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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.
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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.
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.
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: http://css.paperplaza.net/journals/tac/ 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.
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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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
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1) First page must contain:
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., . References should be complete and in IEEE style (see examples in a recent issue).
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.
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:
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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: