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IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computational Intelligence - Information for Authors


The IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computational Intelligence (TETCI) publishes original articles on emerging aspects of computational intelligence, including theory, applications, and surveys.

TETCI is an electronics only publication. TETCI publishes six issues per year.

Authors are encouraged to submit manuscripts in any emerging topic in computational intelligence, especially nature-inspired computing topics not covered by other IEEE Computational Intelligence Society journals. A few such illustrative examples are glial cell networks, computational neuroscience, Brain Computer Interface, ambient intelligence, non-fuzzy computing with words, artificial life, cultural learning, artificial endocrine networks, social reasoning, artificial hormone networks, computational intelligence for the IoT and Smart-X technologies.


Types of Contributions

TETCI publishes four types of articles:

  • Survey papers
  • Full papers
  • Short papers
  • Letters (Comments on Published Papers)

Survey papers are well-focused manuscripts that put recent progress into a broader perspective and accurately assess the limits of existing theories. A Survey paper will typically be limited to 15 pages of formatted text in the IEEE two-column style (on exceeding this limit, mandatory over-length page charges apply).

Full papers are characterized by novel contributions of archival nature in developing theories and/or innovative applications of of emerging topics in computational intelligence. The contribution should not be of incremental nature, but must present a well-founded and conclusive treatment of a problem. Usually a full paper will be limited to 10 pages of formatted text in the IEEE two-column style (on exceeding this limit, mandatory over-length page charges apply).

Short papers report interesting new theories and/or developments/results/simulations/experiments on existing work in emerging topics in computational intelligence. For example, an extension of existing results or algorithms, innovative applications of a known approach to interesting problems, interesting theorems on error bounds of algorithms, etc. The contribution should be conclusive and useful. A short paper will typically be limited to 6 pages of formatted text in the IEEE two-column style (on exceeding this limit, mandatory over-length page charges apply).

The term "letters" will be reserved for just that, i.e., mostly for "Comments on Published Papers" and the authors' response, along with occasional letters to, or interesting tidbits for, the TETCI readership. A letter will be limited to 3 pages formatted text in the IEEE two-column style (on exceeding this limit, mandatory over-length page charges apply).

No manuscript will be transferred from the full paper type to the short paper type after submission/review. A short paper will undergo the review process as a short paper. It would be the responsibility of authors to decide the type of their manuscript at the time of submission. If a manuscript is reviewed as a full paper and at the end of the review process, reviewers / associate editors / Editor-in-Chief find it is not suitable to be reviewed as a full paper but a potential candidate for a short paper, then the manuscript has to be resubmitted as a short paper after revision, if authors desire to do so. Review management for full papers and short papers is under the direction of an associate editor, who will normally solicit four reviews and wait for at least three responses before a decision is reached. The review process is different for letters. An appropriate Associate Editor will assist the EIC in checking that the letter is "reasonable" (particularly for "comments on"). If there is contention, the AE will solicit additional reviews. Then the EIC will make the acceptance decision. For "Comments on", the original author will be asked for a response.


Submission of Manuscripts

Submission and review of manuscripts is now done through Manuscript Central, the IEEE's on-line submission and review system. Please log on to and follow the directions to create an account (if a first time user) and to submit your manuscript. If the manuscript is printable (all font embedded), it will be entered into the review process. You will be able to check on the status of your manuscript during the review process.

This TRANSACTIONS is primarily devoted to archival reports of work that have not been in the main-published elsewhere. Specifically, conference records and book chapters that have been published are not acceptable until and unless they have been significantly enhanced. In special circumstances or on exceptional occasions, the editor may deem a contribution noteworthy enough to be exempted from this policy. Authors will be asked to confirm that the work being submitted has not been published elsewhere nor is it currently under review by another publication. If either of these conditions is not met or is subsequently violated, the article will be disqualified from possible publication in TETCI. Plagiarism in any form will be considered a serious breach of professional conduct with potentially severe ethical and legal consequences as defined in the IEEE PSPB operational manual, which can be downloaded from


Professional Editing Services

Sometimes TETCI receives submissions that suffer from poor English usage and readability. Such manuscripts often get rejected because of extremely poor readability. Authors, at their own cost, may take the help of American Journal Experts for pre-submission professional editing services. An author willing to get assistance with English grammar and usage prior to submitting his/her manuscripts for review or during the review process can go directly to to submit a manuscript for copy editing. Various levels of editing services are available. Cost estimates as well as required time are available immediately online. We cannot guarantee that the linguistic quality of an edited manuscript will meet your expectation. As expected, an edited manuscript will undergo usual reviews.


Style for Manuscript

Here are some guidelines for article preparation. A list of 2-5 keywords and an abstract (described below) are required for all manuscripts submitted to this journal. Manuscript Central contains the official IEEE keyword list. Using keywords from that list is preferred. Provide an abstract of reasonable length that is an informative summary of the paper, including any important results found or conclusions drawn. Authors are encouraged to put detailed derivations in appendixes. For the review process, a composite PDF file containing the main manuscript, tables, figures and appendixes should be submitted. All figures and tables must be inserted in the corresponding places. DO NOT (1) place all figures and tables at the end of the manuscript or (2) upload figures and tables separately.

For TETCI, mandatory over-length page charge will be imposed for pages in excess of 15 pages for a survey paper, 10 pages for a regular paper, 6 pages for a short paper and 3 pages for letters. These limits are excluding the supplementary materials. Please note that the limits apply to final accepted manuscripts that are prepared in standard two-column IEEE format. Some templates/style files that can help preparation of the manuscript, can be downloaded from


Abstract Description and Specifications

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 aid readers, including reviewers, in understanding the key contributions of a paper, authors are encouraged to submit a graphical abstract along with their manuscript. A graphical abstract describes the motivation, key ideas and findings, and impact of the research. The graphical abstract can be submitted as supplemental material by uploading it with a supplemental file designation during the manuscript submission process. Like any supplemental material, the graphical abstract will undergo the peer review process. More details on graphical abstracts can be found at


Page Charges

After a manuscript has been accepted for publication, the author's company or institution will be requested to pay a 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 page charge is honored.


Mandatory Over Length Page Charge

With effect from January 1, 2017, a mandatory over length page charge of $200 (per page) is required for every printed page in excess of 15 pages for survey papers, 10 pages for regular papers, 6 pages for short papers and 3 pages for letters published in TETCI. These limits are excluding the summary material. The page length here is for final accepted papers which have been formatted in two-column style. For the format requirements of new submissions, please refer to the above section "Style for Manuscript".



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 Form before publication in either the print or electronic medium. The form is provided upon approval of the manuscript. Authors must submit a signed copy of this form with their manuscripts.


Submission of Final Manuscript

The final manuscript should be prepared with utmost care in the two-column IEEE Transactions print-format. The Figures and Table must be inserted in appropriate places with suitable captions. All references must be in IEEE style.