Send manuscripts electronically to SQP’s manuscript coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. The manuscript should be in Microsoft Word format, double-spaced, with at least 1-inch margins. All tables and figures should be included at the end of the article.
The paper should contain the following items in the order shown:
Title page. This shows the title of the article, name(s) of the author(s), and an address, telephone and fax numbers and e-mail address for the contact author. Include acknowledgments, if desired. Most suitable titles will be seven to ten words long, or less.
Abstract. This is a brief (200-word) summary of the article’s main points, results or conclusions and their significance.
Keywords. These are words that identify the main topics of the article for indexing and referencing purposes. Avoid using words that appear in the title. Alphabetize keywords.
Text. The body of the paper should not exceed 6,000 words. Begin with an introduction explaining the significance of the work. Use terminology that is intelligible to readers from different disciplines.
Do not use numbered notes, either as footnotes at the bottom of the page or as endnotes. Instead, place remarks and references in the text, within parentheses. For citations, cite only the author’s last name and year of publication. For example: (Smith 1990).
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Reference list. This consists only of all literature cited in the text. List entries alphabetically by author or, if anonymous, by title. Type the reference list, double-spaced. Follow style guidelines in The Chicago Manual of Style. Do not include any references that are not cited in the article.
Figures, as appropriate. Use figures to summarize lengthy material, for example: lists, comparisons or contrasts, case-study descriptions, methods (possibly in flowchart form), relational models and results. Use the term “Figure” to identify all such illustrations (including charts, tables and diagrams).
Indicate where in the text figures should appear. (“Place Figure 1 about here.”) Do not embed figures or other illustrative material in the text. Place them at the end of the paper, one figure or illustration to a page.
Appendix, as appropriate. Place technical material in an appendix. This includes detailed descriptions of research methodology and analysis.
Once we accept a manuscript publication, we will ask the author(s) to submit brief biographical information.
Quality Nugget. SQP is looking for short practitioner-focused or experience-based articles, preferably related to improvement of software development processes, software quality, productivity, software performance, software testing, or software development practices. Periodic updates of standards that are relevant to software quality and new methodologies that are not yet popular in software industry, but from which software industry could be benefit, would be considered for publication. Short industrial experience reports detailing the application of software processes, methods, or tools—and their effectiveness in industrial settings are also welcome. Articles should be “light” (informal) and should not exceed 1,500 words. Please submit directly to the SQP editor, at email@example.com.
Format. Send manuscripts electronically to SQP’s manuscript coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. The manuscript should be in Microsoft Word format, double-spaced, with at least 1-inch margins. All tables and figures should be included at the end of the article.