Governing Documents and Guidelines
If you are preparing a paper and presentation for our AACE International Conference & Expo the information on this page is for you. Please review it carefully. (For your convenience, all files and documents described on this page may be downloaded as one .zip file: AACE International Conference & Expo Speaker Package.)
AACE International Technical Paper Style Guide
The purpose of this document is to establish the format and writing style for all technical documents published by AACE International. The intent is to achieve technical documents that are clearly written, and consistent in style and form.
AACE International Conference & Expo Technical Paper Guidelines
The purpose of this document is to provide guidelines for the submission of technical papers for publication in the AACE International Conference & Expo Transactions and presentation at the AACE International Conference & Expo. This document establishes the legal issues, style issues, and overall evaluation criteria that must be met for publication acceptance.
Technical Paper Evaluation Criteria (TPEC)
AACE International has developed a Technical Paper Evaluation Criteria (TPEC) spreadsheet tool to drive consistency in the review process, and to report results to the paper authors. A passing score in all of the review areas is required for the paper to be accepted for publication in the AACE International Conference & Expo Transactions. To view a presentation on how our reviewers are using the TPEC to evaluate papers click here: Using the TPEC Spreadsheet
AACE International Conference & Expo Technical Paper Template [REQUIRED]
Papers submitted for the AACE International Conference & Expo must adhere to the AACE International Technical Paper Style Guide. The document must be submitted in Microsoft Word utilizing the AACE International Conference & Expo Paper Template. Submissions should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
AACE International Conference & Expo Presentation Slide Template [REQUIRED]
This is the official slide template that must be used for the presentation and pre-recording that will accompany your paper. Please remember that NO images/charts/graphics etc. may be used in your presentation unless you have a copyright release from the owner that covers use for commercial purposes. No exceptions.
Common Mistakes Made when Writing a Technical Paper [RECOMMENDED]
Here are some of the more common mistakes that even the most seasoned authors often make. You should be aware of them before submitting your paper. Making any of these mistakes will cause your paper to be rejected and returned to you for revision.
Slide Presentation Evaluation Criteria (SPEC)
Similar to the TPEC, AACE International has developed a Slide Presentation Evaluation Criteria (SPEC) spreadsheet tool to drive consistency in the presentation slide review process, and to report results to the presenters. A passing score in all of the review areas is required for the slides to be accepted for use in a presentation at an AACE International Conference & Expo.
AACE International Publication and Speaker Agreement [REQUIRED]
This document must be signed by you (and each of each you co-authors). Without it, your paper cannot be published or presented.
Additional Resources for Authors:
Writing a technical paper and passing the peer review can be a daunting task. Here are some resources that may help you in your endeavors:
A great source for your research. It contains links to over 6,500 technical articles (and recordings of past presentations) published by AACE for you to get ideas and gain knowledge to support your paper. More information here: https://web.aacei.org/resources/downloads
Cost Engineering Terminology
A recommended practice of AACE, 10S-90 Cost Engineering Terminology is an industry consensus document of thousands of terms and definitions used in the field. More information here: https://web.aacei.org/resources/cost-engineering-terminology
AACE Recommended Practices
Be sure to familiarize yourself with AACE’s recommended practices (RPs). In general, you want to be in alignment with these guidelines. More information here: https://web.aacei.org/resources/recommended-practices
If your paper deals with forensic schedule analysis, you may want to have a look at the AACE Uniset. The Uniset is designed to serve as a control set for testing of forensic schedule analysis methods, for the comparison of the results of new methods or software packages, for use in developing new technical papers, and for the training and education of new analysts. More information here: https://www.pathlms.com/aace/courses/54058
Stuck or need input from other professionals? Check out our online communities. More information here: https://communities.aacei.org/home
How to Write a Technical Paper
You may want to watch this (free) presentation on how to write a technical paper. More information here: https://www.pathlms.com/aace/courses/3164/video_presentations/274304
Mentoring Program for First-Time Authors
Would you like to have assistance in writing your paper? Check out our mentoring program. More information here: https://careers.aacei.org/eMentor/
You may want to consider using software such as Grammarly to assist you in writing your paper. More information here: https://www.grammarly.com/ (This does not imply an endorsement by AACE.)