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The Engineering Design Graphics Journal and Its Selected Metrics of Effect

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

End Date

July 27, 2018

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EDGD: Potpourri

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Engineering Design Graphics

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Robert A. Chin East Carolina University

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Robert A. ”Bob” Chin is a faculty member, Department of Technology Systems, College of Engineering and Technology, East Carolina University, where he has taught since 1986. He is the Engineering Design Graphics Division’s chair and in 2015, he completed his second term as the director of publications for the Engineering Design Graphics Division and the Engineering Design Graphics Journal editor. Chin has also 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. His ongoing involvement with ASEE has focused on annual conference paper presentation themes associated with the Engineering Design Graphics, Engineering Libraries, Engineering Technology, New Engineering Educators, and the Two-Year College Divisions and their education and instructional agendas.

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The Engineering Design Graphics Journal was examined on selected metrics with respect to its effect: what it brings about, what it produces, and what it accomplishes. The purpose of this examination was to provide researchers, authors, and the Journal staff with guidance on improving the performance of the Journal and thus its standing among its peers. Because the data are normalized to account for differences between the disciplines, the data can be used to make comparisons among peer journals. For the Engineering Design Graphics Journal, its research spans two disciplines: the social sciences, specifically education, and engineering, specifically engineering in general or miscellaneous. The metrics used to characterize the Journal included but were not limited to the following: its standing with respect to peer journals—prestige; its average prestige per article; the evolution of the total number of citations and journal's self-citations; the evolution of the number of total citation per document and external citation per document less self-citations; the evolution of the average number of times documents published in a journal in the past two, three and four years have been cited in the current year with the journal’s impact factor embedded; the ratio of the journal's documents authored by researchers from more than one country; the ratio of a journal's articles including substantial research in three year windows vs. those documents other than research articles, reviews and conference papers; and the ratio of a journal's items, grouped in three years windows, that have been cited at least once vs. those not cited during the following year. Prestige rankings are a result of an iterative process based on transfer of prestige from a journal to another, using current year citations to the source items published in that journal during the previous three years. From 2004 through 2016, with respect to prestige, the Journal languished between the third and fourth quartiles among their peers in education. During the same period, the Journal bounced between the second and fourth quartiles among their peers in engineering (miscellaneous). Data exists: mined and analyzed, the results can serve as a catalyst to help improve the Journal’s effect.

Chin, R. A. (2018, June), The Engineering Design Graphics Journal and Its Selected Metrics of Effect Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--31095

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