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IEEE Transactions on Computational Intelligence and AI in Games: Information for Authors


The IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON COMPUTATIONAL INTELLIGENCE AND AI in GAMES (TCIAIG), published four times a year, publishes archival journal quality original papers in computational intelligence and related areas in artificial intelligence applied to games, including but not limited to video games, mathematical games, human-computer interactions in games, and games involving physical objects. Emphasis will also be placed on the use of these methods to improve performance in and understanding of the dynamics of games, as well as gaining insight into the properties of the methods as applied to games. It will also include using games as a platform for building intelligent embedded agents for the real world. Papers connecting games to all areas of computational intelligence and traditional AI will be considered.


Publication Timeline

Every effort is made to ensure minimum delay from submission to publication. Authors have a key role to play in minimising the delay between initial submission and publication, largely by ensuring that manuscripts are of high quality both in terms of content and presentation. Use of a proof-reading service is highly recommended for any authors who are not native English speakers.  

When the final version of a manuscript is accepted, it is immediately published electronically on IEEE Xplore and given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), at which time it enters the queue for publication in the paper version. In line with the IEEE's policy on scholarly publishing, authors are also free to archive the PDF of the author-final version of the paper on their own web-site or institutional repository.

For manuscripts that are accepted without revision it is entirely feasible that they could be published within twelve weeks of the initial submission.


Types of Contributions

TCIAIG publishes letters, short papers, full papers and surveys.

Letters typically comment on existing papers but may also present new research where the result may be concisely described. Letters are limited to 4 pages in the journal’s two column format.

Short papers report sufficiently interesting new theories and/or developments/results/simulations/experiments on previously published work in the area. Short papers are limited to 6 pages in the journal’s two column format.

Survey papers will focus on a specific area related to the journal. It will provide a historical perspective, highlight recent work, provide a broader perspective of the area and suggest future areas of potential research, as well outlining open questions.
A Survey paper should not exceed 20 pages of formatted text in the IEEE two-column style, which will include all references and author biographies. This limit may be exceeded if justified in the covering letter (and agreed by the Editor in Chief) and the authors agree to pay the mandatory page charges for over length page charges.

Full papers may be research articles, surveys, or tutorials. They are archival quality papers making a significant contribution to the field. Full papers are normally limited to 12 pages when formatted in the IEEE two-column style. This limit may be exceeded where justified. The proposed justification must be provided in a covering letter.
A Full Paper should not exceed 12 pages of formatted text in the IEEE two-column style, which will include all references and author biographies. This limit may be exceeded if justified in the covering letter (and agreed by the Editor in Chief) and the authors agree to pay the mandatory page charges for over length page charges.

There are mandatory page charged for over-length papers (see page charges) for papers that exceed these limits, unless the voluntary page charge has been paid.

For all papers review management is primarily under the direction of an associate editor, who will solicit reviews for each submission. The associate editor will ordinarily make a recommendation after receiving three reviews (two for letters).

All submissions should be accompanied by a covering letter or note indicating the type of the submission (letter, short paper, full paper or survey) and whether it is a candidate for a special issue.


Author Biographies

Authors can publish a short biography, along with a picture, for each of the authors. This is optional and authors can decide to omit these. The biographies must either include all authors, or not be provided for any authors.


Submission of Manuscripts

All correspondence concerning submissions is between the author, Editor-in-Chief and Editorial Assistant. To submit your paper for consideration, visit the web submission system at Manuscript Central found at Here you can create a new account or use an existing one if you have one, and submit a first draft of a new manuscript. The journal operates a single-blind review process. Authors should list their names and affiliations on the manuscript, but the reviewers and the associate editor for each paper will remain anonymous. Use ample margins on all sides, and please ensure that your uploaded file prints without error on both 8.5x11 inch and A4 paper.

This TRANSACTIONS is devoted primarily to archival reports of work that have not been published elsewhere. Specifically, conference records and book chapters that have been published previously are not acceptable unless and until they have been enhanced significantly. In special circumstances or on exceptional occasions, the editor may deem a contribution noteworthy enough to be exempted from this policy. Ensure that in "Comments to Editor-in-Chief" you state that the work being submitted has not been published elsewhere, nor is it under review currently by another publication.


