Magazine Peer Review

Peer review information for Magazine Authors

 

 

Abstract, keywords, and taxonomy


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

Keywords should closely reflect your topic, selecting from the provided 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-three keywords when uploading your manuscript. Expert reviewers in your topic area are assigned to your manuscript by keywords.

 

 

Author biographies


Annals

Send a black-and-white digital photograph of each author, no smaller than passport size, and a biographical sketch of each author with the final, accepted manuscript. In 60 words or less, the bio should list current position, technical interests, education, professional honors, professional affiliations (optional), and contact address.

Cloud Computing

Articles should be accompanied by a short biographical sketch and author photo. The sketch should contain, in the following order, your current position and affiliation; current research interests; highest academic degree, area of study, and institution; professional affiliations; and postal and email addresses. The photo should be submitted as a high-resolution (300-dpi if possible) TIFF, or JPEG file.

Computer

Manuscripts accepted for publication should be accompanied by a brief biographical sketch for each author. Biographical information should include only the following information: Current title or position, up to three research interests, highest academic degree, discipline in which the degree was awarded, granting institution, membership in relevant professional societies (such as the IEEE Computer Society and the ACM), and e-mail address.


CG&A

Send a biographical sketch of each author with the final, accepted manuscript. In 60 words or less, the bio should list current position, technical interests, education, professional honors, professional affiliations (optional), and contact address.

IS

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.

MultiMedia

Send a biographical sketch of each author with the final, accepted manuscript. In 60 words or less, the bio should list current position, technical interests, education, professional honors, professional affiliations (optional), and contact address.


Pervasive Computing

Articles should be accompanied by a short biographical sketch and author photo. The sketch should contain, in the following order, your current position and affiliation; current research interests; highest academic degree, area of study, and institution; professional affiliations; and postal and email addresses. The photo should be submitted as a high-resolution (300-dpi if possible) TIFF, or JPEG file.


Software

Articles should be accompanied by a short biographical sketch. It should contain, in the following order, your current position and technical interests, prior applicable professional experience, education, professional affiliations, and address.

 

 

Copyright Information

 

Articles submitted to us must be published under the IEEE copyright.  At least one author must sign a release form transferring copyright to the IEEE before we can publish an article. The author must secure all necessary copyright clearances. Refer to the IEEE Computer Society copyright information page for additional information.

 

 

Derivative work, concurrent and multiple submissions

  • We don't accept articles under review by another publication.
  • We don't accept papers that have been published elsewhere, whether in other periodicals, books, edited volumes, or formal proceedings, and whether in print or digital form.
  • We expect the authors to disclose any derivative works and their sources.
  • Failure to disclose multiple related submissions or derivative works may result in IEEE publication sanctions against the authors.
  • For more information, refer to the relevant IEEE policies.

We do not allow submission to more than one publication at one time. If we determine that a manuscript has been submitted to another publication before the review process is completed, your manuscript will be rejected.

 

 

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. Identical submissions will be immediately withdrawn.

 

 

Editing
 

Articles should be understandable to a broad range of developers who want information they can apply in their daily work. Writing should be down-to-earth, practical, original, and comprehensible to all readers, regardless of their specialty. Don't assume that your audience has specialized experience in any particular subfield. Explain terms and concepts and avoid jargon and academic language.

Use active instead of passive voice ("We discovered ..." rather than "It was discovered ...") and straightforward declarative sentences. In an introduction of two to three paragraphs, tell what the article is about and why this topic is significant. Avoid repetition of results and signposting (indications of what will follow or references to previous or subsequent sections). If you must use acronyms, define each one on its first appearance. When you mention a person in the text, include the full name on first reference and only the last name subsequently. Conclusions should not summarize but instead outline future goals or lessons learned. We allow footnotes only when essential in tables; otherwise, extra notes are placed in parentheses in the text.

Once we accept your article for publication, staff editors will work with you to prepare the article to meet our style requirements, editing it according to our requirements regarding length, presentation, grammar, and style.  Editing includes copy editing (grammar, punctuation, and capitalization), style editing (conformance to the Computer Society magazines' house style), and content editing (flow, meaning, clarity, directness, and organization). We are happy to correct any errors inadvertently introduced during the editing process but must adhere to our style guidelines for consistency throughout the magazine. The editing process begins four to ten weeks before publication and takes approximately two to three weeks.




 

File types
 

Formatting

We accept Word, plain text, Postscript, and PDF files. Any file that you upload to ScholarOne Manuscripts will convert into a PDF. Do not submit outlines or abstracts.  If you want feedback on an abstract, email it to the magazine administator.

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.

Putting the article in context

We encourage Further Reading lists, lists of important URLs, and Related Work sidebars to help readers understand the context, relevance, and significance of your work.

