Article Submission

The following types of articles are published in Quality Matters.
  • SQA News Articles — about the professional activities of SQA's members, Specialty Sections, Committees, Regional Chapters, and MoU Organizations.
  • Quality Spotlight Articles — about the industry at large, ranging from regulatory announcements to QA history to professional events attended by SQA members. These articles may be scholarly, but do not directly address scientific methodology or technology, so they are not considered technical articles.
  • Technical Articles — about the technical aspects of QA itself, e.g. position papers, methodology, interpretive guidelines, etc. Technical papers go through a review process (outlined below). To accommodate this process, these articles must be submitted one month in advance of regular newsletter or feature articles.

2019 Quality Matters Publication Schedule

Issue News Articles Due Feature/Technical Articles Due
Volume 34.1 - January/February 18 January 20 December 2018
Volume 34.2 - March/April 15 March 15 February
Volume 34.3 - May/June 17 May 19 April
Volume 34.4 - July/August 19 July 14 June
Volume 34.5 -September/October 20 September 16 August
Volume 34.6 -November/December 15 November 18 October

Submitting News & Quality Spotlight Articles

  1. Format your article in accordance with the contributor guidelines and AMA citation style (see below).
  2. If your article is written on behalf of the SQA Board of Directors, or an SQA Specialty Section or Committee, complete the Transfer of Copyright Agreement.
  3. Attach the following as separate files in e-mail (not embedded in the message body):
        Your article;
        Completed Transfer of Copyright Agreement (if applicable);
        Any related images.
  4. In accordance with the News Article due dates below, send your e-mail to publications@sqa.org.

Submitting Technical Articles

  1. Format your article in accordance with the contributor guidelines and AMA citation style (see below).
  2. Complete the Technical Article Submission Form.
  3. If your article is written on behalf of the SQA Board of Directors, or an SQA Specialty Section or Committee, complete the Transfer of Copyright Agreement.
  4. Attach the following as separate files in e-mail (not embedded in the message body):
        Your article;
        Completed Technical Article Submission Form;
        Completed Transfer of Copyright Agreement (if applicable);
        Any related images.
  5. In accordance with the Technical Article due dates below, send your e-mail to publications@sqa.org.

Technical Article Review Process

  • Articles are reviewed by the SQA Board of Publications (BoP). Revisions may be requested. The BoP may also request a peer review and suggest that the peer(s) assist with revisions.
  • Articles are forwarded by the BoP to the Board of Directors who may request further revision and/or peer review.
  • Following any needed revisions, articles are usually approved for publication, though approval is not guaranteed. Publication may be deferred to a later issue to allow time for revisions.
 

Citation Format for All Articles

Please use AMA style to format your citations:
AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors. New York: Oxford University Press. Also see the Resources for Scientific and General Writing that were compiled by BoP and are posted in the Business Skills Development section of the SQA Career Center.
 
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