Please read the guidelines carefully before submitting papers

IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management invites contributions from researchers, practitioners, educators, and graduate students engaged in the profession of engineering, technology, and innovation management.
The contributions may be conceptual, theoretical, or empirical. To be considered for publication, papers should provide insights into the theory and practice of engineering, technology, or innovation management. Papers which primarily describe technical tools (e.g., software) or algorithms to solve operational problems are outside the domain of the journal.

Two types of manuscripts are considered for publication:

  • Research Articles are empirical, conceptual, or review papers that present the results of original empirical research, develop new theories, or provide insightful literature reviews, in engineering, technology, and innovation management.
  • Research Notes extend results or comment on papers previously published, present innovative applications of established concepts and methodologies, or provide insights into critical implementation problems. Notes are typically research-based but shorter than research articles and discuss incremental findings or limited applications.

Please note that IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management no longer publishes “focus on practice” papers. Instead, authors of “focus on practice” papers are recommended to consider our sister journal, IEEE Engineering Management Review (

A. Submission of Papers

  • Manuscripts should be submitted to the Editor-in-Chief, at Each paper is assigned to a Department Editor to conduct the review.  A double-blind review process is used to assure the anonymity of authors and reviewers, and the final publication decision is based on the department editor’s and referees’ comments.
  • Before submitting a manuscript, it is strongly recommended that authors read the Mission Statements from department editors. They can be found at the journal’s website at  Authors are encouraged to recommend a department for review of their manuscripts.
  • One corresponding author (if you have more than one author) should be designated to submit the manuscript, periodically check the status of the manuscript, and supply information if requested. All communication will be through the corresponding author.
  • Submission of a paper to this TRANSACTIONS implies that the manuscript has not been copyrighted nor accepted for publication (or published) by any other journal, nor is it being refereed elsewhere.

B.  Style of Submitted Papers

  • Style of submitted manuscripts should be double-spaced, 12-point font written in one single column format.
  • Since the manuscripts undergo a double-blind review process, please do not include any personal information (names, university information, email addresses, web sites, phone numbers etc). All manuscripts containing personal information will be sent back to the authors for modification, delaying the review process.
  • Please note that the page limit is 42 for review articles and 38 for all other submissions (including research articles). Including author bios and pictures, and with the conversion to final print format, this should translate to no more than 17 (review articles) or 15 (research articles) formatted pages. Please make sure to check the number of pages in the page proof, for if they exceed these page lengths, you will incur a mandatory overlength page charge of $200 per additional printed page. By submitting your final files through Manuscript Central, you are acknowledging and agreeing to any applicable page charges this paper may incur. Overlength page charges are mandatory and are not negotiable. If you have any questions about these charges, please contact the journal Administrator prior to submitting your files.
  • Prepare your manuscript using a word processing program and save it as a file with one of the following formats: Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx), Portable Document Format (PDF), Corel WordPerfect (WPD), or Rich Text Format (RTF).
  • On the first page of the submission, include a 200-250 word abstract at the beginning of the manuscript to give the reader a succinct summary of the paper and to state the principal results and conclusions.  The abstract should not contain any concepts or conclusions beyond those discussed in the paper.
  • Also on the first page of the submission, provide a 150-200 word “managerial relevance statement” to clearly state the paper’s expected contribution to practice.
  • Write objectively, avoid jargon, and define technical terms on first use.
  • Refer to all illustrations (tables and figures) in the text.
  • If you have footnotes, they should be numbered and typed at the bottom of the pages on which they occur.  Acknowledgment of financial support should be given as a footnote.
  • Give references as a separate section at the end of the paper, with items referred to by numerals in square brackets, e.g., [12].  IEEE style should be used in references. The bibliography should be by the order of the referenced papers.
    • Style for papers:  Author, first initials followed by last name, title of paper, title of publication, volume, issue number, inclusive page numbers, month and year.
    • Style for books:  Author, title, location and publisher, year, chapter, or page numbers (if desired).
  • For manuscript preparation guidelines, please visit the Tools for Authors website at the following URL:

    It is in the authors’ interest to submit professional quality illustrations (tables and figures) with sharp lines and good contrast.  Drafting or art services are not provided by IEEE.

    To avoid dense hard-to-read graphs, show only the coordinate axes, not the grid lines.

    Number each original on the back or at the bottom of the front.  Captions do not need to appear on the illustrations since they will be typeset as shown on the separate caption list (see Section B-8 above).

C. Page Proofs

  • Page proofs are sent to the principal author of the paper prior to its publication. Minor and typographical errors should be corrected according to the instructions enclosed with the proofs. In general, major changes in the original manuscript are not permitted at this stage. To avoid the need for such changes, the authors are strongly recommended to proofread their manuscripts carefully before the final submission.

D. Copyright

  • It is the policy of IEEE to own the copyright to the technical contributions it publishes on behalf of the interests of the IEEE, its authors, and their employees, and to facilitate the appropriate reuse of this material by others.  To comply with the U.S. Copyright law, authors are required to sign the IEEE copyright transfer form before publication.  This form returns to authors and their employees full rights to reuse their material for their own purposes.  Full information on IEEE copyright policies is available at