Industrial Engineer Engineering and Management Solutions at Work

April 2014    |    Volume: 46    |    Number: 4

The member magazine of the Institute of Industrial Engineers

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Author Guidelines for Industrial Engineer

Industrial Engineer welcomes feature articles that focus on industrial engineering issues, problems, and solutions, as well as recent developments and research that may have a significant impact on the practice of industrial engineering.

While every submission will be considered for publication, emphasis will be placed on the article’s practical value and analytical approach. Highly theoretical or statistical articles are discouraged. Articles based on experience and actual hands-on operating situations, those that take a how-to tone, and those that have valuable applications in a working environment are favored. Authors are encouraged to include supporting graphics and high-quality color photographs with articles or suggest where IIE may obtain them.


 

Sample Topic Areas Include:

  • Benchmarking
  • Careers and training
  • Consulting
  • Continuous improvement
  • Costing/Engineering economics
  • Cycle time reduction
  • Ergonomics/Human factors
  • Facilities planning
  • Forecasting and scheduling
  • Incentive programs
  • Inventory management
 
  • Lean manufacturing
  • Logistics, transportation, and distribution
  • Maintenance management
  • Manufacturing processes, strategies, and systems
  • Material handling
  • Operations research
  • Production control
  • Productivity improvement
  • Project management
  • Quality
 
  • Re-engineering
  • Safety
  • Simulation
  • Statistical process control/Statistical quality control
  • Supply chain management
  • Systems integration
  • Technology management
  • Theory of constraints
  • Warehousing
  • Work measurement
 

 

Submissions

Articles submitted to Industrial Engineer should be offered on an exclusive basis and limited to 3,500 words. Articles will be edited for publication, and all editorial changes will be made solely at the discretion of the editor. Members of the editorial staff may contact authors for clarifications of fact or intent. The editor makes the final decision about whether to accept or reject an article.

IIE publishes several other periodicals. If the editor determines that your submission is more appropriate for one of them, your article may be published in a periodical other than Industrial Engineer. Under these circumstances, the editor will attempt to obtain your permission before publication, though this is not always possible due to time constraints.

Tips for Non-Native English Speakers

We welcome contributors from every corner of the globe. However, all submissions must be submitted in English. Terms that appropriate the native culture are acceptable; entire sentences are not.

Industry-specific jargon (such as in the areas of manufacturing or supply chain) can be difficult to translate, so pay special attention to choice of language around statistics and technical applications. Simplify this language when possible.

We have high editorial standards and adhere to The Associated Press Stylebook for all grammatical uses. Translated articles should be proofread against the latest version of this guide.  


Article Checklist

  1. Include a suggested title for the article. You may give alternate titles as well.
  2. Include a brief overview of the article. Summarize your article in two or three clear sentences.
  3. Bulleted and numbered items or lists are acceptable, but excessive use is discouraged.
  4. Do not include literature references within the body of the work. Do not include footnotes or endnotes. Vital material or appropriate references should be incorporated into the narrative of the article itself. For example: "In his book Good to Great, author Jim Collins develops the hedgehog theory of corporate mission."
  5. Include a one-paragraph biography of each author. Include professional title, place of business and its location, areas of profesisonal specialty, educational degrees, and related professional information such as books published or previous positions of employment.

Materials Checklist

Please include: 

  1. An electronic file of your article as a Microsoft Word document e-mail attachment.
  2. Relevant charts, graphs, illustrations, and photographs. Photos should be submitted as high-resolution JPG images of at least 300 PPI at actual size. Other artwork such as illustrations, charts, and graphs may also be submitted electronically. All electronic images should be saved in separate files from the text of the article.
  3. Identification and caption material for all figures, illustrations, and photos.
  4. For each article we publish, we must have a signed copyright release form on file. One will be sent to you upon receipt of your article. IIE holds the copyright of all published articles. After publication, you may choose to obtain customized reprints or permission to use the article elsewhere.

Email submissions to Michael Hughes.