Submit Your Paper to an SPE Journal

SPE journals give you the opportunity to share new ideas with your colleagues in the industry and beyond. SPE’s peer-review process provides invaluable constructive feedback from experts in your field, allowing you to make a good paper even better!

We welcome both conference papers and papers submitted directly for review. Here are answers to some of the most common questions about navigating our submissions process; you can also download a PDF with instructions for submitting your paper to SPE’s online peer-review site.

Which SPE journal is most appropriate for my paper?

SPE has seven journals covering a wide range of disciplines. Take a look at our Journal Coverage Areas to see which journal will be the best fit for your paper.

Is my paper a good candidate for peer review?

SPE’s high standards can make peer review a rigorous process for an author. Our technical reviewers will evaluate the extent to which your paper meets our criteria for publication and provide constructive feedback on how the paper could be improved. You may be asked to revise your paper and resubmit it for further review. To be accepted for publication in a journal, a paper must meet the following criteria:

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  • Originality / Innovation +
    • If your material has been published before or is currently being reviewed by another organization, it is not eligible for peer review.
    • Authors must be able to transfer copyright of the published article to SPE if the paper is accepted for publication.
    • It should present new knowledge or technology, or analyze previously known facts in a new way.
    • A review paper is appropriate if it finds connections between previously unrelated facts or commonality between previously uncompiled facts and results, or makes deductions that give the reader substantiated guidance on the accuracy and applicability of the reviewed analyses.
  • Relevance +
    • The paper is relevant to the technical scope of the journal and to the professional interests and activities of its audience.
    • Ideally it should present knowledge or technology that has the potential to help readers in their professional work as practicing engineers.
  • Technical Detail +
    • It should be logically sound, and it should give sufficient detail to allow the reader to replicate the work it describes and to assess its applicability to other environments.
    • The research design, methods, and analyses are adequately defined and clearly described, well-integrated, well-reasoned, and appropriate to the aims of the project.
    • Statistical tests are appropriate and the assumptions underlying the use of statistics are fulfilled by the data.
    • The statistics are reported correctly and appropriately.
  • Presentation and Documentation +
    • It should present clearly and concisely in SPE’s standard format all relevant data and information to support the conclusions and to indicate their limitations.
    • The text is well written and easy to follow.
    • The introduction builds a logical case and context for the problem statement.
    • The problem statement is clear and well-articulated.
    • Tables, graphs, and figures are used effectively and agree with the text.
    • The amount of data presented is sufficient and appropriate.
    • Results are presented effectively; the interpretations of the results are appropriate and the conclusions accurate.
    • The conclusions are clearly stated and follow from the design, methods, and results; the justification of conclusions is well articulated.
    • The study limitations are discussed.
    • Statistical differences are distinguished from meaningful differences.
    • Practical significance or theoretical implications are discussed.
    • Reference citations are complete, accurate, and up to date. The number of references is appropriate, and their selection is judicious.
    • If the authors are not native English speakers, they have had the manuscript reviewed by an English-speaking colleague for accuracy of grammar and usage.
  • Professional Conduct +
    • Substantial portions of the data or study should not have been published previously.
    • There are no instances of plagiarism—the ideas and materials of others are correctly attributed.
    • There are no commercial references.