Open Access Policy

Open Access Policy
An Open Access Publication [1] is described by the Bethesda Statement on Open Access Publishing [2] as meeting two conditions:

  1. The author(s) and copyright holder(s) grant(s) to all users a free, irrevocable, worldwide, perpetual right of access to, and a license to copy, use, distribute, transmit and display the work publicly and to make and distribute derivative works, in any digital medium for any responsible purpose, subject to proper attribution of authorship [3], as well as the right to make small numbers of printed copies for their personal use.
  2. A complete version of the work and all supplemental materials, including a copy of the permission as stated above, in a suitable standard electronic format is deposited immediately upon initial publication in at least one online repository that is supported by an academic institution, scholarly society, government agency, or other well-established organization that seeks to enable open access, unrestricted distribution, interoperability and long-term archiving (for the biomedical sciences, PubMed Central is such a repository).


All articles published in the Southern Journal of Engineering Education are open access. Articles are published under the terms of a Creative Commons license (CC BY) [4] which permits readers to copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format, and to alter/remix, transform, and build upon the material, including for commercial use, providing the original author is correctly cited.

Authors retain copyright of all open-access articles published in the Southern Journal of Engineering Education.

No Embargo Period

There is no embargo period placed on articles published in the Southern Journal of Engineering Education before the final published PDF can be placed in an institutional or other suitable subject repository. Authors should provide a link from the archived version to the URL of the published article on the SJEE's website. This link is required to protect the integrity and authenticity of the publication, with the version on the SJEE’s website clearly identified as the definitive version of record.

No Author Charges

Please note that this journal operates under a diamond open access model and does not charge any article processing charges (APCs) to authors. We believe in facilitating open access to knowledge without financial barriers.

[1] Open access is a property of individual works, not necessarily journals or publishers.
[3] Community standards, rather than copyright law, will continue to provide the mechanism for enforcement of proper attribution and responsible use of the published work, as they do now.