Transactions on Nuclear Science
The IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science is a publication of the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society. It is published bimonthly, and covers the theory and application of nuclear science and engineering. The Transactions on Nuclear Science (TNS) is viewed as the primary source of technical information in many of the areas it covers. As judged by JCR impact factor, TNS has consistently been one of the top journals in the category of Nuclear Science & Technology. It has one of the higher immediacy indices, indicating that the information it publishes is viewed as timely, and has a relatively long citation half-life, indicating that the published information also is viewed as valuable for a number of years.
Manuscripts submitted to TNS for consideration for publication should meet the criteria as described elsewhere in this web site. Submissions should be made to the web site http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tns-ieee.
- Journal Scope
- Considerations for Manuscript Suitability
- Required Manuscript Content
- Items for Authors to Address Before Submission
- Manuscript Preparation
- Submission Procedure
- Submit a Manuscript
- Editorial Board
- Suggestions for TNS
- TNS on IEEE XPlore
- IEEE Copyright Policies
- IEEE Plagiarism Guidelines
The IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science is published bimonthly. Its scope includes all aspects of the theory and application of nuclear science and engineering. It focuses on instrumentation for the detection and measurement of ionizing radiation; particle accelerators and their controls; nuclear medicine and its application; effects of radiation on materials, components, and systems; reactor instrumentation and controls; and measurement of radiation in space.Top
Considerations for the Suitability of Manuscripts for TNS
Manuscripts considered for publication should report original contributions to the theories, experimental results, or applications of the fields listed under the Journal Scope above; although papers of a tutorial or historical nature will be considered. Recent findings of a noteworthy nature will be considered for the Correspondence section; these will ordinarily be shorter length papers, thus facilitating the review process.
IEEE's policy on duplicate publication states "authors should only submit original work that has neither appeared elsewhere for publication, nor which is under review for another refereed publication. If authors have used their own previously published work(s) as a basis for a new submission, they are required to cite the previous work(s) and very briefly indicate how the new submission offers substantively novel contributions beyond those of the previously published work(s)."Top
Required Manuscript Content
The work should report new results, new applications, or new developments of interest. The manuscript must provide introductory material and context for the work. It must be clear what is new in the work and how it relates to other work in the field, and related work must be referenced appropriately. Models should be verified by data or some other means. There must be an analysis of data that provides conclusions that are general beyond the specific devices or system studied. 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. The paper should be sufficiently complete that others with comparable equipment could repeat the work. Overall the work needs to be of an archival nature (e.g., not only test results on a part that will be obsolete in a couple of years, or analysis of a particular design without illustration of generally applicable principles, or a description of the characteristics of a particular test facility, or an account of the existence and characteristics of a specific commercial product etc.).Top
Items for Authors to Address Before Submission
Reviewers of TNS manuscripts are requested to evaluate, at a minimum, the items listed below. Authors should be sure that their manuscript suitably addresses all these items before submitting their work to TNS.
1. Background and Context
- Is the introductory and background material sufficient for someone not an expert in this area to understand the context and significance of this work?
- Has related work been appropriately and adequately referenced?
- Is it clear what is new in this work?
- Is the relationship between this work and other work in the field adequately described?
- Is it described how this work advances the state-of-the art?
2. Technical Quality
- Is the work relevant and accurate, free from errors, misconceptions, ambiguities?
- Are interpretations/models supported by data?
- Is the data analysis complete?
- Does the work contain new results, new applications, or new developments of interest?
- Is the work of general applicability, i.e. not limited to the particular system or application used in the manuscript?
- Are the conclusions significant and well-supported?
3. Clarity and Completeness
- Is the work logically developed?
- Is the presentation of data and/or modeling clear and easy to follow?
- Is the discussion clear and unambiguous?
- Is sufficient information provided for an expert reader to understand fully what was done, to repeat the experiment, or to duplicate the results presented?
- Is enough detail presented to support the conclusions drawn?
- Is the manuscript “complete”, i.e., not requiring extensive reference to other work to permit understanding?
- Are the English grammar and usage satisfactory?
- Is the manuscript loosely written or repetitious?
- Does the manuscript restate established scientific or engineering principles instead of merely providing the appropriate reference to such principles?
5. Figures and Tables
- Are the figures and tables clearly labeled, legible, and with appropriate captions?
- Are the figures and tables relevant, and referred to in the text?
- Do the tables and figures show reduced rather than raw data?
- Is the number of figures and tables appropriate?
6. Symbols, Acronyms, and Abbreviations
- Are all nonstandard abbreviations and acronyms identified at first use?
- Does the manuscript use proper and consistent symbols and abbreviations?
- Is the length of the manuscript appropriate for the amount and type of material presented? (Eight (8) pages is the maximum length of a “standard” manuscript. If the manuscript is longer than this, is that additional length necessary to develop and explain the material? If it is not, please suggest areas where material could be eliminated.)
