IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems: Submit a Manuscript

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Submitting a Paper to TPDS

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Detailed information on submitting your paper to TPDS can be found on the "Authors" tab of the IEEE Computer Society Journal Peer Review page.

The full scope of TPDS can be found on the About TPDS page.

Manuscript Types Accepted by TPDS

NEW MOPC POLICY: For new submissions effective 15 May 2018, the fee to publish pages in excess of the regular paper limits cited below will change from $200/page to $220/page.

TPDS manuscript types and submission length guidelines are described below. All page limits include references and author biographies. For regular papers, pages in excess of these limits after final layout of the accepted manuscript is complete are subject to Mandatory Overlength Page Charges (MOPC). Note: All supplemental material must be submitted as separate files and must not be included within the same PDF file as the main paper submission. There is no page limit on supplemental files. 

  • Regular paper – 12 double column pages (Submissions may be up to 18 pages in length, subject to MOPC. All regular paper page limits include references and author biographies.)
  • Comments paper – 2 double column pages
  • Survey paper - 14 double column pages

A double column page is defined as a 7.875" x 10.75" page with 9.5-point type and 11.5-point vertical spacing. These length limits are taking into account reasonably-sized figures and references.

Open Access

This publication is a hybrid journal, allowing either traditional manuscript submission or author-paid Open Access (OA) manuscript submission.

The OA option, if selected, enables unrestricted public access to the article via IEEE Xplore and the Computer Society Digital Library. The OA option will be offered to the author at the time the manuscript is submitted. If selected, the OA discounted fee of $1,950 must be paid before the article is published in the journal. If you have unusual circumstances about this, please contact the Editor-in-Chief.

The traditional option, if selected, enables access to all qualified subscribers and purchasers via IEEE Xplore and the Computer Society Digital Library. No OA payment is required.


ORCID Required: All IEEE journals require an Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) for all authors. ORCID is a persistent unique identifier for researchers and functions similarly to an article's Digital Object Identifier (DOI). ORCIDs enable accurate attribution and improved discoverability of an author's published work. The author will need a registered ORCID in order to submit a manuscript or review a proof in this journal.

Enabling Reproducibility at TPDS

IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems (TPDS) is committed to enabling reproducible research so that other researchers can validate published work and reach the same scientific conclusions, potentially using different datasets or methods. To support reproducibility, TPDS has partnered with Code Ocean, a cloud-based computational reproducibility platform, to pilot the post-publication peer review of code associated with articles published in TPDS. Authors who have published in TPDS can make their published article more reproducible and earn a reproducibility badge by submitting their associated code for post-publication peer review. Badges available include:
  • Code Available badge: The code, including any associated data and documentation, provided by the authors is reasonable and complete and can potentially be used to support reproducibility of the published results.
  • Code Reviewed badge: The code, including any associated data and documentation, provided by the authors is reasonable and complete, runs to produce the outputs described, and can support reproducibility of the published results.
An example of reviewed code with a corresponding badge is now available in IEEE Xplore.
TPDS Editor-in-Chief Manish Parashar said, “Reproducibility is a vital part of technical research and this pilot program is instrumental in taking TPDS to the next level towards enabling reproducible research. We hope the pilot can serve as a model for other publications.” The pilot is supported by the current set of TPDS Reproducibility Associate Editors, Alexandru Iosup (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands), Tevfik Kosar (University at Buffalo, USA), Radu Prodan (Institute of Information Technology, University of Klagenfurt, Austria) and Omar Rana (Cardiff University, UK) who manage the peer review of submitted code.  
While the pilot initially targets previously published TPDS papers, we plan to expand it to include accepted papers in the near future.
If you’ve previously published in TPDS, contact Prof. Parashar at to express your interest in post-publication peer review of the code associated with your TPDS article.