Proposing a Special Issue for IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications

This page contains information on how to propose a special issue (SI) for IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications (CG&A). It briefly describes the contents of a CG&A SI and the process of preparing an SI call for participation.

What is a CG&A Special Issue?

The purpose of our magazine is to highlight novel and promising new research trends. One vital instrument to achieving this goal is to recruit the top researchers in an emerging field to put together a special issue (sometimes called a theme issue), which puts the work into context through a guest editorial and highlights the new research area through four to six research articles.

In order to propose a special issue, one has to put together a potential call for papers (CFP), formatted according to the instructions below. The proposed CFP will be reviewed and approved by the IEEE Computer Society (IEEE CS) and the CG&A editorial board before it will be posted online by IEEE CS for paper solicitation.


Each special issue bears a distinct theme that represents the latest technical and practical challenges and opportunities in an emerging area of computer graphics, visualization, virtual and augmented reality, and HCI. We seek articles meant for a broad audience of both academicians and practitioners, from specific algorithm contributions to full system descriptions, from evaluation studies to design studies, in areas such as modeling, rendering, animation, data visualization, HCI/user interfaces, novel applications, hardware architectures, haptics, and virtual and augmented reality systems. CG&A, by its very nature, has a particular focus and interest in real-world and emerging applications. For a comprehensive list of previous issues, see our history page at


CG&A is a bimonthly magazine that is published in January, March, May, July, September, and November of the year. IEEE CS posts a special issue CFP online at least one year before its corresponding publication date.

Milestones Weeks Prior to Publication
CFP published online 53 weeks
Articles due for review 41 weeks
Reviews due 34 weeks
GE recommendation due 33 weeks
EIC decisions due 32 weeks
Any revisions due 29 weeks
Final reviews due 25 weeks
Final decisions due 22 weeks
Materials due for edit 14 weeks
Guest editorial introduction (GEI) due
Ship to production 6 weeks

CG&A SI timeline

Expected Size

The SI normally contains 4-6 research papers, in addition to a guest editor’s introduction that puts the papers as well as the emerging theme into context. SI papers should follow the general instructions of research papers for CG&A (see

The paper contributions to an SI, including the guest editor’s introduction, are recommended not to exceed 70 pages in order to allow for the other general queue articles and department contributions to be published in a timely manner. Consequently, the GEs are asked to balance the length of the authors’ articles with each other and with consideration of the overall page budget. If the GEs feel they have too many high-quality contributions to accomplish this, we have the option to either publish some of the articles as feature articles in subsequent issues of CG&A (preferred) or split the special issue into two with the second one being published sometime later. In no case do we want to reject high-quality special issue contributions due to the page limitation.

Review Process

Papers have to be received, reviewed, and accepted about four months before the publication date, because of the work IEEE staff needs to do to prepare papers for publication. The guest editors handle the review process for the SI. They will have to select reviewers, and then ensure that they submit their reviews in time. They will make a recommendation that will be reviewed by the Associate Editor in Chief for Special Issues. Each submission will receive at least three reviews from domain experts. This webpage  gives a brief description of the process. Additional guidelines are available at the time of acceptance of an SI proposal. Guest editors are not allowed to submit a paper to their own special issue.

Some Advice

In order to have a successful SI, you will have to widely advertise it. This is, in our experience, the most important aspect of bringing it to success. Talk to your colleagues in your field and advertise it on all social media channels, on mailing lists, at conferences, etc.

Proposal Structure

A CFP proposal includes at least the following main components:

  1. SI title. Choose a title that reflects the contents of the final submissions. This title can be revised before the production date.
  2. SI contents. Two to three short paragraphs that briefly describe the focus and relevance of the SI as well as suggested paper topics.
  3. GE information. Names, affiliations, and email addresses. Additional information such as LinkedIn and homepages would be helpful.
  4. List of potential reviewers. Provide name and affiliations of about 30 potential reviewers for the submissions that you get.
  5. List of places to advertise the CFP. Provide an exhaustive list of places where you will advertise your call-for-papers.

For a list of current SI CFPs, please visit For additional useful information, please consult the IEEE pages at

Please direct your questions to Pak Chung Wong, Associate Editor-in-Chief for SI submissions, at