COUNCIL LAST week rejected proposals to reduce the paper quality of the Institution's Proceedings but accepted other economies to help shave £78k off the £278k budget for the quarterly journals.
David Cawthra, chairman of the working group reviewing the journals, presented plans which included merging two issues of Civil Engineering into a double issue.
More savings still had to be found from the journals which were said to be profitable for Thomas Telford Ltd.
Explaining the cost cutting exercise, Cawthra said: 'We really have to find ways of dealing with the draconian cut to the Technical and Engineering budget.'
Council rebuffs were led by Terry Mulroy, who said that reducing the paper quality would demean ICE Proceedings as a quality product: 'The quality of any journal is related to the quality of the paper,' he said.
The working party explored issuing Civil Engineering on CD, but decided that publishing the journals electronically was not yet a realistic option.
'There isn't a long-term future for printed journals,' said David Cawthra. 'The change could take place in five years although others say longer; but everyone agrees that it will happen.
'Electronic publishing could allow us to create journals for the management board and the environment and sustainability board which don't have sufficient support to run journals at the moment.'
Charging members £5 per annum for Civil Engineering and accruing net savings through reduced subscription rates for those not wanting the journal were rejected by the working group.
It was argued that members had already suffered a considerable hike in the subscription rate, which had covered the cost of issuing Civil Engineering free of charge to all members.