Call for Papers – Special Issue Motion Planning for Physical Robots
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Instructions to Contributors
Consistently ranked in the top journals in the Robotics Category in the Science Citation Index, The International Journal of Robotics Research publishes peer reviewed, scholarly articles that provides engineers, researchers, and scientists with the very best of current research on robotics research - from applied mathematics to artificial intelligence to computer science, to electrical and mechanical engineering.
It is the policy of the Journal to encourage the application of theoretical advances to real problems and data. Results should represent a significant rather than incremental advance, and should be verified appropriately according to the topic.
Experimental results are strongly encouraged. There should be an up-to date literature review, and meaningful comparisons with previous work to demonstrate any proposed advance.
As part of the submission process please suggest 3 pertinent reviewers, who you feel are the most knowledgeable on your topic and will provide the best review. We expect for the most part that they will be taken from your list of references, and do not represent a conflict of interest. Alternatively you can explain why you have chosen those who are not in the reference list of your paper.
We may or may not use one or more reviewers from this list. Institutional email addresses of the reviewers should be provided.
This request is to be taken seriously, since poorly chosen set of reviewers will be taken as evidence of a lack of knowledge of the field and the paper will be returned. Please also provide a link to your own personal homepage where possible.
Submitting a Technical Paper
The International Journal of Robotics Research has a fully web-based system for the submission and review of manuscripts. Submissions of all types of papers should be made online at the mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ijrr
For the intial review you need only upload a pdf of the complete paper with the figures and tables intregal with the text. If you are submitting multimedia submit this with the pdf too.
New User Account
Please log onto the website. If you are a new user, you will first need to create an account. Follow
the instructions and please ensure to enter a current and correct email address. Creating your account is a three-step process that takes a matter of minutes to set up. When you have finished, your User ID and password is sent via email immediately.
Please edit your user ID and password to something more memorable by selecting 'edit account' at the top of the screen. If you have already created an account but have forgotten your details type your email address in the 'Password Help' to receive an emailed reminder. Full instructions for uploading the manuscript are provided on the website.
Submissions should be made by logging in and selecting the Author Center and the 'Click here to Submit a New Manuscript' option. Follow the instructions on each page, clicking the 'Next' button
on each screen to save your work and advance to the next screen. If at any stage you have any questions or require the user guide, please use the 'Get Help Now' button at the top right of every screen. Further help is available through ScholarOne's Manuscript Central customer support at +1 434 817 2040 x 167.
If you would like to discuss your paper prior to submission, or seek advice on the submission
process please contact the Managing Editor, Jennet Batten, at:
IJRR will consider the publication of archival quality multimedia extensions which are submitted together with their technical papers. Such material should enhance the contents of a paper, both in clarity and in added value.
Multimedia extensions can include: video, image sequences, experimental data or code
Instructions on how to submit Multimedia Extensions can be found here
Data papers are short (circa 4 pages) submissions that support and summarize a substantial archival data set which has itself been peer reviewed with the same diligence that regular submissions receive. The contribution is expected to be in the quality and utility of the data to the robotics community.
In the first instance anyone interested in submitting a Data Paper should contact one of the Multimedia Editors to discuss their submission:
Tim Barfoot - firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrew Howard - email@example.com
Paul Newman - firstname.lastname@example.org
Nicholas Roy email@example.com
Instructions on what is defined as Data Papers and how to submit can be found here
Submit a 150-250 word abstract that states clearly the subject of the paper, methods used in dealing with the subject, and principal results and their significance.
Alphabetize the reference list and cite references by author and date in the text; for example,
(Doe 1982). Include the following information in references.
Books: Authors' last names and initials, year, title, city, publisher, page numbers (if any).
Chapters in books/Papers in published proceedings:
Authors' last names and initials, year, title of chapter/paper, title of book/proceedings, editors' initials and last names, city, publisher, page numbers (if any).
Journal articles: Authors' last names and initials, year, title of article, name of journal, volume
number, issue number, page numbers, for example
Featherstone, R. (2005). Efficient factorization of the joint space inertia matrix for branched kinematic trees. The International Journal of Robotics Research, 24(6): 487-500.
Conference papers: Authors' last names and initials, year, month and days of conference, title of
paper, name of conference, location of conference.
Journal articles using a DOI: Authors' last names and initials, year, title of article, name of journal, DOI, for example
Featherstone, R. (2005). Efficient factorization of the joint space inertia matrix for branched kinematic trees. DOI: 10.1177/0278364905054928: 487-500.
Memos and Technical Papers: Authors' last names and initials, year identifying number of paper,
city, name of institution, name of department.
Theses: Author's last name and initials, year, title of thesis, identification of paper as thesis (Ph.D.
thesis), name of institution, department in institution. Use "et al." after primary author if there are
four or more authors.
Use section numbers for the first three levels of headings: 1. 1.1., 1.1.1.
Type mathematical copy exactly as it should appear in print. Journal style for letter symbols is as
follows: variables, italic type; constants, roman text type; matrices and vectors, boldface type. Indicate best breaks for equations in case they will not fit on one line.
Style for Illustrations
A sharp image and good contrast are essential for quality reproduction. Keep in mind that most illustrations will be reproduced in a 3" column width. Show only essential information on charts and graphs, for example, coordinate axis, major grid lines, and lines on points of interest.
Provide captions for all illustrations. Label them clearly and concisely (Fig1a, Fig10, etc.).
Acceptable File Formats for Accepted Papers
Electronic submission of manuscripts prepared using TEX or MS Word is encouraged. Framemaker is not acceptable.
Authors wishing to submit illustration files should prepare them as high resolution EPS files,
and send those files along with the main manuscript files. Other file types will be considered.
These files should not contain labels or tags that are not intended to be printed with the illustration.
If the manuscript has been prepared using LATEX, the generic article style should be used.
No attempt to emulate the typographic style of The International Journal of Robotics Research should be made.
All rules of submission for conventionally prepared manuscripts apply.
If the manuscript has been prepared using plain TEX or a custom macro package, the typographic style should conform to the rules of submission for conventionally prepared manuscripts. Avoidance of intricate or nonportable macro constructions is strongly encouraged.
All TEX submissions should use only Computer Modern typefaces. Source files as well as all
relevant input files should be submitted in generic ASCII format.
Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to use drawings, photographs, tables, and other
previously published material.
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Disclaimer: The authors, editors, and publisher will not accept any legal responsibility for any errors or omissions that may be made in this publication. The publisher makes no warranty, express or implied, with respect to the material contained herein. This form can be obtained through SAGE Track once your paper has been accepted. This form grants to authors and their
employers full rights to reuse their own material. For papers submitted through the previous system the Managing Editor will provide the form.
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