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IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters

IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L) was launched on June 1st, 2015, by the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society (RAS). You will find the RA-Letters page on Xplore through this link.


The scope of this journal is to publish peer-reviewed articles that provide a timely and concise account of innovative research ideas and application results, reporting significant theoretical findings and application case studies in areas of robotics and automation.


The primary goal of RA-L is to better serve the RAS membership and the robotics and automation community at large, which has strongly increased in number and productivity, by providing more capacity for high quality, fully reviewed journal papers. Additional goals of RA-L are to provide a publication process that is complementary to the existing evolutionary process from RAS conferences into journal papers and to improve the efficiency of the peer-review process.

  • RA-L will publish papers reporting on innovative ideas and unpublished results that need to be rapidly published. To this purpose, RA-L will provide a final decision on any manuscript within 6 months from submission.
  • Papers will be six pages long, with at most two extra pages allowed at a charge, and will allow open-access for those authors who require it.
  • The review cycle will follow the highest standards of IEEE periodicals.
  • Each paper will be assigned to a Senior Editor, hence to an Associate Editor and at least two independent reviewers.
  • The review process may also include a fast revise-and-resubmit process, upon which the Letters Editorial Board (LEB) will make a final decision.
  • Finally, accepted papers will be electronically archived on IEEE Xplore, and will be available for early access by readers only few days after submission of the final version, while an edited and XML-tagged version for searching and indexing will be available soon after.
  • RA-L is an electronic-only journal.
  • For more details, please see the Presentation from the 2015 RAS Town Hall

RA-Letters and Flagship Conferences (ICRA, CASE, and IROS)

A unique feature of RA-L is the opportunity for authors to publish a paper in a peer-reviewed journal and present the same paper at the flagship conferences of RAS: the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) and the IEEE Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE). From 2017, RAL also offers an option for the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS). While submission to RA-L is open throughout the year, indeed, there will be time windows during which authors will have an option for their submission to be also considered for presentation at the following ICRA or CASE.
Deadlines for submission to RA-L with a Conference option are currently:

  • RA-L with ICRA'17 option deadline: Sept. 10, 2016
  • RA-L with IROS'17 option deadline: Feb. 15, 2017

Manuscripts submitted to RA-L with a Conference option will undergo a regular RA-L review. However, the results of the first review round by the LEB, with all comments by referees and editors, will be passed along to the Conference Senior Program Committee (SPC), which will use them to decide on the inclusion of these manuscripts in the program of the Conference. The Conference Editorial Boards (CEB) will instead continue to provide reviews and comments for all manuscripts submitted directly to the Conference (i.e., not submitted to RA-L also).

A manuscript accepted for RA-L and included in the Conference program will appear in IEEE Xplore as RA-L. It is however possible that a paper submitted to RA-L with the Conference option is accepted for presentation at the Conference but finally rejected for RA-L; in this case, the paper will appear in the Conference Proceedings. The converse is also possible: A manuscript first reviewed by the RA LEB may not be accepted for presentation at the Conference by the SPC, but its revision (capitalizing on editorial comments and suggestions) may eventually be published in the RA-L. The timing of all reviewing procedures and decisions will guarantee the feasibility of these options.

Altogether, the final program of the Conferences with a RA-L option will feature presentations of work that is or will be archived in IEEE Xplore in either RA-L or the Conference Proceedings.

Where to submit your paper?

In conclusion, you may wonder: Where should I submit my work in the new RAS panorama? Here are a few tips.

If you are interested in a journal publication, then you should consider:
• Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L) for rapid, concise reports
• Transactions on Robotics (T-RO) and Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering (T-ASE) for more mature and in-depth treatments 
• Robotics and Automation Magazine (RA-M) for more accessible, wider diffusion papers.

If you are interested in presenting your work at ICRA or CASE, then you should consider RA-L (with the Conference option) if you have a stable manuscript to submit by the Conference option deadline, and you want it to have a chance to appear quickly on an IEEE journal. You should instead submit to the Conference directly if your manuscript is finalized just before the Conference deadline, or if you plan to evolve the contents of that work later on into a full-blown submission to other prestigious RAS Journals: T-RO, T-ASE, or RA-M.

For further details visit, RA-L Frequently Asked Questions