Journals and conferences dedicated to engineering education offer an opportunity for academics and researchers to share ideas, experiences and innovations in engineering education. Often, however, those starting out to publish in engineering education, and those engineering academics who simply want to inform and improve their own learning and teaching practice, do not always know where to turn to. This is mainly because engineering education journals are still relatively few and largely unknown to the majority of engineering educators. And since journals dedicated to engineering education are so few and so unknown, those engineering educators who are currently publishing are doing so largely through mainstream education journals. This has led to a diffusion and dilution of engineering education research into a plethora of education journals which are largely beyond the radar of the ordinary engineering academic.
In this article I present a shortlist of seven engineering education journals that the aspiring engineering education researcher can publish in. I arrive at this list using the following standard journal evaluation criteria: journal impact factor, the SCImago Journal Ranking, h-index and number of indexing databases.
My effort builds on the work by Van Epps (2013), and by Shawcross and Ridgman (2013), who both independently set out to identify and draw up shortlists of journals, both engineering education and mainstream, that engineering education researchers can publish in. I strongly believe that a quantum leap in the impact and visibility of engineering education research can only be attained through focused publication in dedicated engineering education journals. Hence, in contrast to these two publications, my focus is on engineering education journals only.
- Journal Listing based on the Thomson Reuters 2014 Journal Impact Factor
Eugene Garfield, the originator of the journal impact factor explains it as follows (Garfield, 2006) : “A journal’s impact factor is based on 2 elements: the numerator, which is the number of citations in the current year to any items published in a journal in the previous 2 years, and the denominator, which is the number of substantive articles (source items) published in the same 2 years.”
Below is an ordered list of engineering education journals that I retrieved from the 2014 Thomson Reuters InCites Journal Citation Report and ordered according to their journal impact factor (Table 1):
Table 1: Journals ranked by their Journal Impact Factor (JIF)
|1||Journal of Engineering Education||ISSN 21689830||2.059||United States|
|2||Research in Engineering Design – Theory, Applications, and Concurrent Engineering||ISSN 14356066||1.233||United Kingdom|
|3||IEEE Transactions on Education||ISSN 00189359||0.842||United States|
|4||Engineering Studies||ISSN 19378629||0.5||United Kingdom|
|5||Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice||ISSN 10523928||0.275||United States|
|6||International Journal of Electrical Engineering Education||ISSN 00207209||0.077||United Kingdom|
- Journal Listing based on the 2014 SJR Journal Rankings
The SCImago Journal Ranking (SJR) is a size-independent indicator of scientific journal prestige computed by weighting the number of citations received by a journal by the prestige of the citing journals (Guerrero-Bote & Moya-Anegón, 2012).
Below is an ordered list of engineering education journal titles that I retrieved from the 2014 SJR journal rankings list and ordered according to their SJR rankings (Table 2):
Table 2: Journals ranked by their SCImago Journal Ranking (SJR)
|1||Journal of Engineering Education||ISSN 21689830||1.705||United States|
|2||Research in Engineering Design – Theory, Applications, and Concurrent Engineering||ISSN 14356066||1.286||United Kingdom|
|3||IEEE Transactions on Education||ISSN 00189359||0.68||United States|
|4||Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice||ISSN 10523928||0.449||United States|
|5||European Journal of Engineering Education||ISSN 14695898||0.419||United Kingdom|
|6||Engineering Studies||ISSN 19378629||0.377||United Kingdom|
|7||Computer Applications in Engineering Education||ISSN 10990542||0.315||United States|
|8||International Journal of Engineering Education||ISSN 0949149X||0.314||Ireland|
|9||Chemical Engineering Education||ISSN 00092479||0.293||United States|
|10||Advances in Engineering Education||ISSN 19411766||0.23||United States|
|11||International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning||ISSN 17415055||0.183||United Kingdom|
|12||Global Journal of Engineering Education||ISSN 13283154||0.181||Australia|
|13||International Journal of Electrical Engineering Education||ISSN 00207209||0.168||United Kingdom|
|14||International Journal of Mechanical Engineering Education||ISSN 20504586||0.166||United Kingdom|
|15||Engineering Education||ISSN 17500044||0.152||United Kingdom|
|16||Australasian Journal of Engineering Education||ISSN 13245821||0.11||Australia|
- Journal Listing based on the 2014 H-Index
The h-index is defined as “the number of papers with citation number ≥ h.” (Hirsch, 2005). The journal h-index over a given period, say a year, is obtained by ranking all the source items of the given journal over the specified period in accordance with the number of “Times Cited.” The journal h-index for the specified period is the highest rank number lower than the “Times Cited” value (Braun, Glänzel & Schubert, 2005).
