cite when you are building on the data or conclusions of a previous paper, and cite when your methods are not obvious and the cited paper explains them in detail.
    2. Cite when the wording or presentation of an idea might lead the reader to conclude that you had the original idea, but it's preferable to get around this by using different wording.
    3. Do not include a comprehensive literature review as part of your paper. (Unless, of course, you are writing a literature review, in which case the cites are considered data.)
    4. Don't cite anything that can be found in a textbook, being common knowledge.
    5. The introduction (or background) can have a cite or two that gives an overview of the problem statement, but generally speaking these should refer to textbooks and not other papers.
    6. There's a real problem in some fields with "citation inflation", where authors include a literature review and pad it with cites to make word count. Reviewers sometimes require cites of their own papers to raise their own impact level. (Generally, a reviewer will be someone in that field,  so is likely to have closely associated papers.)
    7. You can break any of the rules if you feel there is a good reason to do so, and citations are no exception. If you feel that something is particularly significant and should be referenced in your paper, or that a cite is needed for some specific reason, then feel free to do so.
    8. In general, if you have more than a dozen cites you should review them carefully to see if all are truly needed. It is perfectly acceptable to have a paper with as few as four cites, and if you are doing something particularly creative you might have no cites at all.

    Feel free to add your suggested changes either to the comments section on this page, or, if you're a project member, update this page directly.

  • Request/Idea List

    Aleksandar Bradic11/29/2017 at 17:15 15 comments

    Simon Merett had a great idea of creating a "request list" feature, where people could submit ideas/topic proposals for white papers to be written on. It could also be an opportunity for teams to be formed and write the paper jointly. So we'll use this page as the "master request/idea list."  Feel free to submit your ideas directly to the comments on this post or edit the post itself if you're a project member  (just make sure to retain this header).

    HJWYDK Paper Request / Idea List 

    1. How to DIY Laser Direct Structuring - PCBs that contour your 3D print or painted object. (suggested by Simon Merett)
    2. Garden Hacks Citizen Science: How variations in conditions affects growth and yield (suggestion by Peter Walsh)
    3. How to DIY capacitive linear displacement sensors (aka digital calliper) - Signal generation and treatment -  math and heuristics involved. (suggestion by oxomoxo)

  • Author Guidelines

    Aleksandar Bradic11/25/2017 at 03:20 2 comments

    Publication Criteria

    HJWYDK publishes original work in the areas of interest to the Hackaday community. The criteria of acceptance are the quality of work in the following aspects: (1) Novelty and practical impact (2) Technical soundness (3) Quality of presentation (4) Relevance.

    Manuscript Preparation

    This journal doesn't require a fixed format, in order to be accomodating to a broad range of presentation styles / topics, but you should be aware that for the final version it will be re-set in LaTeX. So the use of LaTeX in the source document is heavily encouraged. Manuscripts should be written in English. There is no restriction on the length of manuscripts. 



    Manuscript Status

    After submission of manuscripts, authors will receive an email to confirm receipt of manuscripts. Subsequent enquiries concerning paper progress should be sent to the email address of the journal.

    Review Procedure

    HJWYDK is committed to enforcing a full peer-review process. All manuscripts submitted for publications are thoroughly reviewed.


    Authors publishing with HJWYDK retain the copyright to their work. 

    All articles published in HJWYDK are fully open access and online available to readers free of charge.  HJWYDK publishes all open access articles under the Creative Commons Attribution License,  which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction freely, provided that the original work is properly cited.

  • Call for Papers

    Aleksandar Bradic11/25/2017 at 02:54 3 comments

    The Hackaday Journal of What You Don't Know (HJWYDK) is an open access, peer-reviewed online journal publishing original and creative research, engineering, and entertainment results in areas of interest to the Hackaday Community. All Articles of HJWYDK are fully open access open access and available to readers free of charge. 

    HJWYDK aims to provide a forum for sharing and exchanging ideas, experiences, and research results among the broader Hackaday community. We welcome submissions from individual researchers, professional organizations, academia, and beyond. General topics include, but are not limited to, Hardware, Computer, and Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Security Research, Engineering Heroics, Prototyping, Fabrication, Best Practices, and any unique knowledge of interest to the Hackaday community.


    The journal expects original, high-quality papers in all areas of interest for the Hackaday community.


    • Mike Szczys, Editor in Chief, Hackaday
    • Elliot Williams, Managing Editor, Hackaday
    • Brian Benchoff, Contributing Editor, Hackaday
    • Aleksandar Bradic, Chief Technology Officer, Supplyframe
    • Sophi Kravitz, Director of Product, Supplyframe

    [+ Community Editors / Call for Editors opening on Nov 28 2017]

    Associate Editors

    [TBD - call for reviewers opening on Nov 28 2017]

    Preparation & Submission

    HJWYDK welcomes submissions at any time, and accepted manuscripts are published online immediately, as well as printed in the annual Proceedings of the Hackaday Superconference. The preparation and submission of manuscripts should follow the author guidelines.

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