 

 

Footnotes


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

 

 

Illustrations, graphs, and multimedia

 

We strongly encourage the use of visual presentation of your ideas. All illustrations must be submitted inline, cited in the text, numbered, and accompanied by descriptive, clear, and complete captions. Graphs 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 for your reference.  We also encourage the use of code fragments to illustrate important ideas or techniques. They may be inserted inline or treated as figures. If your article is accepted, be prepared to submit separate files for each figure. Please provide high-quality, high-resolution files for best results; original source files are preferred.

We often redraw line art to conform to other figures in the magazine. See our graphics guidelines for full details on resolution and file formats.

Supplemental material might include videos, extra graphics, and extended code samples. We prefer that you submit this type of material after discussion with magazines' administrator.


 

 

Length

 

Annals

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).

Cloud Computing

Feature articles range from five to eight magazine pages, including all figures, tables, and sidebars, and references. This is 4,000 to 6,000 words (counting a standard figure or table as 250 words). References are limited to the most relevant 15, except in survey articles that discuss a wide range of research.

Computer

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

Feature articles shouldn't exceed 6,000 words (minimum 4,500 words), including text, bibliography, and author biographies. Columns shouldn't exceed 2,500 words (minimum 1,500 words), including text, author biographies, and table text. Each figure and table is counted, on average, as 300 words. Any article that exceeds these word counts may be rejected automatically without going through the review process. Article titles shouldn't exceed nine words.

CG&A

Articles submitted to IEEE CG&A should not exceed 8,000 words, including all text, the abstract, keywords, bibliography, biographies, and table text. The maximum number of figures should not exceed 10.

CiSE

Articles submitted to Computing in Science & Engineering should run between 2,400 to 7,200 words, including all main body, abstract, keyword, bibliography, biography, and table text. The word count should include 250 words for each table and figure.

IC

Articles submitted to IEEE Internet Computing should not exceed 5,000 words, including all text, the abstract, keywords, bibliography, biographies, and table text. The word count should include 250 words for each table and figure.

IS

Articles submitted to IEEE Intelligent Systems should be between 3,000 and 7,500 words, including all text, the abstract, keywords, bibliography, biographies, and table text. The word count should include 200 words for each table and figure. The normal limit for references is 10.

ITPro

Articles submitted to IT Pro should not exceed 5,000 words, including all text, the abstract, keywords, bibliography, biographies, and table text. The maximum number of figures should not exceed 6.

Micro

Manuscripts must not exceed 5,000 words (with each average-size figure counting as 150 words toward this limit), including a maximum of 12 references, as well as tables, figures with captions, and biographies.

MultiMedia

Articles submitted to IEEE MultiMedia should not exceed 6,500 words, including all text, the abstract, keywords, bibliography, biographies, and table text. The word count should include 200 words for each table and figure.

Pervasive Computing

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.

S&P

Articles submitted to IEEE Security & Privacy should run between 4,900 to 7,200 words, including all main body, abstract, keyword, bibliography, biography, and table text. The word count should include 250 words for each table and figure.

Software

Articles submitted to IEEE Software  should not exceed 4,700 words, including all text, the abstract, keywords, bibliography, biographies, and table text. The word count should include 200 words for each table and figure.

 

 

Login instructions

 

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

Everyone who submits a manuscript must have a ScholarOne Manuscripts account. If you have previously volunteered in any capacity for the IEEE Computer Society, ScholarOne Manuscripts 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 login page. Please avoid creating a duplicate account.

If you have not volunteered with the IEEE Computer Society or received a new-user email, then click on "Register Here" button on the login page.  The required fields must be completed to continue the process.

Also, if you anticipate that you will need to be notified at two email addresses, include the second email address (Primary CC).

If you have technical difficulties with your account, contact the magazine's administrator.






Review Process

 

We solicit peer reviews from at least three individuals both inside and outside the manuscript's specialty. Reviewers are assigned to manuscripts based on their expertise. Reviews are used as the basis for acceptance and content revisions. The editor in chief makes the final decision regarding publication. Only about 25 percent of all manuscripts submitted to our magazines are accepted, and the manuscripts we publish generally receive very positive reviews.

The length of the review process varies between papers, and many factors affect the time it takes to review a paper. The time it takes for an associate editor to be assigned, and for available, qualified reviewers to be located, depends on the complexity and the type of material submitted for review. Each publication makes a concerted effort to keep the review time to a minimum that is consistent with keeping the publications reputation for quality and integrity. Each submission placed into review is sent to at least three reviewers, making one submission correspond to roughly three review requests. The review process for our magazines may take approximately six months to be completed.



Preliminary/conference version(s)


All manuscripts submitted must be original. Articles published (completely or in significant part) in other magazines or journals will not be considered for publication.   We will consider papers published in conference proceedings if they contain important or interesting new results, but they will be reviewed again by the magazine's reviewers, independent of the conference's reviewing process. If a manuscript has been published or is being considered for publication elsewhere, the author must include that information in the submission cover letter and provide a brief description of the differences between the submitted manuscript and the preliminary version(s).  

If any portion of your submission has previously appeared in or will appear in a conference proceeding, you should notify us at the time of submitting, make sure that the submission references the conference publication, and supply a copy of the conference version(s) to our office. Please also provide a brief description of the differences between the submitted manuscript and the preliminary version(s).  You must select the appropriate designation for the files during the submission process in order to assist the editors and reviewers with differentiating between the files.

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. Section 8.2.1.B.9 of the IEEE Publication Services and Products Board Operations (PSPB) Manual specifies that authors should only submit original work that has neither appeared elsewhere for publication, nor which is under review for another refereed publication. If you have used your own previously published material as a basis for a new submission, then you are required to cite the previous work(s) and clearly indicate how the new submission offers substantively novel or different contributions beyond those of the previously published work(s). In addition, if you intend to submit a conference version of your paper to a conference after submitting to the IEEE Computer Society, you must state your intention to submit in your cover letter and provide a copy of the conference paper upon submission to the conference.  You will also need to provide a brief description of the differences between the submitted manuscript and the conference version(s).  Any manuscript not meeting this criteria will be rejected. Copies of any previously published work affiliated with the new submission must also be included as supportive documentation upon submission.




References

 

Please number your references in the order in which they appear.  On average, an article should have 10–20 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 the magazine'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, year of publication, and the pages cited. For conference proceedings, we need the article and the proceedings titles, the name of the proceedings publisher, the year of publication, and the pages cited (examples appear in the CS Style Guide).
 

Computer
Feature articles should contain no more than 12 references to other published works. Authors should include a References section at the end of their manuscript, with citations listed in numerical order following the sequence in which the works are cited in the text.  Sidebars can contain additional references; these shouldn't duplicate any of the citations in the References section at the end of the article. Columns in Computer don't have a References section; a limited number of references may be included parenthetically in the text. Important websites mentioned in all feature articles and columns should be followed by the URL, in parentheses, upon first use.

1. the author's name, the full title of the work, the publisher, the date of publication, and, in the case of articles or chapters within a work, inclusive page numbers. If page numbers aren't available or the work cited hasn't been formally published, a URL must be provided so that readers can access the work online.

IC
IC does not accept "blanket" citations for general statements, but authors should properly reference concepts, quotations, tables, and artwork taken from other sources.  For conference proceedings, we need the title of the article and the proceedings, the name of the proceedings publisher (not the conference's location), the year of publication, and the pages cited.

 

 

How to Contact Us

 

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


Computer, computer-ma@computer.org
Computing in Science & Engineering, cise@computer.org
IEEE Annals, annals-ma@computer.org
IEEE Cloud Computing, cloudreview@allenpress.com
IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, cga-ma@computer.org
IEEE Intelligent Systems, isystems@computer.org
IEEE Internet Computing, internet@computer.org
IEEE Micro, micro-ma@computer.org
IEEE Multimedia, mm-ma@computer.org
IEEE Pervasive Computing, pervasive@computer.org
IEEE Security & Privacy, security@computer.org
IEEE Software, software@computer.org
IT Professional, itpro-ma@computer.org

 

 

 

Submission prescreening process

 

All IEEE Computer Society publications adhere to the prescreening process as outlined in the IEEE Publication Services and Products Board (PSPB) Operations Manual, Section 8.2.2.A.3 regarding prescreening of articles by editors.

Note that “minimum technical content” is defined as what is normally understood as such by the publication's community.

Peer review information for Magazine Editors

 

 

 

How to Use ScholarOne Manuscripts

 

If you need your user ID and/or password, or have any problems using ScholarOne Manuscripts, please contact the magazine administrator.

ScholarOne Manuscripts movie tutorials (especially numbers 5 and 8) are available to help you navigate through the system.  As an editor, you are responsible for understanding and helping us implement our peer-review policies and procedures.

 

 

Concurrent (or Dual) Submissions


Submissions to IEEE Computer Society  publications must represent original material. We discourage submitting to more than one publication at one time. If it is determined that a submission (a) has already appeared in anything more than a conference proceedings, or (b) appears in or will appear in a submission to any other publication before the editorial process at is completed, we will reject the submission.

Submissions are accepted for review with the understanding that the same work has been neither submitted to, nor published in, another journal. Concurrent submission to other publications and this magazine is viewed as a serious breach of ethics and, if detected, will result in immediate rejection of the submission. Submissions previously published in conference proceedings, digests, preprints, or records are eligible for consideration provided that the author informs the editorial staff at the time of submission and that the submissions have undergone substantial revision.

The guidelines for handling concurrent submissions are as follows:

  1. If the magazine administrator is informed of a possible concurrent submission, they will immediately contact the Editor handling the submission and the Editor in Chief.
  2. The Editor in Chief of the other magazine/publication is contacted to determine the status of the submission.
  3. If the other submission is still undergoing review, both publications exchange submissions for comparison.
  4. If the Editors in Chief determine a clear case of concurrent submission, the manuscripts are immediately rejected using the appropriate template letter provided in the system.

