Process of a Standard’s DevelopmentFollowing a Standard fromInception to Publication
Objectives How to: • Register a work item • Write a new or revise an existing standard • Ballot a standard • Review an edited standard • Publish a standard
Provides a tracking number, “WK5432” which can be searched on the ASTM website Alerts those on the Standards Tracking Service Stimulates participation from outside the task group Initiates the ASTM balloting process Why Register a Work Item?
Revisions Only • Register new work item to generate a request for MS WORD file of the latest version of the standard from ASTM International • E-mail sent to technical contact with a link to the current standard in MS WORD • Complete instructions are provided with the file
E-mail Confirmation This is an automated alert from ASTM International.--------------------------------------------------------------------- To the submitter of Work Item WK20670 Confirmation - A New Work Item has been submitted for review. The Work Item information recorded in the database appears below. Please review the information for accuracy. When referring to the Work Item please use the identifier: WK20670 If you need to edit the item, go to: http://myastm.astm.org Subcommittee Chairman: Adelbert Vance - email: firstname.lastname@example.org Technical Contact: Paula Watkins - email: email@example.com Staff Manager: David Bradley - email: firstname.lastname@example.org The following information was recorded. ==================================================================== Work Item Type: Revision Revised Standard: D1250-07 - Standard Guide for Use of the Petroleum Measurement Tables Sponsoring Subcommittee: D02.02.0A Target Ballot Date: 7/2008 Target Completion Date: 3 - 6 Months 10/15/2008 to 1/15/2009 Rationale: This revision has been necessitated by the updating of the petroleum measurement tables.
ASTM New Standard Template • Available at www.astm.org on Technical Committees page under the link “Key Documents and Forms” • Templates for: Test Method, Specification, Guide/Practice, Classification, Terminology • Detailed instructions are provided with template
Template Features • Suggested and mandatory headings are provided; mandatory headings are in RED • Macro prompts to insert Title and Footnote 1 • Ability to insert: • Tables • Figures • Equations • Auto Numbering
Prepare Revision for Ballot • Always keep a clean copy of standard • Determine the sections that are going to be revised • Determine how much context is needed for a revision to make sense to the voter • Determine if entire document is to be balloted, or just sections
Prepare Revision for Ballot • Always copy and paste sections to be revised into a NEW, blank MS Word document • Then turn on the Track Changes function • It is not necessary to use italicsorboldletters to show changes because Track Changes will show what is revised
Balloting • ASTM has three levels of balloting: • Subcommittee • Main Committee • Society • Ballots are open for 30 days online • Once an item passes all levels of balloting, standard receives an approval date of either the 1st or the 15th of the month
Editing the Standard • Your Editor begins the editing process while the ballot is still open. This includes: • Typesetting/converting Word document to SGML • Scanning and placing artwork • Ensuring the standard matches balloted draft • Ensuring that tables and figures are cited and numbered correctly • Verifying titles of ASTM standards in the Referenced Documents section and verifying that they are all cited in the text