Information for Authors

Last revised: November 21, 2014.

1. Executive Summary

The purpose of IPSJ Transactions on System LSI Design Methodology (hereafter, T-SLDM) is to publicize research results of researchers in the field of system LSI design methodology. T-SLDM is an open-access journal available online from J-STAGE. T-SLDM consists of papers written in English.

2. Publishing Articles

  1. Articles in T-SLDM include regular papers, short papers, and survey papers. They should be written in English.
    1. Regular paper
      A description of research that is academic or technical in nature or products of development. The description should be valuable to members of the IPSJ from the viewpoints of novelty and usefulness. 
    2. Survey paper
      A description of technical trends or perspectives that are organized, classified and/or evaluated from author’s own viewpoint. The description should contain useful information for members of the IPSJ. 
    3. Short paper
      A brief description of research that is academic or technical in nature or products of development. The description should be valuable to members of the IPSJ from the viewpoints of novelty and/or usefulness. 
  2. Articles that have been previously published or are under review by other scientific journals will not be considered for publication. The previously published articles are defined as the articles published in magazines/journals/proceedings/digests that have ISBN or ISSN. Articles presented in symposiums and technical meetings sponsored by IPSJ are excluded from the prevously published articles. Accepted articles may be rejected if double submission becomes evident. However, articles that shed further light on short papers previously published in T-SLDM are exceptions to this rule. 
  3. It is highly preferable that the author (or at least one of the authors) is a member of IPSJ Special Interest Group on System LSI Design Methodology (SIG-SLDM). 
  4. The ultimate responsibility for the content of a published article lies with the author(s).
  5. Publication of a previously published conference or workshop article is allowed if the editorial board judges that the revision contains significant amplification or clarification of the original material (30% or more new material).

3. Submitting Manuscript

  1. Manuscripts should be in camera-ready form. There is no strict limit on the number of pages. Nevertheless, submissions should be as concise as possible, and unnecessarily long submissions will be rejected. The standard length of regular and survey papers is between 8 and 10 pages, while that of short papers is 4 pages. The manuscript should follow the guidelines in Section 8
  2. The T-SLDM Editorial Board issues manuscript receipts for submitted manuscripts. The receipt contains the date the manuscript was received and a receipt number. Inquiries about submitted manuscripts should be made using this receipt number. 
  3. Inquiries should be directed to tsldm-submit (at)

4. Processing of Submitted Manuscripts

  1. The T-SLDM Editorial Board decides whether to publish the manuscripts submitted to T-SLDM. After a reviewing process, the T-SLDM Editorial Board notifies the manuscript author(s) whether the manuscript has been accepted or rejected. 
  2. Submitted manuscripts of any kind are subjected to a reviewing process. The T-SLDM Editorial Board may send inquiries to author(s) and consider the responses before deciding whether to accept or reject the manuscript. 
  3. Inquiries to author(s) mainly center on unclear points in the argument or mistakes in the manuscript. As a rule, inquiries are made not more than once. Responses to the inquiries should be sent inwriting. Author(s) may correct the manuscript in response to the inquiries. In such cases, author(s) should specify the places they have changed and reasons for the changes. If responses are not made by the specified date, the T-SLDM Editorial Board will regard it as cancellation of the submission. 
  4. Submitted papers are rejected in the following cases: 
    1. The subject of the papers lies outside the area covered by T-SLDM. 
    2. The paper contains one or more fundamental errors. 
    3. The paper lacks originality since the results described can be easily derived from published materials and knowledge. 
    4. The proofs offered are unconvincing or too weak. 
    5. The paper is not expected to make a significant contribution to scientific and/or technical progress. 
    6. The description and/or organization are not sufficiently clear to allow readers to understand what has been achieved. 
    7. One or more of the conditions for acceptance indicated by reviewers are not properly satisfied. 
    8. The T-SLDM Editorial Board finds other reason to reject the paper. 
  5. Author(s) may cancel the submission of the manuscript. Cancellation must be requested to the T-SLDM Editorial Board in writing.

5. Notification of Publishing Decision and Publication Fee

  1. Once the submitted manuscript is accepted, the T-SLDM Editorial Board sends notification of acceptance to the author. Then, the IPSJ sends an instruction to electronic submission. The author(s) must submit a final manuscript according to this instruction. 
  2. The IPSJ may send author(s) proofs of the article to prevent misprints. Substantive changes in the article or drawings during proofreading are not allowed. 
  3. Author(s) of accepted papers is requested to pay publication fee. The prices depend on the number of pages, and is decided by the IPSJ.

