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Auto-Assign Setting

Those who viewed our How-To videos a few weeks ago may have missed some changes posted next to their respective videos.  Related to managing your profile, there is a new auto-assign setting not reflected in the screencast.  When questions are submitted to your group, they are auto-assigned on a round-robin basis to available experts within the group.  Some groups prefer that all questions go to an internal "question wrangler" who will then reassign them to other appropriate experts within the group. The setting you now find in your user profile is a check box on whether you want to participate in that auto-assignment process or not.  With this setting, you no longer should use the vacation status to prevent automatic question assignment.  Vacation now really means that; i.e., you are not available at all, not even for manual reassignments.  The following displays how you change your auto assign setting.

Profile > Groups > Auto-assign setting

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Create a table of contents

When writing a proposal, it is important to include a table of contents. This will allow the reader to quickly scan through the proposal and identify the sections of the document that will be discussed in detail. You can create a table of acs citation for the text itself or use the same format as for the table of figures. In either case, be sure to align the page numbers in the table of contents according to the order of the text.

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