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About Professor K. B. Misra - Founding Editor-in-Chief

Inspired by Phenomenal improvement of quality and reliability of Japanese products during 20th Century, K. B. Misra (born 1943) took to reliability engineering as his career in 1967 and tried to emulate the same success in India to improve India manufactured products. He is an engineering graduate from M.S.Unversity of Baroda and M.E., Ph.D. of University of Roorkee (now IIT Roorkee) where he became a full professor in 1976. He delivered lectures in industries to popularise the reliability concepts and moved Government in 1976 to set up a NCST working Group on Reliability Implementation programme in India. This DST group brought out two reports in 1978, which somehow due to lack of support from the then Central Government didn't progress beyond setting up of a task force committee. He then turned to academics to advance the discipline in institutions and published extensively in international journals besides having distinction of serving on the editorial boards of several reputed international journals on quality, reliability and safety, including IEEE Transactions on Reliability for several years. Reliability Society of IEEE USA honoured him by awarding him a plaque for his contributions to research and education in the area of Reliability.

In 1980, he shifted to IIT Kharagpur where he started the first ever postgraduate programme on Reliability Engineering in India in 1982 and established Reliability Engineering Centre at Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India in 1983. This centre has the distinction of producing several illustrious postgraduates in Reliability Engineering, who are contributing their best in various prestigious organizations in India and abroad. After his retirement from IIT Kharagpur in 2005, RAMS Consultants, was founded by Professor Krishna B. Misra at Jaipur, India and started publishing International Journal of performability Engineering from Jaipur as a part of RAMS Consultants activities.

Prof. Misra has had four decades of teaching, consultancy and research experience in reliability and has published extensively. He has five books to his credit. Having had such a rich experience, he began to perceive a need for a more integrated way of looking at reliability and related performance attributes. Performability engineering offers a structure envisioned by him to solve the performance related problems of products, systems and services that we shall face in 21st Century (what Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called upon nation in order to improve economy of the country by improving of Indian products with " Zero defect" and "Zero environment effect" in his speech to Nation on August 15, 2014).

Prof. Misra's recent book of 1316 pages, Handbook of Performability Engineering published by him in 2008 is a tribute to this vision.


Visibility Factor of International Journal of Performability Engineering

The International Journal of Performability Engineerng (IJPE) is a peer-reviewed journal which was started as a quarterly international journal in July 2005. Since January 2010, IJPE has become a bimonthly journal. The statistics of number of citations based on the citations record available from freely and openly available databases such as Google Scholar etc. for the papers published from 2005 up to 2012 is as given below in the Table 1. The numbers of citations, in this Table have been prepared based on the following sources of information:

  1. Google Scholar (
  2. The SCImago Journal and Country Ranking
  3. SCOPUS (;
  4. Microsoft Academic Research (


These databases are accessible to anyone and source can be verified anytime freely. The Impact Factor of Thomson Reuters (or ISI) is a copyrighted term of Thomson Reuters. The databases- Web of Science and Web of knowledge are maintained by Thomson Reuters and an impact factor is computed by Thomson Reuters based on these databases which are subscription based.

Here, we like to define a term which we would like to call as Journal Visibility Factor (JVF), retaining a similar definition as that of the impact factor to show how much visible IJPE is in the scientific world, or in other words it can be considered as how much presence IJPE has been able to make in the scientific word. The JVF has been also defined as the number citations divided by the number of papers published during a given period of time in the international journal. We like to provide a table to compute JVF based on the data available from the databases indicated therein.

Table 1: IJPE Visibility Factors Updated (to June 2014)*

C1 C2 C3 C4 _GS C4 _SC C5_GS C5_SC C6 C7_GS C7_SC C8_GS C8_SC
2005 2 14 121 62 8.643 4.429 14 121 62 8.643 4.429
2006 4 28 219 126 7.821 4.500 42 340 188 8.095 4.476
2007 5 38 112 72 2.947 1.895 80 452 260 5.650 3.250
2008 4 29 100 75 3.448 2.586 109 552 335 5.064 3.073
2009 5 42 192 101 4.571 2.405 151 744 436 4.927 2.887
2010 6 49 138 121 2.816 2.469 200 882 557 4.410 2.785
2011 6 48 79 81 1.646 1.688 248 961 638 3.875 2.573
2012 6 57 80 64 1.404 1.123 305 1041 702 3.413 2.302
2013 6 61 23 18 0.377 0.295 366 1064 720 2.907 1.967
2014 4 40 2 2 0.050 0.050 406 1066 722 2.626 1.778


Column C1               : Year of publication 

Column C2               : Number of Issues published in that year 

Column C3               : Number of papers published in that year 

Column C4_GS         : Number of Citations During that year (Google Scholar) 

Column C4_SC         : Number of Citations During that year (SCOPUS Search) 

Column C5_GS         : Journal Visibility Factor (JVF) for that year (Google Scholar) 

Column C5_SC         : Journal Visibility Factor (JVF) for that year (SCOPUS Search) 

Column C6               : Cumulative Number of papers published from 2005 till that year

Column C7_GS         : Cumulative Number of Citations from 2005 till that year (Google Scholar)

Column C7_SC         : Cumulative Number of Citations from 2005 till that year (SCOPUS Search) 

Column C8_GS         : Cumulative Journal Visibility Factor (CJVF) from 2005 till that year (Google Scholar) 

Column C8_SC         : Cumulative Journal Visibility Factor (CJVF) from 2005 till that year (SCOPUS Search)


As we can see from the foregoing Table that Journal Visibility Factor improves with the passage of time as the papers published in any journal become more and more visible to the scientific world and more citations get added to the papers published in the journal.

