Full contributor guidelines

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Marketing and press releases


News: 
News items with an industry impact or nationwide reach that would benefit all of our readers are best. News may be about trends that affect the industry, association information, analysis of such information, large achievements within a company, or other broad items. In the magazines, we typically do not run announcements on new hires or promotions, Web site launches, or other company-specific news, though we may run it online.

Please send all press releases, case studies, and other news to the following:

Products: Product releases should include complete company contact information, a description of the product and its capabilities, and a color photo whenever possible. Products are selected based on their relevance to our readers, and may be included in a special product focus in a particular month.

Please send all new products releases to the following:


Letters/reader feedback


This is where industry opinions are sought. We welcome letters to the editor, comments on stories you've seen in the magazines or on general industry issues, and other comments you'd like to share.

Send comments to:


Feature articles


This is the place where our industry experts and engineering leaders can best showcase their knowledge. Articles may range from 1,200 to 3,000 words and should include all appropriate graphics, tables, or art (anchor to image guidelines). Our editors will work with you on the development of your article and the details of submission. Feature articles are generally planned one year in advance in what is called an editorial calendar. When pitching an article, it is advised that the topic be tied to one that is on the editorial calendar at least three months in advance of the month the topic is listed.

Send feature story ideas to:


Bylined Departments/Thought Leadership


These are the one- to two-page sections of the magazine that have contributors writing about topics germane to a given department. For example, the Consulting-Specifying Engineer monthly department, Codes and Standards, will have a 600- to 900-word story on new specifications within a given code, standard, or guideline, or cover an interpretation issue. Some departments are planned in advance on the editorial calendar.

Send bylined department ideas to the following:


Product case studies


We welcome stories (600 to 1,500 words) of how a product or solution technique (not a specific product) helped improve one of your client’s efficiency, productivity, or operational effectiveness. What we're looking for are unique solutions to a client’s problem. These articles can be suggested by a product manufacturer or the engineering team, but the focus of the article should be on how the product solved a difficult problem for the client. We will evaluate submissions to ensure they focus on the solution, not the product.

Please send case studies to:


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