Author guide - IET research journals
1. Contact information
2. Manuscript submission
3. Multiple submission
4. Cover letter
5. Manuscript presentation
6. Publication options
7. Colour reproduction
8. After acceptance
9. Copyright and Open Access Licence
10. Pre-submission editing services
1. Contact information
1.1. If you cannot find the information you are looking for on this page, please contact the journal's editorial assistant by following the Editorial Contact link on the relevant journal homepage. For general enquiries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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2. Manuscript submission
2.1. There is no charge for submitting to our journals.
2.2. We are currently in the process of migrating our journals from ScholarOne Manuscripts to River Valley’s ReView. During this transition, please follow the “Submit your paper” link on each journal’s home page to ensure you submit your paper to the correct manuscript submission and peer review site. Original papers should be submitted as a single PDF or Word file that includes all figures and tables.
2.3. If the paper is intended for a specific special issue, please make this clear when uploading your paper.
2.3.1. Revised papers should be submitted in their source file format (.doc, docx or .tex files for text and .eps, .jpeg, .tif or .pdf files for figures). If your paper has been prepared using LaTeX, please also upload a single .pdf file of the paper together with the LaTeX source file and the figures.
2.4. All papers are pre-screened to ensure that only the most significant are sent for review. Please ensure that your manuscript satisfies the following points:
2.4.1. Originality: is the work scientifically rigorous, accurate and novel? Does the work contain significant additional material to that already published? Has its value been demonstrated?
2.4.2. Please be aware that all submissions to IET publications will now go through Ithenticate’s CrossCheck software which is a multi-publisher initiative to screen published and submitted content for originality. We use CrossCheck to detect instances of overlapping and similar text in submitted manuscripts. Click here to find out more about CrossCheck.
2.4.3. Our policy is to reject manuscripts found to contain duplication of previously published work. For further information please see the IET Policy in Relation to Plagiarism, Infringement of Copyright and Infringement of Moral Rights and Submission to Multiple Publications .
2.4.4. Motivation: does the problem considered have a sound motivation? Does the paper clearly demonstrate the scientific interest of the results?
2.4.5. Referencing: has reference been made to the most recent and most appropriate work? Is the present work set in the context of the previous work?
2.4.6. Clarity: is the English clear and well written? Poorly written English may obscure the scientific merit of your paper. Are the ideas expressed clearly and concisely? Are the concepts understandable?
2.5. Manuscript submission - further information for IET Circuits, Devices & Systems
2.5.1. Please note that we are not able to consider any previously rejected papers in IET Circuits, Devices & Systems, and any such papers submitted for consideration to this journal will be automatically rejected.
2.6. Manuscript submission - further information for IET Control Theory & Applications
2.6.1. IET Control Theory & Applications publishes both 'Brief' and 'Regular' papers:
2.6.2. Regular Papers - detailed discussions involving new research, applications or developments.
2.6.3. Brief Papers - brief presentations of new technical concepts and developments.
2.6.4. The distinction between regular papers and brief papers is not one of quality, but of nature. Normally, a brief paper will have one main point to make, which can be done succinctly and clearly, whereas a regular paper will be a more detailed and in-depth treatment of a problem area.
2.6.5. Due to changes in our typesetting workflow, we have changed our submission templates to a double column format to ensure high quality and streamlined typesetting of our authors' papers, subject to acceptance. Please ensure that you adhere to the formatting instructions laid out in either the Word version here or the Latex version here when submitting for review.
2.7 Manuscript submission - further information for IET Computer Vision
2.7.1 The authors of all submitted papers are required to include a cover sheet with answers to the questions and requirements listed below:
- What is the theoretical foundation of your work?
- Please provide a brief outline of the main contributions of your paper.
- What is the closest work to that reported in your manuscript and the differences with that work?
- Please confirm your paper includes a substantial review of the state of the art and includes comparative evaluation of your work against one or more other works, preferably on a publicly available dataset.
- Please confirm that this submission is your original work.