In addition to above listed databases, the NSD - a scientific database of Norway ( which covers very many technical journals, places IJPE at higher acceptance level in comparison to many other competing journals in the areas the IJPE scope deals with.

The very fact that authors from 49 countries have published their contributions in the IJPE in such a short span of its existence and that we have been regularly receiving requests of reprints of the papers published in IJPE, speaks volume of its visibility. IJPE has maintained the highest academic integrity and standards. Each paper is reviewed by competent referees and revised before it is published in the journal. IJPE has the most knowledgeable and well-known experts on its Editorial Board to advise and support its activities.


The help rendered by the following students of IIT Kharagpur in collecting the data is acknowledged with thanks :

Research Scholars

Heeralal Gargama, Shahab Fatima,  Manjubala Bisi, S. Rajkumar, S. Rajarajan, Anil Kumar Tulluri, Govind Rajulu Eerada, Gurmeet Singh, Krishna Kumar Dadsena,  Durbadal Chattaraj, Esha Datta

MS Students

Suparna Chakraborty






Handbook of Performability Engineering

Book Performance Report 2014

June 2015

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Year      Chapter Downloads
2014 84.102
2013    56,118
2012    6,049
2011    7,921
2010 8,119
2009 9,580
2008 3,190


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From the reviews:

From the reviews:

The 100 international contributors to this book's 76 chapters provide depth and considerable diversity to the subject... Each chapter can be read independently and includes careful definitions and reviews of major topics and good descriptions of main methods... The editor's philosophy is to provide all engineers "with a wider vision of the requirement of sustainable and dependable products, systems, and services in the 21st century." This book provides a guide and reference for many of the engineering tools needed to accomplish this... Recommended.


Choice (August 2009) (Reviewer: S. A. Batterman, University of Michigan)

"The reader has a veritable garden from which to feast from this impressive collection of chapters."


Dr William Vesely, Manager, Risk Assessment, Office of Safety and Mission Assurance, NASA

"Clearly covers the entire canvas of performability: quality, reliability, maintainability, safety and sustainability."


Way Kuo, Editor-in-Chief, IEEE Transactions on Reliability, President, City University of Hong Kong

Formally Dean of Engineering and University Distinguished Professor, University of Tennessee

"The book should be of interest for reliability researchers or instructors that need some additional material--such as examples or new trends--for intensive courses given in reliability engineering. ... the technical content is impressive and the vast diversity of areas covered can be perceived as its greatest advantage; it enables, for instance, networking reliability experts to get acquainted with the mechanics of software reliability, which can be quite inspiring." (Piotr Cholda, ACM Computing Reviews, March, 2009)


A Book Series on Performability Engineering

A Book Series on Performability Engineering has been planned to be published by Scrivener Publishing LLC, USA which has a strategic partnership with John Wiley & Sons whereby they are responsible for all   global print and electronic sales of Scrivener Publishing. The editors of this book Series are Professor Krishna B.Misra, and Professor John D. Andrews, who are the Editors-in-Chief of International Journal of Performability Engineering.

Proposals are invited from the prospective authors to submit their proposals of writing a book in the area of performability engineering, viz, on quality, reliability, maintainability, safety, risk, and sustainability. A format for preparation of the detailed proposal can be had from Prof. Krishna B. Misra ( or from Professor John D. Andrews (


Latest information on this is available here.

Proposal Form for this book can be downloaded here.


The following titles have already been contracted and are " in progress":

1.   Building Dependable Distributed Systems

       Author: Dr. Wenbing Zhao, Cleveland State University, U.S.A.

2.   Binary Decision Diagrams and Extensions for System Reliability Analysis

      Authors: Dr. Suprasad V. Amari, PTC  &  Dr. Liudong Xing, University of Massachusetts, U.S.A.

3.   Fundamentals of Reliability Engineering: Its Applications in Multistage Interconnected Networks

      Author: Dr. Indra Gunawan, Monash University, Australia

4.   Quantitative Assessments of Distributed Systems: Methodologies and Techniques

      Editors: Dr. Dario Bruneo and Salvatore Distefano, Italy

5.   Machine Tools Reliability

     Authors: Bhupesh Kumar Lad : IIT-Indore, Divya Shrivastava: Shiv Nadar University, and Makarand S.Kulkarni,

     IIT-Delhi, India




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