All manuscripts should be double-spaced, 12 point Times Roman (or similar) font with pages numbered. Electronic files should be set up to print on both 8.5 by 11 inch and A4 paper. Margins should be at least 0.75 inches. With A4 paper, allow margins of at least 1.6 cm on each side, 1.9 cm top, and 3.7 cm bottom. JQT follows a double-blinded review policy. Authors must submit two versions of their manuscript: one containing the authors’ names, and one without them. Authors are responsible for properly blinding their manuscripts.
Papers submitted for inclusion in the Case Study department must follow a different format than the format explained below, which applies to all other papers. See link to the left.
A title should be followed by each author’s name, affiliation, postal address, and zip code (in the blinded version include only the title). Next should be an abstract of about 100 words. The abstract should summarize the important results and conclusions. It should not contain the title of the paper or references to other articles. Following the abstract should be “Key Words” and an alphabetized list of important words or phrases not already in the title.
The body should begin with an introduction that will place the research in perspective with recently published work and encourage quality control practitioners to read the article. Sections are numbered. Equation numbers are placed in parentheses flush right. Include a practical example illustrating the technique being discussed.
The manuscript should close with a conclusion or discussion of important ideas. An appendix section is optional and follows the conclusion. More than one appendix may be used. Mathematical proofs or other important details are best located in an appendix to avoid interrupting the flow of the main body. An acknowledgment section is optional and follows the last appendix.
The references section appears last, arranged alphabetically by author or, for anonymous works, by title. Only literature cited should be listed. All references quoted from, paraphrased, or alluded to in the manuscript should be referred to in the text by authors’ last names followed by the year of publication in parentheses, such as Sohn (1999). Journal titles are not abbreviated. A sample reference list appears below.
Place figures and tables within the manuscript following their first reference. This facilitates refereeing the manuscript. Manuscripts that are accepted for publication will require graphs, charts, and diagrams each on a separate file and be suitable for publication.
Consult recent issues of the journal for examples of style and technical level.
Letters should be double-spaced and may be subject to the regular review process. The author(s) of any paper discussed in a letter will be given the opportunity to respond to the letter in the same issue in which the letter is published. Only letters that refer to papers published in the four most recent issues will be considered.
Submit a cover letter attesting that the manuscript has not been published and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. If similar articles are under consideration for publication or have been published, they must be disclosed in the manuscript (preferred) or in the cover letter. Submissions must be made electronically (via e-mail) by sending a PDF, Postscript or MS Word file. Be sure to embed all fonts used in the document. All submissions should go to:
Manuscript Coordinator, ASQ