2.8. Manuscript submission - further information for IET Systems Biology
2.8.1. For papers that contain a mathematical model (described in ordinary differential equations), IET Systems Biology offers the opportunity for specialist refereeing of such articles plus online publication of live versions of the models for accepted manuscripts.
2.8.2. In parallel to their manuscript file, authors are requested to submit their model description either in SBML format or as an ASCII text file. If a text file is used then reaction stoichiometries, rate equations, parameter values and initial conditions, i.e. everything that is needed to program the model, must be specified following the instructions given at http://jjj.biochem.sun.ac.za/journals/ietsysbiol/submit.html. The model file should be sent as an email attachment to Prof. Jacky Snoep at: email@example.com and cc'd to: firstname.lastname@example.org, quoting the manuscript ID number. At this stage the model will be converted into a replica that can be run over the Internet only by the reviewers of the paper. If the paper is accepted for publication in IET Systems Biology, the model will subsequently be made freely accessible online.
2.8.3. Authors have the option to upload supplementary material as part of their submission. Supplementary material most often consists of data, figures and tables and if a paper is accepted for publication, then the supplementary files will be published alongside the online version. Supplementary material will be published as it stands when it is submitted to us and so authors should ensure that the content is formatted properly in the files uploaded. It is important that authors only mark supplementary data as such when uploading files. The main paper, previous conference papers, cover letter etc. should be marked as ‘Main Document’. For further information on the acceptable file types, please click here.
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3. Multiple submission
3.1. Your manuscript must not be under consideration for any other publication while it is being considered by the IET. Please read the IET Policy in Relation to Plagiarism, Infringement of Copyright and Infringement of Moral Rights and Submission to Multiple Publications carefully, or contact the relevant editorial assistant if you are in any doubt.
3.2. If your manuscript has been considered and rejected by any other publication, it is imperative that this is stated in the cover letter.
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4. Cover Letter
4.1. Cover letters are required for all submissions.
4.2. Cover letters must include a statement of originality and confirmation that this paper has not been submitted to any other journals.
4.3. If your manuscript has previously been submitted to this or any other journal (including other IET journals) and subsequently rejected, you must provide copies of all correspondence involving the earlier submission including the final decision letter. You must also include an additional document detailing how you have improved your paper from the previous rejected version. Please upload this document alongside both your submitted manuscript file and your cover letter. Failure to do so may cause delays or interruptions to paper processing and will result in the rejection of your manuscript.
4.4. If your manuscript was previously a conference paper please attach the paper and details of how the manuscript has been expanded.
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5. Manuscript presentation
5.1. Submission template: we have recently updated our submission templates to a double column format. For our Microsoft Word submission template, please download the file here. For our LaTeX template, please download the zipped file here; these templates contains specific information regarding the formatting, layout and policies for submissions to IET Research Journals. Additional information regarding submissions can also be found in the following subsections.
5.2. Length: original research articles, case studies and brief papers submitted to IET Research Journals should conform to a maximum length of 12 pages when formatted using our double column template provided in section 5.1. Review articles, which summarise current research in a particular area, have a maximum length limit of 18 pages. Comment papers, that critique already published papers, should be no more than 4 pages in length. These guidelines include all content such as the abstract, figures, references and the appendices..
5.3. Format: papers must be typed in a font size no smaller than 10 pt and should be in standardised fonts such as Times New Roman or Arial. All pages should be numbered.
5.4. Language, spelling and grammar: all papers must be written in UK English. If English is not your first language, you should ask an English-speaking colleague to proofread your paper. Papers that fail to meet basic standards of literacy are likely to be unsubmitted by the Editorial Office.
5.5. Author affiliations: these should immediately follow the title. For multiple-authored articles, list the full names of all the authors, followed by the full postal and email addresses, using identifiers to link an author with an address where necessary. If an author's present address is different from the address at which the work was carried out, this should be given as a footnote. All co-authors must be listed on the manuscript submission and peer review site as part of the submission process.
