Quality and Reliability Engineering International

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Edited By: Aarnout C. Brombacher and Douglas C. Montgomery

Impact Factor: 1.366

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2016: 28/44 (Engineering Industrial); 34/85 (Engineering Multidisciplinary); 44/83 (Operations Research & Management Science)

Online ISSN: 1099-1638

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Any authors wishing to send their paper OnlineOpen will be required to complete the payment form available from our website at:
http://wileyonlinelibrary.com/onlineopen. Prior to acceptance there is no requirement to inform an Editorial Office that you intend to publish your paper OnlineOpen if you do not wish to. All OnlineOpen articles are treated in the same way as any other article. They go through the journal's standard peer-review process and will be accepted or rejected based on their own merit.

  • General
  • Manuscript Submission
  • Supporting Information
  • Copyright and Permissions
  • English Editing
  • Presentation of Papers
  • Writing Abstracts
  • Reference Style
  • Illustrations
  • Colour Policy
  • Citing EarlyView Articles
  • Article Formats Published in QREI
  • Further Information
  • General

    Quality and Reliability Engineering International (QREI) is a journal devoted to practical engineering aspects of quality and reliability. A refereed bimonthly technical journal, it covers the development and practical application of existing theoretical methods, research and industrial practices. Articles in the journal will be concerned with case studies, tutorial-type reviews and also with applications of new or well-known theory to the solution of actual quality and reliability problems in engineering.

    Papers describing the use of mathematical and statistical tools to solve real life industrial problems are encouraged, provided that the emphasis is placed on practical applications and demonstrated case studies.

    The scope of the Journal is intended to include components, physics of failure, equipment and systems from the fields of electronic, electrical, mechanical and systems engineering. The areas of communications, aerospace, automotive, railways, shipboard equipment, control engineering and consumer products are all covered by the Journal.

    Quality and reliability of hardware as well as software are covered. Papers on software engineering and its impact on product quality and reliability are encouraged. The Journal also covers the management of quality and reliability in the engineering industry.

    Special issues on a variety of key topics are published every year and contribute to the enhancement of QREI as a major reference in its field.

    Manuscript Submission

    All papers must be submitted via the online system. QREI operates an online submission and peer review system that allows authors to submit articles online and track their progress via a web interface. Please read the remainder of these instructions to authors and then click http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/qre to navigate to the QREI online submission site.

    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the Journal in the past year it is likely that you will have created an account.

    File types. Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are .doc, .docx, .rtf, .ppt, .xls. LaTeX files may be submitted provided that an .eps or .pdf file is provided in addition to the source files. Figures may be provided in .tiff or .eps format.


    Non-LaTeX users. Upload your manuscript files. At this stage, further source files do not need to be uploaded.

    LaTeX users. For reviewing purposes you should upload a single .pdf that you have generated from your source files. You must use the File Designation "Main Document" from the dropdown box.


    Non-LaTeX users. Editable source files must be uploaded at this stage. Tables must be on separate pages after the reference list and not be incorporated into the main text. Figures should be uploaded as separate figure files.

    LaTeX users. When submitting your revision you must still upload a single .pdf that you have generated from your now revised source files. You must use the File Designation "Main Document" from the dropdown box. In addition you must upload your TeX source files. For all your source files you must use the File Designation "Supplemental Material not for review". Previous versions of uploaded documents must be deleted. If your manuscript is accepted for publication we will use the files you upload to typeset your article within a totally digital workflow..

    Supporting Information

    Supporting Information can be a useful way for an author to include important but ancillary information with the online version of an article. Examples of Supporting Information include additional tables, data sets, figures, movie files, audio clips, 3D structures, and other related nonessential multimedia files. Supporting Information should be cited within the article text, and a descriptive legend should be included. It is published as supplied by the author, and a proof is not made available prior to publication; for these reasons, authors should provide any Supporting Information in the desired final format. For further information on recommended file types and requirements for submission, please visit: http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/suppinfo.asp

    Copyright and Permissions

    If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

    For authors signing the copyright transfer agreement
    If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:
    CTA Terms and Conditions http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/faqs_copyright.asp

    For authors choosing OnlineOpen
    If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

    • Creative Commons Attribution License OAA
    • Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA
    • Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

    To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/faqs_copyright.asp and visit http://www.wileyopenaccess.com/details/content/12f25db4c87/Copyright--License.html.

    If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal's compliant self-archiving policy please visit: http://www.wiley.com/go/funderstatement.

    English Editing

    Papers must be in English. Oxford English Dictionary or American spelling is acceptable, provided usage is consistent within the manuscript. Manuscripts that are written in English that is ambiguous or incomprehensible, in the opinion of the Editor, will be returned to the authors with a request to resubmit once the language issues have been improved. This policy does not imply that all papers must be written in "perfect" English, whatever that may mean. Rather, the criteria require that the intended meaning of the authors must be clearly understandable, i.e., not obscured by language problems, by referees who have agreed to review the paper.

    English Checking Service for non-native English speakers. Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission to improve the English. A list of independent suppliers of editing services can be found at http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/bauthor/english_language.asp Japanese authors can also find a list of local English improvement services at http://www.wiley.co.jp/journals/editcontribute.html All services are paid for and arranged by the author, and use of one of these services does not guarantee acceptance or preference for publication.

