Communication Services & Information Technology
University of California
Communication Services & Information Technology

So you want to write an ANR Publication . . .


What kind of publications can I publish through ANR Communication Services?


For detailed information, see the web site ANR Peer Review and Publication Production(Portal log-in required.)

Peer-reviewed, educational publications produced by Communication Services address the needs of statewide or regional ANR clientele, both lay and professional user audiences. As much as possible, these materials should originally express research-based information to practical techniques or concepts that will not go quickly out of date, so people can continue to benefit from the information over a period of time.

Two types of ANR-numbered publications are produced: print publications and electronic publications.

Print publications are leaflets (single-subject, how-to or informational publications, running from 8 to 100 printed pages) or Special Publications (book-length projects written for a lay and/or professional user audience that relate comprehensive, research-based information to practical techniques that the reader can use). Leaflets are intended to improve environmental quality, promote economic well-being, or accomplish other specific educational objectives. Special Publications are longer and more comprehensive. They normally include information on all current practices in a given subject area, and are of lasting practical value.

Electronic publications are primarily distributed in electronic form as Adobe Acrobat (pdf) documents that are available for download from the Communication Services online catalog ( The 7000 and 8000 publications are downloaded free of charge, and 9000 publications are downloaded for a small fee. Increasingly, electronic publications are a major means by which the Division communicates practical information to its user audience. 

7000 publications are produced quickly, allowing authors to respond quickly to topical issues and expand on specific questions. They are succinct, focused, and are limited to 1,200 words, with only tables and department or program logos as graphics.

8000 publications are longer and graphically more flexible than 7000s. They generally run 8–12 pages (5,000–12,000 words), allowing authors more room and flexibility in addressing topics that are more general than those covered in 7000s. Their content is similar to that of Leaflets in that they are practical, single-subject, how-to or informational publications.

9000 publications are considerably longer or more complex than the 8000 series, and online customers pay to download them.

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February 18, 2011

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