Special Issues

IEEE TETCI Special Issue on "Computational Intelligence in Mental Health," Guest Editors: Jing Han (University of Cambridge, UK); Dongrui Wu (Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China); Guang Yang (Imperial College London, UK); Yinping Yang (Institute of High Performance Computing, A*STAR, Singapore); Björn W. Schuller (University of Augsburg, Germany). Submission Deadline: August 1, 2023. [Call for Papers]

IEEE TETCI Special Issue on "Data and Knowledge-assisted Evolutionary Computation," Guest Editors: Chaoli Sun (Taiyuan University of Science and Technology, China); Handing Wang (Xidian University, China); Yaochu Jin (Bielefeld University, Germany); Bing Xue (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand). Submission Deadline: July 31, 2023. [Call for Papers] 

IEEE TETCI Special Issue on "Quantum Computing meets Computational Intelligence: A New Vision for Smart Systems," Guest Editors: Giovanni Acampora (University of Naples Federico II, Italy); Autilia Vitiello (University of Naples Federico II, Italy); Rebing Wu (Tsinghua University, China); Gary Yen (Oklahoma State University, USA); Bing Xue (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand). Submission Deadline: December 20, 2023. [Call for Papers]

IEEE TETCI Special Issue on "Advances in Methodologies for Metaheuristic Algorithms," Guest Editors: Carlos Artemio Coello Coello (CINVESTAV-IPN, Mexico); Abhishek Gupta (Indian Institute of Technology, Goa, India); Heike Trautmann (University of Münster, Germany/ University of Twente, Netherlands); Weng Kee Wong (UCLA, USA). Submission Deadline: December 31, 2023. [Call for Papers]

IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computational Intelligence publishes special issues on emerging topics guest edited by distinguished researchers in computational intelligence. Here is some information about how a special issue is organized.


Phase 1 - Proposal: Interested researchers should submit a proposal for the special issue on an emergent topic in computational intelligence. The proposal should be sent to the Editor-in-Chief (EIC). In order to assist our Associate Editors in better evaluating the suitability of your special issue, we request you to use the checklist provided below. If the current version of the proposal does not meet (and clearly address) all of the requirements specified herein, then we kindly request you to appropriately revise and resubmit your proposal.

  • The title of the proposal must clearly highlight its relevance as an emerging application area and/or theoretical development of computational intelligence. The proposal must satisfy at least one of the following conditions:
    • It describes a theoretical and/or algorithmic advancement expanding on emerging aspects of computational intelligence, including theory, applications, and surveys.
    • It relates to an exciting new application domain of state-of-the-art CI methodologies; potentially leading to new algorithmic breakthroughs.
  • The proposal must contain a brief discussion on latest publication trends relevant to CI in the topic of the special issue. In addition, a list of potential authors should be identified to get an idea that there are enough researchers to support the special issue.
  • The proposal must contain a list of specific topics focusing the special issue
  • The proposal must contain a feasible timeline for the special issue.
  • The proposal must contain brief bios of the Guest Editors.
  • At least one of the Guest Editors should be a recognized expert in the topic of the special issue.
  • One of the Guest Editors must be a current Associate Editor (AE) of the IEEE TETCI (brief bio of the AE is not required). Kindly note that all submissions to the special issue shall be first assigned to this AE for further handling.
  • The total number of Guest Editors (including the Associate Editor) should not exceed 4.

The special issue would be organized based on an open call for paper and we do not consider special issues based on papers from a conference.


Phase 2 - Evaluation: The EIC gets the proposal evaluated by the Associate Editors. The AEs take into account various issues including the technical merit, need and relevance, timeliness, and feasibility of such a special issue. Based on the input from the AEs and his/her own input, the EIC makes a decision on the special issue proposal. The decision could be acceptance, rejection or a revision of the proposal. A revised proposal may again be reviewed by the AEs.


