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Article Processing Charge (APC): US $1,850
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- IEEE Society Members receive a 20% discount.
- Corresponding authors from low-income countries are eligible for waived or reduced APCs.
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The articles in this journal are peer-reviewed in accordance with the requirements set forth in the IEEE Publication Services and Products Board Operations Manual. 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.
For the benefit of our first-time authors whose primary field might not be Instrumentation & Measurement (I&M), we have prepared the following guides that explain how research in certain related fields should be properly presented in an I&M context, such that the resulting paper will be within OJ-IM's scope:
- Vision Based Measurement, Computer Vision, Image Processing | DOI: 10.1109/MIM.2014.6825388
- Communication Systems | DOI: 10.1109/MIM.2015.7066676
- Medical/Biomedical and Healthcare | DOI: 10.1109/MIM.2016.7579063
- Navigation Systems | DOI: 10.1109/MIM.2015.7108397
- Internet of Things (IoT) | DOI: 10.1109/MIM.2020.9082794
- Big Data | DOI: 10.1109/MIM.2020.9082796
- Deep Learning | DOI: 10.1109/MIM.2020.9200875
- Machine Learning: basics (measurement error and terminology) | DOI: 10.1109/MIM.2021.9400955
- Machine Learning: measurement uncertainty quantification | DOI: 10.1109/MIM.2021.9436102
In addition, the following general information about I&M will be quite useful:
How to use I&M in modern applications of today: Modern Measurements: Fundamentals and Applications
A short introduction to Measurement Uncertainty: DOI: 10.1109/MIM.2006.1637979
A short tutorial on accuracy, precision, trueness, systematic and random errors, and avoiding a common mistake regarding accuracy/precision relation: DOI: 10.1109/MIM.2021.9345597
- Please also check the Erratum: DOI: 10.1109/MIM.2021.9401017
- Please carefully read OJ-IM's Scope and the important note there. Following the instructions there could save your paper from being immediately rejected for being out of scope.
- Authors are strongly advised to watch the "Publication Tutorial" videos posted here, where many common author mistakes, including serious misconduct issues, as well as good practices that will help you write better papers, plus the review process, are explained.
- Manuscripts submitted to OJ-IM must describe original work within OJ-IM's scope. The manuscript must be exclusively submitted to this journal, must not have been published before, and must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. If you are submitting an extended version of a previously published proceedings paper, please see the instructions below.
- IEEE Publication Policies: Please familiarize yourself with and strictly follow relevant IEEE policies in the IEEE Publication Services and Products Board Operations Manual (PSPB Manual), in particular, Sections 8.2.1A (Authorship), 8.2.1.B (Responsibilities of Authors), 6.3.1 + 8.1.4 (Copyright), and 8.2.4 (Author misconduct and plagiarism). Please take very seriously author misconduct and plagiarism, which will subject you to disciplinary actions, and in addition, permanently remove your eligibility to be nominated to IEEE Fellow (see IEEE Fellow Operation Manual section 9.2.2 Eligibility requirements)!
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To submit a paper, the corresponding author needs to register for an account on the PeerTrack system here. The manuscript submission process starts by clicking the "Submit New Manuscript" link on your "Main Menu" page. Once you click on that, follow the system's instructions to submit your paper. You will need the following information to submit your paper:
- Each Author:
- First Name, Last Name
- E-mail Address
- Title (you may copy and paste the title from your manuscript)
- Abstract (you may copy and paste the abstract from your manuscript)
- Classifications (a.k.a. EDICS): Please choose two EDICS from the list here. EDICS must represent the technical core of your work, and should therefore be very specific. Do not choose EDICS in the general area of your work. Choosing the correct EDICS ensures that your paper goes to the right Associate Editor and reviewers; otherwise your paper will be delayed.
- Manuscript file in PDF: Please include your figures and tables inline at their correct positions within the text of the manuscript. Please do NOT remove figures and tables from the main paper, and do NOT submit figures and tables separately. Doing so makes the reviewing job quite difficult! Please submit a single self-contained unencrypted PDF file no larger than 20 Meg. Files larger than 20 Meg will not be accepted. Authors are encouraged to submit their manuscript in IEEE double-column Transactions format. The minimum number of pages for regular papers is 5 pages. There is no maximum, although overlength charges apply (see below). If your paper is less than 5 pages, you need to submit it as a short paper.