 

 

Preliminary/Conference Version(s)

 

If the authors provided a previously published conference submission, please take the time before assigning reviewers, to check the submission to determine whether there has been sufficient new material added to warrant publication. Section 8.2.1.B.9 of the IEEE Publication Services and Products Board Operations (PSPB) Manual specifies that authors should only submit original work that has neither appeared elsewhere for publication, nor which is under review for another refereed publication. If an author used their own previously published material as a basis for a new submission, then they are required to cite the previous work(s) and clearly indicate how the new submission offers substantively novel or different contributions beyond those of the previously published work(s).  Please keep in mind that this rule applies to all aspects of the review process and must also be applied to all revisions and/or final versions submitted by the authors.

If the submission does not meet this criteria, or if you find that the manuscript is not suitable for further consideration (poor quality or outside the scope of the publication), then you may administratively reject it, making sure to clearly justify or explain your decision. If you make a decision on a submission before sending it out to referees, you must post your recommendation and complete the review form in order to provide the authors with guidance, in case they decide to revise and resubmit their submission. Please note that your identity will not be revealed to the authors.

 

 

Editor Guidelines for Regular Submissions

 

The Editor in Chief (EIC) will assign an Editor to the manuscript based on a submission's subject area.  Should the Editor decide not to assign reviewers but instead administratively reject the submission, he/she will be required to include comments in the system that will be returned to the author. The Editor's identity will remain anonymous unless he/she requests to be identified.

Please note, if the author sends a submission directly to the Editor, they should be instructed to submit their submission to ScholarOne Manuscripts.  It may or may not be the Editor who originally received the submission. This not only ensures that our submissions are tracked properly, but it also ensures that each submission receives a fair and unbiased review. Every peer reviewed submission must be processed through ScholarOne Manuscripts .

As soon as possible, but definitely within a two-week period, the Editor should select and invite reviewers in ScholarOne Manuscripts.  If possible, please contact the reviewers in advance and ask them to agree to do the review. We have found that reviewers are less likely to decline if contacted by the Editor directly.  The review deadline is generally set to three weeks and automatic reminders can be adjusted in the system as needed.

Editors are automatically notified as each review is received, with three required reviews as the default.  The Editor may post a recommendation as: "accept", "reject", "major revision", for re-review, or "minor revision". 

When the Editor posts a recommendation in ScholarOne Manuscripts, the Editor in Chief is immediately notified to process the decision to the author, blind-copying the Editor.

If a major revision is recommended, the revision will be assigned to the same Editor and sent out for a second round of reviews. Usually the same reviewers are used for the revised manuscript, but that is at the discretion of the Editor.

If a minor revision is requested, the Editor is notified to re-review and then enter a recommendation.  On occassion, one or more reviewers will also be asked to re-review a minor revision, but that is at the discretion of the Editor.

If a submission is accepted, the authors are provided with a publication checklist in order to prepare their final  materials.

 

 

Guidelines for Making Recommendations

 

Note: All recommendations entered into the system are final.

Accept

An accept decision means that an Editor is accepting the submission "as is" with no further changes required by the reviewers. The submission will not be seen again by the Editor or by the reviewers. The Editor in Chief makes the final decision.

Major Revision

A major revision means that the submission is returned to the original reviewers for a second round of reviews. We strongly discourage Editors from making a decision based on their own review of the manuscript if a major revision has been previously required. This may cause problems in the future if reviewers were to see a published submission that they did not have a chance to re-review.

Note: If a submission has already gone through two rounds of reviews, the option of a second major revision is strongly discouraged.  There is no rule against a second major revision as such; however, we advise against it because the authors were already given specific instructions in the past and did not fulfill the requirements. If a major overhaul is required to the current version of the paper before it can be considered for the magazine, we suggest closing the current file and recommending rejection. This will give the authors an unlimited amount of time to thoroughly revise their paper and resubmit it as new.

Minor Revision

The minor revision may not go back to the reviewers if the Editor feels the revisions are sufficient / appropriate. Any revision in length by more than 10% should be a major revision.

Reject

The manuscript is not suitable for publication.  Some authors may be encouraged to resubmit upon rejection, which may be an alternative to requesting a second major revision.

Administrative Reject

The Editor rejects the manuscript without assigning it to reviewers due to significant deficiencies.

Out of Scope

The manuscript does not fall within the scope of the journal. We ask that you please suggest a more suitable journal for submission.

 

 

Supplemental Material Guidelines

 

Supplemental material includes Web-only addenda and extra images in addition to the authors' completed manuscript. We prefer that authors submit this type of material after discussion with the magazine's lead editor. 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

How do I check the status of the papers that I am handling without going to the magazine administrator?

You have access to the status of your assigned papers at any time in ScholarOne Manuscripts.  Once you have selected the link to the appropriate category, the information is in the status section of each paper.

Accessing the Web on my laptop while I am on travel is not convenient. Can I gain access to my assigned papers through some other method?

The magazine administrator may be asked to e-mail copies of papers to you if you have problems accessing them through ScholarOne Manuscripts. However, please be aware that all decisions and actions must be made through the system.

