IEEE Open Journal of Systems Engineering

Aim & Scope

The IEEE Open Journal of Systems Engineering (OJSE) is an Open Access journal that is sponsored by the consortium of IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems SocietyIEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society, and the IEEE Systems Council. OJSE provides a forum for practitioners, scientists, academics, and researchers engaged in the discipline of Systems Engineering.   Multidisciplinary aspects of systems engineering is a focus of this journal. Methodologies, tools, principles, and applied engineering aspects of the process of systems engineering for complex systems are of interest. The methodologies, tools, and principles include such elements as model-based systems engineering; digital thread; requirements generation, flowdown, tracking, needs analysis, validation/verification; integration and test; and full life cycle of the target system.  OJSE deals primarily with the science, methodology, and tools of systems engineering, rather than the results of the application of systems engineering that is the focus of other IEEE journals.

OJSE seeks scholarly papers that report original research on the methodologies, tools, principles, and applied engineering aspects of the process of systems engineering for complex systems. OJSE also seeks proposals for special issues. OJSE is an Open Access journal for which authors pay the publication costs.

For 2023, publication costs are projected to be $975 (USD) for a 10-page manuscript. While the official launch date for OJSE is January 2023, manuscript submissions are accepted beginning 1 April 2022. Manuscripts for OJSE are submitted at

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Access to Articles

OJSE is an Open Access journal and articles are provided free to the public and available on IEEE Xplore.

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IEEE Xplore offers free subscription to the alerting system. When a new article is posted for OJSE in IEEE Xplore, the system sends you an email with the link to the new content. Log in IEEE Xplore, go to the IEEE OJSE, page and select “Add Journal to My Alerts” at the top right corner.

Submission Instructions

The manuscripts should be prepared and submitted according to detailed instructions provided on the Authors’ Instructions page. The manuscripts should present original work in the scope of the journal and must be exclusively submitted to this journal, must not have been published before, and must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Significantly enhanced and expanded versions of papers published in conference proceedings can be submitted as long as a detailed description of the enhancements is provided. Since IEEE must own the copyright of the technical contributions that it publishes, an electronic Copyright Form must be submitted at the time of manuscript submission. Manuscripts for OJSE are submitted at

Special Issue Proposals

IEEE OJSE encourages proposals for Special Issues. Proposals for special issues are submitted to the Editor-in-Chief.  A template for proposing a special issue and an example of a special issue proposal is provided below to aid in the preparation of your proposal. 

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Questions concerning the submission of regular papers submitted to regular issues should be sent to the EiC. Questions concerning papers submitted to special issues should be sent to the respective guest editors shown on the call for papers of the specific special issue. Questions, comments and suggestions, and any other problem concerning the journal as well as any questions concerning papers accepted in special issues should be sent to the EiC.



IEEE Aerospace & Electronic Systems

The field of interest shall be the organization, systems engineering, design, development, integration, and operation of complex systems for space, air, ocean, or ground environments. These systems include but are not limited to navigation, avionics, mobile electric power and electronics, radar, sonar, telemetry, military, law-enforcement, automatic test, simulators, and command and control.



IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society

Development of systems engineering technology including problem definition methods, modeling, and simulation, methods of system experimentation, human factors engineering, data and methods, systems design techniques and test and evaluation methods.

Integration of the theories of communication, control, cybernetics, stochastics, optimization, and system structure towards the formulation of a general theory of systems. Application at hardware and software levels to the analysis and design of biological, ecological, socio-economic, social service, computer information, and operational man-machine systems.


IEEE Systems Council

Formed in 2005, the IEEE Systems Council promotes, encourages, and supports the technical, academic and application aspects of systems engineering and systems thinking through its own activities, and with its Society members through joint activities for the growth of Council Affiliate membership, member Society membership, and for addressing overall global challenges.



W. Dale Blair

Georgia Tech Research Institute
United States
3 (Southeastern U.S.)

Dr. Ljiljana Trajkovic

Associate Editor-in-Chief, IEEE OJSE
Simon Fraser University
7 (Canada)

Editorial Board

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For more information on the journals of the Systems Council, contact the VP Publications:

Paolo Carbone

University of Perugia
8 (Africa, Europe, Middle East)