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Special Issue Papers

Submitting your paper to a Special Issue

To submit a paper to a special issue, please follow the general instructions here, especially paying attention to the scope. Additionally, Special Issue papers must follow these instructions:

  1. Only papers that were accepted, registered, and presented at the workshop/conference/symposium are eligible for submitting an extended version to the SI.
  2. The paper must be TECHNICALLY extended beyond the scope of the paper that has appeared in the proceedings.
  3. Optional Cover Letter: 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 a Cover Letter. Additionally, the removed co-authors must sign the same Cover Letter, stating that they agree to be removed from the journal version.
  4. At the time of submission, the authors must provide detailed information, and not general descriptions, regarding exactly what has been technically extended in the journal version compared to the proceedings paper. Please upload this information as a separate file during the submission process (see 8 below).
  5. The proceedings paper MUST be clearly referred to in the text and listed as one of the references in the special-issue paper.
  6. A PDF copy of the proceedings paper must be submitted at the time of journal paper submission.
  7. 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. An acknowledgement and permission statement required by the proceedings paper publisher must be properly incorporated in the Special Issue paper. The author(s) is (are) solely responsible for this and any other copyright permission-related requirements and issues. If the proceedings paper was copyrighted by the IEEE, this permission is not required.
  8. When uploading your manuscript click on "Special Issue Manuscript" in the "Manuscript Upload Instructions" page of the Allentrack System.  Then, in page #1 of "Submit Manuscript" you must choose your specific Special Issue. Subsequently, in the same page and in the "Files to Upload" section you MUST upload two files; one containing a detailed explanation of how the paper is TECHNICALLY extended beyond the scope of the proceedings paper and another which is a PDF copy of the Conference/Workshop Proceedings paper.  To this end, you must put the number "2" in the small box in front of "Extension Beyond Proceedings & Copy of Proceedings" (if any was published) so that the system allows you to upload these two files. Consequently, these two files will be available to the reviewers. Failure to submit a detailed explanation of the TECHNICAL extension and a PDF copy of the Proceedings paper will result in the immediate return of the manuscript to the author(s) as an unacceptable submission.

Special Issues in TIM

At this time, Special Issues are assigned only to the major conferences that are solely-sponsored by the IEEE IMS society (except CPEM). This will be arranged between the conference organizers and TIM's EiC, according to the "Special Issue Request Process" below. Please note that we do not consider any other types of SI proposals, so please do not send us SI proposals outside of the above. However, authors of any proceedings papers, assuming the paper is within TIM's scope, are welcome to submit a technically-extended version of their proceedings paper as a regular paper to TIM. Such submission can be done only after the conference closes. To submit such a paper, please follow the instructions here for submitting an extended version of a previously-published proceedings paper.

Current Special Issues

TIM currently has special issues with the following conferences. The links are not necessarily up-to-date, so please search for the latest edition of each conference for submission dates and rules:

Conference on Precision Electromagnetic Measurements (CPEM)
IEEE International Instrumentation & Measurement Conference (I2MTC)
IEEE International Workshop on Applied Measurements for Power Systems (AMPS)
IEEE International Workshop on Measurements and Networking (M&N) 
IEEE Medical Measurements and Applications (MeMeA)
IEEE Sensors Applications Symposium (SAS)
IEEE International Symposium on Robotic and Sensors Environments (ROSE)

Special Issue Request Process

If you are organizing an IMS-sponsored conference, and are interested to have a Special Issue of your conference in TIM, please follow these steps:

  1. Conferences and workshops MUST contact the EiC and request a Special Issue immediately after their request for sponsorship from the society has been approved, and not later (in particular not after the conference has taken place).
  2. The EiC makes a determination as to whether or not a Special Issue will be assigned to the conference or workshop based on considering several pertinent factors (including but not limited to the technical scope of the conference, request timeliness, etc.). There three options that may be considered:
    • The guest editor acts as the associate editor and will monitor the review process;
    • The guest editor only screens the submitted papers for whether the papers are technically extended beyond the proceedings copy and also whether the authors registered (full registration) and presented the paper (oral or poster) at the conference and then the EiC assigns the papers to the regular Associate Editors who will handle the review process;
    • No special issue will be assigned, but authors will be allowed to submit their extended papers, still fulfilling the special issue requirements. In this case the papers will be reviewed as "regular" papers and, if accepted, will be published under the common technical area grouping.
  3. If the publication of a Special Issue has been approved by the EiC, conferences and workshops MUST immediately and clearly advertise (in their web site, brochures, announcements, etc.) the fact that all papers, independent of the mode of presentation (i.e., oral or poster), that are presented at the conference with at least one author having paid full registration fee, are eligible to be considered for the Special Issue. Any exceptions (limited and such as conference-sponsored keynotes and invited speakers, etc.) must be approved by the society vice president for conferences and the transactions EiC.  In addition, the conference or workshop MUST identify a two-week period, after the conference has taken place (usually about four weeks after the conference), during which (and only in this period) the authors may upload their extended Special Issue papers.
  4. The conference or workshop, in agreement with the TIM EiC, MUST identify one or two individuals as the guest editor(s) for the Special Issue. The EiC might add one of TIM's regular AEs as a GE, to ensure that TIM's quality standards are adhered to.
  5. Only a maximum of ten papers from any given conference or workshop (with the exception of the Special Issues dedicated to I2MTC and CPEM conferences) will be published in the Special Issue section of TIM. However, since many more papers may be submitted, the remaining reviewed and accepted papers will appear in an upcoming regular issue of TIM. There are additional requirements for ALL papers (Special Issue and regular) from the conferences and workshops that must be adhered to, as outlined below.
  6. The guest editor(s) are expected to prepare an introductory page for the Special Issue.