Peer Review—Magazines


Author Center

The Author Center provides details, organized alphabetically, of what IT Professional  magazine requires when submitting a manuscript for review. Please select from the menu below for information on:


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

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Accepted Manuscripts

You cannot submit materials for accepted articles through Manuscript Central. Your acceptance letter has more information.  If you have questions, contact the Administrator.

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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, Word, Postscript, and PDF.  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 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IEEE Computer Society magazines do not publish footnotes.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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How to contact us

IEEE Computer Society
10662 Los Vaqueros Circle
Los Alamitos, CA 90720
+1 714 821 8380

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All illustrations must be cited in the text, numbered, and have descriptive captions. Graphics should show only the coordinate axes (or at most the major grid lines) to avoid dense, hard-to-read illustration. 

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Keywords should closely reflect your topic and optimally characterize your manuscript.  IT Professional provides keywords 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. Manuscript Central can list expert reviewers in your topic area by keywords.

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  Login Instructions

Everyone who submits a manuscript must have a Manuscript Central 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 MC. 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 MC, or contact the Administrator.

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Manuscript numbers

A unique manuscript tracking number will be assigned to your manuscript. Please use it in all correspondence.

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Manuscript type and text


Regular manuscripts fit within the magazine's scope 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 please see our editorial calendar.


IT Professional is looking for succinct, practical, readable articles that will appeal to experts and nonexperts alike.

To fit in six magazine pages, your manuscript should not exceed 4,200 words (with no more than 20 references), including all text, bibliography, biographies, and table text. We ask for three illustrations; each counts as 300 words.  Any article that exceeds this word count might be rejected automatically without going through review. Include a title page containing your submission's title and the names, affiliations, and contact information for all coauthors.

Sample Article

Anatomy of the Information Security Workforce
January/February 2010 (vol. 12 no. 1)

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Review Process

Once you receive a confirmation letter from Manuscript Central, the Administrator will verify that your manuscript meets IT Professional's 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 of the magazine, it will be assigned to an editor.

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

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Concurrent Submission

We do not accept submissions to more than one publication at one time. If we determine that a manuscript has been submitted to another publication before IT Professional's review process is completed, we will automatically mark your manuscript as withdrawn.

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 is already in the system as a new submission.

We will immediately reject identical submissions.

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 IT Professional submission and a summary identifying the differences between the two. MC will instruct you on how to do this.

Please be aware that editors and reviewers check the submitted manuscript to determine whether it contains sufficient amount of new material added to warrant publication in IT Professional. New results are not required; however, the submission should contain expansions of key ideas, examples, elaborations, and so on. 

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

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Supplemental Material

Supplemental material includes videos in addition to your completed manuscript. We prefer that you submit this type of material after discussion with IT Professional's Administrator.

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Uploading Instructions

Detailed information on uploading manuscripts is available. The system requires authors to proof their files before completing the uploading process.

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