Many first time authors and some experienced authors approach the preparation of a paper for consideration for publication in a refereed journal with some apprehension. Even writing a paper for conference proceedings is not always an easy task. This paper will serve as the introduction to an open forum on the preparation of a paper for publication and, for refereed journals, how to survive the review process. The benefits of publication are outlined, including the different options available for the dissemination of information useful to the noise control community - such as refereed journals, professional conferences and trade magazines. An overview of the content in a good journal paper is presented, including technical content, organization, formatting and language. The process of revising a paper in response to reviewers' comments is discussed. We also outline policies on plagiarism, submission of a paper to more than one journal, and publication in a refereed journal of papers previously published in conference proceedings.