Submitting an Article

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Article acceptance requirements

The criteria for an article to be accepted for publication include:

  1. The article should be original writing that enhances the existing body of knowledge in the given subject area. Original review articles and surveys are acceptable, even if new data/concepts are not presented.
  2. Results reported have not been submitted or published elsewhere (although expanded versions of conference publications are eligible for submission).
  3. Experiments, statistics, and other analyses are performed to a high technical standard and are described in sufficient detail.
  4. Conclusions are presented in an appropriate fashion and are supported by the data.
  5. The article is presented in an intelligible fashion and is written in Standard English.
  6. Appropriate references to related prior published works must be included.
  7. The article falls within scope of IEEE Access. To help you decide, you should consider if the article topic falls within the umbrella of IEEE topics of interest.


 Submission checklist

  1. Manuscript as a PDF in double column, single-spaced format using one of the required IEEE Access article templates listed below.
  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.
  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)
  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.

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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.
  • 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. A comment points out a technical error, oversight, or presents an opposing position. It is a critique, providing corrections, and performs analyses.
  • Reply – A reply article is submitted by the authors of a published paper in response to a Comment article.


Avoid Plagiarism and duplicate publication

Each article submitted to IEEE Access is scanned for plagiarism, including similarity to an author’s own work.

  • Article submissions that plagiarize another author’s work will be rejected from IEEE Access, and cases will be reported to the IEEE Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) department. For more information on the appropriate way to cite other authors’ work, please click here.
  • IEEE Access accepts expanded versions of an author’s own referenced conference articles, as long as the similarity is less than 35%. If the overlap is higher (effectively duplicate publication) or the source article is not referenced, the article will be rejected.
  • Reuse of an author’s own thesis or dissertation is allowed, as long as it is cited and has not been published elsewhere.
  • Preprints of authors’ articles to their own web site, their employer’s site, or to another server that invites constructive comment from colleagues and provides a publication time stamp are allowed. Upon submission of an article to IEEE, an author is required to transfer copyright in the article to IEEE, and the author must update any previously posted version of the article with a prominently displayed IEEE copyright notice. Upon publication of an article by the IEEE, the author must replace any previously posted electronic versions of the article with either (1) the full citation to the IEEE work with a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), or (2) the accepted version only with the DOI (not the IEEE-published version).
    Articles submitted to IEEE Access should not be under consideration for peer review at any other journal (simultaneous submission).


IEEE Author digital tools

Please use the IEEE Math Guidelines

Refer to the IEEE Editorial Style Manual

Find additional information and tools in the IEEE Author Center

For information on supplemental materials and video integration, please visit the IEEE Author Center.


IEEE Access requires the use of article templates

IEEE Access requires that all article submissions use one of the following templates, submitted as a PDF:


Supplemental Material

You may submit supplemental material (code, data, video, etc.) with your article submission, which will be posted on IEEE Xplore under the tab “media” with your published article. IEEE Access has also adopted the following services:

  1. Code Ocean – A cloud-based computational reproducibility platform, integrated with IEEE Xplore that enables IEEE authors to publish their executable code associated with research articles. Code may be uploaded at submission, revision or after acceptance of the article. For more information on Code Ocean, please click here.
  2. IEEE DataPort: A repository of datasets and data analysis tools. The repository is designed to accept all types of datasets, including Big Data datasets up to 2TB, and it provides both downloading capabilities and access to Cloud services to enable data analysis in the Cloud.  For standard dataset uploads, there is no cost to the author. For open access datasets, it is free for a limited time with coupon code OPENACCESS1. For more information on IEEE DataPort, please click here.


Graphical Abstracts

If your article is accepted for publication, you will be required to provide a Graphical Abstract (GA) with your final files. The GA should be a figure or image from the accepted article that can provide a concise, visual summary of the findings.  If you include a video with the peer review of your article, the video will automatically be used as the GA, and you will be required to provide a still image to act as an overlay.  The maximum file size for GA images is 45K.

Note: If your article did not have any images when it was peer reviewed, then you may include a figure that summarizes the main contributions of your article.  

The GA will be displayed on the abstract page of your published article on IEEE Xplore, and is a great way to enhance your content.

Below is an example of a GA.

From N. Neverova et al., “Learning Human Identity From Motion Patterns,” in IEEE Access, vol. 4, pp. 1810-1820, 2016. doi: 10.1109/ACCESS.2016.2557846

For more examples of Graphical Abstracts on published IEEE Access articles, please click here.

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