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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. IEEE Plagiarism rules: IEEE rules governing issues related to plagiarism, dual submission, etc. can be found here.
  5. IEEE Policies: Please familiarize yourself with relevant IEEE policies in the IEEE Publication Services and Products Board (PSPB) Operations Manual, in particular, Sections 8.2.1A (Authorship) and 8.2.1.B (Responsibilities of Authors), and 6.3.1 + 8.1.4 (Copyright).

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:

Mandatory Information:

  • Each Author:
    • First Name, Last Name
    • ORCID
    • 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 required 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 Information:

  • 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 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 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: TIM 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:

  1. Upload a Cover Letter, explaining that the paper is an extended version of a previously-published proceedings paper.
  2. 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.
  3. Upload a document with item type "List of Extensions" that explains exactly what has been extended from the proceedings version. Please note that TIM only considers "Technical Extensions"; i.e., the extension must present new technical thing(s), not just more explanation, etc.
  4. Upload a copy of the proceedings paper with item type "Copy of Proceedings Papers".
  5. 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.
  6. 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 may receive one Major Revision decision. A second Major Revision will lead to rejection.

  • A paper that has received a "Reject and Invite to Resubmit" decision, can be revised and resubmitted.

  • A paper that has received a Reject decision, cannot be resubmitted anymore.

Tandem Papers
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 from 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 $2,045 OA fee if your manuscript is accepted for publication. More information about Open Access can be see on IEEE's webpage here.

Manuscript Status
You can see the status of your manuscript in the system. Please note that TIM 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.

Rapid Publication
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.