Focus and Scope
A quarterly journal serving the needs of the international community of educators in chemical engineering and related disciplines. Published in February, May, August, and November, Chemical Engineering Education (CEE) is the premier archival journal for chemical engineering and related educators. The journal originated in 1962.
Peer Review Policy
CEE is a peer-reviewed journal. All submitted manuscripts (except Teaching Tips) will normally receive between two and five external reviews from experts within the field. Teaching Tips will normally receive at least one external review.
Initial review time ranges from 1 to 4 months depending on topic and reviewer availability.
Other requested features (e.g. Drawn to Engineering, Book Reviews, etc.) will typically not have a peer review, but will be reviewed internally to fit within the scope of the journal.
All manuscripts are reviewed initially by the Editor for suitability, consistency with format, etc. The Editor will typically make a decision on whether to move the manuscript to review, decline the submission directly (i.e. does not fit within the scope) or send back to the author for more information within seven days. The Editor assigns a Paper Editor (a member of the CEE Editorial Staff or CEE Guest Editor) once the manuscript moves to review. Paper acceptance is pitched by the Paper Editor to the Editor once the review process is completed.
All reviews are double-blind, by default. If the author leaves in identifying information within the manuscript at the time of submission, the review is single-blind.
A. ACCEPT: Publish as is or with editing of typographical errors. This is rarely the case.
B. REVISIONS REQUIRED: Publish after appropriate content corrections. Paper Editor can judge if corrections were made (i.e., re-review not required).
C. RESUBMIT FOR RE-REVIEW: Substantial changes required and Paper Editor will decide whether to have re-reviewed.
D. RESUBMIT ELSEWHERE: Do not publish since CEE is incorrect venue. (Note: this is appropriate for papers not focused on ChE education.)
E. DECLINE SUBMISSION: Not up to CEE standards or not enough new information.
F. SEE COMMENT: none of the above; reviewer enters notes to editor regarding review request.
Guidelines for Chemical Engineering Education (CEE) Reviewers
• Papers published in CEE must be of interest to chemical engineering educators. Thus, papers are expected to focus on teaching chemical engineering, ChE curriculum and courses, ChE students, and so forth.
• The level of the expository material must also be appropriate for the readership: ChE faculty. If most ChE faculty know all the material, the level is too low. If the authors assume knowledge that the majority of ChE faculty do not have, the level is too high. Both of these problems can probably be resolved by rewriting.
• Ideally, papers will be of interest to both experts and nonexperts. Although this ideal is often difficult to reach, any suggestions in this vein will be appreciated.
• Although CEE publishes a wide variety of papers, they are all expected to be scholarly. Appropriate references (including journal and proceeding papers, books, websites, etc.) should be cited—particularly those in the ChE education and engineering education literature. Papers that are otherwise publishable but do not have sufficient references can be made publishable by addition of appropriate references. It is most helpful if reviewers list appropriate additional references.
• Compared to the literature, the paper should represent a reasonably significant advance such as results from a new way to teach material; results from a new curriculum, a new application, or a new assessment of educational approaches; description and results from new laboratory equipment; and so forth. Significant overlap with earlier literature is a reason for rejection.
• The writing should communicate clearly without any distractions from poor grammar, incorrect spelling, and poor organization. Figures and tables should be neat, clearly presented, and necessary. These problems can usually be fixed by rewriting the paper.
• Very occasionally, papers lack detail and are too short. Please delineate what additional information and details would be useful. The usual problem is excessive length. Please delineate what can be combined, condensed, or removed. It is especially helpful if reviewers give their opinion about removing or combining figures and tables.
Advice to Authors for an Editorial Contribution
Chemical Engineering Education encourages the submission of guest editorials. While these are typically invited, authors (or a group of authors) with an idea for an editorial are encouraged to contact the Editor at email@example.com. It is expected that the author clearly states his or her opinion on the issue and the rationale for that opinion. Editorials are strictly limited to one journal page (~600 words). Although editorials are not externally reviewed, the editors do provide feedback on occasion. As always, CEE reserves the right to make editorial changes or to refuse to publish material that the editors consider to be inappropriate.
