Submitting a paper

Submitting a Paper

All manuscripts must be submitted through Manuscript Central at If needed, contact the editorial office at with any questions or concerns.

Before submitting a manuscript, authors must:

  • Format the paper using IEEE style of double column, single spaced. Templates are available at
  • Include a short biography for all authors at the end of the paper (only for Regular and Survey papers).
  • Create an account for the submission site if they do not already possess one.

Authors can choose among 4 kinds of papers, each with its suggested length in IEEE style:

  • Regular Papers: 10 pages
  • Short Papers: 6 pages
  • Practitioner Papers: 6 pages
  • Survey Papers: 18 pages

An author may submit papers that exceeds the suggested length but after the final acceptance, provided they pay an overlength charge of $175.00 (US dollars) for each extra page.

Our Authors’ Guidelines

Overlap with previously published papers. The system will automatically reject papers with overlap greater than 40% generated by our software system. The system will automatically allow papers with less than 30% overlap. Papers with overlaps between 30% and 40% will be checked manually to find out the reason of the overlap, whether it is an accumulation of small overlaps from different papers or the overlap is due to a conference paper or publicly accessible report by same authors etc and decide accordingly.

Extensions of the Author’s Conference Papers. It is acceptable for conference papers to be used as the basis for a more fully developed journal submission. However, authors are required to cite their related prior work; the papers cannot be identical or have more than 40% overlap; and the journal publication must include substantively novel aspects such as new experimental results or additional analysis or added theoretical work. The journal publication should clearly specify how the journal paper offers novel contributions when citing the prior conference paper.

Abstract Description and Specifications

For an abstract to be effective when displayed in IEEE Xplore® as well as through indexing services such as Compendex, INSPEC, Medline, ProQuest, and Web of Science, it must be concisely yet comprehensively reflect the article it describes. In particular, the abstract must be:

  • Contained, without abbreviations, footnotes, or references. It should be a microcosm of the full article.
  • Between 150-250 words.
  • Written as one paragraph and should not contain displayed mathematical equations or tabular material.
  • Include three or four different keywords or phrases. However over-repetition of such phrases can result in a page being rejected by search engines.
  • Grammatically correct.

Open Access Transactions Option

The Transactions on ITS is a hybrid journal, allowing either traditional manuscript submission or Open Access (author-pays OA) manuscript submission. The OA option, if selected, enables unrestricted public access to the article via IEEE Xplore. The OA option will be offered to the author at the time the manuscript is submitted. If selected, the OA discounted fee of $1,750 must be paid before the article is published in the journal. If you have unusual circumstances about this, please contact the Editor-in-Chief. Any other applicable charges (such as the over-length page charge and/or charge for the use of color in the print format) will be billed separately once the manuscript formatting is complete but prior to the publication. The traditional option, if selected, enables access to all qualified subscribers and purchasers via IEEE Xplore. No OA payment is required.

Detailed submission guidelines for prospective authors
IEEE Information for Authors
IEEE Tools for Authors (preparing manuscripts and graphics)
IEEE Graphics Checker
Guidelines for Author Supplied Electronic Text and Graphics

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