The Journal of Engineering (JOE)

The launch of the IET’s newest journal, The Journal of Engineering (JoE), a fully open access, online-only title, is drawing closer and we can now announce the full editorial team who will be driving this exciting new journal forward.

In addition to the journal’s three chief advisors (Professor Lionel Tarassenko, Professor Norbert Peters and Ms Naomi Climer), one editor has been assigned to each of the eight broad topic areas the journal intends to cover:

  • Biomedical Engineering, Professor Jun Ohta, NAIST, Japan
  • Civil Engineering, Professor Rahim Benekohal, University of Illinois, USA
  • Computing and Software, Professor Paul Krause, University of Surrey, UK
  • Energy Engineering: Professor Kai Strunz, TU Berlin, Germany
  • Materials Engineering, Professor Mike Fitzpatrick, Open University, UK
  • Micro- and Nanotechnology:  Professor Haixia (Alice) Zhang , Peking University, China
  • Mechanical Engineering:  Professor J. Paulo Davim, University of Aveiro, Portugal
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Professor Jan Van der Spiegel, U Penn, USA

We are very keen to harness the expertise and international spread of this editorial team to ensure that JoE reflects the global field of engineering.

This new journal will work on a similar model to the PLoS One journal, placing emphasis on scientific soundness rather than significance and following rigorous peer-review, decisions will be binary (simple yes/no to acceptance with no revision stages allowed), leading to faster publication. The same emphasis on high quality, thorough peer-review which exists on all our research and letters journals will be applied to JoE, ensuring we publish high quality, scientifically sound research across a broad spectrum of engineering fields.

JoE will be a pure gold open access journal with authors of accepted papers paying an article processing charge (APC) of $1150 USD. We will be offering discounts for IET members and fee waivers will be available for researchers in developing countries, determined using the criteria* set by Research4Life, which provides free or low-cost access to scientific journals, books and databases for scientists, practitioners, students and faculty in the developing world. Researchers in other territories who can demonstrate a genuine need will also be considered for waivers.

All accepted papers in JoE will be published under a Creative Commons Licence and will be freely available on the IET Digital Library. For more information please see

The IET’s existing portfolio of research and letters journals will also be adopting open access options, making them hybrid journals. Authors will be given the option of publishing their papers open access in an existing journal once it has been peer-reviewed and accepted. The author’s choice to publish open access will in no way affect or influence the review process, editors and reviewers will be unaware of authors’ preferences until after acceptance.

The IET’s open access publishing options will offer authors a choice of how to disseminate their work and allow them to be fully compliant with funders’ licensing requirements. All open access authors will also be able to deposit their papers in repositories.