Submitting a Paper to JOE

Submitting a Paper

(updated April 24, 2019)

To submit a paper for publication in the Journal please refer to the Information for Authors.

The Journal publishes only original material that has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere. Prior publication of an abbreviated or preliminary form of the material in conference proceedings or abstracts shall not preclude publication in the Journal provided such prior publication is disclosed at the time of submission. Concurrent submission to other publications and this Journal is viewed as a serious breach of ethics and will result in immediate rejection of the submission.

If a manuscript was previously reviewed and rejected by any other publication, authors must disclose this history at the time of submission and provide copies of the earlier decision letter as well as a response detailing how the Journal submission has addressed the previous decision letter issues.

The Journal of Oceanic Engineering is a hybrid journal, allowing either Traditional submission, or Open Access (OA) submission.

Upon submission of a manuscript, authors who choose the Open Access option commit to immediately pay the US$2,495 OA fee, plus applicable taxes in order to enable unrestricted public access to their work.

With the Traditional submission option, manuscripts will be available to qualified subscribers and purchasers via IEEE Xplore. When a manuscript is accepted for publication the authors will be requested to pay a publication processing fee of US$110 per page. Page charges are not obligatory, nor is their payment a prerequisite for publication. However, authors who decline to honor page charges may expect delays in publication of their manuscript, based on the Journal’s finances.

The Journal requires an Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) for the corresponding author. ORCID is a persistent unique identifier for researchers and functions similarly to an article’s Digital Object Identifier (DOI). ORCIDs enable accurate attribution and improved discoverability of an author’s published work. The author will need a registered ORCID in order to submit a manuscript. For more information about ORCID please refer to Frequently Asked Questions about ORCID.

Manuscript Preparation

When preparing a manuscript to be submitted for publication in the IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering, please refer to the Journal’s Information for Authors.

General information for IEEE authors (in some cases superseded by specific JOE requirements) can be found at the IEEE Author Center.

Careful manuscript preparation is a crucial part of the publication process. Authors without extensive experience in writing journal manuscripts in English are advised to consult a specialized professional editing service, or a colleague with strong technical English language skills for help editing their manuscripts. Poorly written or prepared manuscripts will be returned to the authors without review.

Style: Manuscripts must be written in English using a clear and concise style, free of colloquialisms. The Journal conforms to usage prescribed by the Chicago Manual of Style. The Journal reserves the right to adjust a paper’s style to conform to IEEE Publication standards.

Format and Length: Manuscripts submitted for review should be double-spaced in a single column, with 12 pt. font. Page and line numbers are required. The length should be appropriate to the topic, there is no specific limit. For guidance, LaTeX and MS Word IEEE style files can be downloaded from Templates for Transactions. When using these templates, please modify the formatting to double spaced in a single column, with page and line numbers.

Units: The Journal uses the International System of Units (SI units). Refer to the units list provided in Appendix I of the Information for Authors document available as a link in the IEEE Author Center mentioned above.

Abbreviations and Acronyms: Abbreviations must be fully spelled out on first appearance in the abstract and in the text of the manuscript. Acronyms should be avoided whenever possible, otherwise they must be fully spelled out on first appearance.

Title: The manuscript must contain a title and a short running title.

Authorship: Each author or co-author of a manuscript bears full responsibility for its contents and availability for general dissemination. Affliations and full postal addresses must be given for all co- authors.

Abstract: Each Article, Peer-Reviewed Technical Communication, or Letter to the Editor must include an abstract that clearly indicates the purpose and content of the material submitted for publication. The one paragraph abstract must be self-contained, without abbreviations, footnotes, references, displayed mathematical equations or tabular material, and be between 150-250 words. Over-length abstracts will be returned for editing. In order to facilitate the reader search process, the abstract should include three to four unique keywords or phrases, however, it is important to avoid over repetition of the keywords or phrases, as this can result in a page being rejected by search engines. Please ensure that the abstract reads well and is grammatically correct.

To enhance the appearance of an article on IEEE Xplore, a graphical abstract may be displayed along with the traditional text abstract. A graphical abstract, if submitted, should provide a clear, visual summary of the article’s findings by means of an image, animation, video, or audio clip. The graphical abstract is considered a part of the technical content of the article, and must be provided for peer review during the article submission process.

For more information about graphical abstracts, refer to Developing a Graphical Abstract.

Keywords: Three to five subject keywords suitable for indexing must be provided.

Text: The main text should be organized in consecutively numbered sections, and must contain at least an introduction, a development, and a conclusion. Tables, figures, equations and citations must be numbered consecutively in their order of appearance in the text.

Tables and figures should be embedded in the text for ease of review. Do not provide individual files for tables and figures until requested to do so.

Acknowledgments: An optional acknowledgments section may be included in the manuscript ahead of the references.

References: A numbered list of references must be provided at the end of the manuscript. The list should be arranged in the order of citation in the text, not in alphabetical order. Refer to IEEE Reference Guide.

Video and Multimedia material: For information on producing videos, or preparing multimedia material for a manuscript, refer to Prepare Supplementary Materials.

Peer Review

The articles in this journal are peer reviewed in accordance with the requirements set forth in the IEEE Publication Services and Products Board Operations Manual ( 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.