TME Writer's Guidelines

Get Published in The Military Engineer—Now in Print & Online!

SAME invites A/E/C and related industry professionals, uniformed service members and government leaders to submit articles for possible publication in The Military Engineer (TME) throughout the year.

  1. Copyright Information for Authors
  2. Preparing and Submitting an Article Proposal
  3. Preparing the Article & Images
    1. Submitting Completed Articles & Images
    2. Proper Formatting
    3. Illustrating the Article
  4. Submission Checklist for The Military Engineer

Becoming a TME author is a two-step process:

  1. Submit a 100- to 200-word article proposal summarizing the proposed topic and direction of the article. TME editors will review the proposal and provide feedback to help you shape the article so that it best serves TME readers.
  2. Upon approval of the proposal, you will be asked to write and submit a 1200- to 1400-word article based on the guidelines below, as well as supply high-resolution images.


Important information from TME Editors about the submission & review process:

  • Approval of an article proposal and an invitation to submit a complete article does not guarantee publication;
  • Article submissions that do not follow the Writers’ Guidelines below will be returned as incomplete and you will be asked to resubmit;
  • Articles are chosen for publication based on multiple factors including:
    • technical accuracy;
    • usefulness to readers;
    • timeliness; and
    • quality of writing.
    Articles rejected by TME editors often are outdated, overly broad, inappropriate in tone, written for the wrong audience, too promotional or “infomercial” in nature, or inadequately supported/researched;
  • TME editors reserve the right to edit all submissions for length and content;
  • TME does not compensate authors or photographers;
  • All articles that appear in the print version of The Military Engineer also will appear in The Military Engineer Online. At the TME editors’ sole discretion, select articles may appear as exclusive features in The Military Engineer Online as an added benefit for SAME Members & TME subscribers;
  • Toulmin Medal Consideration:
    All listed authors must be SAME Individual Members and/or Representatives from Sustaining Member Companies/Public Agencies for an article to be eligible for this award.


Copyright Information for Authors

Articles selected for publication by SAME are subject to editing at the discretion of the SAME editorial staff.

SAME will hold the copyright to all published articles. As such, SAME can post published articles online and can authorize reprints and other uses. Reprints may be granted with permission from the SAME editorial staff provided the individual/organization requesting permission includes the following information, clearly visible, in the reprint:

The Military Engineer, Vol. (input volume number), Issue (input issue number), pages (input page numbers), Copyright (year), reprinted with permission of The Society of American Military Engineers (SAME).

Authors will retain copyright to the original, unedited material, unless they indicate their approval for SAME to hold all copyrights, free and clear.


Preparing and Submitting an Article Proposal

The proposal (100 to 200 words max) should concisely state the proposed topic and planned focus for the article. To better target your article proposal, please refer to the TME Editorial Calendar that outlines the subject matter to be covered in upcoming issues of the magazine.

The proposal should establish the “who, what, when, where, why and how.”

At the end of the proposal, briefly describe the photos, graphics or illustrations that you believe will best illustrate the article.

Send the proposal via e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. In the subject line of the e-mail, please use the words “TME Article Proposal.”


Preparing the Article & Images

  • Remember, all submissions must be original works, never before published and not under consideration by another publisher at the time of submission.
  • Write in a clear, concise, expository style, generally third-person. Successful articles contain strong examples, anecdotes, up-to-date facts and figures, answers to “why” and “how” the information is important, case studies illustrating innovative production methods and processes, and sound approaches to solving problems.
  • Although articles may feature a particular company, product or project, care should be taken to avoid an “infomercial” approach. (It is best to avoid repeated references to a company or product.)
  • Articles should address the cost benefits to users and the impact of the method, technology or system in the years ahead (e.g., how this might be employed in other ways and for other purposes in the future).
  • Avoid jargon, spell out acronyms on first reference, and explain technical concepts in layman’s terms, using examples to clarify.


Proper Formatting:

  1. At the top of the document, provide a 50-word summary statement.
  2. Do not exceed 1,400 words. Longer articles will be returned to the author for editing and will need to be resubmitted.
  3. Text should be single-spaced; double-spaced between paragraphs. (Do not use columns.) Save text as a Microsoft Word document or rich text format.
  4. At the end of the text, provide the full name, rank/title, snail mail address, e-mail address, telephone and fax numbers, academic or professional titles or designations, the name of employer and location of office for each author to be listed in the byline.

High-Resolution Images:

  1. A minimum of three, high-resolution photos must be submitted with the manuscript. They should be 3x5,” 300 dpi and in either .jpg or .tif formats.
  2. Do NOT embed photos in Word documents, PowerPoint presentations or PDFs. These will be returned and the author will be asked to resubmit in original .jpg or .tif form.
  3. If using a digital camera to take photographs to illustrate the article be sure to use a 3.3 mega pixel or higher digital camera and photo file sizes at least 400K.
  4. Captions and photo credits (the name of the person who took the photo) must be included with each photograph. (If no individual’s name is provided, credit will be given to the lead author’s organization.)
  5. You may use tables, graphs and charts in place of images—PROVIDED they are supplied in .jpg format or .tif format. Please be sure these provide supplemental information so that if the editorial staff decides not to use them, the article will still be coherent.


Submitting Completed Articles & Images

SAME has on online submittal form that makes submitting completed articles and selected images fast and easy. To submit your completed manuscript, click here.

Complete the form, check the box verifying you have read and agree to SAME's copyright for authors information, and then hit SUBMIT at the bottom of the page.


Submission Checklist for The Military Engineer

Please use this handy checklist to ensure a complete submission package and timely review of your manuscript/article submission for publication in an upcoming issue of The Military Engineer.


Incomplete or improperly formatted submissions will be returned.

____ Summary of the Article—50 words or fewer—at the top of article.
____ The article is between 1,200 and 1,400 words long, single-spaced with double spaces between paragraphs.
____ For EACH author: Have you provided the individual’s full name, snail-mail address, e-mail address, telephone and fax numbers, academic and professional titles, job title and location and place of employment?
____ At least two images at 300 dpi in .jpg or .tif format. These should NOT be embedded in a Word, PDF or PowerPoint documents.
____ Captions and photo credits (the name of the person who took the photos) for images are placed at the end of the manuscript.