Peer Review—Magazines


 

Author Center

The Author Center provides details, organized alphabetically, on what IEEE Intelligent Systems  magazine requires when submitting a manuscript for review. Please select a topic from the menu below or scroll down to the topic.

Abstract and Keywords
Accepted Manuscripts
Audience
Author Biographies and Photos
Contact Information
Content
Contributing Authors
Copyright Information
Departments
Editing
File Types
Footnotes

Illustrations and Graphics
Length
Logging in to ScholarOne
Manuscript Numbers
Manuscript Types
Mathematical Equations and Logical Proofs
References
Review Process
Submitting Manuscripts
Supplemental Material
Uploading Instructions

Abstract and Keywords

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

Keywords should closely reflect your topic and optimally characterize your manuscript.  IEEE Intelligent Systems provides keywords that are taken from the ACM taxonomy. (This is an extended version of the ACM Computing Classification System Copyright ©2003 ACM, used with permission.)

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.

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Accepted Manuscripts

You cannot submit materials for accepted articles through ScholarOne. Your acceptance letter has more information.  If you have questions contact the publications administrator.

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Audience

IEEE Intelligent Systems, a bimonthly publication of the IEEE Computer Society, reaches an international audience of professionals involved in the production, application, and validation of systems that perceive, reason, learn, and act intelligently. Our readers are particularly interested in novel tools, techniques, concepts, and current R&D activities that can lead to use in real-world applications.

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Author Biographies and Photos

Articles should be accompanied by a short biographical sketch containing, in the following order, your current position, affiliation, and technical interests, highest degree received (including the area of study and the name of the institution), related professional affiliations, and postal and email addresses.

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Contact information

IEEE Intelligent Systems
c/o IEEE Computer Society
10662 Los Vaqueros Circle
Los Alamitos, CA 90720
USA
+1 714 821 8380
isystems@computer.org

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Content

IEEE Intelligent Systems emphasizes current practice and experience and promising new ideas that are likely to be used in the near future. We welcome articles on topics across the spectrum of related work. Example topics include

  • knowledge-based systems,
  • intelligent software agents,
  • natural language processing,
  • knowledge management,
  • machine learning,
  • data mining,
  • adaptive and intelligent robotics,
  • the Semantic Web, and
  • social issues relevant to intelligent systems

Articles describing technically significant work at specific companies, laboratories, and university environments are welcome. The intent is to provide the reader information on advances in the areas listed above, specifics on novel features and applications, discussions of limitations and failures, and an awareness of the trends in this rapidly evolving area. We also welcome tutorials, surveys, case studies, and guided tours through projects, designs, and algorithms.

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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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Copyright Information

We assume that articles submitted to us are for our exclusive use and will be published under the IEEE copyright. At least one author must sign a release form transferring copyright to the IEEE (excepting certain key rights retained by the authors) before we can publish an article. The author must secure all necessary copyright clearances. For more information and an online copy of the form, see www.computer.org/copyright.htm.

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Editing

After your paper has been accepted, it will be edited by IEEE Intelligent Systems' staff editors (see our Editing Philosophy). Editing includes copy editing (grammar, punctuation, and capitalization), style editing (conformance to Computer Society magazine style, which might differ from the style of other publishers), and content editing (flow, meaning, clarity, directness, and organization).

The final editing will be a collaborative process in which you and the IEEE Intelligent Systems staff editors work together to achieve a concise, well-worded article. The editing process begins eight to 10 weeks before publication and takes two to three weeks, so advise us of any scheduling conflicts.

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File Types

We accept Word, plain text, Postscript, and PDF files. Any file that you upload to Manuscript Central will convert into a PDF.

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

Set the paper size in your text document to 8 1/2 inches wide by 11 inches high, rather than A4.

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Footnotes

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

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Illustrations and Graphics

All illustrations must be cited in the text, numbered, and have descriptive captions. Graphics should show only the coordinated axes (or at most the major grid lines) to avoid dense, hard-to-read illustrations.  Detailed graphics guidelines are available here. If your article is accepted, be prepared to submit separate files for each figure.

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Length

Articles range from four (4) to eight (8) magazine pages. The total word count must be 2,800 to 5,400 words, including all text, figures, tables, sidebars, bios, and references, and counting each figure and table as 200 additional words (Note: The magazine admin will calculate the caption text & figure and/or table word count on the author's behalf upon submission into ScholarOne Manuscripts). References are limited to the most relevant 10, except in survey articles that discuss a wide range of research.

