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IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication


The Transactions includes three types of material:

  1. Research Papers
  2. Tutorial Feature Articles
  3. Teaching Case Feature Articles
  4. Book Reviews

For additional information about preparing each type of submission, follow the links above. The information below applies to all submissions. All content is available electronically at IEEE Xplore.

Editorial Policy | Submitting Manuscripts | After Acceptance | Tables & Figures | IEEE Reference Style

Editorial Policy

Material submitted to this Transactions should not have been published elsewhere, nor be under consideration elsewhere. (Substantially revised versions of papers from conference proceedings are acceptable.) When using previously published materials, authors are responsible for making all appropriate acknowledgments and disclaimers, and for obtaining whatever permissions are needed to reprint any copyrighted materials.

Every effort is made to ensure double blind review of submissions. The editorial staff has pledged to protect the proprietary nature of material submitted for publication. All authors of material accepted for publication must transfer copyright to the IEEE before publication by signing the copyright transfer form. There is no charge for publication in T-PC, nor is any payment made to contributors for the right to publish their work.

Submitting Manuscripts

Authors should send one electronic copy (preferably as an MS Word file) of their manuscript to the appropriate editorial staff member. In your e-mail message, clearly identify the operating system (e.g., Windows XP, MAC, etc.) and the word-processing software (e.g., Word 2000, WordPerfect 7.0, etc.) used to create the file.

In your email message, clearly identify the operating system (e.g., Windows ME, MAC, etc.) and the word-processing software (e.g., Word 2003, WordPerfect 7.0, etc.) used to create the file. We cannot process LaTeX files.

Your manuscript file should contain a title page (listing all authors' names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses). There should be no identifying information on any other page of the manuscript. The second page of your manuscript file should provide the title, informative abstract, and a list of index terms. Manuscript files should also contain numbered pages.

After Acceptance for Publication

The editorial staff will request a final electronic copy of your manuscript. You should also prepare:

Shortly before publication, authors receive page proofs for proofreading only; authors may not substantively edit their work at this stage, nor do they have page proof approval rights. The editorial staff reserves the right to edit all manuscripts for conformity with IEEE standards.

All material accepted for publication is edited to conform to IEEE and T-PC style. Efforts are made to allow authors to review their work after editing, but the final decision of suitability for publication is made by the Editor-in-Chief.

Shortly before publication, authors receive proofs for proofreading only; authors may not substantively edit their work at this stage, nor do they have page proof approval rights. Authors are mailed one copy of the issue in which their article appears. Reprints are available for a fee.

Artwork: Tables and Figures

All tables and figures should be mentioned in the text. Tables should be numbered consecutively with roman numerals [Table IV]; figures should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals [Figure 4].

Tables will be typeset by editorial staff; the table contents should be included in the electronic file containing the manuscript.

Figures are scanned and must be prepared in camera-ready form to fit in either a single column (3.5 inch maximum width) or full page (7.25 inch maximum width). Color figures are allowed for the PDF version of material. However, authors should ensure that their figures will be acceptable when printed in black and white. Electronic files may be submitted for figures only if authors can supply TIF, PS, or EPS file formats.

Samples of IEEE Reference Style

References to other sources should be numbered sequentially by order of mention in the text, with the number placed in brackets and printed on line (not as a superscript) like [1].

The list of all references cited in the text should appear in numeric order of mention as endnotes. Footnotes for references or for other material may not be used.


[1] M. S. MacNealy, Strategies for Empirical Research in Writing. Boston: Allyn & Bacon, 1999.

[2] J. H. Watt and S. A. van den Berg, Research Methods for Communication Science. Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon, 1995.

Articles/Chapters in a Book

[3] J. W. DuBois, S. Schuetze-Coburn, S. Cumming, and D. Paolino, "Outline of discourse transcription," in Talking Data: Transcription and Coding in Dircourse Research (J. A. Edwards and M. D. Lampert, Eds.). Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1993, pp. 45-89.


[4] R. C. Carter, "Search time with a color display: Analysis of distribution functions," Human Factors, vol. 24, no. 3, pp. 302-304,1982.

Papers Published in Proceedings

[5] P. Leone, D. L. Gillihan, and T. L. Rauch, "Web-based prototyping for user sessions: Medium-fidelity prototyping," in Proc. 44th Int. Technical Communications Conf. Toronto, Canada. Soc. Tech. Commun., 1997, pp. 231-234.

Unpublished Papers

[6] K. Riley, "Language theory: Application versus practice," presented at the Conf. of the Modern Language Association, Boston, MA, December 27-30, 1990.

Online Sources

[7] W. A. Effross. (2001, Mar.) Withdrawal of the reference: Rights, rules, and remedies for unwelcomed web-linking. Univ. South Carolina School of Law Website. [Online]. Available:

See recent copies of the journal for more examples.

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