How many reviews should be submitted before I can make a decision?

Our policy requires a paper to have at least three submitted reviews before the editor makes a decision.

What do I do if I have a conflict of interest related to the author of a paper that has been assigned to me?

Please contact the Editor in Chief via e-mail to request that the paper be reassigned to another editor due to a conflict of interest.

An author of a paper I handled has decided to appeal my decision. What do I do?

Please contact the Editor in Chief via e-mail.  If possible, please forward a copy of the author's e-mail appealing the decision. The Editor in Chief will review the appeal and then provide instructions on how he/she would like to proceed.

 

 

 

 

Peer review information for Magazine Reviewers

 

 

 

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 editor, guest editor, and Editor in Chief if there are any conflicts of interest involved in refereeing a paper.

 

 

Do's and Don'ts

 

DO

    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 Software has a word limit of 4,700 words, including 200 words for each figure and table.
    Look at the references for appropriateness; IEEE Software 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.

DON'T

    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.

 

 

Keywords/taxonomy

 

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 ScholarOne Manuscripts. There is no upper limit.

 

 

Manuscript text requirements

 

Annals
 

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).

Cloud Computing

Feature articles range from five to eight magazine pages, including all figures, tables, and sidebars, and references. This is 4,000 to 6,000 words (counting a standard figure or table as 250 words). References are limited to the most relevant 15, except in survey articles that discuss a wide range of research.

Computer

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

Feature articles shouldn't exceed 6,000 words (minimum 4,500 words), including text, bibliography, and author biographies. Columns shouldn't exceed 2,500 words (minimum 1,500 words), including text, author biographies, and table text. Each figure and table is counted, on average, as 300 words. Any article that exceeds these word counts may be rejected automatically without going through the review process. Article titles shouldn't exceed nine words.

CG&A

Articles submitted to IEEE CG&A should not exceed 8,000 words, including all text, the abstract, keywords, bibliography, biographies, and table text. The maximum number of figures should not exceed 10.

CiSE

Articles submitted to Computing in Science & Engineering should run between 2,400 to 7,200 words, including all main body, abstract, keyword, bibliography, biography, and table text. The word count should include 250 words for each table and figure.

IC

Articles submitted to IEEE Internet Computing should not exceed 5,000 words, including all text, the abstract, keywords, bibliography, biographies, and table text. The word count should include 250 words for each table and figure.

IS

Articles submitted to IEEE Intelligent Systems should be between 3,000 and 7,500 words, including all text, the abstract, keywords, bibliography, biographies, and table text. The word count should include 200 words for each table and figure. The normal limit for references is 10.

ITPro

Articles submitted to IT Pro should not exceed 5,000 words, including all text, the abstract, keywords, bibliography, biographies, and table text. The maximum number of figures should not exceed 6.

Micro

Manuscripts must not exceed 5,000 words (with each average-size figure counting as 150 words toward this limit), including a maximum of 12 references, as well as tables, figures with captions, and biographies.

MultiMedia

Articles submitted to IEEE MultiMedia should not exceed 6,500 words, including all text, the abstract, keywords, bibliography, biographies, and table text. The word count should include 200 words for each table and figure.

Pervasive Computing

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.

S&P

Articles submitted to IEEE Security & Privacy should run between 4,900 to 7,200 words, including all main body, abstract, keyword, bibliography, biography, and table text. The word count should include 250 words for each table and figure.

Software

Articles submitted to IEEE Software  should not exceed 4,700 words, including all text, the abstract, keywords, bibliography, biographies, and table text. The word count should include 200 words for each table and figure.

 

 

New reviewer info.

 

Thank you for your interest in becoming a reviewer. All article submissions to the IEEE Computer Society are peer-reviewed, so it is only through the efforts of volunteers like you that we are able to maintain our magazines' quality.

We assign three to seven reviewers per submission according to the publication and/or an  article's topic. If you happen to be one of them, we will send you an email request. You are free to accept or decline any request. Usually, we expect you to finish the review within three weeks.

Please go to our online peer review system, ScholarOne Manuscripts, and check whether you already have an existing account with the IEEE Computer Society (because you have volunteered in some capacity in the past). If you have an account, please check that the information is up to date, especially that we have the correct keywords representing your expertise areas. This is how we match reviewers to submissions. If you do not have an account, please create one. We look forward to having you participate in our peer review process.

 

 

Preliminary/Conference Version(s)

 

If an author used their own previously published material as a basis for a new submission, then please check to ensure that they have cited the previous work(s) and have clearly indicated how the new submission offers substantively novel or different contributions beyond those of the previously published work(s). 

Also included should be a brief description of the differences between the papers. You may use the public comments section of the review form to include your thoughts, if any, regarding the differences between the two papers.

 

 

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 (normally three to four 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, so we sincerely appreciate your willingness to volunteer your time and expertise.

