ToE Author Resources

The IEEE Transactions on Education (ToE) publishes significant and original scholarly contributions to education in electrical and electronics engineering, computer engineering, computer science, and other fields within the scope of interest of IEEE. Contributions must address discovery, integration, and/or application of knowledge in education in these fields. Articles must support contributions and assertions with compelling evidence and provide explicit, transparent descriptions of the processes through which the evidence is collected, analyzed, and interpreted. While characteristics of compelling evidence cannot be described to address every conceivable situation, generally assessment of the work being reported must go beyond student self-report and attitudinal data.

The editorial board strongly encourages authors to read the criteria for each area of scholarship (See below), as this will provide important advice as to how to correctly address the requirements of each of the areas of scholarship. Since the Transactions receives over 400 manuscripts per year, only those manuscripts that are submitted for the appropriate area of scholarship and substantively address the review criteria for the area of scholarship will be peer-reviewed.

All manuscripts must be submitted online at the IEEE Author Portal. Submission indicates that the material has not been copyrighted, published, submitted, or presented elsewhere unless explicit notice to the contrary is given. All submissions undergo and must pass, an originality check.

Submit your IEEE Transactions on Education paper to IEEE Author Portal

Learn more by watching the IEEE Education Week 2023 Event 'Publishing in Engineering Education Journals' by John E. Mitchell

The aim of this session is to give participants insight into the requirements of publishing educational research work in engineering education journals with a specific focus on the IEEE Transactions on Education. It will cover the areas of work and types of papers typically considered in scope for the journal and will give guidance on what is typically expected of papers by reviewers. The audience is Engineering Academics and Education researchers looking to develop their current educational research or educational conference papers into journal articles.

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Ann Sobel

Miami University
United States


Requirements for Structured Abstracts

All submissions to the IEEE Transactions on Education are expected to have a structured abstract: an abstract with prescribed sections so that each abstract provides similar information so that readers can quickly learn about contributions of the manuscript. Requirements for structured abstracts differ by the area of scholarship.

Further information on writing a structured abstract.

Three Areas of Scholarship

The IEEE Transactions on Education (ToE) publishes scholarly contributions to education in electrical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, and other fields within the scope of interest of IEEE. IEEE Transactions on Education accepts manuscript submissions under three areas of scholarship, based on Boyer’s model. During submission, authors must select one area that applies to their manuscript. Authors should, therefore, familiarize themselves with these three areas of scholarship by following the links below:

  1. Scholarship of Application – application, in an electrical or computer engineering context, of prior educational research.
  2. Scholarship of Discovery – new knowledge in the field of education in an electrical or computer engineering context
  3. Scholarship of Integration – multidisciplinary, integrative, and/or interpretive syntheses across prior research to identify patterns, themes, trends, needs, and opportunities, still within an electrical or computer engineering context, upon which other scholars can build.

Manuscript Format

Manuscripts must be submitted in journal format, as a Word or a PDF document, and be formatted as set out in the IEEE Style Manual. Author biographies are optional. IEEE supports the publication of author names in the native language alongside the English version of the names in the author list of an article. Use the interactive IEEE Template Selector to find the template you need by following a few easy prompts and downloading your template

Manuscript Lengths

Submission in the Scholarship of Application and the Scholarship of Discovery should be up to 8 pages in length. Submissions to the Scholarship of Integration may be up to 10 pages in length. Mandatory charges of $200/page will be levied for every page in excess of 10 printed pages in the areas of Applications and Discovery and 12 printed pages for Scholarship of Integration. 

Authors and ORCID

All IEEE journals require an Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID)⧉ for all authors. ORCIDs enable accurate attribution and improved discoverability of an author’s published work. The author will need a registered ORCID in order to submit a manuscript or review a proof in this journal.

Follow these steps to link a IEEE Author Portal account to a registered ORCID:

  1. Login to IEEE Author Portal and click on your name in the top right corner of the screen.
  2. Click E-mail / Name in the dropdown menu.
  3. In the ORCID section at the top of the page, click the appropriate link to either register for a new ORCID or associate the account with an existing ORCID.
  4. A new page will open to create and/or validate your ORCID. Once the validation is complete, the new page will close and you will return to IEEE Author Portal.
  5. Save the changes to your IEEE Author Portal user account.

Authors who do not have an ORCID in their IEEE Author Portal user account will be prompted to provide one during submission.

Open Access

This publication is a hybrid journal, allowing either Traditional manuscript submission or Open Access (author-pays OA) manuscript submission. Upon submission, if you choose to have your manuscript be an Open Access article, you commit to pay the discounted $2,495 OA fee if your manuscript is accepted for publication in order to enable unrestricted public access. Any other application charges (such as over-length page charge) will be billed separately once the manuscript formatting is complete but prior to the publication. If you would like your manuscript to be a Traditional submission, your article will be available to qualified subscribers and purchasers via IEEE Xplore. No OA payment is required for Traditional submission.

Corresponding authors from low-income countries are eligible for waived or reduced Open Access APCs.

IEEE Transactions on Education Editorial Policy on Reuse of Conference Publications

The Editorial Board of the IEEE Transactions on Education has prepared a policy on editorial reuse of closely related conference and other published documents⧉. Authors, who have questions about reuse of content from previously published documents that they have authored, are encouraged to review the policy before submitting a manuscript to be reviewed for publication.

IEEE Transactions on Education Editorial Policy on Reuse of Previously Authored and Published Conference Paper