Information for Authors

Please note that our paper submission process uses the new IEEE Author Portal through the link on the Manuscript Submission page. If you have any questions or problems please email the JMW EiC, Peter Siegel:

Author Information

Aims & Scope

The IEEE Journal of Microwaves is a fully open access publication covering the complete scope of the Microwave Theory and Techniques Society which includes articles on the theory, techniques and applications of guided wave and wireless technologies and spanning the electromagnetic spectrum from RF/microwave through millimeter-waves and terahertz, covering the aspects of materials, components, devices, circuits, modules, and systems which involve the generation, modulation, demodulation, control, transmission, sensing and effects of electromagnetic signals.

Open Access

This journal is 100% open access, which means that all content is freely available without charge to users or their institutions. All articles are published under either a CC BY 4.0 or CC BY-NC-ND license (author’s discretion), and the author retains copyright. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, as long as proper attribution is given.

Open access is provided through the payment of an article processing charge (APC) paid after acceptance. APCs are often financed by an author’s institution or the funder supporting their research.

Corresponding authors from low income countries are eligible for waived or reduced APCs.


All IEEE authors are expected to adhere to IEEE’s publishing ethics, including the definition of authorship, the appropriate citation of sources, the accurate reporting of data, and the publishing of original research. Visit the IEEE Author Center to learn more. All articles submitted for publication should be original and not under consideration elsewhere; if your article is based on a previous publication such as a conference proceeding, cite the original publication and clearly indicate how the articles differ.  Contact the Editor-in-Chief with any questions on publishing ethics.

Paper Quality Criteria

Note that the Editor-in-Chief and Topic Editors pre-screen manuscripts immediately after they are submitted and before they are transmitted to referees for evaluation. The purpose of such pre-screening is to verify that the manuscript adheres to minimum criteria set forth by IEEE, as well as by the IEEE MTT Society, and the Journal of Microwaves’ Editor-in-Chief. The prescreening is also intended to make sure the journal fulfills its function as representing the full scope of the microwave field and the Microwave Theory and Technology Society, and that it maintains a broad representation of specific topics and articles.  Typical pre-screening measures include the following:

The author(s) have followed the IEEE guidelines for style;
The author(s) have not obviously violated IEEE policies;
The article is comprehensible and meets acceptable standards of English and grammar;
The subject and contents of the article meet the scope of the journal or a specific special issue. In this case, is the article of interest to the Microwave community and does it co-align with the broad scope of the journal to reach the whole of the Microwave community?

The article meets a minimum criterion for technical substance established for the journal, in this case:

New and original articles describing significant work and/or ideas not found elsewhere in the literature;
Theoretical work should be backed up by experiments whenever possible, and if not possible, it should be made very clear in the paper how the theory can be applied, why it is important for the general community, and how it can be verified in an application;

The journal does not accept incremental submissions. All related previous work by the authors must be referenced, even if it was presented in a conference or talk;

Theory, measurements, and simulations should be supported by careful comparisons.

Authors should put their work in a context and citing relevant work by others. For instance, authors should cite the most recent papers when comparing performance or results to prior papers. Hence, discuss relevant publications in the introduction and distinguish the new results you present in your current manuscript from those found in previous publications. While there is not a specific criterion that must be met, such as 60% new technical material, the reviewers are asked to determine if the paper provides “sufficient new technical material to justify a new paper” when compared to all previously published papers. This standard must be met by all papers, including papers that are submitted to special issues unless they are specifically designated as review or overview papers. Please note that the general view is that multiple part papers should be avoided. A paper (or each part) needs to meet all the criteria above, including validation, and stand on its own.

The articles in this journal are peer reviewed in accordance with the requirements set forth in the IEEE PSPB Operations Manual (sections 8.2.1.C & 8.2.2.A). Each published article was reviewed by a minimum of two independent reviewers and three if possible, using a single-anonymous 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 are screened for plagiarism before acceptance.

