AACE International is proud to introduce an exciting new addition to our communications portfolio to supplement our Cost Engineering journal. The new addition, Source, is a bimonthly digital publication focusing on Association activities and items of interest to the total cost management community. Beginning in February 2012, Source will be published in even number months while the Cost Engineering journal will be published six times per year in the odd number months.
Among the regular features in Source is the release of latest editions of AACE Presents, the Association’s online presentations of outstanding technical papers from our Annual Meeting as narrated by the actual presenters. The online presentations will be supplemented by interactive links to our Virtual Library, as well as to discussion forums that will allow readers the option to comment on the two presentations featured and to post questions to the authors.
Source will also include interactive surveys to gauge member’s opinions and attitudes on various topics ranging from Association’s programs to trends in the practice of total cost management. Find an opportunity in the February issue of Source to win a Kindle Fire for completing the interactive survey. Source will also include articles on total cost management issues that are less technical and more practice-oriented than those featured in the Cost Engineering journal.
“Source will allow us to place information in front of our members in a more timely, engaging and interactive fashion. The ability to link to other online resources will add additional impact to our articles. And the digital version will save staff time and dues dollars while reducing the environmental impact inherent in a physical publication,”
AACE International Executive Director Dennis Stork commented. Stork noted that the new publication format presents a more contemporary, progressive image for the Association that should be more appealing among younger prospective members.
While the frequency of the Cost Engineering journal will be reduced, the actual number of technical articles published will remain the same or be increased, according to Stork. “We studied our readership preference surveys and determined that the Cost Engineering journal’s most valued feature were our technical articles. We are committed to publishing the same number of technical papers per year or more in our new bimonthly format. As a result, the Cost Engineering journal will have a larger page count than the current format but will be more heavily weighted toward technical articles,” Stork commented.
“The combination of these two publications will increase our capacity to provide members with quality technical papers while also offering more timely and engaging digital information that can be targeted to our diverse membership. We believe that this strategy not only enhances our communications capabilities but also demonstrates good stewardship of limited financial resources,” Stork concluded.