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A short Q&A with the editor of Quality Engineering

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Dr. Perry is an active member of the American Society for Quality (ASQ), serving as past Chair for the Chemical and Process Industries Division (CPID) of ASQ.  Currently, he serves as Editor-In-Chief of Quality Engineering, an official journal of ASQ.

  1. What is Quality Engineering about?

Quality Engineering has consistently strived to maintain a symbiotic link between industry and statistical research for the last 30 years by publishing manuscripts with ideas and solutions motivated by real problems in industry, and that emphasize the practical applicability of any new methods developed. Our journal has been a major venue for quality practitioners and researchers who seek to share and discover innovative, rigorous, and novel quality engineering concepts and tools.

  1. What is the journal looking to achieve?

 Quality Engineering seeks to serve to be a leading journal for the exchange of ideas that break fresh ground, and that simultaneously provide novel and innovative practical solutions to the challenges met by the modern quality engineer practitioner.

  1. What subject areas are you most excited to cover in the journal?

Given that we now live in an age where data is abundant, submissions that address the “Big Data” challenges met by today’s quality practitioner are of interest.  Also, of great interest are submissions that address data quality.  As the utilization of big data is often accompanied by the need to address large, unstructured problems, submissions that promote statistical thinking are of interest, including the application of statistical engineering concepts and practices. An important shift in Western economies from manufacturing to service has created a need for more statistical research motivated by data collected from service industry processes. Thus, submissions that discuss new problems and present novel solutions for the service quality practitioner are of interest. Finally, in addition to publishing new and novel statistical methodologies for the modern quality practitioner, Quality Engineering has a strong interest in useful case studies papers that emphasize novel and practical solutions to actual problems faced by real organizations.

  1. What is one of the most memorable pieces of research you’ve published in the last few years?

There’s been a number of interesting papers published in the last few years.  Probably the most memorable is a paper by Bill Woodall and Fred Faltin titled “Rethinking Control Chart Design and Evaluation” where the authors challenge the statistical process monitoring research community to shift their research efforts to better address the modern quality engineer practitioner.  

  1. How do you see open access publication shaping quality management research?

Open access publications are designed to reach a very broad audience; it would therefore permit ideas to be disseminated across a broad spectrum of readership.  It helps to a provide more rapid and diverse response to problems faced by modern quality engineer practitioners.

  1. How is Quality Engineering going to address problems in a new and innovative way?

Typically, papers in Quality Engineering are motivated by real problems facing the quality engineer in practice. This ensures the journal is publishing interesting problems, as well as novel solutions to these real problems.

  1. What is the benefit of publishing in Quality Engineering rather than in another related journal? In other words, what makes Quality Engineering special?

Quality Engineering is an American Society for Quality (ASQ) sponsored journal, which brings some prestige to the author.  Its 30 year history has established Quality Engineering as one of the foremost journals in the quality engineering discipline.  Further, relative to other journals in the discipline, Quality Engineering has a practitioner-oriented focus, so that solutions to real problems in modern day practice are ready for immediate industrial use.

  1. What advice would you give to an early career researcher about how to get a head start in their career/how to get published?

Get involved in your discipline’s practice so that you are knowledgeable about the real problems facing the discipline.  

  1. How can someone who would like to publish in Quality Engineering go about doing so?

To have a paper considered for publication in Quality Engineering, authors should submit their manuscript online via ScholarOne Manuscripts.  ScholasrOne Manuscripts can be accessed here: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/lqen