 

 

How to Contact Us

 

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


Computer, computer-ma@computer.org
Computing in Science & Engineering, cise@computer.org
IEEE Annals, annals-ma@computer.org
IEEE Cloud Computing, cloudreview@allenpress.com
IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, cga-ma@computer.org
IEEE Intelligent Systems, isystems@computer.org
IEEE Internet Computing, internet@computer.org
IEEE Micro, micro-ma@computer.org
IEEE Multimedia, mm-ma@computer.org
IEEE Pervasive Computing, pervasive@computer.org
IEEE Security & Privacy, security@computer.org
IEEE Software, software@computer.org
IT Professional, itpro-ma@computer.org

 

Peer review information for Magazine Editors in Chief (EICs)

 

 

Deadlines for Regular Review


For editors of special issues (Guest Editors), the deadlines may differ dramatically.  For regular submissions:

  • Editor in Chief has 1 week to assign an Editor (or Guest Editors).
  • Editors have 1 week to invite reviewers using ScholarOne Manuscripts.
  • Reviewers are given 3 weeks to review the submission.
  • Editors are given 2 weeks to submit a recommendation once all or enough of the reviews are in.
  • Authors have a maximum of 4 months to submit their major revisions. If the author does not submit the revised version, the manuscript is withdrawn and rendered inactive.*
  • Authors have a maximum of 2 months to submit their minor revisions.
  • Editors are given 2 weeks to evaluate a minor revision and submit a final recommendation.

*When the manuscript is withdrawn, the magazine administrator will inform the author that he/she can submit the revised version as a new submission. A new log number and a new set of dates will be given to the revision, and we will carry over its peer review history.

 


Guidelines for Making Decisions

 

Accept

An accept means accepting the submission "as is" with no further changes required by the reviewers. The submission will not be seen again by the Editor or by the reviewers.

Major Revision

A major revision means that the submission should go back to the original reviewers for a second round of reviews. We strongly discourage Editors from making a recommendation based on their own review of the manuscript if a major revision had been previously required.

If a major revision is recommended, the revision is assigned the original Editor and reviewers. The magazine administrator will send it out for a second round of reviews. Usually, the original reviewers are used for the revised manuscript. The Editor should inform the magazine administrator if an original reviewer should not review the revised version.

Minor Revision

The minor revision should not go back to the reviewers. Any revision in length by more than 10 percent should be a major revision.

If a minor revision is recommended, the magazine administrator will send the revision to the original Editor. The Editor will evaluate the revision, make a final recommendation, and send the recommendation to the Editor in Chief. The Editor in Chief will make a decision and will notify the author of the decision, blind copying the Editor.

Reject

The manuscript is not suitable for publication.


Administrative Reject

The Editor rejects the manuscript without assigning it to reviewers due to significant deficiencies such as (but not limited to) poor quality, not technically sound, or no new findings.

Out of Scope

The manuscript does not fall within the scope of the journal. Please suggest a more suitable magazine or journal for submission if applicable.

 

 

Concurrent (or Dual) Submissions
 

Submissions to IEEE Computer Society must represent original material. We discourage submitting to more than one publication concurrently. If it is determined that a submission (a) has already appeared in a publication other than a conference proceedings, or (b) appears in or will appear in any other publication before the editorial process is complete, the submission will be automatically rejected.

Submissions are accepted for review with the understanding that the same work has been neither submitted to, nor published in, another journal. Concurrent submission to other publications and this magazine is viewed as a serious breach of ethics and, if detected, will result in immediate rejection of the submission. Submissions previously published in conference proceedings, digests, preprints, or records are eligible for consideration provided that the author informs the magazine administrator at the time of submission and that the submission has undergone substantial revision.

The guidelines for handling concurrent submissions are as follows:

  1. If the magazine administrator is informed of a possible concurrent submission, they will immediately contact the Editor handling the submission and the Editor in Chief.
  2. The Editor in Chief of the other magazine/publication is contacted to determine the status of the submission.
  3. If the other submission is still undergoing review, both publications exchange submissions for comparison.
  4. If the Editors in Chief determine a clear case of concurrent submission, the manuscripts are immediately rejected using the appropriate template letter provided in the system.

 

 

 

Preliminary/Conference Version(s)


If the authors provided a previously published conference submission, please take the time before assigning reviewers, to check the submission to determine whether there has been sufficient new material added to warrant publication.  The IEEE guidelines are that the submission should contain a significant amount of new material, i.e., material that has not been published elsewhere.

If the submission does not meet this criteria, or if you find that the manuscript is not suitable for further consideration, then you may choose to administratively reject it. Please make sure to clearly justify or explain your decision. If you make a decision on a submission before sending it out to reviewers, please explain your decision to provide the authors with guidance, in case they decide to revise and resubmit their submission.

Peer review information for Magazine Guest Editors

 

 


Solicitation process
 

Solicit from authors original work that has not been published elsewhere. Papers that have appeared in a conference proceedings may be submitted but must undergo our detailed technical review process. To be accepted, a significant portion of the content must be new. Tell submitters that you cannot accept any manuscripts; you recommend them to the editor in chief, who makes final decisions.

