Create Graphics for Your Article

Communicate visually.


Articulate your data points with accuracy and clarity through high-quality graphics. Develop more effective graphics by following specific guidance:


Graphics Display Resolution

The size of your graphic refers to its dimensions (the width and height) whereas the resolution refers to dpi (dots per inch) or ppi (pixels per inch).

  • DPI refers to the number of printed dots contained within one inch of an image printed by a printer.
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Accepted Graphics File Formats

IEEE accepts PS, EPS, PDF, PNG, or TIFF formats for graphics submission. Only when the graphic was originally drawn in the program is it acceptable to submit Microsoft Office documents (DOC, PPT, XLS).… Read More >

File Naming Conventions

Identify your graphics with the first five letters of the primary author’s surname, followed by a number signifying its sequential position within the article. For example, an author with the surname of Gonzalez may have:

  • gonza1.tif
  • gonza2.pdf
  • gonza3.png

Tables should follow a similar naming convention; the only difference is that after the first five letters of the author’s surname, you should insert at “.t” before the table’s sequential location in the paper.… Read More >

Size Requirements for Graphics

Most charts, graphs, and tables are sized to be one column width (3.5 inches, 88.9 millimeters, or 21 picas) or two columns width (7.16 inches, 182 millimeters, or 43 picas wide).… Read More >

Improving the Quality of Your Graphics

Creating and saving your graphics in a vector format will ensure that your graphics appear as clearly as possible in your final published article. Acceptable vector file formats include PS, EPS, and PDF.… Read More >

Compressing Your Graphics File

If your graphics files are very large you’ll want to take some steps to reduce their file size prior to submitting to IEEE.

  1. Make sure that all image layers are flattened, and your graphic is of the correct resolution (dpi) and dimensions (no larger than 7.16 x 8.8 inches, 182 x 220 millimeters, or 43 x 52 picas).
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Embedding Fonts in Your Graphics File

As you prepare your graphics, select fonts from the following recommended list:

  • Helvetica
  • Times New Roman
  • Arial
  • Cambria
  • Symbol

If you are supplying EPS, PS, or PDF files, either convert all text to outlines, or embed the fonts.… Read More >

Contacting the Graphics Help Desk

If you are having trouble creating graphics or have questions, send an email to An IEEE graphics staff member will contact you and may suggest that you email a test file.… Read More >