Part 7: IEEE Power & Energy Magazine

(Part 7 last revised October 2018)

This part of the Author’s Kit defines the scope of IEEE Power & Energy Magazine and provides author guidelines, submission requirements, and electronic publishing information.


IEEE Power & Energy Magazine is a bimonthly publication of the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) dedicated to disseminating information on all matters of interest to electric power engineers and other professionals involved in the electric power industry. Readers are kept up to date on the latest technological advancements, industry news, business trends and strategies, products, and publications. Important newsworthy items concerning the worldwide activities and achievements of PES, its organizational units, and its individual members are included.

In conjunction with the printed edition of IEEE Power & Energy Magazine, time-sensitive information is made available electronically to interested parties at frequent, regular intervals.

Feature Articles and the History Column

Feature articles focus on advanced concepts, technologies, and practices associated with all aspects of electric power from a technical perspective in synergy with nontechnical areas such as business, environmental, and social concerns.

History Columns focus on the early development of electrical power equipment, systems, and regulations. Biographies of important leaders and innovators of the electric power industry are also welcome.

Letters to the Editor should be brief and to the point. Questions and constructive comments are welcome.


  • From the Editor
  • Letters to the Editor
  • The Leader's Corner
  • Guest Editorial
  • Book Review
  • Society News
  • Awards
  • History
  • Calendar
  • In My View
  • Advertisements

Author Guidelines for Feature Articles

Hands-on or how-to types of articles are preferred. Articles should be of interest to PES members, professionals working in the electric power industry, young engineers, faculty, students, and advertisers. At least 80% of technical articles should be understandable to nontechnical professionals, such as economists and attorneys who comprise much of the PES membership.

Articles should be technically sound, but written at a level for general readership by members of all areas of the electric power industry. Nontechnical PES members should be able to understand at least 80% of feature articles. Articles should not include equations; equations should never substitute for words.

An article must not resemble an advertisement. A trade name may be used once, after which generic substitutes such as "method," "software," or "system" must be used. Similarly, we should avoid repeating the mention of a country too many times, especially in a political way. Limit opinion and evaluation of public policies by simply sticking to the facts through quantification whenever possible.

In contrast to PES Transactions, P&E articles will be published without abstract. However, comments on articles may be offered in the form of letters to the editor and will be considered for publication.

Articles should not exceed six pages; based on the format and spacing used in P&E, this upper limit is approximately 5,000 words (including biographies, tables, graphics, etc.). Authors are encouraged to provide a short list (not over six) of other articles "for further reading." A one-line biography of each author is required, such as name and affiliation. Manuscripts should be in Word.doc format, double-spaced, unformatted, single-column, with a page size of 21.6 x 27.9 centimeters (8.5 x 11 inches). Do not include footnotes. Articles must be well written for clarity and use active voice.

Illustrations, photographs, and line drawings should support the text. Line drawings should be black and white, camera-ready quality. Processed color may be used for special effect.

Graphs should be drawn with just the major coordinate lines showing. Lettering on illustrations should be set in upper- and lower-case in a sans serif typeface (e.g., Helvetica) and should be 8 point when the illustrations are sized to the width of one column (82.5 millimeters, 3.25 inches, or 19.5 picas). Line weights should be .5 or 1 point when the illustration is sized to the width of one column. Computer-generated graphics should be submitted as individual files (one file for each figure), and high-resolution output is required for backup purposes. Photographs and screen-captures must be high-resolution bitmapped graphics files, high-quality color transparencies/prints, or high-quality black-and-white transparencies/prints.

Authors must have permission to use all figures for publication. Submit a separate source file [jpg, gif, tif, or eps format (tif or jpg preferred), 300 DPI minimum that is at least 2 inches by 3 inches] for each graphic with a filename matching the applicable figure number. Do not include figure numbers and descriptions as part of the embedded pictures. Every figure should have proper attributions, and either be from a public source (such as government) or have the permission of the owner.

The IEEE Copyright Form must be completed by an authorized contact of any article accepted for publication. If an author submits an article that has been published previously in whole or in part, he or she should so state, provide the reference, and explain what part of the offering contains new or updated information. For articles with multiple authors, provide a single point of contact who can respond to comments and arrange for copyright signatures.

Author Guidelines for History Columns

History columns must meet the requirements stated above for Feature Articles, but should be only 3,000 words.


Submissions to be published in the magazine will be peer-reviewed by the editorial board and/or selected advisors. Feature Articles and History Columns must be submitted at least 9 months prior to the publication date to allow sufficient time for review.

Book Reviews

At approximately 500 words, book reviews must be well written in active voice. Book reviewers must not be affiliated with the authors and publishers. The review should include a summary of the target audience, the book’s contents, and the scope and subject matter in terms of clarity and depth of presented material. Volunteer book reviewers should summarize their areas of expertise, submit a CV, and include a writing sample to the Editor-in-Chief of Power & Energy Magazine.

Other Departments/Columns

Other departments/columns are typically directly solicited. For example, the President of PES identifies members of the PES Board who provide the Leader’s Corner to the Editor-in-Chief of Power & Energy Magazine.


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Erik Henson, Media Director, IEEE PES
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