AZoNano - Help/FAQ's
What is AZoNano?
AZoNano.com is a knowledge tool that is intended to provide the science, engineering and design community worldwide with a continuously updating source of all the information they need to make an informed decision on the implementation or acquisition of nanotechnology.
Either through "static" mediums i.e. the knowledge base of articles and news items or through "dynamic" forms i.e. the community of experts.
Due to the collaborative publishing approach that has been adopted, AZoNano.com is totally free to access and is focused on the requirements of industrial end-users of Nanotechnology.
Who generates the AZoNano articles and news content?
Although we have a team of "in house" content generators and aggregators, our worldwide network of AZoNano experts and partners also provide large amounts of AZoNano's content.
How is AZoNano.com funded?
AZoNano.com is financed by the site owner AZoM.com Pty. Ltd. (Sydney, Australia).
Where is AZoNano.com based?
AZoNano.com operates out of offices in Sydney Australia. Please see the contact us page for further details.
Who are the AZoNano.com experts?
An AZoNano expert is someone with expertise in a particular sector of Nanotechnology, who has demonstrated to the AZoNano team that their Expert Status has been recognised in some form by the wider scientific or industrial community.
How do I become an AZoNano.com expert?
If you feel you have something to add or give to the Nanotechnology community then email firstname.lastname@example.org. If at any stage you have any questions not covered by the on-line form, feel free to contact us at email@example.com.
Once you have been registered as an AZoNano expert your profile will be listed alongside the technical articles that are relevant to your area of expertise. You will then be one click away from people who are interested in transferring your technology, your expertise or services.
Do I get paid for being an AZoNano.com expert?
In the true spirit of freedom of information, openness and collaboration which AZoNano.com endeavours to represent, you decide if you get paid for being an AZoNano expert. What this means is that once you become an AZoM Expert and we have listed your expert profile, you decide how you wish to be contacted in relation to your area of expertise and if you want to be paid for answering questions.
You can also decide how much or how little you want to charge for your answers. As it is free for bona fide academic experts to list with AZoNano.com, all we ask is that if you do charge fees at the end of every quarter you forward to us 10% of your gross Expert Fees. Alternatively, you can pay a $200 annual listing fee and then all your fee income is yours. This is the mechanism that applies to non-academic, full time consultants or industry experts, i.e. you pay a $200 listing fee and then you decide if you want to charge anything for your "expert services".
I represent a Supplier of Nanotechnology; can I become an AZoNano.com expert?
Employees or the representatives of Nanotechnology Related companies, consulting organisations or similar bodies can become AZoNano.com experts. The only cost to you is the payment of a US$200 listing fee. Contact us for further details at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once you have been registered as an AZoNano Expert your profile will be listed alongside the technical articles (up to three) that are relevant to your area of expertise. You will then be one click away from people who are interested in transferring your technology, your expertise or services.
How do I list my company alongside AZoNano.com articles?
It is very simple to list your company as a key supplier or key service provider.
Conduct a few searches on AZoNano.com to view the types of articles that relate to your technology, products or services. Then send us an e-mail at email@example.com indicating the types of keywords you wish to use to ensure AZoNano.com visitors find you.
We will then conduct a free of charge analysis for you to provide you with complete listings of the content that relates to your organisation and your selected keywords and the costs involved for listing alongside 10, 20 or a specific number of articles.
Finally, we need to produce a supplier profile - a mini-website on your organisation and your activities which will run alongside all of your selected articles - you simply provide a word document with this information or we can build your supplier profile from your web site or company brochure, again this is a free service.
What are the benefits of listing as a Key Supplier?
AZoNano.com is a huge free access knowledge resource of Nanotech related information, articles, case histories, news, new product releases and technical briefs. As such it is a very attractive destination for the millions of engineers, scientists and designers who are online worldwide.
In addition, the novel search and keyword structure used by AZoNano.com means that when a visitor is searching for a solution to a problem they do not need to know anything about Nanotechnology - they simply type into the applications search box their application. The search results then reveal educational and informative content with key suppliers and service providers listed alongside.
Equally, end users can find Nanotech information that relates specifically to their industry. For example, assume you are a designer of medical devices and you wish to find out what Nanotech related news has an impact on your industry sector. Simply click the news tick box, input "medical" in the industries search box and up comes news items which relate to the medical device industry - as a supplier you are then one click away from an enquiry.
What form of content is suitable?
Any form of content that will help to educate the wider science, engineering and design community of the benefits of using Nanotechnology is acceptable.
Typically this will be a review article that provides a little background on a particular sector of Nanotechnology and then concentrates on examples of typical applications. However, AZoNano.com also welcomes shorter contributions, news items or even photographs or graphics, which add to the AZoNano.com content quality.
Please remember that AZoNano.com is heavily focused on providing examples of how nanotechnology can be used and not the fundamental science behind the technology.
To submit email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I benefit by submitting content?
AZoNano.com has a very wide audience reach of engineers, designers and scientists who use AZoNano.com for very specific nanotech information search and retrieval. Consequently, if you submit content to AZoNano.com you can guarantee that unlike traditional print media, your article will be seen by people who are directly interested in you area of expertise or product. If you are a full time academic, you can also offer to provide your consulting services by listing for free as an AZoNano.com Expert alongside your article or case history.
How do I search AZoNano.com?
AZoNano.com provides the site visitor with a range of search options. These options include a global search, which as the name suggests searches all content for word matches on the headline text, the article summary, keywords and tradenames. The search function also includes search boxes for applications and industries. All of these search functions can be used in conjunction with each other.
How does the application search work?
Every article or news story that is within the AZoNano.com knowledge base is keyworded in relation to the significant applications. This keywording can never be exhaustive or complete but it is intended to provide the site visitor with guidance on the major applications. The applications search is intended to make it easy for the non-nanotech specialist to find information on nanotech solutions for their application or similar applications. To make it even easier to find your application or an application similar to the one you seek, we have also included a page that lists the current real time list of all of the applications currently covered on the site.
How does the industry search work?
The industry search function is intended to allow site visitors to locate materials information on materials that have a significant impact in particular industry categories. The industry categorisation is based on the US Standard Industry Classification (SIC) system 1987, modified to suit the nature of the AZoNano.com site. The structure (detailed on the industry page) is also a hierarchical structure in that one can search at increasingly detailed industry levels. For example, two typical industry sectors are:
- Manufacturing, Industrial Machinery, General, Pumps, 3561
- Manufacturing, Industrial Machinery, General, Bearings, 3562
Typing into the industry box, "bearings" would locate all content that has a significant impact on the "bearings" industry sector. However, typing in "Industrial Machinery" would find content in Pumps, Bearings and several other industry sectors. Equally, the coding number at the end of the classification can also be used as a short form mechanism for locating the industry sector material information. A more detailed explanation is provided on the industry page.
What is the idea behind the Article and News check boxes?
If you check the article box, your chosen search parameters will focus on the encyclopaedia article type of material information. Checking the News box only, will focus the search on News and New Product information. Obviously, checking both boxes will provide all information available in Article and News formats.