Submission Guidelines

Submission Checklist

  1. Manuscript as a PDF in double column, single-spaced format using one of the required IEEE Access article templates. Download IEEE Access Templates for Microsoft Word and LaTex.
  2. Author lists should be carefully considered before submission. For more information on what constitutes an author, please click here. (Changes to author list post acceptance are not allowed.)
  3. Corresponding authors are required to have an ORCID ID associated with their account in ScholarOne Manuscripts. For more information on ORCID, click here.
  4. Short biographies are required for ALL authors. As per the required templates, biographies of all authors should be added to the article below the references.
  5. All authors should be listed on both the manuscript PDF as well as on the author list within ScholarOne Manuscripts.
  6. The article should be thoroughly reviewed for proper grammar before being submitted. Articles with poor grammar will be immediately rejected. If needed, IEEE Access offers Paperpal Preflight to assist authors in checking their manuscript for grammar issues prior to submission. Check your manuscript on Paperpal Preflight by clicking here.
  7. All research works should be carefully referenced. More information to avoid plagiarism is listed below.
  8. The article should not be submitted elsewhere at the same time. More information about duplicate submission is listed below.
  9. Supplemental material (if any)
  10. Manuscript keywords (minimum of 3 and maximum of 10).  Please carefully select the keywords as this is how we select a relevant Associate Editor to manage the peer review of your article.
  11. You will be required to select a manuscript type upon submission. A list and description of manuscript types are listed below. If you are unsure, please leave it as “Regular” manuscript.
  12. Opposed reviewers (if any)
  13. Video (if any, maximum file size is 100MB)
  14. If the article was previously rejected after peer review with encouragement to update and resubmit, then a complete “list of updates” must be included in a separate document. The list of updates should have the following regarding each comment: 1) reviewers’ concerns, 2) authors’ response to the concerns, 3) actual changes implemented.
  15. IEEE Access does not have a page limit; however, we strongly recommend keeping the page count under 50 pages for ease of readability. Longer articles may result in longer peer review times. Additional content can be added as supplementary material.

Manuscript Types Acceptable for Peer Review

Regular
This is a classic research article that has a hypothesis, investigation, solution, model, physical experiment and/or simulation and a result that is of value to the community within that area of expertise.
Topical review
This is a review of an emerging area within the journal’s scope that performs a technical and critical review of other articles. Calculations are performed and conclusions are drawn on the strengths and weaknesses. The conclusion can also discuss future challenges.
Theory
This is a scholarly article that uses mathematical methods to develop new theoretical results of importance to the field.
Survey
A survey article analyzes, summarizes, systemizes, and presents fresh conclusions from a large number of recently published scholarly articles.
Perspective
This category of article is an in-depth viewpoint article intended to bring together a big picture in a fast-evolving landscape of technological development. It will typically be a topic where there is community uncertainty and/or disagreement. Since IEEE Access does not have a page limit, publishing perspective articles will allow more technical discussion. This category of article will typically be written by a leading authority in an area.
Applied research
This article describes challenges and practical solutions for topics within the journal’s scope. Quantitative results for validation of the approach are expected.
Negative result
This is a non-trivial theoretical or experimental negative or null result that does not support a hypothesis. Provided that the research question posed is meaningful and the study is rigorously conducted, this type of article has value to the engineering community.
Methods
This article will report the development of new or improved fabrication or manufacturing technique, or a new experimental, measurement or mathematical technique. Applied research articles focus on practical systems, while here the focus is on methods.
Tutorial
This is a pedagogical article to assist readers to learn and familiarize themselves with a topic. The topic may be be an emerging one that is not well understood in the community, or a difficult traditional topic that can benefit from an up to date exposition. The topic should not be one that is well understood or well represented in textbooks. The article must add to the existing literature to benefit the readership. The objectives and prerequisite background required by the reader should be clearly identified in the introduction. The references should cite both background material and advanced material for the reader to dig deeper.
Standards
This article summarizes and expounds new or revised IEEE standards. This can also be a scholarly discussion paper for new IEEE standards or a critique of existing IEEE standards with recommendations.
Comment
This is an article that comments on another published article within IEEE Access. A comment points out a technical error, oversight, or presents an opposing position. It is a critique, providing corrections, and performs analyses.  IEEE Access does not accept comment articles on articles published in other journals.
Reply
A reply article is submitted by the authors of a published paper in response to a Comment article.
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