5.6. Abstract: this should be informative and suitable for direct inclusion in abstracting services as a self-contained article. It should not exceed 200 words. It should indicate the general scope and also state the main results obtained, methods used, the value of the work and the conclusions drawn. No figure numbers, table numbers, references or displayed mathematical expressions should be included. The abstract should be included in both the manuscript submission and peer review site submission steps and in the submitted paper.
5.7. Figures and figure captions
5.7.1. Figures will be reproduced exactly as supplied, with no redrawing or relabelling. It is therefore imperative that the supplied figures are of the highest possible quality. The preferred format is encapsulated postscript (.eps) for line figures and .tif for halftone figures with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi (dots per inch).
5.7.2. Each figure should be explicitly referred to in numerical order and should be embedded within the text at the appropriate point.
5.7.3. A maximum of four subfigures will be allowed per figure.
5.7.4. Colour figures may be used online at the request of the author (see Colour Reproduction section below).
5.8.1. Tables should be referred to explicitly in the text. Tables should be referred to in numerical order.
5.9. Mathematics and equations
5.9.1. When writing mathematics, avoid confusion between characters that could be mistaken for one another, e.g. the letter 'l' and the figure one.
5.9.2. Equations should be capable of fitting into a two-column print format.
5.9.3. Vectors and matrices should be in bold italic and variables in italic.
5.9.4. If your paper contains superscripts or subscripts, take special care to ensure that the positioning of the characters is unambiguous.
5.9.5. Exponential expressions should be written using superscript notation, i.e. 5x103 not 5E03. A multiplication sign should be used, not a dot.
5.9.6. Refer to equations using round brackets, e.g. (1)
Please be aware that it is the IET house style not to include footnotes in the text. If footnotes are included in a paper they will be moved into the main body of text during the typesetting.
5.11.1. You should number your references sequentially through the text, and each reference should be individually numbered and enclosed in square brackets (e.g. ).
5.11.2. Please ensure that all references in the reference list are cited in the text and vice versa. Failure to do so may cause delays in the production of your article.
5.11.3. Please also ensure that you provide as much information as possible to allow the reader to locate the article concerned. This is particularly important for articles appearing in conferences, workshops and books that may not appear in journal databases.
5.11.4. Do not include references for papers that have been submitted and not accepted for publication. Papers that have been accepted for publication are allowed as long as all information is provided.
5.11.5. Please provide all author name(s) and initials, title of the paper, date published, title of the journal or book, volume number, editors (if any), and finally the page range. For books and conferences, the town of publication and publisher (in parentheses) should also be given.
5.11.6. If the number of authors on a reference is greater than 6 please list the first 3 authors followed by et al.
5.11.7. An average research paper should reference between 20 and 30 works, the bulk of which should be recently published (i.e. within the last 5 years) leading-edge articles in the field, preferably from top journals or conferences. You should compare your own findings to this recent research and demonstrate how your work improves on it in order to demonstrate that your work shows a significant advance over the state of the art - a pre-requisite for publication in IET Research Journals.
5.12. Examples of the ways in which references should be cited are given below:
- Smith, T., Jones, M.: 'The title of the paper', IET Syst. Biol., 2007, 1, (2), pp. 1–7
- Borwn, L., Thomas, H., James, C., et al.:'The title of the paper, IET Communications, 2012, 6, (5), pp 125-138
- Jones, L., Brown, D.: 'The title of the conference paper'. Proc. Int. Conf. Systems Biology, Stockholm, Sweden, May 2006, pp. 1–7
Book, book chapter and manual
- Hodges, A., Smith, N.: 'The title of the book chapter', in Brown, S. (Ed.): 'Handbook of Systems Biology' (IEE Press, London, 2004, 1st edn.), pp. 1– 7
- Harrison, E.A., and Abbott, C.: 'The title of the book' (XYZ Press, New York, 2005, 2nd edn. 2006)
- IET., 'Report Title' (Publisher, 2013), pp. 1-5
- Brown, F.: 'The title of the patent (if available)'. British Patent 123456, July 2004
- Smith, D., Hodges, J.: British Patent Application 98765, 1925
- Abbott, N.L.: 'The title of the thesis'. PhD thesis, XYZ University, 2005
- BS1234: 'The title of the standard', 2006
- 'Research Journals', http://www.theiet.org/resources/journals/research/index.cfm, accessed April 2006
5.13. Appendices and supplementary material
Additional material, e.g. mathematical derivations, that may interrupt the flow of your paper's argument should form a separate Appendix section. Do not, however, use appendices to lengthen your article unnecessarily. If the material can be found in another work, cite this work rather than reproduce it.
