Journal of Engineering Education

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Edited By: Dr. Michael C. Loui

Impact Factor: 1.739

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 12/40 (Education Scientific Disciplines); 23/85 (Engineering Multidisciplinary); 30/231 (Education & Educational Research)

Online ISSN: 2168-9830

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Author Guidelines

Manuscript requirements

The manuscript length is expected to fall between 8,000 to 10,000 words, including references. For empirical investigations, the Journal discourages long literature review sections; only literature directly relevant to the research problem or topic should be summarized.

The Journal generally discourages the publication of a body of research in a series of dependent parts. Authors should either identify components of the research suitable for publication as independent articles or prepare a condensed manuscript and encourage interested readers to contact the authors for additional information supporting the research reported.

Submitted manuscripts must not have been published as copyrighted material nor be submitted for consideration for publication as copyrighted material while in review by the Journal, whether in print or electronic form. By submitting a manuscript, the author(s) agree that the copyright will be transferred to ASEE if the manuscript is accepted for publication. The author(s) retain the rights to the fair use of the article published, such as in teaching and other nonprofit uses.

A manuscript is eligible for publication in the Journal even if an abstract or a preliminary version was published in a copyrighted conference proceedings. In this case, the manuscript should represent a significant expansion of the conference version. In the cover the letter, the authors should describe the major differences between the manuscript and the conference version.

Manuscripts should report original research that contributes significantly to the body of knowledge in the field of engineering education. Quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research designs are accepted. Replication studies are welcome; see the guest editorial by Benson and Borrego in the October 2015 issue. Manuscripts that primarily describe a curricular or pedagogical innovation are generally not appropriate for the Journal. The Journal typically publishes two types of manuscripts: empirical investigations and research reviews.

Empirical investigations should state the questions addressed and their context relative to prior knowledge on the subject. The relevant theories should be presented, the research design decisions should be justified, and the research methods should be described in detail to permit an evaluation of their quality. The interpretation of the results must be supported by the data. The conclusions should explain the significance of the results for advancing engineering education research or practice.

Research reviews should state the propositions addressed in the review and their context relative to the body of knowledge reviewed. A review might include a critical analysis, synthesis, or evaluation of previous research to provide new perspectives, a new knowledge structure, general conclusions or overarching principles, or new research directions. Reviews using systematic and meta-analytic approaches are encouraged, but not required. An explanation of the significance of the insights gained to advancing engineering education research or practice should be provided.

Membership in ASEE does not influence either the review or publication decision of manuscripts submitted.

Review Criteria

Manuscripts are reviewed and evaluated on the basis of the following criteria, which are adapted from the International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education ( Also see the Standards for Reporting on Empirical Social Science Research in AERA Publications (

Empirical Articles

  1. Focus: All empirical articles should report original research that significantly extends the body of knowledge in the field of engineering education. Is the manuscript's focus congruent with the Journal's stated mission and focus (see Research Areas on Overview page)

  2. Problem: Does the manuscript clearly state and explain the problem or issue that is addressed by the research, the warrants for claims made, and the significance of the problem? Is the statement of the problem directly linked with and in alignment with the subsequent review of the literature?
  3. Literature: Does the article identify, synthesize and evaluate the relevant the literature that led the author to propose the research? Is there a specific and persuasive explanation of how the present study will contribute to the literature as well as to practice or policy? What conceptual or theoretical framework informs the study?

  4. Methods and Analysis: Does the manuscript present a well-developed, clearly articulated, and appropriate method or set of methods for the expressed problem, supporting literature, and research approach (e.g., qualitative or quantitative)? How detailed is the description of the context of the study? Are the data that are collected, regardless of form (e.g., interview transcripts, survey results), analyzed using appropriate procedures? Are the results of these analysis reported accurately and fully in the manuscript?

  5. Quality of Data and Findings: Regardless of the method(s) used, the data should be of sufficient quality to address the hypothesis and/or research questions. In quantitative studies, are the sample size and demographics appropriate to the problem? In qualitative papers, were the data collected in a way to provide an in-depth understanding of the context? Are findings supported by data and results? Are findings sufficiently compelling to support publication.

  6. Conclusions: Are the conclusions specific to the research questions or hypotheses posed? Are they supported by the data analysis? In addition, does the conclusion address both the original problem and the implications of the research findings? For quantitative studies, do the conclusions address the hypothesis? For qualitative papers, do the conclusions address the research question? Does the manuscript connect the findings to the conceptual framework that informs the study, discuss the limitations of the study, and describe the implications of the findings for further research or educational practice?
  7. Clarity and Organization: Is the manuscript organized in accordance with currently accepted formats for reporting qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods research? (For guidance, see the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, sixth edition).
  8. Style and Mechanics: Is the article written in an appropriate style? Is the article free from grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors?

