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The IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science is a publication of the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society. It is published monthly, and covers the theory and application of plasma science and engineering.

The Transactions on Plasma Science (TPS) is viewed as a primary source of technical information in many of the areas it covers. It serves as a major vehicle for dissemination of technical information for the plasma science community, and for three Technical Committees of the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society – the Plasma Science and Applications Committee, the Pulsed Power Science and Technology Committee, and the Fusion Technology Committee.

Manuscripts submitted to TPS for consideration for publication should meet the criteria as described elsewhere in this web site. Submissions should be made to the web site http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tps-ieee.

Journal Scope

The IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science is published monthly. The scope covers all aspects of the theory and application of plasma science. It includes the following areas: magnetohydrodynamics; thermionics and plasma diodes; basic plasma phenomena; gaseous electronics; microwave/plasma interaction; electron, ion, and plasma sources; space plasmas; intense electron and ion beams; laser-plasma interactions; plasma diagnostics; plasma chemistry and processing; solid-state plasmas; plasma heating; plasma for controlled fusion research; high energy density plasmas; industrial/commercial applications of plasma physics; plasma waves and instabilities; and high power microwave and submillimeter wave generation.

Considerations for the Suitability of Manuscripts for TPS

Manuscripts considered for publication should report original contributions to the theories, experimental results, or applications of the fields listed under the Journal Scope above; although papers of a tutorial or historical nature will be considered. Recent findings of a noteworthy nature will be considered for the Correspondence section; these will ordinarily be shorter length papers, thus facilitating the review process.

IEEE’s policy on duplicate publication states “authors should only submit original work that has neither appeared elsewhere for publication, nor which is under review for another refereed publication. If authors have used their own previously published work(s) as a basis for a new submission, they are required to cite the previous work(s) and very briefly indicate how the new submission offers substantively novel contributions beyond those of the previously published work(s).”

Required Manuscript Content

The work should report new results, new applications, or new developments of interest. The manuscript must provide introductory material and context for the work. It must be clear what is new in the work and how it relates to other work in the field, and related work must be referenced appropriately. Models should be verified by data or some other means. There must be an analysis of data that provides conclusions that are general beyond the specific devices or system studied. The information provided must be sufficient for others to make use of the approach, results, etc. so that the impact is not limited to the particular system or application used in the manuscript. The paper should be sufficiently complete that others with comparable equipment could repeat the work. Overall the work needs to be of an archival nature (e.g., not only test results on a part that will be obsolete in a couple of years, or analysis of a particular design without illustration of generally applicable principles, or a description of the characteristics of a particular test facility, or an account of the existence and characteristics of a specific commercial product etc.).

Items for Authors to Address Before Submission

Reviewers of TPS manuscripts are requested to evaluate, at a minimum, the items listed below. Authors should be sure that their manuscript suitably addresses all these items before submitting their work to TPS.

1. Background and Context

  • Is the introductory and background material sufficient for someone not an expert in this area to understand the context and significance of this work?
  • Has related work been appropriately and adequately referenced?
  • Is it clear what is new in this work?
  • Is the relationship between this work and other work in the field adequately described?
  • Is it described how this work advances the state-of-the art?

2. Technical Quality

  • Is the work relevant and accurate, free from errors, misconceptions, ambiguities?
  • Are interpretations/models supported by data?
  • Is the data analysis complete?
  • Does the work contain new results, new applications, or new developments of interest?
  • Is the work of general applicability, i.e., not limited to the particular system or application used in the manuscript?
  • Are the conclusions significant and well-supported?

3. Clarity and Completeness

  • Is the work logically developed?
  • Is the presentation of data and/or modeling clear and easy to follow?
  • Is the discussion clear and unambiguous?
  • Is sufficient information provided for an expert reader to understand fully what was done, to repeat the experiment, or to duplicate the results presented?
  • Is enough detail presented to support the conclusions drawn?
  • Is the manuscript “complete”, i.e., not requiring extensive reference to other work to permit understanding?

4. Presentation

  • Are the English grammar and usage satisfactory?
  • Is the manuscript loosely written or repetitious?
  • Does the manuscript restate established scientific or engineering principles instead of merely providing the appropriate reference to such principles?

