AIAA conference authors are encouraged to submit their conference papers to an appropriate AIAA journal assuming the paper meets the standards of refereed journal publication. Because conference papers are not reviewed, it is incumbent on authors to ensure that conference papers submitted to the journals meet the high standards expected of AIAA journal articles.
Conference papers submitted to the journals should be as brief and concise as proper presentation of the ideas will allow. Papers should be submitted to the journal before the meeting presentation if you want to minimize processing time. Some general guidelines are presented below. Following these guidelines will improve the readability of your paper and make the task easier for reviewers. Note that the journal editor determines whether your paper will be reviewed, and ultimately whether it will be published.
The paper should be of lasting interest and should contain original, quantitative, detailed technical material, set into perspective relative to prior work and supported by literature references and specific technical accomplishments. Depending on the nature of the paper it should contain some or all of the following elements.
- It should contain an overview of the state-of-the-art (with references to past work, including your own), a problem statement, the concept of a solution, a discussion of the theoretical background, experimental set-up and sound measurement data or theoretical/numerical details as appropriate, an evaluation of the results, discussion and conclusions.
- It should emphasize the technical nature of the work, avoiding mention of organizational names and/or the accomplishments of a particular organization.
- If it deals with facilities for testing and evaluating systems, it must relate technical details to an advance in the state of the art.
- It should avoid the presentation of program information (schedules, future plans).
Manuscript Submission and Format Instructions
Submitting your paper to a journal of AIAA is simple: Access ScholarOne Manuscripts. Follow the system prompts so that all required information is input. Be sure to provide your complete contact information and indicate that the paper is not classified and has not been submitted for publication elsewhere. All coauthors must complete these steps before a submission is considered complete and ready for review.
Supply the names and contact information for five suggested reviewers. Upload your double-spaced manuscript to the AIAA ScholarOne Manuscripts site. You may simplify formatting requirements by using the optional Journals template (Microsoft Word and LaTeX versions available); the template for Conference Papers may be used so long as the text is double-spaced.
For detailed instructions on manuscript preparation, please refer to the Resources available in Aerospace Research Central under Publish with AIAA and in ScholarOne. Specific instructions on article type, reference format, abstract preparation, and other requirements for journal manuscripts are available.