Author Guidelines

The Quality Management Forum is the primary benefit of QMD membership. It reaches about 30,000 members four times each year and communicates information on the process and profession of quality management. It also keeps members informed of Division and Quality Manager Certification activities.


Our feature articles are the mainstay of the Forum. Through them, quality practitioners share with QMD members their insights on and experiences with quality management concepts, principles, tools, and techniques. Tips and techniques will be the subject of shorter articles that focus on a single idea.


You do not have to be a QMD or even ASQ member to publish an article in the Forum. You just need a quality story to share with readers. The Forum will not publish articles that promote an organization's or individual's products or services. We will consider articles that have been published in other newsletters as long as there is not too much overlap in readership. Submitted articles will be reviewed by a panel of members. Most manuscripts are reviewed in about 90 days. Our reviewers will decide whether the Quality Management Forum should or should not publish submitted manuscripts. In many cases, they will ask the authors for revisions.


Guidelines for writing QMF Articles


Write about a subject in which you are knowledgeable. Tell our readers something new, and do it in your own words.

Feature article length is between 1,500 and 2,000 words. However, if you have a great story, and it takes 3,000 words to tell it, we will consider it. We might accept it as is, show you how to edit it down, or run it in two issues. Publications acceptance rates typically run at 40% year over year.


Include a short biography that can be printed with the article. Include a phone number or E-mail address if you are interested in having readers contact you. Use references, but don't limit yourself to what other people have said. Practical illustrations and case studies are effective techniques that will help get your point across.


Here are a few suggestions on how to prepare your manuscript:


1. Put your name, address, daytime telephone number, fax number, and E-mail address on a cover page.
2. Create your manuscript preferably using a serif type style. Do not type in all capital letters, italics, or boldface.
3. Figures, tables, and even photographs help communicate your ideas and make articles more interesting. Insert them at the end in the body of the article. They should be in a black-and-white, reproducible format (no hand-drawn artwork).
4. Number and group references at the end of the article.
5. Spell out abbreviations the first time you use them, and put the abbreviation in parentheses after it. Use the abbreviation on all subsequent references.
6. Submit an electronic copy of the manuscript to the editor. The preferred format is Microsoft Word.
7. Do not send hard copy manuscripts by mail or fax; they will not be considered for review.


Send your electronic article to the Quality Management Forum editor at the following address:

Dr. Sandra Furterer, Editor
Quality Management Forum



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