These notes are intended to give you the information you need to submit your paper to Electronics Letters and to present it in accordance with our requirements.
These notes are intended to give you the information you need to submit your paper to Electronics Letters and to present it in accordance with our requirements. If you cannot find the information you are looking for, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
What we look for in your letter
Conference and patent material policy
Submit a manuscript
Copyright and Open Access License
Green Open Access **Update!**
Electronics Letters is a forum for the rapid publication of the latest or preliminary results or ideas relating to the electronic or electrical engineering fields. The advance presented must be significant enough and of a high enough level of interest to the broad engineering community to merit immediate dissemination, otherwise a different journal is more appropriate.
Manuscripts submitted to Electronics Letters should:
Manuscripts should not:
Electronics Letters does not accept material that has previously been presented at a conference for which the conference proceedings are widely available. Any manuscripts that are submitted to Electronics Letters that are based on a conference paper must reference the conference and demonstrate a significant advance in the work.
We can consider material for Electronics Letters that is also the subject of a patent application. The application number should be stated in the paper in the references and the authors should also make sure that the publication of their work in a journal will not harm their patent application in any way.
It is important to format submissions in accordance with Electronics Letters’ house style. Following the presentation guide below will ensure that submissions will move straight to reviewing stage.
Please note, submissions which are over the maximum allowed length or formatted incorrectly will be returned immediately to authors for revision.
Subscription access option
There is no charge to authors for this option and the paper is made available to subscribers.
Open access option
Electronics Letters now offers authors the option of publishing their paper open access on payment of an Article Processing Charge of $1150 USD on acceptance of the paper. The paper is then freely available to all with permitted reuse.
Payment for open access
The IET has partnered with Copyright Clearance Center, Rightslink who will facilitate the fee collection process. Once your paper is accepted for publication you will be contacted by Rightslink with instructions on how to pay your fees. All fees must be paid within three weeks of acceptance; failure to pay your fees in a timely fashion may result in your being debarred from publishing open access with the IET. IET members are eligible for a 15% discount on their fees. The IET also offers fee waivers for researchers in developing countries, determined using the criteria* set by Research4Life, which provides free or low-cost access to scientific journals, books and databases for scientists, practitioners, students and faculty in the developing world.
Submissions to Electronics Letters must be formatted to the journal house style which uses a double-column format, with figures placed within the main body of the text. Update: Electronics Letters now accepts manuscripts which are up to four columns in length.
We have provided a Microsoft Word 2003 template and a Microsoft Word 2010 template for you to download and edit to create your manuscript. We have also created a LaTeX class file, and a sample LaTeX source file for you to download and edit with your own text and images to create your PDF. These LaTeX files are available as a .ZIP file and also downloadable from the manuscript submission page, under Instructions and Forms.
Source files must be supplied. The only acceptable source-file formats are Microsoft Word (.DOC or .RTF) or LaTeX (.TEX). If you are submitting in LaTeX, you need to provide a PDF as well as the LaTeX source file, and all source images.
The choice of publication is made after acceptance and will not affect the peer review process or decision to publish.
Papers should be submitted in electronic form via the manuscript submission page. Authors should complete all relevant fields in the manuscript upload page.
Authors must upload suitable source files when submitting. See above for more details.
Authors are encouraged to submit the names and contact details of possible reviewers (although the reviewers selected may not be from this list). These suggestions should be impartial. Authors may also indicate non-preferred reviewers if they are working in competition or have conflicts of interest with individuals or organisations.
Please make sure that any permissions you may require for text or figures are cleared before publication. If you unable to clear the permissions under the same licence you wish to use for your paper, please include the permissions copyright statement under any relevant figures. Confirmation and any relevant details of permissions should be clearly stated in your cover letter when submitting a paper to Electronics Letters.
Changes to the submitted manuscript
If your submission is returned because it requires changes, you will need to go into your Author Centre on Manuscript Central and resubmit a revised manuscript.
It is not usually possible to make changes to a manuscript when it is under review; although there are exceptions if the changes are minor. Major revisions cannot be made without starting the whole process again.
If you wish to make changes, send us the amended manuscript with a list of the changes made, and the Editors will consider which course of action is most appropriate.
