Instructions for TNS Authors and Reviewers

Information for TNS Authors and Reviewers


The Senior Editor for Radiation Effects manuscripts oversees the review cycle for candidate papers that are presented at the 2024 IEEE Nuclear and Space Radiation Effects Conference (NSREC), and which have been submitted for possible publication in the IEEE

Author Submission Process

Each author of an oral or poster paper at the IEEE NSREC is expected to submit a manuscript based on this work to the IEEE TNS. For manuscripts to be considered for publication, they should report original and new results, applications, and/or developments of interest and of general applicability. Papers must be original; they may not be similar to other published materials, including any conference proceedings papers published in IEEE Xplore. Papers that do not meet this criterion will be rejected without review. The manuscript must provide introductory material and context for the work. It must be clear what is new in the work, how it relates to other work in the field, and how it advances the state of the art. Related work must be referenced appropriately. Where possible, references to articles in the peer-reviewed literature should be provided, as opposed to sources that are non-archival, not reviewed, and/or difficult to obtain. A complete description of the work performed must be provided. Models should be verified by data or by some other means. There must be an analysis of data that provides conclusions that are general beyond the specific devices or system studied. Thus, Data Workshop and radiation test facility papers are not candidates for publication in the IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science. The information provided must be sufficient for others to make use of the approach, results, etc., so that the impact is not limited to the particular system or application used in the manuscript. Overall, the work needs to be of an archival nature (e.g., not only test results on a particular part type, or analysis of a particular design, without illustration of generally applicable principles.) All papers submitted for review for possible publication in the TNS will receive a detailed review by at least 2-3 reviewers who will consider these and other factors.

To submit your NSREC paper for possible publication in TNS, you must upload your paper at the TNS Manuscript Central web site at

You will need to login to your account. If you are not sure whether you have an account on the system, click the “check for existing account” button and follow the instructions. If you do not have an account, you should click the “create a new account” button and follow those instructions.

1.  Submission of the first draft of the manuscript:

This upload must be completed at Manuscript Central website before midnight, July 19, 2024, for consideration for publication in the special issue of the TNS associated with NSREC 2024, scheduled for publication in early 2025. Papers submitted after the deadline will still be considered for publication in the TNS, but may not be included in the specialissue, and will not be eligible for any of the NSREC paper awards.

To submit, please go to “Author Center” and select “Click here to submit a new manuscript.” You will be asked to fill in some details on your paper. Under “manuscript type”, select “NSREC 2024.” This is important to ensure the paper will be published in the appropriate issue of the journal. Enter the paper title and abstract as requested. Under the sub-category “Radiation Effects” select the appropriate subject of the paper. Click on “save and continue” and continue to fill in the details as requested. When submitting the paper, please use a pdf version of the paper.

Authors should be aware that each manuscript will be checked for plagiarism before publication. If plagiarism is found, the manuscript will automatically be rejected. In addition, each manuscript will be checked to ensure that there is not excessive reuse of an author’s previously published material; the manuscript should contain significant new content beyond anything previously published. If it is determined that there is insufficient new content, the manuscript will be rejected.

2. Submission of the revised version(s) of the manuscript:

Your revised manuscript (based on reviewers comments) will be uploaded in the same manner as the original manuscript. Please ensure that all substantial changes to the manuscript are easily apparent to the reviewers and editors. When you submit the revised version(s) of the manuscript, please again select NSREC 2024 as the manuscript type.

3. Upon final paper acceptance:

You will use the TNS Manuscript Central web site to upload all materials for publication. Camera-ready pdf submissions are not acceptable for the final manuscript submission. Instructions for uploading final papers will be included in the final acceptance letter of notification. Your contributed manuscript should not be longer than 8 pages as it would appear in the journal (figures embedded, two column format, etc.), unless additional length is necessary and justified by the extent and significance of the new contributions described in the manuscript. Papers exceeding 8 pages will be evaluated carefully by reviewers and editors with an eye towards potential reductions of length. Note that the TNS also occasionally publishes invited and/or review articles that exceed the 8 page limit. These papers are invited by the editors, and are ordinarily based on NSREC short courses, and/or appear in special issues of the TNS. Because of this length requirement, all authors are required to format their paper from the beginning as it would appear in TNS. Proofreading the manuscript carefully before submittal has been found to greatly streamline and enhance the value of the comments from the reviewers. Please pay particular attention to the quality of the figures and the completeness, accuracy, and formatting of the reference list. Endnote and bibtex are good starting points for reference formatting, but generally do not match the TNS format fully. Authors are encouraged to refer to previously published works in the IEEE TNS to see examples of reference formats. We also request that authors avoid the use of E notation to denote exponentiation in an effort to provide a more uniform and professional appearance of text and graphics in TNS papers. Microsoft Word and Latex templates can be found on the IEEE Manuscript Central web site if desired. Login and then click on “Instructions and Forms” followed by “IEEE Publication Tools for Authors.”

Review procedure

If you are a paper reviewer for one of the guest editors, you will receive details on the review process directly from them. A distilled version of the process follows:

You must go to the TNS Manuscript Central web site located at

All reviews will occur on the web site. You will need to login to your account. If you are not sure whether you have an account on the system, click the “check for existing account” button and follow the instructions. If you do not have an account, you should click the “create a new account” button and follow those instructions. Go to “Reviewer Center” and select the papers you need to review (again, your guest editor will tell you which ones you have, and those will appear on your screen for printing or download). Go to “View Review Form.” Your review can be either typed directly into that form, or cut and paste from a Word or Text file. If you are not going to be able to complete your review in the allotted time, please let the associate editor know. Your timely assistance in this process is greatly appreciated, and greatly enhances the value and impact of TNS papers.

Paper deadlines for the Special NSREC 2024 Issue of the IEEE TNS

Initial paper submission July 19, 2024
Round 1 of reviewers’ feedback September 1, 2024
Revised paper submission October 8, 2024
Round 2 of reviewers’ feedback November 15, 2024
Target date for final electronic submission of all manuscript materials (text and figures) February 1, 2025

TNS Editor Contact Information

Senior Editor
Dan Fleetwood
Vanderbilt University
Tel: 615-322-2498

Associate Editor
Heather Quinn
Los Alamos National Laboratory

Associate Editor
William Robinson
Georgia Tech Research Institute

Associate Editor
Steve Moss
The Aeropace Corporation

Associate Editor
Vincent Goiffon

Associate Editor
Philippe Paillet
CEA, France

Associate Editor
Lili Ding
NINT, China

Associate Editor
Daniel Loveless
Indiana University

Associate Editor
Jeffrey Black
Sandia National Laboratories

Associate Editor
Federico Faccio

Associate Editor
Janet Barth
NASA, retired