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Manuscript Submittal Guidelines

Quality Engineering is a journal devoted to articles dealing with quality problems, how others have addressed similar situations and how to resolve them. Authors should address what the problem was, how it was resolved, and what the results were. As authors prepare papers for submission, they should orient them to tell such a story clearly. Only articles written in English are accepted. Rarely are articles longer than 16-30 manuscript pages accepted.
By submitting a paper, authors guarantee that the paper

  • Is not currently being considered by any other journal while it is under consideration by Quality Engineering
  • Will not be considered by any other journal while it is under consideration by Quality Engineering
  • Has not been previously published anywhere else


Quality Engineering prefers to receive all manuscript submissions electronically via Manuscript Central. Manuscript Central allows for rapid and easy submission of original and revised manuscripts, as well as reviewing and internal communication among authors, editors and reviewers via a web-based platform.

If you are unable to submit your manuscript electronically, please contact the QE Editorial Office at or (850) 410-6354.

Getting Started

To submit a manuscript, please follow the instructions below:
Launch your web browser (Internet Explorer 5 or higher or Netscape 6 or higher) and go to the Manuscript Central homepage. Log-in or click the "Create Account" option if you are a first-time user of Manuscript Central. If you are creating a new account: After clicking on "Create Account" enter your name and e-mail information and click "Next". Your e-mail information is very important. Enter your institution and address information as prompted then click "Next." Enter a user ID and password of your choice (we recommend using your e-mail address as your user ID) and then select your area of expertise. Click "Finish" when done. Log-in and select "Author Center."

Submitting Your Manuscript

After you have logged in, click the "Submit a Manuscript" link in the menu bar. Authors are urged to submit manuscripts as MS Word or Adobe PDF files. Enter data and answer questions as prompted Click on the "Next" button on each screen to save your work and advance to the next screen. You will be prompted to upload your files: Click on the "Browse" button and locate the file on your computer. Select the description of the file in the drop down next to the Browse button. When you have selected all files you wish to upload, click the "Upload" button. NOTE: Authors are responsible for verifying all files have uploaded correctly. Review your submission (in both PDF and HTML formats) before sending to the Editors. Click the "Submit" button when you are done reviewing.

You may stop a submission at any phase and save it to submit later. After submission, you will receive a confirmation via e-mail. You can also log-on to Manuscript Central any time to check the status of your manuscript. You will receive an e-mail once a decision has been made on your manuscript.

Guidelines: Manuscript Preparation

Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyrighted material from other sources and must sign an agreement for transfer of copyright to the publisher upon acceptance. Download the PDF of the form. All accepted manuscripts, artwork, and photographs become property of the publisher.

A cover letter should indicate clearly that the work being submitted for publication constitutes original research and that it has not been published and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Note that uploading of higher resolution images may take significantly longer; therefore authors are strongly encouraged to submit lower resolution images during the review process to streamline uploading.

We recommend submitting one or more PDF documents which contain all text, tables and figures during initial review.

Note that Scholar One Manuscript Central will automatically assign pages a running head and footer, as well as page numbers and line numbers to your manuscript.

Best online viewing results for authors and reviewers will be obtained with original files that DO NOT contain page numbers, line numbers, or any information in the manuscript header or footer.

Upon re-submission and acceptance, authors will be able to submit publication quality high resolution images as needed. Revised manuscripts should be submitted via Scholar One Manuscript Central's Author Center to ensure that they are linked to the original submission.


Cite in the text by author and date (for example, (Smith, 1993)). Please prepare an alphabetical reference list in accordance with the Chicago Manual of Style. If unpublished references are used, four copies of the work should be included for the referees' information. Please see below samples:

  • Book: Box, G. E. P., Luceno, A. (1997). Statistical Control by Monitoring and Feedback Adjustment, New York, NY: Wiley.
  • Journal: Bass, J.F., Duran, C. (2000). Minimizing Assembly Variation in Selective Assembly. Quality Engineering 17(4):987-989.
  • Proceedings: Pignatiello, J. J. Jr, Ramberg, J. S. (1993). Process Capability Indices: Just Say 'No!', Boston MA: ASQC Quality Congress Transactions.

Online Proofs/Ordering Offprints

Each corresponding author of an article will receive one complimentary copy of the issue in which the article appears as well as a PDF copy of that individual article. Reprints of individual articles are available for order at the time authors review page proofs. A discount on reprints is available to authors who order before print publication.