- Open Access
- Article Types
- Discovery and Digital Archiving
- Who Can Submit?
- General Submission Rules
- Peer-Review Policy
- Formatting Requirements
- Article Processing Charge
- Publishing Agreement
- Becoming a Reviewer
Journal of Research in Technical Careers is an Open Access publication; all articles are freely available online immediately upon issue publication. All articles are rigorously peer-reviewed, and brought to publication as rapidly as possible. Production costs are covered by Article Processing Charges paid by the author, institution, or funder upon acceptance of the manuscript (see below, Article Processing Charge). There is no charge for submitting a paper to Journal of Research in Technical Careers. For more information, please see Journal of Research in Technical Careers Aims and Scope page.
Journal of Research in Technical Careers accepts research papers, empirical and theoretical articles, and editorials.
Discovery and Digital Archiving
The Journal of Research in Technical Careers (JRTC) participates in industry-standard discovery and preservation tools. Articles from the journal are placed in the world’s major library catalogs and databases (OCLC Worldcat, ProQuest’s Summon, Ex Libris’s Primo, and EBSCO Discovery). JRTC is preserved in CLOCKSS and Portico, the two leading preservation archives that guarantee persistent access for the very long term. Articles also receive Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) from the CrossRef organization to ensure they can always be found.
Who Can Submit?
Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in Journal of Research in Technical Careers provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer).
General Submission Rules
Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic) and should not exceed 30 double-spaced pages including all figures and references. Please note: publication in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to Journal of Research in Technical Careers, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at Journal of Research in Technical Careers. If you have concerns about the submission terms for Journal of Research in Technical Careers, please contact the editors.
Please also be aware that submissions are removed from the journal management system one year from the initial submission date, if not under review at that time.
Following a preliminary evaluation to eliminate submissions unsuitable for Journal of Research in Technical Careers, all papers are sent out for review. The journal’s policy is to have manuscripts reviewed by two expert reviewers in addition to a member of the Journal's Editorial Board. Journal of Research in Technical Careers utilizes a double-blind peer-review process. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible while maintaining rigor. Reviewers make comments to the author and recommendations to the Editor, who makes the final decision.
Additionally, potential authors should be aware that all authors of accepted manuscripts will be automatically added to our list of future reviewers.
Journal of Research in Technical Careers has no strict rules about the formatting of articles upon initial submission. However, all tables, charts, graphs, and diagrams should appear on separate pages at the end of the paper, after all references and appendices. Citations should appear in-text and be in APA format. For rules governing the formatting of the final submission, see Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for details.
Although bepress can provide limited technical support, it is ultimately the responsibility of the author to produce an electronic version of the article as a high-quality PDF file, or a Microsoft Word, WordPerfect or RTF file that can be converted to a PDF file. It is understood that the current state of technology of Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF) is such that there are no, and can be no, guarantees that documents in PDF will work perfectly with all possible hardware and software configurations that readers may have.
Article Processing Charge
Upon acceptance of your manuscript, you will be charged a one-time Article Processing Charge (APC) of $150. The APC is charged to you or your funder, institution, or employer. This fee covers the cost of publication and ensures that your article will be freely available. Once the APC has been processed, your article will be prepared for publication and can appear online.
Articles in Journal of Research in Technical Careers are freely available under the Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0).The Creative Commons Attribution License allows others to re-use the work without permission as long as the work is properly cited. For more information, visit the Creative Commons licenses page. Copyright is retained by the author(s). Where an author is prevented from being the copyright holder (e.g., U.S. government employees), the copyright line and license statement in individual articles will be adjusted. Please contact the editors during or immediately after submission of your paper.
It is the responsibility of the author to obtain permission from copyright holders for reproducing illustrations, tables, figures, or lengthy quotations. This includes copyright of the author's own material. Papers without correct permissions will not be published.
Becoming a Reviewer
The Journal is seeking qualified reviewers with a strong background in scholarly works related to the specific content areas addressed in our journal. If interested, please submit your information via the following form: JRTC Call for Reviewers