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Magazine Scope

AESS Systems Magazine is a Systems Technology based publication which provides the readership with an overview of both new and evolving technology areas. Its purpose is to act as a catalyst to the IEEE AES Society Membership, to engage the readers and enhance their creativity by publishing captivating, interesting, well written articles and tutorials from aerospace and electronic systems fields. A second purpose of Systems Magazine is to provide the readership with information and news on AESS activities including Chapter Meetings, Conferences, Educational Tutorials and other subjects which can benefit them.

The boundaries of acceptable subject matter has been intentionally left flexible so that the Magazine can follow the research activities, technology applications and future trends to better meet the needs of the members of the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society. Areas of interest include but are not limited to: Ground Systems, Vision Systems, Electronics, Controls, Medical Imaging, Tracking, Space Systems, Radar, Fusion, Image Processing, Signal Processing, Satellites, Modeling and Simulation, Energy, Location, Navigation, Position, Electro-Optics, Sensors, Power and Transportation.

Information For Authors

AES Magazine is the Aerospace and Electric Systems Society magazine received by every society member monthly. Different from other publications that focus on new research results, AESM publishes mainly articles with comprehensive surveys on the various aspects of systems for space, air, ocean, or ground environments. Our goal is to inform the readers of technologies, state of the art, design trades, etc. so that they will gain insights into a field heretofore unknown to them. We want to introduce technical specialties to readers in the hope that something in the articles will give them some insight for their own fields of endeavor. Each issue includes articles from three main categories -- special issue articles, feature articles, and interview articles. Papers in a special issue are focused on a central theme in a mature, critical area that is interesting to a broad audience. Feature articles address relevant subjects related to general aerospace and electronic systems of interest. Interview papers focus on a wide range of topics that depend on the interviewed experts.

What is a survey article?

A survey paper should present a systematic introduction of fundamental theories, common practices, and applications in a well defined, reasonably matured, or emerging area, preferably an area that is of interest to readers from multiple fields of AES.

The survey, either as a feature article or as an article in a special issue of AESM, should cover the history, the state of the art, and the future directions. Prospective authors should avoid making a common mistake in covering only their own work or presenting a narrow and biased view. They should also avoid confusing survey papers with transactions-style papers that will be published of the Tutorial Issues of the AES magazine, the latter of which usually present new research results or a focused overview specialized in one single technical field. A survey paper should be understandable by a non-expert across different fields in AES. Therefore, the authors are advised to minimize the use of complicated equations if possible (greater than 12 equations per 6 page article is undesirable), and instead use many illustrations.

What is a special issue?

AES magazine publishes, with a maximum of three times per year, special issues comprising multiple, interrelated tutorial papers that provide a comprehensive coverage of a specific topic of interest to the AES community.

Individuals interested in organizing a special issue as guest editors should submit a proposal to the Editor-in-Chief. For guidelines on special issues, please see here.

What is a feature article?

A feature article is a tutorial paper submitted by prospective authors without responding to any call for papers for special issues. Accepted feature articles are published whenever the review process is completed and the magazine has adequate page capacity, without using a fixed special issue structure.

What is an interview paper?

An interview paper is the result of an open discussion with one or several experts of aerospace and electronic systems. The structure of an interview paper is different from that of the papers mentioned above, as it consists of comments and responses of the participants on several aspects within the topic of discussion.

Page specifications

All authors: Please visit for LaTeX and MSWORD templates. The instructions below are not strict limits, but are instead intended as guidelines.

Regular articles: Normally, submitted manuscripts are of a length to fit in 6-10 published pages. It should be engaging, and of a technical depth appropriate to be read by a typical AESS member. Figures must be of high quality and should be in color. Bibliographies should generally not exceed 20 referenced items. Brief abstracts are published as a group in the "In this Issue Technically" section. Author photos and bios are not published.

Special Issue articles: The suggestions for Regular articles apply, except that there is greater flexibility on the length and technical depth.

Tutorial papers: These are not constrained in length, and a deep reference list is expected. These should include short bios of the authors, and accompanying pictures are welcome.

Interview papers: No lower limit, but should be no more than 12 pages. These may include short bios of the interview participants, and accompanying pictures are welcome.

Other submissions: Format suggestions for News, Information and Student pieces are given above.

Field of Interest

“The field of interest shall be the organization, systems engineering, design, development, integration, and operation of complex systems for space, air, ocean, or ground environments. These systems include but are not limited to navigation, avionics, mobile electric power and electronics, radar, sonar, telemetry, military, law-enforcement, automatic test, simulators, and command and control."


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