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.
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IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science Best Paper Award
Description: The IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science Best Paper Award will be given annually to the paper deemed the best among those published in the IEEE Transactions on Plasma 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 Plasma 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 2019, a paper must have been published in 2016.
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.
The 1st award was announced in an editorial in the September 2019 issue of TPS. The awardee recommendations came from TPS EIC & Senior Editor team, while the NPSS Publications Committee made the award decision. The 2019 awardee was Professor Noah Hershkowitz of the University of Wisconsin. The award-winning paper was “43 Years of Fun Basic Plasma Physics Experiments,” that appeared in IEEE TPS volume 44, pages 347 – 363, in 2016.
The 2nd award was announced in an editorial in the November 2020 issue of TPS. The awardee recommendations came from TPS EIC & Senior Editor team, while the NPSS Publications Committee made the award decision. The 2020 awardee was Professor Chan Joshi of the University of California, Los Angeles. The award-winning paper was “Laser-Driven Plasma Accelerators Operating in the Self-Guided, Blowout Regime.” This paper appeared in IEEE TPS volume 45, pages 3134 – 3146, in December 2017.
The 3rd award was announced in an editorial in the November 2021 issue of TPS. The awardee recommendations came from TPS EIC & Senior Editor team, while the NPSS Publications Committee made the award decision. The award-winning paper was “A Primer on Pulsed Power and Linear Transformer Drivers for High Energy Density Physics Applications.” The award was presented to the lead author of this 40 author paper, Professor Ryan D. McBride, of the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA. This paper was published in: IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, Volume: 46, Issue: 11, Nov. 2018, Pages: 3928 – 3967, and is an open access paper freely available to our readers.
The 4th award was announced in an editorial in the September 2022 issue of TPS. The awardee recommendations came from TPS EIC & Senior Editor team, while the NPSS Publications Committee made the award decision. The award-winning paper was “Transfer learning to model inertial confinement fusion experiments.” The award was presented virtually to the four co-authors of this paper: Kelli D. Humbird, J. Luc Peterson, and Brian K. Spears all from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA, USA, and Ryan G. McClarren from the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, USA. This paper was published in: IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, Volume: 48, Issue: 1, Jan. 2020, Pages: 61 – 70, and is an open access paper freely available to our readers.
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.).
Detailed information for the preparation of manuscripts for TPS is provided at https://journals.ieeeauthorcenter.ieee.org/create-your-ieee-journal-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 Center at: 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/
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 Biological (non-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
- Terahertz Science & Technology
- Computational Methods
- 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 TPS Policy: Questions about TPS policies should be directed to the TPS Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Steven Gitomer, at email@example.com.
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: Leopold, John – Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel
Charged Particle Beams and Sources
Senior Editor: Ekdahl, Carl – Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico USA
High Energy Density Plasmas and Their Interactions
Senior Editor: Beg, Farhat — University of California, San Diego, San Diego, California USA
Industrial, Commercial, and Biological Applications of Plasmas
Senior Editor: Lopez, Jose – Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey USA
Senior Editor: Portillo, Sal – University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico USA
Pulsed Power Science and Technology
Senior Editor: Joshi, Ravi – Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas USA
Arcs and MHD
Senior Editor: Domonkos, Matthew – Verus Research, Albuquerque, New Mexico USA
Senior Editor: Lai, Shu – Hanscom Air Force Base (retired), Massachusetts, USA
Senior Editor: Hyde, Truell — Baylor University, Waco, Texas USA
Fusion Science & Technology
Senior Editor: Kovari, Michael – UKAEA, Culham Science Centre, Abingdon Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Electromagnetic Launch Science & Technology
Senior Editor: Hegeler, Frank – Naval Research Laboratory, Washington DC USA
Terahertz Science and Technology
Senior Editor: Chang, Chao Xi’an Jaotong University, Xi’an, Shaanxi, China
Senior Editor: Portillo, Sal University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico USA
Senior Editor: Schamiloglu, Edl – University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico USA
Senior Editor: Shannon, Stephen – North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina USA
Other Areas of Plasma Science
Senior Editor: Gitomer Steven – Los Alamos National Laboratory (retired), New Mexico USA
Upcoming Special Issues
- February 2023 – Special Issue – Selected Papers from APSPT-12 – 2021 – Supervising Senior Editor: Paul Chu (City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong); Guest Editors: Jian-Zhang Chen (National Taiwan University, Taiwan), Meng-Jiy Wang (National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taiwan), Kun-Mo Lin (National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan), Yun-Chien Cheng (National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University, Taiwan), Kungen Teii (Kyushu University, Japan), and Hiroaki Ito (University of Toyama, Japan) – derived from the 2021 12th Asia-Pacific International Symposium on the Basics and Applications of Plasma Technology (APSPT-12) which was held in Taiwan from Dec. 9th to 11th, 2021. The website was http://www.apspt12.tw/index.html.
- March 2023 (tentative) – Special Issue – Spacecraft Charging Technology 2022 – Senior Editor: Shu Lai (Air Force Research Lab Hanscomb AFB, USA (retired)); Guest Editors: Henry B Garrett (Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA USA), Alain Hilgers (ESA – ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands), Justin Likar (Johns Hopkins University, Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, MD USA), Dale C Ferguson (Air Force Research Laboratory, Albuquerque, NM USA), Mengu Cho (Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan), and Kazuhiro Toyoda (Kyushu Institute of Technology, Fukuoka, Japan); derived from 16th Spacecraft Charging Technology Conference (SCTC) that took place 4-8 April 2022 (Virtual).
- April 2023 – Special Issue – Plenary Invited & Selected Minicourse Papers from ICOPS2022 – Senior Editor: Steven Gitomer (Los Alamos National Laboratory, retired); Guest Editors: Hari Harilal (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA USA), Yuri Shumlak (University of Washington, Seattle WA USA), and Justin Little (University of Washington, Seattle WA USA) ; derived from the ICOPS 2022 hybrid conference, was held on May 2022 in Seattle WA USA; web site: http://ece-events.unm.edu/icops2022/index.html.
- May 2023 – Golden Anniversary Special Issue – Supervising Senior Editor: Edl Schamiloglu (UNM); Guest Editors TBD
- May 2023 – Special Issue on High-Power Microwave and Millimeter-Wave Generation – Supervising Senior Editor: John Leopold (Technion, Haifa, Israel); Guest Editors: Jim Browning (Boise State University, Boise, ID USA); Nicholas M. Jordan (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor , MI USA); Jacob Stephens (Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX USA); and Peng Zhang (Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI USA)
- August 2023 – Special Issue of Selected papers from the symposium on Recent Advances in Cold Plasmas and Related Applications – Senior Editor: Steven J. Gitomer (Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos NM USA [ret]); Guest Editors: Elidiane C Rangel (Laboratory of Technological Plasmas, Sao Paulo State University, Sorocaba, SP, Brazil), Fiorenza Fanelli (National Research Council (CNR), Institute of Nanotechnology (NANOTEC), Bari, Italy), Jacopo Profilli (Université Laval – Chu de Québec, Canada), Clodomiro Alves Jr (Federal Rural University of the Semi-Arid, Mossoro, RN, Brazil), and Navaneetha Pandiyaraj Krishnasamy (Sri Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya College of Arts and Science, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India) and Nilson C Cruz (Universidade Estadual Paulista, Sorocaba, SP, Brazil); website: https://www.sbpmat.org.br/20encontro/; derived from symposium of the same name held at the 20th Brazil-MRS Meeting. 25-29 September 2022, Iguasu Falls, Parana, Brazil.
- October 2023 – Special Issue – Selected Papers from EAPPC/BEAMS 2022 – Acting Senior Editor: Weihua Jiang (Nagaoka University, Nagaoka, Japan); Guest Editors – Yun-Sik Jin (Korean Electrotechnology Research Institute, Changwon, Korea), Cheng Zhang (Institute of Electrical Engineering, CAS, Beijing, China), Tom Huiskamp (Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands), and Katsuyuki Takahashi (Iwate University, Ueda, Morioka, Japan) … EAPPC/Beams 2022 was held in Seoul South Korea in September 18 to 22, 2022., with website: https://www.eappc-beams2022.org
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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