    Presentation of Papers

    Manuscript style. Use a standard font of the 12-point type: Times, Helvetica, or Courier is preferred. It is not necessary to double-line space your manuscript.

    Tables must be on separate pages after the reference list and not be incorporated into the main text. Figures should be uploaded as separate files.

    • During the submission process you must enter: (1) the full title, (2) the short title of up to 70 characters, (3) names and affiliations of all authors and (4) the full address, including email, telephone and fax of the author who is to check the proofs. Supply a brief biography of each author.

    • Include the name(s) of any sponsor(s) of the research contained in the paper, along with grant number(s).

    • Enter an abstract of no more than 230 words for all articles. Please see the guidance below on acceptable abstract writing for QREI.

    Keywords. Authors should prepare no more than 5 keywords for their manuscript.

    Writing Abstracts

    An abstract is a concise summary of the whole paper, not just the conclusions. The abstract should be no more than 230 words and convey the following:

    1. An introduction to the work. This should be accessible by scientists in any field and express the necessity of the experiments executed.

    2. Some scientific detail regarding the background to the problem.

    3. A summary of the main result.

    4. The implications of the result.

    5. A broader perspective of the results, once again understandable across scientific disciplines.

    It is crucial that the abstract conveys the importance of the work and be understandable without reference to the rest of the manuscript to a multidisciplinary audience. Abstracts should not contain any citation to other published works.

    Reference Style

    References should be cited in the text by superscript numbers and listed at the end of the paper in the order in which they appear in the text. All references must be complete and accurate. If necessary, cite unpublished or personal work in the text but do not include it in the reference list. Where possible the DOI* for the reference should be included at the end of the reference. Online citations should include date of access.

    References should be listed in the following style:

    1. Chen Z, Wang Y. A new class of coherent risk measures based on p -norms and their applications. Applied Stochastic Models in Business and Industry 2007; 23: 49-62. DOI: 10.1002/asmb.636

    2. Kuo W, Chien WTK, Kim T. Reliability, Yield and Stress Burn-in (2nd edn), vol. 1. Kluwer: Norwell, MA, 1998; 35-70.

    3. Engel KH, Heidlas J, Tressl R. Food is wonderful, I can't get enough. In Food Flavours Part C. The Flavour of Fruit, Morton ID, MacLeod AJ (eds). Elsevier: Amsterdam, 1990; 195.

    4. The Oncology Website. http://www.mit.com/oncology/ [24 April 1999]

    *The Digital Object Identifier (DOI) is an identification system for intellectual property in the digital environment. Developed by the International DOI Foundation on behalf of the publishing industry, its goals are to provide a framework for managing intellectual content, link customers with publishers, facilitate electronic commerce, and enable automated copyright management.


    Upload each figure as a separate file in either .tiff or .eps format, with the lead author's name, the figure number and the top of the figure indicated. Compound figures e.g. 1a, b, c should be uploaded as one figure. Tints are not acceptable. Lettering must be of a reasonable size that would still be clearly legible upon reduction, and consistent within each figure and set of figures. Where a key to symbols is required, please include this in the artwork itself, not in the figure caption. All illustrations must be supplied at the correct resolution:

    • Black and white and colour photos - 300 dpi.

    • Graphs, drawings, etc - 800 dpi preferred; 600 dpi minimum.

    • Combinations of photos and drawings (black and white and colour) - 500 dpi.

    Colour Policy

    The use of colour images in the print version of the Journal is chargeable to the author and is therefore optional. Authors should ensure all images supplied will still be comprehensible if printed in black and white. Colour images, if supplied, will appear free of charge in the online version of the Journal.

    Citing Early View Articles

    To include the DOI in a citation to an article, simply append it to the reference as in the following example:

    R. K. Harris, A. Nordon, K. D. M. Harris, Rapid. Commun. Mass Spec. 2007, DOI: 10.1002/rcm.21464.

    To link to an article from the author’s homepage, take the DOI (digital object identifier) and append it to "http://dx.doi.org/ " as per following example:

    DOI 10.1002/QRE.20941, becomes http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/QRE.20941.

    Article Formats Published in QREI

    QREI publishes research articles, case studies, tutorial-type reviews and discussion papers.

    Further Information

    For accepted manuscripts the publisher will supply proofs to the corresponding author prior to publication. This stage is to be used only to correct errors that may have been introduced during the production process. Prompt return of the corrected proofs, preferably within two days of receipt, will minimize the risk of the paper being held over to a later issue. Once your article is published online no further amendments can be made. Free access to the final PDF offprint of your article will be available via Author Services only. Please therefore sign up for Author Services if you would like to access your article PDF offprint and enjoy the many other benefits the service offers. There is no page charge to authors.

    To purchase reprints in smaller quantities, please visit http://olabout.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-404512.html. Restrictions apply to the use of reprints – if you have a specific query, please contact permissionsuk@wiley.com. Corresponding authors are invited to inform their co-authors of the reprint options available.