Publication Style and Type
To guarantee a fast review and publication; we require a strict page limit for all papers in this journal, without any exception.
This strict limit is 4 pages, and the format is required to be exactly as stated in this guideline. Research findings and results whose fast dissemination will spark interest in the academic and industrial communities, and whose main points can be captured within this page limit are best targeted for this journal. Research papers that require elaborate context, elaborate formalization and large amounts of data or formal proofs to convince the readers will be better targeted for other archival journals in the field. If you are writing for IEEE ESL, a general guideline is to minimize the motivational text and point directly to relevant background work without, of course, any omissions. In some cases, directly stating the problem that you are attempting to address may be an appropriate starting point.
A manuscript can be one of three types: regular manuscripts, letters to the editor and a Response Manuscript. Per IEEE policy, all published manuscripts should be peer-reviewed for originality and technical soundness. If you are writing a "Response Manuscript" that is a follow up of an earlier published work, use the introductory text to capture the main points of the manuscript for the reader who may not have the benefit of having read the prior work.
Submitted letters must be four pages or fewer, including all figures, tables, and references. Submissions exceeding this length will be returned without review. Papers should use 7.875 in x 10.75 in (20 cm x 27.30 cm) trim size and the IEEE transactions two-column format in 10-pt. font. In word counts, this corresponds to roughly 2200 words.
The articles in this journal are peer-reviewed in accordance with the requirements set forth in the IEEE Publication Services and Products Board Operations Manual (sections 8.2.1.C & 8.2.2.A). Each published article was reviewed by a minimum of two independent reviewers using a single-blind peer-review process, where the identities of the reviewers are not known to the authors, but the reviewers know the identities of the authors. Articles will be screened for plagiarism before acceptance.
Corresponding authors from low-income countries are eligible for waived or reduced open access APCs.
Concurrent or Overlapping Submission & Originality of Work
Submissions to IEEE ESL must consist of original work that has not been previously published nor is currently under review elsewhere. Concurrent or overlapping submission to ESL and other publications is viewed as a serious breach of ethics and, if detected, will result in immediate rejection of the submission.
Contributions beyond prior work must be clearly articulated. Letters submissions that extend or are otherwise closely related to prior publications must also include copies of those prior papers for the reviewers' and editors' reference.
Due to the short format, we expect that publication in IEEE ESL should not preclude later publication in top-quality conferences or full-length journals.
However, we expect that the later publication is substantially extended as per IEEE guidelines.
Submissions are accepted on a continuing basis. Each submission will be assigned to an appropriate member of the Editorial Board to manage the review process. Upon acceptance, authors will have one week to make revisions.