Content & Composition Requirements for IAS Conference & Transactions Papers

Papers considered acceptable for conference use and for TRANSACTIONS or Magazine use may present the results of research, novel applications, or tutorial summaries of the state of the art. The topic of a paper must be within the scope of the Society. It also must be within the scope of the Technical Committee (TC) sponsor of the meeting or session where the paper will be presented. Papers within these scopes may cover any technical information that is significant to the electrical or electronics industry.

In addition to having worthwhile and relevant content, good composition is a major determinant of whether or not a paper will be accepted for conference and, later, for TRANSACTIONS or Magazine use. The probability of acceptance is substantially increased if the paper's message is delivered with clarity and conciseness. Publication space is expensive; therefore authors are urged to :

  • be sure the paper's topic is important, with interest and value to others in the field;
  • think through the ideas of the paper before beginning to write;
  • arrange the material logically, perhaps by first making a skeletal outline of the paper's various parts;
  • use headings (primary, secondary, tertiary, and quaternary) to ease the task of the reader; and
  • revise again and again, until all extraneous verbiage has been eliminated.

1. Choosing the Authors of a Technical Paper

The choice of persons named as authors of the paper, and the order in which their names are listed, is entirely up to the authors. However, persons named as authors should be individuals who have made a significant contribution either to the actual writing of the paper or to the research or testing on which the paper is based. Minor contributors, such as persons who reviewed the manuscript, may be given credit for their contribution in an Acknowledgment.

Ordinarily, it is not acceptable to change the list of authors between the Conference paper and the TRANSACTIONS version. If the paper is significantly revised, and a person not previously listed as an author is a significant contributor to the revision, that person may be added as an author. Since removal of an author=s name may subject IEEE and IAS to criticism, such removal is not ordinarily allowed. If it is desired to remove an author's name from a paper, that person's permission must be obtained, and this must be documented to the Editor on request.

B. Commercialism

Papers submitted to IAS must be free of commercialism. The affiliations of the authors are listed in the heading of conference papers and in a footnote to TRANSACTIONS and Magazine papers. Other than this appearance, the names of the authors' affiliations should not appear in the paper. This restriction applies to non-commercial entities as well as to commercial organizations. Product names or company logos should not appear in the paper nor on visual aids used in the paper's conference presentation. One exception is that instrumentation used in testing may be identified so that an interested reader may duplicate the testing if that is desired. Papers not meeting these criteria may be rejected by reviewers, or returned to the authors for revision.

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