In addition to the normal peer review process, IEEE Journal of Microwaves also makes use of a special “Journal Club” review process in which we solicit the group leader/lead Professor of a highly recognized academic, industry, or government laboratory-based research team to supervise the review of a submitted manuscript by a less senior member of their team. This can be a graduate student, post-doctoral affiliate or staff member.  The goals are threefold: (1) to help train young researchers in performing quality reviews, (2) to bring young researchers into the review process early in their careers so they get used to the activity and consider it a part of their professional responsibilities, and (3) to expand the pool of quality reviewers for the journal. The exact process used by the group leader is at their discretion, but generally involves assigning the manuscript to a junior individual in their group, having that individual produce a detailed review on their own, and then screening the review directly with the group leader or with the group leader in conjunction with other group members during a “journal club” style presentation. The junior reviewer is then expected to take into account or incorporate any comments, finalize the review, and officially upload it to ScholarOne, where it will form one of the official reviews for the manuscript in question. The junior reviewer becomes the reviewer of record and gets credit for performing the review, and the review is also formally endorsed by the Professor or group leader, who will be accessible if authors of the manuscript have specific objections to parts of the review. In our experience the quality of these reviews is equal to, and in most cases, superior to reviews that are performed by a single senior researcher. All individuals who have access to the pre-reviewed manuscript are required to maintain both reviewer anonymity and agree to nondisclosure of content or ideas for any review manuscript received from the journal. Not every paper will have a “journal club” reviewer, and no paper will have more than 1 of its 3 reviews from a “journal club” reviewer. Authors are not informed that their paper has gone through this special process, and the Editor-in-Chief and individual Topic Editors evaluate all reviews, from all reviewers, and are responsible for vetting and sending on only appropriate comments to the authors. Any author who objects to this process can opt out in advance of manuscript submission, by corresponding directly with the Editor-in-Chief.

Points of attention related to contents:

Authors must ensure that their method section includes adequate experimental and characterization data necessary for others in the field to reproduce their work. Please note that it is also possible to supplement your article with multimedia materials or use attached Appendices for additional detailed information not appropriate to the general article.

A photograph of components or measurement set-ups in addition to a block diagram is encouraged.

Whenever possible, theory and corresponding experimental results should be printed on the same graph for easy comparison.

You should include essential information in the caption. If the figure is repeated or is similar to figures that have appeared elsewhere, please add “From [X].”, “After [X].”, or “Data from [X].” to figure captions, as appropriate, where X refers to the prior publication.

Never use acronyms in the title or abstract of your paper and use acronyms sparingly. Avoid jargon – not necessary leaving out technical terms but make sure your language is as clear as possible.

Each reference cited must have a complete list of authors (no et al. except past 5 names), complete titles, first and last pages numbers, month and year. In addition, authors are required to include the Digital Object Identifier (DOI).

A note on re-printing images, figures, tables or other content from prior published articles in other journals:
Authors are responsible for any re-used content, and should get author and publisher re-use permission for each individual item they have embedded in a submitted manuscript, in writing, before the manuscript is submitted for final production.  Our editorial team doesn’t check these or keep them stored.  If any disputes about re-used content arise, the author will be liable.  Authors should therefore retain their permission files in a safe and accessible place, permanently. IEEE may need to take corrective actions, such as removing content that infringes copyright, if they receive a legal demand.  The need for permission is the same for open-access (OA) or non-OA content.  When seeking re-use permissions, the author should make the OA/non-OA publishing choice clear to the permission holder.

Article Submission

All articles must be submitted via our submission site at

Format your article for submission by using the Template for IEEE Journals on the IEEE Author Center website, or the local templates provided here on the MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSION page:
WORD (docx) Template (updated Oct 18, 2021): Journal of Microwaves Manuscript Template
LaTeX (tex) Template Files (zipped-updated Oct. 18, 2021): LaTeX files


where the volume number increases each year (2021=1), and the issue number (no. 1) increases quarterly in 2021 for our January (1), April (2), July (3) and October (4) releases.

