Please follow the guidelines below for Signal Processing Magazine submissions
SPM publishes timely tutorial-style articles focusing on comprehensive reviews of important, broad, and established fields within the scope of signal processing. We strive to achieve the highest level of publication quality, scholarly impact, and reader benefit.
Before proposing a specific topic, we encourage prospective guest editors to discuss the appropriateness of the topic with the Area Editor (Special Issues), or the Editor-in-Chief (EiC), found on the SPM Editorial Board page.
The proposal should include sufficient information and clear evidence addressing the following.
Proposers are encouraged to include a team of GEs with a broad representation from different organizations and countries. It is suggested that a proposal for a special issue should have at least 3 and at most 5 GEs. The GEs should be from different institutions. The same guidelines for selecting Associate Editors for the Society Transactions should generally apply when selecting GEs, e.g., seniority and tenure (for proposers from academic institutions). At least one of the GEs must be an active member of the IEEE Signal Processing Society.
Proposals overlapping with any topic covered recently or in the near future in SPM or other publications are discouraged. A list of recent topics covered by SPM can be found under on Information for Authors page. Sample proposals for special issues are available upon request.
The Editorial Board of SPM will review proposals for special issues. The decision to approve or reject a proposal is made by the Area Editor (Special Issues) and the EiC, based on the reviews from the Editorial Board members.
After the special issue proposal is approved, an open call will be issued and a two-stage review process is required (white paper and full paper). Such a process is used to ensure broad participation and publication quality. The contents required in a white paper and a full paper can be found on Information for Authors page
GEs should make their best effort to disseminate the call for papers widely through announcements in conferences, newsletters, and online advertisement.
The submitted white papers will be reviewed by GEs with the exception of papers submitted with one of the GEs as a co-author (see section 7). Authors of selected proposals will be invited to prepare full-length manuscripts. Note that such invitations should not be considered to imply acceptance or any hint of acceptance. Each full paper will be assigned to a GE who will manage a thorough peer review process, similar to that used for papers in journals of high standing. Each full paper should be reviewed by at least three experts in the field, with the exceptions that two reviews may be considered sufficient when the reviews are consistent and thorough.
In rare and exceptional cases, full-length submissions may be solicited without going through the white paper review process. However, to ensure quality, every invited submission needs to be pre-approved by the Area Editor and the submitted manuscript is subject to the second stage of review. The acceptance/rejection decision will be made based upon the same criteria as for other full-paper submissions.
The paper submission and review process will be conducted using the online system ScholarOne.
The Area Editor and the EiC will determine a target acceptance rate and a target page count for each approved issue based on the number of white paper submissions. After the second stage review, GEs make recommendations on accepted papers and the page allocation for each paper to the Area Editor, who will review and approve the recommendations. The Area Editor and EiC, following the policies and operation guidelines of the IEEE Signal Processing Society, have the right to disapprove recommendations from GEs. It is important to note that GEs may notify authors about the final decisions and page allocations, only after the Area Editor approves the recommendations.
Please contact Area Editor, found on the SPM Editorial Board page for the required documents and procedure for submitting final manuscripts of accepted papers.
The following text is adopted from the SPS Transactions Special Issues Guidelines. SPM applies the same rules to management of special issues, except for some changes due to the difference between magazines and transactions.
If a GE is in any of the above categories, the GE cannot handle the paper. Another GE should be selected. If all the GEs fall into the above categories for a particular paper, the EiC should oversee the review of the paper.
In addition to the dates, the CfP should refer to the submission procedure and paper requirements listed on the above web site.