Focus and Scope

The International Journal for Service Learning in Engineering,  Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship is a peer-reviewed electronic journal offered free, semi-annually, over the World Wide Web. The Journal welcomes manuscripts based on original work with a specific focus or implication for service learning in engineering, humanitarian engineering, and social entrepreneurship, or related service learning pedagogy.

With an increasing number of individuals and institutions of higher education becoming involved in service learning and social entrepreneurship, the IJSLE is an invaluable resource for faculty, practicing engineers and local communities. With articles relating to the latest design and research pertinent to local communities, the faculty-reviewed articles in each issue provide the reader with timely information related to:

  • Engineering Design Projects as Service
  • Engineering Research Projects as Service
  • Engineering-Related Entrepreneurial Projects as Service
  • Pedagogy in Engineering-Related Service Learning

Thomas H. Colledge, PhD, PE


Penn State University

Peer Review Process

The reviewer is to be an experienced faculty member or practicing engineer with experience and competency in the discipline addressed in the article which they will be reviewing.

The manuscript editor will forward the article(s) to be reviewed to the Reviewer. Upon completion of the review, the Reviewer will complete the evaluation form found on the website and submit it to the manuscript editor.

On the evaluation form, reviewers will rate articles on criteria within six major categories on a scale from 1 to 5, with ‘1’ being Weak and ‘5’ being Exceptional. The total "score" generated from this review will be added to the reviewer's comments to decide on whether an article is ready for publication.

The six major categories of judging are:

  1. What do the Researchers Wish to Find Out? - Objectives
  2. Why is it Important to Understand or Investigate? – Literature Review - along with Community Needs and Assessment
  3. How is the Project Investigated? – Methods and Procedures
  4. Project Results
  5. Discussion
  6. Writing Style

To get a better idea of the quality and type of articles that are accepted by IJSLE, please click here to see articles in our current issue.

The schedule for the review process is as follows:


Fall Issue


Spring Issue


Call for Papers January 30 August 30
Article Submittal Deadline May 30 December 30
Faculty Review Process Ends July 30 February 28
Editorial Review Ends August 15 March 15
Author Revisions Due August 30 March 30
Final Review September 15 April 15
Publication Date September 30 April 30

Publication Frequency


Fall Issue


Spring Issue


Call for Papers January 30 August 30
Article Submittal Deadline May 30 December 30
Publication Date September 30 April 30

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

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Review Guidelines

  1. When the Editor selects you to review a new submission, you will receive e-mail notification. This notice will include the manuscript for review as an attachment and will specify the due date for submitting the review.
  2. When you are ready to submit your review, log in with your username and password. Access the review page by clicking the link to log in as a “Reviewer” under IJSLE.
  3. Under Review Steps, click the envelope icon next to “Will do the review” at Step 1. Tip: You will not be able to complete subsequent steps until you have clicked the “Will do the review” icon.
  4. Click on the page icon labeled “Review Form” under Step 3 and fill out the form following the directions on the form. Click “Save.” When finished, click “Close.” Tip: An oddity in OJS is that once you’ve entered your comments in the box, you must first click the “Save” button and then click the “Close” button to successfully submit your review.
  5. Step 4 gives you the option of uploading files (for example, if you prefer to upload the document containing your review feedback rather than copy-and-paste these comments into the final comments box on the Review Form at Step 3). Click on “Browse” to locate the review file on your computer, and click “Upload” to submit the file. Tip: It is not sufficient to choose the file and save and continue. You must also click “Upload” to upload the submission.
  6. Finally at Step 5, select a recommendation for the submission from the drop down list, which contains the following options: Accept Submission Revisions Required (“conditional accept”) Resubmit for Review (“revise and resubmit”) Resubmit Elsewhere Decline Submission See comments Send your review feedback and recommendation to the editor by clicking “Submit Review to Editor”. This feedback goes to IJSLE staff only; it is not provided directly to the author. If your review of a manuscript has not been received by the due date, you will receive a reminder. Please inform journal staff immediately if you are unable to undertake the review of a submission for any reason, so that another reviewer can be assigned.

Indexed At

  • Analytical Science Digital Library
  • Cabell
  • CSA Technology Research Database
  • DOAJ
  • Google Scholar
  • Inspec
  • OJS
  • Open J-Gate
  • PKP Open Archive Harvester
  • ProQuest
  • Ulrich's


New sponsors are always welcome to apply here.

Journal History

Efforts to create the International Journal for Service Learning in Engineering (IJSLE) began in the fall of 2004 and the first issue was subsequently published spring of 2006.  The two principal goals of the Journal were: a) to foster inquiry into rigorous engineering design, research and pedagogy and direct those efforts toward collaboratively addressing issues experienced by marginalized communities, and 2) to nurture service learning in engineering as a distinct body of scholarly knowledge and to facilitate community building amongst practitioners.

Interested authors were strongly encouraged to examine the cultural appropriateness of their work, seek to collaborate with their community partners to develop economically and culturally sustainable solutions, and implement appropriate technologies in a pro-active sense. Focus was also placed on associated pedagogy and program development.  In the spring of 2009, IJSLE expanded the scope of its publications to include manuscripts in the closely aligned fields of humanitarian engineering and technology-based social entrepreneurship.  With that, the journal’s name was modified to the International Journal for Service Learning in Engineering: Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship (IJSLE).

The journal is currently published twice per year and is offered at no cost to subscribers online at  It provides open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. The manuscripts to date have focused on engineering service learning (SL), humanitarian engineering (HE) and social entrepreneurship (SE) in the following areas:


—  Program Assessment

—  K-12 Engineering Outreach

—  Engineering Design Projects

—  Engineering-Related Entrepreneurial Projects

—  Engineering Research

—  Pedagogy in Engineering-Related Service Learning

The journal utilizes the Open Journal System (OJS) which is a journal management and publishing system and employs the LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keeps Stuff Safe) archiving management software system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration.  To ensure open access and dissemination to users around the world who might benefit from the publications, regardless of available funding resources, the journal uses the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License which permits one to copy, distribute and transmit the work with proper attribution.  The journal is indexed with EBSCO (Academic Search Complete database, EDS Discovery Service, and EBSCO Engineering Collection: India database);   ProQuest (ProQuest Engineering, ProQuest Environmental Science, ProQuest Natural Science Collection, ProQuest SciTech Collection, ProQuest Technology Collection);  Cabell Directories, Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), Ulrich Directories, and Google Scholar.

Since its inception, the number of journal subscribers has grown to over 6000+.  There remains a strong desire on the part of the IJSLE editors to be more than a place to publish papers—it also strives to help build a vibrant community of scholars and practitioners dedicated to advancing SL, HE and SE through a sustainable cycle of research, design and improvement of this element of engineering education.  Toward this end, IJSLE recently published a book entitled ‘Convergence: Philosophies and Pedagogies for Developing the Next Generation of Humanitarian Engineers and Social Entrepreneurs’ found at