The IEEE Journal of Indoor and Seamless Positioning and Navigation (J-ISPIN) publishes original research in the fields of localization and tracking of people, robots and objects. It covers all aspects of localization systems, including sensing, communications, location-based services, mapping, protocols, human interfaces and standards. The scope includes methods and systems addressing indoor environments as well as those enabling seamless transition between heterogeneous indoor contexts or between indoor and outdoor environments, for example where Global Navigation Satellites Systems are underperforming or unavailable.

We invite you to be among the first to have your article peer-reviewed and published in this new IEEE Journal of Indoor and Seamless Positioning and Navigation (J-ISPIN) sponsored by the IEEE Sensors Council, the IEEE Signal and Processing and the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society.

This is an exciting opportunity for your research to benefit from the high visibility and interest raised by the launch of this new journal. Your work will also be exposed to 5 million unique monthly users of the IEEE Xplore® Digital Library.

J-ISPIN will draw on an expert technical community to continue IEEE’s commitment to publishing the most highly-cited content. By publishing with IEEE, you will get the global prestige that high-quality research deserves. Our goal is to have your research reviewed by experts in the field of indoor and seamless positioning and navigation. This peer review process will be supported and organized by an editorial board of 15 renowned scientists from 4 continents who will contribute to the promotion of the journal. This journal is fully open and compliant with major funder mandates, including Plan S.

IEEE Author Center is sharing helpful guides, templates, and short video tutorials that can help you structure your findings as you write up your project for publication. You will find all the resources and tools you need from IEEE to create the text, graphics, and supplementary files for the IEEE journal of Indoor and Seamless Positioning and Navigation. Feel free to browse them online.

Open Access

This journal is 100% open access, which means that all contents are freely available without charge to anyone. All articles are published under a CC BY 4.0 license, and the author retains copyright. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, as long as proper attribution is given.

Open access is financed through the payment of an article processing charge (APC) paid after acceptance. APCs are often financed by an author's institution or the funder supporting their research.

The articles in this journal are peer reviewed in accordance with the requirements set forth in the IEEE PSPB Operations Manual (sections 8.2.1.C & 8.2.2.A). Each published article was reviewed by a minimum of two independent reviewers using a single-anonymous peer review process, where the identities of the reviewers are not known to the authors, but the reviewers know the identities of the authors. Articles will be screened for plagiarism before acceptance.

Corresponding authors from low income countries are eligible for waived or reduced APCs.


All IEEE authors are expected to adhere to IEEE’s publishing ethics, including the definition of authorship, the appropriate citation of sources, the accurate reporting of data, and the publishing of original research. Visit the IEEE Author Center to learn more. All articles submitted for publication should be original and not under consideration elsewhere; if your article is based on a previous publication such as a conference proceeding, cite the original publication and clearly indicate how the articles differ.  Contact the Editor-in-Chief with any questions on publishing ethics.

Article Submission
  1. All articles must be submitted through the IEEE Author Portal.
  2. Format your article for submission by using the article template, located in the IEEE Template Selector.
  3. Submit your article text in PDF format. Visit the IEEE Author Center for information on writing the abstract, using equations in your article, publishing author names in native languages, and more.
  4. Submit your figures individually in PS, EPS, PDF, PNG, or TIFF format. Visit the IEEE Author Center for information on resolution, size requirements, file naming conventions, and more.
  5. For information on submitting supplementary material such as graphical abstracts, multimedia, or datasets, visit the IEEE Author Center.
  6. J-ISPIN being a 100% open access IEEE journal, there is no hard limit to the number of pages of the final article. However, authors are encouraged to consider eight pages as an appropriate length for regular papers. This recommendation does not apply to special papers such as reviews, competition papers and possibly others. Although some papers may not be able to reveal the findings of the authors in eight pages, experience indicates that most will be able to do so. Authors are required to submit a cover letter for papers over ten pages in length (including references and biographies) containing an explanation for why their manuscript is over the recommended length in order to aid in the peer assessment and judgment by the Editor.

All IEEE journals require an Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) for all authors. ORCID is a persistent unique identifier for researchers and functions similarly to an article’s Digital Object Identifier (DOI). You will need a registered ORCID to submit an article or review a proof in this journal. Learn more about ORCID and sign up for an ORCID today.

English Language Editing Services

English language editing services can help refine the language of your article and reduce the risk of rejection without review.  IEEE authors are eligible for discounts at several language editing services; visit the IEEE Author Center to learn more. Please note these services are fee-based and do not guarantee acceptance.

Share Your Code and Data

Increase the impact of your work by sharing your code and data for others to view, build upon, and reuse.  IEEE works with Code Ocean, a cloud-based computational reproducibility platform, to make your code discoverable.  IEEE DataPort, an online data repository of datasets and data analysis tools, makes your datasets discoverable.  Visit the IEEE Author Center for more information.

IEEE Author Tools

Preparing your article for submission is easy with IEEE Author Tools.  Tools are available to help you find the right publication for your research, check the quality of your graphics, validate your LaTeX files, and verify your reference list. 

Article Processing Charges (APCs)

The APC is US$1995 plus applicable local taxes.

The following discounts apply:

  • IEEE Members receive a 5% discount.
  • Members of the Sensors Council, Instrumentation and Measurement Society and Signal Processing Society receive a 20% discount.

Discounts do not apply to undergraduate and graduate students. These discounts cannot be combined.


If your article is accepted for publication, you will receive emailed instructions regarding your next steps. You may be asked to upload final production-ready files. Shortly after final files are uploaded, you will receive your article proofs for final review, along with instructions on how to review your proofs and submit any corrections. Please note that major changes to your article, including the list of references, are not permitted after the article is accepted for publication.  Please contact the Editor-in-Chief if you have any doubts about whether a modification you wish to make is appropriate.