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Concurrent Engineering

2016 Impact Factor: 1.000
2016 Ranking: 83/105 in Computer Science, Interdisciplinary Applications | 60/83 in Operations Research & Management Science | 38/44 in Engineering, Manufacturing
Source: 2016 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate Analytics, 2017)
Published in Association with Institute of Concurrent Engineering
Research and Applications

Editor-in-Chief
Biren Prasad Institute of Concurrent Engineering, Tustin, USA


eISSN: 15312003 | ISSN: 1063293X | Current volume: 25 | Current issue: 3 Frequency: Quarterly

Concurrent Engineering: Research and Applications (CERA) is a leading, peer reviewed journal publishing the newest and most exciting research arising from parallelism of product life cycle functions, covering:

  • New developments in computer-aided concurrent engineering (CE) presented by leading CE specialists from around the world
  • Advances in knowledge-based CE theory, methodologies and practical applications
  • New information for integrated CE development and optimization of CAD/CAM/CAE/CIM systems.

CERA provides design, engineering and manufacturing professionals with quality articles on all aspects of CE. Computer-aided concurrent engineering enables faster to-market product development (e.g. Japanese fast-to-market concepts), reduced design and manufacturing costs, competitively superior products, longer product service life, and improved return on product investment. CE is a seamless, systematic integration of computer-aided product design, engineering and manufacturing, as well as post-manufacturing product life-cycle management. This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

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Concurrent Engineering: Research and Applications (CERA) is a leading, peer reviewed journal publishing the newest and most exciting research arising from parallelism of product life cycle functions, covering:

  • New developments in computer-aided concurrent engineering (CE) presented by leading CE specialists from around the world
  • Advances in knowledge-based CE theory, methodologies and practical applications
  • New information for integrated CE development and optimization of CAD/CAM/CAE/CIM systems.

CERA provides design, engineering and manufacturing professionals with quality articles on all aspects of CE. Computer-aided concurrent engineering enables faster to-market product development (e.g. Japanese fast-to-market concepts), reduced design and manufacturing costs, competitively superior products, longer product service life, and improved return on product investment. CE is a seamless, systematic integration of computer-aided product design, engineering and manufacturing, as well as post-manufacturing product life-cycle management.

Inter/multidisciplinary
Devoted to the international exchange of scientific information in this critical area, CERA is a multidisciplinary research and applications-oriented journal which fosters the exchange and integration of concepts and theories from diverse areas, as well as the cross-fertilization of enabling CE technologies.

The journal deals with all basic tracks that enable CE, including aspects of Information Modeling, Teaming & Sharing, Networking & Distribution, Planning and Scheduling, Reasoning & Negotiation, Collaborative Decision Making, and Organization and Management of CE.

Topics Covered Include:

· CE system design and implementation modelling

· information management

· design automation

· knowledge acquisition

· performance evaluation

· conflict resolution

· case histories of practical applications.

Look to Concurrent Engineering: Research and Applications for authoritative in-depth reports in each issue, on the most timely and significant trends, issues, problems and applications of CE in modern manufacturing.

Associate Editors
A.M. Agogino Mechanical Engineering Department, University of California, Berkeley, USA
M.S. Fox Computer Science & Management Science, University of Toronto, Canada
Editorial Advisory Board
H. Adeli Columbus, Ohio, USA
J.S. Gero The University of Sydney, Australia
F. Mistree Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
F.B. Prinz Stanford University, USA
R.D. Sriram NIST, USA
Editorial Review Panel
C J Anumba Loughborough University, UK
D.R. Bahler North Carolina State University, USA
P. Bernus Griffith University, Australia
D. Brown University of Lethbridge, Canada
S. Chandrashekhar Lucent Technologies, USA
P.K. Chawdhry University of Bath, UK
Z. Dong University of Victoria, Canada
Joze Duhovnik University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, A&BAD:scaron;ker&BAD:ccaron;eva 6, SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
S. Ganesan Oakland University, USA
P. Ghodous University of Lyon I - Claude Bernard, France
R. Gill Middlesex University, UK
P. Gu Shantou University, China
A. Gunasekaran University of Massachusetts, Darthmouth, USA
Roger Jianxin Jiao Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
F Liu Chongqing University, China
M Mekhilef Ecole Centrale Paris, France
X. G. Ming School of Mechanical and Power Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, No. 1954 Huashan Road Shanghai, 200030, China
Kulwant Pawar University of Nottingham, UK
G N Qi Zhejiang University, China
Karthik Ramani School of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907, USA
R.M. Rangan Product Sight Corp., USA
Michael Sobolewski Texas Tech University, Texas, USA
K.P. Sycara Carnegie-Mellon University, USA
J.M. Usher Mississippi State University, USA
J.S.M Vergeest Technische Universiteit Delft, Netherlands
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  • Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/cera to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Concurrent Engineering will be reviewed.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

