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QFD Call For Papers


This page provides the general guidelines for paper proposals to be considered for the QFD Institute's International Symposium on QFD (ISQFD).

The past ISQFD papers and presentations can be reviewed here.

The next ISQFD will be announced on the Calendar as well as in the QFD newsletter which you can sign up for free. For questions, please email to us.

Papers of Interest:

  • Case Study of your own project
  • Advanced Research on related methodologies
    (Must include data, experiments, clear QFD linkage)
  • Use and dissemination of ISO 16355 Standard for QFD
  • Development of ISO and QFD Training / Education
*Please submit a full paper for these categiries: academic work, hypothetical cases, new methods proposals, consultant papers, application cases of companies other than your own. Academic peer reviews require a full completed / final paper.


  • Abstract and Draft Paper* Submission Deadlines: TBA
  • Final Paper Submission: TBA
  • The accepted / invited authors and co-authors may contact us if you have any questions.

What to Submit:

  1. Full Draft Paper including:
    1. Title of your paper
    2. Abstract (the central point of your paper)
    3. Keywords
    4. Contents including;
      • ISO 16355 / QFD Analytic Process & Tools that you are using;
      • Supporting Data and Data Sources* — to the extent they are available at the time of submission ;
      • Bibliographies / Reference Lists*;
  2. Author profile and contact information (the main author and co-author(s) names, job titles, organizations, e-mail address, short introduction);
  3. What is unique about this paper? (such as QFD/ISO tools, applications, analysis, etc.)
  4. Presentation Plan (If selected, will you be able to travel and present your paper at the Symposium?)

* NOTE: Reference lists of academic submissions shall follow the standard acdemic citation styles, including the footnotes pointing to the title of the reference material, author, publication date, publisher name, and page numbers. Research papers, papers proposing a new method or concept, and papers reporting hypothetical discussions should be based on the up-to-date sound QFD knowledge and include, to the extent feasible at the time of the submission, empirical data / data sources, details of the research and anaytic method, and proper citation of the source materials establishing the validity of your theory / concept / proposed method.

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Speaker Benefits:

  • Speaker Discount for the Symposium— when the main author of each accepted paper completes the Speaker Registration by a specified date;
  • Speaker Discounts for the QFD Green Belt® Certificate Course and QFD Black Belt® Certificate Course held in the same venue; please contact us for details.
  • Publication of your paper and name in the symposium proceedings that are available world-wide;
  • An opportunity to get tips and feedback from the QFD Red Belts®, QFD Black Belts® as well as ISO 16355 working committee members, for your future projects, improvements, and papers;
  • An opportunity to get your paper included in a future ISO 16355 reference bibliography, subject to content quality and originality.

Presentations that excite audience | Selection Criteria:

  • Success stories and lessons learned;
  • QFD and ISO 16355 applications for unique solutions to challenging problems;
  • QFD and ISO 16355 applications in new industries and advanced applications;
  • Appliacations of Modern QFD tools and advanced ISO 16355;
  • Approaches, techniques, and lessons learned from your own QFD experience that can be helpful to others, other industries and situations;
  • QFD and ISO applications and research that incorporate new techniques or enhancements such as:
    • ISO 16355 Standard
    • Lean Sigma, Six Sigma, Design for Lean Sigma (DFLS), Design for Six Sigma (DFSS)
    • Lifestyle QFD, Kansei Engineering, Emotional Design and Branding
    • Supply Network and Management, Logistics
    • Corporate Quality Excellence
    • Business Process Transformation / Reengineering, Business Process Outsourcing (BPO)
    • Lean methods, Theory of Constraints, Critical Chain Project Management, General Theory of Innovation (GTI), TRIZ, and other emerging techniques
    • QFD research based on sound knowledge of QFD, accompanied with supporting data and valid analitical methods
  • The Speaker shall have cutting-edge information and solid expertise in the topic he/she is going to disucss. Your QFD application / research shall be based on correct and up-to-date information with regards to QFD;
  • The paper and presentation is prepared for the audience of this conference.
  • The Speaker has direct involvement with the case study, research, and data that is being presented in the paper and presentation; it is not a report of someone else's work.
  • Application papers should have an empirical basis and supporting data to the extent permissible for public disclosure or evidence substantiating the application of QFD.
  • Conceptual research and hypothetical discussions should have a clear theoretical base and must be based on the up-to-date sound QFD knowledge.

Acceptance Process:

Paper proposals are accepted on a rolling bases. The acceptance becomes official when the main author (main speaker) confirms his/her presentation by completing the Speaker Registration, which allows us to publish and promote your paper through symposium materials.

For consultant-directed projects, acceptance priority is given to the presentation by the client him/herself, as it is preferred by our audience.

Submissions that are not fit for this symposium:

  • Papers mainly comprised of summaries of information found on the Internet and/or in books, without contribution of original substance.
  • Papers mainly comprised of re-reporting of articles and examples previously published by others, without contribution of original substance.
  • Papers proposing a new method / concept without adequate validation of its effectiveness, such as comparative study and application data.
  • Papers proposing a new method / concelt without a clear linkage and enhancement to specific ISO 16355 QFD tools and techniques.
  • Papers offering superficial discussion of ISO 16355 without contribution of original substance and application.
  • Papers mainly comprised of discussions of non-QFD methods without offering a clear linkage to QFD.
  • Papers and presentations containing sales promotion, advertising, and/or infomercial.


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