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Probability in the Engineering and Informational Sciences

Contributions

Contributions are welcomed from all countries and must be written in English. We suggest that authors whose first language is not English have their manuscripts checked by a native English speaker before submission. This is optional but will help to ensure that any submissions that reach peer review can be judged exclusively on academic merit. We offer a Cambridge service which you can find out more about here, and suggest that authors make contact as appropriate. Please note that use of language editing services is voluntary and at the authors own expense. Use of these services does not guarantee that the manuscript will be accepted for publication nor does it restrict the author to submitting to a Cambridge-published journal.

Manuscripts

Please note - we are no longer accepting submissions via email.

All submissions to the journal should be made electronically through ScholarOne Manuscripts at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/probengsci. If visiting the site for the first time, users must create a new account by clicking on ‘register here’. Once logged in, authors should click on the ‘Author Centre’ from which point a new submission can be submitted, with step-by-step instructions provided. When your submission is complete you will receive an email confirmation.

Submitted manuscripts are first sent to the Editor who will determine the suitability of the paper for the journal. The Editor is authorized to render an immediate ‘reject’ decision on manuscripts without review should they deem them unsuitable or inappropriate.

After a submission is approved, a peer review process will be initiated. Manuscripts are accepted for review with the understanding that the same work has not been and will not be published, nor is presently submitted elsewhere. While under editorial review, it is the responsibility of the author to keep the Editor informed about submissions, publication plans, and actual publication of related research or abstracts thereof in other outlets, including journals, review publications, journals in other disciplines, conference proceedings, and published dissertations. It is also understood that all persons listed as authors have given their approval for the submission of the paper and that any person cited as a source of personal communication has given his/her approval for such citation; written authorization may be required at the Editor’s discretion. An author is required to obtain written permission for material for which he/she does not own copyright.

After an editorial decision is made, an email containing the comments from the reviewers and the Editor will be sent to the author. The decision email is also accessible at the ‘Author Centre’ of the online system.

Authors submitting their work in LaTeX should upload a single PDF document for the peer review process. If your paper has been (conditionally) accepted you will be asked to upload your LaTeX source file along with individual figure files and a PDF of the final version of your manuscript for production purposes. There is no specific LaTeX format required for submissions to the journal. For more details on how to arrange the various sections in LaTeX manuscripts, please refer to the Manuscript Order section below.

In case of any difficulties submitting your work through ScholarOne please contact peis@cambridge.org

Manuscript order

Manuscripts submitted in LaTeX should be arranged as follows:

  1. 1. Abstract
  2. 2. Text (with tables, figures and captions embedded)  
  3. 3. Acknowledgements (optional)
  4. 4. Notes (optional)
  5. 5. Competing interests declaration
  6. 6. References
  7. 7. Appendix(es) (optional)

Manuscripts submitted in Word should be arranged as follows:

  1. 1. Abstract
  2. 2. Text
  3. 3. Acknowledgements (optional)
  4. 4. Notes (optional)
  5. 5. Competing interests declaration
  6. 6. References
  7. 7. Appendix(es) (optional)
  8. 8. Tables with titles (optional)
  9. 9. Figures with captions (optional)

Preparation of manuscripts

Manuscript pages should be numbered consecutively. All papers must include an abstract of 100 words or less.

Equations

All equations must be typewritten and numbered. Equation numbers should appear in parentheses in the right-hand margin. Text references to equations take the following form: "For a further discussion of this material, see Eq. (3.2)". All superscripts and subscripts in equations must be clearly typed above and below the line, respectively. End of proof signposts should appear as such: v.

Tables and figures

Tables and figures should be numbered consecutively and cited in numerical order in the text. For users of Word, table and figure titles/captions should be included at the end of the manuscript after the references. All tables must have titles and all figures must have captions. All tables and figures must have at least one text reference that takes the following form: "For a different view of this matter see Table 1 and Figure 3." Tables may have footnotes that follow directly after the body of the table. Table source notes should follow table footnotes.

Figures must be submitted "ready for reproduction." Authors are asked to submit figures in electronic form, preferably TIFF (line drawings at least 600 dpi, grey scale at least 300 dpi) or EPS (with fonts embedded) format. Figures should remain legible at a 50% reduction, and letters within a word should not touch one another. Labels on the figures should correspond to text notation as to italic or roman type-face, and superscripts and subscripts should be in superior and inferior positions.

Colour Figures

If you request colour figures in the printed version, you will be contacted by CCC-Rightslink who are acting on our behalf to collect Author Charges. Please follow their instructions in order to avoid any delay in the publication of your article

Footnotes

When more than a simple reference citation is needed, notes may be used. In general, however, they should be avoided.

Competing interests declaration

All authors must include a competing interests declaration in their manuscript above the references. This declaration will be subject to editorial review and may be published in the article.

