Peer Review—Magazines

Author Resources


The IEEE Annals of the History of Computing serves as the archival journal for the history of computing. Its contents include historical papers and records concerned with the international computing and information processing field, and information on the heritage of the computing and information processing field for scholarly and educational purposes. Annals is managed by an Editor in Chief, chosen by the Computer Society who works with an appointed Editorial Board of scholars and practitioners. In addition to scholarly papers and practitioner's memoirs, Annals has departments which contain biographies, reviews, anecdotes, and current events of importance to computer historians.

Prospective authors are strongly encouraged to visit the Author Center for more information about submitting an article for publication.


Manuscript Submissions and Guidelines

The IEEE Computer Society uses a secure, Web-based manuscript submission and peer-review tracking system called Manuscript Central. Please use this system to upload your electronic submission. First-time users will need to create an account. The site provides detailed instructions on usage.

Style and Editing

All manuscripts submitted must be original. Articles published, either completely or in significant part, in other magazines or journals will not be considered for publication. Authors are responsible for securing all necessary clearances, including reprint rights, for any materials reproduced from other papers or articles. All copyrights must be clearly identified.

We do not allow plagiarism. If you use someone else's concepts, put them in your own words and reference the original source. Material taken word for word-or only marginally modified-from other publications must be put in quotes, identified as someone else's words, and referenced; this includes illustrations and tabular data.

All articles should be comprehensible to readers outside the specialty of the article, that is, to people interested in the history of computing generally.

Each accepted manuscript must have sufficient introductory material; at least 10 percent of its total length should be of a tutorial nature. A brief literature survey will not be considered as satisfying this requirement. The tutorial section should include material describing early background that predates the event or activity to be described, the state of the art at the time, a brief overview of the subsequent history, and an evaluation of the impact of this event or activity on the field of computing.

To improve readability, the material should be augmented by suitable tables, drawings, charts, or photographs.

Before publication, staff editors edit all articles to meet house style and space constraints. You can expect to work closely with the editorial staff in the three to four months before the publication date; please advise us in advance of any scheduling conflicts. This interaction increases clarity, conciseness, and conformity with Annals' style.


A good guideline for articles is 8,000 words or less, including all text, the abstract, keywords, bibliography, biographies, and table text. Each table and figure is counted as 200 words (to account for white space needed). Include a title page containing your submission's title and the names, affiliations, and contact information for all authors. From time to time we do publish papers longer than 8,000; write to us to discuss this possibility.

Memoirs, which discuss an individual's life, career, and accomplishments may be of any length, but usually do not exceed 6,400 words, including photographs and other materials.

Materials intended for departments, such as Anecdotes, typically range from 1,500 words to 4,000 words. Department articles cannot be uploaded to Manuscript Central. Please submit them to the appropriate department editor.


Contact Information

Contact David Walden with proposals for editorial coverage.

David Walden, Acting Editor in Chief
IEEE Annals of the History of Computing

IEEE Annals of the History of Computing
10662 Los Vaqueros Circle
Los Alamitos, CA 90720-1264
phone (714) 821-8380
fax (714) 821-4010

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