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JTMAE Manuscript Guidelines


Articles submitted to ATMAE for publication in the Journal of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (JTMAE) must follow the following guidlines: 

Manuscript Guidelines:

ATMAE Membership: Confirm your ATMAE membership before you submit an article. The JTMAE is an ATMAE member publication and ATMAE membership is a prerequisite for submission of refereed and non-refereed articles. Contact ATMAE at to confirm your membership, to join ATMAE, or to renew your dues via the online form in the Membership section of the ATMAE Website. At the time a paper is submitted for publication, all authors must be ATMAE members or, in lieu of membership, authors may elect to pay a non-refundable $100 submission fee.

Topics and Target Audience: The JTMAE publishes both peer-refereed and non-refereed scholarly and informational articles of interest to Industrial Technology students and professionals in industry and academia. Refereed articles generally fit into four broad categories:
1)  Applied Papers (applied research),
2)  Research Papers (original basic or empirical research),
3)  Pedagogical papers (pedagogical research and issues)
4) Perspective Papers (Meta-analysis - sound literature reviews to update the state-of-the-art or which provide a synthesis and suggest new implications or directions for further research).
An examination of articles already posted to the JTMAE may help you decide if the JTMAE is the appropriate publication to which to submit your article. The target audience is industrial technology and technology management educators, students, graduates, technologists working in business and industry, and others interested in Industrial Technology and Technology Management issues. Present implications for this audience in the article.

Review Process

  • Peer-Refereed: The JTMAE uses a double-blind peer-review process for "peer-refereed" articles and each "peer-refereed" article is submitted to three reviewers for comment and criticism. Articles often go through a second review after an author's first revisions after review. The review process, either via traditional hard copy or via electronic review, will usually take between three months and one year to be completed. 
  • Non-Refereed: Non-refereed articles are read by the JTMAE Editorial panel and may be sent to one JTMAE Referee for comment and criticism. 
  • A review of articles already posted to the JTMAE may help you decide if the JTMAE is the appropriate publication to which to submit your article. Your paper should present implications relevant to the following: The Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) defines industrial technology as "a field of study designed to prepare technical and/or management oriented professionals for employment in business, industry, education, and government." The JTMAE, as associated with ATMAE, is inclusive of topics and research related to industrial technology. No topic, setting, function, research methodology, or other category is given preference or excluded given that the submission fits accepted definitions of research and pertains to industrial technology.
  • As a guide, the U.S. government defines research as the "systematic investigation, including research, development, testing and evaluation, designed to develop or contribute to [knowledge that can be generalized]." (45 CAR 46.102(d)). Other common definitions of research include "a systematic study directed toward more complete scientific knowledge or understanding of the subject studied" or "disciplined inquiry."
  • A research paper should be clear, concise, and complete, with assumptions plainly identified and data presented (including their uncertainty) with precise logic, with relevance to practices described, and with actual accomplishments of the work clearly stated and honestly appraised.

Non-Refereed Submissions

Submissions for Non-Refereed publication: The JTMAE publishes non-refereed (NR) submissions related to industrial technology and technology management topics. The aim and scope of NR submissions are broader than that for JTMAE refereed articles.

  • NR papers are usually non-research pieces of importance to the readership, or articles that have some research basis but do not meet the criteria for review as a peer-refereed article.

  • Appropriate content includes: book reviews; opinion pieces and editorials; reports on new programs and curricula, or development and implementation of the same; accreditation and certification information; and other topics of interest to the JTMAE audience.

  • Reports on new development in programs, administrative issues, curriculum development and delivery that do not include comparative research with existing or traditional approaches and do not otherwise fit JTMAE categories for refereed publication are normally considered for non-refereed publication.
  • An article not accepted for publication after peer-review may be, at the discretion of the Editorial Panel, considered for publication as a non-refereed article, though the will not publish a paper as a "non-refereed" article if it was originally submitted for peer-review and not accepted, unless the author agrees to its publication as a refereed article.

  • A submission for consideration as a non-refereed article might be best described as editorial, informational, or otherwise; however, the grammar, clarity of purpose, and other quality measures of an NR submission should be on par with that of a refereed submission.

  • Submissions must be in English and be a maximum of ten (10) pages of text (for exceptions consult the JTMAE Administrator). 
  • A submission for consideration as a non-refereed article should be submitted in electronic format adhering to the current edition of the Publications Manual of the American Psychological Association and otherwise comply with the JTMAE Manuscript Guidelines and Submission Guidelines.

