IEEE Open Journal of Circuits and Systems Call for Proposals:

3 Special Sections on Emerging CAS topics

DEADLINE: 31st March 2020

IEEE Open Journal of Circuits and Systems (OJCAS) will be dedicating three Special Sections to cover emerging CAS topics in the following three broad topic areas:

  1. Analog/Mixed-Signal Circuits and Systems: from ICs to sensing, power/energy, bio-CAS, CAD and design methodology
  2. Digital design for signal/video/multimedia processing or security, from ICs to architectures and algorithms 
  3. Neural, Neuromorphic, Nonlinear Circuits and Systems, AI.

Any topic within the scope of OJCAS is appropriate and preference is given to new and/or emerging areas.

A Special Section (SS) consists of a maximum of 5 manuscripts. An emerging topic must be broad enough to capture enough submissions to support this size of a SS. 

Although such things are difficult to predict, a target acceptance rate would be in the 30-35% range, which suggests that 10-15 submissions per SS are optimal. The length of a regular manuscript is 10-12 pages maximum (incl. references and biographies).

The Publication Fees/Article Processing Charges (APCs) for all the accepted papers will be completely subsidized by the CAS Society. Hence these publications will be completely free of charge to the authors.

Proposers of a SS must assemble a team of two Guest Editors (GEs), with one individual identified as the contact point (called the Corresponding Guest Editor, CGE). The GE should be an established researcher in the focus area of the special section or a closely allied discipline. It is also desirable for the Guest Editing team to be technically and geographically balanced with industry and academia represented. Additionally, one of OJCAS’s editors will join the GEs to support and guide the peer review and publication processes of the approved Special Section proposals.

GEs may not submit original technical papers for the Special Section. However, they are highly encouraged to provide a single overview or tutorial-like paper (8-12 pages long). The goal is to help readers understand the topic better and potentially stimulate new researchers to work in the area.

The main responsibilities of the Guest Editing team are:

  • Informal Publicity: The Editor-in-Chief will ensure that the Call-for-Papers is sent to all CASS members via IEEE-notice, newsletters, and CAS Magazine, as well as to other IEEE Societies Transactions. He will also publicize the Special Sections via official CASS social media channels. The GEs are responsible for other informal means of publicity, such as distributing the Call-for-Papers at conferences they attend, personally contacting delegates working in the area to solicit submissions, and announcing the Call-for-Papers on their personal websites, social media, etc.  
  • Paper Review: As submissions are received, the GEs will assume the responsibility of the review process, that is, finding reviewers to assess the quality of the submissions. It is desirable for each paper to receive five high-quality reviews, although three can suffice if all are consistent in their opinions. All reviewer invitations and feedback must be conducted through the OJCAS Website
  • Accept/Reject Decisions: Keeping in mind the page limitations of OJCAS issues, GEs work together to determine the manuscripts to be included in the Special Section.
  • Special Sections Editorial/Organization: the GEs decide the order in which the papers will appear in the Special Section and prepare a half-page to 1-page editorial for introducing the Special Section (topic, general contributions of the accepted manuscripts, and open areas for future research). The editorial and GE bios should occupy no more than 2 total printed pages.

Proposals may be submitted to the Editor-in-Chief by email:

The (hard) deadlines are as follows:

  • Submission of a written proposal for a SS: 31 March 2020
  • Notification of acceptance/rejection to the proposer: 10 April 2020
  • Manuscripts submission: 26 July 2020
  • Target publication of the SS: December 2020

The proposals shall include the following:

  • Rationale and motivation, including an explanation of why the proposed topic is an emerging research topic, and the scope of the targeted Special Section.
  • Targeted community.
  • A list of potential contributors.
  • Brief (300 words) bio-sketches of the Corresponding Guest Editor (CGE) and Guest Editor (GE) including experience on editing technical publications.
  • The relationship among the GEs, and track records of collaboration.
  • A proposed timeline of key milestones for the special section.