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Pick the right publication

Many submissions are rejected before peer review because they do not fit within the publication's scope. Pick the right publication the first time by using the IEEE Publication Recommender tool to get customized recommendations for your article. Other suggestions for identifying your target journal include:

  • Conduct a keyword search on IEEE Xplore® for a list of publications with similar content.
  • Look at the publications cited in your references.
  • Talk to colleagues and co-authors.
  • Read the Aims & Scope of your potential target to ensure your manuscript is a good fit; Aims & Scope can be found in the About tab of the journal home page on IEEE Xplore.

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Follow the publication's submission guidelines

All IEEE journals provide submission guidelines in an "Information for Authors" document published in the journal or on a society’s website. To find the guidelines for a specific publication, click on the About tab from the journal’s home page on IEEE Xplore and then click on Additional Information in the column on the left.

Failure to adhere to the guidelines presented in the Information for Authors can result in delayed processing of your submission, rejection without review, or incorrect reproduction of your article. Following the publication’s guidelines will help streamline your article’s process through submission and peer review.


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Abide by all ethical rules

IEEE supports the highest standards of intellectual discourse in its publications. All members of the publication process—authors, editors, and reviewers—should be treated with fairness and balance and adhere to the principles of IEEE’s publication guidelines (PDF, 1 MB).

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Answer an important question in your field

The most successful papers significantly advance the state of research in the field by answering an important question or shedding new light on a hot topic. Review the published literature in your field to determine what has been accomplished and what important questions still need to be addressed.


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Use appropriate methodology

After selecting your research question, design your research project to deliver a scientifically sound answer to that question. Depending on the type of research, this may include considerations such as statistical power, sample size, or appropriate research materials. Your paper should include a description of your methodology that is detailed enough for another researcher to replicate your work.


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Structure your argument clearly and logically

At a fundamental level, a research article is a logical argument in support of the article’s conclusion. With this in mind, structure your argument clearly and logically to best communicate your research and its conclusion.


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Including supporting figures, tables, and equations

Figures, tables, equations, data, and other elements offer support for your article’s conclusion. Determine which elements of your research can best be communicated visually rather than through text. Graphs are especially useful to show data trends and tables are ideal for presenting a series of exact values. Ensure that your figures and tables are self-explanatory by including descriptive table titles or figure captions and clearly labeling graph axes.


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Polish your language

The language of your entire paper should be clear, specific, and concise in order to best communicate your work. Ask several colleagues to read your paper before submission to a publication. If your first language is not English, it is recommended that you use a professional English-language editing service such as American Journal Experts before submission. Please note that language editing services are paid for by the author and do not guarantee acceptance in an IEEE publication.


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Answer reviewers promptly and thoroughly

It is likely that you will be asked to revise your submitted manuscript before it is accepted for publication. This request will be accompanied by suggestions from independent peer reviewers on how to improve the manuscript. When submitting your revised manuscript, be sure to include a point-by-point reply to address each suggestion. Revise and resubmit your manuscript promptly to avoid introducing a delay into the peer review process.


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