Information for Reviewers
IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation now uses ScholarOne Manuscripts as a means to receive and manage the review of all papers submitted for publication. A reviewer for our transactions must have an account on the ScholarOne Manuscripts system. If you do not have one, please go to the ScholarOne Manuscripts website to create one using the instructions given there.
Complete the review forms on-line at ScholarOne Manuscripts and fill in all the information on the on-line review form. Important: Please provide "comments for the authors" that reflect and explain your evaluation of the paper to the author! It is not very helpful to tell the editor confidentially that a paper has no new information in it, so it is not suitable to publish, and then just list a few minor corrections in the comments for the author.
Using a file name beginning with the paper number such as above makes it easier for us to locate the file later when it is needed.
- Reviewers claiming that a manuscript lacks sufficient novelty must provide reference to at least one relevant (and possibly very recent) paper that the Reviewer would consider as a baseline reference to determine lack of sufficient novelty.
- Suggest references to be added – as long as they are technically relevant, i.e. not in order to increase the citation count of the author or the associate editor.
- Suggest removal of references that are not appropriate for the topic being discussed.
- Confirm that only SI units and those units recognized for use with the SI are used to express the values of quantities. Equivalent values in other units are given in parentheses following values in acceptable units only when deemed necessary for the intended audience. A quick guide to the use of SI units is provided here.
- Conference papers vs journal papers
[In the following, Editors refers to the Editor-in-Chief, the Track Editors, and the Associate Editors]
- TAP Editors and Reviewers are instructed to consider conference and journal papers as totally separate venues for publication.
- A full-length conference paper cannot simply be republished in TAP verbatim without “substantial” differences.
- Sometimes two different conference papers are “combined” into a journal paper. The resulting manuscript cannot be simply the union of the original articles, but it must have a substantial difference from the original articles.
- IEEE policy simply requires “substantial” differences, with the meaning of “substantial” being at the discretion of the Editors. Examples of “substantial” difference include, but are not limited to, addition of new results, but may also imply more details on the theory, implementation, measurements…
- Text and figures can in fact be exactly copied from the conference paper(s) into the journal paper. This is not double publishing. At least a slightly different title should be used for the journal paper, to describe the typically broader journal contribution and to avoid confusion in the archival record. Authors must cite the conference version when submitting the journal paper in two places: (i) in the Manuscript Central field requesting this information, (ii) in the journal paper itself. See PSPB Ops Manual 8.2.4.G.2: “...Section 8.2.1.B.9 requires that the author(s) cite the previous work(s) and very clearly indicate how the new submission differs from the previously published work(s). Authors should provide a copy of the conference paper when they submit their manuscript.”
- It is the responsibility of the Authors to ensure that any copyright commitments they have made outside the IEEE, however, are not violated by the eventual IEEE journal publication.
- Overall rationale for this policy: Authors should be encouraged to present their work to the community at IEEE conferences, which inevitably involves publishing a conference version. A policy that prevented conference papers from being later published in a journal version would have the opposite effect and discourage researchers from presenting their best work at conferences. Similarly, it would damage the quality of IEEE journals if innovative ideas are barred from publication in them, simply because they have been presented in a conference format.
- This rationale is in agreement with Section 8.1.7.E of the IEEE Publications and Services Products Board Operations Manual which states that
“…IEEE Policies, Section 6.4, specifies that IEEE’s technical publications shall include original material, which appears only once in the archival literature, and Section 1.3.A of this Manual presents a definition of an archival publication. Nevertheless, it is common in technical publishing for material to be presented at various stages of its evolution, such as publishing early ideas in a workshop, more developed work in a conference, and fully developed contributions as journal or transactions articles. IEEE recognizes the importance of this evolutionary publication process as a significant means of scientific communication and fully supports this publishing paradigm, but IEEE requires that this evolutionary process be fully referenced…”
ScholarOne Manuscripts offers a downloadable guide and relevant FAQs for all reviewers training needs. In addition, questions and suggestion can be using the Support portal
If necessary, reviewers can download from this page the forms (PDF 66KB) that are needed to complete a review.