Frequently Asked Questions

PEER REVIEW

How does the peer-review process work?
SPE uses an online peer-review system for manuscript submission, review, and tracking through to a final editorial decision. The system speeds the review process by linking authors, reviewers, and SPE staff into one workspace and offers authors and reviewers instant access to manuscript information. When you submit a paper for peer review, the journal’s Executive Editor and Associate Editors will identify technical reviewers for your paper, who will evaluate the extent to which it meets the criteria for publication and provide constructive feedback on how you could improve it. We may ask you to make some revisions based on the comments of the reviewers. Reviewers come from different professional backgrounds and from all levels of industry and academia.

Why is peer review important?
Publishing a technical paper in one of SPE’s peer-reviewed journals adds to your professional reputation and is recognition that your paper has made a significant contribution to our industry’s future. Employers benefit, too—your company’s innovations will be on display for all to see, potentially attracting customers. Publishing gives you global exposure within the industry, and can result in your work being referenced by others. As you publish, your reputation and your profile within the industry will grow. Once published in an SPE journal, your paper will have perpetual exposure in OnePetro, the industry’s largest multisociety online library of technical papers in the world. Currently, there are more than 110,000 technical papers in OnePetro, with more than 415 papers downloaded every hour.

How can I determine if my paper is a good candidate for peer review?
View the Author Peer Review Criteria to see if your paper is a good candidate.

How do I submit my paper for peer review?
View the Author Peer Review Submission Instructions for step-by-step instructions on how to submit to peer review, or watch a video summarizing the process.

Can I still submit a paper to peer review if I am not submitting it to a conference?
SPE welcomes papers submitted directly for peer review. Prepare the paper for submission, then upload it to the online submission system for the journal you selected. You must also submit a Temporary Transfer of Copyright. For more information, view our step-by-step tutorial on how to submit your paper.

How can I check the status of my paper once it’s submitted to a journal for peer review?
You may monitor the status of your paper through your Author Center on Manuscript Central or request an update by emailing peer@spe.org.

How can I become a technical reviewer for SPE’s journals?
If you are interested in serving as a technical reviewer, please complete the reviewer application; please note that there are several requirements for serving as a reviewer. The Editorial Review Committee includes the Executive Editors and Associate Editors of each journal, who oversee the review process for submitted manuscripts; they will select reviewers from a pool of more than 2,500 people worldwide. Reviewers come from different professional backgrounds and from all levels of industry and academia. SPE recognizes outstanding reviewer efforts through our annual Technical Editor and A Peer Apart awards.

JOURNALS

How many journals does SPE publish, and what subjects do they cover?
SPE journals cover a variety of topics. View the SPE Journal Coverage Areas to select the most appropriate journal for your paper.

How long does it take for a paper to be peer reviewed and published?
Typically, it takes 120–150 days for a paper's decision to be rendered to the author; because SPE's Editorial Review Committee is comprised of volunteers, there may be occasions when a paper's review phase may exceed our preferred timeframe. We make every effort to ensure that our process is timely and that each paper receives a thorough and fair evaluation.

Which file formats are acceptable for journal submissions?
Office 2007 or later files (e.g., docx) are acceptable file formats. While SPE is pleased to report that Manuscript Central now accepts TeX/LaTeX submissions, PDFs and Office 2007 files are preferred in order to process our plagiarism-checking reports.

I’ve written a paper and would like to submit it to a journal, but it hasn’t been presented at a conference.

SPE welcomes papers submitted directly for peer review. Prepare the paper for submission, then upload it to the online submission system for the journal you selected. You must also submit a Temporary Transfer of Copyright. For more information, view our step-by-step tutorial on how to submit your paper.

Are SPE’s journals available in printed format?
As of January 2014, all of SPE’s peer-reviewed journals (with the exception of the Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology) are available exclusively in digital format through OnePetro, the industry’s largest multisociety online library. For the low cost of USD 45 to 95 per year, subscribers can have access to the latest journal papers published, as well as the complete journal archive.

How can I obtain a printed copy of my published paper?
Because SPE has moved to online-only publication, we can no longer provide printed copies of your published paper (with the exception of the Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology); however, we can provide a PDF version upon request. If your paper was published before 2014, you may request a printed copy of your published paper by emailing peer@spe.org.

How do I subscribe to an SPE journal?
To subscribe to an SPE journal, visit our publications subscription page. Subscription rates range from USD 45 to 95 for SPE members, and USD 115 to 245 for nonmembers.

BOOKS

What types of books does SPE offer, and where can I find them?
SPE offers many types of books written by and for our members. To view a complete list of available titles, please visit the SPE Bookstore.

How can I submit a book proposal for review?
To submit a book proposal, please complete the Book Proposal form and send it along with the requested documents to Mattie Tanner, Senior Staff Editor-Books.

When will I receive a decision on my book proposal?
After you’ve submitted your book proposal, it will be reviewed by SPE’s Books Development Committee, and you will receive a decision within 90 days.

What is the average length of the book publication process?
Once a book proposal has been approved, authors are asked to complete their manuscript within 2 years. Once the manuscript is written, it goes through a brief peer-review process (90-150 days), followed by 6-8 months for editing and production. The typical production timeline can be found on the Books page.

Does SPE offer digital versions of its books?
Yes. All SPE books are available in print, with most titles also available in digital format. Please visit the SPE Bookstore to see which books are available digitally.