Information for Authors

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IEEE/CAA Journal of Automatica Sinica is published bimonthly on the 1st of January, March, May, July, September, November. Each paper submitted is subjected to a thorough review procedure, and the publication decision by the editor-in-chief is based on the comments and recommendations of the reviewers and associate editor. Review management is generally under the direction of an associate editor. Often, reviews take four to six months to obtain, occasionally longer. An additional several months is required for the publication process.

Process for Submission of a Technical Paper

  1. All papers should be submitted electronically in Portable Document Format (PDF). The paper should print correctly on 8.5 by 11 inch paper.
  2. Please utilize our manuscript submission system. The site has instructions and help buttons on each page.
  3. We encourage the submission of supplementary materials with the paper with the paper. An attachment (video, animations, applets, code, data, etc.) should be referenced in the text of the paper and enhance the presentation. We currently accept avi files (PowerPoint animations), MPEG video files, Java applets, code with specific compilation instructions and execution instructions and machine specific information, and data sets with a description of the data format. More information is available on
  4. If the manuscript or a considerable part of it has been presented, published, or submitted for publication elsewhere, you must inform the Editor. Failure to do so may result in the immediate rejection of your manuscript. Our primary objective is to publish technical material not otherwise available elsewhere.
  5. ORCID Required: All IEEE journals require an Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) for all authors. To create an ORCID, please visit: The author will need a registered ORCID in order to submit a manuscript or review a proof in this journal.

Posting Preprints to Non-IEEE Servers

Authors should disclose postings on approved preprint services when submitting papers to SMCS Journals. 

Consult relevant sections posted here.

The following statement must be included on the initial screen of the preprint site:

“This work has been submitted to the IEEE for possible publication. Copyright may be transferred without notice, after which this version may no longer be accessible.”

Upon acceptance of the article by IEEE, the preprint article must be replaced with the accepted version, as described in the section “Accepted article.”

Style for Manuscript

      1. The authors should use IEEE journal format (two-columns) for their manuscripts using the provided IEEE templates.
      2. Regular papers are 10 JOURNAL pages in length. Review papers are about 16 JOURNAL pages in length. Short papers are 6 JOURNAL pages in length. These page counts represent maximum submission lengths and are effective as of January 7, 2019 for all new submissions. Any additional page allocations must be approved by the editor-in-chief in advance of manuscript submission or through the review process, based on the recommendation of an associate editor or technical reviewer, and excess page charges will apply. Additional pages are allowed provided that the authors will pay the surcharge at $200 per page after the publication. Author who are concerned are encouraged to estimate the length of their manuscripts prior to submission. Detailed instructions on payment of these charges will accompany the page proof.
      3. Since the Journal publishes only in English, contributors for whom English is not a native language should consult a colleague who is familiar with the English language prior to submitting the paper for editing the original manuscript. Manuscripts of low quality, of poor English writing or with tedious quotations will be returned by the Editorial Office without review.
      4. Provide an informative 100 to 250 word abstract at the head of the manuscript.
      5. References should appear in a separate section at the end of the paper, double-spaced with items referred to by numerals in square brackets. References must be complete and in IEEE style: Style for papers: Author, first initials followed by last name, title in quotations, periodical, volume, page numbers, month, year. Style for books: Author, title. Location: publisher, year, chapter, and page numbers (if desired). See any issue of the Transactions for examples.
      6. Authors of accepted papers will be asked to supply a head and shoulders photograph of themselves and a technical biography. The biography should be in the form used in IEEE Transactions, consisting of three paragraphs of information: name, where and when born, degrees earned, field(s) of study, school, city, state; chief employment dates, organizations, positions held, type of work, responsibilities, present position; and professional society membership, offices, and awards.
      7. Accepted papers will rapidly appear on the Web in the IEEE Xplore system approximately four weeks after corrected page proofs are received from an author. This will typically be before the paper appears in the print version of the journal. Hence, papers will be disseminated to the research community faster utilizing electronic submission.
      8. In order for an abstract to be effective when displayed in IEEE Xplore as well as through indexing services such as Compendex, INSPEC, Medline, ProQuest, and Web of Science, it must be an accurate, stand-alone reflection of the contents of the article.

