In 2016 I submitted an image processing paper to IEEE TSP

The reviewer rejected the paper, but recommended I try IEEE TIP. The reviewer at TIP said:

While TIP is an appropriate venue for this work, this paper needs to be significantly improved before I can recommend that it receives a full review

Over the last few years I've made the recommended changes to the paper and resubmitted. I received the following rejection letter:

I am writing to you in regards to the manuscript, which you submitted to the Transactions on Image Processing. The submitted manuscript was reviewed by our editorial board to determine whether it meets the standards of this journal in terms of scope, presentation and technical depth. Please note that only the submissions which pass the preliminary review are scheduled for a full peer review. Regretfully, the review concluded that the paper is not suitable for publication in the transactions because it is not matched with the scope of Transactions on Image Processing due to its presentation and focus and lack of adequate experimental validation. This assessment is made primarily considering the expertise in our editorial board and their ability to recruit reviewers and gauge the quality of the work you submitted. Note that while this is the primary reason for the recommendation, the prescreening may have found other deficiencies. Some specific comments from the editorial board members are below:

While the method appears novel and mathematically interesting, it is demonstrated on a single image. Other papers in the same area (which are cited by this paper, link below) demonstrate results on more comprehensive datasets. I believe this unbalanced emphasis between mathematical results and experimental evaluation makes this paper out of scope for TIP.


The manuscript is hereby rejected without further review. We recommend you examine articles published in TIP for the style and presentation requirements as well as the requirements for experimental validation. We recommend that you consider submitting the manuscript to a journal better aligned with its contribution and presentation style, where the work would be better assessed and appreciated.

Please note that according to IEEE Signal Processing Society policy 6.16 "Handling of Rejected Papers" (https://signalprocessingsociety.org/volunteers/policy-and-procedures-manual), the Society strongly discourages resubmission of rejected manuscripts more than once. Authors should carefully review the aforementioned policy before resubmitting their manuscript.

Thank you for considering the Transactions on Image Processing for the publication of your research.

Two different reviewers at IEEE have recommended TIP as being appropriate for the work, but one has stated that it is not. The reviewer who said the work is not appropriate for TIP stated that the reason was due to not having enough test images. This is something that I can easily fix.

Once I've added more test images, do I resubmit at TIP or find another journal?

  • It also says that your paper isn’t suitable due to presentation. Did you follow their style guide properly? – nick012000 Nov 17 '19 at 2:58
  • @nick012000 I belived that I had, but now I'm not sure. I'm wondering if they mean that I should present more test images. Does "style and presentation requirements" mean I need more test images? less maths emphasis? They don't specifically mention what is meant by that. – sav Nov 17 '19 at 3:06
  • @nick012000 You'd think that if I'd not formatted that document correctly that would have been mentioned when I first submitted it. Unless their formatting requirements have changed. – sav Nov 17 '19 at 3:11
  • « Lack of experimental validation » is one clear reason. Note you are also warned that it can only be resubmitted once... so get it right ie perfect before you resubmit, otherwise you get to choose a different journal. – Solar Mike Nov 17 '19 at 5:20
  • Basically, what you fail in doing is that you did not follow established or accepted research methodology in that community. If you have a look at published Trans papers, does your paper have the same level of quality and comprehensiveness in each section? This goes the same for other Trans. Are you guided by someone experienced in the area? someone who has published in TIP or TSP? If not, you are likely to come up short. – Prof. Santa Claus Nov 17 '19 at 7:30