T-RO Special Issues

Open Calls for Special Issue Submissions

If you are submitting to a special issue, please clearly indicate this in your cover letter.  Otherwise, your paper may be treated as a typical submission and not considered for a special issue.

Proposals for New Special Issues

The IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON ROBOTICS encourages the publication of Special Issues. A proposal for a Special Issue should be submitted to the Editor-in-Chief, as a single self-contained pdf file, with a well-articulated unifying theme, on a topic of significant importance, that is likely to attract a significant number of excellent submissions. The proposal should include a list of guest associate editors (typically 3-6), including their credentials, who will help manage the paper review process. Topics of Special Issues can either be areas that are just reaching significant maturity or important emerging areas in which research is likely to be stimulated by the publication of a collection of excellent papers. Proposals should provide evidence that the Special Issue would likely attract a significant number of submissions, a credible plan for soliciting submissions, and a partial list of leading research groups in the field from which submissions might be solicited. The proposals are selected by the EiC, in consultation with T-RO Senior Editors.

Once a special issue has been selected, one of the current Transactions editors is selected to supervise the guest associate editors in the review and selection process. Guest editors serve as members of the editorial board until the publication of the special issue, and are expected to attend at least one editorial board meeting during that period. Review procedures for special issue submissions are similar to those for regular issues, with the guest editors fulfilling the duties of the associate editors. The supervising editor carries out the standard editorial functions (e.g., sending decision letters to authors, etc.). If the number of accepted papers is not sufficient to warrant an entire issue, then the accepted papers will be organized into a special section of a regular issue. This is the usual case. If there are not enough accepted papers to warrant a special section, the papers are published individually. Further details on submitting a special issue proposal can be downloaded from the link below.

Download the T-RO Policy on Special Issues


Special issue on Small-Scale Robotics inside the Human Body
Editor:  Arianna Menciassi
Guest editors:  Benoit Rosa, Brahim Tamadazte, Salvador Pane, Jessica Burgner-Kahrs, Jake Abbott
Submission deadline: June 1, 2021 June 15, 2021 (final extension due to Covid pandemic)
Projected publication date: 2022

Special issue on Wearable Robotics
Editor:  Mark Yim
Guest editors:  Juan Moreno, Samer Mohammed, Nicola Vitiello, Helen Huang, Conor J. Walsh
Submission deadline: April 30, 2020 October 31, 2020 (final extension due to the COVID-19 pandemic)
Projected publication date: June 2022

Links to Past Special Issues

Special issue on Resilience in Networked Robotic Systems
Guest editors:  Amanda Prorok, Vijay Kumar, Brian M. Sadler, and Gaurav Sukhatme
Issue publication February 2022

Special issue on Movement Science for Humans and Humanoids:  Methods and Applications
Guest editors:  Dana Kulic, Katsu Yamane, Gentiane Venture, Emel Demircan, Katja Mombaur
Issue publication August 2016

Special issue on Nanorobotics
Guest editors:  Antoine Ferreira, Sylvain Martel
Issue publication February 2014

Special issue on Robotic Sense of Touch
Guest editors: Ravinder Dahiya, Maurizio Valle, Giorgio Metta, Giorgio Cannata
Issue publication June 2011

Special issue on Rehabilitation Robotics
Guest editors: Michelle Johnson, Eugenio Guglielmelli, Takanori Shibata
Issue publication June 2009

Special issue on Visual SLAM
Guest editors: Jose Neira, Andrew Davison, John Leonard
Issue publication October 2008

Special issue on Biorobotics
Guest editors: Paolo Dario, Blake Hannaford, Atsuo Takanishi
Issue publication February 2008

Special issue on Human-Robot Interaction
Guest editors: Cecilia Laschi, Cynthia Breazeal, Yasushi Nakauchi
Issue publication October 2007

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