Engineering Education: Potential Journals in Which to Publish

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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)

RankTitleISSNJIFCountry
1Journal of Engineering EducationISSN 216898302.059United States
2Research in Engineering Design – Theory, Applications, and Concurrent EngineeringISSN 143560661.233United Kingdom
3IEEE Transactions on EducationISSN 001893590.842United States
4Engineering StudiesISSN 193786290.5United Kingdom
5Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and PracticeISSN 105239280.275United States
6International Journal of Electrical Engineering EducationISSN 002072090.077United 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)

RankTitleISSNSJRCountry
1Journal of Engineering EducationISSN 216898301.705United States
2Research in Engineering Design – Theory, Applications, and Concurrent EngineeringISSN 143560661.286United Kingdom
3IEEE Transactions on EducationISSN 001893590.68United States
4Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and PracticeISSN 105239280.449United States
5European Journal of Engineering EducationISSN 146958980.419United Kingdom
6Engineering StudiesISSN 193786290.377United Kingdom
7Computer Applications in Engineering EducationISSN 109905420.315United States
8International Journal of Engineering EducationISSN 0949149X0.314Ireland
9Chemical Engineering EducationISSN 000924790.293United States
10Advances in Engineering EducationISSN 194117660.23United States
11International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long LearningISSN 174150550.183United Kingdom
12Global Journal of Engineering EducationISSN 132831540.181Australia
13International Journal of Electrical Engineering EducationISSN 002072090.168United Kingdom
14International Journal of Mechanical Engineering EducationISSN 205045860.166United Kingdom
15Engineering EducationISSN 175000440.152United Kingdom
16Australasian Journal of Engineering EducationISSN 132458210.11Australia
  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

RankingJournal TitleISSNH indexCountry
1Journal of Engineering EducationISSN 2168983062United States
2IEEE Transactions on EducationISSN 0018935948United States
3Research in Engineering Design – Theory, Applications, and Concurrent EngineeringISSN 1435606646United Kingdom
4International Journal of Engineering EducationISSN 0949149X30Ireland
5Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and PracticeISSN 1052392823United States
6Computer Applications in Engineering EducationISSN 1099054218United States
7Chemical Engineering EducationISSN 0009247918United States
8European Journal of Engineering EducationISSN 1469589815United Kingdom
9International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long LearningISSN 1741505514United Kingdom
10International Journal of Electrical Engineering EducationISSN 0020720914United Kingdom
11Engineering StudiesISSN 1937862910United Kingdom
12Advances in Engineering EducationISSN 194117669United States
13International Journal of Mechanical Engineering EducationISSN 205045867United Kingdom
14Global Journal of Engineering EducationISSN 132831543Australia
15Engineering EducationISSN 175000443United Kingdom
16Australasian Journal of Engineering EducationISSN 132458211Australia
  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

RankingJournal TitleISSNNo. of Indexed DatabasesCountry
1International Journal of Electrical Engineering EducationISSN 002072095United Kingdom
2IEEE Transactions on EducationISSN 001893595United States
3Journal of Engineering EducationISSN 216898304United States
4International Journal of Engineering EducationISSN 0949149X4Ireland
  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 RankingPoints Awarded
15
24
33
42
51
Outside top 5 ranking0

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 TitleISSNCountryJIF PointsH Index PointsSJR PointsIndex PointsOverall Score
Journal of Engineering EducationISSN 21689830United States555318
IEEE Transactions on EducationISSN 00189359United States443516
Research in Engineering Design – Theory, Applications, and Concurrent EngineeringISSN 14356066United Kingdom13408
International Journal of Electrical Engineering EducationISSN 00207209United Kingdom30058
Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and PracticeISSN 10523928United States21205
International Journal of Engineering EducationISSN 0949149XIreland02035
European Journal of Engineering EducationISSN 14695898United Kingdom00101
Computer Applications in Engineering EducationISSN 10990542United States00000
Chemical Engineering EducationISSN 00092479United States00000
International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long LearningISSN 17415055United Kingdom00000
Engineering StudiesISSN 19378629United Kingdom00000
Advances in Engineering EducationISSN 19411766United States00000
International Journal of Mechanical Engineering EducationISSN 20504586United Kingdom00000
Global Journal of Engineering EducationISSN 13283154Australia00000
Engineering EducationISSN 17500044United Kingdom00000
Australasian Journal of Engineering EducationISSN 13245821Australia00000
  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

 RankJournal TitleISSNCountryJournal Website Link
1Journal of Engineering EducationISSN 21689830United Stateshttp://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/(ISSN)2168-9830
2IEEE Transactions on EducationISSN 00189359United Stateshttp://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/RecentIssue.jsp?punumber=13
3Research in Engineering Design – Theory, Applications, and Concurrent EngineeringISSN 14356066United Kingdomhttp://www.springer.com/engineering/mechanical+engineering/journal/163
4International Journal of Electrical Engineering EducationISSN 00207209United Kingdomhttps://uk.sagepub.com/en-gb/eur/journal/international-journal-electrical-engineering-education
5Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and PracticeISSN 10523928United Stateshttp://ascelibrary.org/journal/jpepe3
6International Journal of Engineering EducationISSN 0949149XIrelandhttp://www.ijee.ie/

 

 

7European Journal of Engineering EducationISSN 14695898United Kingdomhttp://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.

4 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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