About Paper Writing
The Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering International ?Official Guidelines for Preparing Papers? describes how to structure and format a paper for publication, yet writing a 3,500 (CCP Technical Paper word count is 2,500) word paper is intimidating. This paper describes a useful story board technique and a basic organizational format to get most technical authors past the "writer's block." The paper is intended to assist the first time author, as well as the seasoned author. Sensitive items such as addressing copyright, legal review, and proprietary data will be presented. Advanced writing tips will show how to select an editor, avoid common grammatical mistakes, incorporate technical reviews, and how to address the audience. The goal is to transform knowledge authors into recognized world-class authorities by helping them communicate their ideas on paper.
In the past few years, the Technical Board has noticed that the quality of manuscripts submitted for Annual Meetings has sharply deteriorated. Papers are submitted without a table of contents, bibliographies, and sometimes there are no papers at all for many presentations. The Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering International (AACE International) has author guidelines published on its website. One page in the guidelines addresses the minimum essentials for bibliography, units of measurements, style, etc. of the structure for technical papers submitted for publication. Technical papers serve as a reference library to the membership and future AACE International members in developing Recommended Practices. Therefore, it is important to seek to develop a common style and minimum standard to better serve the project controls community. This paper provides explanation on the format, and general guidelines that AACE International expects in a technical paper.