THOUGHTFUL AND TIMELY REVIEWS

THOUGHTFUL AND TIMELY REVIEWS

Lohmann, Jack R

Last year over 700 authors and co-authors chose to submit their manuscripts to the Journal of Engineering Education. Their efforts reflect well on the vitality of engineering education, and their manuscripts represented many months (and sometimes years) of planning, inquiry, analysis, and, finally, writing. Clearly, therefore, their choice of where to submit their work for publication should not be taken lightly. At the Journal of Engineering Education, we are committed to providing a thoughtful and timely review for every submission. We know that thoughtful reviews received many months later are as frustrating to authors as cursory reviews received in short order. Thoughtful reviews require commitment-commitment on the part of the editors and reviewers to read manuscripts carefully (often more than once) and to compose their thoughts in a constructive manner. Timely reviews, on the other hand, require discipline-discipline on the part of the editors and reviewers not to let manuscripts languish on their desks!

Two years ago, the Associate Editors and I set some goals to continuously monitor the quality of the journal’s operations. Among them were goals to assure that every manuscript received a thoughtful and timely review. As described in the Guide for Authors, the journal uses a two-step review process. As Editor, I first review every manuscript submitted to evaluate its compatibility with the journal’s mission and ten review criteria. Those manuscripts that are deemed compatible are then forwarded to one of the journal’s Associate Editors for further review. My goal is to respond to ninety-percent of the authors within two weeks of their submissions as to the disposition of their manuscripts. Last year I met my two-week goal fifty-nine percent of the time, and my average response time was eighteen days.1 The Associate Editors have a similar two-week goal in terms of reading and forwarding for peer review those manuscripts that are forwarded to them. They met their two-week goal eight-two percent of the time last year, and their average time was nine days. They in turn ask reviewers to complete their reviews within three weeks from the time a reviewer agrees to do the review. Last year, sixty-two percent of the reviewers returned their reviews within three weeks. The average time for the return of all reviews was thirty-eight days.

Conveying a sense of the “thoughtfulness” of the reviews we receive is a bit more challenging since this is a subjective matter. However, one measure is the length of the letters (e-mail actually) that I ultimately forward to authors of manuscripts that complete the two-step review. Last year those letters averaged a little over 2,200 words; this is equivalent to about two pages of text in the journal.2

I believe all of these figures speak well of our commitment to provide the engineering education community with a quality research journal, both in terms of its operations and in the articles published. Further, we review our performance annually at the Editorial Review Board meeting held with the ASEE Annual Conference, and I report our progress annually to the Executive Director of ASEE and at least bi-annually to the ASEE Board of Directors.

Of course, a quality journal is the result of the efforts of many individuals. I would like to acknowledge again this year the contributions of many who generously contributed their time to the success of the Journal of Engineering Education. As always, I greatly appreciate the efforts of the journal’s Associate Editors: Drs. Ray Bowen, Scott Fogler, Jeff Froyd, Jack McGourty, Barbara Olds, Joseph Shaeiwitz, and Earry Shuman. Their seasoned judgment and attentive review of every manuscript is a critical part of what constitutes the quality of the publications that appear in the journal. I am also indebted to Ms. Kristina Bilonick at ASEE and Ms. Nicole McClenic at TechBooks for their assistance in the operational aspects of publishing each issue, and to Ms. Mary Grove at ScholarOne for her assistance from time-to-time in support of our manuscript processing Web site.

Of course, I am especially grateful to those who graciously agree to serve as reviewers for our manuscripts. Their commitment to furthering the progress of engineering education research is gratifying, and their experience and expertise help assure that the journal fulfills its mission “to serve as an archival record of scholarly research in engineering education.”

Each of the individuals listed below served as a reviewer for the . Journal of Engineering Education in 2003. On behalf of the journal and ASEE, thank you!