- Overlength Page Charge Agreement: downloadable from here, which must be completed, signed, and uploaded as an additional file to your manuscript. Note that this form must be uploaded even if your paper is less than 8 pages! Submit this document with the "Overlength Agreement" item type.
- Optional Cover Letter: You may submit a cover letter if you need to make an important point to the EiC and the AE. Please note that reviewers do not see cover letters! For example, use the cover letter to report that the paper is an extended version of a previously published proceedings paper or to report that this is a resubmission of a previously rejected OJ-IM paper. Please do not submit a list of suggested reviewers or reviewers to avoid: OJ-IM has high standards for quality control and does not consider such requests. Please do NOT upload a cover letter that simply repeats information that we can already see in the submission system, such as the list of authors, their affiliation, paper title, abstract, etc. If you don't have anything extraordinary to say, please do not submit a cover letter.
- Optional Graphical Abstract: To enhance the appearance of your article on IEEEXplore®, an optional graphical abstract can be displayed along your paper. The graphical abstract should provide a clear, visual summary of your article's findings by means of an image, animation, video, or audio clip. The graphical abstract is considered a part of the technical content of the article, and you must submit it for peer review during the article submission process as supplementary files, following the instructions that can be found here. Please note that failing to meet the technical specifications found in the above-mentioned file will cause immediate rejection of your manuscript.
- Optional dataset: OJ-IM supports IEEE DataPort datasets, which can be accessed by reviewers during the review process, and by readers when the paper is published. To associate your paper with an IEEE DataPort DOI, in the “Additional Information” stage of submission, go to the bottom of the page, and answer “Yes” to this question, Do you have DATA associated with your article and follow the instructions.
After you completely submit your manuscript, you must view it, and then approve it. Otherwise, your submission remains incomplete and will not be processed!
Extended Version of Proceedings Paper
If you are submitting an extended version of a previously-published proceedings paper, you must additionally perform the following tasks:
- Upload a Cover Letter, explaining that the paper is an extended version of a previously-published proceedings paper.
- If any co-authors present in the proceedings version have been removed in the journal version, the reason for the removal must be explained in the Cover Letter. Additionally, the removed co-authors must sign the same Cover Letter, stating that they agree to be removed from the journal version.
- Upload a document with item type "List of Extensions" that explains exactly what has been extended from the proceedings version. Please note that OJ-IM only considers "Technical Extensions"; i.e., the extension must present new technical thing(s), not just more explanation, etc.
- Upload a copy of the proceedings paper with item type "Copy of Proceedings Papers".
- Cite and refer to your proceedings paper in the extended journal version. Additionally, in the introduction, add a sentence which declares that this paper is an extension of the proceedings paper, or makes reuse of the proceedings paper, or some language similar to that.
- It is the responsibility of the author(s) to obtain permission to re-use and re-print materials from the proceedings paper and this permission must be obtained ahead of time from its publisher. The author(s) is (are) solely responsible for this and any other copyright permission-related requirements and issues. As per IEEE rules, if the proceedings paper was copyrighted by the IEEE, this permission is not required.
Reusing Material from a Thesis
If your paper is reusing material from the author's thesis, please make a declaration about that in the Introduction section. You can use a language similar to this example:
It should be declared that this paper, in sections II and III.B, reuses some content from thesis [X] with permission.
[X] Adam One, “My thesis”, Master’s thesis, University of All Technologies, Springfield, USA, December 2019.
Please note that it is your responsibility to obtain permission, if the permission is not owned by the aforementioned author. This declaration should be done not only for transparency and good scientific publishing practice, but also for your own protection from possible future allegations of plagiarism.
Reusing Material from a Technical/Research Report
If your paper is reusing material from the authors' technical/research report, please make a declaration about that in the Introduction section. You can use a language similar to this example:
It should be declared that this paper is based on our technical report [X].
[X] Give reference to the report .
Resubmitting revised or rejected papers
- A paper that has received a "Reject and Invite to Resubmit" decision, can be revised and resubmitted.
- A paper may receive up to 2 "Reject and Invite to Resubmit" decisions. A third "Reject and Invite to Resubmit" will lead to Reject.
- A paper that has received a Reject decision, cannot be resubmitted anymore.