5. Figures and Tables

  • Are the figures and tables clearly labeled, legible, and with appropriate captions?
  • Are the figures and tables relevant, and referred to in the text?
  • Do the tables and figures show reduced rather than raw data?
  • Is the number of figures and tables appropriate?

6. Symbols, Acronyms, and Abbreviations

  • Are all nonstandard abbreviations and acronyms identified at first use?
  • Does the manuscript use proper and consistent symbols and abbreviations?

7. Length

  • Is the length of the manuscript appropriate for the amount and type of material presented? (Eight (8) pages is the maximum length of a “standard” manuscript. If the manuscript is longer than this, is that additional length necessary to develop and explain the material? If it is not, please suggest areas where material could be eliminated.)

8. Appropriateness

  • Is the work of an archival nature (e.g., not just test results on a part that will be obsolete in a couple of years, or analysis of a particular design without illustration of generally applicable principles, or description of the characteristics of a particular test facility, or an account of the existence and characteristics of a specific commercial product, etc.)?
  • Is the work a good “fit” for the Transactions on Plasma Science, and of interest to its readership?
  • Is this work overall appropriate for publication in the Transactions on Plasma Science?
  • Should this work be placed in the Correspondence section rather than as a full paper? Correspondences typically fall into two primary categories. One category is for comments on a previously published paper. The other category is for short papers that describe new ideas or results that are particularly newsworthy or of interest to the community, but with insufficient content to warrant a full paper. The length is typically expected to be less than 2 (or perhaps in special cases 3) journal pages.

Manuscript Preparation

Detailed information for the preparation of manuscripts for TPS is provided at https://ieeeauthorcenter.ieee.org/create-your-ieee-article/

Note particularly that the abstract must be a concise yet comprehensive reflection of what is in your article. In particular:

  • The abstract must be self-contained, without abbreviations, footnotes, or references. It should be a microcosm of the full article.
  • The abstract must be between 150-250 words. Be sure that you adhere to these limits; otherwise, you will need to edit your abstract accordingly.
  • The abstract must be written as one paragraph, and should not contain displayed mathematical equations or tabular material.
  • The abstract should include three or four different keywords or phrases, as this will help readers to find it. It is important to avoid over-repetition of such phrases as this can result in a page being rejected by search engines.
  • Ensure that your abstract reads well and is grammatically correct.

IEEE supports the publication of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean (CJK) author names in the native language alongside the English versions of the names in the author list of an article. For more information, please visit the IEEE Author Digital Tool Box at the following URL: https://ieeeauthorcenter.ieee.org/create-your-ieee-article/create-the-text-of-your-article/publishing-author-names-in-native-languages/

Manuscripts submitted for review should be in 2-column journal format, according to the standard IEEE template for all Transactions, also available at https://ieeeauthorcenter.ieee.org/create-your-ieee-article/use-authoring-tools-and-ieee-article-templates/ieee-article-templates/templates-for-transactions/

Submission Procedure

All manuscripts must be submitted to the TPS online peer review system at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tps-ieee. Instructions on the use of this web site are available at that URL.

During the submission process, authors will be asked what type of manuscript they are submitting, i.e., what technical area the manuscript is associated with. These areas are:

  • Basic Processes in Fully and Partially Ionized Plasmas
  • Microwave Generation and Microwave-Plasma Interaction
  • Charged Particle Beams and Sources
  • High Energy Density Plasmas and Their Interactions
  • Industrial, Commercial, and Medical Applications of Plasmas
  • Plasma Diagnostics
  • Pulsed Power Science and Technology
  • Arcs and MHD
  • Space Plasmas
  • Dusty Plasmas
  • Fusion Science and Technology
  • Electromagnetic Launch Science and Technology
  • Other Areas of Plasma Science

If the submitting author is unsure which manuscript type best describes the manuscript, he/she should choose the “Other Areas of Plasma Science” manuscript type. The Editor-in-Chief will then assess the suitability of the manuscript for TPS and assign it to the most appropriate category.

