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Important Criteria for Proceedings Regular Papers

Proceedings of the IEEE publishes survey, review, tutorial-type papers that are of broad and long-range interest to the electronics, electrical engineering, and computer science communities.

  • The Proceedings is interested in
    • Tutorial papers that explain a technology and may give practical information for implementing it. These papers are written for the purpose of informing non-specialist engineers about a particular technology.
    • Review or Survey papers that have a common goal to critically examine a technology, highlighting its pros and cons, issues, ramifications, applications, and potential as well as describing its future technological prospects. Surveys should provide a comprehensive coverage of the entire technology from its inception, while reviews should cover in depth one or more of its most important aspects.
  • All papers must provide novel insights and new perspectives.
  • Prospective authors should be renowned experts in the subject of the submitted paper and have a distinguished publication record in the field. They must have the ability to effectively communicate the technical concepts to a broad audience which includes specialists in related fields.
  • The Proceedings is not interested in
    • Papers that primarily report new results (transactions-type papers);
    • Papers that provide a review, survey, tutorial treatment of a niche topic (primarily of interest to a specialized research community); systematic literature reviews that do not provide a critical evaluation of the technology or provide insight into future directions;
    • Papers that provide a superficial treatment of the technology.

Preparing Your Regular Paper

Cover Letter: Each regular paper submission must be accompanied by a cover letter outlining the details below. Submissions that do not include a detailed cover letter may be returned without review.

  • Description of topic and its importance to a broad audience
  • Type of coverage (survey, review, tutorial)
  • Explanation on how the paper differs from existing surveys, reviews, tutorials on the topic
  • Brief biography of authors highlighting their qualifications for writing the paper, including references to previously published material
  • Background citations that extend beyond author’s own work to demonstrate the appeal of the topic to a broad audience

Length of Paper: Proceedings papers tend to be longer than typical transactions-type papers. The typical regular paper is between 20-25 pages long, when formatted using the standard IEEE transactions template. Although there is no page limit, we strongly recommend that papers be no more than 35 pages long, for ease of readability. Additional content may be added as supplementary material, if appropriate.

Grammar: Proper grammar is a requirement for publication in Proceedings of the IEEE. Any articles submitted with poor grammar will be rejected. If needed, IEEE offers a 3rd-party service for language polishing, for a fee: (use the URL to claim a 10% discount). Authors may also be interested in using Grammarly, which is a free writing application that can provide feedback on grammar.

Formatting and Style: For detailed instructions on how to prepare your paper, such as IEEE style manual, article templates, frequently asked questions, multimedia, and graphics, visit the IEEE Author Center. Authors can use the standard transactions template for Proceedings of the IEEE. Authors’ photographs and biographies should be included along with the paper. Biographies should not exceed 200 words.

Supplementary Materials: Authors are encouraged to submit supplementary materials (code, data, video, etc.) along with their papers to enhance the information contained in the papers, leading to richer content for readers. Supplementary materials can be submitted in any of the following formats:

  • A 2-3 minute abstract video introducing the paper
  • A 45 minute to 1 hour video giving in-depth tutorial coverage of the paper
  • A code demo or a lab demo involving hardware

To learn more about how to create an author video, please visit our guide to author videos.

Proceedings of the IEEE has also adopted the following services:

Code Ocean: A cloud-based computational reproducibility platform, integrated with IEEE Xplore that enables IEEE authors to publish their executable code associated with research articles. Code may be uploaded at submission, revision or after acceptance of the article. For more information, please visit IEEE Xplore / Code Ocean FAQs.

IEEE DataPort: A repository of datasets and data analysis tools. The repository is designed to accept all types of datasets, including Big Data datasets up to 2TB, and it provides both downloading capabilities and access to Cloud services to enable data analysis in the Cloud. For standard dataset uploads, there is no cost to the author. For open access datasets, it is free for a limited time with coupon code OPENACCESS1. For more information, please visit IEEE DataPort.

Supplementary materials will be reviewed and posted on IEEE Xplore with the published articles.

Open Access

Proceedings of the IEEE is a hybrid journal, allowing either traditional manuscript submission or Open Access (author-pays OA) publication of articles. For more information on IEEE Open Access and Article Processing charges, please visit the IEEE Open site.

Copyright and Plagiarism

Each article submitted to Proceedings of the IEEE is scanned for plagiarism, including similarity to an author’s own work.

  • Article submissions that plagiarize another author’s work will be rejected from Proceedings of the IEEE, and cases may be reported to the IEEE Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) department. For more information on the appropriate way to cite other authors’ work, please visit the IEEE Author Center.
  • Reuse of an author’s own thesis or dissertation is allowed, as long as it is cited and has not been published elsewhere.
  • Preprints of authors’ articles to their own web site, their employer’s site, or to another server that invites constructive comment from colleagues and provides a publication time stamp are allowed. Upon submission of an article to IEEE, an author is required to transfer copyright in the article to IEEE, and the author must update any previously posted version of the article with a prominently displayed IEEE copyright notice. Upon publication of an article by the IEEE, the author must replace any previously posted electronic versions of the article with either (1) the full citation to the IEEE work with a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), or (2) the accepted version only with the DOI (not the IEEE-published version).
  • Articles submitted to Proceedings of the IEEE should not be under consideration for peer review at any other journal (duplicate submission).

For information about IEEE copyright and plagiarism guidelines, visit IEEE Intellectual Property Rights.

Peer Review

Proceedings of the IEEE has implemented a peer review procedure designed to ensure high quality and make the best use of reviewer resources. All submitted papers will be prescreened according to IEEE publication guidelines to determine whether they are comprehensible, fall within the scope of the journal, and meet the minimum criteria for technical substance that is established for this journal. The submissions will also be checked for completeness (e.g., details provided in the cover letter, which are evaluated as part of the prescreening process). Only manuscripts that meet the above criteria will be peer reviewed. The prescreening process is coordinated with the assistance of our Senior Editors and is conducted by the editorial board.

The journal uses a single-anonymous review process, meaning that and reviewers’ identities will be kept from authors. If you are contacted by a reviewer during the review process, please contact the Editor-in-Chief.

The review process for the journal is longer than a typical IEEE journal because of the nature of the papers and the requirement to engage senior reviewers who have broad experience in the covered field. Owing to the highly selective nature of the publication, the journal also has a low acceptance rate for regular papers.

The Editor-in-Chief maintains the highest authority of the publication on all editorial matters.

Post Publication Policies

For information about IEEE post publication policies, including posting and sharing policies, visit IEEE Author Center.

Guidelines for Artificial Intelligence (AI)-Generated Text

The use of artificial intelligence (AI)–generated text in an article shall be disclosed in the acknowledgements section of any paper submitted to an IEEE Conference or Periodical. The sections of the paper that use AI-generated text shall have a citation to the AI system used to generate the text. For more information, visit the IEEE Author Center.

Guidelines for Using the “Lena Image”

IEEE’s diversity statement and supporting policies such as the IEEE Code of Ethics speak to IEEE’s commitment to promoting an inclusive and equitable culture that welcomes all. In alignment with this culture and with respect to the wishes of the subject of the image, Lena Forsén, IEEE will no longer accept submitted papers which include the ‘Lena image’.

Submitting Your Regular Paper

Submit your regular paper via IEEE Author Portal for peer review. During the submission process, select “Regular Paper” under Manuscript Type, and select “Proceedings of the IEEE Editorial Office: Regular Issue” under Issue Entry Header.