Competing interests are situations that could be perceived to exert an undue influence on the content or publication of an author’s work. They may include, but are not limited to, financial, professional, contractual or personal relationships or situations.

If the manuscript has multiple authors, the author submitting must include competing interest declarations relevant to all contributing authors. Example wording for a declaration is as follows: “Competing interests: Author A is employed at company B. Author C owns shares in company D, is on the Board of company E and is a member of organisation F. Author G has received grants from company H.” If no competing interests exist, the declaration should state “Competing interests: The author(s) declare none”.

References and citations

Complete bibliographic information should be given in the Reference section where references are to be listed alphabetically. The first reference that appears in the alphabetical list should be numbered "1" and subsequent references should be numbered accordingly. All references must be cited in the text. Use the author’s last name and the reference number in brackets. For three authors, give all names at the first citation; subsequently use first author and "et al". Below are examples of both text citations and a sample reference list.

Smith and Wollensky [4] have ascertained that the stress factor on metal parts varies with the amount of heavy metal ions included in such metal composition. According to Bishop et al. [1], this variance takes on an exponential factor not unlike that shown in the Mathew’s Variable Rate Differential (see Mathew [3, p. 110]). Wing stress tests conducted by the Max Einschuss Laboratory [2] have verified such findings.

References

  1. Bishop, A.H., Brown, I.B., & Baker, Z.T. (1978). A review of the limits of stressography. International Journal of Metal Stress 61: 455-497.
  2. Einschuss, M. (1987). Laboratory results: 1978-1986. New York: Cambridge University Press.
  3. Mathew, P.B. (1982). A new view on metal stress: The eigenordnung. In P.J. Tucker & S.M. Leder (eds.), A collection of new wave engineering. Peabody, MA: Autumn-Orange Press, pp.104-112.  
  4. Smith, T.D. & Wollensky, A.R. (1987). Certain new factors in metal stress research. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. (Available on request from A.R. Wollensky, 724 Cameron Drive, Cleveland, OH 44202.)  

Journal names must not be abbreviated.

For general stylistic questions, The Chicago Manual of Style (14th edition) should be used.

Copyediting and proofreading

The publisher reserves the right to copyedit all articles accepted for publication. Authors will be asked to review proofs of their articles to correct any typographical or technical errors.

Offprints

No paper offprints will be supplied. Each author will have access to electronic offprints in PDF form.

Copyright Assignment

The policy of Probability in the Engineering and Informational Sciences is that authors (or in some cases their employers) retain copyright and grant Cambridge university Press a licence to publish their work. In the case of gold open access articles this is a non-exclusive licence. Authors must complete and return an author publishing agreement form as soon as their article has been accepted for publication; the journal is unable to publish without this. Please download the appropriate publishing agreement here.

Authors have the option to publish their paper under a fully Open Access agreement, upon payment of a one-off Article Processing Charge. In this case, the final published Version of Record will be made freely available to all in perpetuity under a Creative Commons license, enable its re-use and re-distribution. This Open Access option is only offered to authors upon acceptance of an article for publication. For open access articles, the licence to publish form sets out the Creative Commons licence under which the article is made available to end users: a fundamental principle of open access is that content should not simply be accessible but should also be freely re-usable. Articles will be published under a Creative Commons Attribution license (CC-BY) by default. This means that the article is freely available to read, copy and redistribute, and can also be adapted (users can “remix, transform, and build upon” the work) for any commercial or non-commercial purpose, as long as proper attribution is given. Authors can, in the publishing agreement form, choose a different kind of Creative Commons license (including those prohibiting non-commercial and derivative use) if they prefer. More information about Open Access, including the current Article Processing Charge, can be found on our website.

ORCID

Probability in the Engineering and Informational Sciences now requires that all corresponding authors identify themselves using their ORCID iD when submitting a manuscript to the journal. ORCID provides a unique identifier for researchers and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript submission and grant applications, provides the following benefits:

  • Discoverability: ORCID increases the discoverability of your publications, by enabling smarter publisher systems and by helping readers to reliably find work that you’ve authored.
  • Convenience: As more organisations use ORCID, providing your iD or using it to register for services will automatically link activities to your ORCID record, and will enable you to share this information with other systems and platforms you use, saving you re-keying information multiple times.
  • Keeping track: Your ORCID record is a neat place to store and (if you choose) share validated information about your research activities and affiliations.

If you don’t already have an iD, you’ll need to create one if you decide to submit a manuscript to Probability in the Engineering and Informational Sciences. You can register for one directly from your user account on Scholar One or via https://ORCID.org/register. If you already have an iD, please use this when submitting, either by linking it to your Scholar One account or supplying it during submission by using the “Associate your existing ORCID ID” button.

Last updated 19 November 2019