TPS also regularly publishes special issues based upon manuscripts presented at a particular conference (e.g., International Conference on Plasma Science, Pulsed Power Conference, Symposium of Fusion Engineering, etc.) or in a particular subject area. A temporary Manuscript Type category is created for a limited time for authors from those conferences or in those subject areas to submit their work to the corresponding special issue.

Help/Questions about Web Submission: Questions about or help with problems using the submission web site http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tps-ieee should be directed to tps-editor@ieee.org

Help/Questions about TPS Policy: Questions about TPS policies should be directed to the TPS Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Steven Gitomer, at s.gitomer@ieee.org.

Editorial Board

Editor-in-Chief:

Gitomer, Steven J. – Los Alamos National Laboratory (retired)

Basic Processes in Fully and Partially Ionized Plasmas

Senior Editor:
Taccogna, Francesco – CNR-Nanotec, Bari, Italy

Microwave Generation and Microwave-Plasma Interactions

Senior Editor:
Shiffler, Donald – Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)

Charged Particle Beams and Sources

Senior Editor:
Ekdahl, Carl – Los Alamos National Laboratory

High Energy Density Plasmas and Their Interactions

Senior Editor:
Beg, Farhat — University of California, San Diego

Industrial, Commercial, and Medical Applications of Plasmas

Senior Editor:
Lopez, Jose – Seton Hall University

Plasma Diagnostics

Senior Editor:
Gilmore, Mark – University of New Mexico
Portillo, Sal – University of New Mexico

Pulsed Power Science and Technology

Senior Editor:
Jiang, Weihua – Nagaoka University of Technology

Arcs and MHD

Senior Editor:
Struve, Ken – Sandia National Laboratories

Space Plasmas

Senior Editor:
Lai, Shu – Hanscom Air Force Base (retired)

Dusty Plasmas

Senior Editor:
Hyde, Truell — Baylor University

Fusion Science & Technology

Senior Editor:
Surrey, Elizabeth – UKAEA, Culham Science Centre

Electromagnetic Launch Science & Technology

Senior Editor:
Hegeler, Frank – Naval Research Laboratory

Review Papers

Senior Editor:
Faehl, Rickey – Los Alamos National Laboratory (retired)

Social Media

Senior Editor:
Shannon, Stephen – North Carolina State University

Other Areas of Plasma Science

Senior Editor:
Gitomer Steven – Los Alamos National Laboratory (retired)

Upcoming Special Issues

  • October 2018 – Special Issue on Pulsed Power Science and Technology — Senior Editor: Weihua Jiang (Nagaoka University, Nagaoka, Japan); Guest Editors: Stephen Bayne (Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, USA), Bucur Novac (Loughborough University, Leicestershire, UK), Heather O’Brien (Army Research Laboratory, Adelphi, MD, USA), and Hua Li (Huazhong University of Science & Technology, Wuhan, China)
  • November 2018 – Special Issue on Z Pinch Plasmas – 2018 – Senior Editor: Farhat Beg (UCSD, San Diego, CA USA); Guest Editors: Alla Safronova (University of Nevada – Reno, Reno, NV USA) & John Giuliani (Naval Research Laboratory, Washington DC USA)
  • January 2019 – Special Issue on Selected Papers from PLASMA2017 Japan – Senior Editor: Weihua Jiang (Nagaoka University, Nagaoka, Japan); Guest Editors: Yasushi Ono (The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan), Masafumi Ito (Meijo University, Meijo, Japan), Shinsuke Ohshima (Institute of Advanced Energy, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan), and Douyan Wang (Institute of Pulsed Power Science, Kumamoto University, Kumamoto, Japan)
  • January 2019 – Special Issue – Selected Papers from APSPT-10 – 2017 – Supervising Senior Editor: Paul Chu (City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong); Guest Editors: Cheng-Che Hsu (Department of Chemical Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan), Ta-Chin Wei (Chung-Yuan Christian University, Taoyuan, Taiwan), and Yasunori Tanaka (Kanazawa University, Kanazawa, Japan)
  • January 2019 – Special Issue on Plasma Assisted Technologies – Senior Editor: Jose Lopez (Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ, USA); Guest Editor: Igor Matveev (Applied Plasma Technologies, Falls Church VA USA)
  • April 2019 – Special Issue on Plenary, Invited & Selected Minicourse Tutorial papers from ICOPS-2018 – Senior Editor: Steven Gitomer (Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM, USA [ret.]); Guest Editors: Arati Dasgupta (Naval Research Laboratory, Washington DC USA) and Brad Hoff (Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland AFB NM USA)
  • April 2019 – Special Issue – Physics of Dusty Plasmas  — Senior Editor: Truell Hyde (Baylor University, Waco, TX, USA); Guest Editors: Giovanni Lapenta (KU Lleuven, Leuven, Belgium), Carlos romero-Talamas (Univeristy of Maryland, Baltimore County, MD USA), Zhehui wang (Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos NM USA), and Jeremiah Williams (Wittenburg Univerisy, Springfield OH USA)
  • May 2019 – Special Issue – Electromagnetic Launchers – 2018 – Acting Senior Editor: David Wetz (University of Texas – Arlington, Arlington TX USA),  Guest Editors: Xinjie Yu (Tsinghua University, Beijing, China) and Markus Schneider (French-German Research Institute of Saint Louis, Saint Louis, France)
  • May 2019 – Special Issue – Plenary, Invited and Selected Papers from the 2018 Asia-Pacific Conference on Plasma and Terahertz Science – Acting Senior Editor: Paul Chu (City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China) — Guest Editors: Chao Chang (Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, China),  Tao Shao (Institute of Electrical Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China), Hae June Lee (Pusan National University, Pusan, South Korea), Ricky Lay-Kee Ang (Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore), and Ken Ostrikov (Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia)
  • June 2019 – Special Issue – Spacecraft Charging Technology – Acting Senior Editor: Henry B Garrett, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, USA; Guest Editors: Dale C Ferguson, AFRL, USA; Joseph Minow, NASA MSFC, USA; Michael Bodeau, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Syst, USA; Victoria A Davis, Leidos, USA; Linda Neergaard Parker, USRA, USA; Jean-François Roussel, ONERA/DESP, France; Mengu Cho, Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan; Nelson Green, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, USA; JR Dennison, Utah State University, USA; Insoo Jun, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, USA; Kazuhiro Toyoda, Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan; Michelle Donegan, Applied Physics Laboratory, USA; Virginie Inguimbert, ONERA/DESP, France
  • August 2019 – Special Issue on Electrical Discharges in Vacuum – Senior Editor: Ken Struve (Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM USA); Guest Editor: Dirk Uhrlandt (INP Greifswald, Germany)
  • October 2019 – Special Issue – Selected Papers from EAPPC/BEAMS 2018 – Senior Editor: Ravi Joshi (Texas Tech University, Lubbock TX USA); Guest Editors: David Hemmert (HEM Technologies, Lubbock, TX, USA), Laurent Pecastaing (SIAME Laboratory,University of Pau, Pau, France), Chuhyun Cho (Korean Electrotechnology Research Institute, Changwon, South Korea), and Zicheng Zhang (National University of Defense Technology,
    Kaifu, Changsha, China)
  • November 2019 – Special Issue on Atmospheric pressure plasma jets and their applications  — Guest Editors: XinPei Lu (HuaZhong University of Science and Technology, WuHan China) & Jean-Michel Pouvesle (GREMI, Université d’Orleans, Orléans, France)
  • November 2019 – Special Issue on Machine Learning, Data Science and Artificial Intelligence in Plasma Research — Guest Editors: Dr. Zhehui Wang (Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM, USA), Dr. J. Luc Peterson (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA, USA), Dr. Cristina Rea (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA USA), and Dr. David Humphreys (General Atomics, La Jolla, CA USA)
  • December 2019 – Special Issue on Plasma Assisted Technologies – Senior Editor: Jose Lopez (Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ, USA); Guest Editors: Igor Matveev (Applied Plasma Technologies, Falls Church VA USA)

Suggestions for TPS

TPS is continually looking for ways to improve its value to its authors, subscribers, reviewers, and readers. Suggestions for improvement are always welcomed, and should be directed to the TPS Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Steven Gitomer, at s.gitomer@ieee.org.

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