All articles are reviewed by at least two members of the Editorial Board. The Editor and the Editorial Board reserve the right to suggest changes and corrections and to decide the final acceptance and publication schedule of accepted manuscripts.

Authors are completely responsible for the factual accuracy of their contributions and neither the Editorial Board of the Online Journal for Workforce Education and Development nor Southern Illinois University accepts any responsibility for the assertions and opinions of contributors. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to quote lengthy excerpts from previously published articles.


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Submission Guidelines


  • Submissions of manuscripts can be made by using the "Submit" link on the journal's home page.
  • Authors' names, titles, affiliations, with complete mailing addresses, including e-mail, telephone and facsimile numbers should be entered in the online submission forms only, and not in the document itself, in order to ensure anonymity in reviewing.
  • Manuscripts should not exceed 6,000 words, excluding abstract, tables, figures, notes and references.
  • You will be asked to enter a structured abstract of between 75 and 150 words as part of the submission process.
  • Include a copy of your university’s Human Subjects approval document.

Your manuscript will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Introduction: Research problem is clearly stated along with need for the study and research questions.
  • Related literature: Provides a frame work for the study.
  • Research design: Procedures are suitable, detailed, and the sample is appropriate and generalizable.
  • Findings: Objective data presented with statistical display of data.
  • Discussion, conclusions, and recommendations: Thoughtful discussion and sound conclusions; future research is supported by conclusions or rationale.
  • Suitability: Study contributes to the literature and adheres to criteria.
  • Documentation: References and in-text citations meet APA 6th standards.
  • Writing: Professional, clear, organized, and easy to understand.

Structured Abstract Example:

Objective: We develop a method for enabling human-like, flexible supervisory control via delegation to automation. Background: Real time supervisory relationships with automation are rarely as flexible as human task delegation to other humans. Flexibility in human-adaptable automation can provide important benefits including: improved situation awareness, more accurate automation usage, more balanced mental workload, increased user acceptance, and improved overall performance. Method: We review problems with static and adaptive (as opposed to "adaptable") automation. We contrast these approaches with human-human task delegation, which can mitigate many of the problems. We revise the concept of a "level of automation" as a pattern of task-based roles and authorizations and argue that delegation requires a shared hierarchical task model between supervisor and subordinates, used to delegate tasks at various levels and offer instruction on performing them. A prototype implementation, called Playbook™,is described. Results: On the basis of these analyses, we propose methods for supporting human-machine delegation interactions that parallel human-human delegation in important respects. We develop an architecture for machine-based delegation systems based on the metaphor of a sports team's "playbook". Finally, we describe a prototype implementation of this architecture, with an accompanying user interface and usage scenario, for mission planning for uninhabited air vehicles. Conclusion: Delegation offers a viable method for flexible, multi-level human-automation interaction to enhance system performance while maintaining user workload at a manageable level. Application: Most applications of adaptive automation (aviation, ATC, robot control, process control, etc.) are potential avenues for the adaptable, delegation approach we advocate. We present an extended example for VAV mission planning.


Typescript should conform to the following:

  • Microsoft Word document: Required: MS Word version 98, 2000, or XP
  • Times New Roman font, 12 point
  • Title of paper (Capitals, bold, centered), top of page
  • Sub-headings (left aligned, bold)
  • Single space entire manuscript
  • Left justified with text-wrapped right text
  • Margins: top and bottom 1"; right and left 1.25"; gutter 0"; header and footer 0.5"

Figures and tables

All figures and tables should be integrated into the Microsoft Word document.


  • References should follow the guidelines provided by the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) (6th ed.)
  • All references cited should appear in the reference list. Those not cited should not appear in the reference list, unless noted to the Managing Editor.