Full Contributor Guidelines

CFE Media’s content strategy implements the exchange of specialized content to engage and increase interaction among the engineering community. Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Control Engineering, and Plant Engineering magazines and websites cover a wide range of topic areas. Please read the following guidelines for contributing content.

For items not described below, or for specific questions, please contact the following:

What we cover

Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Consulting-Specifying Engineer covers automation and controls, codes and standards, electrical, fire and life safety, green buildings and energy efficiency, HVAC, plumbing, lighting, and power systems. Consulting-Specifying Engineer serves management, engineering management and engineering personnel who perform mechanical and/or electrical engineering activities in consulting engineering firms; design/build firms; construction firms; contracting firms; engineering/architectural firms; architectural/engineering firms; and in-house engineering for government agencies, public utility companies, industrial firms, commercial firms, and institutions.

Control Engineering
Control Engineering covers automation, controls, and instrumentation used to help design, apply, use, upgrade, and decommission automated systems to improve efficiencies throughout the product lifecycle. Focus is on the control loop (sense, decide, and actuate) using the sensors, logic devices, and actuators that drive those improvements, along with the networks and software that helps integrate the controls with the enterprise and supply chain, in discrete, batch, process, and combined applications, across some 65 industries. Areas of coverage include:

Plant Engineering
Plant Engineering covers the world of manufacturing from a plant floor perspective. The major content areas include electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, automation engineering, and maintenance and management. Plant Engineering serves plant engineers and maintenance professionals within manufacturing and non-manufacturing industries.


Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Building construction engineering, systems engineering, industrial engineering, consulting engineer, construction engineering, building engineering, building engineer, control systems engineering, green building construction, commercial building systems, building engineer, commercial facility, consulting, specifying, HVAC, electrical, power, Pure Power, fire, life safety systems, industrial control systems, renewable energy, CFE Media

Control Engineering
HMI software, SCADA software, batch software, MES software, embedded control, process and advanced control, process improvement, instrumentation, process sensors, machine control, discrete sensors, servo drives, motion control, fieldbus, industrial networks, terminal blocks, relays, distributed control, single and multi-loop controllers, safety system software, I/O products and systems, manufacturing efficiency, PLC programming software, data acquisition, signal conditioners, pressure sensors, pressure switches, limit switches, photoelectric sensors, proximity sensors, motion feedback devices, encoders, resolvers, torque sensors, motion feedback devices, vision systems, automation software, control software, control programming languages, PC based control software, process analysis and loop tuning software, data historian software, valve positioners, motor starters, adjustable speed Drives, brushless motors, automation system design, control system design, system integrators, system integration

Plant Engineering
Manufacturing news, maintenance management, manufacturing, mechanical engineering, fluid handling, power transmission, HVAC, automation engineering, plant manufacturing, national manufacturing association, national manufacturing index, plant production, sustainable manufacturing, lean manufacturing, wireless communication, plant services, plant safety, OSHA, manufacturing technology, Applied Automation

CFE Media cannot accept content with requirements:

  1. To include a disclaimer or other legal notice from the company providing the content that must be included in the text, or
  2. To secure separate permission to reuse or repurpose content after its initial use. Content cannot be restricted, and must be submitted with permission that is without such a limitation.


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:


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.

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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:

E-newsletter feature stories

Each of our e-newsletters has one to two feature stories in each, which is both e-mailed to our readers and posted online. E-newsletters stories must meet the same strict requirements as our print magazine features, and should have multiple links to external sites for readers to acquire more information.

Send Consulting-Specifying Engineer e-newsletter feature story ideas with e-newsletter name in the subject line to Amara Rozgus, Editor in Chief/Content Manager, ARozgus(at)cfemedia.com.

Send Control Engineering e-newsletter feature story ideas with e-newsletter name in the subject line to controleng(at)cfemedia.com.

Send Plant Engineering e-newsletter feature story ideas to: Bob Vavra, Content Manager, BVavra(at)cfemedia.com.


How to submit feature story/case study information

There are restrictions on such submissions:

The article or online content must be exclusive to the three magazines that operate under CFE Media (Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Control Engineering, Plant Engineering). Authors will be requested to sign an agreement with CFE Media to have their story published. Photos and other art elements remain the intellectual property of the originator, but anything used in the Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Control Engineering, or Plant Engineering article can be used by Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Control Engineering or Plant Engineering in any spin-offs or re-publications of the article in print or electronic formats.

General policies and procedures


CFE Media and the publications it represents assumes the right to publish, perform, display, digitize, transmit, reproduce and, as reasonably required for layout purposes, modify and reformat, in all formats and media now known or hereafter developed throughout the universe in perpetuity for any submitted photography, illustrations, graphics, other images, and related text.

Specifically for Consulting-Specifying Engineer

All technical articles will be anonymously reviewed, likely by a member of the Consulting-Specifying Engineer Advisory Board, or by another expert in the industry.

How to Submit Videos

Videos of interest for viewing on the CFE Media Websites will be considered for posting.

Specifications for video file to post: Video, 5 minutes or less, may include a 5-sec introduction screen featuring your company/project name and information and a 5-sec closing screen with your contact information (e-mail, URL, phone, etc). Use file names for the video that contains descriptive keywords identifying video content for SEO purposes.

How Videos are Displayed


Reprints are available after publication in the three magazines. All reprints are custom made in hardcopy or electronic format, and prices vary. You can request reprints via the following e-mail addresses:

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