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Author Guideline  <  For Authors  <  about ETRI journal  <  Home

I. Author Rights and Responsibilities

First and foremost, the following two documents are to be read carefully by any author intending to submit material to ETRI Journal:

1. Information for ETRI Journal Authors
2. Style Guide for ETRI Journal Authors

The submitting author must follow all instructions stated within these documents. Any submission that fails to comply with the rules stated within these documents will not be considered for publication.

Please note that all authors intending to submit material to ETRI Journal are required to use the standard ETRI Journal regular-paper template, which is available for download here.

Original Work

Only original work should be submitted to ETRI Journal. Any manuscript submitted to ETRI Journal that has been published before, contains copyrighted material, or has been submitted for publication elsewhere will be rejected, with the exception of said article appearing in abstract form or in an elementary form in conference proceedings. A manuscript previously published in another language is not regarded as an original contribution. Submissions previously published at length elsewhere will not be considered as well.

If the work submitted to ETRI Journal has appeared or will appear in conference proceedings, this fact must be divulged at the time of submission, the reference information must be included in the list of works cited, and the manuscript must be distinctly different from and a substantial expansion of the article published in the conference proceedings. Both the text and the figures must deliver novel ideas and data, and any reiteration of or reference to previously published information must be specifically pointed out by the author at the time of submission.

ETRI Journal wishes to dispel the current prevalent notion that an extension/difference of around thirty percent is acceptable — this is NOT a view that ETRI Journal supports, nor is it in line with any of ETRI Journal’s official policies. ETRI Journal uses iThenticate, a plagiarism detection software, to detect instances of overlapping text in submitted manuscripts. Currently, there is no quantitative threshold given over to an acceptable amount of overlap, and authors are strongly advised to minimize any overlap in material submitted to ETRI Journal. The editorial board of ETRI Journal is to use its full discretion in resolving any disputes over such a matter.


Upon acceptance of a manuscript, the author must submit an ETRI Journal copyright form, which transfers the copyright to ETRI Journal and warrants that the article is an original work of the author and does not infringe the copyright of any other parties. Before publication, the author should submit a scanned file of the form with his or her signature on it or mail a hard copy to the editorial office.

Ethical and Legal Issues

Plagiarism, fabrication, falsification, and double submission are unacceptable. The author is responsible for acknowledging sources appropriately. ETRI assumes that material submitted to ETRI Journal is properly available for general dissemination to the readership of ETRI Journal. It is the responsibility of the author, not ETRI or ETRI Journal, to determine whether disclosure of the submitted material requires the prior consent of other parties and, if so, to obtain it. CrossCheck is a multi-publisher initiative to screen published and submitted content for originality. ETRI Journal uses the iThenticate software to detect instances of overlapping and reproduced text in submitted manuscripts. To find out more about CrossCheck, visit http://www.crossref.org/crosscheck.html.


Statements and opinions given in the articles published in ETRI Journal are the expressions of the contributors. Responsibility for the content of a published paper rests upon the author, not ETRI or ETRI Journal.


Every contributor should be listed as an author and no one but the contributors should be listed as authors. All correspondence will be sent to the corresponding author by e-mail.

II. Manuscript Preparation

Research Areas Covered in ETRI Journal

Papers to be considered for publication in ETRI Journal should be original papers of broad significance and long-range interest in the following fields.

 - Basic and Micro-electronics Research
 - Network and Internet Technology
 - Radio and Broadcasting Technology
 - Mobile Telecommunication - Computer and Software Technology
 - Information Technology Strategy
 - Information Security

Papers should be written to be accessible to nonspecialists as well as experts in the fields discussed.

Choice of Word Processor

The manuscript must be prepared using Microsoft (MS) Word. The manuscript, including figures and tables, must be written in the journal's two-column format, using this template. Do not use other templates. Follow all formatting rules for sections, subsections, symbols, equations, references, and so on. Most formatting codes are removed and replaced during the pagination process; therefore, input the material as simply as possible and do not embed special formatting in the text, such as field codes.

Length of Manuscript

The length of an article is limited to 10 pages in the two-column format of ETRI Journal, excluding author biographies. Including author biographies, the length must not exceed 11 pages. The article should concisely present the background of the topic, the purpose of the investigation, the details of the investigation, the results, and the conclusions. Any redundant information should be removed prior to submitting the final version of the manuscript. The font size, character scale, and character spacing should not be manipulated to fit the page limit.


Every published paper must contain an abstract. Abstracts appear in text in boldface type. By nature, abstracts should not contain numbered mathematical equations or numbered references. The abstract should succinctly state the focus of the article, how the research is conducted, the principal results, and the significance of the results, in the present tense, not the past tense. The abstract should only contain the most critical information of the paper. The abstract of a regular paper or special issue paper is limited to 1,200 characters, including spaces. The font size of the abstract should be 10 points. Despite the character limit, you may, at a later stage, be asked to reduce the length of your abstract if either your main title or acknowledgement, or both, is too long.

Consecutive Numbering of Parts

All manuscript pages, footnotes, equations, and references should be labeled in consecutive numerical order. Figures and tables should be cited in the text in numerical order.


A regular or special issue paper generally consists of the title, author affiliation footnote (including any financial support acknowledgement), abstract, introduction, body, conclusion, and reference list. A regular or special issue paper may also include appendices, a glossary of symbols, and an acknowledgment of non-financial support. The author name(s) and author affiliation footnote must not appear when submitting or during review to maintain anonymity between reviewers and authors.


Only material directly related to the author’s investigation should be cited and included in the list of references. All secondary sources used to complete the study must be cited in the References section. Listing a URL does not constitute a complete entry. The secondary source must be clearly identified, and the author, editor, company, or organization, the title or product name, and the date of publication must be stated. If the secondary source is an electronic source, the entry must include the date the author accessed the source and the URL.

