Transactions on
Circuits and Systems II

General Information for Authors

Beginning from August 15, 2004 authors are required to submit all manuscripts in IEEE two column format. Submissions must be no more than 5 pages in length. Authors are encouraged to use Style files from IEEE available for Microsoft Word or LaTex documents. Submissions not following this guideline will be returned without review.

The IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON CIRCUITS AND SYSTEMS-II: EXPRESS BRIEFS (TCAS-II) is a monthly publication with a distribution of over 11,000 copies. Its primary goal is rapid dissemination of original, timely and significant contributions to the research community. Targeted publication time is four months from the end of the month in which the manuscript is received, provided that the author responds immediately to all communications. In order to accomplish this, the outcome of the prompt review process will be binary: an accept, or a reject decision. Authors are strongly encouraged to submit well prepared manuscripts that are complete and ready for publication. Only minor modifications to accepted manuscripts that does not warrant another review are allowed upon indication of the Associate Editor handling the paper.

The papers are expected to contain new results, ideas, or innovations that advance significantly the state-of-the-art circuits and systems. Submission of a contribution is taken to manifest the fact that the submission has not been submitted, accepted, published, or copyrighted elsewhere. Submissions related to conference papers will not be reviewed unless at least 50% of the submission is new material. The IEEE must of necessity assume that material submitted for publication is available for general dissemination. It is the responsibility of the Author, not the IEEE, to determine whether disclosure of their material requires the prior consent of other parties, and if so, to obtain it.

Specific technical contents of submitted papers are expected to have clear connection to the general theme of CIRCUITS AND SYSTEMS discipline. For example, submitted papers in the SYSTEMS area that are discernibly aligned with other IEEE journals will be referred to those without a full review process. Submitted papers in the CIRCUITS area that either do not demonstrate performance advantage over prior work (commonly accompanied by measured results), or do not substantiate meaningful impact in practical existing applications or in emerging systems that are quickly gaining momentum, will also be sent back without a full review process.

Manuscript Length: Papers submitted to TCAS-II are meant to be 5 pages in length in the two column transactions format. Since this page limit is to be strictly followed, the authors are encouraged to use the IEEE two-column style files to estimate the length of their submission (see the webpage:

Process for Submission of a Manuscript

Only electronic submissions will be considered. Hard copy submissions will NOT be accepted. Detailed instructions are posted at:

Style for Submission of Manuscript

  1. The manuscript should be formatted using the IEEE two-column format mentioned above or another method that represents an equivalent formatting.
  2. Writing/Preparing Abstracts:
    The abstract is what users and researches will read when deciding whether your article pertains to their interests and needs. For this reason, your abstract is an extremely important and powerful representation of your article. As an author, you should spend time ensuring that it is readable and that it contains a complete description of your research. In approximately 150-250 words, you will need to summarize your findings, and describe the implications of those findings. The abstract must be an accurate reflection of what is in your article as follows.
    • Your abstract must be self-contained, without abbreviations, footnotes, or references. It should be a microcosm of the full article.
    • Your abstract must be written as one paragraph, and should not contain displayed mathematical equations or tabular material.
    • Your abstract should include three or four different keywords or phrases, as this will help readers to find it. (It is important to avoid over-repetition of such phrases as this can result in a page being rejected by search engines).
    • Ensure that your abstract reads well and is grammatically correct.
    • Visit the journal's "Information for Authors" page to review its abstract's specifications and description. Be sure that you adhere to its guidelines and limitations; otherwise, it is likely that you will be asked to edit your abstract accordingly.
    When submitting an abstract for your original research, it is important to state the primary objective and offer any tested hypotheses. Describe your research design and methodology and accurately state the following: the methods and procedures you employed, the main outcomes and results, and the conclusions that might be drawn from these data and results. Include any implications for further research or application/practice.
  3. References should appear in a separate bibliography section at the end of the paper, with items referred to by numerals in square brackets, e.g., [12]. The references should be complete and in IEEE style.
    • Style for papers: Author, first initials followed by last name, title, volume, inclusive page numbers, month, and year.
    • Style for books: Author, title, location and publisher, year, chapter or page numbers (if desired).

See previous issues for examples.

  1. Detailed instructions for preparation of the final manuscript will be provided upon acceptance of the manuscript for publication. For further information consult:

Review Process

The IEEE Transactions on Circuits And Systems II publishes only peer-reviewed papers. Upon passing the pre-screening by a panel of reviewers and the Editor, each submitted manuscript will be assigned to an Associate Editor. The Associate Editor will then determine whether to start the full review process. Once the full review process starts, the Associate Editor will evaluate the anonymous reviews to decide on the acceptance of the paper, and if needed, any mandatory modifications. The Author is responsible for checking the galley proofs before a paper is published.

Open Access

This publication is a hybrid journal, allowing either Traditional manuscript submission or Open Access (author-pays OA) manuscript submission. By selection "YES" to the Open Access question in the Author submission webpage, you commit to pay the discounted $1,750 OA fee if your manuscript is accepted for publication in order to enable unrestricted public access.
Any other applicable charges (such as the over-length page charge and/or charge for the use of color in the print format) will be billed separately once the manuscript formatting is complete but prior to the publication (See below the section Page Charges).
If you select Traditional submission, your article will be available to qualified subscribers and purchasers via IEEE Xplore. No OA payment is required for Tradition submission.

Page Charges

After a manuscript has been accepted for publication, the Author's institution will be approached with a request to pay a voluntary charge of $110 per page to cover part of the cost of publication. The Author will receive 100 free reprints (without covers) only if the voluntary page charge is honored. Detailed instructions will accompany the galley proofs.


It is the policy of the IEEE to own the copyright to the technical contributions it publishes. To comply with IEEE copyright policy, Authors are required to sign an IEEE Copyright Transfer Form before publication in either the print or electronic medium. Authors must submit a signed copy of this form with their manuscript.

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