Column Guidelines


“One Good Idea”
This column helps readers learn about tools and techniques other professionals have developed or revised to help with daily tasks. This column should be about a new tool or a new twist on an old tool. You should include measurable results that prove the tool or technique works well.

We also consider columns about “one bad idea” — a lesson learned, perhaps the hard way, while attempting to apply a quality tool, technique or program.

Word limit: 600 words

“Back to Basics”
This column covers one well-known, entry-level quality tool, concept or methodology for readers new to the quality arena or those who need retraining on basic, traditional quality concepts. Include examples of how the tool or concept works, demonstrating why it has become a staple among quality practitioners.

Word limit: 600 words

“Quality in the First Person”
This column offers an opportunity for readers to share their personal quality stories. An appropriate submission would be an account of how you got into the quality field, how it has helped your organization or your career or how quality has enhanced your personal life.

Word limit: 600 words

“Perspectives”
This column provides authors a venue to share a pertinent and timely opinion on a quality topic. Submissions should:

  • Address or tie in with a current event or trend.
  • Offer thought-provoking insight or educate readers on aspects of the topic that aren’t well known.
  • Serve as a valuable contribution to the quality body of knowledge.
  • Be supported by sources.


Word limit: 1,500 words

As with all submissions, publication is subject to space and scheduling restrictions. For consideration send your submissions to manuscripts@asq.org.


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