    1. What do we publish?
      1.1 Aims & Scope
      1.2 Article types
      1.3 Writing your paper
    2. Editorial policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
      2.3 Acknowledgements
      2.4 Funding
      2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
      2.6 Research ethics and patient consent
      2.7 Clinical trials
      2.8 Reporting guidelines
      2.9 Data
    3. Publishing policies
      3.1 Publication ethics
      3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
      3.3 Open access and author archiving
    4. Preparing your manuscript
      4.1 Formatting
      4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
      4.3 Supplementary material
      4.4 Reference style
      4.5 English language editing services
    5. Submitting your manuscript
      5.1 ORCID
      5.2 Information required for completing your submission
      5.3 Permissions
    6. On acceptance and publication
      6.1 SAGE Production
      6.2 Online First publication
      6.3 Access to your published article
      6.4 Promoting your article
    7. Further information

     

    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & Scope

    Before submitting your manuscript to Concurrent Engineering, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

    1.1.1    The journal welcomes original papers on state-of-the-art research in product development arising from parallelism of its life cycle functions, and novel applications and tools in the areas of Concurrent Engineering (CE).

    1.1.2    The journal addresses all basic tracks that enable CE including aspects of information modelling, teaming & sharing, networking & distribution, planning & scheduling, reasoning & negotiation, collaborative decision making, organization and management of CE.

    1.1.3    Emphasis is placed on CE technologies that result in faster product development, higher quality, lower costs, improved productivity and better customer value.

    1.1.4    Major research areas include: CE process characterization and matrices, enterprise modelling, multi-enterprise integration, information sharing and collaboration, networked collocation, tools for multi-media conferences, distributed environments, corporate technical memories, capturing design intent, CE languages and tools, intelligent retrieval, virtual teams, architectures, emerging standards and practices.

    1.2 Article Types

    Standard Articles
    Reviews.

    1.3 Writing your paper

    The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.

    1.3.1 Make your article discoverable

    When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

    1.4 Author Submission Fees

    When responding to an initial submission of a manuscript for consideration in the journal, the Editor will inform the author(s) that if their paper is accepted for publication there will be a “prescribed” page-length limit for the article.

    At first revision stage, it will be recommended to the author that they resubmit the revised manuscript, eliminating redundancies and ensuring that their writing is concise. This should follow the Editor’s recommendations for quality and content and adhere to paper formatting requirements. In situations where, in spite of authors’ genuine efforts, author(s) are not able to accommodate their revised paper within the Editor’s "prescribed" page-length limit, author(s) must submit a written request that the Editor waive this limit.

    If the Editor is willing to waive the page-length limit, the author may be asked to pay a surcharge for the extra pages, based on the following submission rates:

    up to "prescribed-pages"-- No surcharge (free);
    in excess of prescribed-pages up to twenty five (25) manuscript pages -- @$75/extra page;
    in excess of 25-pages up to thirty (30) manuscript pages -- @$99/extra page;
    in excess of 30 pages up to thirty five (35) manuscript pages -- @$149/extra page;
    in excess of 36 pages up to forty (40) manuscript pages -- @ $199/extra page.
    Over 40 manuscript pages -- @$249/extra page.

    The “prescribed” page-length limit is based on the manuscript (pre-print version) length of the revised article as submitted by the authors and formatted as follows. A manuscript page is a 8-1/2 in. by 11 in. letter size paper, with 1 inch margins all around. Article is written and revised in Microsoft Word, formatted double-spaced, using Times New Roman 11-point font size with single spacing between two consecutive paragraphs or equations. For uniformity purposes, each illustration or table submitted along with the manuscript (prior to publication) is counted as a page. For consistency across various submissions, each part of a multi-part Table/Figure is also counted as a single page.