The abstract must be a concise yet comprehensive reflection of what is in your article. In particular:

      • The abstract must be self-contained, without abbreviations, footnotes, or references. It should be a microcosm of the full article.
      • The abstract must be between 150-250 words. Be sure that you adhere to these limits; otherwise, you will need to edit your abstract accordingly.
      • The abstract must be written as one paragraph, and should not contain displayed mathematical equations or tabular material.
      • The abstract should include three or four different keywords or phrases, as this will help readers to find it. It is important to avoid over-repetition of such phrases as this can result in a page being rejected by search engines.
      • Ensure that your abstract reads well and is grammatically correct.

Please note that it is the author’s, not the journal’s, responsibility to proofread papers.

Style for Illustrations

      1. Originals for illustrations (including tables) should be sharp, noise-free, and of good contrast.
      2. On graphs, show only the coordinate axes, or at most the major grid lines to avoid a dense, hard-to-read result.
      3. All lettering should be large enough to permit legible reduction of the figure to column width, sometimes as much as 4 to 1. There should only be one illustration per page and only illustrations should be included in the set of illustrations. Please be very sure that your lettering is sufficiently large, such that it will be readable after photo-reduction.


      1. The Editorial Board will prescreen all submissions and remove from further consideration those that, in its opinion, do not meet the requirements that include but are not limited to: scope of the journal; quality and clarity of presentation; novelty; significance of contribution.
      2. JAS conducts double-blind review. Please delete information about authors in the submitted files. Each paper is reviewed by at least three referees. The acceptance of a manuscript will be notified by the Editor-in- Chief, and review comments will be provided for those rejected ones.
      3. After a paper is reviewed by external reviewers, one of the following decisions will be communicated to the authors:
        • Accept as it is
        • Accept with minor revision
        • Reject with permission to resubmit (Significant changes are needed)
        • Reject with no permission to resubmit

Please note that we normally allow only one Decision (3) and up to two Decision (2) for a paper.

Open Access

This publication is a hybrid journal, allowing either Traditional manuscript submission or Open Access (author-pays OA) manuscript submission. Upon submission, if you choose to have your manuscript be an Open Access article, you commit to pay the discounted $1,750 OA fee if your manuscript is accepted for publication in order to enable unrestricted public access. Any other application charges (such as over- length page charge and/or charge for the use of color in the print format) will be billed separately once the manuscript formatting is complete but prior to the publication. If you would like your manuscript to be a Traditional submission, your article will be available to qualified subscribers and purchasers via IEEE Xplore. No OA payment is required for Traditional submission.

Voluntary Page and Excess Page Charges

After a manuscript has been accepted for publication, the author’s company or institution will be requested to pay a voluntary charge of $110 per printed page to cover part of the cost of publication. These page charges, like those for journals of other professional societies, are not obligatory nor are their payment a prerequisite for publication. The author will receive 100 free reprints without covers if this charge is honored. Author who are concerned are encouraged to estimate the length of their manuscripts prior to submission. Detailed instructions on payment of these charges will accompany the page proof.

Electronic Publishing

The author must submit final files electronically including source fie(s) (e.g., Latex or Microsoft Word), figures, and PDF. Acceptable formats for figures include Word, eps, ps, tiff, ppt, and Excel. Further details are contained within the instructions for authors accompanying final acceptance letters.


Authors are required to sign a Copyright Form before publication. This agreement enables the publisher to protect the copyrighted material for the authors, without affecting the authors’ proprietary rights. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from the copyright holder to reproduce any figures or other material included in the paper for which copyright already exists. Authors must submit a completed copy of this form electronically via the manuscript submission system with their accepted manuscript related files.

Duplicate Submissions

It is the policy of the Journal to review papers which were originally submitted as conference papers only if there is over 70% original material. Papers with less than 70% will be rejected. When submitting conference papers please clearly state how this paper differs from the conference paper.

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