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Information for Authors OJSP

Aims & Scope

The IEEE Open Journal of Signal Processing covers the enabling technology for the generation, transformation, extraction, and interpretation of information. It comprises the theory, algorithms with associated architectures and implementations, and applications related to processing information contained in many different formats broadly designated as signals. Signal processing uses mathematical, statistical, computational, heuristic, and/or linguistic representations, formalisms, modeling techniques and algorithms for generating, transforming, transmitting, and learning from signals.

Open Access

This journal is 100% open access, which means that all content is freely available without charge to users or their institutions. All articles are currently published under Creative Commons licenses (either CCBY or CCBY-NC-ND), and the author retains copyright. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles published under CCBY, or use them for any other lawful purpose, as long as proper attribution is given. Articles published under CCBY-NC-ND are also available to users under the same conditions as CCBY, but the reuse cannot be for commercial purposes or change the work in any way.

Open access is provided through the payment of an article processing charge (APC) paid after acceptance. APCs are often financed by an author's institution or the funder supporting their research. For specific information regarding APCs, please see "Article Processing Charges (APCs)" section below.

The articles in this journal are peer reviewed in accordance with the requirements set forth in the IEEE PSPB Operations Manual (sections 8.2.1.C & 8.2.2.A). Each published article was reviewed by a minimum of two independent reviewers using a single-blind peer review process, where the identities of the reviewers are not known to the authors, but the reviewers know the identities of the authors. Articles will be screened for plagiarism before acceptance.

Corresponding authors from low income countries are eligible for waived or reduced APCs.

Article Processing Charges (APCs)

SPECIAL OFFER: For years (2020-2022) of OJ-SP, the Signal Processing Society is offering a special APC rate of $995 USD to authors whose articles are submitted and accepted for publication. (This offer cannot be combined with any other discounts.)


All IEEE authors are expected to adhere to IEEE’s publishing ethics, including the definition of authorship, the appropriate citation of sources, the accurate reporting of data, and the publishing of original research. Visit the IEEE Author Center to learn more. All articles submitted for publication should be original and not under consideration elsewhere; if your article is based on a previous publication such as a conference proceeding, cite the original publication and clearly indicate how the articles differ.  Contact the Editor-in-Chief with any questions on publishing ethics.

Article Submission

Manuscripts should be formatted using the OJ-SP article template, located in the IEEE Author Center, and submitted in PDF format via our submission site, ScholarOne Manuscripts system. Manuscript preparation guidelines, including information on writing the abstract, using equations in your article, publishing author names in native languages, etc. can also be found in the IEEE Author Center.

Submission types

Regular papers: Unlike other SPS journals, there is no hard limit on the page length of submissions. A length of 15 or fewer pages is recommended, but longer manuscripts are allowed when appropriate. There are no overlength page charges. Manuscripts submitted within this category will be reviewed for novelty, correctness, as well as for significance of the technical contribution.

Short papers: This paper type has a maximum length of 8 pages plus an additional page for references. Due to the length limit, review will typically be somewhat faster than regular papers. Manuscripts submitted within this category will be reviewed for novelty and correctness only.

ICASSP papers: This category consists of short papers that are submitted to the review track for publication in OJSP and presentation at ICASSP.

Turnaround time

The peer review process targets 15 weeks from submission to accept/reject decision notification.

To ensure a quicker turn-around time, after the initial round of review, OJ-SP papers may only be revised one time. OJSP does not have an RQ (major revision) decision; the only possible decisions are IR (immediate reject), R (reject), AQ (minor revision), and A (accept).

Single-blind peer review

The identity of the reviewer is anonymous, but the author's name and affiliation are known to the reviewer.

Supplementary material

Visit the IEEE Author Center for information on submitting supplementary material such as graphical abstracts, multimedia, or datasets.

Publication format

The journal is volume-only, without month-based issues. There is no printed version of the journal.


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). You will need a registered ORCID to submit an article or review a proof in this journal. Learn more about ORCID and sign up for an ORCID today.

English Language Editing Services

English language editing services can help refine the language of your article and reduce the risk of rejection without review.  IEEE authors are eligible for discounts at several language editing services; visit the IEEE Author Center to learn more. Please note these services are fee-based and do not guarantee acceptance.

Share Your Code and Data

Increase the impact of your work by sharing your code and data for others to view, build upon, and reuse.  IEEE works with Code Ocean, a cloud-based computational reproducibility platform, to make your code discoverable.  IEEE DataPort, an online data repository of datasets and data analysis tools, makes your datasets discoverable.  Visit the IEEE Author Center for more information.

IEEE Author Tools

Preparing your article for submission is easy with IEEE Author Tools.  Tools are available to help you find the right publication for your research, check the quality of your graphics, validate your LaTeX files, and verify your reference list. 


If your article is accepted for publication, you will receive emailed instructions regarding your next steps. You may be asked to upload final production-ready files. Shortly after final files are uploaded, you will receive your article proofs for final review, along with instructions on how to review your proofs and submit any corrections. Please note that major changes to your article, including the list of references, are not permitted after the article is accepted for publication.  Please contact the Editor-in-Chief if you have any doubts about whether a modification you wish to make is appropriate.




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