Engineering Education: Potential Journals in Which to Publish

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.

  1. 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)

Rank Title ISSN JIF Country
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
  1. 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)

Rank Title ISSN SJR Country
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
  1. 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
  1. 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
  1. 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
1 5
2 4
3 3
4 2
5 1
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
  1. 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

References

BORREGO, M., & BERNHARD, J. (2011). The Emergence of Engineering Education Research as an Internationally Connected Field of Inquiry. Journal of Engineering Education100(1), 14-47.

Braun, T., Glänzel, W., & Schubert, A. (2005). A Hirsch-type index for journals. The scientist19(22), 8.

Garfield, E. (2006). The history and meaning of the journal impact factor.Jama295(1), 90-93.

Guerrero-Bote, V. P., & Moya-Anegón, F. (2012). A further step forward in measuring journals’ scientific prestige: The SJR2 indicator. Journal of Informetrics6(4), 674-688.

Hirsch, J. E. (2005). An index to quantify an individual’s scientific research output. Proceedings of the National academy of Sciences of the United States of America102(46), 16569-16572.

Shawcross, J., & Ridgman, T. (2013). Publishing Engineering Education Research, HEA Academy Working Paper. Higher Education Academy.

Van Epps, A. S. (2013). Beyond JEE: Finding publication venues to get your message to the ‘right’ audience. 120th ASEE Annual Conference June 2013, Paper 5859.

3 thoughts on “Engineering Education: Potential Journals in Which to Publish

  1. Excellent article! Being a final year PhD scholar in Engineering Education, this is the the one I was looking for! It is very nicely presented with authentic data, than anywhere else in web. I appreciate your effort behind this. Thanks a lot from India!!

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