Peer Review—Magazines


Author Center

The Author Center provides details, organized alphabetically, of what IEEE Micro 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 (MC). 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 (ASCII) , Word, Postscript, and PDF.  Files 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IEEE Computer Society magazines do not publish footnotes.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.  If your article is accepted, be prepared to submit separate files for each figure.

We work best with vector images (i.e., figures whose elements can be selected individually) if gridlines are to be placed behind graphs. A vector image/element will appear perfectly smooth at maximum zoom and the file will have an extension of .eps, .ai, .ps, or .pdf .

Rasterized images can be used, but "re-touching" graphs in order to place gridlines behind them or making other types of changes can become very time-consuming.  You can generally tell if you're working on a rasterized image if, when you zoom in to the maximum, you can see "jagged" edges around the artwork.  Placing a rasterized image inside of a .pdf or saving a rasterized image as an .eps file does not make them vector images, nor does simply changing the file extension. 

Figures originally built in Illustrator, Word, or PowerPoint (without placed rasterized images inside of them) will tend to produce vector elements.  Supplying these native files in lieu of an .eps, .ps, or .pdf file would be preferable to a .tif, rasterized .eps, or a rasterized image placed within a .pdf file.  Layered Photoshop files (.psd) are preferred over "flattened" .tif or rasterized .eps files.

Figures should be submitted at or larger than the size they will appear in the journal at an acceptable resolution.  (Enlarging a rasterized figure to meet any sort of required size will decrease its resolution.)

Our printer, Allen Press, prints at 1200 dpi, so for rasterized line-shots & greyscale images, this is the optimal resolution.

200 dpi is the minimum acceptable resolution for any figure.

If a 200 dpi figure is enlarged, the resolution will drop below what is acceptable/preferred.

A minimum of 600 dpi is preferred for color figures and 900 dpi for color figures with small text (approximately less than 16pt).

Additional information about preparing your figure files for Allen Press specifications can be found at

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Keywords should closely reflect your topic and optimally characterize your manuscript. IEEE Micro 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 by keyword.

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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

The system will assign a unique manuscript tracking number 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.


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

Your article should not exceed 5,000 words, including all text, the abstract, keywords, bibliography, biographies, table text, and figures (each figure counts for 250 words). Any article that exceeds this word count might be rejected automatically without going through the review process. Include a title page containing your submission's title and the names, affiliations, and contact information for all coauthors.

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Please number your references in the order in which they appear. On average, an article should have no more than 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 Micro'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, issue number, month, and year of publication, and the pages cited. For conference proceedings, we need all authors' names, the article and proceedings titles, the proceedings publisher's name (not the conference's location), 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 Manuscript Central, the Administrator will verify that your manuscript meets IEEE Micro'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, 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 allow submission to more than one publication at one time. If we determine that you have submitted a manuscript has been submitted to another publication before IEEE Micro's review process is completed, we will automatically mark 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 IEEE Micro submission and a summary identifying the differences between the two. MC will instruct you how to do this.

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 upon submission.

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 IEEE Micro's Administrator.

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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 upload process.

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Additional information about preparing your figure files can be found at

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