Information for Authors


The IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON GAMES (TG) publishes original high-quality articles covering scientific, technical, and engineering aspects of games.

Publication Timeline

Every effort is made to ensure minimum delay from submission to publication. Authors have a key role to play in minimizing 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 proofreading 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 published paper on their own website or institutional repository.

Types of Contributions

TG publishes letters, short papers, and full papers. Letters typically comment on existing papers but may also present new research where the result may be concisely described and are limited to four 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. and are limited to six pages in the journal’s two-column format. Full papers may be research articles, surveys, or tutorials. They are archival quality papers making a significant contribution to the field. and are limited to 10 pages. Any additional pages are subject to overlength page charges, with the total not exceeding 14 pages.

Survey papers will focus on a specific area related to the journal. They will provide a historical perspective, highlight recent work, provide a broader perspective of the area and suggest future areas of potential research, as well as outlining open questions. Survey papers are limited to 15 pages. Any additional pages are subject to overlength page charges, with the total not exceeding 20 pages.

Style for Manuscript

TG follows the standard two-column format IEEE TRANSACTIONS. For guidelines and templates please follow this link. A list of 2–5 keywords is required for all manuscripts. Authors are encouraged to put detailed derivations in appendixes. Authors must suggest a publication category for their paper, but this may be changed by the Editor-in-Chief.


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 and 200 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.

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.

Author biographies count towards the total page limit for the article.

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 ScholarOne Manuscripts. 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. Use ample margins on all sides, and ensure that your uploaded file prints without error on both 8.5 × 11 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.

Artificial intelligence (AI)-Generated Text (e.g., chatGPT)

The use of AI-generated text in an article shall be disclosed in the acknowledgements section of any paper submitted to an IEEE Conference or Periodical. The sections of the paper that use AI-generated text shall have a citation to the AI system used to generate the text.

Open Access

This publication is a hybrid journal, allowing either Traditional manuscript submission or Open Access (author-pays OA) manuscript submission. Upon submission, if you choose to have your manuscript be an Open Access article, you commit to pay the discounted $2495 OA fee if your manuscript is accepted for publication in order to enable unrestricted public access. Any other application charges (such as overlength page charge and/or charge for the use of color in the print format) will be billed separately once the manuscript formatting is complete but prior to the publication. If you would like your manuscript to be a Traditional submission, your article will be available to qualified subscribers and purchasers via IEEE Xplore. No OA payment is required for Traditional submission.

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.  Detailed instructions accompany the proofs.

Mandatory Overlength Page Charges: If the voluntary page charge is not honored, the IEEE will impose a mandatory overlength page charge of $200 per page for each page in excess of 10 pages for full papers, six pages for short papers, and four pages for letters. Detailed instructions on payment of these charges will accompany the page proof.


Before your accepted article is published by IEEE, you will be asked to complete a publishing agreement. The IEEE Copyright Form is required for all publications that are not open access except for material in the public domain. Signing the IEEE Copyright Form transfers ownership of the article to IEEE. The Electronic IEEE Copyright Form (eCF) makes signing a publishing agreement easy by determining which agreement meets your needs and enabling you to complete it on-screen.

Government employees: Articles written by government employees may require a different copyright form. The eCF will determine the appropriate form to match your circumstances. When an article’s authors are a mix of government and non-government employees, one of the non-government employees should sign the copyright form.

Submission of Final Manuscript

For information on how to prepare your final submission files, please go to the IEEE Author Center.

Author Names in Native Languages

IEEE supports the publication of 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 Center.

Graphical Abstract

This journal accepts graphical abstracts and they must be peer reviewed. For more information about graphical abstracts and their specifications, please visit the IEEE Author Center.


All IEEE journals require an Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) for all authors. ORCID is a persistent unique identifier for researchers and functions similarly to an article’s Digital Object Identifier (DOI). ORCIDs enable accurate attribution and improved discoverability of an author’s published work. The author will need a registered ORCID in order to submit a manuscript or review a proof in this journal.

English Language Editing Services

English language editing services can help refine the language of your article and reduce the risk of rejection without review. IEEE authors are eligible for discounts at several language editing services; visit the IEEE Author Center to learn more. Please note these services are fee-based and do not guarantee acceptance. 

Single-Anonymous Review

The articles in this journal are peer reviewed in accordance with the requirements set forth in the IEEE Publication Services and Products Board Operations Manual ( Each published article was reviewed by a minimum of two independent reviewers using a single-anonymous peer review process, where the identities of the reviewers are not known to the authors, but the reviewers know the identities of the authors.