Below is an ordered list of engineering education journal titles that I retrieved from the 2014 SJR journal rankings list and ordered according to their h-index (Table 3):
Table 3: Journals ranked by their h-Index
|Ranking||Journal Title||ISSN||H index||Country|
|1||Journal of Engineering Education||ISSN 21689830||62||United States|
|2||IEEE Transactions on Education||ISSN 00189359||48||United States|
|3||Research in Engineering Design – Theory, Applications, and Concurrent Engineering||ISSN 14356066||46||United Kingdom|
|4||International Journal of Engineering Education||ISSN 0949149X||30||Ireland|
|5||Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice||ISSN 10523928||23||United States|
|6||Computer Applications in Engineering Education||ISSN 10990542||18||United States|
|7||Chemical Engineering Education||ISSN 00092479||18||United States|
|8||European Journal of Engineering Education||ISSN 14695898||15||United Kingdom|
|9||International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning||ISSN 17415055||14||United Kingdom|
|10||International Journal of Electrical Engineering Education||ISSN 00207209||14||United Kingdom|
|11||Engineering Studies||ISSN 19378629||10||United Kingdom|
|12||Advances in Engineering Education||ISSN 19411766||9||United States|
|13||International Journal of Mechanical Engineering Education||ISSN 20504586||7||United Kingdom|
|14||Global Journal of Engineering Education||ISSN 13283154||3||Australia|
|15||Engineering Education||ISSN 17500044||3||United Kingdom|
|16||Australasian Journal of Engineering Education||ISSN 13245821||1||Australia|
- Journal Listing based on Database Indexing
Journals are often indexed on several databases to ensure that their articles are available to a wide audience. Examples of indexing databases include ERIC, Education Full-text, Compendex, INSPEC, Web of Knowledge, Scopus and the Professional Development Collection.
Van Epps (2013) ordered the journals in which engineering education research is published by the number of databasesto which they are indexed. Below is an ordered list of indexed journals dedicated to engineering education that I have extracted from the list by Van Epps (Table 4):
Table 4: Journals ranked by number of indexing databases
|Ranking||Journal Title||ISSN||No. of Indexed Databases||Country|
|1||International Journal of Electrical Engineering Education||ISSN 00207209||5||United Kingdom|
|2||IEEE Transactions on Education||ISSN 00189359||5||United States|
|3||Journal of Engineering Education||ISSN 21689830||4||United States|
|4||International Journal of Engineering Education||ISSN 0949149X||4||Ireland|
- Approach to Obtaining Overall Journal Ranking
I used the following ranking scheme to obtain my shortlist of top engineering education journals to publish in. Points were allocated to each journal in each of the tables listed above as follows (Table 5):
Table 5: Journal Scoring Formula
|Table Ranking||Points Awarded|
|Outside top 5 ranking||0|
To facilitate ranking, I decided that if any of the journals got the same overall score, then the one that scored one or more points across more tables would be ranked higher.
Table 6: Journals ranked by their overall score
|Journal Title||ISSN||Country||JIF Points||H Index Points||SJR Points||Index Points||Overall Score|
|Journal of Engineering Education||ISSN 21689830||United States||5||5||5||3||18|
|IEEE Transactions on Education||ISSN 00189359||United States||4||4||3||5||16|
|Research in Engineering Design – Theory, Applications, and Concurrent Engineering||ISSN 14356066||United Kingdom||1||3||4||0||8|
|International Journal of Electrical Engineering Education||ISSN 00207209||United Kingdom||3||0||0||5||8|
|Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice||ISSN 10523928||United States||2||1||2||0||5|
|International Journal of Engineering Education||ISSN 0949149X||Ireland||0||2||0||3||5|
|European Journal of Engineering Education||ISSN 14695898||United Kingdom||0||0||1||0||1|
|Computer Applications in Engineering Education||ISSN 10990542||United States||0||0||0||0||0|
|Chemical Engineering Education||ISSN 00092479||United States||0||0||0||0||0|
|International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning||ISSN 17415055||United Kingdom||0||0||0||0||0|
|Engineering Studies||ISSN 19378629||United Kingdom||0||0||0||0||0|
|Advances in Engineering Education||ISSN 19411766||United States||0||0||0||0||0|
|International Journal of Mechanical Engineering Education||ISSN 20504586||United Kingdom||0||0||0||0||0|
|Global Journal of Engineering Education||ISSN 13283154||Australia||0||0||0||0||0|
|Engineering Education||ISSN 17500044||United Kingdom||0||0||0||0||0|
|Australasian Journal of Engineering Education||ISSN 13245821||Australia||0||0||0||0||0|
- Final Shortlist of dedicated engineering education journals
My final list comprised all the journals that had an overall score of one point or more.
Table 7: My Top Journals dedicated to Engineering Education
|Rank||Journal Title||ISSN||Country||Journal Website Link|
|1||Journal of Engineering Education||ISSN 21689830||United States||http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/(ISSN)2168-9830|
|2||IEEE Transactions on Education||ISSN 00189359||United States||http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/RecentIssue.jsp?punumber=13|
|3||Research in Engineering Design – Theory, Applications, and Concurrent Engineering||ISSN 14356066||United Kingdom||http://www.springer.com/engineering/mechanical+engineering/journal/163|
|4||International Journal of Electrical Engineering Education||ISSN 00207209||United Kingdom||https://uk.sagepub.com/en-gb/eur/journal/international-journal-electrical-engineering-education|
|5||Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice||ISSN 10523928||United States||http://ascelibrary.org/journal/jpepe3|
|6||International Journal of Engineering Education||ISSN 0949149X||Ireland||http://www.ijee.ie/
|7||European Journal of Engineering Education||ISSN 14695898||United Kingdom||http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/ceee20/current|
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