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Submit an Article to The NDT Technician

Oversight for production and review of The NDT Technician: A Quarterly Publication for the NDT Practitioner (TNT) is provided by the Technicians Advisory Committee within the Publications Division of ASNT's Technical and Education Council.

Content for The NDT Technician is focused for NDT practitioners engaged in field applications of NDT. Typical themes include interpretation skills, methodology, problem-solving procedures for everyday challenges, practical application of nondestructive testing with data and results, and technology trends. 

Contributors should assume the reader is a Level II involved in day‑to-day application of nondestructive testing.

Features in The NDT Technician

What are you interested in writing about? The NDT Technician offers four recurring features:

Develops practical application of nondestructive testing from Level II perspective.
Typically explores a general topic in a series of 2 to 3 sequential articles.
Thorough exploration of topics such as "how it works", "how it is made".
Working Smarter
Innovations or ideas for improving or expediting NDT work practices.
(Note: Text Length for this feature is typically less than 1,000 words.)

Manuscript Preparation

Word Count and Figures  Word count for articles published in TNT varies from 1,700 to 2,000 words with from 3 to 5 accompanying figures. These numbers are not inflexible however and may vary with the need to properly develop content.
File Format for Text
File formats accessible by Microsoft Word preferred.
Art & Illustrations
(Hardcopy submission)
Illustrations submitted in hardcopy must be print-ready.  For photographs, print-ready means glossy prints on photographic paper.  Dot matrix printouts are unacceptable. For line art, print-ready means high-resolution output.
Art & Illustrations
(Electronic submission)
Submission of art in electronic format is acceptable.  Line drawings require a minimum resolution of 1,200 dots per inch (dpi).  Photographs require a minimum resolution of 300 dpi when cropped to column width (approximately 3 in.).
Initialisms For clarity, avoid the use of initialisms or acronyms.
Commercialism Avoid the use of trade names whenever possible by using generic substitutions.  Examples: polyaramid instead of Kevlar®, acrylic instead of Plexiglas®, and polysytrene foam instead of Styrofoam®.


Include references for all sources used to prepare the article.  References should appear as endnotes at the end of the article and be listed in the order of occurrence as cited in the manuscript.  Information for each reference entry should be as complete as possible (see following examples):

For Books:
  7.   Marks, J. and R. Marsali.  Title of Book, edition.  Publisher's city: publisher's name (1983):
        p 1‑10.

For an article in a periodical or collection:
  8.   Marks, J. and R. Marsali.  "Title of Article."  Title of Journal. Vol. 23, No. 8.  Publisher's
        city: publisher's name (August 1983): p 1‑10.

For a paper presented at a conference:
  9.   Marks, J. and R. Marsali.  "Title of Paper."  Presented at Name of Conference. Location:
        Sponsor (August 1983).
10.   Marks, J. and R. Marsali.  "Title of Article in Book." Name of Proceedings Book.  [location
        of conference, month, year].  Publisher's city: publisher's name (publication year): p 1-10.


ASNT will not publish material without a signed transfer of copyright from the author.  Submission of a paper implies that it has not been published elsewhere and will not be published elsewhere while under consideration by ASNT.  

Download the ASNT Copyright Transfer Form.

Permission to reprint text or illustrations that have been used in other publications or that belong to other parties must be obtained by the author from the copyright holder. 

Download the Request for Permission to Reprint form.

Earning Certification Renewal Points

The NDT Technician is an official journal of ASNT and as such, contributors and reviewers can earn renewal points for ASNT NDT certification. 

Contributors to The NDT Technician earn three ASNT renewal points per published paper (min. 1000 words).  To receive credit, individual coauthors must have contributed at least 10 percent of the content of the paper.  

Authoring short technical tips earns one point per published tip.  

Development and/or technical review of a feature article earns one renewal point.

Submitting Your Manuscript

Manuscripts can be submitted as e-mail attachments to or in hardcopy to the editor at the address below:

Jill Ross
Editor, The NDT Technician
American Society for Nondestructive Testing
(800) 222-2768 X224
1711 Arlingate Lane
PO Box 28518
Columbus, OH  43228-0518