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IEEE Guide for Accepted Manuscripts

In the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, the IEEE Control Systems Society publishes high-quality papers on the theory, design, and applications of control engineering. TheTransactions is published monthly.

Two types of contributions are regularly considered: Full Papers and Technical Notes and Correspondence.

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The Editorial Board will prescreen 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 presentation; novelty; significance of contribution.

In all cases where a submission does not pass the prescreening stage, it will promptly be returned to the authors. Prescreening decisions are final and authors may not engage in any further correspondence regarding these decisions.

1) Full Papers
-Presentation of significant research, development, or application of control concepts.

Submitted manuscripts must be:

  • typewritten in English,

  • typed in 12-point font size, double-spaced, single-column, 32-pages (if LaTeX is used, use the line\documentclass[12pt,draftcls,onecolumn]{IEEEtran})

All submitted manuscripts should be as concise as possible. Papers of length exceeding 32 double-spaced, typed pages (including figures) will normally not be considered.

Please note: A mandatory page charge is imposed on all accepted papers exceeding twelve Transactions formatted pages (which equals about 30 double-spaced, typed pages) in length, including illustrations, biographies and photos. The charge is $125 per page for each page over the first twelve pages and is a prerequisite for publication. A maximum of 4 such additional pages (for a total paper length of 16 pages) is allowed.

2) Technical Notes and Correspondence - This type of contribution includes brief technical notes, comments on published areas or established control topics, corrections to papers and notes published in the Transactions.

Notes or comments on historical precedence of technical results or on minor errors in outdated papers will not be published, unless the Editorial Board determines the appropriateness of such items on an exceptional basis

Technical Notes and Correspondence items must be:

  • typewritten in English

  • typed in 12-point font size, double-spaced, single-column format, 15-pages (if LaTeX is used, use the line\documentclass[12pt,draftcls,onecolumn]{IEEEtran})

Note that the single column format is requested on behalf of the reviewers, for the ease of reviewing.

The maximum allowed manuscript length is 15 pages, which approximately corresponds to 6 double-column pages in the IEEE Transactions format. In certain cases authors will be asked to submit a double-column version of their paper as well under Supplementary Materials (see Section A below). Please Note: 6 double column pages in the IEEE Transactions format is a firm maximum length for accepted Technical Notes and Correspondence. There are no additional paid pages allowed.

The necessary files for the IEEE Transactions format are available from:

Instructions on how to submit may be found
in Section A below.

In addition, special papers (tutorials, surveys, and perspectives on the theory and applications of control systems topics) are solicited. Authors are urged to contact a member of the Editorial Board before submitting such papers.

Submission of a manuscript signifies that it has been neither copyrighted nor published, submitted, or accepted for publication elsewhere. IEEE policy requires that when using their own previously published or submitted material as a basis for a new submission authors are expected to "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 at:

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 in the Transactions of Automatic Control if evidence is provided that it adds value relative to its conference version (for example, it contains detailed proofs omitted from the conference version, 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 of Automatic Control 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.

A. Process for Electronic Submission of Manuscript

All prospective authors must submit their manuscripts electronically (Full Papers or Technical Notes and Correspondence items). Only PDF files are accepted.

Your pdf file should be submitted as follows:

Please go to: 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.

NOTE (Security certificate for our submission web site): In attempting to access our new submission web site using Internet Explorer as your browser, you may be warned about a "security certificate" problem. When that happens, one normally sees a screen giving you a few options and one of the options is "Continue to this web site". Selecting this option will get you there and should bypass the problem. Please note that this is only a temporary issue.

NOTE (Confidential correspondence with the Editor-in-Chief): If you wish to communicate with the Editor-in-Chief on a confidential basis regarding a submission, please use regular e-mail (

RECEPTION ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: You will receive an e-mail message acknowledging successful reception of your submission and assigning a Reference Number to your submission. If there was any problem in the reception and printing of your file, you will be notified.

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".

B. 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.

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:

C. Style for Manuscript

1) First page must contain:

a) Title of Paper (without Symbols),

b) Author(s) and affiliation(s),

c) Abstract (not exceeding 300 words for Papers or 75 words for Technical Notes and Correspondence, and without equations, references, or footnotes),

d) For each author: complete mailing address, telephone number, ELECTRONIC MAIL (EMAIL) ADDRESS and facsimile (fax) number.

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 IEEE style (see examples in a recent issue).

D. Style for Illustrations

Please follow the instructions in "Guidelines for Author-Supplied Electronic Text and Graphics" found at

E. Mandatory Overlength Page Charges

A mandatory page charge is imposed on all Full Papers exceeding twelve Transactions pages (about 30 double-spaced, typed pages) in length, including illustrations. The charge is $125 per page for each page over the first twelve and is a prerequisite for publication. A maximum of 4 such pages (for a total paper length of 16 pages) is allowed. Details are provided at the time of acceptance; authors are, however, urged to keep this in mind when submitting and revising their papers.

F. Page Charges

After a manuscript has been accepted for publication, the author's company or institution will be approached with a request to pay a charge of $110 per page to cover part of the cost of publication. The author will receive 100 free reprints (without covers) only if the page charge is honored. Detailed instructions will accompany the proofs.

G. Final Accepted Manuscript

When a paper is accepted for publication, it should be put in the Transactions format.

To submit, please go to and follow the listed instructions:

Details and style files and templates are available at:

H. Author Names in Native Languages

IEEE supports the publication of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean (CJK) author names in the native language alongside the English versions of the names in the author list of an article. For more information, please visit the IEEE Author Digital Tool Box at the following URL: