Submitting a Paper


(updated 23 March 2017)

To submit a paper for publication in the Journal please follow the instructions at http://joe.msubmit.net. A paper submitted for possible publication should be original work submitted to a single Journal. It should not have been previously published and should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. We assume that material submitted to this publication is properly available for general dissemination for the readership. It is the responsibility of the authors to determine whether disclosure of their material requires the prior consent of other parties and, if so, to obtain it.

In accordance with IEEE policies regarding open access (OA) content, the Journal of Oceanic Engineering is now a “hybrid” journal. This means that authors have the choice between the traditional publication model and an OA model. The former is the familiar procedure in which an accepted article is available on IEEEXplore to subscribers of that service. Under the OA model the author of an accepted manuscript chooses to pay a fee, such that the manuscript is posted on IEEEXplore and available, free, to all. The current discounted OA fee is $1950 per article. Additional charges  (e.g. for over-length papers) will be billed separately.

All IEEE journals require an Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) for all authors. 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 or review a proof in this journal.

For additional information on IEEE's Open Access policy, please refer to: http://www.ieee.org/publications_standards/publications/authors/open_access.html

For more ORCID information, please refer to: http://orcid.org/faq-page

For detailed Journal of Oceanic Engineering manuscript preparation, please refer to: http://joe.msubmit.net/cgi-bin/main.plex?form_type=display_auth_instructions


After a manuscript has been accepted for publication, the corresponding author's company or institution will be requested to pay a charge of $110 per page to cover part of the cost of publication. 

Page charges for this Journal are not obligatory, nor is their payment a prerequisite for publication. However, authors who decline to pay page charges may expect delays in publication of their manuscripts based on the Journal's finances.

 Authors who honor the page charge will receive 100 reprints without covers. Additional reprints may be ordered according to the fee schedule and instructions that will accompany the page proofs.


While preparing a manuscript to be submitted for publication in the IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering, please refer to the Tools for Authors available at http://www.ieee.org/portal/pages/pubs/transactions/information.html.

Careful manuscript preparation is a crucial part of the publication process. All contributors are advised to consult competent colleagues or specialized professional editing services for help in editing their manuscript BEFORE submitting it for review. The Editors will return poorly prepared or badly written manuscripts to the authors without review. Please contact the Journal's editorial office (joe-eic@oceanicengineering.com) for recommendations on professional editing services.

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, 15th Edition (http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/about.html). The Editors reserve the right to adjust style to IEEE standards for uniformity.

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: http://www.ieee.org/portal/pages/pubs/transactions/stylesheets.html . (Template for Transactions section).  When using these templates, please change the 2-column formatting to a single column (this small step will save you considerable time).

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 Tools for Authors web page 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 or Peer-Reviewed Technical Communication 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 IEEEXplore®, a graphical abstract can be displayed along with the traditional text abstract. The graphical abstract should provide a clear, visual summary of the article’s findings by means of an image, animation, video, or audio clip.

NOTE: 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 and their specifications, please refer to: http://www.ieee.org/publications_standards/publications/graphical_abstract.pdf

Each Letter-to-the-Editor or Erratum must include an abstract no longer than 50 words.

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. Please note that sponsorship and financial support acknowledgments are placed in the byline appearing as an unnumbered footnote on the first page of the manuscript.

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. Enclose each reference number in square brackets. References must be complete and conform to IEEE style as described in the Information for Authors guide.

Biographical Information: Short biographical notes and a recent photograph of the author(s) appear at the end of each peer-reviewed article or technical communication.

The biographical notes typically include: 1) name, degrees earned, field(s) of study, school, city, state; 2) significant employment dates, organizations, positions held, type of work, responsibilities, present position; and 3) professional society membership, offices, awards. The final printed size of an author photograph is fixed at exactly 1 inch wide by 1 1/4 inches long (6 picas x 7 1/2 picas).

Graphics and multimedia materials: For information on preparing graphics and/or multimedia materials, refer to  http://www.ieee.org/publications_standards/publications/authors/authors_journals.html

Video and Multimedia material:  For information on producing videos, or preparing multimedia material for a manuscript, please refer to:  http://www.ieee.org/publications_standards/publications/authors/mm_video.pdf, and/or http://www.ieee.org/documents/MMdocumentation.pdf

Galley Proofs: IEEE Publication Services notify corresponding authors via email when the galley proofs of their manuscripts are ready for download from the IEEE website. Authors are requested to review these galley proofs carefully and return any necessary correction to IEEE within 48 hours of notification. Lack of prompt response from the corresponding authors results in publication delay of their manuscripts.