Submission guidelines

If you have any questions, please approach the Computing Now editors at

Submission guidelines for short original manuscripts

Original manuscripts must be no longer than 3,000 words. Word documents are preferred, but PDF files, Google documents, and text files are also acceptable. Please contact if you would like to submit a paper in a different format.

Computing Now also accepts original multimedia submissions, such as audio and video files. Most file formats are acceptable, but preferred file formats for audio files inlcude .aiff or .wav files, and preferred video file formats include .wmv, .avi, .mpeg, or .mov files. Multimedia submissions should not be longer than five minutes; longer submissions will be broken up into multiple installments.

Please note that original submissions will be informally reviewed but will not go through a traditional peer-review process. Computing Now reserves the right to edit any submission for length, style, and clarity.

Submission guidelines for monthly theme proposals

Guest editors interested in organizing a monthly theme are invited to submit a proposal describing the significance, timeliness, and scope of the proposed topic to the editor in chief at This proposal should include the following information:

  • Proposed title
  • Background and motivation
  • Significance and relevance to Computing Now and the IEEE Computer Society
  • Scope (typically including a list of specific technical issues and related IEEE CS publications)
  • Short biographies emphasizing the guest editors' experience in the topic and relevant editorial experience
  • Proposed publication month

If the proposal is accepted, the editor in chief will schedule the theme for a specific month. A Computing Now staff editor will then contact the guest editor to discuss the schedule and deadlines. The staff editor will serve as a liaison to the guest editors, provide help and advice, and make sure that deadlines are met so that the theme is ready on schedule.