IR - App. 6 - Publication criteria for CIRP Annals Vol.1 and Vol.2



1. General

In seeking to attain the high standard required for CIRP publications, the Council and the General Assembly lay certain responsibilities on the Member who submits and/or sponsors a paper for consideration for publication in Vol. 1 of the Annals, as well as on the appropriate STC Chairperson and on the Editorial Committee. These responsibilities are given in Article 20   of the Internal Regulations. The rules governing the presentation of these and other CIRP publications and the criteria by which their suitability for publication must be assessed are given below.

2. Rules and Criteria

1. The paper must comply with the rules for presentation of CIRP (Appendix 7).
2. The subject of the paper must fall within the scope of the activities of CIRP.
3. The paper must refer adequately to previous work in the field, in particular to the work of CIRP Members published in the Annals.
4. The content of the paper is not previously published in substantially the same form.

The criteria used in judging a paper, following these rules, are based on the following circumstances:

1. The paper was invited by a STC,
2. The work's value to industry,
3. The contribution to knowledge within the scope of CIRP activities,
4. The correctness of calculations and of the interpretation of the results obtained,
5. The extent to which a balance is found in the paper between theory and supporting experimental evidence,
6. The extent to which the work described is complete and how much further study and experimentation is required to make it a valuable contribution.


1. Original Research Papers

An original research paper summarizes the work carried out by Members or their collaborators.
The paper is reviewed by the STC Chair and Vice Chair and by at least two members of the Editorial Committee. If necessary, the expertise of CIRP members out of the EC will be requested. If acceptable, the author will be asked to make changes identified in the review process and the STC Chair must approve the revised, final version.
The Paper should be limited to 4 printed pages (references, classified in chronological order, included) - it might be extended to 6 pages exceptionally if requested by the authors.
A CIRP CreDiT statement must be included for the paper authorship. It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to fill it in and upload it together with the paper submission.
The final version of the full Paper should be uploaded on the publisher's EM website before April 1st for publication by mid-July
Papers are published in full in Vol. 1 of the Annals each year.

2. Keynote Papers

A keynote paper is intended to give information defining the state of the art in a given scientific area. It is also intended to give information about future possibilities of development and industrial applications. Generally about 75% of the keynote paper should cover the state of the art and 25% future possibilities.
The keynote paper should not simply be a literature review, but should provide a synthesis and organization of the scientific area of the keynote paper.
Each keynote paper must be led by a Fellow or Associate Member of CIRP who has agreed to undertake this effort. Initially, he/she acts as the coordinator and is to be assisted by a number of additional CIRP members and also non-members who have voluntarily agreed to contribute to the paper. Only active contributors who have written substantial parts of the keynote paper should be included in the list of authors.

Persons who have submitted papers to be referenced and do not play a clear role in the preparation of the paper should be mentioned in the acknowledgements. 
The lead author, i.e. the coordinator and corresponding author, should be the first name in the list of authors. Only in exceptional cases, can the presenter not be the lead author. This must be approved in advance by the Editorial Committee Chairperson. Only under motivated conditions which must be justified to the Editorial Committee in writing, should the number of authors exceed four (4).

A CreDiT statement must be included for the paper authorship. It is the responsibility of the lead author and the involved STC(s) to develop the CreDiT statement. The CreDiT statement must be first filled in during the approval, and then subsequently updated whenever there is a change in authorship of the paper during the keynote preparation. Only the final version of the CreDiT statement should be uploaded together with the paper submission.

A member cannot be a lead author for two consecutive years.

The keynote paper must be reviewed and approved by the STC Chairperson concerned and two Editorial Committee members before its presentation and its publication. If necessary, the expertise of CIRP members out of the EC will be requested. The keynote papers must be submitted to the Editorial Committee four months ahead of the winter meetings along with a justification of the contributions of the proposed authors.

The keynote paper should be limited to 24 printed pages (references, classified in alphabetical order, included) extended to 27 pages at the stage of the submission on EM, because of the decrease of pages when finally published after the type-setters' work.
The final version of the full Keynote paper should be uploaded on the publisher's EM website before May 1st for publication by mid-September.
Keynote papers are published in full in Vol. 2 of the Annals each year.

3. Special Issues and Technical Reports

These reports give the results of cooperative work, e.g. inquiry, terminology, methods of research, values of reference, etc. They are established by any of the STCs, first as internal documents and, after having been circulated among the other STCs and approved by the Liaison Committee, they can be published with the approval of the Council.

4. Internal Communications

These can be divided into reports of the General Assembly prepared by the Secretary General, activity reports of the STCs prepared by the STC Chairpersons, and contributions made at the Research Paper sessions and collected by the STC Chairpersons.

5. Proceedings

Contributions to a special topic presented during a meeting sponsored by CIRP.

6. Specialized Dictionaries

Usual terms in production engineering research, given in several languages.


Papers are to be written and presented in English. Authors who do not have English as their mother tongue are advised to ask specialists to assist in the preparation of their text. The summary should be written in English too.

SI units (M, K, S) are to be used. If other units are used, SI units must be placed in parentheses or with auxiliary scales on graphs.

The terminology and symbols prescribed by ISO and by the published CIRP unified terminology document should be used. Any unusual terms or units that are likely to be unfamiliar to the reader should be explained in a footnote.


CIRP publishes the following documents each year:

Annals - Volume 1 contains the refereed papers presented during the Research Paper Sessions (App.7). Volume 1 is sent to the Members before the General Assembly.

Annals - Volume 2 contains the refereed Keynote papers. Volume 2 is sent to the Members during the month subsequent to the General Assembly.


In addition to the CIRP Annals, special papers can be published, particularly when they are of interest to several kinds of specialists. These are: Dictionaries of Production Engineering, Encyclopedia of Production Engineering, proceedings of CIRP conferences, textbooks, etc.


The copyrights for Volumes 1 and 2 of the Annals belong to the publisher.
The copyright for special work will be examined in each case.