Mechanical Requirements

Net 30 days; 1.5% penalty per month after 60 days.

Print Advertising Specifications
  • Trim size: 8.25" x 10.875"
  • All images must be CMYK and 300 DPI
  • Fonts converted to outline
Acceptable Files
  • High-res JPG
  • High-res TIFF
  • High-res PDF
  • PDF/X-1a preferred

Reproduction Requirements
PE magazine is printed in 4-color process, CMYK to SWOP specifications, and all pre-press is done electronically. Therefore, all advertising should be supplied in digital formats, and colors need to be converted to CMYK. Film negatives or positives, and camera- ready art are not acceptable.

Technical Specifications
Materials for ads should be submitted as a PDF (Press-optimized PDF files are preferred) file or EPS file with fonts converted to outlines. We accept collected files from Adobe InDesign CS3 or later for Windows only. Collected files created on the Mac platform are not accepted due
to the incompatibility of Mac and PC fonts.

NSPE's Communications Department is PC-based. QuarkXPress files are no longer accepted. Convert all QuarkXPress files to a press-optimized PDF. All image files must be submitted in 4-color and 300 DPI as either an EPS, JPEG, or TIFF file. Files created with Microsoft Publisher, PageMaker, FrameMaker, Corel Ventura, or any other similar programs are not accepted.

For Career Mart ads, please send text files separately from any image/graphic files. We will not accept any files that have images/graphics imported or dragged into a text file.

All collected files must be supplied on a CDROM disk packaged with fonts, embedded or linked images/graphics, and a printed color proof at 100% its size. Zipped or StuffIt files under 20MB that are in PDF format may be e-mailed to A proof is required for all display ads.

Please mail proof to NSPE, Attention: PE Magazine, 1420 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. Call 703-684-2808 to discuss other options.

Ad Specifications
Ad Type Live Area Bleed
Full Page 7.25" x 9.625" 8.5" x 11.125"
2/3 Vertical 4.75" x 9.625" 5.375" x 11.125"
1/2 Vertical 4.75" x 7.25" 5.245" x 8"
1/2 Horizontal 7.25" x 4.687" 8.5" x 5.437"
1/3 Vertical 2.25" x 9.625" 2.875" x 11.125"
1/3 Square 4.75" x 4.687"  
1/6 Page Vertical 2.25" x 4.687"  
Web Site Ad Specifications
Ad Type Live Area
Homepage Horizontal Banner 468 pixels x 60 pixels
Homepage Side Box 250 pixels x 250 pixels
Interior Horizontal * 728 pixels x 90 pixels
Interior Side Box 250 pixels x 250 pixels
e-Newsletter Specifications
Ad Type Live Area
Leaderboard 480 pixels x 80 pixels
Side Box 250 pixels x 250 pixels

*NSPE has implemented a responsive design on the site. This will give the user a better experience on the web site no matter what device they are on: computer, tablet, or smartphone. In order for them to display responsively on a tablet and smartphone, we'll need additional banners:
Tablet: 468 x 60 Full Banner
Widescreen: 728 x 90 Full Banner
Smartphone: 300 x 50 Smartphone Static Banner