An Important Announcement for Subscribers, Authors and Readers
As a Consequence of transfer of ownership of International Journal of Performability Engineering (IJPE) from the present owner RAMS Consultants, India to Totem Publisher, Inc. , U.S.A. (Totem.Publisher@gmail.com), on January 01, 2016, all subscribers of IJPE are requested to contact Totem Publishers immediately for renewal of Subscription of IJPE in the year 2016. The subscription of IJPE remains unchanged in the year 2016. Also the Scope of IJPE and Editorial Board remains unchanged even after this transfer.
Further, Dr. Dianxiang Xu, Professor and Graduate Coordinator of the Department of Computer Science at Boise State University, USA (http://cs.boisestate.edu/~dxu/), and Dr. V.N.A. Naikan, -the current Assistant Editor-in-Chief of IJPE and Professor and Head of the Reliability Engineering Center at IIT Kharagpur, India (firstname.lastname@example.org ) shall be taking over the Editorial responsibility of IJPE from Professor Krishna B. Misra . All intending authors are requested to contact them for submitting their papers to them. Already acknowledged papers by Professor Misra will be dealt with by him as usual.
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Performability engineering offers a framework to incorporate dependability and sustainability, not only to optimize the technical performance of the products, systems, and services but also to optimize the processes that produce them. As we move in to 21st Century, it becomes obvious that the problems of dependability and sustainability cannot be considered in isolation as they are closely interlinked and they must be fine-tuned at every stage of life cycle activities which include design, manufacture, use and disposal.
More so, since dependability, in fact, is strongly influenced by the raw materials, fabrication techniques and manufacturing processes employed, waste and affluent control and usage of products, systems and services. The aim of the journal is to provide a common forum for researchers, scientists, engineers, designers, manufacturers and users to share the ideas, problems and their solutions. This new perspective performability (of dependability and sustainability) offers an opportunity for nations to improve the products, systems and services economic prosperity and to all concerned and involved to learn from one another.
International Journal of Performability Engineering (IJPE) was started as a quarterly journal in 2005 (400 printed pages in a year) and now being published as a bimonthly journal (six times in a year, totalling over 600 printed pages) from 2010 onwards in January, March, May, July, September and November, every year. Of these six issues, one or two may be special issues on research areas of current contemporary interest related to performability engineering to keep its readers well-informed about the latest developments taking place around the world in the area of performability engineering by inviting experts, specialists, and leading researchers to plan and guest edited Special Issues on topical issues.
The Editorial Board of IJPE comprises some of the most distinguished professionals in the world who are well-known in their respective areas and bring in their rich experience and expertise to IJPE from various realms of performability engineering. The Journal is supported by Regional Editors, Group Editors and Associate Editors. All papers published in IJPE are subjected to a review process and are published only when they satisfy the reviewers' expectations of excellence.
The IJPE also encourages publication of Short Communications within three months of their submission to help publicize new ideas, concepts or results. To update the information of our readers on the availability of new useful literature in the area of performability engineering, IJPE provides reviews of latest books on the “Review of Latest Books” webpage. Further, to provide an update on the current events of interest to its readers, IJPE maintains a webpage News Updates on its website.
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Important Message From the Editor-in-Chief
All journeys come to an end at some point of time and place. My journey the with International Journal of Performability Engineering (IJPE) began in July 2005 at Jaipur, India. Of course, the preparation for this arduous journey had begun in 1992, when I was invited to join National Environmental Engineering Research Institute, (NEERI), Nagpur in India as Director-grade-Scientist. At NEERI, I learnt that merely ensuring high reliability/dependability of products, systems, or services economically should not be an ultimate goal of an engineer but also how these should be produced must also be his concern in the context of material and energy requirements, creation of environmental pollution and wastage or in other words ensuring clean and economic production. We need to use minimum resources and optimize the production process while minimizing waste and environmental pollution. This is absolutely necessary to meet the requirement of increasing population with fast depleting resources of the world and looking to the alarming rate of degradation of Earth’s environment. Our emphasis has to shift to the concern for developing environment friendly products, systems and services. We need to dematerialize the production process and make use of recycling, reuse and remanufacturing and minimize the use of energy during manufacturing and use while maximizing the performance in terms of quality, reliability and safety.
