Article Contribution


Submission Guidelines for Editorial Contribution and Letters to the Editor

Hong Kong Engineer provides a forum for the exchange of information on the latest developments in 21 engineering disciplines under the HKIE's umbrella. Hong Kong Engineer welcomes the contribution of articles, technical and general, on topical interest relevant to the development of engineering and engineering practice in Hong Kong.



The quality of writing must be high. Submissions must be original and must not have been published elsewhere including print and digital. The topic should be of interest to members and of value and use to the profession and the community. Articles of knowledge or idea sharing are also welcome. Reports of divisional activities are not taken as editorial contribution or letters to the editor. Separate submission guidelines are available.


Length and Style


Articles should be written in plain English offering clarity and readability. Hong Kong Engineer is a professional journal of general engineering interest. Articles should preferably have a journalistic style and jargon should be avoided unless the submission is a technical paper.


  • Cover Story
    Topics on projects or trends of the engineering industry can be proposed for development as cover stories. An editorial brief detailing the direction, proposed content, author, reasons of making the suggestion etc should be provided for consideration prior to submission of a full story. A cover story should be about 3,500 words in length. Authors are requested to submit at least 4 photographs infographics and illustrations to make the article more interesting. However, the Editorial Office reserves the right to omit some images as it sees fit.

  • Update

    Submission should be key events, occasions or awards that had already taken place. Promotion of future events will not be considered. Submission should not exceed 200 words in length. Authors are encouraged to submit one photograph/infographic/illustration to make the articles more interesting.


  • Technology Focus/Engineers and the Environment/Feature stories
    Each submission should not exceed 2,000 words in length. Authors are particularly encouraged to submit photographs, infographics and illustrations to make the articles more interesting. However, the Editorial Office reserves the right to omit some images when page limit is exceeded.

  • Letter to the Editor
    Submissions should not exceed 400 words in length. No image should be submitted for this column.


Reviewing Process


Submissions are subject to assessment by the Journal Editorial Committee and Technical Reviewers. Comments from the reviewers will be forwarded to the authors to facilitate revision, if necessary. Once the articles or letters have been accepted, changes may be made to the style, readability and length to fit the style of the journal and space allocated.

The Journal Editorial Committee will monitor the development of discussion on any engineering topics. In an effort to maintain a balanced coverage for all disciplines, if submissions of letters/articles concerning the same topic become a growing trend, the Journal Editorial Committee may refer the topic to the Division(s) concerned to organise any suitable learned society activities, eg forum, technical seminar for discussion.


The Journal Editorial Committee reserves the right to accept or reject any contribution and the decision is final.




Articles are considered for publication on the understanding that they are original works and have not been submitted to any other publication. Authors who wish to reproduce illustrations that have already been published elsewhere must obtain the permission of the copyright holder. In line with common publishing practice, the corresponding authors are required to sign a Copyright Consent Form consenting to the HKIE the right to use and edit the works prior to publication. All materials published in the Hong Kong Engineer carries the copyright of the HKIE. The Institution requires and takes that the authors have obtained all necessary consent and permission for reproduction of all materials included in the articles have been obtained by the author(s). 




Articles can be submitted via email, written in Word or Rich Text format. Images sent electronically should be at not less than 300 dpi and in JPEG format. All editorial contribution should be forwarded to Email:


An acknowledgement will be sent to the person who submits the article or letter upon receipt. This acknowledgement does not represent a commitment to publication.