Peer Review—Magazines

Pervasive Computing


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Conduct of the referee
Do's and don'ts
How to contact us
Manuscript text requirements
Preliminary/conference version
Review process 

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

Conduct of the referee

To guarantee fairness to the author, the reviewer for a paper submitted to the IEEE Computer Society should abide by a number of guidelines including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Respond within the allotted time.
  • Provide sound, constructive reviews.
  • Assume that papers submitted for publication are not meant to be public.
  • Do not use material from a paper you have refereed.
  • Do not share material from a paper you have refereed with others.
  • Do not distribute copies of a paper you have been asked to referee unless the material is already public.
  • Tell the associate editor, guest editor, and editor in chief if there are any conflicts of interest involved in refereeing a paper.

Do's and don'ts


  • Keep your review objective.
  • Pay attention to organization and technical content by commenting on the technical significance and accuracy of the work.
  • Identify and note the type of manuscript (research, tutorial, survey, or case study).
  • Comment on the appropriateness of methods, analyses, results, and conclusions.
  • Suggest specific improvements; identify specific areas that can be removed.
  • Recognize that IEEE Pervasive Computing has a word limit of 6,000 words, including 250 words for each figure and table.
  • Look at the references for appropriateness; IEEE Pervasive Computing generally accepts 10–15 maximum.
  • Reject manuscripts that require extensive revision.
  • Reject manuscripts with trivial or insignificant results and minor contributions to the subject area even if they are well written.


  • Review manuscripts you find personally objectionable.
  • Review manuscripts that are not interesting to you.
  • Correct grammar, spelling, and voice. Accepted articles will be edited.
  • Identify yourself or your own work.
  • Include personal comments and biases about the author and subject matter.
  • Reject manuscripts that require simple reorganization.
  • Reject large papers that try to do too much. Instead, point out which parts are most important and describe how to revise the manuscript to give it focus.

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How to contact us

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The keywords linked to each paper are taken from the ACM taxonomy. (This is an extended version of the ACM Computing Classification System; Copyright ©2003 ACM, used with permission.) Keywords should closely reflect the topic of the paper and optimally characterize it. They link papers to appropriate reviewers. You should add other keywords if you feel they help to further identify the paper's topic.

We encourage you to enter a minimum of two keywords that reflect your expertise when updating your User Information in Manuscript Central. There is no upper limit.

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Manuscript text requirement

Articles submitted to IEEE Pervasive Computing should not exceed 6,000 words, including all text, the abstract, keywords, bibliography, biographies, and table text. The word count should include 250 words for each table and figure.

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Preliminary/conference version

If the author provided a previously published conference paper, please check the submission to determine whether a sufficient amount of new material has been added to warrant publication in IEEE Pervasive Computing. New results are not required; however, the submission should contain expansions of key ideas, examples, elaborations, and so on, of the conference paper.

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Review process

You may use the public comments section of the review form to address the author about his or her submission.

We hope that you'll be able to submit your review within the given time frame assigned by the magazine assistant (normally 3 weeks). The complete review process varies from four to six months, and your timely participation is integral to helping us meet our goals.

The peer review process allows IEEE Computer Society publications to continually present the highest-quality articles to its readers and maintain our reputation for quality and integrity. We appreciate your willingness to volunteer your time and expertise on behalf of IEEE Pervasive Computing.

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