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Special Section Papers

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.

Special Section in TIM

At this time, Special Sections are assigned only to the 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 Section Request Process" below. Please note that we do not consider any other types of SS proposals, so please do not send us SS 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 Section

TIM currently has special Sections 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 Section Request Process

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

  1. Conferences and workshops MUST contact the EiC and request a Special Section 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 Section 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 section will be assigned, but authors will be allowed to submit their extended papers, still fulfilling the special section 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 Section 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 Section. 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 Section 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 Section. 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 Sections dedicated to I2MTC and CPEM conferences) will be published in the Special Section section of TIM. However, since many more papers may be submitted, the remaining reviewed and accepted papers will appear as regular papers in TIM.
  6. The guest editor(s) are expected to prepare an introductory page for the Special Section.