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Information on the editorial process of the Proceedings of the IEEE is provided below.


General information

The Proceedings of the IEEE publishes technical papers on important topics of broad significance and long-range interest in all areas of electrical, electronics, and computer engineering. To serve the IEEE community, this journal emphasizes in-depth surveys, reviews, and tutorials. Special issues comprised of several papers that cover a range of topics within a given area are highly valued. Individual papers describing recent advances in a specific topic are most welcome. The readership is also interested in papers that survey the history of technical ideas or inventions.

Since papers in the Proceedings are read by engineers and technologists whose interests usually extend well beyond their own specialties, papers must be accessible to the non-specialist reader as well as the expert. They should always contain adequate motivational, background, and tutorial information.

Because of the unique nature of the Proceedings, it is recommended that potential contributors submit a proposal for the special issue or paper that they are considering.


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Preparing a special issue proposal

Special issues may be proposed by the Editorial Board or by individuals. Since a special issue covers a wide range of topics within an area, it is recommended that the proposal be the work of several researchers with expertise in the area of the special issue. This group will serve as Guest Editors. Their proposal should contain the authors and topics for papers.

The proposal should be submitted to the Proceedings of the IEEE Editorial Office at It will be reviewed by the Editorial Board. After the proposal is approved, the Guest Editors receive final approval along with any suggestions for changes, and the special issue project is begun. It is possible to propose a special section that covers a more narrow area and contains fewer papers.

Most special issues take 18 to 24 months to develop. Guest Editors are responsible for:

• defining the scope of the special issue;
• selecting and soliciting manuscripts;
• tracking and managing the review process for all manuscripts;
• making decisions for all manuscripts;
• managing the page budget;
• ensuring that the issue is completed on schedule;
• providing periodic updates on the progress to the Editorial Office;
• writing the introductory article, “Scanning the Issue,” and paper decks.

Guidelines for Guest Editors (PDF, 192 KB)


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Preparing a regular paper proposal

Papers published in the Proceedings present information that is of interest to a wide audience within the IEEE membership and beyond. The typical paper contains motivation and the background for the topic to help the technically competent reader who is not a specialist in that particular area. The major contribution of the paper should be the theories, results, and potentials that demonstrate that this topic will have significant impact to a large part of the readership.

Authors should submit a four- to six-page proposal containing a description of the topic and its importance to Proceedings readers, a detailed outline of the proposed paper and its type of coverage, and a brief biography showing the author's qualifications for writing the paper (including references to previously published material as well as information on the author's relation to the proposed topic). In order to demonstrate the appeal of the topic to a wide audience, potential authors should provide background citations that extend well beyond their own work.

Proposals should be submitted to ScholarOne Manuscripts. If a proposal receives a favorable review, authors will be encouraged to prepare and submit a full paper, which will undergo the normal peer review process. Please note that approval of the proposal does not imply acceptance of the subsequently submitted manuscript.


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Submission and peer-review process

Full-length manuscripts (for special issues and regular paper issues) should be submitted to ScholarOne Manuscripts for peer review.

When a paper for a special issue or an individual paper is accepted for publication, an electronic version of the manuscript will be requested for use in editing and typesetting. Manuscripts should be submitted in Word or LaTex. Detailed instructions on final submission will be provided to the author once his or her paper is accepted.

Please visit the IEEE Author Digital Toolbox for tools and information on article submission, graphic and multimedia submission, proof-review process, and ordering reprints.


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The Proceedings is copyrighted to protect the interests of IEEE as well as its authors and their employers. Authors must provide a signed copyright release form before their papers can be published; the completed form should accompany the manuscript upon its approval and final submission. IEEE assumes that material submitted for publication has been properly released. It is the responsibility of the author, not IEEE, to determine whether publication of the material requires the prior consent of other parties and, if so, to obtain it. More information can be found in IEEE Intellectual Property Rights.


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