The online IEEE Author Center, which helps those who write articles for IEEE journals and magazines understand the publication process, provides step-by-step instructions and a suite of tools.
The new website breaks down the article life cycle into sections. The Create Your IEEE Article tab provides authoring tools and templates; guidance on the use of abstracts, equations, and other text; instructions for using graphics, such as file formats and display resolutions; and ways to prepare supplemental material such as multimedia.
Once you’ve finished writing your paper, you’ll want to refer to the checklist in the Submit Article for Peer Review section. It covers IEEE’s processes for article submission and peer review as well as how the editor determines whether to publish your paper and how you’ll be notified.
If your article is accepted, you’ll be asked to complete a publishing agreement. The options are explained in the Choose a Publishing Agreement section.
The Your Role in Article Production section explains what happens after an article is accepted.
Suggestions for improving the visibility of your article can be found under the When Your Article Is Published tab.
To make it easier to find tools that help authors prepare an article for submission, the Author Center keeps them on a menu that appears on every page. The five tools are the IEEE Publication Recommender, which is designed to help you find the best match for your article; templates that can help you format manuscripts; the Graphics Analyzer, which checks your images; the PDF Checker for uploading attachments; and the Reference Preparation Assistant, which verifies links to other articles.
The Author Center also links to additional resources such as IEEE Collabratec. The scholarly collaboration network integrates authoring and productivity tools. Its IEEE AuthorLab, a forum on publishing in IEEE journals, has more than 9,400 participants who share ideas related to publishing research articles.
There are also educational resources such as video tutorials and live educational events.
Also from the website, you can subscribe to the monthly Authors@IEEE newsletter, which includes publishing tips and insights.