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General Guidelines for Contributors

Notwithstanding the novelty of idea of the paper, a well-written, well-documented and well-presented manuscript has high probability of acceptance as well as of influencing the readers of the journal and to bring in uniformity of presentation of papers in an issue of IJPE. Time-to-publication for your paper is inversely proportion to the care taken while preparing a manuscript. Therefore, please read these instructions very carefully and follow them while preparing your manuscript.

  1. A paper must be communicated electronically to the Editor-in-chief and must accompany a signed declaration and copyright form (signed by all coauthors-a scanned copy will do). Without this, the paper will not be considered.
  2. A well-written paper is generally found to be of about 10 pages in length. Lengthy and verbose papers have less acceptability and may take more time for publication. A title of more than eight words should be avoided. The names of the authors must be supplied with affiliation and the communicating author must supply e-mail address.
  3. The manuscript should be preferably prepared using Microsoft Word. The mathematical equations should be done using Equation Editor and/or Symbols fonts available within the MS Word/MS Office (version 2007 and above). Initially an author may submit the PDF file of the paper. However, once the paper is accepted, the authors must necessarily supply Word document along with the PDF file of their paper. We also accept papers done with LaTex provided the page setting as used in word file are used with LaTex also.
  4. Page set up is necessary as the journal size is 7” x 9.5” (18x24 cms). Therefore, the following settings are required: Paper size A4 (8.27” x 11.69”), Top Margin: 2.8”, Bottom Margin: 1.2”, Left Margin: 1.63”, Right Margin: 1.6” Header: 2.1” Footer: 1.1”, Headers and Footers are set Different for first page and Different for odd and even pages, Page alignment is set from the Top. Line Spacing: Single, Font type: Times New Roman 10 pt. for the text and Biography.
  5. Authors must supply an Abstract of not more than 150 words and Keywords (not less than 5), which encapsulate the principal topics covered by the paper. Abstracts should be informative, giving a clear indication of the nature and range of results contained in the paper.
  6. A paper should necessarily have an Introduction, briefly highlighting the state-of-art and how is the present paper related to it.
  7. A section on Notation (if applicable) should follow the section on Introduction. Standard notation need not be given here. One can always refer to the notation used elsewhere [give reference to a published work] that has been used in the present paper. However, one should list the special notation that is exclusive to the present paper.
  8. All sections and sub-sections of the main body of the paper must be numbered sequentially and typed in 10 pt. bold Roman Times. Numbering scheme should not go beyond three digits level.
  9. Figures, charts, tables and diagrams should be kept to a minimum and should be imbedded at appropriate positions in the text (not far off from the place they are quoted). The numbering of the figures and tables should be done sequentially. However, a caption of a figure must be provided below the figure and that of a table above the table. All captions are done in font size 9. The figures, photos and illustrations, provided electronically must be clear and of good quality. Footnotes, as distinct from literature references, should be indicated by the following symbols:, §, ¶ , commencing anew on each page; they should not be included in the numbered reference system.
  10. There should be a section on Conclusions at the end of the paper. Please avoid using any other heading such as “Summary and Conclusions”, “Concluding Remarks” etc.
  11. References must be kept to a bare minimum. Authors should desist in referencing those papers which do not have direct bearing on the paper being presented. The references must be quoted in the text using Vancouver system of referencing and no other variants and should be done using font size 9. Authors can write to Editor-in-Chief for any clarification.
  12. Appendix sometimes is very helpful in providing major steps of a mathematical derivation if they are at all necessary in explaining the theory or methodology used and saves costly journal’s space. Appendices are put in font size 8.
  13. A brief biographical note of all authors (at least the communicating author) should accompany a paper.
  14. It is advisable to refer to an earlier issue of International Journal of Performability Engineering (IJPE) to have an idea of the style of presentation required for IJPE. The prospective authors can also request Editor-in-Chief for providing them with a sample paper, the detailed guidelines, and a template for preparing the manuscript for IJPE including a copyright transfer form which must accompany all papers submitted to IJPE. This may help save considerable time for publication, if the paper is judged suitable for publication.
  15. The papers should be submitted electronically to one of the Editors-in-Chief (Email: or All manuscripts received for publication in IJPE are acknowledged by the Editor-in-Chief. Accepted papers are put on the website of the journal in due course once the reviewing process is over.


Guidelines for Short Communications

  • The Short Communications should be submitted electronically to the Editor, Liudong Xing (email: with the phrase “IJPE Short Communication Submission” on the subject line.
  • In order to help expedite the review process, the authors of Short Communications are advised to suggest a list of at least four unbiased potential reviewers to the Editor of Short Communications. Please include their names and e-mail addresses in the submission email. Obviously, these reviewers should not be related to the authors, nor should they be associates or collaborators.
  • The authors of the Short Communications can print out the Copyright Agreement Form (A PDF file) and they should mail it after signing it on behalf of all coauthors to the Editor-in-Chief at the address given in the form.
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