Information for Authors of IEEE Power & Energy Society Transactions Papers

The IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) publishes five Transactions publications: IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion, IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery, IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, and IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy. The areas covered by each can be found in Part 2 of the PES Author’s Kit.

Paper Preparation

Basic guidelines for preparing papers for the IEEE Power & Energy Society are provided in Part 4 of the Author’s Kit. Information is given regarding desktop publishing format, type sizes, and typefaces. Style rules are provided that explain how to handle equations, units, figures, tables, references, abbreviations, and acronyms. Sections are also devoted to the preparation of acknowledgments, references, and authors' biographies. An example of the desired layout for papers is provided in PDF format and as a Microsoft Word template.

Transactions papers are limited to eight pages at submission. Papers exceeding eight pages will be returned without review. If a paper becomes longer than eight pages after review, it will be subject to mandatory page charges. 

Writing/Preparing Abstracts

The abstract is what users and researchers will read when deciding whether your article pertains to their interests and needs. For this reason, your abstract is an extremely important and powerful representation of your article. As an author, you should spend time ensuring that it is readable and that it contains a complete description of your research.

In approximately 150–200 words, you will need to summarize your findings, and describe the implications of those findings.

The abstract must be an accurate reflection of what is in your article as follows.

  • Your abstract must be self-contained, without abbreviations, footnotes, or references. It should be a microcosm of the full article.
  • Your abstract must be written as one paragraph, and should not contain displayed mathematical equations or tabular material.
  • Your 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.

When submitting an abstract for your original research, it is important to state the primary objective and offer any tested hypotheses. Describe your research design and methodology and accurately state the following: the methods and procedures you employed, the main outcomes and results, and the conclusions that might be drawn from these data and results. Include any implications for further research or application/practice.

Graphical Abstract

The Transactions accept graphical abstracts and they must be peer reviewed. For more information about graphical abstracts and their specifications, please visit the following link:

Please note that the graphical abstract provided by the author will need to follow a standard naming convention. An author providing a graphical abstract should identify it as follows:

  • For an image-only graphical abstract, the author should label it:
  • For a video graphical abstract, the author needs to also include a cover image for the video to display as a still frame (or static image) in front of the video:
  • For an audio graphical abstract, the author needs to also include a cover image for the audio file to display as a static image for the audio:

Submission Information

An author submits a manuscript by uploading a word processing file (.doc, .rtf, or .ps) of the paper directly onto ScholarOne Manuscripts, a site on the World Wide Web where papers can be accessed by the Transactions Editors-in-Chief, Editors, and Reviewers. It will be converted to a PDF file by the system. (It is recommended that the PDF file be under 1 MB. Papers exceeding this file size may require a longer review time.) See Part 2 of the Author’s Kit for complete instructions.

Published PES conference proceedings papers may be submitted to the PES Transactions. However, they must be significantly upgraded (at least 40% new content) and are expected to comply with the IEEE policy regarding plagiarism as stated below.

IEEE Policy: “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).”

Upon Acceptance

Upon acceptance of a paper for publication, the author is required to upload the following final files to ScholarOne Manuscripts:

  • Latex or Microsoft Word source file of the paper
  • PDF file of the paper
  • Separate graphics files in Word, eps, ps, tiff, ppt or Excel format if the graphics are not embedded in the source file
  • Biosketches and photos of all authors.

In addition, the author will be required to submit a completed IEEE Copyright Form electronically via ScholarOne Manuscripts if it was not completed during the initial submission of the paper.

A proof of the paper will be sent to the corresponding author for review and approval. 

Discussions and Closures

The IEEE PES Executive Office handles the submission of discussions and closures. Please see Part 5 of the Author’s Kit for complete submission requirements and deadlines. It is recommended that discussions and closures be limited to one formatted page including figures and tables, though contributions of up to 1500 words will be accepted. Discussions and closures may be rejected if they exceed the page limit and they must be submitted to the IEEE PES Executive Office by the deadline date. The IEEE PES Executive Office will forward copies of all written discussions to the corresponding author of the subject Transactions paper and will request that a written closure be submitted. Closures must be submitted within three weeks (five weeks outside of North and Central America) of the request. If there is no response by the deadline, it will be assumed that no closure will be supplied.

Power Engineering Letters

This section of the Transactions offers a vehicle that speeds publication of new results, discoveries, and developments. The section affords authors the opportunity to publish contributions within a few months of submission to ensure rapid dissemination of ideas and timely archiving of developments in our rapidly changing field. Original and significant contributions in applications, case studies, and research in all fields of power engineering are invited. Of specific interest are contributions defining emerging problems and special needs in specific areas. Authors are encouraged to submit contributions to the Letters Section offering new insight to established techniques, concepts, and methodologies in electric power engineering. Such contributions are distinctly different from discussions of papers recently published in the Transactions, in that the former seek to broaden the scope, and point to potential enhancements to existing and established technologies.

Submissions are limited to two formatted pages. Those exceeding this limit will not be reviewed. An author submits a manuscript by uploading a word processing file (.doc, .rtf, or .ps) of the letter directly onto ScholarOne Manuscripts where it can be accessed by the Power Engineering Letters Editor-in-Chief, Editors, and Reviewers. It will be converted to a PDF file by the system. See Part 2 of the Author’s Kit for complete instructions.

Open Access

The PES Transactions are hybrid journals, allowing either Traditional manuscript submission or Open Access (author-pays OA) manuscript submission. Upon submission, if you choose to have your manuscript be an Open Access article, you commit to pay the discounted $1,750 OA fee if your manuscript is accepted for publication in order to enable unrestricted public access. Any other application charges (such as over-length page charge and/or 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.


It is the policy of the IEEE to own the copyright to the technical contributions it publishes on behalf of the interests of the IEEE, its authors, and their employers, and to facilitate the appropriate reuse of this material by others. To comply with United States copyright law, authors are required to sign and submit a completed IEEE Copyright Form. This form returns to authors and their employers full rights to reuse their material for their own purposes.

Color Charges

IEEE now offers the option to print figures in grayscale but post online free of charge. Any color figures submitted will be automatically processed by IEEE for online color. Figures may also be printed in color for a charge of $1045.00 (set-up) plus an additional $62.50 per color figure. Payment of these charges is not negotiable or voluntary.