IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics

The Editor of the PELS Transactions beginning 1 January 2000 is:

Dr. Arthur W. Kelley
Editor in Chief, IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics
Linear Technology Corporation
Raleigh Design Center
15100 Weston Parkway, Suite 202
Cary, NC 27513
Voice: 919 677-0968
Fax: 919 677-9814

(Updated 3 July 2000 and supersedes information printed in Transactions)

Information for Authors

The IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics is published bimonthly in January, March, May, September and November. Its scope includes all issues of widespread generic interest to engineers who work in the field of power electronics. Papers that treat new or novel device, circuit, or system issues are of interest. Authors should pay particular attention to documenting their work in relationship to the known literature. Papers of a historical or tutorial nature within the scope of this publication will not be excluded from consideration. However, papers describing details of device physics, conventional converter design, applications of specialized interest, etc., should be submitted to other IEEE Transactions or to commercial publications.

Papers submitted for consideration should report on new results not previously presented in any periodical journal including any IEEE Transactions. Notwithstanding this requirement, papers previously presented and published in a Conference Record or Conference Proceedings such as the Power Electronics Specialists Conference (PESC), Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC), International Telecommunications Energy Conference (INTELEC), and the like will be considered although it is not required for a paper to have been presented and published at a conference to make it eligible for consideration for publication in the Transactions. Copyright release may be required if the conference publication is copyrighted by an entity other than the IEEE. Authors must indicate in their submission any prior presentation and publication at a conference.

Guidelines for Submitting a Paper for Review

These Guidelines are specified by the PELS Editor

Papers in the two-column single-spaced format common for conference publication will not be accepted. The paper should be on one side of 8.5 x 11 in size paper or size A4 paper and should be in single-column double-spaced format. The paper should include all figures, tables, captions, and references. Author biographies, photos, and copyright form are not required for the initial submission for review.

The first page should contain the paper title, full first and last names of all authors (do not use an initial for the first name), author organizational affiliation, and which of the authors is the corresponding author along with the corresponding author's title, name, postal address, voice telephone number, fax telephone number, and e-mail address. The first page should also indicate whether or not the paper has been presented at a conference and if so should specify the conference name, dates, and location.

The first page should also contain an abstract of not more than 200 words. The abstract should not only indicate the subject and scope of the paper but should also summarize, if possible, the author's conclusion, so that the abstract itself may be a useful document in an information-retrieval system. Begin the main text of the paper on the second page.

In contrast to the final paper, for readability in the review paper, figures and tables may be interspersed in the text and be accompanied by captions. Alternately the authors may chose to use separate figures, tables, and captions as specified by the instructions for the final paper as shown below. Authors should not use color in the review paper unless the authors also intend to use and pay for color in the final paper as described below. As reviewers often do not have color printers, authors using color cannot use electronic submission and are required to submit five (5) printed copies of the paper.

The references should be indicated using numbers in square brackets (e.g. [1], [2], and [3]) should be in a separate section at the end of the paper and should be in IEEE style:

Style for conference publications: Authors (first initials followed by last name), title of paper, title of conference, dates of conference, location of conference, page numbers (inclusive).

Style for periodical publications: Authors (first initials followed by last name), title of paper, title of periodical, volume, page numbers (inclusive), month, year.

Style for books: Authors (first initials followed by last name), book title. Publisher: publisher name, year, chapter or page numbers.

After the paper is accepted for final publication it must conform to the slightly different guidelines given below in the section titled "Guidelines for Submitting a Final Paper for Publication".

Authors should attempt to limit paper length so that when published in the Transactions the paper is eight or fewer pages. Mandatory page charges will apply to pages nine and above, and the authors must agree to pay the page charges in advance of publication. When submitting the paper for review, estimate the length of a paper using the following method:

  1. Three (3) pages of text in single-column double-spaced format translates to approximately one page when published in the Transactions.
  2. Six (6) figures translate to approximately one page when published in the Transactions. For the purpose of estimation, count as separate figures different parts of the same figure. For example, if Figure 1 has parts (a), (b), and (c), then for the purpose of estimating final paper length Figure 1 is estimated to take approximately one half of a published Transactions page.

This method is only approximate and the authors are responsible for page charges regardless of any previously estimated length of the paper.

Beginning in 2000 papers can be submitted for review in either electronic or paper form.

Electronic submission

Send a single file containing the paper to the PELS Editor as an attachment to an e-mail using the address shown above. In the text body of the e-mail please include the same information as on the first page of the paper. The files should be created electronically as described subsequently. Authors who cannot create the file electronically should not print the paper and use a scanner to create the electronic version of the paper, but should use the printed submission described below and the PELS Editor will scan the paper to create the electronic version. As an exception, individual figures within the paper can be scanned and embedded within the electronic version. The authors are responsible for ensuring that figures in files show adequate clarity. The authors should avoid unusual fonts as this may make the submission incompatible and delay the review. Try to use standard fonts such as: Times (serif), Helvetica (sans serif), and Symbol.

