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Journals FAQs

As a journal author, you may have some questions about the publishing process – and you are not alone. Here are answers for some of the questions that we are asked most often.

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1. Where do I find the scope of a journal?

Full information is on each journal's web page on the IET Digital Library.

2. Where are IET journals indexed?

Most of our journals are included in all the major international databases such as IET Inspec, Science Citation Index, Scopus and Ei Compendex. Please see the full list of where each of our journals are indexed

3. How long will it be until I get a first decision on my paper?

We aim for six weeks for the Letters titles and two months for the IET Research Journals, but some journals may vary.

4. How long is submission to publication online?

All manuscripts are published on acceptance in the format that they were submitted in on the IET Digital Library as soon as any requested revisions have been approved and the license form is received. Once the paper has been typeset it is published e-first ahead of each issue: we aim for a time from submission to e-first publication of 10-12 weeks for the Letters titles and six months for the IET Research Journals but some journals may vary.

5. How long is submission to issue publication?

We aim for 2.5 - 4 months for the Letters titles and one year on average for the IET Research Journals, but some journals may vary.

6. Is there a charge to submit to the IET’s journals?

There is no charge to submit to any of the IET’s journals. If your paper is accepted, you will be asked to choose a publication option and there is a charge for choosing the open access option. Please see our Open Access Publishing page for more information.

7. Is there a LaTeX template I can use?

All IET Letters and Research Journals have both Word and LaTeX templates which are available through the relevant journal’s author guide. The Journal of Engineering does not have a LaTeX template. Please see the author guides, under the "About" tab of each journal's web page on the IET Digital Library to download these templates.

8. I haven’t heard about my paper for a while, is it ok?

Your paper is most likely undergoing peer review. Updates on the status of your paper are available via the manuscript submission and peer review site that you submitted your paper through. 

9. Can I make corrections to my proof after publication?

You will be given the opportunity to make corrections to your proof prior to publication. Unfortunately, you cannot make any further corrections after the final version has been published. 

10. My paper was accepted but I have not received my proof, where is it?

Your proof will be being processed and it will be sent to you when it is available. Depending on the journal, it can take 6-8 weeks to process a paper.