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6. Publication options
6.1. Two Publication Options
The IET's hybrid journals offer authors a choice of publication options. Firstly, there is the standard Subscription Access option where authors assign copyright to the publisher. We are now also offering an Open Access option under one of four Creative Commons Licences, with the author retaining copyright for their work. If you choose to publish your paper Open Access please be aware that there is an Article Processing Charge (APC) of $2,000 USD. IET Cyber-Physical Systems: Theory and Applications is a fully open access journal with APCs waived in 2018.
6.2. Subscription Access Option
6.2.1. There is no charge to authors for this option which requires assignment of copyright to the Publisher. The published paper will be made available to subscribers.
6.3. Open Access Option
6.3.1. The IET Research Journals now offer authors the option of publishing their paper Open Access using a Creative Commons Licence (see Copyright and Open Access Licence section). If this licence type is chosen, upon acceptance of the paper, the authors will be required to pay the Article Processing Charge (APC) of $2,000 USD. The paper is then freely available to all with permitted reuse depending on licence type.
6.4. Payment for Open Access
6.4.1. The IET has partnered with Copyright Clearance Center, Rightslink who will facilitate the fee collection process. Once your paper is accepted for publication you will be contacted by Rightslink with instructions on how to pay your fees. All fees must be paid within 3 weeks of acceptance; failure to pay your fees in a timely fashion may result in your being debarred from publishing Open Access with the IET.
6.4.2. IET members are eligible for a 15% discount on their fees. The IET also offers fee waivers for researchers in developing countries, determined using the criteria* set by Research4Life, which provides free or low-cost access to scientific journals, books and databases for scientists, practitioners, students and faculty in the developing world. Researchers in other territories who can demonstrate a genuine need will also be considered for waivers. They should contact the Editorial Office once their paper has been accepted to make their appeal.
6.4.3. The choice of publication is made after acceptance and will not affect the peer review process or decision to publish.
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7. Colour reproduction
7.1. Colour reproduction is only available online at the request of the author.
7.2. If you would like your paper to appear in colour in the online version, please contact the Editorial Office once you have received your proof for corrections.
7.3. When you supply source files at the submission of a revised paper, please ensure that your figures are appropriate for print in black and white as well as online in colour.
7.4. Colour online is a free service.
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8. After acceptance
8.1. Publishing on acceptance
Once we have received the licence form and your paper is ready to move into production it will be published on our Digital Library platform as part of our publishing on acceptance service.
The paper that is published at this stage will be an exact copy of the paper submitted for the last round of review. In order to ensure that the published version of the paper is an acceptable standard, you may wish to upload a clean version of your paper without your response to previous reviewer comments. Also, the title and author names will be based on your manuscript submission and peer review site submission questions and accounts; please make sure these are up-to-date before completing the submission of your paper.
Please be aware that changes cannot be made to the published accepted version of your paper at any stage. The accepted version will be replaced on the Digital Library with the typeset e-First version upon completion of production of your article.
8.2. Proof correction
8.2.1. You will receive an email with your typeset proof attached for correction purposes. We ask you to return your corrections within 3 working days of receiving the email. Note that your paper will be published online in advance of printed publication and it is therefore in your interest to return your corrections to us as soon as possible. Major revisions, e.g. rewriting of whole sections, or the addition of figures, are not permitted at this stage. Also, changes with regards to authors or co-authors (additions or removals) cannot be made after the paper has been accepted.
8.2.2. Do not supply an original manuscript, an updated manuscript nor an edited proof at the corrections stage. Corrections should be indicated in list form by giving the precise location of each correction (page and line number). This should be limited to 1 A4 page.
