TPDS Author Information
Detailed information on submitting your paper to TPDS can be found on the “Author Information” tab of the Journal Peer Review page.

Submitting a Paper to TPDS

To submit your paper, please use ScholarOne Manuscripts.

Detailed information on submitting your paper to TPDS can be found on the “Author Information” tab of the Journal Peer Review page.

Manuscript Types Accepted by TPDS

TPDS manuscript types and submission length guidelines are described below. All page limits include references and author biographies. For regular papers, pages in excess of these limits after final layout of the accepted manuscript is complete are subject to Mandatory Overlength Page Charges (MOPC). Note: All supplemental material must be submitted as separate files and must not be included within the same PDF file as the main paper submission. There is no page limit on supplemental files. 

  • Regular paper – 12 double column pages (Submissions may be up to 18 pages in length, subject to MOPC. All regular paper page limits include references and author biographies.)
  • Comments paper – 2 double column pages
  • Survey paper – 14 double column pages

A double column page is defined as a 7.875″ x 10.75″ page with 9.5-point type and 11.5-point vertical spacing. These length limits are taking into account reasonably-sized figures and references.

Author Templates

Templates are provided above to assist you with formatting your manuscript. Full specifications on the IEEE Computer Society style can be found in our Style Guide.

Extensions of Prior Papers

All papers need to have sufficient new content and contributions (see examples of extension material below) to warrant a separate publication. While the specific amount of acceptable new content is subjective and depends on the reviewer, we estimate that most reviewers expect new material that represents novel research contributions beyond the original publication. Acceptance of the paper is based on this new content and its contributions. Old content from previous conference papers is mainly to help reviewers understand the context. Old content should be clearly cited from the original source. Furthermore, any content used verbatim from previous publications should be appropriately quoted and cited to avoid self-plagiarism.

Authors submitting an extension of a prior publication should clearly respond to the following questions:

  1. What are the novel contributions of the submitted paper (beyond the authors’ previous publication(s))?
  2. What is the new content and in which sections does this content appear in the submission?
  3. How do the contributions (and content) build on the previous published material?

Examples of Extension Material:

Acceptable new content and contributions

  1. New conceptual extensions
  2. Experiments that provide new insights
  3. New theoretical analysis and/or proofs supporting empirical results

Allowable but insufficient content and contributions

  1. Extension to background and/or related work
  2. Elaboration on the same points in the introduction, observations, and conclusions
  3. Additional figures/plots that merely illustrate already-published content
  4. Additional experimental results without new insights.

Unacceptable content and contributions

  1. Simple union of content from multiple prior publications

Open Access

This publication is a hybrid journal, allowing either traditional manuscript submission or author-paid Open Access (OA) manuscript submission.

The OA option, if selected, enables unrestricted public access to the article via IEEE Xplore and the Computer Society Digital Library with payment of the current Article Processing Charge (APC). The OA option will be offered to the author at the time the manuscript is submitted and the APC must be paid before the article is published in the journal. Please visit the IEEE Open Access FAQ for further details. Authors seeking an APC waiver should submit substantiated evidence and documentation to Corresponding authors from low-income countries are eligible for waived or reduced open access APCs.

The traditional option, if selected, enables access to all qualified subscribers and purchasers via IEEE Xplore and the Computer Society Digital Library. No OA payment is required.

Irrespective of any OA charges, please note that papers which exceed the publication’s stated page limit after acceptance and final layout will be subject to Mandatory Overlength Page Charges.

The articles in this journal are peer reviewed in accordance with the requirements set forth in the IEEE PSPB Operations Manual (Sections 8.2.1.C & 8.2.2.A). Each published article was reviewed by a minimum of two independent reviewers using a single-blind peer review process, where the identities of the reviewers are not known to the authors, but the reviewers know the identities of the authors. Articles will be screened for plagiarism before acceptance.

Enabling Reproducibility at TPDS

TPDS is committed to enabling reproducible research so that other researchers can validate published work and reach the same scientific conclusions, potentially using different datasets or methods. To support reproducibility, TPDS has partnered with Code Ocean, a cloud-based computational reproducibility platform, to pilot the post-publication peer review of code associated with articles published in TPDS. Authors who have published in TPDS can make their published article more reproducible and earn a reproducibility badge by submitting their associated code for post-publication peer review.

Badges available include:

  • Code Available badge: The code, including any associated data and documentation, provided by the authors is reasonable and complete and can potentially be used to support reproducibility of the published results.
  • Code Reviewed badge: The code, including any associated data and documentation, provided by the authors is reasonable and complete, runs to produce the outputs described, and can support reproducibility of the published results.

An example of reviewed code with a corresponding badge is now available in IEEE Xplore.

TPDS Editor-in-Chief Manish Parashar said, “Reproducibility is a vital part of technical research and this pilot program is instrumental in taking TPDS to the next level towards enabling reproducible research. We hope the pilot can serve as a model for other publications.” The pilot is supported by the current set of TPDS Reproducibility Associate Editors, Alexandru Iosup (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands), Tevfik Kosar (University at Buffalo, USA), Radu Prodan (Institute of Information Technology, University of Klagenfurt, Austria) and Omar Rana (Cardiff University, UK) who manage the peer review of submitted code.

While the pilot initially targets previously published TPDS papers, we plan to expand it to include accepted papers in the near future.

If you’ve previously published in TPDS, contact Prof. Parashar at to express your interest in post-publication peer review of the code associated with your TPDS article.