    (From April 1, 2008)
    Publication Fee (tax included): \12,180 (JPY) / page

    Without payment, accepted papers will not be published. 
  4. Submitted manuscripts and related materials will not be returned.

6. Copyright

All articles published in the T-SLDM are subject to the IPSJ Copyright Policy. If author(s) cannot comply with this policy due to special circumstances, they must state their case in writing when submitting their manuscript.

  1. Quoted figures or pictures must have permission from the owner, and the sources must be cited in the manuscript. 
  2. Trademarks or registered trademarks must be credited appropriately. 
  3. Author(s) must sign and return the Copyright Transfer Form sent by the IPSJ secretariat.

7. Handling of Personal Data

Authors' names, their e-mail addresses, and their biographical sketches, etc. appeared on the T-SLDM will be publicized in the following organizations and media: Digital library of the IPSJ, CD-ROM or other recording media issued by the IPSJ, outside sites approved by the IPSJ. If inconvenient, authors are required to give their notice when submitting their manuscripts.

8. Submission Format

8.1 Structure of a Submitted Manuscript

Manuscript submitted to T-SLDM is composed of the following parts (1) - (9). Parts (1) - (9) constitute a complete set of original manuscript.

  1. Title: Specify the type of manuscript at the upper left corner of the title. 
  2. Author's name and affiliation: When there are two or more authors, specify author-to-affiliation correspondence.
  3. Abstract: 200 words or less for a regular paper or a survey paper, 100 words or less for a short paper. 
  4. Main text. 
  5. Acknowledgements: Acknowledgements are permitted if necessary, but should be simple. Credits to specific aid or support should preferably be stated in the main text or in footnote. 
  6. References: Place reference numbers to the right of the corresponding text. References should be summarized at the end of the main text. Refer to Section 8.4. References should consist of materials that have been published or have been accepted for publication. 
  7. Appendices: Appendices may be added if details obscure the drift of the argument. These include long derivation of math equations, detailed explanation of experimental apparatus, and so forth. 
  8. Figures. Refer to Section 8.4
  9. Tables. Refer to Section 8.4.

8.2 Style and Layout of Manuscript

It is highly preferable that the manuscript for T-SLDM is created using LaTeX style file provided by the IPSJ. Manuscripts prepared with other word processors are also acceptable.

  1. For LaTeX manuscripts, fill out the items (1) - (9) of Section 8.1 by following the instructions attached to the style file. Note that there are limited numbers of available font types and Postscript files formats (diagrams, etc.). Manuscripts that violate the instructions attached to the style file may not be processed, and returned to the author(s). The style file can be obtained from the IPSJ Web page at  (Since reviews are not double-blind in T-SLDM, use the style files "ipsjpapers.sty" or "ipsjpapers.cls" as in esample.tex in the Web page to list author names and affiliations).
  2. When using other word processor, manuscripts should be of double-column, single-spaced, A4 or letter-sized (8.5 x 11) format. Word count for each page is approximately 750 words. Try to make the style of manuscripts as close as possible to the sample PDF file which is included in the above LaTeX package.

8.3 Submission Procedure

  1. The author(s) should submit a manuscript to be reviewed through our online submission system. Upon submission, every data field presented by the submission system should be completed. The manuscript should then be uploaded in a PDF format.
  2. If inquires are received, the author(s) should upload a revised manuscript and a response to the inquiries in a PDF format.

8.4 General Notes on Manuscript

  1. It is preferable to append a glossary of special terms. Symbols used in the main text should have explanations. 
  2. References to journals should include its author, title, journal name, volume, number, page(s), and publication date. References tobooks should include its author, title, total pages, publisher, and publication date. Refer to the following examples:
    5) Feldman, J. and Gries, D.: Translator Writing System, Comm. ACM, Vol.11, No.2, pp.77-113 (1968).
    8) Wilkes, M. V.: Time Sharing Computer Systems, p.200, McDonald, New York (1990). 
  3. Figures and tables should have a serial number (e.g. Figure 1 or Table 1) and captions. Figures can be colored. The caption should represent the contents without referring to the text. For LaTeX documents, it is possible to import diagrams in the form of Postscript files. Refer to the instructions in the style file for description of the file format. 
  4. Refer to the instructions in the style file for available fonts in LaTeX. Note that typesetting font may be different from that selected by the author(s).

9. Misc

  1. Reprints of all articles published in T-SLDM are archived in IPSJ Digital Library and IMT.
Inquiries should be directed to tsldm-submit (at)
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