8.2.3. We will send out two chase emails, one to the corresponding author and one to all authors. If we do not receive corrections within this time, due to a tight production schedule, your paper will be published as it stands. No changes or erratum will be made after this.
8.2.4. You will not be able to view the final proof after your corrections have been submitted.
The IET have now introduced an e-First publication service for our authors and readers where, once papers are ready for publication, they will appear online on the IET Digital Library (http://digital- library.theiet.org/content/journals) in advance of print publication.
E-First articles that have not yet been published in a print issue should be cited in this format:
Wu, Y., Liu, W.: 'Title of paper', IET Wirel. Sens. Syst., 2014, doi:10.1049/iet-wss.2013.0065
8.4. Complimentary copies
When all corrections have been made, we will send the corresponding author a PDF copy of their paper. No further changes can be made after this time. Please note that this is subject to the terms and conditions of our author self-archiving policy.
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9. Copyright and Open Access Licence
9.1. Right to publish
An author submitting a paper should ensure that he or she has the right to publish the paper and that it contains nothing defamatory. The IET will assume that all co-authors have agreed to the submission of any paper received.
9.2. Copyright form for subscription access
Authors who choose to publish through the subscription access model will be required to fill in the online copyright form in the manuscript submission and peer review site. The submitting author should sign on behalf of all co-authors.
Unless the paper is either 'United Kingdom Crown copyright' or 'a work of the US Government and in the Public Domain', the Bylaws of the IET require that copyright should belong to the IET.
9.3. Open Access: Creative Commons Licences
Authors who choose to publish their papers Open Access in the IET Research Journals will be asked to sign a Creative Commons Licence as opposed to a copyright form. All Creative Commons Licence types will incur an Article Processing Charge (APC) of $2,000 USD. These licences allow the author to retain the copyright to their work. As we offer a number of different licence options for authors, it is advised that authors take some time to consider which licence they would like to use when they submit their paper so as not to delay the publication of the paper on acceptance. Authors whose work is funded by the Wellcome Trust or Research Councils UK must sign the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY). Other licences available are: Attribution-NoDerivs (CC BY-ND), Attribution-NonCommercial (CC BY-NC) and Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-ND). For more information on these options, please see below.
Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) This licence lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation. This is the most accommodating of licences offered, recommended for maximum dissemination and use of licenced materials. (If your work is funded by The Wellcome Trust or Research Councils UK you must use this licence.)
Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs (CC BY-ND) This licence allows for redistribution, commercial and non-commercial, as long as it is passed along unchanged and in whole, with credit to you.
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial (CC BY-NC) This licence lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, and although their new works must also acknowledge you and be non-commercial, they don't have to licence their derivative works on the same terms.
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-ND) This licence is the most restrictive licence we offer, only allowing others to download your works and share them with others as long as they credit you, but they can't change them in any way or use them commercially.
9.4 Permissions to reproduce
9.4.1 Where copyright has been assigned to the IET, if you wish to make use of previously published illustrations, diagrams or photographs in your paper, whether for commercial or non-commercial purposes, you must obtain the written permission of the Editorial Office.
9.4.2 The IET will not make a charge where the work is being reproduced for non-commercial purposes, e.g. teaching, research presentations, etc.
9.4.3 Charges apply where IET copyrighted material is being reproduced for commercial purposes, e.g. book chapters or review articles.
9.4.4 The source of the material must also be acknowledged in full.
9.4.5 Please note, all authors have to obtain their own permissions for re-used text, figures and tables which do not belong to the IET in their submitted papers.
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10. Pre-submission editing services
The IET has partnered with Editage to provide editorial services to authors submitting to IET Journals. The services will help authors craft well-written manuscripts for submission to the journal of their choice. Prior to submitting your manuscript, you may wish to have it edited for correct use of English, particularly if English is not your first language. This is not compulsory but it may assist the journal editors and reviewers to fully understand the content of your paper.