Quality and Ethical Standards for Articles
Chemical Engineering Education papers should be prepared with the same care as technical papers; however, the style can be more informal and some use of the first person may occur. Papers need to reflect knowledge of the engineering education literature in addition to the appropriate technical literature. As an absolute minimum, authors should search the literature, read any articles on related topics, and cite appropriate papers. Recent CEE contributions can be searched within the Archives on this site. Of course, more than the absolute minimum is normally expected, and authors should do a reasonably diligent search of other relevant engineering education journals such as the Journal of Engineering Education, Proceedings of ASEE Annual Conferences, Proceedings of Frontiers in Education (FIE) Conferences, Advances in Engineering Education, International Journal of Engineering Education , and European Journal of Engineering Education. If a large fraction of what the authors intend to present has already been covered, they should consider the contribution as a potential Teaching Tip or scrap the project altogether. Papers must be related to the teaching and learning of chemical engineering and closely related disciplines – purely technical papers are rarely published.
Papers that have been published in a non-archival medium such as the ASEE Proceedings or FIE Proceedings can be submitted to CEE if publication would not violate copyright agreements and there are significant enhancements to the original paper. The original publication needs to be cited, and the introduction should include specific comments about how the original paper has been enhanced. The best way to write the enhanced paper is to rewrite the entire paper; however, if parts of the paper are identical to the original paper, overlapping portions of text must be identified and treated as quotations. Republishing is most appropriate when the original publication consisted of preliminary results that can be expanded upon in the CEE article. As a rule of thumb, at least 1/3 of the article must be significantly different than the previous article. Articles that have been published in or are being considered by other archival journals should not be submitted to CEE.
Presentations from meetings such as plenary lectures can also be published in CEE, assuming the lecture was recast into the proper format for an article. The original presentation venue of a lecture should be acknowledged (e.g., “presented as a Plenary Lecture at the Chemical Engineering Division of ASEE Summer School, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, July 30, 2017”). All such submissions will undergo the normal editorial and peer review processes.
Although copyright protection in a digital era is complicated, for the purposes of CEE the following standards should be followed. First, unless you know otherwise, assume that every source (even an e-mail message) has copyright protection. Authors who want to copy substantial portions from an article (a complete table or complete figure or a substantial portion of the text), any portion of a song, or any part of a poem are responsible for obtaining permission from the owner of the copyright. This is often the publisher, not the original author. Since copyright refers to the form of the presentation and not the underlying data itself, if you totally recast the data (e.g., convert a table into a plot) permission is not required. Of course, whether or not permission is required, appropriate quotation procedures should be followed and the sources must be appropriately cited. Even when you are the original author, you must ask the copyright owner for permission to reuse your own work. As a rule of thumb, if a copyright form was filled out, you probably transferred copyright to that publication.
Plagiarism and self-plagiarism (reuse of your own material without permission and/or without using proper citation procedures) of copyrighted material owned by someone else is illegal. In practical terms this means that you cannot cut and paste material from one of your articles and reuse it in a new CEE article unless the original source is cited, copyright permission is obtained, and text is treated as a quotation. Even if copyright permission is not an issue, plagiarism and self-plagiarism are violations of CEE standards. If the original source is a CEE paper and you are preparing a new CEE paper, do not cut and paste any of the text, including the literature review, to save yourself time – condense the old material, add new material and rewrite it. Only parts that are absolutely necessary, such as a table or figure, should be reused, and then the original source must be clearly identified.
CEE is published by the Chemical Engineering Division of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and expects authors to follow the ASEE Code of Ethics. CEE is also affiliated with the Education Division of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and expects authors to follow the AIChE Code of Ethics. For publishing ethics CEE follows the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) very detailed and thoughtful Ethical Guidelines to Publication of Chemical Research.
Failure to meet any of the CEE standards is likely to result in rejection of the paper. Authors who fail to meet the standards involving copyright, plagiarism and self- plagiarism will have their paper rejected and may be barred from submitting future papers to CEE.
Revised October 16, 2020.
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CEE maintains an independent editorial office and is self-supporting through paid ads and subscriptions, but is sponsored by the Chemical Engineering Division, ASEE.
Correspondence regarding editorial matter, circulation, and changes of address should be sent to Chemical Engineering Education, 675 Wolf Ledges Parkway, Suite 2549, Akron, OH 44309
Sources of Support
The University of Florida and its Department of Chemical Engineering are thanked for their support of CEE from its early years and as ongoing hosts of the journal's email address and website.
Published in February, May, August, and November, Chemical Engineering Education (CEE) is the premier archival journal for chemical engineering educators. The journal originated in 1962.
For more on the journal's history, readers are encouraged to visit the Winter 2016 issue on this site, particularly the paper "The Evolution of CEE"