Please carefully follow the CITATION FORMAT manual for all references.
Example for standard Journal reference of 6 authors or less (for 7 or more use D.J. Fixsen et al.,):
D.J. Fixsen, J. D. Offenberg, R. J. Hanisch, J. C. Mather, M. A. Nieto-Santisteban and R. Sengupta, “Cosmic-Ray Rejection and Readout Efficiency for Large-Area Arrays,” The Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, vol. 112, no. 776, pp. 1350-1359, 2000, doi: 10.1086/316626.

JOURNAL ISSN: 2692-8388; OCLN:1163785784

Submit your article text in PDF format. Visit the IEEE Author Center for information on writing the abstract, using equations in your article, publishing author names in native languages, and more.

  1. Submit your figures individually in PS, EPS, PDF, PNG, or TIF format. Visit the IEEE Author Center for information on resolution, size requirements, file naming conventions, and more.
  2. For information on submitting supplementary material such as graphical abstracts, multimedia, or datasets, visit the IEEE Author Center.
  3. Use our standard citation formatting for all references.


All IEEE journals require an Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) for the submitting or corresponding author. ORCID is a persistent unique identifier for researchers and functions similarly to an article’s Digital Object Identifier (DOI). You will need a registered ORCID ID to submit an article or review a proof in this journal. Learn more about ORCID and sign up for an ORCID today.

English Language Editing Services

English language editing services can help refine the language of your article and reduce the risk of rejection without review.  IEEE authors are eligible for discounts at several language editing services; visit the IEEE Author Center to learn more. Please note these services are fee-based and do not guarantee acceptance.

Share Your Code and Data

Increase the impact of your work by sharing your code and data for others to view, build upon, and reuse.  IEEE works with Code Ocean, a cloud-based computational reproducibility platform, to make your code discoverable.  IEEE DataPort, an online data repository of datasets and data analysis tools, makes your datasets discoverable.  Visit the IEEE Author Center for more information.

IEEE Author Tools

Preparing your article for submission is easy with IEEE Author Tools.  Tools are available to help you find the right publication for your research, validate your LaTeX files, and verify your reference list.

Article Processing Charges (APCs)

The APC charge up until Dec. 31, 2023 is $1950 per article. For articles submitted on or after Jan. 1, 2024, the APC for this journal is $1995 per article, plus applicable local taxes, effective upon production set up. The following discounts apply: IEEE Members receive a 5% discount. IEEE MTT Society Members receive a 20% discount. Discounts do not apply to undergraduate and graduate students. These discounts cannot be combined.
Geo-Discounts for low-income/moderate income countries as listed with the World Bank Organization will automatically receive a 50% reduction or even a full 100% reduction for Open Access APC fees automatically. This is based on the Corresponding Author’s location that is in the Manuscript metadata that is sent over to our billing vendor ( CCC-Rightslink ). The 50% reduction is based on the regular APC fee and no other discounts will apply.
Any special circumstances/instances that authors request outside of the above discounts will be directed to the EiC/MTT Society for review and consideration. If approved, a promotion code to discount/waive the applicable charges will be provided to the author for order completion.
Billing is initiated once a manuscript is loaded into our editorial system and the CCBY/copyright form is signed, indicating Open Access selection. This occurs directly after acceptance, but before final edited and published paper.

This journal has no page limits, but we highly recommend remaining within 10 pages, including references, when possible.


If your article is accepted for publication, you will receive emailed instructions regarding your next steps. You may be asked to upload final production-ready files. Shortly after final files are uploaded, you will receive your article proofs for final review, along with instructions on how to review your proofs and submit any corrections. Please note that major changes to your article, including the list of references, are not permitted after the article is accepted for publication.  Please contact the Editor-in-Chief if you have any doubts about whether a modification you wish to make is appropriate.