Article Submission Requirements

Speed up the publishing process by making sure all your files are in order. Following these article submission requirements, including graphics and multimedia requirements, can help.

Supply the following during article submission:

Graphics Requirements

Articulate your data points with accuracy and clarity through high-quality graphics. Develop more effective graphics by following the graphics requirements below.

Lena image

IEEE’s diversity statement and supporting policies such as the IEEE Code of Ethics speak to IEEE’s commitment to promoting an inclusive and equitable culture that welcomes all.  In alignment with this culture and with respect to the wishes of the subject of the image, Lena Forsén, IEEE will no longer accept submitted papers which include the “Lena image.”

Accepted graphics file formats

Make sure your submitted file formats can be processed by IEEE. Compare your files to the IEEE accepted graphics file formats:

Most graphics are published at one column width (3.5 inches / 21 picas wide) or two column width (7.16 inches / 43 picas wide). Graphics prepared as VSD, GIF, JPEG, BMP, or any other file formats not listed as acceptable cannot be processed except in the case of an author photo.

Graphics display resolution

Did you know that resolution and size are different? Follow these graphics display resolution guidelines to ensure the graphics for your IEEE journal article look great.

The size of your graphic refers to its dimensions (the width and height). The resolution refers to dpi (dots per inch) or ppi (pixels per inch).

IEEE standards for non-vector graphics are >300dpi for color and grayscale images; and >600dpi for black and white “line art.” 

In cases where graphics, such as digital photographs, are produced at a lower resolution, acceptable quality can be achieved by ensuring that column-wide graphics are at least 1050 pixels wide and page-wide graphics are 2150 pixels wide.

Reusing graphics from the Internet

You will need to request permission to reproduce content that has been made available previously, either in a publication or on the Internet. This may include text, graphics, tables, or other materials.

Reuse permission must be granted by the copyright owner, which is often the publisher of the original work. Avoid reusing content when it is unclear who the copyright owner is or what limitations are placed on reusing the content.

Text in graphics

Any text within a graphic will be replaced during the article production process to adhere to uniform IEEE magazine style. Be sure to check your graphic text during the proof review process.

Multimedia Requirements

Enhance your magazine article by following the IEEE multimedia requirements. Find tips and best practices in the IEEE guide for preparing multimedia materials.

Multimedia objects such as video clips, source code, or data sets can complement the text and graphics of your article. 

Learn more in our guide on preparing multimedia materials (PDF, 6 MB).