New submission policy effective January 1, 2021

Open access article processing fee change

The open access article processing charge (APC) for this publication is USD $1950 for all articles accepted on or after 1 January 2017.

New submission policy effective June 30, 2021

New ORCID policy

View full ORCID policy & FAQs

All IEEE journals require an Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) for all authors. ORCID is a persistent unique identifier for researchers and functions similarly to an article’s Digital Object Identifier (DOI). ORCIDs enable accurate attribution and improved discoverability of an author’s published work. The author will need a registered ORCID in order to submit a manuscript or review a proof in this journal.

ScholarOne Site: On-Screen Instructions in Author Center

When submitting a paper, ScholarOne will ask for the submitting author's ORCID id number. Click the appropriate link on the page to either register for a new ORCID or associate an existing ORCID. A new page will open to create and/or validate your ORCID. It takes only 30 seconds or less for this step. Once the validation is complete, the new page will close and you will return to ScholarOne to finish your submission.

No-one can create an ORCID id number for another person. The co-authors will receive an email confirming submission of the manuscript that contains a link for them use to create their own ORCID id.

New or Existing Users who log-in to their ScholarOne accounts will be asked to create an ORCID id if they do not already have one. Instructions to do so will be on screen.

New submission policy effective May 1, 2021


  1. The manuscript must contain an abstract of less than 250 words and index terms (keywords).
  2. Double-column, single-spaced pages and figures appearing within the text are required for peer review. Figures and tables must be clearly numbered and captioned. Follow IEEE guidelines for graphics to prepare high quality line art images.
  3. References in the IEEE style should appear in a separate reference section at the end of the paper with items referred to by numerals in square brackets. An electronic style file for references is available at
  4. TMI does not publish authors' biographies.
  5. The authors should submit the complete paper that includes the text, figures and tables to the ScholarOne Manuscripts in one PDF file. Providing multimedia files or other documents as supporting materials is optional.
  6. Initial Submissions may not exceed 10 pages. Revised manuscripts may extend beyond 10 pages.
  7. Published papers that exceed eight (8) printed journal pages will incur mandatory overlength page charges. ($250 per page)

The TMI 10 page paper must be complete on its own, but supplementary materials may be included for additional information. Appendices, tables, additional figures, videos and other supplementary materials may be included. Upon submission to ScholarOne, such additional information is uploaded as supporting documents and will appear to the reviewers in the supplementary files tab. The supplementary material must be indicated in the paper by footnotes. This information is included in the peer review process, and if a paper is accepted, the supplementary material will be available in IEEE Explore Digital Library along with the published paper in the multimedia tab. For final files submission, see for more information.

Extended conference paper submissions

Approximately 10% of TMI submissions are extended conference papers
Approximately 1/2 of these are decisioned accept or reject/resubmit

Submitting a published conference paper

TMI's policy only allows submitting manuscripts to TMI describing work previously presented at a conference when the paper is a substantially extended version of the original conference paper. Such a submission is subject to the following requirements:

  • The conference paper must be properly referenced.

The new extensions must be described in some detail in a cover letter accompanying the TMI submission. Even if the paper is sufficiently different from the conference version, copyright issues may arise. If the conference is an IEEE conference, no copyright issues shall arise. If the conference paper was not published by IEEE, the authors have to obtain permission from the publisher of their conference paper to use copyrighted material for submission to TMI.

  • The conference paper must be uploaded as a supporting document when submitting the manuscript.

Reviewing an extended published conference paper

Manuscript submissions that are substantially extended versions of previous conference papers will have the original conference paper attached in the Supplementary Files tab for comparison. But sometimes authors attach them directly to the new submission.

snapshot of Supplementary Files tab