TII - Initial Submission

Submission of a new manuscript for review

Contributions to the Transactions, Journals, and Letters may be submitted electronically on IEEE's on-line manuscript submission and peer-review system, ScholarOne® Manuscripts (former Manuscript Central).

Visit the information for authors page and download the instructions document and the manuscript template.

Before submitting, carefully read the TII checklist below "TII checklist for new manuscript submissions" and modify your manuscript accordingly. Once your paper is completely suitable to TII rules, follow this procedure:

  1. Open ScholarOne® Manuscripts web http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tii. If you haven't an existing account, please create it.
  2. Go to your Author Center and click "Submit First Draft of a New Manuscript".
  3. Along with other information, you will be asked to select the subject from a pull-down list. There are various steps to the submission process; you must complete all steps for a complete submission. At the end of each step you must click "Save and Continue".
  4. Just uploading the paper is not sufficient. After the last step, you should see a confirmation that the submission is complete. You should also receive an e-mail confirmation.
  5. More detailed instructions can be found at S1M Training Area.
  6. Effective February 15th, 2024, all author and reviewer accounts MUST use institutional email addresses. 

Please notice that in your Author Center you may check the current status of your manuscript such as: In EIC office, Assigned to AE, AE invites reviewers, AE assigns reviewers, Under review, Awaiting AE decision, and Awaiting EIC decision. If you find that your manuscript is not moving in the process for a month or more please contact the Editor-in-Chief.

TII checklist for manuscript submissions

Authors should consider the following points before submitting a new paper. Otherwise the submission would be automatically rejected.

  1. New manuscripts cannot exceed 8 pages. Note that usually in the review process the reviewers tend to ask for more explanations, also note that the maximum allowed length is 8 pages on initial/first submission. Note that in the final page count, the authors' bios and photos should be included.
  2. In order to secure unbiased review process, we ask that none of the authors be identifiable within the manuscript (do NOT include authors' names, their biographies, affiliation, cover letter, signed copyright form, identifying footnotes, acknowledgments, etc.). We believe this helps ensure that the manuscript will receive a more objective and unbiased review. Please remove any trace that can identify author, editor or reviewers names, institutions, financing sources, IEEE membership grade, etc. Revealing author identity is a ground for rejection and may cause a long delay in processing your manuscript. Depositing of the submitted work in any publicly accessible repository (arXiv, etc.), will be rejected immediately at any step as soon as they are found.
  3. If a significant portion of your manuscript was already published at a conference, the paper must hide the identity all of the authors, so the conference paper can be cited as if it were written by different authors.
  4. In state-of-the-art papers, with adequate justification, the EiC may increase the page limit to 12 pages. Please notice that IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics policy doesn't consider surveys,  review, state of the art papers or project reports. Only Guest Editors of a special sections are invited to submit such kind of manuscript. Our typical papers propose new methods and demonstrate their effectiveness through experimental results in combination (exceptionally)  with simulation results. Our suggestion is to submit a strict research paper.  
  5. The only file which has to be submitted (uploaded) is the manuscript in PDF format (WORD files are also possible but please be sure that the file was properly converted by the submission system). In order to make it portable you must embed the not standard fonts or avoid them in the PDF file. This is not an easy process, but often all problems are solved when you are printing PDF file from WORD and you will select in printer properties "Press Quality" instead of "Standard".
  6. Manuscripts must be in IEEE double column format and all other IEEE guidelines described in this document, so the length of the paper and readability of figures can be evaluated.
  7. The file maximum size cannot exceed 40MB to make it accessible to our tools. Usually you will get that by adjusting the size of the figures. Note that "EPS" figures format only is required on the Final Stage.
  8. Your manuscript must be within the scope of IEEE Trans. on Industrial Informatics. If not, we will not be able to provide adequate review.
  9. All cited papers must be referenced within the text of the manuscript. Be sure that the manuscript is up to date. It is expected that a significant portion of references are to recently published papers. For the primary submission, the number of references cannot be more than 30.
  10. No more than two self-citations per author in the references for a regular paper submission.
  11. Your manuscript must have abstract correctly written. In the age of electronic publications it is not easy to be noticed (Industrial Electronics Society alone receives over 15,000 conference and journal papers per year). Authors have to do everything possible so the paper will be noticed and read. Therefore, very careful wording should be used in the title and in the abstract. Without a proper title and abstract a great paper might never be found and read from IEEE Xplore.
  12. Your paper should describe very clearly your accomplishments so other people can understand what is your original contribution and use it. Notice that usually your technical accomplishments will be evaluated based on the number of citations but not based on the number of papers published.
  13. Write clearly your manuscript. Try to keep your manuscript on the proper level from one section to another. It should be easy to understand by well-qualified professionals, but at the same time please avoid describing well-known facts (use proper references instead). Often manuscripts receive negative reviews because reviewers are not able to understand the manuscript and this is authors' (not reviewers') fault. Notice, that if reviewers have difficulties, then other readers will face the same problem and there is no reason to publish the manuscript.