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Author Guide - ScholarOne Submission

In partnership with Wiley, the IET have taken the decision to convert its hybrid journals from a library/subscriber pays model to an author-pays Open Access (OA) model effective from the 2021 volume, which is now in effect for all new submissions to the journals.

All of the IET journals including the existing open access journals have migrated to a new electronic peer-review management system using ScholarOne which is now open for all new submissions. Authors of new submissions should follow the ScholarOne Author Guide below.

For further information on Article Processing Charges (APCs), Wiley’s transformative agreements, Research 4 Life policies, please visit our FAQ Page or contact [email protected]

Any papers that have been submitted to the journal prior to the system migration will continue to run in ReView and authors of these submissions should use the Author Guides linked below:

If you are uncertain of which Author Guide to refer to, please contact [email protected]

Sections

    1. Submission and Peer Review Process
    2. Article Types
    3. After Acceptance

1. Submission and Peer Review Process

Once the submission materials have been prepared in accordance with the Author Guidelines, please follow the “Submit your paper” link on each journal’s home page to ensure you submit your paper to the correct manuscript submission and peer review site.

For help with submissions, please contact: [email protected]

Open Access

All IET journals are gold open access titles. Submissions will be subject to an Article Publication Charges (APC) if accepted and published in the journal. You can read more about APCs (Wiley) and whether you may be eligible for waivers or discounts, through your institution, funder, or a country waiver.

There is no charge for submitting to IET journals.

Article Preparation Support

Wiley Editing Services offers expert help with English Language Editing, as well as translation, manuscript formatting, figure illustration, figure formatting, and graphical abstract design – so you can submit your manuscript with confidence.

Also, check out our resources for Preparing Your Article for general guidance about writing and preparing your manuscript.

Article Pre-Screening

All papers must be written in English and are pre-screened to ensure that only the most significant are sent for review. Please ensure that your manuscript satisfies the following points:


    1. Originality: is the work scientifically rigorous, accurate and novel? Does the work contain significant additional material to that already published? Has its value been demonstrated?

    2. Motivation: does the problem considered have a sound motivation? Does the paper clearly demonstrate the scientific interest of the results?

    3. Referencing: has reference been made to the most recent and most appropriate work? Is the present work set in the context of the previous work?

    4. Clarity: is the English clear and well written? Poorly written English may obscure the scientific merit of your paper. Are the ideas expressed clearly and concisely? Are the concepts understandable?

Journal-Specific Submission Information

IET Generation, Transmission & Distribution and IET Power Electronics do not accept papers in multiple parts (submissions entitled ‘Part I’, ‘Part II’, etc.). All papers submitted should be self-standing and not reliant on any other publication.

IET Circuits, Devices & Systems does not consider any previously rejected papers, and any such papers submitted for consideration to this journal will be automatically rejected.

IET Computer Vision requires all authors of all submitted papers to include a cover sheet with answers to the questions and requirements listed below:

  • What is the theoretical foundation of your work?

  • Please provide a brief outline of the main contributions of your paper.

  • What is the closest work to that reported in your manuscript and the differences with that work?

  • Please confirm your paper includes a substantial review of the state of the art and includes comparative evaluation of your work against one or more other works, preferably on a publicly available dataset.

  • Please confirm that this submission is your original work.

Free Format Submission

IET Journals now offer free format submission for a simplified and streamlined submission process.

Before you submit, you will need:

  • Your manuscript: this can be a single file including text, figures, and tables, or separate files—whichever you prefer. All required sections should be contained in your manuscript, including abstract, introduction, methods, results, and conclusions. Figures and tables should have legends. References may be submitted in any style or format, as long as it is consistent throughout the manuscript. If the manuscript, figures or tables are difficult for you to read, they will also be difficult for the editors and reviewers. If your manuscript is difficult to read, the editorial office may send it back to you for revision.

  • The title page of the manuscript, including statements relating to our ethics and integrity policies (see information on these policies below in Section 1):
    • data availability statement

    • funding statement

    • conflict of interest disclosure

    • ethics approval statement

    • patient consent statement

    • permission to reproduce material from other sources

    • clinical trial registration

    • Your co-author details, including affiliation and email address

    • An ORCID ID, freely available at https://orcid.org.

    Your manuscript must not be under consideration for any other publication while it is being considered by an IET Journal.

    If your manuscript was previously a conference paper you must include details of how the manuscript has been expanded.

    If you are invited to revise your manuscript after peer review, the journal will also request the revised manuscript to be formatted according to journal requirements as described below.

Preprint Policy

Please read the Wiley preprint policy

IET journals accept articles previously published on preprint servers.

IET journals will consider review articles previously available as preprints. You are requested to update any pre-publication versions with a link to the final published article. You may also post the final published version of the article immediately after publication.

Data Sharing and Data Availability

IET journals expects data sharing. Review Wiley’s Data Sharing policy where you will be able to see and select the data availability statement that is right for your submission.

Data Citation

Please review Wiley’s Data Citation policy.

Funding

You should list all funding sources in the Acknowledgments section. You are responsible for the accuracy of their funder designation. If in doubt, please check the Open Funder Registry for the correct nomenclature.

Authorship

All listed authors should have contributed to the manuscript substantially and have agreed to the final submitted version. The contributions of each author to the work must now be indicated as part of the submission process and you will be asked to add Author Contributions using CRediT taxonomy. Please review the Best Practice Guidelines on Research Integrity and Publishing Ethics.

Reproduction of Copyright Material

If excerpts from copyrighted works owned by third parties are included, credit must be shown in the contribution. It is your responsibility to also obtain written permission for reproduction from the copyright owners. For more information visit Wiley’s Copyright Terms & Conditions FAQ.

The corresponding author is responsible for obtaining written permission to reproduce the material "in print and other media" from the publisher of the original source, and for supplying Wiley with that permission upon submission.

Title Page

The title page should contain:

    i. A brief informative title containing the major key words. The title should not contain abbreviations (see Wiley's best practice SEO tips);
    ii. A short running title of less than 40 characters;
    iii. The full names of the authors;
    iv. The author's institutional affiliations where the work was conducted, with a footnote for the author’s present address if different from where the work was conducted;
    v. Acknowledgments.

Main Text File

The main text file should be in [Word or PDF format or LaTeX] and include:

  • A short informative title containing the major key words. The title should not contain abbreviations

  • The full names of the authors with institutional affiliations where the work was conducted, with a footnote for the author’s present address if different from where the work was conducted;

  • Acknowledgments;

  • Abstract structured (intro/methods/results/conclusion) or unstructured

  • Up to seven keywords;

  • Main body: formatted as introduction, materials & methods, results, discussion, conclusion;

  • References

  • Tables (each table complete with title and footnotes);

  • Figures: Figure legends must be added beneath each individual image during upload AND as a complete list in the text.

Reference Style

This journal uses the Vancouver reference style. Review your reference style guidelines (Wiley) prior to submission.

Figures and Supporting Information

Figures, supporting information, and appendices should be supplied as separate files. You should review the basic figure requirements (Wiley) for manuscripts for peer review, as well as the more detailed post-acceptance figure requirements. View Wiley’s FAQs on supporting information.

2. Article Types

The following article types are included in IET journals:

    Original Research Paper
    Report of original research findings and data.

    Letter (Electronics Letters, Healthcare Technology Letters and Micro & Nano Letters only)

    Letters are concise research papers presenting original and significant material for rapid dissemination which will stimulate further research in the field.

    Micro & Nano Letters allow up to 5,000 words.

    Healthcare Technology Letters allow up to 6,000 words

    Electronics Letters: please see separate author guide at https://digital-library.theiet.org/journals/el/author-guide-s1 for submission guidance.

    Review
    Critically examines the body of research on a particular subject and give insights/informed opinions on the direction and future of the research field.

    Case Study
    Report on a specific instance of an interesting or particular phenomenon or instance related to research areas covered by a journal’s scope.

    Industry Article
    A report from industrial-based scientists undertaking R&D on a new technology, application or technique which may facilitate future product development.

    Brief Paper (IET Control Theory & Applications only)
    Brief presentations of new technical concepts and developments, often just making a single point which can be done succinctly and clearly in this format.

    Comment
    Critique of a paper published in the journal to which you are submitting. The authors of the paper that is being critiqued may also opt to write a Reply.

    Opinion
    Less formal in tone and style than a research or review article, expressing personal views of the author on a particular subject or theme. These are generally by invitation only.

    Perspective
    Perspectives discuss one or a cluster of recently published papers, or a specific technique or application relevant to the journal’s scope. It should include a discussion of the outlook, challenges, and opportunities.

    Perspectives are not like research articles– research articles describe novel findings that have been found as a result of research. A perspective is more like a review paper, however, it differs from a review paper because reviews look widely at the current state of knowledge, how it has changed and what the challenges are whereas a perspective takes a narrower focus, e.g. on a single paper or technique. By invitation only.

    Patent Articles (IET Power Electronics only)
    Research papers presenting extended original research based on either a filed or published patent application. This work should contribute to existing knowledge in one or more of the following aspects including new phenomenon, material, properties, theorem, method, model, data generation, experimental approach, interpretations or insights. This contribution may stem from the relevant patent(s) or from additional research dedicated to the Patent Article. It is the author’s responsibility to confirm with the patent office that they do not lose their application during the patent service once the paper has been published.

    The patent search report, with a positive written opinion on patentability (normally from the Searching Authority), or a published patent application should be submitted together with the Patent Article and information included in the cover letter.

