Computing in Science & Engineering

Frequently Asked Questions

Computing in Science & Engineering is a bimonthly magazine that presents scientific and computational contributions in a clear and accessible format.

1. What is the magazine's proper name?

The magazine's full name is Computing in Science & Engineering, but we often use the acronym CiSE . The magazine is a copublication of the American Institute of Physics (AIP) and the IEEE Computer Society (IEEE CS)—it grew from the AIP's Computers in Physics and the IEEE CS's IEEE Computational Science & Engineering.

2. What is CiSE's focus?

Hard sciences such as physics, medicine, and astronomy share a common need for efficient algorithms, system software, and computer architecture to address large computational problems. However, useful advances in computational techniques that could benefit many researchers are rarely shared. CiSE's goal is to provide an easily accessible forum for such research.

3. How can I get a back issue of CiSE?

Single copies of CiSE are available for $20 (members of the AIP and the IEEE CS) and $105 (nonmembers of either society). Please send requests to

AIP: Computing in Science & Engineering , AIP Payments, 2 Huntington Quadrangle, Ste. 1NO1, Melville, NY 11747-4502.

IEEE CS: Computing in Science & Engineering , Back Issues/Customer Service, 10662 Los Vaqueros Circle, Los Alamitos, CA 90720.

4. Is CiSE refereed?

Feature articles submitted to CiSE are usually sent to a specialist in the field for review. This is to ensure that we don't publish inaccurate or biased information. CiSE is a magazine, not a journal, and the articles are written for a wide audience of science and engineering professionals.

5. If I am refereeing an article for CiSE, what is expected of me?

Let us know if you think it's suitable for publication. In particular, is it accurate? Is it properly slanted? Is it too technical? Is it too simplified? If you need more information, please read our Reviewer Guidelines. We usually need your opinion as soon as possible, so let our magazine assistant know immediately if you're unavailable (and please suggest an alternate reviewer).

6. Can we put a CiSE article up on our Web site?

Please send your request to the IEEE Copyrights and Trademarks Manager, William Hagen.

7. How can I subscribe?

Because CiSE is affiliated with two institutions, the cost for subscriptions varies depending on society membership and status. Visit the AIP and IEEE Computer Society subscription pages for all the different pricing structures.

8. How do I change my subscription address?

Again, because CiSE is affiliated with two institutions, the contact information for address changes differs depending on society membership. If you are a member of the AIP, send address changes to If you are a member of the IEEE CS, write to Please allow eight weeks for your address change to take effect.

9. How can I contact the editorial office?

Contact lead editor Brian Kirk at If need be, he can forward you to our editor in chief, the administrative coordinator, or the magazine's content editor.

10. How should I submit an article to CiSE?

Please refer to our guidelines on Manuscript Central.

11. What sort of artwork should I submit with my article?

We like eye-catching, high-quality, color art to illustrate our articles and departments. We generally use electronic files in gif, jpg, tif, and eps formats. It is sometimes necessary to redraw diagrams, but we fully involve the author during that process.

12. When will my article be published?

If your article is scheduled to appear in a special theme issue, we can easily give you a specific publication date. However, if you're submitting an article for general publication, we'll have to give you a more approximate publication date. Also, keep in mind that the review process can take up to four months, which definitely affects when we can publish your article.

13. How much editing can I expect?

The amount of editing work varies from piece to piece. Please read our author and editorial guidelines for a full description of how we edit and the style we prefer for articles and departments. When a staff editor is assigned to you, he or she will work closely with you to make sure we achieve a balance between our house style and the way you'd like to present your work.

Contact Information

Computing in Science & Engineering
IEEE Computer Society Publications Office
10662 Los Vaqueros Circle
Los Alamitos, CA 90720-1314  USA
Voice: +1 (714) 821-8380
FAX: +1 (714) 821-4010

Lead Editor:
Brian Kirk, (handles letters to the editor, author queries, advertising questions)

Publications Coordinator
(handles Manuscript Central information, peer review, editorial board questions)



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