Solicit reviewers—as many qualified ones reflecting the international community as possible and the number of submissions each is willing to review—before submissions arrive. Send a complete contact list to the publications coordinator. If you've already confirmed their willingness to review in the allotted time (about three weeks), and the number of articles each is willing to review, the process will be smooth. Remind reviewers of the focus you've set and any particular manuscript characteristics that you seek. At least three reviews by qualified people are required before decision-making.


 

Submission Process

 

The IEEE Computer Society uses a secure, all-electronic, Web-based manuscript submission and peer-review tracking system called ScholarOne Manuscripts. Authors who wish to submit must use this system. First-time users must create a new account; from there, they log in to their own Author Center and upload their submission. The process is easy, and the site itself provides detailed instructions on usage. Once an author uploads a manuscript, he or she can check its review status at any time, because it can be viewed online. The publications coordinator sends authors an acknowledgment of receipt as soon as the manuscript is checked for proper word count.

We discourage guest editors from submitting to their own issues. However, if you wish to submit a manuscript for the focus section, submit it through ScholarOne Manuscripts; we will have it reviewed separately.

If an author sends you a submission directly, please direct him or her to ScholarOne Manuscripts.

 


Guidelines for making recommendations


Before making recommendations to the EIC, you must have at least three reviews.  When each manuscript finishes the review process, you will be automatically informed by the system.  Remember your total page allocation when you consider what you want to include. Your recommendations to the EIC should fall into these categories:

REC. TO ACCEPT: You DO want to include the manuscript in your focus section.

REC. TO MAKE MINOR REVISIONS: You do want to include the manuscript in your special issue but you feel that there are relatively minor changes the author needs to make before it is edited. We give authors a few weeks to fix the changes on their own before they submit the revision in ScholarOne Manuscripts. You will review the revised manuscript and then decide whether to recommend it to the EIC for acceptance.

REC. TO MAKE MAJOR REVISIONS: You might want to include the manuscript in your special issue but the authors need to make significant changes before you can decide. Normally, we give authors a month to fix the changes on their own. Once the submission returns with revisions, we send it back to the original reviewers for a second round of reviews.

REC. TO REJECT: You DO NOT want to include the manuscript in your focus section.

The EIC makes final decisions and will process the decision letters, customizing each one with specific comments you provide. Authors of accepted submissions will be advised about our staff editing process, which collaboratively transforms manuscripts into our magazine style.

 


Deadlines for special issues

 

Because the schedule gives us only five months to complete the peer review process for special-issue (SI) submissions, from start to finish, we strongly encourage you to follow this review schedule closely:

Week 0: Manuscript submissions due.

Week 1: GE assigns reviewers to all submissions (rejecting some prior to review as needed).

Week 4: Reviewers submit their reviews.

Week 7: GEs submit their recommendations (via ScholarOne Manuscripts) to the EIC.

Week 9: EIC makes decisions.

Week 10: Publications Coordinator sends decision letters to authors, with revision recommendations as required.

Week 13: Authors submit revised articles.

Week 14: Publications coordinator or EIC sends revised "major" submissions back to the original reviewers.

Week 16: Reviewers submit new reviews.

Week 17: GEs review the revised articles (accepts, minor changes, and major changes) and make recommendations to the EIC regarding what to include in the issue, the number of pages allocated to each article, and what (if anything) the authors still need to address during the staff editing cycle.

Week 18: EIC makes final decisions; publications coordinator sends out decision letters.

Week 20: All materials submitted to Publications Office.

Do not accelerate this schedule without the concurrence of the EIC and the Staff Editor.

 

Peer review policies

 

Concurrent Submission:  We do not allow submission to more than one publication at one time. If we determine that a manuscript has been submitted to another publication before the review process is completed, we will reject the manuscript.

Duplicate Submissions:  We do not accept duplicate submissions of manuscripts. Authors should not try to enter or upload a modified version of manuscripts that are already in the system as a new submission. Identical submissions will be immediately rejected.

Preliminary/Conference Version(s):  If the authors provided a previously published conference submission, please take the time before assigning reviewers, to check the submission to determine whether there has been sufficient new material added to warrant publication. Section 8.2.1.B.9 of the IEEE Publication Services and Products Board Operations (PSPB) Manual specifies that authors should only submit original work that has neither appeared elsewhere for publication, nor which is under review for another refereed publication. If an author used their own previously published material as a basis for a new submission, then they are required to cite the previous work(s) and clearly indicate how the new submission offers substantively novel or different contributions beyond those of the previously published work(s).

If the submission does not meet this criteria, or if you find that the manuscript is not suitable for further consideration (poor quality or outside the scope of journal you are submitting to), then you may choose to administratively reject it, making sure to clearly justify or explain your decision. If you make a decision on a submission before sending it out to referees, you must post your recommendation and fill out the review form in order to provide the authors with guidance, in case they decide to revise and resubmit their submission.

