Scholarship: Discovery

The Scholarship of Discovery: Description and Review Criteria

Contributions within this area of scholarship will be primarily in the form of new knowledge in in the field of education in electrical engineering (EE), computer engineering (CpE) or , and other fields within the scope of interest of IEEE. This could take many forms. One example might be a tool or process for assessing learning in an area within EE, CpE, or other; another might be an explanation of difficulties that students encounter when learning one or more concepts. There exist many other forms that new knowledge might take, but to be published in the IEEE Transactions on Education a paper asserting that new knowledge is being contributed requires an intimate understanding of prior contributions. Review criteria will be described in the following areas:

Review Criteria:

  1. Relevance: How relevant is the research described in the manuscript to education in electrical engineering, computer engineering, and fields within the scope of interest of IEEE? Are significant issues in these areas clearly articulated?
  2. Focus: How clear is the focus of the research described? Are research questions clearly stated? Where appropriate, are testable hypotheses formulated? What is the significance of the research questions and/or hypotheses?
  3. Contribution: Have the authors explicitly and clearly articulated how their research will contribute to current work?
  4. Context: Have authors analyzed prior research related to their work? Have they situated their work within the context of prior research?
  5. Methodology: Have the authors explicitly and clearly described how they performed their research? To what extent does their approach align with currently accepted methodologies?
  6. Findings: To what extent are research findings compelling and different from what has been previously published? To what extent do research findings reinforce what has been previously published? To what extent do research findings contradict what has been previously published? To what extent have the research findings contributed to existing knowledge and/or literature?
  7. Conclusions: How significant are the conclusions? Are implications for future research considered? If appropriate, are implications for practice considered?
  8. Organization and Clarity: To what extent does the manuscript demonstrate effectively organized, clear, and concise presentation appropriate for the readership of the IEEE Transactions on Education? To be appropriate for publication in an IEEE journal, a manuscript must be written in grammatically-correct English, and in the third person.
  9. Illustrations: To what extent do tables and figures meaningfully add to the narrative?