These guidelines are for articles to be published after they have been through the review process and are accepted by the Editor-in-Chief. If you are submitting a new/revised article for review, please visit the Manuscript Submission Policy. The production process is separate from the review process and requires a full set of materials to be sent directly via Manuscript Central.
Magazine production uses a different process than journal production. If you are familiar with the submission of paper materials for a journal such as JSAC, of JLT be aware that the guidelines below are different. Please read them carefully and do not make assumptions on what we need based on your prior experience with a journal publication.
Please make sure you have referred to the IEEE Communications Society Publications Department Style Guide and reviewed the Electronic Posting Policy and Self-Plagiarism Policy before submitting the final version of your manuscript.
- Final Manuscript Files Due: The 1st of the month, 2 months prior to issue date. For example, final materials for a paper in a January issue are due by November 1st. Please be aware that if this deadline is missed, the paper may not be published on time.
- Page Proofs Sent to Contact Author: 3 weeks prior to issue date.
- Page Proofs Back to Publications Department: 2 weeks prior to issue date.
Submission of Materials to Production Staff
IEEE Communications Magazine does not use style sheets or templates for submission of materials.
The following materials MUST be included when submitting the absolute final version of your files via Manuscript Central.
|An editable electronic file|
|A .PDF file of the manuscript|
|Separated figure(s) .PDF file|
|A completed and signed copyright form|
|Contact information for the main contact author|
IEEE assumes that material submitted to its publications is properly available for general dissemination to the readership of those publications. It is the responsibility of the authors, not IEEE, to determine whether disclosure of their material requires the prior consent of other parties and, if so, to obtain it.
Statements and opinions given in works published by the IEEE are the expressions of contributors. Responsibility for content of published papers rests with the authors, not the IEEE.
Original Work/IEEE Copyright
Manuscripts submitted for publication in IEEE Communications Magazine should normally be original work submitted exclusively to the magazine, not previously published, and not under consideration for publication elsewhere. It is the policy of the IEEE to own the copyright to technical contributions it publishes on behalf of the interests of the IEEE and its authors and their employers, and to facilitate the appropriate reuse of this material by others. To comply with IEEE policy under the U.S. Copyright Law, authors are required to sign an IEEE Copyright Form before publication. This form returns to authors and their employers, full rights to reuse their material for their own purposes.
The U.S. International Traffic in Arms Regulation page should be viewed by authors who are submitting military- or defense-related material, and are U.S. nationals (including green card holders); or work for a U.S.-based organization, regardless of where they are physically located; or work at a U.S. location of a non-U.S.-based organization. All authors must ensure that they are in compliance with ITAR and the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control regulation as outlined in the above page. If you have any questions on these two regulations, please contact the email address listed on that page. For information on IEEE copyright policy, permission to reuse IEEE copyrighted material, electronic preprints, or posting your article on your own server, please visit the IEEE Intellectual Property Rights page.
In addition to the IEEE policies, pre-publication author misconduct, such as double-submission or plagiarism, will result in rejection of the manuscript(s), and a minimum 6 month ban on submissions to fully owned ComSoc publications by the author(s).
Information on ordering reprints of your article can be found by e-mailing the IEEE Reprints Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Due to differences in printers and printer descriptions from computer to computer, there is no guarantee that .doc and .pdf files that you submit will result in documents that look exactly like your original version after they are printed. When your page proofs are sent to you, remember to check them carefully for any discrepancies that might have occurred in the original transfer process. This is especially true if symbols (mathematical, Greek, etc.) and unusual fonts were used in the article.