TNNLS Information for Authors


The IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems publishes technical articles that deal with the theory, design, and applications of neural networks and related learning systems.

Types of Contributions

TNNLS publishes three types of articles:

  • Papers (Full Papers)
  • Brief Papers
  • Comments Papers and Communications

Full Papers are characterized by novel contributions of archival nature in developing theories and/or innovative applications of neural networks and learning 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. Please see the “Page Limits and Over Length Page Charge” in the next Section.

Brief Papers report sufficiently interesting new theories and/or developments on previously published work in neural networks and related areas. For example, brief papers may report an extension of previous results or algorithms, innovative applications of a known approach to interesting problems, brief theoretical results, etc. The contribution should be conclusive and useful. Usually a brief paper will not exceed 6 pages of formatted text in the IEEE two-column style. Please see the “Page Limits and Over Length Page Charge” in the next Section.

Comments Papers and Communications are short articles which may be commenting on an error one has found in, or a significant disagreement one has with, a previously published paper. Typically, a comments paper is assigned to the same Associate Editor who handled the published paper being commented on. If the Associate Editor who was handling the previously published paper is no longer available, the Editor-in-Chief will assign the comments paper to another Associate Editor whose expertise closely matches the paper's topic. Comments papers and communications should comprise a significant contribution of interest to the TNNLS readership. The authors of the original paper may be invited to submit a rebuttal. A comments paper should be as concise as possible and will not exceed 3 pages formatted in the IEEE two-column style. Please see the “Page Limits and Over Length Page Charge” in the next Section.

During the review process, submitted manuscripts will NOT be transferred from one category to another after submission/review. It would be the responsibility of authors to decide the category of their manuscript at the time of submission. 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-blind peer review process, where the identities of the reviewers are not known to the authors, but the reviewers know the identities of the authors.

Page Limits and Over Length Page Charge

With effect from January 1, 2017, papers submitted to this transaction will be imposed mandatory over-length page charge for pages in excess of 10 pages for a full paper, 15 pages for a survey paper, and 6 pages for a brief paper. Authors of papers accepted for publication will be assessed a mandatory page charge of $200 (per page) for every printed page over these limits. The manuscript length (excluding supplementary materials) with over-length page charge must be less than 15 pages for a full paper, 21 pages for a survey paper, and 9 pages for a brief paper. For "Comments Papers and Communications" existing rules apply.

Submission of Manuscripts

To avoid delay in processing your paper, please follow closely the following guidelines. Submission and review of new 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. Authors are required to provide detailed contact information for every author of their paper during submission. The paper will be returned without review if any such information is missing or incorrect.

The IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems is primarily devoted to archival reports of work that have not been published elsewhere. Specifically, conference records and book chapters that have been published are not acceptable unless and until they have been significantly enhanced. In special circumstances or on exceptional occasions, the Editor-in-Chief 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 TNNLS.

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 TNNLS 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 now 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 their manuscript for review or during the review process can go directly to to submit a manuscript for copy editing. The American Journal Experts copy editors edit for grammar, usage, organization, and clarity, querying potentially substantive revisions as necessary. Various levels of editing services are available. Cost estimates as well as required time are available immediately on line. 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

The IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems follows the format standards of the IEEE. The templates can be downloaded from

Here are some of the general guidelines. A list of 4-5 keywords (index terms) and an abstract (described below) are required for all manuscripts submitted to this journal. When submitting a new article through the Manuscript Central System, you may choose your own keywords related to the submitted manuscript. The submitted manuscript must be in the following format:

  • PDF format;
  • Singled-spaced, double column, standard IEEE published format.

All pages should be numbered. Provide an abstract that is a concise yet comprehensive reflection of what is in your article according to the following guidelines:

  • 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.

Authors are encouraged to put detailed derivations in appendixes.

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 submission. The graphical abstract should (but not limited to) describe the motivation, key ideas and findings, and impact of the research. The graphical abstract is submitted as a 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. Please note the "graphical abstract" is optional, not required, during the submission 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.


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 final manuscripts (after a manuscript is accepted for publication).

Preprint Policy

There are often questions about whether it is OK to post preprints of articles under review to arXiv or other preprint servers. Here is the detailed IEEE preprint policy and please read this document for relevant information - [Preprint Policy].

Submission of Final Manuscript

Page Numbers: Number all pages, including illustrations, in a single series, with no omitted numbers. Figures should be identified with the figure number.

References and Captions: Put all references at the end of your paper in IEEE style (see "Information for Authors" kit above). Do not include figure captions on the illustrations themselves. Figure captions should be sufficiently clear so that the figures can be understood without detailed reference to the accompanying text. Axes of graphs should have self-explanatory labels, not just symbols.

Illustrations and Photos: All figures will be printed in black and white, unless specifically requested. The color figures involve some cost to be born by the authors. The exact amount depends on the number of color figures (the total cost includes a flat fee plus a fee per figure). However, authors can use color figures keeping in mind that in IEEE Xplore these will appear in color but on the print copy it will be in black and white. Therefore, while referring to the figures in the text, authors should not refer to color, but some other attributes of the figures. Letters should be large enough to be readily legible when the figures are reduced to two or one-column width - as much as 4:1 reduction from the original.

Electronic Form for Final Printing: For the final printed production of the manuscript, the author will need to provide a single zip file which contains all the source files of the peer approved version. Please be certain that changes made to your paper version are incorporated into your electronic version. Check that your files are complete including abstract, text, references, footnotes, biographies (for Papers), and figures captions.

IEEE can process most commercial software programs, but not page layout programs. Do not send postscript files. The preferred programs are TeX, LaTeX, and WORD (use standard macros). An IEEE LaTeX style file can be obtained by visiting the IEEE Author Digital Tool Box website, where standard IEEE LaTeX and Microsoft Word templates can be found by scrolling down the page, by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by fax at (+1 732) 562 0545.