Software Quality Journal - Aims & Instructions for Authors

Software Quality Journal

Aims & Scope

The aims of the Software Quality Journal are:

(1) To promote awareness of the crucial role of quality management in the effective construction of the software systems developed, used, and/or maintained by organizations in pursuit of their business objectives.

(2) To provide a forum for the exchange of experiences and information on software quality management and the methods, tools and products used to measure and achieve it.

(3) To provide a vehicle for the publication of academic papers related to all aspects of software quality.

The Journal addresses all aspects of software quality from both a practical and an academic viewpoint. It invites contributions from practitioners and academics, as well as national and international policy and standard making bodies, and sets out to be the definitive international reference source for such information.

The Journal will accept research, technique, case study, survey and tutorial submissions that address quality-related issues including, but not limited to: internal and external quality standards, management of quality within organizations, technical aspects of quality, quality aspects for product vendors, software measurement and metrics, software testing and other quality assurance techniques, total quality management and cultural aspects. Other technical issues with regard to software quality including: data management, formal methods, safety critical applications, and CASE.

Instructions for Authors

Contributors are invited to submit manuscripts for publication in the Software Quality Journal. Papers sent for publication will be subject to a rigorous refereeing process to ensure that material published is of high standard. Manuscripts will be reviewed for technical soundness and interest to our readers by a board of anonymous referees. The editorial process will be efficient as well as rigorous, setting high expectations for contributors and from referees.


Four copies of the original manuscript should be submitted to either editor. submission of manuscripts on disk is encouraged. These should be prepared using a standard word processing package. Four printed copies are to be supplied with the disk, these matching the contents of the disk exactly.


Four copies of the original manuscript and original line drawings only should be submitted. The material should be in good English and typed double spaced on one side of A4 only with large left and right margins. Each page should be numbered, and page 1 should contain the title, abstract, and authors' names, complete affiliations and the mailing address and phone /fax number of the contact author. Page 2 should repeat the title and abstract, but not the authors names or affiliations. Authors' names and affiliations should likewise be avoided in headers, footers, etc.
Equations should be numbered in parentheses at the right margin in the form of "(1)".


Submissions should include a brief professional biography of approximately 100 words for each author, on a separate page from the rest of the manuscript. The biography should consist of degrees, current position, and research interest.

Tables and figures

Each table and figure should appear on a separate sheet and have a concise and descriptive title. Tables should be numbered consecutively with Roman numerals in order of appearance in the text, and figures should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals. Authors should be prepared to submit original camera ready figures when the manuscript is accepted. Figures should be prepared with a 50% reduction in mind. The figure legends should be typed on separate sheet.


These should be listed in alphabetical order at the end of the paper.
The following conventions should be observed:
For journals:
Wilson, J.W. and Laws, J. (1987) Decision support systems. Journal of Information Technology, 33, 41-50.
For books:
Waterhouse, E.(1989) Software Engineering (Chapman & Hall, London).
For chapters in books:
Elson, D., Anthony, A. and Jones, K.W. (1991) Object-oriented software development, in The Software Quality Revolution, Farmer, T. (ed)(Blackwell, Oxford) pp.350-357.


Proofs must be corrected and returned within three days. Alterations other than typesetting corrections may be charged to the author.


Twenty-five offprints per paper will be provided free of charge. Extra copies may be ordered when returning proofs.


Manuscripts will be accepted for review with the understanding that the same work has not been published, nor is it currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. Upon acceptance of a manuscript, authors will be asked to assign the copyright of the manuscript, including the right to reproduce the article in all forms and media, to the Publisher.
Papers from conferences, technical reports, etc. can be submitted for consideration, however the editor should be notified at the time of submission, and the author is responsible for obtaining the necessary copyright releases for copyright material.

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