IEEE Publishing rules forbid publication in a peer-reviewed journal (e.g., TNS) any paper which is substantially the same as that which has been published in a Conference Record and in IEEE Xplore. What this means in practical terms is that authors will not be permitted to submit the same manuscript to both the Conference Record and to any IEEE journal. Any such manuscript submitted to a journal will be rejected without review. The IEEE policy states, "Any republished technical article that is made available on IEEE Xplore shall not substantially duplicate a previously posted and accessible article on IEEE Xplore." Although there are not strict guidelines with respect to the interpretation of "substantially duplicate," the current practice is to ensure that any manuscript submitted to a journal must contain at least 50% more substantive content than that which appears in a Conference Record submission.

Therefore, each author has the following two options when submitting a paper to the Conference Record:

  1. Submit only an extended abstract (minimum 2 pages) to the Conference Record and then subsequently, submit a full-length manuscript to the journal. This extended abstract can be an improved version of the summary submitted during the review process.
  2. Submit a regular, full-length manuscript to either the Conference Record or the journal, but not both.

The deadline for publication in the Conference Record (and subsequently in IEEE Xplore) is Nov. 10, 2017.

Finally, authors should be aware that each manuscript will be checked for plagiarism (including self-plagiarism) before publication and, in case of positive response, will be automatically rejected.