Editorial Policy


At Montreal’s École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS), the editorial management of Substance, the science and innovation news website, encourages undergraduate and graduate students, faculty members and partners, postdoctoral researchers, ÉTS professionals, Centech and ÉTS entrepreneurs, as well as ÉTS alumni to contribute to Substance by submitting popularized articles on their research, innovations, entrepreneurial initiatives and personal experience at ÉTS.

Accepting and Modifying Articles

Proposed articles should be submitted to the Substance Editorial Committee for evaluation. The authors are then notified of changes, if any, to be made to their articles and their publication date on the Substance website. In the event an article is rejected, the author will be notified as soon as possible of the reasons for the refusal in relation to Substance’s Editorial Policy.

Deadline for publication

As we publish articles on Substance daily, we must ensure that we establish an efficient pace of review with the authors in order to meet the established publication schedule. Authors have a maximum period of 30 days to review and approve the English and French versions of their article following the submission of the first draft by the Substance team. An e-mail notice will be sent 15 days after the first draft is sent if the authors are late in reviewing/approving the submitted paper. If the authors have not responded within the 30-day period, the article will be published on Substance and a notice of publication will be sent to the lead author. The Substance team will gladly make any minor changes to the article requested by the lead author.

 Topics and Themes

The topics and themes addressed by the authors must be related to graduate level research and expertise at ÉTS, innovation or entrepreneurial initiatives, and must complement current issues among industrial and government partners, or present an experience from the ÉTS graduate studies environment.

As an example, the following may describe article content:

  • Articles by students, professors and researchers highlighting innovative aspects of their research areas and industrial applications;
  • Presentation of an innovation from an ÉTS start-up;
  • Views of professors and researchers on current topics and situation analyses related to their fields of expertise;
  • Case study advertorials;
  • Videos and articles on scientific events;
  • Articles on seminars and lectures related to the engineering field.

Editorial Guidelines for Authors

Authors should:

  • Sign their actual name and title;
  • Popularize the articles;
  • Write in good quality French or English;
  • Produce articles of 600 to 800 words;
  • Comply with copyrights (see Copyrights & Privacy section);
  • Use appropriate, non-offensive language;
  • Avoid personal, confidential or private information concerning ÉTS, its employees, professors, lecturers and other third parties.

High-quality photos, videos and images can be included with articles, as well as hyperlinks to scientific articles, information websites or other Substance articles. Overcomplicated graphs should be avoided for ease of reading.

The editorial board reserves the right not to publish or, if necessary, to delete articles that do not comply with the editorial guidelines, or that exhibit:

  • Advertising content;
  • Offensive or vulgar language;
  • Discriminatory, defamatory or unlawful statements;
  • Ill-will toward a person, group or organization;
  • Allegations that may cause harm to others.

As the general public has access to Substance articles, authors must pay special attention to content. Controversial or politically sensitive issues must be treated with caution to avoid undermining the credibility and reputation of the ÉTS.

Authors are solely responsible for the content of their articles. The comments, views and ideas expressed in the articles are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent those of the École de technologie supérieure.

ÉTS is responsible for the Substance platform and is committed to remove with due diligence, when notified, any inappropriate content pertaining to its editorial policy. ÉTS is not responsible or liable for damages resulting from articles published in or removed from Substance.

ÉTS may not be held responsible for the content of external websites connected to hyperlinks proposed by the authors.

Copyright & Privacy

Copyright Management

Authors are responsible for ensuring that there is no violation of third party rights. In such an event, ÉTS is not responsible for any infringement of copyright. The Editorial Board reserves the right to remove without notice content published on Substance that is in breach of copyright. In all cases, the source and accurate reference of another author’s material must be mentioned. For your information, the ETS document “Quote – Do not plagiarize” provides information on proper source referencing and citation.


In order to distribute articles published on Substance and given that the Internet facilitates information sharing and circulation, the entire Substance platform is covered by a Creative Commons license (Creative Commons License – CC BY-NC 3.0). This license allows sharing of content while preserving and protecting authors’ rights, and ensuring conditions of content use and referencing.


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