-Jack R. Lohmann

NATHAN ADAMS

Boeing Mesa Helicopter Company

DAYNE ALDRIDGE

Mercer University

SUSAN AMBROSE

Carnegie Mellon University

TTM ANDERSON

University of Florida

MARY ANDERSON-ROWLAND

Arizona State University

KAREN ANDREWS

University of California-Davis

NEAL ARMSTRONG

University of Texas at Austin

KEVIN ASHLEY

University of Pittsburgh

RONALD ASKIN

University of Arizona

CYNTHIA ATMAN

University of Washington

NELSON BAKER

Georgia Institute of Technology

VIRGINIA BALDWIN

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

GILDA BARABINO

Northeastern University

MARY BESTEREIELD-SACRE

University of Pittsburgh

Louis BUCCIARELLI

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MEL DE SART

University of Washington

DAVID DIBIASIO

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

THOMAS BORONKAY

University of Cincinnati

SUZANNE BRAINARD

University of Washington

CATHEWNE BRAWNER

Research Triangle Educational Consultants

REBECCA BRENT

Education Designs, Inc.

VLADMIR BRILLER

New Jersey Institute of Technology

ART BRODERSEN

Vanderbilt University

COLIN BROWN

Oregon State University

CAROL BURGER

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

BERNARD CARLSON

University of Virginia

JOHN CARPINELLI

New Jersey Institute of Technology

JOHN CHEN

Rowan University

MICHAEL CLOUGH

Iowa State University

WILS COOLEY

West Virginia University

SANDRA COURTER

University of Wisconsin-Madison

HOLLY CRAWFORD

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

WENDY CRONE

University of Wisconsin-Madison

MICHAEL CUTLIP

University of Connecticut

ASHIM DATTA

Cornell University

CINDA-SUE DAVIS

University of Michigan

KAY DEE

Tulane University

CHRYSANTHE DEMETRY

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

RICHARD DEVON

Pennsylvania State University

GEORGE DIETER

University of Maryland

DAVID DIXON

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

SCOTT EBERHARDT

University of Washington

GLENN ELLIS

Smith College

EDWARD ERNST

University of South Carolina

DONOVON EVANS

Arizona State University

STEPHANIE FARRELL

Rowan University

RICHARD FELDER

North Carolina State University

CYNTHIA FINELLI

University of Michigan

HENRY FOLEY

Pennsylvania State University

NORMAN FORTENBERRY

National Academy of Engineering

ELI FROMM

Drexel University

DENISE GATER

University of Florida

LESTER GERHARDT

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

MICHAEL GORMAN

University of Virginia

NIHAT GURMEN

University of Michigan

NEIL HAWKINS

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

JIM HENRY

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

DOUGLAS HIRT

Clemson University

GERALD HOLDER

University of Pittsburgh

CHISTINE HRENYA

University of Colorado

TONY INGRAFFEA

Cornell University

RUSSEL JONES

World Expertise LLC

BABU JOSEPH

University of South Florida

SUDATH KALINGAMUDALI

Georgia State University

DAVID KELSO

Northwestern University

PAUL KING

Vanderbilt University

PIET KOMMERS

University of Twente

WILLIAM LAN

Texas Tech University

HANIPH LATCHMAN

University of Florida

THOMAS LENOX

American Society of Civil Engineers

MICHAEL LEONARD

Clemson University

RANDY LEWIS

Oklahoma State University

ALBERTA LIPSON

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

DONNA LLEWELLYN

Georgia Institute of Technology

CARL LOCKE

University of Kansas

CESAR MALAVE

Texas A&M University

BRIAN MAR

University of Washington

MARK MCCREADY

University of Notre Dame

PHILLIP MCKNIGHT

Georgia Institute of Technology

DAVID MEASE

University of Pennsylvania

JOHN MERRILL

Ohio State University

ROBERT MESSLER

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

SUSAN METZ

Stevens Institute of Technology

MARINA MILETIC

University of Michigan

GREGORY MILLER