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Logging in to ScholarOne

The IEEE Computer Society now employs a secure, Web-based manuscript submission and peer-review tracking system called ScholarOne for all article submissions to IEEE Intelligent Systems. The site itself provides detailed instructions on usage. This tool significantly reduces the time required for peer review

NOTE: Please disable the popup blocker in your browser before accessing ScholarOne.

Everyone who submits a manuscript must have a ScholarOne account.

If you have previously volunteered in any capacity for the IEEE Computer Society, ScholarOne has emailed you or will email you a login and temporary password. If you do not know or have forgotten your password, please use the 'Password Help' function on the site log in page.  Try to avoid creating a duplicate account.

If you haven't volunteered with the IEEE Computer Society or haven't received a new-user email, then click on CREATE ACCOUNT.  The required fields must be completed in order to continue the process.

Also, if you anticipate that you'll need to be notified at two email addresses, please include the 2nd email address (Primary CC).

If you have technical difficulties with your account, please contact Support by clicking the Get Help Now button in the upper-right corner of your screen.

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Manuscript numbers

A unique manuscript tracking number will be assigned to your manuscript and should be used when corresponding with the publications administrator.

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Manuscript types

IEEE Intelligent Systems is looking for succinct, practical, readable articles that will appeal to experts and nonexperts alike.

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 issue (manuscript type) when uploading your manuscript.

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

Department  manuscripts cover industry and research news and issue-oriented pieces on the social and economic effects of intelligent systems and related technologies. Material in these departments is less formal than in the feature articles, and the topics and the author's approach should appeal to a more general audience. For more information on departments, click here.

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Mathematical Equations and Logical Proofs

Because IEEE Intelligent Systems is a technical magazine and not an archival journal, we strongly encourage authors to limit the number of mathematical equations and logical proofs in their articles.

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References

Please number your references in the order in which they appear. Articles should at most have 15 references—sometimes more in well-justified situations such as survey or tutorial pieces. Cite only published or scheduled-for-publication material that the public can easily access. Avoid listing multiple references for standards or methodologies that are well known to the community and IEEE Intelligent System’s readership. Citations must include full publication information—for articles, this means listing all authors, the article name, the publication’s full name, the volume and issue number (or the month), the year of publication, and the pages cited. For conference proceedings, we need the article and the proceedings titles, the publisher, the year of publication, and the pages cited (examples appear in the CS Style Guide).

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Review Process

Once you receive a confirmation letter from ScholarOne, the publications administrator will verify that your manuscript meets IEEE Intelligent Systems' word length requirements and forward your manuscript to the editor in chief for an initial review.  If the editor in chief finds that your manuscript is within the magazine's scope, it will be assigned to an editor.

Reviewers are chosen to review manuscripts on the basis of their expertise. 

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

Only about 25 percent of all manuscripts submitted to IEEE Intelligent Systems are published, and the manuscripts we publish generally receive very positive reviews.

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Submitting Manuscripts

The IEEE Computer Society employs a secure, Web-based manuscript submission and peer-review tracking system. Authors who wish to submit to IEEE Intelligent Systems must use ScholarOne to upload their submission to this all-electronic system. The first-time user must create a new account. The site itself provides detailed instructions on use.

NOTE: Please disable the popup blocker in your browser before accessing ScholarOne.

Authors can request that the manuscript be refereed anonymously. Normally, the review process will not exceed four months. You will be advised of the outcome by the editor in chief.

If your article is accepted for publication, you will be asked to supply an editable file (MS Word, ASCII, or LaTeX) and a PDF or PostScript file of the final revised draft to the publications administrator.

In addition, you will be asked to execute a release transferring copyright to the IEEE, excepting certain key rights retained by the author. No article will be published until a completed copyright form has been received.

Concurrent Submission

We don't allow submission to more than one publication at one time. If we determine that a manuscript has been submitted to another publication before IEEE Intelligent Systems' review process is completed, your manuscript will be immediately rejected.

Duplicate Submissions

We don't accept duplicate submissions of manuscripts.  Please don't 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 Versions

If any portion of your submission has appeared or will appear in a conference, workshop, or another periodical (including other IEEE Computer Society magazines & transactions), please include a copy of your previously published manuscript along with your IEEE Intelligent Systems submission and a summary of changes identifying the differences between the two.

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 submit only original work that hasn't appeared elsewhere for publication or isn't under review for another refereed publication. If authors have used their own previously published material as a basis for a new submission, they must cite the previous works and clearly indicate how the new submission offers substantively novel or different contributions beyond those of the previously published works. 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 upon submission.

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

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Supplemental Material

Supplemental material includes videos and extra graphics in addition to your completed manuscript. We prefer that you submit this type of material after discussion with IEEE Intelligent Systems' publications administrator.

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Uploading Instructions

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

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