Due to the fast nature of the Electronics Letters publication process, we do not make proofs of accepted papers available to authors. Each accepted manuscript is checked prior to publication, using copy-editors and proofreaders. If you notice any errors in your paper after you have submitted, please inform us as soon as possible.
All manuscripts are sent out for review by independent experts in the field, and the decision made by the editors is based on these reports. To maintain the speed of publication, reviewers are permitted to make a binary decision without providing comments to authors, and we are therefore not normally able to provide authors with feedback on rejected manuscripts, or give any opportunity for revision. Authors should therefore prepare their manuscript very carefully. The average time between submission and decision is six weeks.
Right to publish
An author submitting a paper should ensure that he or she has the right to publish the paper and that it contains nothing defamatory. The IET will assume that all co-authors have agreed to the submission of any paper received.
Copyright form for subscription access
Authors who choose to publish through the subscription access model will be required to fill in the online copyright form in the ScholarOne Manuscripts Author Centre.
Unless the paper is either 'United Kingdom Crown copyright' or 'a work of the US Government and in the Public Domain', the Bylaws of the IET require that copyright should belong to the IET.
Open access: Creative Commons Licences
Authors who choose to publish their papers open access in Electronics Letters will be asked to sign a Creative Commons Licence as opposed to a copyright form. In this way, the author retains the copyright to their work. As we offer a number of different licence options for authors it is advised that authors take some time to consider which licence they would like to use when they submit their paper so as not to delay the publication of the paper on acceptance. Authors whose work is funded by the Wellcome Trust or Research Councils UK must sign the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY). Other licences available are: Attribution-NoDerivs (CC BY-ND), Attribution-NonCommercial (CC BY-NC) and Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-ND). For more information on these options please see below.
Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) This licence lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation. This is the most accommodating of licences offered. Recommended for maximum dissemination and use of licenced materials. (If your work is funded by The Wellcome Trust or Research Councils UK you must use this licence.)
Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs (CC BY-ND) This licence allows for redistribution, commercial and non-commercial, as long as it is passed along unchanged and in whole, with credit to you.
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial (CC BY-NC) This licence lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, and although their new works must also acknowledge you and be non-commercial, they don’t have to licence their derivative works on the same terms.
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-ND) This licence is the most restrictive licence we offer, only allowing others to download your works and share them with others as long as they credit you, but they can’t change them in any way or use them commercially.
Many funders now mandate that their sponsored research must be deposited in an institutional repository. For a list of funders and their open access requirements, see http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/juliet/.
In order to allow authors to comply with these mandates, the IET offers a comprehensive green open access policy. With no embargo period, authors are permitted to deposit their version of the final published PDF, on their institutional repository or in repositories designated by their funding body, provided they refer to the published IET version. For full details of the policy and any relevant wordings, see below.
These options will allow our authors to comply with the mandates of a number of funders/research bodies, including, but not limited to EPSRC, RCUK, NIH, Wellcome Trust, Horizon 2020, HEFCE, and NERC.
If you are unsure if the IET will help you to comply with your funder’s mandates, please contact us at email@example.com.
Green open access policy:
The following outlines the full IET green open access policy, making it straightforward for authors to comply with their funder mandates.
Copyediting and proof correction
All accepted papers are copyedited to ensure clarity and consistency, to correct minor errors, to standardise various formatting details and to conform to Electronics Letters house style.
Authors may receive queries if ambiguities in the language or minor errors in a paper are identified by either referees or the copyeditor that cannot be resolved in the editorial office. Delays in replying to such queries may result in a delay to the publication of a paper.
To maintain the speed of publication, proofs are checked in the editorial office and are not normally sent to authors. If you become aware of any errors in your manuscript after submission, please inform us as soon as possible as there may not be time to rectify them if the paper is accepted for publication.
The time from acceptance to publication online is 2 weeks and in print is 3-4 weeks.
Journal copies and permissions
Once the paper has been published online, we will send the corresponding author a complimentary PDF version of their final published paper. This is subject to the terms and conditions of our green open access policy (see above).
Permission requests to reproduce articles published in Electronics Letters should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please use this checklist to help you ensure that your manuscript meets the standards we expect from submitted papers: