Peer Review—Magazines



Author Center

The Author Center provides details, organized alphabetically, on what IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications magazine requires when submitting a manuscript for review. Please select from the menu below for information:


The abstract should be no more than 150 words and should describe the overall focus of your manuscript.

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Accepted Manuscripts

You cannot submit materials for accepted articles through ScholarOne. Your acceptance letter will have more information in this regard. If you have any questions, you may contact the Administrator.

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Send a biographical sketch of each author with the final, accepted manuscript. In 60 words or less, the bio should list current position, technical interests, education, professional honors, professional affiliations (optional), and contact address.

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Contributing Authors

Please list all authors who contributed to your manuscript. If necessary, you may change the list of contributing authors when you upload a revised version.

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File Types

We accept plain text (ASCII), MS Word, RTF, Postscript, and PDF. Any file that you upload to ScholarOne will convert into a PDF.

Our system has size limitations on individual files. Please do not attempt to upload a file larger than 20 MB.

Set the paper size in your text document to 8 1/2 inches wide by 11 inches high, rather than A4. Margins should be at least one inch on the left and right and at least 1.5 inches from the top and bottom. Your manuscript must have page numbers on every page, at least one inch from the bottom of each page.

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IEEE Computer Society magazines do not publish footnotes. Please do not include footnotes in your submission.

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All illustrations must be cited in the text, numbered, and have descriptive captions. Graphs should show only the coordinates (or at most the major grid lines) to avoid a dense, hard-to-read illustration. Detailed graphics guidelines are available here. If your article is accepted, be prepared to submit separate files for each figure. Please label the files Figure1, 2, and etc. If the images have multiple parts, please label the files Figure1, 1a, 1b, and etc. Please send only the images that are in the article.

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Image Permissions

It is the author's responsibility to ensure that he/she has permission to publish images in print and online in our digital library. If the author did not create the image, he/she must acquire permission from the owner of the image. We cannot publish an image without the consent of the image's owner. If any figures in your article are from other colleagues or companies, please send the Administrator , written or email approval from the owner(s) granting permission to IEEE Computer Society to publish the image(s) or figure(s) in IEEE CG&A and as part of our subscription-based digital library.

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We recommend that you enter a minimum of two keywords when uploading your manuscript. Expert reviewers in your topic area are linked to your manuscript by keywords.

Keywords should closely reflect your topic and optimally characterize your manuscript. 

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Login Instructions

Everyone who submits a manuscript must have a ScholarOne account.

If you have previously volunteered in any capacity for the IEEE Computer Society, you should have an account. If you are unsure if you have an account, please enter your email address into the Password Help feature. You will receive an email with your user ID and password if you have an account.

If you do not have an account, click on Create Account link, which is located in the top-right section of the login page of Manuscript Central. All required fields must be completed. You will receive an email with your user ID and password. Please note your user ID and password.

Also, if you anticipate that you will need to be notified at two email addresses, please include the second email address (CC).

If you have technical difficulties with your account, please contact Support by clicking the "Get Help Now" link, which is located in the top-right section of the login page of Manuscript Central, or contact the Administrator.

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Manuscript Number

A unique manuscript tracking number will be assigned to your manuscript and should be used in correspondence with the Administrator.

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Manuscript Category and Text Length


Regular manuscripts fit within the scope of the magazine but are not submitted for a special issue. 

Special issue manuscripts cover a specific topic scheduled on our editorial calendar. Please be sure to select the appropriate special issue title (manuscript type) when uploading your manuscript.

For more information and to see upcoming special issue topics, see our Editorial Calendar.

Text Length

CG&A is looking for succinct, practical, readable articles that will appeal to experts and nonexperts alike.  IEEE magazine articles are being set and laid out by editorial staff after acceptance of the manuscript. Therefore, adherence to any particular template for manuscript submission beyond following the subsequent guidelines is not necessary.

Your article should not exceed 10 pages, which equates to approximately 8,000 words. This includes all text, the abstract, keywords, references, biographies, the table text, references, and figures (each figure accounts for approximately 300 words). Any article that significantly exceeds this page count may be rejected automatically without going through the review process. In order to stay within the allowed number of pages, you might want to limit your number of references and figures (for instance, about 12 references and 10 figures). Include a title page containing your submission's title and the names, affiliations, and contact information for all authors. 

We also encourage authors to solicit short sidebars to accompany their articles from people using their product or technique. The goal is to explain to readers how the concept is applied. Authors could also write a short explanation of how their techniques could be applied if they have not already done so as part of the article.

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Review Process

Once you receive a confirmation letter from ScholarOne, the Administrator will verify that your manuscript meets CG&A's word length requirements and will forward your manuscript to the editor in chief for an initial review. If the EIC finds that your manuscript is within the scope of the magazine, it will be assigned to reviewers.

Reviewers are chosen to review manuscripts based on their area(s) of expertise. 

You can log in to ScholarOne and check the status of your manuscript anytime during the process. Normally, you will receive a final decision within two to four months.

Only about 25 percent of all manuscripts submitted to CG&A are published, and the manuscripts we publish generally receive very positive reviews.

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Concurrent Submissions

We do not allow submission to more than one publication at one time. If we determine that a manuscript has been submitted to another publication before CG&A's review process is completed, your manuscript will immediately be rejected.

Duplicate Submissions

We do NOT accept duplicate submissions of manuscripts. Please do NOT attempt to enter or upload a modified version of a manuscript that's already in the system as a new submission.

Identical submissions will be immediately rejected.

Preliminary/Conference Version(s)

If any portion of your submission has appeared or will appear in a conference proceedings, please include a copy of your previously published manuscript along with your CG&A submission and a summary of changes identifying the differences between the two. (ScholarOne will instruct you on how to do this.) The paper you are submitting to CG&A should differ from your previously published material by at least 25 percent.

Please be aware that editors and reviewers are required to check the submitted manuscript to determine whether a sufficient amount of new material has been added to warrant publication. The IEEE Computer Society's guidelines are that authors should only submit original work that has neither appeared elsewhere for publication, nor which is under review for another refereed publication. If authors have used their own previously published material as a basis for a new submission, they are required to cite the previous work(s) and very clearly indicate how the new submission offers substantively novel or different contributions beyond those of the previously published work(s). Any manuscript not meeting this criteria will be rejected. Copies of any previous published work affiliated with the new submission must also be included as supportive documentation on submission.

If you have questions regarding this policy, please contact the Administrator.

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Supplemental Material

Supplemental material includes multimedia (videos, podcasts, and so on) in addition to your completed manuscript. All supplemental material must be submitted as separate files and must not be included in the same PDF file as the main paper submission. We recommend files not exceed 50 MB. Files larger than this might be returned for modification to make them smaller. If you are submitting a video or audio file, please include a text file with a description of your supplemental material.  Please contact CG&A'Administrator if you have any questions or concerns regarding your supplemental material.

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Uploading Instructions

Detailed information on uploading your manuscript is available. The system requires you to proof your files before completing the uploading process.

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