University of Washington

REID MILLER

Washington State University

RONALD L. MILLER

Colorado School of Mines

BARBARA MILLIS

United States Air Force Academy

SUSAN MONTGOMERY

University of Michigan

MICHAEL MOONEY

Colorado School of Mines

SCOTT MOOR

Lafayette College

GREG MOSES

University of Wisconsin-Madison

BARBARA MOSKAL

Colorado School of Mines

CAROL MULLER

MentorNet

RAJ MUTHARASAN

Drexel University

MARY NELSON

University of Colorado

JAMES NEWELL

Rowan University

WENDY NEWSTETTER

Georgia Institute of Technology

STEPHEN NICHOLS

University of Texas at Austin

WILFRID NIXON

University of Iowa

JOSEPH NOVAK

University of Western Florida

BETHANY OBERST

James Madison University

MATTHEW OHLAND

Clemson University

MICHAEL PAVLLICH

Colorado School of Mines

GLORGE PETLESON

Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.

DAVID PETR

University of Kansas

SARAH PFATTEICHER

University of Wisconsin-Madison

RUSSELL PIMMEL

National Science Foundation

ROSE PINKUS

University of Pittsburgh

JILL POWELL

Cornell University

JOHN PRADOS

University of Tennessee-Knoxville

TEOFILO RAMOS

Monterrey Institute of Technology at Monterrey

VILUPANUR RAVI

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

TERI REED

University of Oklahoma

LARRY RICHARDS

University of Virginia

JIM RICHARDSON

University of Alabama

DENNIS ROBBINS

Columbia University

WILLIAM SAUL

Michigan State University

PHILLIP SAVAGE

University of Michigan

WILLIAM SAYLE

Georgia Institute of Technology

JANET SCHMIDT

University of Maryland

WILLIAM SCHULTZ

University of Michigan

ELAINE SEAT

University of Tennessee-Knoxville

WARREN SEIDER

University of Pennsylvania

MORDECHAI SHACHAM

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

SHERI SHEPPARD

Stanford University

ROBERT SIMONEAU

Pennsylvania State University

PAUL SINGH

University of California, Davis

PEGGY BOYLE SINGLE

University of Vermont

KARL SMITH

University of Minnesota

ERIC SOULSBY

University of Connecticut

FRANK SPLITT

Northwestern University

RUTH STREVELER

Colorado School of Mines

JACQUELYN SULLIVAN

University of Colorado

RONALD TERRY

Brigham Young University

JOSEPH TRONT

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

JENNIFER TURNS

University of Washington

DAVID VESHOSKY

Lafayette College

JOHN VOHS

University of Pennsylvania

ALISHA WALLER

Georgia State University

PHIL WANKAT

Purdue University

JEE-CHING WANG

University of Missoun-Rolla

ROBERT WARRINGTON

Michigan Technological University

KARAN WATSON

Texas A&M University

THOMAS WOLFF

Michigan State University

STEPHEN WRIGHT

University of Michigan

ANDREW ZYDNEY

Pennsylvania State University

NOTICE: E-MAIL TO THE EDITOR

Although the Journal of Engineering Education docs not provide space for letters to the editor in its printed issues, e-mail correspondence regarding the journal’s articles is encouraged; such correspondence should be addressed to the editor . Authors arc given the opportunity to respond, and both the original correspondence and the response from the author(s) appear at the journal’s Web site, . They are posted as soon as possible and appear on the journal’s Web site for one year. The editorreserves the right, in his sole judgement, to determine the appropriateness and suitability for publication of any e-mail and responses received.

1 All manuscripts arc automatically acknowledged immediately by the journal’s Web-based manuscript processing system upon successful submission (uploading). The response time is the elapsed (calendar) time between acknowledgement and my notification to the author as to the manuscript’s suitability for further review.

2 This includes comments from the Editor, Associate Editor, if any, and reviewers.

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