Types of Contributions

Types of Contributions

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

Full papers are characterized by novel contributions of archival nature in developing theories and/or innovative applications of fuzzy sets and systems. The contribution should not be of incremental nature, but must present a well-founded and conclusive treatment of a problem. Well organized survey of literature on topics of current interest may also be considered. Usually a full paper will not exceed 10 pages.

Short papers report sufficiently interesting new theories and/or developments, results, simulations, experiments on previously published work in fuzzy sets/systems and related areas. For example, an extension of previous results or algorithms, innovative applications of a known approach to interesting problems, interesting theorems on error bounds of fuzzy algorithms, etc. The contribution should be conclusive and useful. Usually a short paper will not exceed 6 pages.

Survey papers are well-focused manuscripts that puts recent progress into a broader perspective and accurately assesses the limits of existing theories. Usually a survey paper will not exceed 15 pages.

Letters will be reserved for just that, i.e., mostly for "Comments on Published Papers" (CoP) and the authors' response, along with occasional letters to, or interesting tidbits for, the TFS readership. A letter must not exceed 3 pages. These are processed in the following manner:

  • CoP is reviewed by one of authors of the paper commented on and at least two independent reviewers.
  • If review suggests a clear acceptance or rejection – decision made.
  • If editor finds the CoP worthy of publication but there is a disagreement between the authors of the paper commented on and other reviewers then the authors of the commented on paper should be given a chance to submit a rebuttal paper (RP).
  • The RP will be reviewed by an author of the CoP and two other independent reviewers.
  • If review suggests a clear acceptance or rejection – decision made, unless the Editor-in-Chief makes the decision and that is final.
  • If both CoP and RP agree, they will be published in the same issue.

No manuscript will be transferred from a full paper type to a short paper type after submission/review. A short paper will undergo the review process as a short paper. It is 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 the authors desire to do so.

Review management for full 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.