The journal Real-Time Systems publishes papers, short papers and correspondence articles that concentrate on real-time computing principles and applications. The contents include research papers, invited papers, project reports and case studies, standards and corresponding proposals for general discussion, and a partitioned tutorial on real-time systems as a continuing series.

The range of coverage is broad, including requirements engineering, specification and verification techniques, design methods and tools, programming languages, operating systems, scheduling algorithms, architecture, hardware and interfacing, dependability and safety, distributed and other novel architectures, wired and wireless communications, wireless sensor systems, distributed databases, artificial intelligence techniques, expert systems, and application case studies.

Real-time systems find application in command and control systems, process control, flight control, avionics, defense systems, vision and robotics, pervasive and ubiquitous computing, and an abundance of embedded systems.

  • Explores on real-time computing principles and applications
  • Presents research papers, invited papers, project reports and case studies, and tutorials
  • Covers specification and verification techniques, design methods and tools, programming languages, operating systems, scheduling algorithms, architecture, and more

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Editor-in-Chief
  • Luis Almeida
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Hybrid (Transformative Journal). How to publish with us, including Open Access

Journal metrics

1.865 (2021)
Impact factor
1.858 (2021)
Five year impact factor
83 days
Submission to first decision (Median)
32,767 (2021)
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  • Call for Papers: Predictable Machine Learning

    We are currently seeking papers for a Special Issue on Predictable Machine Learning. Submission deadline: October 31st, 2022. Read the full update here for more information.

  • Most Downloaded and Cited Articles

    We thank the many authors who have brought their important contributions to Real-Time Systems. Here we highlight some of the journal’s most downloaded and most cited articles of 2021.

  • Real-Time Systems Test-of-Time Award

    We are pleased to announce that two articles published in Real-Time Systems have been named recipients of the 2021 Real-Time Systems Test-of-Time Award! This award, granted by the Technical Committee on Real-Time Systems (TCRTS) of the IEEE Computer Society, recognizes work that had a lasting impact on the Real-time systems community. In celebration of this, we will be providing free access to these articles. Read more here!

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1573-1383
Print ISSN
0922-6443
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