The IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science is a publication of the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society. It is published monthly, and covers the theory and application of nuclear science and engineering. The Transactions on Nuclear Science (TNS) is viewed as the primary source of technical information in many of the areas it covers. As judged by JCR impact factor, TNS has consistently been one of the top journals in the category of Nuclear Science & Technology. It has one of the higher immediacy indices, indicating that the information it publishes is viewed as timely, and has a relatively long citation half-life, indicating that the published information also is viewed as valuable for a number of years.
Manuscripts submitted to TNS 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/tns-ieee.
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IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science Best Paper Award
Description: The IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science Best Paper Award will be given annually to the paper deemed the best among those published in the IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science journal. The best paper will be selected in the spring.
Prize: The award will be a plaque, a certificate for each of the paper authors and a money prize. The money prize is $500 for each author, up to a maximum award of $1500; if the paper has more than 3 authors, the maximum award will be divided equally among all authors.
Funding: Funded by the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society.
Eligibility: The authors of all papers published in the Transactions on Nuclear Science in the year 3 prior to the year of the award are eligible for consideration. For example, to be considered for the award presented in 2021, a paper must have been published in 2018.
Basis for Judging: The primary consideration in determining the best paper will be its quantifiable usefulness to the community. The primary factor in this assessment will be the number of downloads of the paper from Xplore. Supplemental factors, which will be examined, are literature citations to the paper, quality, clarity of presentation, originality, significance, and contributions to the field. To minimize any risk that unethical manipulation could influence the winning paper selection, all of the factors mentioned (number of citations, quality, clarity of presentation, originality, significance, and contributions to the field) will be considered during final evaluation of the top-ranked paper to insure that is deserves to be selected as the award winner.
Presentation: The award will be presented annually at the NPS Society conference most relevant to the topical area of the selected paper.
Frequency: One award presented annually.
Award Recipients The award was presented for the first time in 2019.
2022 – F. Libano, B. Wilson, J. Anderson, M. J. Wirthlin, C. Cazzaniga, C. Frost, and P. Rech, Selective Hardening for Neural Networks in FPGAs by, IEEE Trans. Nucl. Sci., vol. 66 No. 1, pp 216 – 222, Jan. 2019, DOI 10.1109/TNS.2018.2884460
2021 – C. Dujardin, E. Auffray, E. Bourret-Courchesne, P. Dorenbos, P. Lecoq, M. Nikl, A. N. Vasil’ev, A. Yoshikawa, R.-Y. Zhu, Needs, Trends, and Advances in Inorganic Scintillators, IEEE Trans. Nucl. Sci., vol. 65 No. 8, pp. 1977 – 1997, Aug. 2018, DOI 10.1109/TNS.2018.2840160
2020 – P. Luciano, C.-L. Sotiropoulou, S. Gkaitatzis, M. Viti, S. Citraro, A. Retico, P. Giannetti, and M. Dell’Orso for their paper “A Hardware Implementation of a Brain Inspired Filter for Image Processing,” published in IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science, vol. 64, no. 6, part 1, 2017, pp. 1374 – 1381, DOI 10.1109/TNS.2017.2706061.
2019 – Patrick Nsengiyumva, Dennis R. Ball, Jeffrey S. Kauppila, Nelson Tam, Mike McCurdy, W. Timothy Holman, Michael L. Alles, Bharat L. Bhuva, and Lloyd W. Massengill for their paper “A Comparison of the SEU Response of Planar and FinFET D Flip-Flops at Advanced Technology Nodes,” IEEE Trans. Nucl. Sci., vol. 63 no. 1, pp. 266 – 272, Feb. 2016, DOI 10.1109/TNS.2015.2508981.
The IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science is published monthly. The scope of the IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science includes theory, technology, and application areas related to nuclear science and engineering. It focuses on instrumentation for the detection and measurement of ionizing radiation; materials (including their preparation and characterization) for the detection of ionizing radiation; radiation imaging not related to medicine; particle accelerators and their controls; effects of radiation on materials, components, and systems; reactor instrumentation and controls; measurement of radiation in space and terrestrial environments; and computing applications related to nuclear science. Tutorial and review papers that cover the above subjects are also considered.
Considerations for the Suitability of Manuscripts for TNS
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. 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.).
Manuscripts submitted to TNS for review must be in 2-column TNS format. Detailed information for the preparation of manuscripts is provided via the links you will find at the author center. Detailed instructions, including examples of figures, tables, references, section headings, and text format are described in the TNS article template you can download using the link for IEEE article template. Templates are available for Microsoft Word and LaTex.
Not all languages use the Latin alphabet. IEEE supports the publication of author names in certain non-Latin character sets alongside the English version of the names in an article’s author list. Should you wish to do this, see Non-Latin Fonts for instructions, and to see the list of supported languages. TNS accepts graphical abstracts in addition to the standard text abstract. These must be included in the peer review process. For more information about graphical abstracts and their specifications, please visit the Supplementary Materials page. You will also find information about including video in your manuscript there.
All manuscripts must be submitted to the TNS online peer review system at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tns-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:
- Accelerator Technology
- Computing, Simulation, and Software for HEP & Radiation Instrumentation
- Nuclear Power Instrumentation and Control
- Radiation Effects
- Radiation Instrumentation
If the submitting author is unsure which manuscript type best describes the manuscript, he/she should choose the “Other/Unsure” manuscript type. The Editor-in-Chief will then assess the suitability of the manuscript for TNS and assign it to the most appropriate category. TNS also occasionally publishes special issues based upon manuscripts presented at a particular conference (e.g., the Real Time Conference, RADECS, SCINT, ANIMMA, SORMA, etc.). A temporary Manuscript Type category is created for a limited time for authors from those conferences to submit their work to the corresponding special issue.
All submitted articles will go through a pre-screening before being sent out for review. Articles may be rejected without review for any of the following reasons:
- The author(s) have not followed the IEEE guidelines for style.
- The author(s) have obviously violated IEEE Policies.
- The article is not comprehensible (in other words, so poorly written that it is unreadable).
- The subject and contents of the article do not meet the scope of the journal or a specific issue.
- The article does not meet minimum criteria for technical substance.
A manuscript may be rejected for insufficient technical substance (item #5 above) for any of the following reasons. Such a decision can be made by the Senior Editor with the concurrence of two other members of the Editorial Board.:
- The manuscript obviously shows little or no advance over the state-of-the-art in the area.
- The manuscript does not clearly show how it relates to other work in the field.
- The manuscript does not provide enough information for others to make use of the approach reported in the manuscript.
- The manuscript is a project report, not of general applicability and with little interest to readers outside of that particular project.
- The manuscript is a progress report with little new since a previous publication.
- Models presented are not validated by experimental data or by other means.
- The paper does not draw conclusions from the data presented.
It should be emphasized that manuscripts based upon previous publications (such as Conference Proceedings) may be rejected at any time if the authors have not cited the previous work(s) and indicated how the new submission offers substantively novel contributions beyond those of the previously published work(s) (as required by IEEE Policies). There is not a strict threshold for how much substantial additional technical material is required beyond the previous publication; however, a general guideline is that more than half of the submitted manuscript should represent new material. Once a submitted manuscript has passed the screening described above, it is assigned to reviewers who are experts in the field to assess, using as a minimum set of criteria the “Items for Authors to Address Before Submission” listed above. Typically three reviewers are used to evaluate each manuscript; sometimes more may be used, but there will always be a minimum of two independent reviewers used for each manuscript. The reviewers’ comments will be transmitted to the authors, along with comments that may be made by the Associate Editor and/or Senior Editor regarding the manuscript, in the email transmittal of the decision made regarding the manuscript.
TNS has committed to become a Transformative Journal under Plan S. This commitment means that authors will remain in full compliance with Coalition S funder requirements if they publish their research articles in TNS. Authors are referred to https://open.ieee.org/transformative-journals-plans/ for links to more information. In addition, IEEE has direct open access agreements, which will simplify the payment of article processing charges, with hundreds of institutions; authors should check Open Access agreements to see if their institution has such an agreement.
This publication is a hybrid journal, allowing either Traditional manuscript submission or Open Access (author-pays OA) manuscript submission. Upon acceptance, if you choose to have your manuscript be an OA article, you commit to pay a $2,345 OA fee in order to enable unrestricted public access. Any other applicable charges (such as the charge for the use of color in the print format) will be billed separately once the manuscript formatting is complete but prior to the publication. If you would like your manuscript to be a Traditional submission, your article will be available to qualified subscribers and purchasers via IEEE Xplore. No OA payment is required for Traditional submission.
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Editor-in-Chief: Z. Bell
Senior Editor: Z. Bell
Associate Editor: E. Simakov
Nuclear Power Instrumentation and Control:
Senior Editor: Z. Bell
Associate Editors: S. Cetiner, Z. Dong, S. Shimjith, B. Upadhyaya
Senior Editor: D. M. Fleetwood
Associate Editors: J. Black, L. Ding, F. Faccio, V. Goiffon, T. D. Loveless, S. Moss, P. Paillet, H. Quinn
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Senior Editor: A. Luchetta
Associate Editors: R. Fontaine, M. Grossmann, W. Kühn, T. Jezynski, H. Nakanishi, N. Neufeld, M. Purschke, M-A. Tétrault
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TNS 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 TNS Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Zane Bell, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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