One of NASA's primary functions is the dissemination of its research results to the aerospace community. Therefore, report writing is an important duty of most engineers and scientists at the Glenn Research Center. To do their jobs successfully, they must write reports that are both technically correct and easy to read. But many find report writing to be a difficult chore, particularly in making reports readable. This guide has been written to make the chore easier.
The guide explains the fundamentals of writing and reviewing technical reports and specifically how these fundamentals are applied to NASA reports. The intention is to briefly state the desirable qualities of a good report and to encourage clarity in conveying thoughts into written form.
This online guide is divided into nine chapters:
Glenn-authored publications are available in the Glenn library. Glenn scientists and engineers author 350 to 600 technical publications each year. Glenn's Research & Technology reports (which describe ongoing research projects at the Center) are available online from 1994 to the most recently completed fiscal year. In addition, many report technical reports that have unlimited distribution are available on the Glenn Technical Report Server (GLTRS).Questions on policies and procedures should be directed to Natalie Henrich, (216) 433-5301.
Paper copies of this guide are available from the Publishing Services Coordination Office.
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Chapter 1—Stages of Report Preparation
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Last updated: 4/22/2011
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