Call for Papers

Submission of Papers: Prospective authors are invited to submit articles of up to 4,000 words. Articles should be aimed at a student audience and should not represent original research. The Potentials style requires no abstract, no citations from within the main text and minimal equations, but liberal use of relevant, captioned illustrations and photographs is encouraged.

For more information, refer to the Magazine’s Information for Authors. Articles for consideration should be uploaded to mc.manuscriptcentral.com/pot-ieee.
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Upcoming Issues

Theme Issue: Embracing Failure
Release: July/August 2022
Lead Editors: Greg Linton – greg@greglinton.com / Thanos Kakarountas – kakarountas@ieee.org

IEEE Potentials is the IEEE’s global magazine for students, with a circulation of 140,000. The upcoming issue, “Embracing Failure”, will explore how we as engineers, scientists, artists, makers, designers, managers, employees, students, and educators deal with failure. We invite you to submit manuscripts that discuss all aspects of failure, inspired by personal stories:

  • What I learned while failing as a student
  • What I learned while failing as an educator
  • I failed to see this coming: Identifying failure
  • We’re failing at this. Again!
  • What we can learn from epic product failures
  • How my project succeeded because of failure
  • How to incorporate failure in your culture
  • Designing with failure in mind
  • Lessons learned about failure from aerospace, medicine, and other industries
  • Personal resilience through failure
  • Epic failures in history
  • Why we talk about failure; stigmas of failure within STEAM
  • Undoing our global failure
  • How my peers view failure

Submission of Papers: Prospective authors are invited to submit articles of up to 4,000 words. Articles should be aimed at a student audience and should not include original research. IEEE Potentials style requires no abstract, no citations within the main text, and minimal equations but the use of relevant, captioned illustrations and photographs is encouraged. For more information, refer to the magazine’s information for authors. Articles for consideration should be uploaded to mc.manuscriptcentral.com/pot-ieee.

Items Dates
Manuscript submission
Notification of paper acceptance
Accepted manuscript upload
Publication date
1 February 2022
1 March 2022
1 April 2022
July 2022

Please note that the deadline is just a guideline – once enough articles have been received for an edition submissions for that theme will close.

Theme Issue: Blockchain Technologies
Release: November/December 2022
Lead Editors: Dario Schor – schor@ieee.org / Thanos Kakarountas – kakarountas@ieee.org

IEEE Potentials is the IEEE’s global magazine for students, with a circulation of 140,000. Blockchain technologies create a trustworthy distributed system that stores data and transactions that no party can tamper with the contents without detection. While initially used as a digital ledger for digital currencies like Bitcoin, the principles are currently being applied to many other industries. In this theme issue, blockchain technologies and potential applications are explained to our student audience by leading researchers and practitioners. Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Blockchain primers/tutorials
  • Decentralization, scalability, and security tradeoffs
  • Applications and services based on blockchain
  • Protocols and algorithms based on blockchain
  • Blockchain applications
  • Cryptocurrencies
  • Blockchain in higher education administration
  • Blockchain and health care
  • Blockchain and IoT
  • Blockchain-enabled transactive energy
  • Blockchain for security and privacy

Submission of Papers: Prospective authors are invited to submit articles of up to 4,000 words. Articles should be aimed at a student audience and should not include original research. IEEE Potentials style requires no abstract, no citations within the main text, and minimal equations but the use of relevant, captioned illustrations and photographs is encouraged. For more information, refer to the magazine’s information for authors. Articles for consideration should be uploaded to mc.manuscriptcentral.com/pot-ieee.

Items Dates
Manuscript submission
Notification of paper acceptance
Accepted manuscript upload
Publication date
1 June 2022
1 July 2022
2 August 2022
November 2022

Please note that the deadline is just a guideline – once enough articles have been received for an edition submissions for that theme will close.


How to Submit Articles

IEEE Potentials is dedicated to serving the needs of undergraduate and graduate students, as well as entry-level engineers. Article subjects are explored through timely manuscripts on both technical and career-related issues.

If you are a technology professional who has cutting-edge technical ideas, formulated concepts about what will work, or opinions about the forces that influence the problem-solving process for the student and young-professional audience, IEEE Potentials would like to hear from you.

IEEE Potentials is interested in manuscripts that deal with theory, practical applications, or new research. They can be tutorial in nature. Submissions may consist of either full articles or shorter, opinion-oriented essays.

IEEE Potentials Magazine is the publication dedicated to undergraduate and graduate students, and young professionals. Potentials explores career strategies, the latest in research, and important technical developments. Through its articles, it also relates theories to practical applications, highlights technology’s global impact, and generates international forums that foster the sharing of diverse ideas about the profession.

IEEE Potentials is published bi-monthly starting in January six times a year. All IEEE members have access to Potentials articles in IEEE Xplore.®

  •  All manuscripts should be written at the level of the student audience.
  • Articles without equations are preferred; however, a minimum of equations is acceptable.
  • List no more than 12 references at the end of your manuscript. No embedded reference numbers should be included in the text. If you need to attribute the source of key points or quotes, state names in the text and give the full reference at the end.
  • Limit figures to 10 or less.
  • Articles should be approximately 2,000-4,000 words in length; essays should be 900-1,000 words.
  • Include a brief biography of four to six lines for each author.