Initially, I had been a student of reliability engineering [1, 2] since 1967 and IEEE Reliability Society of U.S.A. awarded me a plaque in appreciation of my research and educational contributions in reliability in 1995. In fact, I had always thought that national prosperity can be achieved if we produced high quality and reliability products, system and services. In deed that was just half of the truth about the matter. My invitation to NEERI, Nagpur India, led me to get attracted to the field of Clean Production and I published a book on Clean Production: Environmental and Economic Perspectives  with Springer Verlag in 1996.The urgency of this requirement arose from the consideration that we are consuming resources at a much faster rate while generating tremendous waste at the same time, leading to environmental pollution at a very fast rate, which may even threaten the existence of humanity on the Earth.
Returning to my parent institute, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, I started new courses in this area and students showed keen interest in this new discipline.
The IJPE, in fact, was started with the objective of invigorating the process of designing systems, products and services that are sustainable and bringing researchers in the area of reliability/dependability and researchers in the area of sustainability on a common platform, which was non-existent. The concept of performability as introduced in the inaugural Editorial of this journal  was put forward based on the composite attribute of dependability and sustainability. As of today, dependability can be measured and assessed through various attributes but we do not have any convincing measure to assess the attribute of sustainability. We need to find that. Later on, the question of integrating the attributes of performance of a product, system or service over its entire life cycle can be tackled. It can be very well stated that nineteenth Century after WW II was an era of reliability/ dependability while 21st century would be the century of sustainability combined with dependability.
At this moment we have highly qualified specialists of dependability, which in fact is a composite attribute and can be derived from other attributes but none seems to know how we can integrate dependability with sustainability [6, 7] entailing all considerations to achieve a single figure of merit for the purpose of comparing performance, numerically. If we achieve this feat, then only we would be able to specify performability of a product, system or service, numerically and design it in a product, system or service, or even compare the performability of different products quantitatively.
On August 13, 2015, we have signed an agreement between RAMS Consultants, India and Totem Publishers Inc., U.S.A. transferring the ownership of IJPE to the new publisher. This is the day when according to data from Global Footprint Network, as cited by WWF, the humanity’s annual demands on nature exceeded what Earth can regenerate in this year, and has moved up from early October in 2000. This reminds us of our responsibility and commitment particularly of India, China and USA towards Earth and importance of the mission of IJPE.
Now that I intend to bring my journey with IJPE to an end (nothing is everlasting - a reliability concept) on December 31, 2015, I like to handover the responsibility of carrying forward the mission of IJPE to two new Editor-in–Chief Designates, Dr. Dianxiang Xu, Professor and Graduate Coordinator from the Department of Computer Science at Boise State University, USA (http://cs.boisestate.edu/~dxu/), and Dr. V.N.A. Naikan, Professor and Head of the Reliability Engineering Center at IIT Kharagpur. Both Professor Xu and Professor Naikan are engaged in active research within the scope of IJPE and have editorial experience in managing journal publication. I am sure that the journal will make fast progress toward achieving its goals under their able leadership I am sure the journal would make fast progress towards achieving its goals under their able guidance and progress shall be made in the unfinished tasks outlined above.
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Lastly I like to thank all who supported the cause of IJPE and made my journey comfortable. Thank you all.
- Krishna B Misra
. Misra, K.B. Reliability Analysis and Prediction: A Methodological Oriented Treatment, 1992, Elsevier Science, Amsterdam.
. Misra, K.B. New Trends in System Reliability Evaluations , 1993, Elsevier Science, Amsterdam.
. Misra, K.B. Clean Production: Environmental and Economic Perspectives, 1996, Springer Verlag, Heidelberg.
. Misra, K.B. Inaugural Editorial. International Journal of Performability Engineering, July 2005; 1(1): 1-3.
. Misra, K.B. Handbook of Performability Engineering. 2008, Springer Verlag, London
. Misra, K.B. Sustainable Design of Products and Systems: A Possibility, International Journal of Performability Engineering, 2013, 9(2): 175-190.
. Misra, K.B. Performability to Lead towards Sustainability, Modern Manufacturing India, 2013: 34-36.