Two file formats are acceptable. Adobe portable document format (".pdf") files are preferred. The authors must use Adobe Distiller or other equivalent software to create the pdf file directly from the original paper in electronic form. As an alternative, the authors may send a postscript file (".ps") and the PELS Editor will attempt to create a pdf file from the postscript file using Adobe Distiller. However, this does not always work and may introduce a delay in the review of the paper. Files in other formats will be returned to the authors. In particular, because of the possibility of macro viruses and font incompatibilities, Microsoft Word (".doc") files will not be accepted.

Printed submission

Use regular postal or express mail to send two printed copies of the paper to the postal address shown above. The PELS Editor will scan the paper for conversion to electronic format. Papers using color must use printed submission and must include five (5) copies.

Guidelines for Submitting a Final Paper for Publication

These Guidelines are specified by the IEEE Publications

After a paper has been accepted for publication the authors will notified by the PELS Editor.

After notification, send two printed copies of the paper to the editor at the address given above. The basic requirements are the same except that, in contrast to the paper submitted for review, in the final paper figures and tables should not be embedded in the body of the text. In addition, the final paper for publication should include a complete mailing address for every author and should indicate whether the each author is an IEEE member.

The text of the paper will be typeset by the IEEE. In contrast, figures and tables will be produced directly from the originals submitted by the authors. For the final submission, figures and tables should not be embedded in the text but should be on separate pages in single-column format with, preferably, one figure per page. Originals for figures should be of the highest quality: sharp, noise free, and of good contrast. Line drawings should be in black ink on a white background or originals printed on a high-quality laser printer using sufficient toner. Figures consisting of photographs must be glossy prints. Figures should be no larger than 8 x 10 in (20.3 x 25.4 cm). Use lettering on figures only where necessary. All lettering on figures must be of uniform size and large enough to permit legible reduction to column width (3.5 in or 8.9 cm), sometimes as much as a reduction 4:1. Authors may use color in figures, but there will be an extra basic charge of $1,045.00 (depending on the number of figures) plus an additional $125.00 for each color figure.

Figures and table captions should go on a separate sheet and should also be in double-spaced single-column format. For a submission of a final paper, the authors should include a brief biography and a personal photo (passport type).

Electronic Form

Electronic submission of the final paper saves rekeying and possible errors by IEEE and should be by one or more diskettes included with the submission. The following general requirements should be observed:

  1. Submit the text of the paper in the native electronic format of the word processing software used to create it. Do not send portable document format ".pdf" or postscript ".ps" files. The operating system and word processing software used to produce the paper should be noted on the disk (e.g. Windows 95/Microsoft Word).
  2. Many files are too big for one diskette and may be compressed and/or segmented onto multiple diskettes. The method of compression (e.g. ".zip", ".sit") should be also be noted.
  3. The electronic copy should exactly match the printed copy.
  4. The disk should be labeled with the file name(s) relating to the paper.
  5. No program files should be included on the disk.
  6. Package floppy disks in such a way as to minimize possible damage in transit.
  7. Include a flat ASCII version on the disk with the word-processed version, if possible.
  8. Figures and tables may also be submitted electronically. For details see Regardless, the authors must submit printed copies of the figures.

Further details in electronic submission are available at:

Page Charges

Papers published in the PELS Transactions should normally be eight or fewer pages. Pages nine and above will incur an excess page charge of $162 per page. After the final paper has been submitted, the PELS Editor will estimate the length of the final paper using the formula given above, and will notify the author of the potential for excess page charges. Authors must commit to paying excess page charges before the paper is sent to the IEEE for publication.

After production of the final paper by IEEE and prior to final publication, the IEEE will send "galley proofs" to the author for final editing. The final paper length is exactly known at this time. Papers in excess of eight pages will incur a mandatory page charge of $162 for each page nine and above. While failure to pay mandatory page charges in a timely fashion will not prevent publication of the subject paper, the PELS Editor reserves the right to refuse subsequent paper submissions from authors who are in arrears on mandatory page charges.


It is the policy of the IEEE to own the copyright to the technical contribution it publishes on behalf of the interests of the IEEE, its authors, and their employers, and to facilitate the appropriate reuse of this material by others. To comply with the U.S. Copyright Law, authors are required to sign an IEEE copyright form before publication. This form, a copy of which appears in the January issue of the PELS Transactions, returns to authors and their employers full rights to reuse their materials for the their own purposes. Authors should submit a signed copy of this form with their papers.

Checklist for a Final Paper Submission

  • Two (2) printed copies of the paper without embedding figures, tables, and captions in the text. Among other reasons, this is allows the PELS Editor to estimate the length of the paper as published in the Transactions and notify the authors of possible page charges. The printed copies should be single-column double-spaced and on one side of the page.
  • References in a separate section at the end of the text conforming to the guidelines.
  • One (1) copy of the figures and tables preferably with each on a separate page.
  • One (1) copy of the captions on a separate page.
  • One (1) photo of each author with the author's name written on the reverse.
  • One (1) brief biography for each author.
  • IEEE Copyright form signed by an author authorized to assign copyright.
  • Diskette(s) conforming to the electronic submission requirements.

Additional Information: IEEE Guide for Transactions Authors

Other Information

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