IBM Journal Author's Guide

The IBM Journal of Research and Development welcomes submissions from the IBM technical community. Non-IBM submissions that relate to the topic of a particular issue are considered as well. However, our space is very limited, and we generally publish on particular themes. We suggest you first query us by submitting an Abstract only, so that we can determine if the topic of your proposed paper is appropriate for a particular issue theme.

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Overall aspects

A manuscript template is provided below. Please use this MS Word template when preparing your submission. We request the submissions be in Word format, rather than LaTeX or PDF.

Your manuscript must be a new work (not published previously) and be targeted toward the general technical reader. Papers with results and findings are much preferred to papers that are visions of the future or reflections on the past.

Be concise

Be concise. Papers should be less than 6,000 words and contain a maximum of 4 figures (where each figure is really just a single figure, and not an attempt to cram part a, b, c, d, etc. into one multi-part figure to avoid the 4-figure limit). Please place figures and tables at the end of the document. Paper titles should be no more than 10 words long. Abstracts should be no more than 200 words long, summarize the significant aspects of the manuscript, and indicate whether the manuscript is a report of new work, a review or overview, or a combination of the above.

Its introduction should provide background information (including relevant references to journals, conference proceedings, and books) and indicate the purpose of the manuscript. Inclusion of statements at the end of the introduction regarding the organization of the manuscript can be helpful to the reader. Cite relevant work by others, including research outside the company for which you work. Please reference in order, starting with [1]. Please avoid using bulleted and numbered lists as much as possible. (This is not a PowerPoint presentation.)

In addition to being grammatically correct, the manuscript should evolve so that each sentence, equation, figure, and table flows smoothly and logically from whatever precedes it. Relevant work by others, as well as relevant products from other companies, should be adequately and accurately cited. Sufficient support should be provided (or cited) for the assertions made and conclusions drawn.

Scalar variables and physical constants should be italicized, and a bold font should be used for vectors.

The procedures and/or apparatus used should be described or referenced.

Spell-out all acronyms at first use, e.g. "LDAP (lightweight directory access protocol)." The use of technical jargon, slang, and vague or informal English should be avoided; instead use should be made of generic technical terms.

Figures and tables
A minimum number of figures and tables should be used (4 figures maximum).

Figures should be explained in the text and numbered in the order in which they are cited. Their captions should be concise. All acronyms and abbreviations used in a figure, which are not defined in the text, should be spelled out at the end of the figure caption, for example: "Figure 1. Block diagram of the amplifier circuit. (WL: word line, SG: select gate; Accel.: accelerator.)"

If a figure or table has been (or is scheduled to be) published elsewhere (in a journal, conference proceedings, book, etc.), because of copyright laws, you must obtain permission from the editor of the publication in which it has been (or is scheduled to be) published in order to include it in the manuscript. Indicate that such permission has been received by adding either of the following statements to the figure/table caption: “From [reference no.], with permission,” or “Adapted from [reference no.], with permission.”

See the Word template for example reference formats. The references should be numbered in the order in which they are cited in the manuscript.

A reference to a paper that has been published in a journal or conference proceedings should contain the name of each author, title of the paper, journal/conference proceedings designation, volume, issue, inclusive page numbers, and year of publication. The name(s) of its author(s) should appear exactly as in the paper.

A paper that has not yet been published in a journal or a conference proceedings, but is expected to be, should be cited as either “submitted for publication in...,” accepted for publication in...,” or “to be published in...” Updated information regarding volume number, inclusive page numbers, year of publication, conference sponsor, etc. should be provided to us when page proofs are sent to you for correction.

A reference to a (company/university/government) report should be cited only if it is non-confidential; and information should be supplied regarding its title, authorship, designation, year of issuance, and from what source (including location) it can be obtained.

A reference to a book or book chapter should include information on its title, author(s) and/or editor(s), publisher, publisherÂ’s location, and year of publication.

A private communication or unpublished work citation should contain the affiliation and location (city, state, country) of the person to whom it is attributed, and should be included as a footnote rather than a reference.

Biographical sketches
We publish brief biographical sketches of authors and coauthors along with their manuscripts. The sketches should include information on academic background, previous and current areas of technical work, and professional society membership. For an example, see the Word template a the bottom of this page.

Submission information
The following should be submitted:

(1) A Microsoft Word file of the manuscript, including its figures, tables, and biographical sketches. Figures should not be embedded with the text but should follow the text, one figure to a page.

(2) Indication of IBM Clearance (for IBM authors).

Later, we will request the original digital figure files - in a vector format (eps, ai, excel, visio, or ppt) for those containing lines, text, and/or data points.

We publish issues on particular themes, and our space is very limited. Please contact the Editor-in-Chief if you have questions about paper proposals:

Clifford A. Pickover, Editor-in-Chief
IBM Journal of Research and Development
cliffp /at/

Rachel D. Henriquez, Staff Editor

You must use the Word Template

Please type into this short template when preparing your paper. The template also provides an outline of key information for preparing manuscripts:

Note that issues beginning in 2009 of the IBM Journal of Research and Development and the IBM Systems Journal are combined into one online only publication.

Journal Staff

  • Cliff Pickover
    IBM Journal of Research and Development

  • Rachel D. Henriquez
    Staff Editor
    IBM Journal of Research and Development