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ISA Transactions is a journal of advances and state-of-the-art in the science and engineering of measurement and automation, of value to leading-edge industrial practitioners and applied researchers.

The topics of measurement include: sensors, perception systems, analyzers, signal processing, filtering, data compression, data rectification, fault detection, inferential measurement, soft sensors, hardware interfacing, etc.; and any of the techniques that support them such as artificial intelligence, fuzzy logic, communication systems, and process analysis. The topics of automation include: statistical and deterministic strategies for discrete event and continuous process control, modelling and simulation, event triggers, scheduling and sequencing, system reliability, quality, maintenance, management, loss prevention, etc.; and any equipment, techniques and best practices that support them such as optimization, learning systems, strategy development, security, and human interfacing and training.

The intended audience is research and development personnel from academe and industry in the field of process instrumentation, systems, and automation.

The journal seeks to bridge the theory and practice gap. This balance of interests requires simplicity of technique, credible demonstration, fundamental grounding, and connectivity to the state of the art in both theory and practice.

Manuscript Types and Categories

We publish articles (primarily relating to research or to practice), letters, or errata.

  • Errata: These publications represent an authors' or editor's correction to an article.
  • Letters: Letters to the editor would be short, one-paragraph, or so, affirmations, questions, challenges, or answers to articles or letters.
  • Research Articles: These can be from either of the categories that follow, and will primarily relate to research, investigation, and to possibilities. Normally, they focus on the fundamental analysis or mathematics of a technique. Normally they are illustrated with simulations, and are written by and for those in research.
  • Practice Articles: These can be from either of the categories that follow, and will primarily relate to the practice or to applications. Normally, they focus on the pilot-scale or full-scale application and the heuristics and post implementation audit of an application. Normally they are concerned with application results and interpretation, and are written by and for those implementing measurement and control.

Articles (research or practice) may be from the following categories:

  • Analysis: Clearly develop a fundamental, mathematical analysis of a practice-relevant application or methodology. Explicitly state implications and recommendations for its application. Provide credible examples.
  • Design: Present a complete "how-to" guide. Connect design procedures to first principles. Explicitly state heuristics and limits of applicability. Provide evidence that the procedures are practicable.
  • Application: Present the results of new (or under-utilized) techniques or novel applications. Provide a complete description of results, including pilot- or plant-scale experimental data, and a revelation of heuristics and shortcomings.
  • Tutorial/Review: Present what might become a chapter in a text - a comprehensive exposition or survey of the analysis, design and application of a technique that is practice-important but not yet common textbook material. Include a critical review of the state of the art to guide practitioner choices.
  • Editorial: Present a balanced and learned perspective on the implications of historical trends or developing issues that reveal needs and direction for action or change. The concepts could be aimed at research, standards, products, criteria for evaluation, or organizations.
  • Technical Notes: Present new concepts or initial proof-of-concept results on innovative approaches. The manuscripts would be short, perhaps two journal pages, and would not require extensive comprehensive defence required of regular papers. However, they would be critically reviewed for compliance to ISA T Aims and Scope. Technical notes are intended to accelerate the dissemination of ideas, and will be given priority in the publication queue. The title must start with the identification "Technical Note:"

ISA Transactions is a monthly publication available online to ISA members and in print for Institutions.


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