IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters


RA-L JCR Impact Factor: 4.3 for 2021 (3.7 for 2020  and 3.6 for 2019)

To submit your paper, go to the RA-L PaperCept site


Presenting your RA-L Paper at IEEE RAS Conferences 
Any IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L) paper, other than survey papers, may be presented at one of the upcoming conferences of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) ICRA, IROS, CASE, RoboSoft, Humanoids, BioRob, RO-MAN. 
Authors of accepted RA-L papers (currently submitted as “RA-L only” manuscript type) will be given the option to select a conference at which they wish to present. Authors can present at only one conference and therefore will only be able to select one of the following options. Conference options will be open only for a period of time only and will close a month before the Steering Committee Meeting of each conference.
  • RO-MAN 2022: To be eligible for RO-MAN 2022, your paper’s final accepted manuscript must be submitted to RA-L for proofing between October 1, 2021 and May 31 2022
  • Humanoids 2022:To be eligible for Humanoids 2022, your paper’s final accepted manuscript must be submitted to RA-L for proofing between October 1, 2021 and August 31 2022
  • ICRA 2023: To be eligible for ICRA 2023, your paper’s final accepted manuscript must be submitted to RA-L for proofing between March 1, 2022, and November 30, 2022
Authors may not request any acceleration or delay of the review process based on these criteria.
Authors of eligible papers will be contacted by the RA-L Editor-in-Chief’s office to determine interest in presenting at a conference. Eligible papers may only be presented at one conference.

Papers submitted RA-L with IROS 2022 option, CASE 2022 option and BioRob 2022 option are not affected by the new model.


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 IEEE 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 publishes papers reporting on innovative ideas and unpublished results that need to be rapidly published. To this purpose, RA-L provides a final decision on any manuscript within 6 months from submission (average sub-to-epub time is around 4 months)
  • Papers are six pages long, with at most two extra pages allowed at a charge, and allows open access for those authors who require it.
  • The review cycle follows the highest standards of IEEE periodicals.
  • Each paper is 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) makes a final decision.
  • Accepted papers are electronically archived on IEEE Xplore, and are made 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 is made 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 Conference Presentations: Flagship Conferences (ICRA, CASE, and IROS) and Additional Conferences

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 annual flagship conferences of RAS, including the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), the IEEE Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE), and the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS). Additional conferences (e.g. RoboSoft and Humanoids) are considered for RA-L with conference option on an annual basis. While submission to RA-L is open throughout the year, there are specific time windows during which authors have an option for their submission to be also considered for presentation at the selected conferences.

Manuscripts submitted to RA-L with a Conference option undergo a regular RA-L review. However, the results of the first review round by the LEB, with all comments by referees and editors, are passed along to the Conference Senior Program Committee (SPC), which uses them to decide on the inclusion of these manuscripts in the program of the Conference. The individual Conference Editorial Boards (CEB) 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 appears in IEEE Xplore as RA-L paper. 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-L 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 guarantees the feasibility of these options.

Altogether, the final program of a Conferences with the RA-L option features 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, one 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 one of the selected conferences, 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 at 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, such as T-RO, T-ASE, and RA-M.

For further details visit, RA-L Frequently Asked Questions

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