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.


New Name/Scope

From 01 Jan 2018, this journal will be renamed and will be called IEEE Transactions on Games. The scope for the new journal will be “The IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON GAMES publishes original high-quality articles covering scientific, technical, and engineering aspects of games.”
We welcome papers for this renamed journal and any papers that are submitted now will appear in the newly named journal.


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, which will include all references and author biographies (note, author biographies are optional), but excluding supplementary material. Papers exceeding this length will be subject to a mandatory over-length page charge. Short papers, even if paying an over-length page charge, cannot exceed 8 pages.

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 15 pages of formatted text in the IEEE two-column style, which will include all references and author biographies (note, author biographies are optional), but excluding supplementary material. Papers exceeding this length will be subject to a mandatory over-length page charge. Survey papers, even if paying an over-length page charge, cannot exceed 20 pages.

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 10 pages in the journal’s two column format, which will include all references and author biographies (note, author biographies are optional), but excluding supplementary material. Papers exceeding this length will be subject to a mandatory over-length page charge. Full papers, even if paying an over-length page charge, cannot exceed 14 pages.

The mandatory page charges for over-length papers (see page charges) are payable, 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. Provide an abstract of 150-250 words as described below. Authors are encouraged to put detailed derivations in appendixes. 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 must be submitted in the journal’s two 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:

Authors, at their own expense, may now seek the help of American Journal Experts (AJE) for presubmission professional editing services. An author willing to receive assistance with English grammar and usage prior to submitting their manuscript for review, or during the review process, can go directly to or visit IEEE Author Digital Tools at and go to the section and link: "Refine the Use of English in Your Manuscript" to submit a manuscript for copy editing. The AJE copy editors will copy edit for grammar, usage, organization, and clarity, querying potentially substantive revisions as necessary. Cost estimates are available immediately online. Edited manuscripts are expected to be returned to the author within two weeks of submission.


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 the pages specified in the relevant category. Detailed instructions on payment of these charges will accompany the page proof.

Color Page Charges. Figures and photographs in black and white are not subject to additional charges. If color figures and photographs are included in the manuscript these will be made available in the on-line version of the manuscript but there will be an extra charge if color is required for the hard-copy version. If the hard-copy is produced as black and white, there will be no additional charges.

Prices for hard-copy color printing is available on request.



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

The final manuscript should be submitted in the journal’s two column format. The source file(s) should also be uploaded. 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

Illustrations and Photos: Figures and photographs should be original figures and not photocopies. Photos must be glossy prints. 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, unless 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.


IEEE Preprint Policy

There are often questions about whether it is OK to post preprints of articles under review to arXiv or other preprint servers. Bottom line: it is fine to post to arXiv with certain conditions.

The PSPB Operations Manual contains the policies related to posting of preprints of articles submitted to IEEE publications.

First, here are some definitions (from p. 83):

  • a. An author-submitted article is the version originally submitted by the author to an IEEE publication. An author includes a completed IEEE Copyright Form during submission of the article to an IEEE publication and thereby transfers the copyright of the article to IEEE.
  • b. An accepted article is a version which has been revised by the author to incorporate review suggestions, and which has been accepted by IEEE for publication.
  • c. The final, published version is the reviewed and accepted article, with copy-editing, proofreading and formatting added by IEEE.
  • d. E-prints are digital texts of research articles. Electronic preprint is a form of an e-print where an author posts a draft article on the author’s or another web site. For purposes of this definition, a preprint is assumed to be the article in the form prior to submission to the IEEE, at which point copyright is transferred to IEEE. Authors who have submitted articles for publication by the IEEE may be interested in posting various preprint versions of the same article on e-print servers operated by third parties. E-print servers provide authors rapid dissemination of new results, with the opportunity of receiving comments from the peer community and with the opportunity to have a time-stamp associated with the announcement of results.

And now, the relevant policy (from Section 8.1.9, beginning on p. 82):

  1. IEEE seeks to maximize the rights of its authors and their employers to post preprint versions of an article on the author’s personal web site, on a server operated by the author’s employer, or on a server operated by an approved not-for-profit third party as specified in 8.1.9.G.2 below.
  2. IEEE allows its authors to follow mandates of agencies that fund the author’s research by posting accepted versions of their articles in the agencies’ publicly accessible repositories.
  3. IEEE does not restrict the rights of authors to use their IEEE-copyrighted articles in their own teaching, training, or work responsibilities, or those of their institutions or employers. In any preprint version archived by the author after submission, IEEE requires that IEEE will be credited as copyright holder. Upon publication of the work, authors are asked to include the article’s Digital Object Identifier (DOI).
  4. As indicated in Section 8.1.9.A.4 (above) and amplified in Sections 8.1.9.C through G below, IEEE’s policy for permitting posting of IEEE-copyrighted articles extends only to authors, their employers, approved third-party not-for-profit organizations, and IEEE organizational units. The IEEE Intellectual Property Rights Office maintains a list of not-for-profit third party servers where material submitted to the IEEE may be posted. [The only approved third-party server is arXiv.]



Before submitting an article to an IEEE publication, authors frequently post preprints of their articles to their own web site, their employer’s site, or to another server that invites constructive comment from colleagues and provides a publication time stamp. Upon submission of an article to IEEE, an author is required to transfer copyright in the article to IEEE, and the author must update any previously posted version of the article with a prominently displayed IEEE copyright notice (as shown in 8.1.9.B). Upon publication of an article by the IEEE, the author must replace any previously posted electronic versions of the article with either (1) the full citation to the IEEE work with a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), or (2) the accepted version only with the DOI (not the IEEE-published version). IEEE shall make available to each author the preprint version of the article that the author can post and that includes the Digital Object Identifier (DOI), IEEE’s copyright notice, and a notice indicating the article has been accepted for publication by IEEE.