NB: Use of the Editage service does not guarantee that your manuscript will be sent out for peer review or accepted for publication.
If you would like more information on the language editing facility offered by Editage, an independent editorial service, please visit their IET microsite where you will receive a 15% discount on the services available.
There are a large number of language-editing services available and you would be free to use any of these. Note that authors are liable for all costs associated with language editing and the IET does not accept any responsibility for the level of service provided.
Transactions on Robotics (T-RO)
The IEEE Transactions on Robotics (T-RO) publishes research papers that represent major advances in the state-of-the-art in all areas of robotics. The Transactions welcomes original papers that report on any combination of theory, design, experimental studies, analysis, algorithms, and integration and application case studies involving all aspects of robotics.
Presenting Your Accepted Transactions Paper at ICRA 2019Authors of papers that are accepted for publication in the Transactions in 2018 will have the opportunity to present their work at ICRA 2019. Those of you interested in this option should submit your original work to the Transactions as soon as possible. The basic guidelines are as follows:
- Papers that are published, or accepted for publication, in the IEEE Transactions on Robotics between the period June 1, 2018 - December 31, 2018 (this period may be subject to slight adjustment), and that are not based in large part on previously published conference proceedings papers involving the same authors, are eligible.
- Authors of qualified papers will be invited to submit their work for possible presentation at ICRA 2019. Candidate papers will then be reviewed by the ICRA 2019 program committee. Final selection will be announced at the same time as regular submissions to ICRA 2019.
- Authors of accepted papers are subject to the same requirements as those of regular conference submissions, i.e., full registration by at least one author is required, with up to two papers allowed per registration; the papers will be assigned to sessions and presented in the same manner as regular conference submissions.
- Those TRO papers accepted for presentation at ICRA 2019 will not appear in the Xplore ICRA 2019 proceedings, since they will be published as TRO papers.
Background: For the 2018 edition of ICRA, 26 papers that were recently published in the Transactions, and that were not evolved versions of previously published conference papers, were selected for presentation as regular ICRA 2018 contributions. For the 2017 edition of ICRA, 15 papers that were recently published in the Transactions, and that were not evolved versions of previously published conference papers, were selected for oral presentation in three specially designated T-RO sessions. Authors of papers accepted for publication in the Transactions will continue to be given an opportunity to present their work at future RAS-sponsored conferences like ICRA and IROS.
The Transactions continues to publish select papers that are evolved versions of previously published conference papers. To be sure, such conference-to-journal submissions do have their place. Ideally the journal paper should be a considerably value-added and improved version of the original conference paper: from the feedback obtained via the review process as well as from presentation at the conference, valuable insights can be gained and the research enhanced considerably, leading to a much-improved final version of the paper.
However, we are witnessing a rising number of incremental submissions that do not match the above guidelines. Such submissions moreover needlessy consume the time and effort of our reviewers and editorial board. It goes without saying that robotics is a fast-moving field, and researchers today face the double pressure of publishing their work rapidly in high-quality, peer-reviewed archival journals like the Transactions, and at the same time presenting and promoting their work to the community at conferences like ICRA. For researchers who wish to both present their work at a conference and also to publish in an archival journal, a common dilemma is how much to put into the journal, and how much to set aside for the extended journal version--put too much into the conference version and risk not having enough for the journal version, or set aside too much for the journal version and risk having the conference version rejected for lack of substance. The newly launched Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L) was intended precisely to address this quandary, by allowing authors to simultaneously publish their work in the archival RA-L and to present their work at ICRA.
In keeping with this spirit, the Transactions has also developed a mechanism that will allow authors to present their original work published in the Transactions to the research community at ICRA. Through the pilot studies conducted at ICRA 2017 and ICRA 2018, we are developing a more sustainable and permanent mechanism for this Transactions-to-conference presentation route for ICRA 2019 and beyond, and to expand this option to other IEEE RAS-sponsored conferences. Once established, researchers will now be able to submit their original unpublished work directly to the Transactions, and if accepted, then immediately present their work at ICRA or another IEEE RAS conference of their choice.
