Systems Engineering

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Edited By: Olivier L. de Weck

Impact Factor: 0.956

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 32/44 (Engineering Industrial); 53/82 (Operations Research & Management Science)

Online ISSN: 1520-6858

Associated Title(s): INCOSE International Symposium, INSIGHT

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Author Guidelines


Regular papers are normally 10–15 published pages in length or shorter
Communications are generally no more than 5 published pages in length.
Editorials are normally 1–2 published pages in length.

Each paper must include an abstract of 100–200 words.


Submission of a manuscript amounts to the assurance that it has not been published or accepted for publication elsewhere, that it is not under consideration elsewhere, and that it will not be submitted elsewhere while it is considered for publication in Systems Engineering. Prior publication does not include abstracts or papers published in a conference, but it is expected that the paper submitted to Systems Engineering will expand in scope and/or in detailed content the presentation made or published at the conference.

Where to Submit your Manuscript

Systems Engineering operates an online submission and peer review system that allows authors to submit articles online and track their progress, throughout the peer-review process, via a web interface. All papers submitted to Systems Engineering, including revisions or resubmissions of prior manuscripts, must be made through the online system. Contributions sent through regular mail on paper or emails with attachments will not be reviewed or acknowledged.

All manuscripts must be submitted online to Systems Engineering at ScholarOne Manuscripts, located at Full instructions and support are available on the site, and a user ID and password can be obtained on the first visit. Please have the following information ready:

  • For each author:
    • title (e.g. Dr., Prof.)
    • first name, middle initial, and last name
    • order of appearance in the list of authors
    • e-mail address
    • primary (work) telephone number
    • primary (work) fax number
    • postal address, including department and institution
    • INCOSE membership status (corporate advisory board, individual, regular individual, senior, student, developing country)
  • Full title of the manuscript
  • Short title, of up to 70 characters, typically 12 words or less, no acronyms
  • Abstract for the manuscript (100–200 words) should provide an overview of your paper and not a statement of conclusions only
  • Subject-matter key words (up to three) for the manuscript
  • Select at least one of the systems engineering knowledge areas SEE01 through SEE29 and one of the systems engineering application areas AS01 through AS09 when submitting your manuscript
  • Suggested (at least two) and/or excluded reviewers (include name, e-mail address, and institution)
  • Required Electronic files
    • cover letter: will be accessible to the Editor-in-Chief and Associate Editors only, not to reviewers and must let the Editors know whether the manuscript is submitted as a regular paper or as a contribution to a Special Section or Issue of Journal. For resubmissions or revisions a short summary of the prior history of the manuscript should be provided
    • manuscript: text only, in Microsoft Word, PDF, Latex, or WordPerfect
    • illustrations: will need to be uploaded individually, one file for each cited figure number, in JPEG or TIFF format ScholarOne Manuscripts does not accept a single file upload with embedded illustrations
    • list of captions for each figure and table
    • biographies: in Microsoft Word, PDF, Latex, or WordPerfect and should be in the form used for biographies in professional journals. It should contain information concerning: name, degrees earned, field(s) of study, school, city, state, chief employment dates, organizations, positions held, type of work, responsibilities, present position, and professional society membership, offices, awards. Biographies should not exceed 250 words in length.
    • author photos: in JPEG or TIFF format
  • Optional electronic files
    • manuscript with embedded illustrations in PDF file format
    • supplemental material to aid the reviewers (including auxiliary document, figure and table files) 
    • multimedia files including datasets, audio and video files

On completion of a successful submission, a confirmation screen with the manuscript will appear and you will receive an e-mail confirming that the manuscript has been received by the journal. If you do not receive an email acknowledgment that your paper has been received, it means that your submission is incomplete. Please re-enter the site and double-check that you have reviewed and clicked ‘submit’ on screen twelve and/or contact tech support by phone ( 1 888 503 1050), e-mail (, or via the red Get Help Now link on the upper right-hand corner of the login screen.


All text should be in 8½” x 11” (preferred) or A4 size page format. Use only Latin or Greek letters, and Arabic or Roman numerals.

Title: enter the full title, short title of up to 70 characters and names and affiliations of all authors. Give the full address, including email, telephone and fax, of the author who is to check the proofs. The title should be 12 words or less, without acronyms or abbreviations.

Enter an Abstract of 100–200 words; it should provide an overview of the paper and not a statement of conclusions only.