Style for Manuscript

The TCIAIG follows the standard format IEEE Transactions. For guidelines and templates please follow this link: A list of 2-5 keywords are required for all manuscripts. Number all pages of hard copy manuscripts, using one side only. Provide an abstract of 150-250 words as described below. Authors are encouraged to put detailed derivations in appendixes. Papers longer than 12 pages in the IEEE Transactions format will be considered only if the author can justify this length in the covering letter. The authors are encouraged to suggest a publication category for their paper, but this may be changed by the editor-in-chief as deemed appropriate. Manuscripts may also be submitted for review in single column double-spaced format. As a guideline, 12 pages of IEEE Transactions format may equate to around 35 pages of double spaced single column format.



In order for an abstract to be effective when displayed in IEEE Xplore® as well as through indexing services such as Compendex, INSPEC, Medline, ProQuest, and Web of Science, it must be an accurate, stand-alone reflection of the contents of the article.

The abstract must be a concise yet comprehensive reflection of what is in your article. In particular:

  • The abstract must be self-contained, without abbreviations, footnotes, or references. It should be a microcosm of the full article.
  • The abstract must be between 150-250 words. Be sure that you adhere to these limits; otherwise, you will need to edit your abstract accordingly.
  • The abstract must be written as one paragraph, and should not contain displayed mathematical equations or tabular material.
  • The abstract should include three or four different keywords or phrases, as this will help readers to find it. It is important to avoid over-repetition of such phrases as this can result in a page being rejected by search engines.
  • Ensure that your abstract reads well and is grammatically correct.


Graphical Abstract

To enhance the appearance of your article on IEEEXplore®, a graphical abstract can be displayed along with traditional text. The graphical abstract should provide a clear, visual summary of your article’s findings by means of an image, animation, video, or audio clip

NOTE: The graphical abstract is considered a part of the technical content of the article, and you must provide it for peer review during the article submission process.

For more information about graphical abstracts and their specifications, please visit the following link:


Page Charges

After a manuscript has been accepted for publication, the author's company or institution will be requested to pay a voluntary charge of $110 per printed page to cover part of the cost of publication. Page charges for this TRANSACTIONS, like those for journals of other professional societies, are not obligatory, nor is their payment a prerequisite for publication. The author will receive 100 free reprints without covers if the voluntary page charge is honored. Detailed instructions accompany the proofs.

Mandatory Over-Length Page Charges.  If the voluntary page charge is not honoured, the IEEE will impose a mandatory over-length page charge of $200 per page for each page in excess of 12 pages for full papers, 6 pages for short papers and 4 pages for letters.  Detailed instructions on payment of these charges will accompany the page proof.



It is the policy of the IEEE to own copyright to the technical contributions it publishes. To comply with the IEEE copyright policy, authors are required to sign the IEEE Copyright Transfer & Export Control compliance From before publication in either the print or electronic medium. The form is provided upon approval of the manuscript. Author must submit a signed copy of this form with their final manuscripts.


Submission of Final Manuscript

Page Numbers: Number all pages, including illustrations (which should be grouped at the end), in a single series, with no omitted numbers. Figures should be identified with the figure number and author's name at the bottom or on the back; keep the information in the margin, off the body of the figure.

References and Captions: Put references on a separate page and provide them in IEEE style. Figure captions should also be on a separate page from references and content. Do not include captions on the illustrations themselves. Figure captions should be sufficiently clear so that the figures can be understood without detailed reference to the accompanying text. Axes of graphs should have self-explanatory labels, not just symbols, wherever appropriate.

Illustrations and Photos: Figures and photos should be original figures and not photocopies. Photos must be glossy prints with not screens. Laser prints are not acceptable in place of photos or where gray-scale graphics are involved. All line drawings and photos should be in black and white, unles specifically requested. Letters should be large enough to be readily legible when the drawing is reduced to two or one-column width - as much as 4:1 reduction from the original. All materials should be no larger than 22 x 28 cm (8.5 x 11 in).

Electronic Form for Final Printing: For the final printed production of the manuscript, the author will need to provide electronic copy of the peer-approved version. Please be certain that changes made to the paper are incorporated into the final copy, and include all source files. Check that all files are complete including abstract, text, references, footnotes, biographies, and figures and captions. Figures, tables, and author photos may be submitted in .tiff, .eps, or .ps formats. A separate set of files should be submitted for graphics as they are processed separately from the manuscript. For more information on submitting electronic graphics, please visit and click on the link "Guidelines for Author supplied Electronic Text and Graphics." IEEE can process most commercial software programs, but not page layout programs.

Do not send postscript files. The preferred programs are TeX, LaTeX, and Microsoft Word. An IEEE LaTeX style file or Word Template can be obtained at