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IEEE Communications Magazine Reviewer Guidelines


Reviewing papers for IEEE Communications Magazine has two functions: to provide feedback on articles that guarantees a high-quality publication and to provide feedback to authors that may assist them in preparing quality manuscripts for submission in the future.

Reviewers should strive to offer feedback that is useful to the authors in revising their manuscripts for publication or rewriting a manuscript for resubmission to IEEE Communications Magazine at a later date.

The former option is appropriate for those articles that have sufficient technical content so that judicious revisions can result in a high-quality article for publication. The latter option is appropriate when the author(s) submitted an article that is not appropriate for publication, or even consideration, in IEEE Communications Magazine. In the latter case the review should contain sufficient information to allow the author to understand the type of article that is appropriate.

In some sense, reviewing for IEEE Communications Magazine is more closely akin to participating in the development of the articles than in passing judgment on suitability. But, reviewers should be clear about whether they are asking for a revision that is expected to render the article publishable or they are asking for a revision that should be submitted as a new article and are rejecting the old one. With respect to the latter, statements such as "The article in its current form is not appropriate for publication in IEEE Communications Magazine. On the other hand, there are several ideas that, if developed, could lead to an article that would be very interesting to the readers of IEEE Communications Magazine. For example, ..." are entirely appropriate.



This is NOT a paper intended for a theoretical or highly specialized scientific journal!

  • Articles published in IEEE Communications Magazine should be tutorial in nature and should be written in a style comprehensible to readers outside the specialty of the article.

  • Articles may be edited for clarity and grammatical accuracy, and will be copyedited according to the magazine's style.

  • Mathematical equations should not be used. In justified cases up to three simple equations could be allowed, provided you have the consent of the Guest Editor. The inclusion of more than three equations requires permission from the Editor-in-Chief.

  • References should be included only to guide readers to more information on the topic; the reference list should not include every available source. A limit of 15 references is recommended. The inclusion of more than 15 references requires permission from the Editor-in-Chief. References to Web pages should be checked immediately for accessibility before submitting material to the Production Staff.

  • Articles should not exceed 4500 words.

    • Note that the guest editor is primarily responsible for checking the length of the article

  • Figures and tables should be limited to a combined total of six.

In addition:

  • The primary consideration for an article is its value to the readers. Articles should be timely, relevant, and tutorially oriented.

  • The article must be nonredundant in the sense that there are not already appropriate tutorially-oriented articles readily accessible to the readers of IEEE Communications Magazine.

  • Everything that is said must be technically correct. Technical sloppiness must be pointed out in every instance to the best of the ability of the reviewer.

Please check if the reviewed work is a part of a larger entity containing several articles on the same topic, i.e., a Special Issue (SI) or a Feature Topic (FT). If yes, please take this into account in your review (some issues you think are missing in the reviewed article could be, in fact, discussed in some of the related articles). If necessary ask the editor handling the SI or FT for some information on the content of remaining articles.

If you have trouble using the review form in Manuscript Central, you can print the form locally from your browser and submit manually to the editor. Please advise the editor you are having trouble with Manuscript Central and so are submitting your review in this manner.



Summary of guidelines for review of manuscripts submitted to IEEE Communications Magazine for consideration for publication:

  • Please provide a one-paragraph description of the content of this manuscript.

  • Please identify and discuss the contribution of this manuscript. Please include in your discussion items such as the following:

    • Does the paper have significant tutorial content? That is, is there enough background provided so that the generalist in networking can understand its main contributions? Elaborate.

    • Does the paper contain original contributions? What is the nature of the contributions?

    • Is there a description of lessons learned that are given to the readers to help the readers avoid pitfalls in their own work?

    • Is there a need for a paper such as this in the ComSoc community? For example, are there articles that are already available which cover more or less the same topic at about the same depth?

  • Please comment on the organization of the paper, and offer any suggestions that you think will improve the paper and its readability.

  • Please comment on the technical correctness of the manuscript in general, identify any specific technical inaccuracies that you find, and make suggestions for correcting those.

  • Please discuss the quality of the citations in this manuscript. If you think the citations should be improved, please provide specific references or sources of articles, such as journals or magazines, that should be consulted.

  • If the manuscript does not require major revision, please provide a list of minor changes, such as spelling or grammatical errors, that need to be made. Please use the format "p. 7., l. 18 somth ==> smooth" to mean "on line18 of page 7, correct the spelling from somth to smooth."

  • Please provide a summary comment on the overall suitability of the paper for publication in IEEE CommunicationsMagazine, assuming the recommended revisions are made. For example, if this is an outstanding contribution, please so state. If a major revision is needed, please so state. If the manuscript requires major editing, please so state.