Required Format, Style and Content of Document and Text:

  • Submission: All JTMAE manuscripts must be submitted through our cloud-based manuscript submission and peer-review platform.
  • "Blind Review" and Author Identities: 
    • Do not include biographical information about any authors in the text or at the end of the article.
    • Do not include institution names within the text of the article where that would identify the author's institution. In such cases, the name of the institution should be replaced, where appropriate, with "XXXX University", "XXXX College", "Alpha University" or another "alias". 
    • Remove "identifiers" in MS Word properties: Your MS Word settings may identify you by name or have other information that can help identify you and compromise the blind review process. Go to the "File" menu, select "Info," click on "Check For Issues, " then click on "Inspect Document," and delete any text in the "name," "initials," and "mailing address" fields.
  • Peer-Refereed or Non-Refereed: Indicate your choice of "Peer-Refereed" or "Non-Refereed" consideration when uploading your manuscript. General information articles should be submitted as non-refereed manuscripts.
  • Target Audience: Write for the target audience - a common question asked by reviewers is "Why am I reading this?" Is your paper useful to the Industrial Technology professional in academia or industry? Do you relate your conclusions to industrial technology and educational practice or practical applications?
  • Well Written: Prose must be written cleanly and correctly. Authors should use peers and professional editors to assist them in finalizing articles before submission. Poor grammar, spelling, syntax, language usage, and lack of organization will obscure the best research and analysis and make your paper unreadable - and unacceptable.
  • Third-Person Format: The JTMAE, like other technical and scientific journals, accepts papers written in "third person" format. Use "the author" or "the authors" rather than "I" or "we."
  • APA & ATMAE Format: Prepare manuscripts according to the current edition of the Publications Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA style), except where the APA style is superseded specifically by these manuscript guidelines. Include an introduction, purpose, methodology, findings, and implications in the research.
  • Abstract: An abstract of 150 to 400 words is required for each JTMAE submission. The abstract should make clear the Industrial Technology focus of your paper, along with the other normal elements of an abstract.
  • References & Footnotes:
    • Use APA format. Cite each reference in text using the author-date method, with the surname of authors and the year of publication: 1) Jones (1985), and 2) Further work shows (Jones, 1985).
    • Follow the format in the APA style manual for your reference listing, and consult published JTMAE articles for examples.
    • References should not be footnoted.
    • Do not include references not cited in your paper.

  • Headers: Include the article title, or a shortened version of the same, as a running header at the top of each page of the article. (Use the header formatting function to correctly preserve the title as a header.)
  • Headings: Clearly indicate headings and their hierarchy in the text. Avoid UPPER CASE in headings; the JTMAE prefers Bold text for headings, Italicized text for subheadings, and Underlined text for secondary subheadings.
  • Length of Paper: The JTMAE puts a premium on concise and effective writing. Your article, excluding figures, tables, illustrations and references, should not exceed fifteen (15) typewritten, double-spaced 8.5" x 11" pages.
  • Fonts, Margins & Line Spacing:
    • The text shall be either 10- or 12-point font, either Arial, or Times New Roman style; for ease in review, 12-point text is preferred.
    • Use one-inch (1") margins.
    • Double space all text in the body of the paper
    • The abstract and text related to tables, figures, photo captions, appendices and references may be single-spaced.

  • Pagination: The paper shall be numerically paginated at the bottom center or bottom right of the page, with pagination beginning on the first page of the text.
  • URLs and Email Addresses within the text or references are permitted, but do not include hyperlinks.
  • ARTWORK - TABLES, FIGURES, PHOTOS: Please read and comply with these requirements regarding graphic content within your paper document:
    • Submit clean, crisp, camera-ready artwork (lines and figure text should be solid black).
    • Artwork may be included in the text (this method is generally preferred by reviewers), placed at the end of the text, or placed at the end of the text with preferred insertion points noted within the text. The final design of published article and placement of artwork will be determined by the JTMAE staff.
    •  Identify artwork with table/figure numbers and brief captions. Use proper APA style and placement of captions.  
  •  REVISING A PAPER AFTER REVIEW You MUST use "Track Changes" in Word when you revise your paper document, to allow the Editorial Panel and Referees to easily ascertain how you addressed issues raised during review.

ACCEPTANCE: If your article is accepted, submit a short biographical statement for each author, a photo of each author (preferably a head-shot; a high-resolution electronic photo, at least 2.5" x 2.5" and 300 dpi), an electronic version and hard copy of the article, including original artwork. Send an MS Word document, but do not send 'read only' files.

COPYRIGHT NOTICE: All articles published in the JTMAE are copyrighted by ATMAE. Articles submitted to the JTMAE cannot be submitted to other publications while under review. Articles published in other copyrighted publications may not be submitted to the JTMAE and articles published in the JTMAE may not be published in other publications without written permission of ATMAE.


Submit all correspondence to:

Karen Miles, Administrator
Journal of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering
3801 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 190
Raleigh, NC  27607

Phone: (919) 635-8335