Include a brief list of up to three keywords.

Select at least one of the systems engineering knowledge areas SEE01 through SEE29 and one of the systems engineering application areas AS01 through AS09 when submitting your manuscript.

Tables should not be incorporated into the text but be grouped separately after the references. All tables should be numbered consecutively with Roman Numerals and should include a heading placed above the table.

Figures must be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals. Figures must not be integrated into the text, but must accompany it separately. Please supply a list of figure captions on a separate sheet.

Journal quality reproduction will require greyscale and color files at resolutions yielding approximately 300 dpi. Bitmapped line art should be submitted at resolutions yielding 600–1200 dpi. These resolutions refer to the output size of the file; if you anticipate that your images will be enlarged or reduced, resolutions should be adjusted accordingly.

Illustration files should be given the 2- or 3-letter extension that identifies the file format used (e.g. .tif, .eps).

Line Drawings: Figures should be professionally prepared and submitted in a form suitable for reproduction (camera-ready copy). Authors are cautioned to provide lettering of graphs and figure labels that are large, clear, and ‘open’ so that letters and numbers do not become illegible when reduced. Likewise, authors are cautioned that very thin lines and other fine details in figures may not successfully reproduce. Original figures should be drawn with these precautions in mind.

Color Art: Color illustrations may be submitted to the journal. All color figures will be reproduced in full color in the online edition of the journal at no cost to authors. Authors are responsible to pay the additional cost of reproducing color figures in print. Authors are encouraged to submit only color illustrations that highlight the text and convey essential scientific information. For best reproduction, bright, clear colors should be used. Dark colors against a dark background do not reproduce well; please place your color images against a white background wherever possible.

Equations must be numbered consecutively with Arabic numbers.


Please compile references on a separate sheet at the end of the main body of the text. References to published literature should be quoted in the text by giving author’s name, year of publication and where needed for a quote, the page number, such as Smith [1995:22] or [Smith, 199: 22]. he format for multiple references is either Smith [1997] and Jones and Black [1996], or [Smith, 1997; Jones and Black, 1996]. References should be listed alphabetically in the last section of the paper titled ‘References’. References must be complete and include authors’ initials, title of the paper or book, name of the journal, volume, year of publication, pages on which the article appears. Book references must include year of publication, publisher, and city publication. Anthologies and collections must include names of editors and pages on which the reference appears. Books in a series must include series title and number/volume if applicable. Because of the large quantity of conference proceedings available, it is critical to give as much information as possible when citing references from proceedings. Please include the complete title of the meeting, symposium, etc. (do not abbreviate title), and the city and dates of the meeting. If a proceeding has been published, please provide the editors’ names, publisher, city, and year of publication, and pages on which the article appears. If a proceeding has not been published, please indicate so. Examples follow:

Article in a Journal

R. Venkatesan, Strategic sourcing, Harvard Bus Rev 70 (1992), 98–107.


D.J. Daniels, D.J. Gunton, and H.F. Scott, Introduction to subsurface radar, IEEE Proc Commun Radar Signal Process, vol. 13, 1998, pp. 278–320.


J.M.Usher, U. Roy, and H.R. Parsaei, Integrated product and process development: Methods, tools, and technologies, Wiley, New York, 1998.

Contributed Book

V.Kadirkamanathan, M. Niranjan, and F. Fallside, “Sequential adaptation of radial basis function neural networks and its applications to time-series prediction,” in R. Lippman, J.Moody, and D. Touretzky (Editors), Neural Information Processing, vol. 3, Morgan Kaufman, San Mateo, CA, 1991, pp. 721–727.


Authors must electronically sign the copyright transfer agreement, which serves as a transfer of copyright from author to publisher. No article can be published unless accompanied by a signed copyright transfer agreement. Please see the information above concerning the Wiley Author Licensing Service. Only original papers will be accepted, and copyright in published papers will be vested in the publisher. It is the author's responsibility to obtain written permission to reproduce material that has appeared in another publication.

Permission grants — if the manuscript contains extracts, including illustrations, from other copyright works (including material from on-line or intranet sources) it is the author's responsibility to obtain written permission from the owners of the publishing rights to reproduce such extracts using the Wiley permission request form. The author is also responsible for identifying and acknowledging any trademarks or service marks used in the manuscript.

Additional information may be obtained by contacting the Systems Engineering Editor-in-Chief,

Professor Olivier L. de Weck 33-410
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139