July 17, 2020
I hope that you and yours are doing well these days.
On this occasion of the announcement of a new issue of the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory , I would like to inform you about the following change which I implemented in the acceptance letters of new papers starting from this week. I mention this especially because you may not necessarily pay attention to this change when your papers are getting accepted (congratulations!), let alone that the Scholar One Manuscript does not enable having emphasized and colored letters in the messages from the Scholar One Manuscript, as it appears below. The following paragraph is now added to each new acceptance letter.
A Request from the Editor-in-Chief
Please make sure that papers which are cited in your accepted paper as preprints on arXiv or as conference papers will be replaced by their corresponding publications in the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory (or any other journal, if available). This final update before uploading the final version of your accepted paper is very important for increasing the impact factor of these Transactions. Although this should be a rather small effort from each one of you, before uploading the final version of your paper, this will be very helpful for all of us.
Further explanation and motivation: The ranking of our Transactions is partially influenced by its impact factor (IF), which I believe can be significantly improved by following the above request. As mentioned above, this should be a rather small effort from each one of you, but the benefit will be hopefully very significant. The current IF of the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory is lower than the IFs of other IEEE periodicals in communications (as can be verified by consulting the websites of these IEEE periodicals). I truly believe that the current IF of the IEEE Trans. on Information Theory can be significantly improved within a year, and we will all benefit.
Best wishes to you and yours, have a restful summer, and keep safe at these uncertain times.
Editor in Chief
IEEE Transactions on Information Theory