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Open Challenges: Information and Instructions

Quality Engineering

Submit your problems within the industrial statistics community

Are you a practitioner of industrial statistics?

Can you think of a problem within the industrial statistics community?

As part of our new dedicated column within the Quality Engineering journal we will be looking at the issues you face within industrial statistics. Solutions will then be published as regular articles with the wider aim of improving collaboration between the industry and academia.

Would you like the industry to help solve your problems in industrial statistics? Then send us your problems, and they may be included in our dedicated open access column!

Column EditorColumn Co-Editor
Willis JensenByran Smucker
W.L. Gore & AssociatesMiami University (OH)


Industrial statistics research motivated by real-world problems and based on real data is extremely valuable, but relatively rare.

To encourage more and stronger collaboration between academia and industry, “Open Challenges in Industrial Statistics” will:

  • Create opportunities for collaboration and innovation between academia and industry partners within the framework of a peer-reviewed journal.
  • Recognize that the work to create a well-defined problem is just as valuable as the work to create a solution.
  • Tap into the power of crowdsourcing and more rapid publication of new ideas.

Your problems

Your unsolved problems in industrial statistics will feature as a regular column as part of the quarterly issues of Quality Engineering titled “Open Challenges in Industrial Statistics” beginning in the first issue of 2018.

In each issue a problem you face will be available free-to-view via our journal website, and latest problems will be added to the Open Challenges homepage. Each article is free-to-view for one year from the date of publication.

These statements will be real-world problems and will describe the background and context of the problem, outline approaches considered and limitations in these approaches, and offer any relevant data which may be transformed to preserve confidentiality.

Solutions from the community

Once problems have been published, all are invited to submit a solution. Solutions of sufficient quality will be published in subsequent issues of Quality Engineering.

Solutions will cite the original problem statement, outline any literature that may be relevant to the problem, provide one or more ideas on how to solve the problem, and provide analysis results, code or software considerations for the solution.

Important dates

Deadline for problem statements to be considered for Volume 30, Issue 1, 2018 of Quality Engineering is September 1, 2017. Subsequent deadlines will be 4 months prior to the publication of the issue.

Editorial Team

Column Editor: Willis Jensen, W.L. Gore & Associates, wjensen@wlgore.com
Column Co-editor: Byran Smucker, Miami University (OH), smuckerb@miamioh.edu



Submission instructions


All problem statements and solutions should be submitted using ScholarOne Manuscripts here. When making a submission, select the “Open Challenges” article type.

If you have any questions or comments, please reach out to the column editors (below). We look forward to receiving your feedback and future submissions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How will the problem statements and solutions be vetted?

A: “Open Challenges in Industrial Statistics” is peer-reviewed and will be edited by Willis Jensen and co-edited by Byran Smucker. The editors will review problems and solutions, and if additional expertise is required, outside referees may be solicited as well. The focus of the reviews will be to ensure that the problems are relevant and that the solutions are technically correct and reach a reasonable minimum standard of quality. The goal is to publish all acceptable solutions.


Q: How long should the problem statements and solutions be? Are they full-length articles?

A: Problem statements should be no more than 3 pages and solutions should be no more than 5 pages. A solution will be more like a Technical Note than a full-length article, but they will be peer-reviewed and citable as articles in Quality Engineering.


Q: What is the timeline for solutions to be received and published?

A: Solutions should be received as soon as possible, ideally within 6-12 months of publication of the problem statement, and will appear as soon as possible. The objective is to provide reasonable, initial solutions as rapidly as possible in a format that is useful to the practitioner and citable for the researcher.


Q: Can expanded versions of solutions be published subsequently in Quality Engineering or another journal?

A: Yes, with proper citation to both the original problem and the initial solution(s) published in Quality Engineering.

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