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 the Full Paper category to the Brief Paper category after submission/review. It would be the responsibility of authors to decide the category of their manuscript at the time of submission. If a manuscript is reviewed as a Paper and at the end of the review process, Reviewers/Associate Editor/Editor-in-Chief find it not suitable as a Full Paper but is a potential candidate for a Brief Paper, then the manuscript has to be resubmitted as a Brief Paper after revision, if authors desire to do so. Review management for Papers and Brief 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. To avoid delay in processing your paper, please follow closely these guidelines.