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Reliable Computing

ISSN: 1573-1340

An open electronic journal devoted to mathematical computations with guaranteed accuracy, bounding of ranges, mathematical proofs based on floating point arithmetic, and other theory and applications of interval arithmetic and directed rounding

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Above left: The very first issue (click for a larger image)
Above right: one of the Kluwer Academic Publishers issues (click for a larger image)


Information and Instructions for Authors

Reliable Computing accepts manuscripts representing original articles, reviews, presentations of new hardware and software tools, book reviews, information on scientific meetings on relevant topics which are scheduled or have recently been held, etc. Authors should preface the title EasyChair requests with "Research Article:" or "Review / Tutorial:", or the abbreviation of the conference, if it is to be a part of a conference proceedings. This is because different criteria are used for refereeing different types of articles, and, starting with Volume 18, the article type is identified for each published article. Each contribution is single-blind refereed by at least two referees, assigned by the managing editor or one of the other editors.   Manuscripts should initially be submitted in PDF through the  EasyChair setup for Reliable Computing.   (Note that, to submit a paper, you will need to create an account for yourself.  This is straightforward;  simply follow the directions.)  Reliable Computing is free of charge for both authors and readers.  We rely on our editors' and reviewers' volunteer efforts, and we give some responsibility to authors for submitting final versions of manuscripts in a suitable LaTeX format.

Accepted papers should be submitted in  LaTeX, with references prepared using BiBTeX with the plain bibliography style, using the Reliable Computing LaTeX template and example bibliography.  (Click here for a PDF of the output generated from the LaTeX template, and click here for the encapsulated Postscript file for the example figure.) Note: Although the example uses encapsulated Postscript for figures, use of PDF for figures and PDFLaTeX is also acceptable, as are the  hyperref and epstopdf packages; color figures are also acceptable, provided they are of good quality and can be included with either LaTeX or PDFLaTeX. Use of the file intmacros.sty is strongly encouraged; please contact me (the managing editor) if you encounter incompatibilities between intmacros.sty and other packages you use.  The notation implemented in intmacros.sty is explained in  Standardized Notation in Interval Analysis, Computational Technologies 15 (1), pp. 7-13 (2010).  

If an author is unable to submit a final copy in the LaTeX  form described in the preceding paragraph, then the author is responsible for submitting "camera-ready" copy, in the format of the journal, in PDF;  in such instances, additional correspondence with the Managing Editor may be required.

Copyright Policy

The authors retain the copyrights in the early issues (from 1991 through 1995).  Springer Verlag retains the copyright for articles in the issues from 1996 through 2007.  The authors retain the copyright for articles that have been accepted and posted electronically since 2007.  However, authors implicitly give permission to post their articles on this open web site through the act of submitting their article for review to this journal.

Editorial Board (list not yet complete)

History of the Journal

Reliable Computing, then known as the journal Interval Computations, began in 1991 with Vyacheslav (Slava) M. Nesterov (Leningrad / St. Petersburg) and Alexander (Sasha) G. Yakovlev (Moscow).  Articles were published both in Russian and English.  At that time, Ralph Baker Kearfott was "representative for the Western Hemisphere," while Jürgen Wolff von Gudenberg was representative for Europe.  Slava, Editor in Chief, acted directly as clearinghouse between authors and referees, had the final word on acceptance or rejection, organized the accepted material into issues, etc. Sasha, also involved in the aforementioned process, was involved in the actual printing, which was done in Russia. Jürgen and I (Baker) collected money for subscriptions, received paper issues from Russia, and sent subscriptions, as well as orders for back-issues, to subscribers, and remitted money to Russia.  The latter was particularly interesting during the early 1990's when  Russian (and corresponding international) banking practices were in flux:  At one point, I personally carried several thousand dollars (worth more at the time) to Russia in a money belt.  

In the mid 1990's, we decided that business and paper printing operations would best be done by professionals, and Slava negotiated an agreement with Kluwer Academic Publishers.  Slava and Sasha retained control of the editorial and composition features, as well as the right to continue to collect page charges to reimburse workers for these activities. The overall quality, both of content and appearance, continued to improve, although the number of paying subscriptions was initially halved due to a doubling of the subscription price.  Several years into this scheme, our Kluwer contact classified the journal as "one of the more successful 'new' journals."  Eventually, Springer Verlag bought Kluwer academic publishers, and the journal continued.  However, although the Editorial Board continued to receive free subscriptions, and various institutions and individuals in Russia received subscriptions at greatly reduced rates, subscription prices were again raised, and the number of subscriptions dwindled.  This was despite a continued increase in the quality of the content.  Eventually, it was decided at Springer Verlag to terminate publication after the 2007 volume.  Despite this, significant demand has remained for the journal from both authors and readers. (Click here to see the final statistics for this phase of the journal from SCOPUS.)

With Springer Verlag's termination of publication, publication rights reverted to the original editorial board, and I (Baker) agreed to assume the responsibilities of managing editor.  We initially explored various publication possibilities, including one, initiated by Slava, that seemed very promising.  However, we did not have a budget, and our publication partner had many other duties that precluded him from setting up the publication process for our journal as had initially been planned.  Finally, we settled on the open, free electronic format for accepted papers, with a web presence maintained by ourselves.  Furthermore, we thank Andrei Voronkov for developing and making available EasyChair, the system we now use for manuscript tracking.  During the interim (2008 to mid-2010), I received and organized review of manuscripts manually.  I wish to commend both authors and referees of the papers that were published during this time.  The highest standards for content and exposition have been upheld in the papers that have been accepted.  The plans are to continue this tradition of quality.