Article Template


This page contains article template, as well as instructions on how to prepare your papers for publication in RT&A e-Journal.


General requirements for presented papers


1. Papers have to be presented in English in MSWord format. (Times New Roman, 12 pt, 1.5 intervals).

2. The total volume of the paper (with illustrations) can be up to 15 pages.

3. À presented paper has to be spell-checked.

4. For those whose language is not English, we kindly recommend to use professional linguistic proofs before sending a

    paper to the journal.


Template (Word) of Electronic Journal Reliability: Theory & Applications (click to download)

Template (LaTex) of Electronic Journal Reliability: Theory & Applications (click to download)


The Journal Reliability: Theory & Applications aspires to become a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics and Publication Ethics Statement. There are no fees to submit or publish papers in Reliability: Theory & Applications.

Please read the guidelines provided below. Than you can to upload your manuscript by e-mail to Managing Editors. Please note that manuscripts not complying with these guidelines may be returned. 

Only will manuscripts of adequate quality 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 to be first published in the Journal, 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 work not owned by you.


  1. Types of Papers
  2. Editorial Policies
    2.1 Peer Review Policy
    2.2 Authorship
    2.3 Acknowledgments
    2.4 Funding
    2.5 Declaration of Conflicting Interests
    2.6 Data
  3. Publishing Policies
    3.1 Publication Ethics
    3.2 Contributor’s Publishing Agreement
    3.3 Open Access and Author Archiving
  4. Preparation of Manuscripts 
    4.1 Word Processing Formats
    4.2 Artwork, Figures, and Other Graphics
    4.3 Supplementary Material
  5. Submission of Manuscripts
    5.1 How to Submit Manuscript
    5.2 Title, Keywords, and Abstracts
    5.3 Corresponding Author Contact Details
  6. Acceptance and Publication...
  7. Further Information...


1. Types of Papers

Original Paper. The original paper describes original research related to foundational, theoretical, methodological, or practical aspects relevant to safe and reliable design and operation of engineering systems from one or more industrial sectors. It covers concepts, theories, principles, approaches, methods, or models for the proper understanding, assessment, characterization, or management of the risk or reliability of engineering systems. Papers that outline prospects on current practices and methods, as well as their improvement, are also covered.

Review Paper. The review paper presents a state-of-the-art analysis of a given topic in the risk and reliability area, which explains the developments in this topic over recent years to a broad audience.

Case Study. The case study highlights analysis of a specific system or activity, which in turn provides new insights for risk analysis and reliability engineering. The case study should include new generic knowledge elements, which can lead to improvements of theory or practice.

Technical Note. The technical note is a short and interim statement on the research project or description of new developments.

2. Editorial Policies 

2.1 Peer Review Policy

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

It should be noted that our review process, common to many other publishers, is single-blind; this means that the reviewers remain anonymous and their identities are not released to authors. The reviewers, however, are informed of the authors’ names and affiliations.

As part of the submission process, you will be asked to provide the names of two peers who could be called upon to review your manuscript. The 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 following:

  • 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.

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

2.2 Authorship

Papers should be submitted for consideration only after consent has been given by all contributing authors. The authors submitting the paper should carefully check if those whose work contributed to the paper are acknowledged as contributing authors.
The list of authors should include all individuals who can legitimately claim authorship. They are all individuals who:

  1. Made a substantial contribution to the concept and design, acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data.
  2. Drafted the papers or revised them critically for important intellectual content.
  3. Approved the version to be published.

The authors should meet the conditions of all the above points. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.
When a large, multicenter 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.

2.3 Acknowledgements

All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgements Section. Examples of those who may be acknowledged include an individual who provided pure technical assistance or a department chair who provided only general support.

2.3.1 Writing Assistance 

The 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. The authors should 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 the use of language polishing services.

Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your paper prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes, and your references.

2.4 Funding

The Journal Reliability: Theory & Applications 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

The Journal Reliability: Theory & Applications requires a declaration of conflicting interests from all authors enabling a statement to be carried within the paginated pages of all published papers.

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.

2.6 Data

The Journal Reliability: Theory & Applications acknowledges the importance of research data availability as an integral part of the research and verification process for academic journal papers.

The Journal Reliability: Theory & Applications requests all authors submitting any primary data used in their research papers alongside their paper submissions to be published in the online version of the journal, or provide detailed information in their papers on how the data can be obtained. This information should include links to third-party data repositories or detailed contact information for third-party data sources. Data available only on an author-maintained website will need to be loaded onto either the journal’s platform or a third-party platform to ensure continuing accessibility. Examples of data types include but are not limited to statistical data files, replication code, text files, audio files, images, videos, appendices, and additional charts and graphs necessary to understand the original research. [The editor may consider limited embargoes on proprietary data.] The editor can also grant exceptions for data that cannot legally or ethically be released. All data submitted should comply with Institutional or Ethical Review Board requirements and applicable government regulations. For further information, please contact the editorial office at a.bochkov@gmail.com.

3. Publishing Policies

3.1 Publication Ethics

The Journal Reliability: Theory & Applications 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 Statement.

3.1.1 Plagiarism

The Journal Reliability: Theory & Applications take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism, or other breaches of best practices in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published papers. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. The submitted papers may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where a paper, for example, is found to have plagiarized other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the paper is contested, we reserve the right to take actions including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the paper; 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.

3.2 Open Access

The Journal Reliability: Theory & Applications offers full open access to publications.

3.3 Permissions

The authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures, or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere.

4. Preparation of Manuscript

4.1 Word Processing Formats

Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, and XLS. LaTeX files are also accepted. General requirements for the papers presented:

  1. Papers have to be presented in English in MSWord format.
  2. The total volume of the paper (with illustrations) can be up to 15 pages.
  3. The paper has to be spell-checked.
  4. For those whose language is not English, we kindly recommend using professional linguistic proofs before sending a paper to the journal.

Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the links below:

Template (Word) of Electronic Journal Reliability: Theory & Applications

Template (LaTex) of Electronic Journal Reliability: Theory & Applications

4.2 Artwork, Figures, and Other Graphics

The figures supplied in color will appear in color online regardless of whether these illustrations are reproduced in color in the printed version.

4.3 Supplementary Material

This journal can host additional material online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc.) alongside the full-text of the paper. These will be subjected to peer review along with the paper.

5. Submission of Manuscripts

5.1 How to Submit Manuscript

You can submit your manuscript via the online form on the journal’s website or send it to one of the Managing Editors by e-mail:

Bochkov, AlexanderPhD (Russia)

e-mail: a.bochkov@gmail.com

Gnedenko, EkaterinaPhD (USA)

e-mail: gnedenko@bu.edu

5.2 Title, Keywords, and Abstracts

The paper has to be accompanied with a title, short title, an abstract, and keywords. The title, keywords, and abstract are key to ensuring that readers can find your paper online through online search engines such as Google.

5.3 Corresponding Author Contact Details

Full contact details for the corresponding author should be provided, including email, mailing address, and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the paper to facilitate anonymous peer review.

6. Acceptance and Publication

6.1 Production

The Managing Editor will keep you informed as you progress through the production process.

6.2 Access to Posted Paper

Journal Reliability: Theory & Applications provides authors with online access to all their papers.

7. Further Information

Any correspondence, queries, or additional requests for information in the manuscript submission process should be sent to the journal editorial office as follows:

Bochkov, AlexanderPhD (Russia)

e-mail: a.bochkov@gmail.com


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