Call for Papers, Special Issue on Aerial Swarm Robotics
Prof. Soon-Jo Chung, Caltech and Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA
Prof. Vijay Kumar, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Dr. Aditya Paranjape, Imperial College London, London, UK
Prof. Philip Dames, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Prof. Shaojie Shen, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong
Aerial robotics has been one of the most active areas of research within the robotics community, and recently there has been a surge of interest in aerial swarm systems. This IEEE T-RO special issue reflects on advances in aerial robotics and unmanned aerial vehicles, and aims to put together a cohesive set of research goals and visions towards realizing fully autonomous aerial swarm systems. In the near future, our airspace will be shared by a large number of aerial robots and autonomous aircraft, performing complex tasks that would be not possible for a single ground robot. A number of technological gaps need to be bridged in order to achieve full autonomy and reliable and safe operation of swarms of aerial robots. The papers selected for this special issue will represent the most promising ideas to address such research issues in modeling, design, control, sensing, planning, and computation of aerial swarms, with an emphasis on enhanced scalability, adaptability, robustness, and autonomy.
Contributions must have a direct connection to the central themes of the special issue: swarms of aerial robots flying in a three-dimensional (3-D) world. Each contribution should emphasize how to address challenges in transitioning from 2-D to 3-D in areas such as SWaP (size, weight, and power), swarm coordination or collaboration, and use of 3-D vehicle dynamics. Topics of interest include the following:
- Aerial swarming: modeling, design, and control
- Motion planning, guidance, and control of distributed aerial systems
- Algorithmic innovation enabling control of large-scale swarms of aerial robots
- Novel system-level or hardware design concepts for aerial swarms
- Distributed sensing or estimation techniques leveraging aerial swarm platforms
- Real-world results and lessons learned from testing state-of-the-art techniques
- Real-time optimal control, planning, and decision making for aerial swarms
- Scalability, stability, and robustness issues in distributed aerial systems
- Planning and control using vision-based sensing
- Traffic control of swarms of drones in indoor or outdoor environments
- Human-swarm interaction
- Long-term autonomy of aerial swarms
- Research issues in large-scale deployment of aerial swarms
- Enabling applications using aerial swarms
- Verification and validation of multi-agent systems and algorithms
- Decentralized planning and its applications to aerial swarms
24 February 2017 - Call for Papers
31 May 2017 - Deadline for Initial Paper Submission
1 September 2017 - Notification of First Round Decision
1 October 2017 - Deadline for Revised Paper Submission
February 2018 - Target Publication Date
All IEEE journals require an Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) for all authors. ORCIDs enable accurate attribution and improved discoverability of an author’s published work. The author will need a registered ORCID in order to submit a manuscript or review a proof in this journal.
Follow these steps to link a PaperCept account to a registered ORCID. Note that PINs from different sub-domains can be linked to a single ORCID.
- Go to the start page of the PaperCept subdomain where you have an existing PIN (if you do not have one, please create one by following the PIN link from the PaperCept subdomain of interest).
- If you do not already have an ORCID, follow the link “Register an ORCID,” create an ORCID and return to the PaperCept login page.
- Follow the link “Register your ORCID with any of your PaperCept PINs,” enter your registered email or the ORCID and password and then click on Authorize.
- Once you authorize the ORCID to be linked to your PIN you will be returned to the PaperCept subdomain from where you accessed ORCID.
- Follow “Log in to any account associated with this ORCID” to complete associating your PIN to the ORCID.
- If you have inadvertently created multiple PINs in the same subdomain, you can associate all PINs with the same ORCID.
New Paper Length Policy
To reduce the financial burden on authors, and to allow more space for authors to report their work, the Transactions on Robotics will adopt the following page length policy: For papers submitted after 20 November 2015, there will be no page overlength charges for the first 12 pages of regular papers, and for the first 6 pages of short papers. Regular papers cannot exceed 20 pages, and short papers cannot exceed 8 pages. Page charges will be assessed for those pages in excess of 12 (and up to 20) for regular papers, and for those pages in excess of 6 (and up to 8) for short papers. Other parts of the page length policy not in conflict with the new page length policy will remain in effect.