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    Submissions to the journal are assessed by independent referees who make recommendations on the suitability of the articles for publication. We are committed to providing timely assessment of articles and authors are informed of the publication decision as soon as possible.

    It should be noted that our refereeing process, common to many other publishers, is single-blind, that is, the referees remain anonymous and their identities are not released to authors. The referees, however, are informed of the authors' names and affiliations.

    As part of the submission process you will be asked to provide the names of 4-5 peers who could be called upon to review your manuscript. Recommended reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Please be aware of any conflicts of interest when recommending reviewers. Examples of conflicts of interest include (but are not limited to) the below:

    •    The reviewer should have no prior knowledge of your submission;
    •    The reviewer should not have recently collaborated with any of the authors;
    •    Reviewer nominees from the same institution as any of the authors are not permitted.

    You will also be asked to nominate peers who you do not wish to review your manuscript (opposed reviewers).

    Please note that the Editors are not obliged to invite/reject any recommended/opposed reviewers to assess your manuscript.

    Concurrent Engineering  is committed to delivering high quality, fast peer-review for your paper, and as such has partnered with Publons. Publons is a third party service that seeks to track, verify and give credit for peer review. Reviewers for Concurrent Engineering can opt in to Publons in order to claim their reviews or have them automatically verified and added to their reviewer profile. Reviewers claiming credit for their review will be associated with the relevant journal, but the article name, reviewer’s decision and the content of their review is not published on the site. For more information visit the Publons website.

    The Editor or members of the Editorial Board may occasionally submit their own manuscripts for possible publication in the journal. In these cases, the peer review process will be managed by alternative members of the Board and the submitting Editor/Board member will have no involvement in the decision-making process.

    2.2 Authorship

    Papers should only be submitted for consideration once consent is given by all contributing authors. Those submitting papers should carefully check that all those whose work contributed to the paper are acknowledged as contributing authors.

    The list of authors should include all those who can legitimately claim authorship. This is all those who:

    • Made a substantial contribution to the concept or design of the work; or acquisition, analysis or interpretation of data,
    • Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,
    • Approved the version to be published,
    • Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.

    Authors should meet the conditions of all of the points above. When a large, multicentre group has conducted the work, the group should identify the individuals who accept direct responsibility for the manuscript. These individuals should fully meet the criteria for authorship.

    Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group alone does not constitute authorship, although all contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgments section. Please refer to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) authorship guidelines for more information on authorship.

    2.3 Acknowledgements

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

    2.3.1 Writing assistance

    Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.

    It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.

    2.4 Funding

    Concurrent Engineering requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    It is the policy of Concurrent Engineering to require a declaration of conflicting interests from all authors enabling a statement to be carried within the paginated pages of all published articles.

    Please ensure that a ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’ statement is included at the end of your manuscript, after any acknowledgements and prior to the references. If no conflict exists, please state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’. For guidance on conflict of interest statements, please see the ICMJE recommendations here.

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    3. Publishing Policies

    3.1 Publication ethics

    SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway.

    3.1.1 Plagiarism

    Concurrent Engineering and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

    3.1.2 Prior publication

    If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

    3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

    Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway.

    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    Concurrent Engineering offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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    4. Preparing your manuscript for submission

    4.1 Formatting

    The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines. 

    Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    4.3 Supplementary material

    This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files.

    4.4 Reference style

    Concurrent Engineering adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style. View the SAGE Harvard guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    If you use EndNote to manage references, you can download the SAGE Harvard EndNote output file

    4.5 English language editing services

    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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    5. Submitting your manuscript

    Concurrent Engineering is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/cera to login and submit your article online.

    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.  For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

    5.1 ORCID

    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities ensuring that their work is recognised.

    We encourage all authors to add their ORCIDs to their SAGE Track accounts and include their ORCIDs as part of the submission process. If you don’t already have one you can create one here.

    5.2 Information required for completing your submission

    You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

    5.3 Permissions

    Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway.

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    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 SAGE Production

    Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.  Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.

    6.2 Online First publication

    Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the SAGE Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.

    6.3 Access to your published article

    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.4 Promoting your article

    Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice. In addition, SAGE is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich, share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximise your article’s impact with Kudos.

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    7. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Concurrent Engineering editorial office.

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