The Safety and Reliability Journal is now published by Taylor & Francis. The Journal is indexed on Thomson Reuters and other databases. It is available in print and online.

Safety and Reliability publishes peer reviewed papers from academia and industry on the subject of safety and reliability and related fields.

Safety and Reliability will be of interest to all practitioners and researchers in safety and reliability related fields. More details of the scope, topics covered and online access here.


Members of the Society have online access to the Journal via the members Area, and will also receive a hard copy by post. Non-members can find details of how to subscribe here.

If you are interested in producing a guest edited journal please contact Nicola Stacey for more information.

Please contact the SaRS office for more information.

Editorial Board

Alec Bounds (Editor-in-Chief), Arcadis, Cumbria

Alec Bounds is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal. His main area of expertise is in nuclear safety, having worked at Sellafield for 26 years. Since 2011, Alec has worked for Arcadis, and is now an Associate Technical Director. Alec said ‘The Safety and Reliability Journal is the place to share experience and developments in safety and risk technologies. Being a published author in a peer-reviewed journal is a definite positive to include in your CV‘.

Nicola Stacey, HSE, Buxton (Special Issues)

Nicola Stacey, principal futurist in the UK Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) Foresight Centre and HSE’s professional lead for cross cutting science, is Special Editions’ Editor of the Safety and Reliability Journal published by Taylor & Francis. The journal accepts technical and academic papers and articles concerned with risk, reliability and safety. In 2018 the Journal will publish individual papers and special themed issues. Nicola Stacey said, ‘Special issues are a great for exploring a dedicated topic in more detail and from a wide range of different perspectives and industry view-points. There is a very helpful team who can support guest editors every step of the way from concept, through peer review to publication’.  If you have an idea for a special issue that you would like to discuss with Nicola please email

Richard Denning, MOD

Richard Denning, reliability expert with over 25 years year of working on cutting edge reliability problems, specialising in getting the system requirements correct, ensuring that risks to delivery are understood and mitigated, so that the user gets systems which meets their needs, joins the Safety and Reliability Journal’s editorial board as Associate Editor. The Safety and Reliability Journal is published by Taylor & Francis and publishes technical and academic papers and articles concerned with risk, reliability and safety. In 2018 the Journal will publish individual papers and special themed editions. Richard Denning said, “The benefit of the journal is that it is allowing practitioners to understand best practice from other industries (and their peers)  and apply it to their own resulting in optimised reliability and safer systems. I look forward to working with the editorial team to deliver journals which people want to read and learn from.

Chris Harrison

Chris Harrison, currently a Principal Risk Analyst at RSSB, with over 17 years’ experience in carrying out risk modelling and risk assessment for the rail and aviation sectors, joins the Safety and Reliability Journal’s editorial board as an Associate Editor. Chris Harrison said, “The SaRS journal is all about sharing knowledge and enabling others to appreciate the work that safety practitioners from a wide variety of industries has undertaken.  This supports the aims of SaRS in promoting safety and reliability learning and I’m very much looking forward to working with the editorial team to deliver these objectives and helping to publish engaging and informative papers.”

Associate Editors

Peter Sheppard

Peter Sheppard, currently a Technical Director with WSP has 40 years’ experience in the railway signalling industry, with the last 33 years spent specialising in the safety of products and systems as either a safety engineer or independent assessor.  He has been involved in the introduction of several novel systems to the UK railway and was also a member of the UK committee drafting the forerunner to EN50128: Railway applications – Communication, signalling and processing systems – Software for railway control and protection systems. Peter said “Safety and Reliability is converging across many sectors, for example autonomous vehicles used in aerospace, rail, marine and automotive. I see this journal as an important vehicle (no pun intended!) in sharing knowledge and good practice across all sectors and industries to reduce the number of potentially painful lessons that have to be learnt in the introduction and evolution of new technologies”

Mike Sleath

Mike Sleath is experienced in Reliability, Maintainability, Integrated Logistic Support and Safety Engineering, gained through working in a range of environments including general military, aerospace, maritime, and commercial businesses.  Mike has also been closely involved with aircraft safety evaluation for the MOD, necessitating thorough evaluation of manufacturers’ safety cases and other arguments.  Outside work Mike has always been committed to road safety and understanding of the human factors involved with all transport safety; this has given Mike a strong desire to ensure realism and common sense in all safety-critical designs.  Mike said “he is looking forward to joining the editorial board, reviewing and contributing content to forthcoming issues of the Journal”.

Paul Caseley

Paul Caseley is a Dstl Senior Fellow and in the Ministry of Defence and advises on science, technology and engineering research related to software dependent mission, security and safety related systems. Paul is interested in new science, technology and engineering research for risk, reliability and safety particularly where it impacts emergent challenges such as networks, cyber and autonomy. Paul said “he is particularly looking forward to getting involved with supporting the editing of some of the special themed issues that are currently in various stages of planning”.