IEEE Open Access - Authors can request open access for their articles for $1750
New Members of the Editorial Board - T-RO welcomes the following new associate editors:
Table of Contents of the latest T-RO issue (IEEE Xplore)
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Special issue on Nanorobotics: Volume 30, Issue 1, February 2014
King-Sun Fu Best Transactions on Robotics Paper Award
2016: "Rapidly Exploring Random Cycles: Persistent Estimation of Spatiotemporal Fields With Multiple Sensing Robots",
by Xiaodong Lan and Mac Schwager,
vol. 32, No. 5, pp. 1230-1244, October 2016, [Xplore Link]
2015: "ORB-SLAM: A Versatile and Accurate Monocular SLAM System"
by Raul Mur-Artal, J. M. M. Montiel and Juan D. Tardos
vol. 31, no. 5, pp. 1147-1163, 2015 [Xplore Link].
2014: "Catching Objects in Flight"
by Seungsu Kim, Ashwini Shukla, Aude Billard
vol. 30, no. 5, pp. 1049-1065, 2014 [Xplore Link].
2013: "Robots Driven by Compliant Actuators: Optimal Control under Actuation Constraints"
by David J. Braun, Florian Petit, Felix Huber, Sami Haddadin, Patrick van der Smagt, Alin Albu-Schäffer, Sethu Vijayakumar
vol. 29, no. 5, pp. 1085-1101, 2013 [Xplore Link].
2012: "Reinforcement Learning With Sequences of Motion Primitives for Robust Manipulation"
by Freek Stulp, Evangelos A. Theodorou, Stefan Schaal
vol. 28, no. 6, pp. 1360-1370, 2012 [Xplore Link].
2011: " Human-Like Adaptation of Force and Impedance in Stable and Unstable Interactions"
by Chenguang Yang, Gowrishankar Ganesh, Sami Haddadin, Sven Parusel, Alin Albu-Schaeffer, Etienne Burdet
vol. 27, no. 5, pp. 918-930, 2011 [Xplore Link].
2010: " Design and Control of Concentric-Tube Robots"
by Pierre E. Dupont, Jesse Lock, Brandon Itkowitz, Evan Butler
vol. 26, no. 2, pp. 209-225, 2010 [Xplore Link].
2009: " Vision-Aided Inertial Navigation for Spacecraft Entry, Descent, and Landing"
by Anastasios I. Mourikis, Nikolas Trawny, Stergios I. Roumeliotis, Andrew E. Johnson, Adnan Ansar, Larry Matthies
vol. 25, no, 2, pp. 264-280, 2009 [Xplore Link].
2008: " Smooth Vertical Surface Climbing with Directional Adhesion"
by Sangbae Kim, Matthew Spenko, Salomon Trujillo, Barrett Heyneman, Daniel Santos, Mark R. Cutkosky
vol. 24, no. 1, pp. 65-74, 2008 [Xplore Link].
2007: " Manipulation Planning for Deformable Linear Objects"
by Mitul Saha, Pekka Isto
vol. 23, no. 6, pp. 1141-1150, 2007 [Xplore Link].
2006: " Exactly Sparse Delayed-State Filters for View-Based SLAM"
by Ryan M. Eustice, Hanumant Singh, John J. Leonard
vol. 22, no. 6, pp. 1100-1114, 2006 [Xplore Link].
2005: " Active Filtering of Physiological Motion in Robotized Surgery Using Predictive Control"
by Romuald Ginhoux, Jacques Gangloff, Michel de Mathelin,Luc Soler, Mara M. Arenas Sanchez, Jacques Marescaux
vol. 21, no. 1, pp. 67-79, 2005 [Xplore Link].
2004: " Reactive Path Deformation for Nonholonomic Mobile Robots"
by Florent Lamiraux, David Bonnafous, Olivier Lefebvre
vol. 20, no. 6, pp. 967-977, 2004 [Xplore Link].