Preparing an IEEE paper

 If you are preparing a paper it is important to know what is the norm when you are talking about the structure of the paper, how to deal with abbreviations and what common mistakes are made. This is also the case if you are preparing an IEEE paper. This article provides you with 8 do and don’ts about what you should and shouldn’t do when preparing an IEEE paper.

 10 do’s and don’ts

These do’s and don’ts are subtracted from the article “Preparation of Papers for IEEE Transactions and Journals” (IEEE, 2013).

  1. Define abbreviations and acronyms the first time they are used in the text, even after they have already been defined in the abstract;

  2. Use a zero before decimal points: “0.25”, not “.25”;

  3. Avoid contractions; for example, write “do not” instead of “don’t”;

  4. When referring to equations, refer to “(1)”, not “Eq. (1)” or “equation (1)”;

  5. Avoid combining SI and CGS units. When using units, use either SI (MKS) or CGS as primary units; (SI units are strongly encouraged.)

  6. Make your charts, graphs and tables one column wide (3.5 inches / 88 millimeters / 21 picas) or a page wide (7.16 inches / 181 millimeters / 43 picas).

  7. Author photographs, color and grayscale figures should be at least 300dpi. Lineart, including tables should be a minimum of 600 dpi.

  8. All color figures should be generated in RGB or CMYK color space. Grayscale images should be submitted in Grayscale color space.

  9. When preparing your graphics use one of the following Open Type fonts: Times New Roman, Helvetica, Arial, Cambria, or Symbol.

  10. Place all figures, figure captions and tables at the end of your paper. As IEEE will do the final formatting of your paper it is not necessary to position all figures and tables before submitting. 

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