from the editor

Zeigler, Timothy W

THE EDITORIAL BOARD THANKS the authors for sharing their scholarly works in this issue of the journal of Engineering Technology. These authors have successfully completed the rewarding process of publishing a paper in the Journal, a task that requires commitment and patience not only from the authors but the peer reviewers and editorial board as well. Authors often ask board members how the review process works, so here is a condensed description of the path to publication in the journal.

The editorial board conducts an extensive peer review process to ensure that published papers exhibit high quality scholarly work, are professionally written, and advance knowledge in engineering technology. Authors must first submit their manuscripts to the Journal’s manuscript editor, who conducts an initial review of the paper’s content, scholarship, writing style, and overall quality. If the manuscript meets the basic requirements for publication, it is forwarded to the editor-in-chief; if it does not, it is returned with comments to the author.

Manuscripts received by the editor-in-chief are reviewed and may be rejected without further peer review. At this stage of the process, rejected manuscripts are returned with comments to the author, and accepted manuscripts are forwarded to peer reviewers with expertise relating to the manuscript content. Normally, each manuscript is sent to a minimum of four peer reviewers. Peer reviews are then returned to the editor-in-chief, who evaluates the comments and decides whether to continue the review process or reject the manuscript and return it to the author. At this stage, most manuscripts are not rejected by the editor-in-chief, and the review process continues by sending the manuscript and all peer reviews to the complete editorial board.

Next, each board member evaluates the paper and returns their review to the editor-in-chief, who then decides whether to accept the manuscript for publication or to reject it and return it to the author. Accepted manuscripts are scheduled for earliest possible publication, and authors work primarily with the Journal’s production editor to finalize the manuscript for publication. Manuscripts rejected at this part of the process are returned to the author with an explanation and selected board and peer-reviewer comments that may help the author revise the manuscript to meet Journal requirements. Revised manuscripts may be subject to additional peer reviews at the discretion of the editor-in-chief.

Please consider submitting your article to our manuscript editor Paul Wilder per the instructions in this issue. You may also wish to contribute to a “special focus” issue of the journal planned for Fall 2005 that spotlights graduate education in engineering technology, including program curricula, web-based programs, and other relevant issues on this topic (please submit manuscripts by March 1, 2005). You can be assured that it will receive the personal attention of each editorial board member, and you have our firm commitment to provide guidance and assistance along your path to publication in the journal of Engineering Technology.

Sincerely,

Copyright American Society for Engineering Education Spring 2004

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