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Important Notes

  1. Please carefully read TIM's Scope and the important note there. Following the instructions there could save your paper from being immediately rejected for being out of scope.
  2. 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.
  3. Manuscripts submitted to TIM must describe original work within TIM'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.
  4. All IEEE journals require an Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) for all authors. The authors will need a registered ORCID in order to submit a manuscript to TIM. Please also note that the ORCID ID must be individually linked by each author himself/herself, and this cannot be done by the corresponding author on behalf of the other authors. Please, do not duplicate the authors' accounts to circumvent this rule, because this will cause immediate rejection of your paper, with no option to resubmit!
  5. IEEE Plagiarism rules: IEEE rules governing issues related to plagiarism, dual submission, etc. can be found here.
  6. IEEE Copyright rules: For information and questions regarding Copyright, please consult with the IEEE web site or contact
  7. IEEE Policies: Please familiarize yourself with relevant IEEE policies concerning materials submitted for publication, in particular, Sections 8.2.1A (Authorship) and 8.2.1.B (Responsibilities of Authors) of the IEEE Publication Services and Products Board (PSPB) Operations Manual.


To submit a paper, please register for an account on the Allentrack system here. The manuscript submission process starts by pressing the "Submit Manuscript" link on your "Home" page. Once you click on that, you will need the following information to submit your paper:

  • Each Author:
    • First Name, Middle Name/Initial, Last Name
    • ORCID
    • Institution
    • Department
    • Phone and Fax Number
    • Street Address
    • 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)
  • Index Terms
  • 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, in order to submit them separately. Doing so makes the reviewing job quite difficult! Just submit a single self-contained unencrypted PDF file.
  • IEEE Copyright form: downloadable from here, which must be completed, signed, and uploaded as an additional file to your manuscript.
  • 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!
  • 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 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, to ask for certain reviewers not to be assigned to your paper, or to report that this is a resubmission of a previously rejected TIM paper. Please do not submit a list of suggested reviewers: we do NOT use author-suggested reviewers! 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 dataset: Authors can also upload any datasets they want to share with the reviewers and, if the paper is accepted, with the readers. For instructions, please see here.
  • Optional source code: Authors can also upload any source code they want to share with the reviewers and, if the paper is accepted, with the readers. For instructions, please see here.

Authors are encouraged to use a single column, 1.5 or 2 line spacing, format for the manuscript. This allows the reviewers to easily read the manuscript either on a computer monitor or when it is printed.

If you are submitting an extended version of a previously-published proceedings paper, you must additionally perform the following tasks:

  1. Upload a Cover Letter, explaining that the paper is an extended version of a previously-published proceedings paper.
  2. Upload a document that explains exactly what has been extended from the proceedings version. Please note that TIM only considers "Technical Extensions", not giving more explanation etc.
  3. Upload a copy of the proceedings paper
  4. Cite and refer your proceedings paper in the journal version.

After the manuscript is submitted, you will be asked to select the order you would like the files to be displayed in a merged PDF file that the system will create for you. Next, you will be directed to a page that will allow you to review your converted manuscript. If the conversion is not correct, you can replace or delete your manuscript files as necessary. You may also add additional files at this time. After you have reviewed the converted files, you will need to click on "Approve Converted Files." This link will have a red arrow next to it. Throughout the system, red arrows  reflect pending action items that you should address.

Getting Help
If you need additional help, you can click on the help signsspread throughout the system. A help dialog will pop up with context-sensitive help.

Estimating Number of Printed Pages
Regular and special issue papers require authors to pay an overlength page fee for every page or fraction thereof beyond the free limit of 8 pages. Approximately three double-spaced (12-point font, 26 lines per page) typewritten pages will make one printed page. Approximately six single-column figures having a 1:1 aspect ratio will fit on one printed page.

Tandem Papers
Please note that TIM 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 at the beginning submit a multi-part paper.

Open Access Papers
TIM is a hybrid journal, allowing either traditional manuscript submission or Open Access (author pays OA fees) manuscript submission. Upon submission, if you choose for your manuscript to be Open Access, you commit to pay the $1,950 OA fee if your manuscript is accepted for publication. More information about Open Access can be see on IEEE's webpage here.

Pre-submission Professional Editing
Authors who would like assistance with English grammar and usage prior to submitting their manuscript to an IEEE publication for review or during the review process can now go directly here to submit a manuscript for copy editing. The copy editors will edit for grammar, usage, organization, and clarity, querying potentially substantive revisions as necessary. An author can use the service, at their own expense, as often as desired. Cost estimates are available immediately online. Edited manuscripts will generally be returned to the author within two weeks of submission.

Manuscript Status
After you approve your manuscript, you are finished with the submission process. You can access the status of your manuscript at any time via "Check Status" link in your manuscript page.

Rapid Posting
TIM papers that have been accepted for publication and for which their authors have uploaded and approved their proofs are rapid posted on the IEEE Xplore, while waiting for their specific publications issue. These paper can be accessed on the IEEE Xplore TIM page by clicking on the Early Access link there.