Errors, Revisions, and Timeliness

The author is responsible for correcting errors in the manuscript and completing revisions in a timely manner as requested by the editorial office.

III. Online Manuscript Submission Procedure

The author must register on the website to submit a paper to ETRI Journal. ETRI Journal only accepts the submission of a paper online. It is important to be aware that the manuscript will not be received at the editorial office until the author clicks "submit" at the end of the submission procedure.

The manuscript must be prepared according to the instructions herein. Failure to comply with the instructions will result in the rejection of the submission. Please use the checklist to ensure that your manuscript is in accordance with ETRI Journal Author Guideline. Any questions should be directed to the editorial office. Contact information is listed in section VI.

Manuscript Information (Step 1)

Enter Your Manuscript Title, Abstract and Keywords
Even though the title and abstract are included in the text of the manuscript, you must enter them in this step because the Editorial and Publication Office uses these fields in a searchable database to expedite the review process.

Upload the Manuscript
Using the "browse" button provided, the author should locate the manuscript on his or her computer and upload the file. The file should be checked carefully before and after uploading. If the author finds any errors in the manuscript after uploading, the errors must be corrected and the file must then be re-uploaded.

Author Information (Step 2)

The system asks for information on the author(s) according to the number provided in Step 1. All correspondence will be sent to the corrresponding author by e-mail. Author name, organization and department, phone number, and e-mail address are required fields; without filling in these fields, the submitting author cannot proceed to the next step.

Copyright Agreement (Step 3-1)

The author must agree to transfer the copyright of the manuscript to ETRI Journal. The submission procedure cannot be completed without this agreement. Before clicking “submit,” the author may choose to scan the signed copyright form and upload it immediately. Alternatively, the author can click “submit” first and then send a signed hard copy of the ETRI Journal Copyright Agreement form as soon as possible by mail. This form should be signed by an author who is fully authorized to enter into the agreement and make the grants contained therein, representing all the authors, and, in the case of a work made for hire, the employer of the author(s). When the four steps have been completed, the system will present the submission information to the submitting author for review. If the author finds any errors or is not satisfied with the information, the author can go back to previous steps to make corrections.

Copyright Clearance (Step 3-2)

Authors are responsible for acquiring any permission for a figure, image, or other supplementary materials that are not originally yours. If your manuscript includes any of above, please submit all permission documents with your manuscript.

Return of Manuscript

When a manuscript is received by the editorial office, if it has not been prepared according to the author guidelines and style guide, it will be returned to the author, and the status of the manuscript will be set to “incomplete submission.” The author must revise the manuscript according to the comments provided, replace the manuscript on the ETRI Journal website, and click “submit” again at the end of the submission procedure.

IV. Review Process

Prescreening before Peer Review

When a manuscript is submitted to ETRI Journal, it undergoes an initial prescreening by the Editorial Committee to determine whether or not the paper fits the interests of ETRI Journal readers. If the Editorial Committee feels the manuscript meets the journal's standards for publication, the paper then enters a blind review process.

Main Review (Peer Review)

As peer review is the key factor in ensuring high quality articles based on an objective and balanced evaluation, all papers that have passed the prescreening undergo peer review. The Editorial Committee generally selects three reviewers for each paper. The peer review process is a double blind process, meaning that anonymity is maintained between the reviewers and the authors. For additional information on the review process, see the Reviewers section on the website.

Acceptance of Manuscript

The Editorial Committee of ETRI Journal is responsible for making the final decision whether to publish a manuscript. After carefully reviewing all reviewers’ comments and authors’ responses and revisions, the Editorial Committee makes a decision based on the best judgment of its members. The Editorial Committee may decide not to publish a manuscript without asking the author for responses to the reviewers’ comments. For additional information on the Editorial Committee and the decision process, see Editorial Policies in the Editors section on the website.

V. After Acceptance

Page Charges

ETRI Journal does not charge authors for submission or publication.

Photo, Biography, and Contact Information

If a paper is accepted for publication, each author should submit a photo and biography. The “Biography & Affiliation” template on the ETRI Journal website (visit the “Download Forms” webpage) should be used to submit the photo, biography, and contact information. The name and contact information for each contributor, including organization, address, telephone number, and e-mail address must be provided for the front-page information on the authors. To avoid publication delays, the editorial office should be immediately notified of any anticipated changes in author addresses or absences that may occur during the publication process. When submitting the final version of a paper that has been accepted for publication, an additional file containing the figures and tables in editable form must also be submitted to the editorial associate (etrij@etri.re.kr) so that the typesetter has photo-quality images and high-resolution figures (please note that the only acceptable file formats are .ppt, .eps, .emf, .ai, .xls, and .wmf).

Language Editing

For every manuscript accepted for publication, ETRI Journal provides English language editing service. The English editor uses the “Track Changes” and “Comment” functions of MS Word for communication with the author. The author is responsible for reviewing the edit of the manuscript (using the “Comment” function to answer questions, provide any needed information, or submit a comment or question to the editor) and e-mailing the same Word Doc back to the editor as quickly as possible. The author must respond to all correspondence during the publication process in an efficient manner, as all processing is bound by deadlines.

Page Proof

Each article scheduled to be published in ETRI Journal is subject to editing. Once all necessary language, graphics, and formatting adjustments have been implemented, the author will receive the page proof for review, prior to the paper going to print. The page proof must be checked and returned to the editorial office immediately. Any changes requested by the author at the time of returning the page proof should be minor corrections only.

VI. Contact Information

ETRI Journal Editorial Office
Future Research Creative Laboratory, ETRI
218 Gajeongno, Yuseong-gu
Daejeon, 34129
Republic of Korea
Phone : +82 42 860 6127