Submission Information: Information for Authors
The IEEE Transactions on ITS accepts electronic submissions only, via the following submission website: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/t-its
Notice: There has been a change in the Paper Revision Policy
Effective 1 January 2022, all new submissions will only undergo a maximum of 3 rounds of reviews. This means the authors will have the chance for two revisions/rebuttals. Any decision received on the .R2 submission will be the final decision.
Before submitting a manuscript, authors must:
- Format the paper using IEEE style of double column, single spaced.
Templates are available at IEEE Article Templates.
- 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 over length 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.
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.
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.
Submitting an Appeal
Appeals to the manuscript decisions should be submitted to the Editor in Chief, copying the Editorial Administrator and must include the paper ID number. Appeals will only be considered in cases of significant review discrepancies or reviewer mishandling. Authors’ differences of opinions often occur with reviews received. However, this is not a valid reason to submit an appeal. The associate editors consider various reviewers’ comments, weigh the substance, ignore irrelevant comments, and reflect on their own evaluation to arrive at a final recommendation. A tally of favorable reviews against a minority of “reject” recommendations is not an adequate reason for appeals, either. Since due diligence is performed during the review process, appeals rarely result in a decision change. Authors should be cognizant of that and the extra time it takes to re-evaluate an article through the process, delaying the potential of publishing their work elsewhere.
Resubmitting a Paper
The IEEE Transactions on ITS allows the authors of rejected papers to resubmit a rejected paper. However, they must substantially modify (improve) the paper and indicate its rejection history and reference the prior paper ID in the cover letter. Failing to do so could result in an automatic desk rejection. The paper will undergo a totally new evaluation process, likely with new Senior Editors and Associate Editors. The authors should also realize that the review could have additional and different critiques/outcomes and may result in another rejection. They should not expect the continuation of the previous round of reviews. In order to ensure there is no bias due to prior review, a response to reviewers will not be allowed to be included in the new paper submission.
IEEE Author Center
English language editing services can help refine the language of your article and reduce the risk of rejection without review. IEEE authors are eligible for discounts at several language editing services; visit the IEEE Author Center to learn more. Please note, these services are fee-based and do not guarantee acceptance.
Additional Resources for Authors