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The IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications (J-SAC) is now an electronically processed IEEE publication. In order to complete the production and final printing of your paper, your Guest Editor will need to receive your manuscript (all graphics and supporting material) in the format described below.

General Instructions

  • LaTex files should be submitted via email or CD mailed to the Guest Editor.
  • Always send a .pdf file that exactly matches the electronic source file.
  • Provide separate graphics files in eps formats. Other formats (e.g. pdf, powerpoint, etc.) will not reproduce well in print.
  • Be sure to embed all fonts when preparing figure eps files.
  • Color figures will be converted to black and white in the print version of the journal.
  • Make sure that your files are self-contained, i.e., that there are no pointers to your system set-up. If you are using an IEEE template, be sure you follow the instructions for journals, not conferences.
  • Check to insure your files are complete. Include the following: abstract, text, references, footnotes, biographies, author photos, graphics, and figure/table captions. Make sure graphics are placed in the appropriate place in the text, not at the end of the paper.
  • When creating rules (such as those used in tables or charts), use lines that are thicker than .5 pt (.2mm or .01 inch). Anything thinner than that may not show up in print even if it shows up in the file you create. Remember if your figures are reduced, the width of the lines in the figures are reduced as well. If your eps contains a line of .5 pt width but the figure has to be reduced by 50%, the width of the resulting line will be .25 pt. Keep that in mind when creating figures.
  • If possible, set column size of your manuscript to 21 picas or 3 1/2 inches. Make sure to use a double column format. DO NOT USE SINGLE COLUMN FORMATTING.
  • If sending CDs, package them to protect them in mailing.
  • Include your valid email address, where proofs of the manuscript can be sent.

For the most accurate and efficient transferral of your LaTex files, use the IEEE LaTex style file (IEEEtran.cls) which can be obtained by emailing: or visiting the CTAN website: You can also download a pdf of instructions on how to use the IEEEtran class from the same page.

Things Not to Do

  • DO NOT put the files in a page layout software (Ventura, Quark, Pagemaker, FrameMaker).
  • DO NOT use single column format