OJ-IM does not accept submission of tandem papers; i.e., papers in part 1, part 2, etc. If the reviewers, during the review process, determine that the paper needs to give more details and needs to split into two papers, that's acceptable. But authors cannot from the beginning submit a multi-part paper.
You can see the status of your manuscript in the system. Please note that OJ-IM does not answer paper status query messages within the first 2 months of the submission of a paper. Please do not contact us during that period asking about your paper.
When a paper is accepted, its last version which the authors had submitted for review in the submission system will appear on IEEE Xplore with a DOI as Early Access in about 10 business days after acceptance. Furthermore, the IEEE-edited final version of the paper, after the authors approve the proofs, is assigned to a Volume with article sequence number in approximately 3 weeks after the paper is accepted, assuming the authors submit the final files correctly and in time.
Short papers are intended to provide authors with a means for a relatively rapid publication of novel, significant and time-sensitive articles in OJ-IM's scope. Short papers are limited to a minimum of three and a maximum of four published pages and must be submitted in the two-column format of the IEEE transactions. There will be no author bios published at the end of Short Papers. Short papers:
- are reviewed faster than regular papers (our target is to be twice as fast as regular papers)
- have a faster revision time than regular papers (in case of "Minor revision" decision)
A Short Paper is considered an archival journal publication and therefore must possess technical novelty, direct relevance to OJ-IM's scope, be on a current topic with a certain degree of publication time sensitivity, have an adequate number of relevant references, include a no shorter than a 250-word abstract, and NO part of it may have been previously published in ANY form, including as part of a proceedings paper.
Subsequent to the review process, a decision of “Accept", "Minor Revisions", "Reject and Invite to Resubmit", or “Reject” will be rendered.
To partially defer the publications cost, authors agree to pay a mandatory overlength page charge for each page or fraction thereof beyond the SECOND page of the short paper.
The submission rules, other than what is mentioned above, are exactly the same as the regular papers, and can be seen here.
OJ-IM encourages submission of high-quality survey or review papers. Like any other paper published in OJ-IM, a survey or review paper must also make a journal-level technical contribution, such as a novel taxonomy that will guide other researchers, deep analysis with new findings that were previously unknown, or identifying gaps and providing new insights that weren't known before. Please note that simply listing a bunch of papers in a given topic and/or doing shallow analysis will not be enough to be considered for TIM. A paper that is simply a sequence of "Authors in paper X did so and so, and authors in paper Y did such and such, etc." without any journal-level contributions (as described above), will be rejected during the screening process and without going to reviewers.
Please check the survey papers already published in OJ-IM, so you don't submit a survey paper that overlaps with the published ones.
The free page limit for Survey/Review articles is 12 pages, after which overlength fees apply. Other than this, Survey/Review papers have the same submission instructions as Regular papers. For more information about submitting regular papers, please see the Regular Papers tab.
Submitting your paper to a Special Section
To submit a paper to a special section (SS), please follow the general instructions here, especially paying attention to the scope, and additionally, following ALL the instructions under "Extended Version of Proceedings Paper" section. Special Section papers that are 4 pages or less must in addition follow the short paper rules. Furthermore, at the "General Information" stage of submission, you must select the correct SS in the "Section/Category" box.
Please note that only papers that were accepted, registered, and presented at the workshop/conference/symposium are eligible for submitting an extended version to the SS.
Comment papers are papers of 3 pages (IEEE transactions format) or less, that comment on a previously-published paper, usually to point to a technical problem/error in the latter.
The process for Comment papers is as follows:
Commenting authors email their comment paper directly to the EiC. Please do not upload your comment paper to the submission system! The paper must be in IEEE double-column transactions format.
The EiC will send the comment paper to the authors of the commented paper, asking them to submit a rebuttal, if they so wish. A deadline will be given to submit the rebuttal.
As soon as the rebuttal is submitted or the deadline expires, both the commenting paper and the rebuttal (if available) will be sent to a cognizant reviewer, who will submit his/her recommendation to the EiC. This reviewer is normally (but not always) one of the existing OJ-IM Associate Editors.
If the recommendation is to accept the comment paper (rebuttal is incorrect), the comment paper will be accepted for publication in the journal.
If the recommendation is to accept both the comment and the rebuttal paper (review is inconclusive, or both parties are correct from their respective perspectives), both will be accepted for publication in the journal.
If the recommendation is to reject the comment paper (comment paper is incorrect), the decision will be final with no options to submit the comment paper again.