Information for authors of submissions to TBIOM

Every manuscript submitted to TBIOM must:

  • Provide a clear statement of the problem addressed by the work, and of how the work is a novel improvement on the known state of the art. (This is typically done in the Introduction and the Literature Review.)
  • Not be previously published or under review elsewhere. (See explanation below for extensions of previously-published conference papers.)
  • Have all listed authors agreed to the authorship list and all the contents and confirm that the work is original and that figures, tables and other reported results accurately reflect the experimental work.
  • Provide unbiased citation of the most closely related and the most recent related work that addresses the same or a similar problem, and explain how the paper improves on these works.
  • Not gratuitously cite the authors’ own previous works, relative to other works.

A paper is a candidate for an Immediate Rejection if it is of limited novelty, e.g. a straightforward combination of theories and algorithms that are well established, and are repeated on a known scenario. Papers that have a large number of typographical and/or grammatical errors will also be rejected without review (but may be re-submitted after editing). English language editing services can help refine the language of your article and reduce the risk of rejection without review. IEEE authors are eligible for discounts at several language editing services; visit the IEEE Author Center to learn more. Please note these services are fee-based and do not guarantee acceptance.

Experimental contributions will be rejected without review if there is insufficient or out-of-date experimental data. The normal expectation is that the dataset on which the main results in a submission are based on will be available to the general research community. If the main results in a submission are based on a dataset that is not available to the research community, this fact must be clearly explained and justified in the submission and in the cover letter to the submission, so that it can be taken into account by the reviewers and the Associate Editor during the review process.

Extensions of conference papers may be submitted to TBIOM. Conference papers serve as the basis for a more fully developed TBIOM publication. When this is the case, the TBIOM submission must cite the previous publication, must be a "substantial revision" of the previous publication, and must explain the extension and enhancement of the TBIOM submission over the conference publication. Failure to include the citation and explanation of the extension and enhancement is grounds for Rejection without review. As implied in the previous sentences, the conference paper and the TBIOM submission cannot be identical. As a general rule, the TBIOM submission should contain at least 30% new material. The new material should correspond to content that is a clear extension and enhancement of the results in the conference paper. For example, the TBIOM submission paper may include more extensive experimental validation, additional analysis in support of the conclusions, novel algorithmic enhancements, added theoretical work, additional technical details, a clearer explanation of the contribution, an updated state-of-the-art or other enhancements. The Editors and the Reviewers will judge the novelty and importance of the content that is unique to the TBIOM submission.

Policy Regarding Arxiv Papers

TBIOM policy toward submissions citing papers on Arxiv is described below. (This policy originates from discussion and vote in the PAMI TC and use by the CVPR 2016 Program Chairs.)

How should I treat arXiv papers?

ArXiv papers are not considered prior work since they have not been peer reviewed. Therefore, you should treat TBIOM submissions independently as if the ArXiv papers didn't exist. Citations to these papers are not required and failing to cite or beat performance of arXiv papers are not grounds for rejection. For example:

  • It is Not OK for a reviewer to suggest rejection for not citing an arXiv paper or not being better than something on arXiv.
  • It is Not OK to accept a paper solely because it performs better than something on arXiv.
  • It is Not OK to reject a paper solely because it performs worse than something on arXiv.
  • It is Not OK to regard arXiv as a standard for the state of the art, because it is not reviewed. This applies *whoever* wrote the arXiv paper.
  • It is Not OK for a reviewer to reject a paper solely because another paper with a similar idea has already appeared on arXiv. If the reviewer is worried about plagiarism they should bring this up in confidential comments to the Associate Editor.
  • It is OK for a reviewer to suggest an author should acknowledge and be aware of something on arXiv.
  • It is OK for an author to decline to acknowledge something on arXiv (because it has not been reviewed and so may not be right).

Regular and Short Papers

Authors are encouraged to submit manuscripts of Regular papers or Short papers. Short papers may provide a concise new result, or may provide comment on a previously published paper. Regular papers are up to 10 pages in length, and Short papers are up to 6 pages in length. Pages in excess of these limits after final layout of the accepted manuscript is complete are subject to IEEE’s normal Mandatory Over-length 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. The Mandatory Over-length Page Charge for papers that exceed these limits is currently $220 / page.

BTAS Special Issue / Section in TBIOM

The Biometrics Council sponsors the IEEE International Conference on Biometrics Theory, Applications and Systems (BTAS) conference and the Transactions on Biometrics, Behavior and Identity Science. In selected years, the BTAS conference is merged with the International Conference on Biometrics (ICB) to form the International Joint Conference on Biometrics (IJCB). Authors of a selection of the best-reviewed papers accepted for a BTAS or IJCB conference may be invited to submit extended and enhanced papers to a special issue / section of TBIOM. These submissions will be reviewed as normal for TBIOM. The Program Chairs may be the guest editors for the special issue / section, or the EIC may appoint a guest editor or serve as the guest editor.

TBIOM poster session at BTAS / IJCB

The BTAS conference may arrange to have a poster or oral session at which authors of TBIOM papers accepted since the last conference are invited to present their work.

Paper Template: Word template, Latex template.