In addition to these general criteria, specific criteria apply depending on the type of empirical article:

  1. Quantitative studies will generally be hypothesis-driven. Is the hypothesis clearly articulated and are the methods appropriate to address the hypothesis? Are the sample and any controls appropriate? When scales, instruments, or tests are used, is there evidence of validity and reliability? Is the use of statistical tests explained clearly? Are decisions regarding the choice of statistical tests justified? Have assumptions for statistical tests been checked or verified? When appropriate, are effect sizes, confidence intervals, statistical power, and goodness of fit reported?
  2. Qualitative studies do not have to be hypothesis-driven. Does the manuscript articulate the research questions that guide the study? Are the methods appropriate to answer the research questions? Additionally, is there justification for the cases or participants being studied? Are credibility and trustworthiness established? Are the analyses used appropriate? Does the methodology provide a deep, contextual understanding of the phenomenon being studied? Is the researcher's epistemological stance clearly articulated and reflected in the methodology?
  3. For mixed methods studies, are the hypotheses or research questions clearly stated? Does the article delineate whether it uses a mixed or multiple methods approach? Does the article clearly describe the research strategy and the plan for integrating the different data sets? Finally, do the quantitative and qualitative components satisfy the criteria given above?

Research Reviews

  1. Focus: Is the focus congruent with the stated mission and focus of the Journal?
  2. Topic: Does the manuscript clearly state and explain the topic or issue that is addressed by the review? Is the statement of the topic delineated and distinguished from related topics, and directly linked with inclusion criteria described in the manuscript's methods section?
  3. Methods and Analysis: Does the manuscript clearly describe how articles were identified for the review, and is the approach appropriate for the type of review? Are decisions as inclusion criteria, databases used, and the number of qualifying articles documented? For a meta-analytic review, is a description of the statistical techniques used in the analysis included?
  4. Synthesis and Critique: Does the manuscript sufficiently describe what is known about the topic? Does it advance knowledge and identify future directions of research? Is it a complete treatment of the topic?
  5. Conclusions: Are the conclusions meaningful and the scholarly contributions supported by the literature review? Do the conclusions suggest further directions for research, areas that are missing from our current understanding, or implications for engineering education practice?
  6. Clarity and Organization: Is the manuscript organized in accordance with currently accepted formats for literature reviews?
  7. Style and Mechanics: Is the manuscript written in an appropriate style? Is the manuscript free from grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors?


Manuscripts must be submitted in electronic form only at the Journal's Web site: An automatic and immediate e-mail confirmation is provided if the submission process is completed successfully. The Editor subsequently evaluates manuscripts for their compatibility with the Journal's mission and review criteria. The Editor typically is able to complete the evaluation and inform the author within two weeks of the submission of the manuscript. The Editor forwards appropriate manuscripts to one of the Journal's associate editors, who handles the peer review. The Journal is normally able to complete the peer review process and inform the author within four months. At present, about 40 percent of new submissions are sent for peer review, of which about 25 percent are accepted for publication, usually after multiple rounds of revisions. The overall acceptance rate is about 10 percent.

Prior to submitting a manuscript an author must log in at the ScholarOne Web site, register, and obtain a password.

The author should have the following information ready for this online registration: For each author:

first name, middle initial, and last name; also title (e.g., Dr., Prof.)

order of appearance in the list of authors

e-mail address

primary (work) telephone number

postal address, including department and institution

Manuscripts submitted through ScholarOne must include the following electronic files (which should be properly prepared as separate files before beginning submission):

  1. Cover letter: The cover letter, which will be accessible to editors only, not to reviewers, should inform the Editor whether the manuscript is submitted as a regular paper or contributed to a special issue of the Journal. If the manuscript is a revised version of a manuscript that was previously considered by the Journal, the cover letter should include the reference number (e.g., JEE-2345) of the previous version.  If a preliminary version of the manuscript appeared in a conference proceedings, provide the conference publication information.
  2. Structured abstract and keywords: The structured abstract contains background, purpose/hypothesis, design/method, results, conclusions, and three to five keywords. Three of these keywords must be terms in the current version of the Engineering Education Research Taxonomy. The other keywords may also be terms in this taxonomy or other terms chosen by the authors. (See below for further information about the structured abstract.)
  3. Text of the manuscript, containing:

the full title of the manuscript;

a 250 word structured abstract properly formatted;

an introduction section following the abstract and preceding the main body of the manuscript;

the main body of the manuscript, appropriately divided into sections;

a conclusion or summary section following the main body of the manuscript;

acknowledgments (as appropriate);

list of references;

appendixes (as appropriate; and

figures (black and white or color) and tables, if any, either embedded at appropriate locations within the manuscript (preferred) or collected together and appended at the end of the manuscript. Be certain to include a "call out" or reference in text about placement of figures and tables.

If the manuscript is a revision of an older manuscript that was previously reviewed, then the main text document should begin with a description of the revisions that the authors have made, including their response to each major comment of each reviewer.