    Patent Articles will follow the structure and length guidelines for Research Articles with the following additions:
    • Authors should highlight, in the Abstract, that the article is based on a filed patent
    • Patent Articles should include a ‘State of the art’ section after the Introduction to emphasise recent achievements, together with engineering judgement, in more detail. This section should provide an exhaustive overview of the innovative technical aspects presented in the patent work
    • Appropriate experimental proof is mandatory to showcase the workability and/or desired function from the patent work but it does not need to be as experimentally-intensive as that of a Research Article. A Patent Article should treat the Methods section (which explains the material/function/design choices of the patent work) with equal importance to that of well supported simulation and mathematical analysis
    • Review Patent Articles or short Patent Articles will not be accepted
    Rapid Communications (IET Power Electronics, IET Collaborative Intelligent Manufacturing, IET Nanodielectrics only only)

    Short and concise papers that present original and significant material for rapid dissemination which will stimulate further research in the field. Maximum of 4,000 words.

    A rapid Communication must:

    • Present original results
    • Contain comparisons to other recently published approaches/examples in the field
    • Show a clear engineering/scientific application

    A Rapid Communication can:

    • Be based on a concept presented at a conference if that concept is not published as conference proceedings elsewhere
    • Discuss a development to an existing approach if the contribution this development makes to the field is significant

    A Rapid Communication cannot:

    • Be a review type article containing no novelty or new research
    • Be treated as a Patent article type
    • Be published alongside an expanded research paper where individual novelty in each article is not evident or stated
    • Be out of scope for the journal

    For IET Power Electronics, Rapid Communications should be concerned with applications and technologies in the field of power electronics with a special focus on cost-effective, efficient, power dense, environmentally friendly and robust solutions. The research results presented in Rapid Communications will be of the same high quality as regular research papers but will focus on a single main point, which must be stated succinctly and clearly. Authors eventually publishing Rapid Communications papers found to be of particular interest are also encouraged to expand their work and submit their research as a full Research Article.

Peer Review

IET journals operate under a single-blind peer review model (Wiley).Papers will only be sent to review if the Editor-in-Chief determines that the paper meets the appropriate quality and relevance requirements.

In-house submissions, i.e. papers authored by Editors or Editorial Board members of the title, will be sent to Editors unaffiliated with the author or institution and monitored carefully to ensure there is no peer review bias.

Please review Wiley's policy on the confidentiality of the review process.

Guidelines on Publishing and Research Ethics in Journal Articles

IET journals require that you include in the manuscript details IRB approvals, ethical treatment of human and animal research participants, and gathering of informed consent, as appropriate. You will be expected to declare all conflicts of interest, or none, on submission. Please review Wiley’s policies surrounding human studies, animal studies, clinical trial registration, biosecurity, and research reporting guidelines.

This journal follows the core practices of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and handles cases of research and publication misconduct accordingly (https://publicationethics.org/core-practices)

This journal uses iThenticate’s CrossCheck software to detect instances of overlapping and similar text in submitted manuscripts. Read Wiley’s Top 10 Publishing Ethics Tips for Authors and Wiley’s Publication Ethics Guidelines

3. After Acceptance

First Look

After your paper is accepted, your files will be assessed by the editorial office to ensure they are ready for production. You may be contacted if any updates or final files are required. Otherwise, your paper will be sent to the production team.

Wiley Author Services

When an accepted article is received by Wiley’s production team, the corresponding author will receive an email asking them to login or register with Wiley Author Services. You will be asked to sign a publication license at this point as well as pay for any applicable APCs.

Copyright & Licensing

All IET journals are Open Access journals: authors of accepted papers pay an Article Publication Charge and their papers are published under a Creative Commons license. The IET journals use the CC-BY, CC-BY-NC, CC-BY-ND and CC-BY-NC-ND Creative Commons Licenses. Note that certain funders. mandate a particular type of CC license be used.

Proofs

Authors will receive an e-mail notification with a link and instructions for accessing HTML page proofs online. Authors should also make sure that any renumbered tables, figures, or references match text citations and that figure legends correspond with text citations and actual figures. Proofs must be returned within 48 hours of receipt of the email.

Article Promotion Support

Wiley Editing Services offers professional video, design, and writing services to create shareable video abstracts, infographics, conference posters, lay summaries, and research news stories for your research – so you can help your research get the attention it deserves.

Graphical TOC/Abstract

The IET journals’ tables of contents/abstracts will be presented in graphical form with a brief abstract.

The table of contents entry must include the article title, the authors' names (with the corresponding author indicated by an asterisk), no more than 80 words or 3 sentences of text summarising the key findings presented in the paper and a figure that best represents the scope of the paper.

Table of contents entries should be submitted to ScholarOne as ‘Supplementary material for review’ during the initial manuscript submission process.

The image supplied should fit within the dimensions of 50mm x 60mm and be fully legible at legible at this size.

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