Phase 3 - Call for Papers: If a proposal is accepted, the Guest Editor is asked to prepare a Call for Papers (CFP) formatted to one transactions page so that it can be published in our transactions. The CFP should include all relevant information such as the theme, topic, deadlines, and submission guidelines. The CFP must include an instruction to authors suggesting them to mention something like "This paper is for the special issue on XXXX" as a note to the EIC at the time of submission through the Manuscript-Central. The CFP is usually announced in the journal's web site, circulated through CIS eLetter and is published in the CIS Transactions and Magazine.


Phase 4 - Processing: The papers submitted for the special issue is assigned to the Associate Editor (invited to be part of the Guest Editors) for handling the review process. The review process for special issue papers is exactly the same as that for regular transactions papers. If the Guest Editor is an author of a paper submitted for the special issue, then reviewing of that manuscript is handled by a different Associate Editor chosen by the EIC.


Phase 5 - Publication: Once the special issue is complete, the EIC requests the Guest Editor to write a preface to the special issue (usually not more than 2 formatted transactions pages) for inclusion in the special issue. The special issue is then published as soon as possible.


Some general points: We do not encourage the Guest Editors to submit papers in the special issue. This is just a broad guideline and there may be other important points not listed here. For further information, the EIC may be contacted.

Current Special Issues

  1. Deep Reinforcement Learning for Optimization: Methods and Application [Call for Papers]
  2. Trusted Mobile Crowdsourcing for Next Generation Intelligent Transportation Systems
  3. Resource Sustainable Computational and Artificial Intelligence
  4. Computational Intelligence in Mental Health
  5. Data and Knowledge-assisted Evolutionary Computation
  6. Quantum Computing meets Computational Intelligence: A New Vision for Smart Systems
  7. Advances in Methodologies for Metaheuristic Algorithms



Published Special Issues

  1. Emerging Computational Intelligence Techniques to address Challenges in Biomedical Data and Imaging [Volume 7, Issue 2 | Editorial]
  2. Explainable Deep Learning for Medical Image Processing and Analysis (XDLMIPA) [ Volume 7, Issue 1 | Editorial]
  3. Computational Intelligence to Edge AI for Ubiquitous IoT Systems [ Volume 7, Issue 1 Editorial]
  4. Computational Intelligence for Human-in-the-Loop Cyber Physical Systems  [Volume 6, Issue 1 | Editorial]
  5. Emerging Computational Intelligence Techniques for Decision Making with Big Data in Uncertain Environments [Volume 5, Issue 1 | Editorial]
  6. Privacy and Security in Computational Intelligence [Volume 4, Issue 5 | Editorial]
  7. Adversarial Learning in Computational Intelligence [Volume 4, Issue 4 | Editorial]
  8. Big Data and Computational Intelligence for Agile Wireless IoT [Volume 4, Issue 3 | Editorial]
  9. Computational Intelligence for Communications and Sensing [Volume 4, Issue 1 | Editorial]
  10. New Advances in Deep-Transfer Learning [Volume 3, Issue 5 | Editorial]
  11. Computational Intelligence for Smart Energy Applications to Smart Cities [Volume 3, Issue 3 | Editorial]
  12. Computational Intelligence in Data-Driven Optimization [Volume 3, Issue 2 | Editorial]
  13. New Trends in Smart Chips and Smart Hardware [Volume 3, Issue 1 | Editorial]
  14. Large-scale Memristive Systems and Neurochips for Computational Intelligence [Volume 2, Issue 5 | Editorial]
  15. Human-Machine Symbiosis [Volume 2, Issue 4 | Editorial]
  16. Data Driven Computational Intelligence for e-Governance, Socio Political and Economic Systems [Volume 2, Issue 3 | Editorial]
  17. Computational Intelligence for End-to-End Audio Processing [Volume 2, Issue 2 | Editorial]
  18. Computational Intelligence for Cloud Computing [Volume 2, Issue 1 | Editorial]
  19. Emergent Topics in Artificial Immune Systems [Volume 1, Issue 4 | Editorial]
  20. Computational Intelligence for Software Engineering and Services Computing [Volume 1, Issue 3 | Editorial]