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Keys To Publishing In Peer Reviewed Journals

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2010 Annual Conference & Exposition


Louisville, Kentucky

Publication Date

June 20, 2010

Start Date

June 20, 2010

End Date

June 23, 2010



Conference Session

Launching Successful Academic Careers

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New Engineering Educators

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15.826.1 - 15.826.9



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Robert Chin East Carolina University

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Robert A. “Bob” Chin is a full professor in the Department of Technology Systems, East Carolina University, where he’s taught since 1986. He is the current Director of Publications for the Engineering Design Graphics Division and Editor for the Engineering Design Graphics Journal. Chin has served as the Engineering Design Graphics Division's annual and mid-year conference program chair and he has served as a review board member for several journals including the EDGJ. He has been a program chair for the Southeastern Section and has served as the Engineering Design Graphics Division's vice-chair and chair and as the Instructional Unit's secretary, vice-chair, and chair.

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Nancy Study Virginia State University

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Nancy E. Study is an associate professor in the Department of Engineering and Technology at Virginia State University, where she has taught since 2002. She is an active member of the Engineering Design Graphics Division of ASEE and has served as the Associate Editor of the Engineering Design Graphics Journal since 2006. Study has served as a reviewer of conference abstracts and papers for the Engineering Design Graphics Division’s Annual and Mid-Year conferences, along with serving on multiple NSF review panels. Her research interests include haptics and visualization.

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Keys to Publishing in Peer Reviewed Journals


A plethora of literature exists to which new engineering educators can refer that will assist them succeed as scholars. Blocking out time to write every day or every week; learning to say “no”; ignoring bad reviews and heeding critical reviews; reading; writing, writing, writing; exhibiting a willingness to change; being flexible; and being reasonable are included among the suggestions the literature promotes. The intent of this paper in contrast was to provide new engineering educators with a framework for negotiating the journal publication process. In particular, the paper addresses the procedures for producing a manuscript, negotiating the review process, and negotiating the process for producing an article. The paper also identifies the more frequent manuscript shortcomings and reviewer suggestions for improving a manuscript. Evaluating content; design and reporting research; authorship; types of manuscripts; length, headings, and tone; parts of a manuscript; editorial style; manuscript preparation; author responsibilities; online submission; manuscript acceptance and production; and post publication considerations are among the topics addressed. While publishing in the Engineering Design Graphic Journal serves as the framework and medium, the practices associated with manuscript preparation, review, and article production and the strategies, techniques, and requirements addressed are applicable to virtually all peer reviewed journals.


According to the Timken Science Library’s Guide to Library Research in Science1, the research publication cycle includes the production, dissemination, and assimilation of scientific information in primary, secondary, and tertiary sources—see Figure 1. That is, once new knowledge is produced, it is disseminated through primary sources such as nonformal, preliminary, and formal means. The Engineering Design Graphics Journal is an example of a primary source. Then the knowledge is assimilated through secondary sources such as bibliographies, indexes, abstracts, and catalogs. The Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC), an online digital library of education research and information, is a secondary source. Finally, it is surrogated by tertiary sources such as library catalogs and guides to the literature. Figure 1. The Research Publication Cycle1.

Chin, R., & Study, N. (2010, June), Keys To Publishing In Peer Reviewed Journals Paper presented at 2010 Annual Conference & Exposition, Louisville, Kentucky. 10.18260/1-2--15968

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