Reliability Magazine

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Reliability magazine publishes high quality articles on all aspects of hardware, software and systems reliability. Articles are oriented towards practical aspects of reliability and application of reliability engineering. Content includes a combination of opinion-based, discussion-based articles, and peer-reviewed articles. The articles may focus on reliability in current and emerging fields.

All articles are subject to word-count limits, with each figure and table counted as 300 words. Article titles shouldn’t exceed nine words. The abstract should not exceed 150 words and should describe the overall focus of the manuscript. Any article that exceeds the word count may be rejected automatically without going through the review process. All content will be cleared through the plagiarism detection process and will be copy-edited if accepted. Further information and templates for IEEE style magazine articles and references format can be found at

Please see below for specifics on peer-reviewed papers and columns. 

Peer-Reviewed Papers

Feature articles are typically between 4,500 and 6,000 words (tables and figures count for about 300 words each), including text, bibliography, and author biographies. Feature articles should have no more than 15 references. These guidelines may be relaxed with prior editorial approval.

Magazine articles are quite different in intent, style and content from peer-reviewed journal articles. Although they are also peer-reviewed, magazine articles are intended to be informative, interesting to read, and relevant to the practitioner. Prospective authors are strongly encouraged to read articles in any of the IEEE magazine portfolio to better understand the nature of a magazine style article. Articles that are written in the style of a Transactions paper will be returned to the author for possible resubmission to a suitable IEEE Transactions.

Editorial Content

Reliability publishes a diverse mix of editorial content including case studies, technical reviews, opinion pieces, book reviews, tutorials, and tributes.  Authors should query the Editor-in-Chief before submitting such content.

Columns and Departments

Reliability publishes columns to which you can request to contribute. Columns are not peer reviewed but are subject to review/approval by the column editor and copy-editing. Columns are typically between 1,500- and 2,500-words including text, author biographies, figures and table text. Columns should have no more than 10 references.

If you are interested in contributing to a column, please contact the appropriate column editor and/or Editor-in-Chief at

Open Access

This magazine is a hybrid publication, allowing either traditional manuscript submission or author-paid Open Access (OA) manuscript submission.

The OA option, if selected, enables unrestricted public access to the article via IEEE Xplore and the Computer Society Digital Library with payment of the current Article Processing Charge (APC). The OA option will be offered to the author at the time the manuscript is submitted, and the APC must be paid before the article is published in the magazine. Note that authors will receive an email from CCC-Rightslink, our APC vendor, asking for payment. Please visit the IEEE Open Access FAQs for further details. Authors seeking an APC waiver should send substantiated evidence and documentation to Corresponding authors from low-income countries are eligible for waived or reduced open access APCs.


The traditional option, if selected, enables access to all qualified subscribers and purchasers via IEEE Xplore and the Computer Society Digital Library. No OA payment is required.