 

Guest editors' introduction

 

The introduction should discuss the theme topic in the context of the computer industry, presenting recent results, future directions, and important trends and their implications and getting across to the reader why this topic is important and timely. The introduction should not summarize the articles, but instead explain how they relate to the topic and to each other; try to motivate the reader to read them. It could include a tutorial or overview to introduce concepts and terminology, enabling readers unfamiliar with the topic to understand the articles.

 

 

Manuscript text requirements

 

Annals
 

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).

Cloud Computing

Feature articles range from five to eight magazine pages, including all figures, tables, and sidebars, and references. This is 4,000 to 6,000 words (counting a standard figure or table as 250 words). References are limited to the most relevant 15, except in survey articles that discuss a wide range of research.

Computer

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

Feature articles shouldn't exceed 6,000 words (minimum 4,500 words), including text, bibliography, and author biographies. Columns shouldn't exceed 2,500 words (minimum 1,500 words), including text, author biographies, and table text. Each figure and table is counted, on average, as 300 words. Any article that exceeds these word counts may be rejected automatically without going through the review process. Article titles shouldn't exceed nine words.

CG&A

Articles submitted to IEEE CG&A should not exceed 8,000 words, including all text, the abstract, keywords, bibliography, biographies, and table text. The maximum number of figures should not exceed 10.

CiSE

Articles submitted to Computing in Science & Engineering should run between 2,400 to 7,200 words, including all main body, abstract, keyword, bibliography, biography, and table text. The word count should include 250 words for each table and figure.

IC

Articles submitted to IEEE Internet Computing should not exceed 5,000 words, including all text, the abstract, keywords, bibliography, biographies, and table text. The word count should include 250 words for each table and figure.

IS

Articles submitted to IEEE Intelligent Systems should be between 3,000 and 7,500 words, including all text, the abstract, keywords, bibliography, biographies, and table text. The word count should include 200 words for each table and figure. The normal limit for references is 10.

ITPro

Articles submitted to IT Pro should not exceed 5,000 words, including all text, the abstract, keywords, bibliography, biographies, and table text. The maximum number of figures should not exceed 6.

Micro

Manuscripts must not exceed 5,000 words (with each average-size figure counting as 150 words toward this limit), including a maximum of 12 references, as well as tables, figures with captions, and biographies.

MultiMedia

Articles submitted to IEEE MultiMedia should not exceed 6,500 words, including all text, the abstract, keywords, bibliography, biographies, and table text. The word count should include 200 words for each table and figure.

Pervasive Computing

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.

S&P

Articles submitted to IEEE Security & Privacy should run between 4,900 to 7,200 words, including all main body, abstract, keyword, bibliography, biography, and table text. The word count should include 250 words for each table and figure.

Software

Articles submitted to IEEE Software  should not exceed 4,700 words, including all text, the abstract, keywords, bibliography, biographies, and table text. The word count should include 200 words for each table and figure.

Magazine Graphics Guidelines

 

Artwork guidelines

  • All artwork must be cited in the text, be numbered, and have captions. For clarity, please name files fig1, fig2a, etc.
  • Do not embed images into Microsoft Word files.
  • Submit high-resolution photographs and screenshots as JPG or TIF files. Submit them at largest dimensions possible.
  • Submit graphs, charts, and other illustrations in their original source format (EPS, Sun PS, PDF, Visio, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, or Windows BMP, etc.). Originals should be clear so our graphic artists can reproduce them according to our style. You can also submit editable PDFs when possible. If you use a unique application, PDFs of the original source files are also acceptable.
  • Please list art credits/copyrights for images.

 

Print size

Preferred final print size is no less than 300 dpi (dots per inch). We CANNOT accept Web-ready images at 72 dpi images. The only exception is screenshots (see below). Magazines are printed at a much higher resolution than a computer screen, and must avoid "bitmapping" (out of focus pictures) by increasing the resolution.

 

Screenshots

A screenshot is normally 72 dpi. Here are some tips to print this at the highest quality possible. If you are on a PC, access the Display control panel, click Settings, and look for the Screen Area box. Set the resolution of the monitor to its highest setting. Then, expand the window to full size and take the screenshot. The screenshot you have taken will have larger dimensions, and even though it may still be at 72 dpi, it will be easier for us to manipulate. If you are on a Macintosh, you can go to Control Panel\Monitors and change the resolution the same way.

You can also try using a larger monitor. The larger size includes more dots per inch than a smaller one and will make it easier to convert the shot to magazine quality. The ideal formula is 3.5 times the size the image is to appear in the magazine, which allows resizing in Photoshop.

 

Digital cameras

Take pictures using the highest resolution possible. Images should be saved as either JPG or raw TIF files.

Note: Saving a low-resolution file with a higher resolution setting DOES NOT increase the image resolution. It only creates a larger file size for the same low-resolution image. When in doubt over resolution, it is always best to send the original artwork to the magazine, where we can scan the photo/image at the correct resolution and size. Images should be in grayscale or full-color format.

For more information
Please direct all inquiries regarding illustration and images to our production editor.

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