Instruction for Structured Abstracts

The format for a structured abstract depends on the type of manuscript submitted. The format and subheadings for empirical investigations is:

Background - Briefly describe the context and motivation for the study

Purpose/Hypothesis- Summarize the research question/proposition(s) addressed

Design/Method - Provide an overview of the research design, methods of data collection, and analysis

Results - Summarize the key findings

Conclusions - State the key conclusion(s) based on the findings

The format and subheadings for research reviews is:

Background - Briefly describe the context and motivation for the work

Purpose - Summarize the research question/proposition(s) addressed

Scope/Method - Provide a description of the literature considered and the methods used in the review process

Conclusions - State the conclusion(s) of the review

The author must label each part of the structured abstract with the appropriate subheading. Abstracts are limited to 250 words (excluding the subheadings). This limit generally results in about 2 to 5 sentences per part. The parts do not need to be of equal length. A matter-of-fact, statement-oriented writing style is better suited for structured abstracts than an expository, conversational writing style (which is the more typical manner of expression of one-paragraph, unstructured abstracts).

When entering the structured abstract in the Journal's web-based submission site, authors must enter the subheading already embedded within their abstract. NOTE: the abstract needs to appear twice, both in the separate box for the abstract on the Web site and also in the manuscript submited. Authors must use the journal's subheadings; new or modified subheadings are not permitted.

Style for Submitted Manuscripts
Manuscripts should be prepared in 12-point font (preferably Times Roman), double-spaced, in one column. Manuscripts may also include appendixes, a glossary of symbols, and acknowledgments, as deemed appropriate by the authors.

Since the Journal uses double-blind peer review (that is, authors will not know the names and affiliations of the reviewers, and the reviewers will not know the names and affiliations of the authors), authors must prepare their manuscripts carefully before submission to ensure that their names and affiliations are not revealed in the manuscript directly or indirectly. In some cases, pseudonyms or indirect references may be necessary. For example, rather than state the name of an institution directly, which might reveal the identity of an author, the institution could be described as follows: "The research involved a sophomore-level engineering statics course offered at a large public university in the western United States."

Should the manuscript cite references written by the authors, the citations and references should be written to avoid revealing the identities of the authors. For example, in an article written by Lohmann and Riley, a citation written as "In our prior research (Lohmann and Riley, 2010), we showed that...," should be written as, "In our prior research (Authors, 2010), we showed that...," or "Research by Lohmann and Riley (2010) showed that..." Use your judgment about which method to use; when in doubt, it is better to anonymize entirely with “Author” than to leave names in, especially when there are many citations to your own work. After completion of the review process and upon acceptance of the manuscript, authors will supply the identifying information, such as acknowledgments of specific grant numbers and named individuals.

Authors are strongly encouraged to carefully proofread their manuscripts before submission. The Journal does not use endnotes, and footnotes are discouraged. If the material is important enough for a reader to seek it out, then it is important enough to be included in the body of the text.

A detailed Guide for Preparing Manuscripts for Production will be provided to authors of accepted manuscripts for use in preparing their final text file, tables, figures, and graphics for typesetting and production. Manuscripts accepted for publication will be expected to follow the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (sixth edition, sixth printing, September 2011).

Copyright and Permissions

Authors must sign, scan and upload to the online system:

  • a copyright transfer agreement - it is the policy of the Society to own the copyrights to all the material it publishes. You will be provided with a copyright transfer form, which must be completed before publication is scheduled. Authors and employers retain full rights to the use of their own material;

  • permission grants - if the manuscript contains, extracts, including illustrations, from other copyright works (including material from on-line or intranet sources) it is the author's responsibility to obtain written permission from the owners of the publishing rights to reproduce such extracts using the Wiley permission request form. The author is also responsible for identifying and acknowledging any trademarks or service marks used in the manuscript.

Guest Editorials

The Journal welcomes guest editorials. A guest editorial is an essay of about 1,500 words that presents an opinion on an aspect of engineering education research. The opinion should be supported by scholarly arguments, with references. Authors who wish to submit guest editorials should contact the Editor.

Color and Page Charge Policy

All manuscripts are printed in black and white but posted online in color.

Authors of accepted manuscripts are asked to pay charges of $60 per journal page, up to a maximum of $1,800. To estimate the total number of pages, count on about 500 words of text per printed journal page, and add the space required for figures and tables. Page charges partially defray the costs of publication, such as professional copy-editing services. The page charge includes a complimentary copy of the issue in which the manuscript is published for each author. Authors should contact the Editor to request reduced page charges if the manuscript reports research that was not sponsored by a grant, or if the authors’ institutions do not provide research support.

Editorial Office

Editorial questions and inquiries should be directed to Dr. Thomas McGeary, Assistant Editor; voice; (+1) 217-300-0060; email: