• Is there a strict page limit for TMech/AIM concurrent submission?
The format and length of TMech/AIM concurrent submission option follow strictly the Regular or Short paper requirements at TMech website http://www.ieee-asme-mechatronics.org/. The initial submission is limited to maximum eight (8) Transactions pages and the final submission of accepted papers are limited to eight (8) Transactions pages for Regular papers, and four (4) Transactions pages for Short papers, respectively, with mandatory page charges imposed on extra pages beyond eight pages up to ten (10) pages for Regular papers and beyond four pages up to six (6) pages for Short papers.
• If I take the TMech/AIM concurrent submission option, should I submit and upload the same paper twice at both the TMech and AIM 2020 submission site?
In the initial submission stage, you need to follow the regular TMech submission process and only upload the paper once at the TMech submission site; in addition, you need to submit basic information of the paper (e.g., authors, affiliations, paper title, abstract and TMech submission number, etc.) to AIM 2020 via PaperPlaza to be considered as a TMech/AIM concurrent submission. The reason for the latter AIM 2020 submission is due to the different paper management systems between TMech and AIM.
If your paper is eventually accepted for publication as a TMech/AIM concurrent submission, you need to make the final journal submission in TMech’s ScholarOne website and submit the final version of the accepted paper (before IEEE proof) for inclusion in the USB drive to be distributed to AIM 2020 attendees.
• Can I submit a paper to TMech/AIM concurrent submission option and then a revised and updated version of the same paper to the AIM Conference before the Conference submission deadline?
No, this is unacceptable. When you submit to TMech/AIM concurrent submission, you have already submitted to the AIM Conference. A later submission of the revised, updated same paper to the AIM Conference will void the previous submission, and stop the TMech evaluation procedure.
• Can a paper that was published in the proceedings of a (full manuscript reviewed) conference be resubmitted to the TMech/AIM concurrent submission option?
No, this is unacceptable since the work has been presented in a peer-reviewed (AIM or any other) conference previously. You can, however, submit it to TMech as regular issue papers if the paper follows the “evolutionary paradigm” of IEEE, i.e., if it incorporates substantial improvements and it discloses openly the source(s) and discusses the changes.
• I have submitted a paper to TMech/AIM concurrent submission option. The paper has been accepted by TMech and also accepted for presentation at AIM. Where will my paper be published?
It will appear in the TMech journal (in print and also on IEEE Xplore). It will not appear in the formal AIM Conference Proceedings, although the title and abstract will be there, with a link to the TMech paper.
• I have submitted a paper to TMech/AIM concurrent submission. The paper has been finally rejected (even after major revision) by the TMech Editorial Board. Later on, the paper has been accepted for presentation at the AIM Conference. Where will my paper be published?
It will only appear in the Conference Proceedings on IEEE Xplore.
• Will the published TMech/AIM concurrent submission paper be indexed in journal databases with an Impact Factor?
Yes. It is a TMech paper with TMech’s Impact Factor.
• If my TMech/AIM concurrent submission is accepted by TMech and it has 8 pages as a Regular paper, do I need to pay over-length page charge to TMech and regular full AIM Conference registration fee to get it published in TMech?
The final accepted TMech/AIM concurrent submission papers are limited to eight (8) Transactions pages (with optional authors’ short bios for Regular papers) and four (4) Transactions pages (for Short papers) without page charge and with mandatory page charges ($200 per page) imposed on extra pages beyond eight pages up to ten (10) pages for Regular papers (with optional authors’ short bios) and beyond four pages up to six (6) pages for Short papers. If your final accepted paper has 8 pages (as Regular paper), you do not need to pay over-length page charge to IEEE but you need to pay full Conference registration fee to present the work at AIM Conference and get the paper published in TMech.
• Is there a suggested format for citing papers that have been accepted for publication in TMech/AIM concurrent submission option? How about citing them in an authors’ CV?
All citations must go to the TMech paper only. In your own CV, we recommend that you list the paper only among your journal papers. You may add a note to this citation such as “The contents of this paper were also selected by AIM’20 Program Committee for presentation at the Conference”. Alternatively, you may have an additional list of oral presentations at conferences.