Information for Authors


The Editorial Board will pre-screen all submissions and remove from further consideration those that, in its opinion, do not meet one or more requirements that include, but are not limited to: areas of interest to our readership; quality and clarity of the presentation; novelty; significance of contribution. In all cases where a submission does not pass the pre-screening stage, it will promptly be returned to the authors.

Submission Guidelines

You must submit two versions of your paper in English:

  1. Manuscript file: double-column format, in the standard IEEE Transactions 10-point font.
    If LaTex is used, use the line \documentclass[10pt,twocolumn,twoside]{IEEEtran} — See the IEEE Author Digital Tool Box for details and style files. No more than 10 pages in length including all figures and illustrations.
  2. Supplementary material: single-column format in 10-point font, double spaced. This must a pdf file.

Your paper will be returned to you, if both formats are not included.

All submitted manuscripts should be as concise as possible. Papers that exceed 10 pages in length (including figures) in the double-column format will not be considered.

New IEEE policy for manuscript submission. An ORCID is required.

  1. TCNS, like all IEEE journals, requires an Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) for all authors. ORCID is a persistent unique identifier for researchers and functions similarly to an article’s Digital Object Identifier (DOI). The author will need a registered ORCID in order to submit a manuscript through the submission site CONES or review a proof in this journal.
  2. The CONES landing page has instructions on how to associate your ORCID with your CONES PIN.

Overlap With Published Work

Submission of a manuscript signifies that it has neither been copyrighted nor published, submitted, or accepted for publication elsewhere. IEEE policy requires that authors, when using their own previously published or submitted material as a basis for a new submission, they must “cite the previous work(s) and very clearly indicate how the new submission differs from the previously published work(s).” [IEEE Publications Operations Manual, Section 8.2.4F.] Full details on IEEE publication policies are provided in Section 8 of the IEEE Publication Services and Products Board Operations Manual.

If a submitted manuscript has been published or has been accepted for publication in the Proceedings of an IEEE conference, it may be considered for publication if evidence is provided that it adds value relative to its conference version (for example, it contains detailed proofs omitted from the conference version, new material, and/or additional numerical results). This ensures consistency with the policy stated in the previous paragraph.

If, at its time of submission, a manuscript has also been submitted for publication in the Proceedings of an IEEE conference, it will be considered for publication in the Transactions with the understanding that, should it be found publishable in both venues, evidence will be provided that its final version adds value relative to its conference version, as explained in the previous paragraph.

Process for Electronic Submission of a Manuscript

All prospective authors must submit their manuscripts electronically. Only PDF files are accepted. Your pdf file should be submitted as follows: Please go to the TCNS submission site: CONES and follow the instructions to upload your pdf file. You will be given the option to upload additional files (e.g., supporting material with your manuscript), as well as a cover message.

Authors outside the USA: Please make sure that your postscript or pdf files can be printed out correctly on standard US paper size (8 1/2 x 11”). For example, with dvips, use the option “-t letter”.

Copyright and Export Control Compliance

It is the policy of the IEEE to own the copyright to the technical contribution it publishes on behalf of the interests of the IEEE, its authors and their employers, and to facilitate the appropriate reuse of this material by others. To comply with the U.S. Copyright Law, authors are required to sign an IEEE copyright form before publication. This form returns to authors and their employers full rights to reuse their material for their own purposes. The form may be obtained from IEEE Copyright Form and signing the form is integrated in the on-line submission process. In addition, the IEEE must also comply with U.S. laws or restrictions pertaining to the dissemination of defense-related information. For more information please see the IEEE Export Control Compliance Form.

Style for Manuscripts

1. The First page must contain:

(a) Title of Paper (without Symbols),
(b) Author(s) and affiliation(s);
(c) Abstract (not exceeding 300 words);
(d) For each author: complete mailing address, telephone number, and electronic mail (e-mail) address;
(e) Preferred address for correspondence and return of proofs; and
(f) Footnotes (if desired) containing acknowledgment of financial or other support.

2. Provide an Introduction that includes a statement of the purpose and contribution of the paper.
3. If appropriate, indicate advantages, limitations, and possible applications in a Conclusion section.
4. References should be numbered and appear in a separate bibliography at the end of the paper. Use numerals in square brackets to cite references, e.g., [15]. References should be complete and in the IEEE style (in LaTex use \bibliographystyle{IEEEtran}).

Graphical Abstracts

TCNS accepts graphical abstracts and they must be peer reviewed. For more information about graphical abstracts and their specifications, visit the IEEE website.

Style for Illustrations

Please follow the instructions in “Guidelines for Author-Supplied Electronic Text and Graphics“.

Final Accepted Manuscript

Final versions of papers accepted for publication should be submitted in the IEEE Transactions 10-point font, double-column format, and should not exceed 10 pages including all figures, illustrations, and author(s) bios. In exceptional circumstances, and at the recommendation of the Associate Editor or the Senior Editor, the EiC can approve the submission of a final version that is up to 12 pages. Any paper that exceeds 10 pages is subject to overlength charges.