- Is the work of an archival nature (e.g., not just test results on a part that will be obsolete in a couple of years, or analysis of a particular design without illustration of generally applicable principles, or description of the characteristics of a particular test facility, or an account of the existence and characteristics of a specific commercial product, etc.)?
- Is the work a good "fit" for the Transactions on Nuclear Science, and of interest to its readership?
- Is this work overall appropriate for publication in the Transactions on Nuclear Science?
- Should this work be placed in the Correspondence section rather than as a full paper? Correspondences typically fall into two primary categories. One category is for comments on a previously published paper. The other category is for short papers that describe new ideas or results that are particularly newsworthy or of interest to the community, but with insufficient content to warrant a full paper. The length is typically expected to be less than 2 (or perhaps in special cases 3) journal pages.
Detailed information for the preparation of manuscripts for TNS is provided at http://www.ieee.org/web/publications/authors/transjnl/index.html
Manuscripts submitted for review should be in 2-column journal format, according to the standard IEEE template for all Transactions, also available at http://www.ieee.org/web/publications/authors/transjnl/index.htmlTop
All manuscripts must be submitted to the TNS online peer review system at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tns-ieee. Instructions on the use of this web site are available at that URL.
During the submission process, authors will be asked what type of manuscript they are submitting, i.e., what technical area the manuscript is associated with. These areas are:
- Accelerator Technology
- Computing, Simulation, and Software for HEP & Radiation Instrumentation
- Imaging and Instrumentation for Nuclear Medicine
- Nuclear Power Instrumentation and Control
- Radiation Effects
- Radiation Instrumentation
If the submitting author is unsure which manuscript type best describes the manuscript, he/she should choose the “Other/Unsure” manuscript type. The Editor-in-Chief will then assess the suitability of the manuscript for TNS and assign it to the most appropriate category.
TNS also occasionally publishes special issues based upon manuscripts presented at a particular conference (e.g., the Real Time Conference, RADECS, SCINT, etc.). A temporary Manuscript Type category is created for a limited time for authors from those conferences to submit their work to the corresponding special issue.
Help/Questions about TNS Policy: Questions about TNS policies should be directed to the TNS Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Paul Dressendorfer, at firstname.lastname@example.org.Top
Dressendorfer, Paul V. – Sandia National Laboratories (retired)
Bell, Zane W. – Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Baciak, Jim – University of Florida
Begalli, Marcia - State University of Rio de Janeiro
Bird, Antony J. - University of Southampton
Britton, Charles L. – Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Burger, Arnold – Fisk University
Calvet, Denis – CEA
Dalla Betta, Gian-Franco – University of Trento
Fornaro, Laura - Universidad de la Republica
Franc, Jan – Charles University
Franks, Larry – U.S. Department of Energy
Gektin, Alexander - Institute for Scintillation Materials
Knobloch, Juergen – CERN
Melcher, Charles L. – University of Tennessee
Mir, Jamil – Rutherford Laboratory
Moses, William – Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory
Perillo, Eugenio - University Federico II
Pia, Maria Grazia – CERN
Van Berg, Richard P. – University of Pennsylvania
Zhao, Tianchi – University of Washington
Ziock, Klaus-Peter – Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Imaging and Instrumentation for Nuclear Medicine
Karp, Joel S. – University of Pennsylvania
Buvat, Irène – U494 Inserm
Daube-Witherspoon, Margaret – University of Pennsylvania
Defrise, Michel – University Hospital AZ-VUB
El-Fakhri, Georges – Harvard Medical School and Brigham & Women's Hospital
Kinahan, Paul E. – University of Washington
Levin, Craig S. – Stanford University School of Medicine
Metzler, Scott D. – University of Pennsylvania
Miyaoka, Robert – University of Washington
Raylman, Ray – West Virginia University
Smith, Mark F. – University of Maryland School of Medicine
Vandenberghe, Stefaan - University of Gent
Vaska, Paul – Brookhaven National Laboratory
Fleetwood, Dan - Vanderbilt University
Barnaby, Hugh - Arizona State University
Brown, Dennis B. – consultant
Gerardin, Simone - Universita' di Padova
Girard, Sylvain – CEA
Pascale Gouker - MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Marshall, Paul – consultant
Quinn, Heather - Los Alamos National Laboratory
Real Time Computing Conference
Schmeling, Sascha – CERN
Bohm, Christian – University of Stockholm
Eckerlin, Guenter – DESY
Fontaine, Réjean – University of Sherbrooke
Kühn, Wolfgang – University of Giessen
Luchetta, Adriano - Consorzio RFX - Associazione Euratom
Neufeld, Niko – CERN
Suggestions for TNS:TNS is continually looking for ways to improve its value to its authors, subscribers, reviewers, and readers. Suggestions for improvement are always welcomed, and should be directed to the TNS Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Paul Dressendorfer, at email@example.com. Top
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