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Information for Authors

Please review the Electronic Posting Policy and Self-Plagiarism Policy. The submitted manuscript should not be published elsewhere or be under review for any other conference or publication.

  • Papers should be general and present real-world experiences, with the intended audience being all members of the IoT community, independent of technical or business specialty.  For example, case studies of actual IoT experiences that discuss lessons learned or highlight best practices are appropriate (vertical studies). Similarly, papers that show how a particular technology has been employed across a range of IoT applications are also appropriate (horizontal studies). Papers are expected to add to the knowledge base or best practices of the IoT community.
  • Research projects, experiments, and prototypes are not appropriate subjects for IEEE Internet of Things Magazine.
  • Sales/marketing materials are not appropriate subjects for IEEE Internet of Things Magazine.
  • All submissions are peer reviewed to ensure that only the highest-quality original papers are published. Submitted papers should strive to make their papers understandable by the general IoT practitioner.
  • Papers may be edited for clarity and grammatical accuracy, and will be copy edited according to the magazine's style. Please refer to The IEEE Communications Society Publications Department Style Guide when preparing your paper.
  • Papers should not exceed 4500 words (Introduction through Conclusions, excluding figures, tables and captions). Abstract, and References are also excluded from the word count.
  • Figures and tables should be limited to a combined total of six.
  • Mathematical equations should not be used. In justified cases up to three simple equations may be allowed, provided you have the consent of the Guest Editor. The inclusion of more than three equations requires permission from the Editor-in-Chief.
  • References should be included only to guide readers to more information on the topic; the reference list should not include every available source. A limit of 15 archival references is recommended. The inclusion of more than 15 references requires permission from the Editor-in-Chief. References to web pages should be checked immediately for accessibility before submitting material to the Publications Staff. Each reference to an online source (website URLs, web-posted papers/reports) is required to show an “accessed” date.

Types of Submissions

All papers to be considered for publication in IEEE Internet of Things Magazine must be submitted through Manuscript Central. Below is a list of the types of papers that can be submitted. After determining which type of paper you have, go to Manuscript Central, register or log in, and go to the Author Center. Follow the instructions there.

Feature Topic

If you are submitting an paper to a topic listed in the Call for Papers page, you will need to note the issue date and topic name from the listing in order to submit through Manuscript Central. If you did not note this information, please return to the Call for Papers page, determine your topic and issue date, and then move on to Manuscript Central. Choose the appropriate issue date and topic from the "Please Select an Paper Type" drop-down menu.

Ongoing Series

If you would like to submit an paper for possible inclusion in one of the ongoing series, visit Manuscript Central and select the appropriate series from the "Please Select an Paper Type" drop down menu. Prospective authors are strongly encouraged to contact the series editors before writing and submitting an paper in order to ensure that the paper will be appropriate for the series topic. If you need specific information on a series, send an email to the series editors.

Open Call

If you would like to submit an paper for review and possible acceptance as an Open Call paper, visit Manuscript Central and select "Open Call Paper" in the "Please Select an Paper Type" drop-down menu.

Special Issue Proposal

Prior to submitting proposals for new special issue topics, please consult the Guide to Proposing Special Issues.

Guidelines for Accepted Papers

Once your paper has been accepted for publication, please view the Author Guidelines. During preparation of the paper for submission, prospective authors may wish to consult those guidelines as time may be saved by paying careful attention to these instructions at an early stage.

Supplementary Information

You can find some additional help on the submission process in this message from former Editor-in-Chief Andrzej Jajszczyk entitled: "How to Write a Successful Paper for IEEE Communications Magazine."


All IEEE publications require an Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) for all authors. ORCID is a persistent unique identifier for researchers and functions similar to an paper’s Digital Object Identifier (DOI). ORCIDs enable accurate attribution and improved discoverability of an author’s published work. To create an ORCID, please visit ORCID. The author will need a registered ORCID in order to submit a manuscript or review a proof in this publication.

Follow these steps to link a ScholarOne account to a registered ORCID:

  1. Login to ScholarOne and click on your name in the top right corner of the screen.
  2. Click email/name in the drop-down menu.
  3. In the ORCID section at the top of the page, click the appropriate link to either register for a new ORCID or associate the account with an existing ORCID.
  4. A new page will open to create and/or validate your ORCID. Once the validation is complete, the new page will close and you will return to ScholarOne.
  5. Save the changes to your ScholarOne user account.

Authors who do not have an ORCID in their ScholarOne user account will be prompted to provide one during submission. For more information on ORCID please visit the IEEE Support Center.

Appeal of Editorial Decisions

IEEE Communications Society is committed to providing fair and impartial treatment of each paper submitted to its magazines. Unless there is a clear content-related problem with the paper, it will receive at least three reviews that are used by the responsible editor for making a recommendation to the Editor-in-Chief. The EiC then makes the final decision based on the combination of the editor recommendation and reviews. In the event that the author(s) find a compelling reason to disagree with the decision, the IEEE Policies and Procedures specify the rights of authors to appeal an editorial decision. This policy is specified in Section 8.2.3 of the IEEE Publications Services and Products Operations Board Manual (PSPB).

Note that there are situations where papers may receive positive reviews and yet still be legitimately rejected. For example, if there are multiple papers covering essentially the same content submitted to the same feature topic or series, the editors must choose the best paper among them. Note also that feature topics and series have space for a limited number of papers, and consequently must choose the set of papers that both have excellent review scores and best cover the breadth of the topic.