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Instructions For Authors

The IEEE Transactions on Cognitive Communications and Networking invites the submission of high-quality technical manuscripts that advance to the state-of-the-art of cognitive communications and networking research. Cognitive in this context means the applications of perception, learning, reasoning, memory and adaptive approaches in the design of communication systems. Manuscripts reporting on original theoretical and/or experimental work of permanent reference value are welcome. In general, material which has been previously copyrighted, published, or accepted for publication will not be considered for publication in this Transactions. Exceptions to this rule include items that have limited distribution, have appeared in Abstract form only, or have appeared only in conference proceedings; notice of such prior publication or concurrent submission elsewhere must be given at the time of submission to this TransactionsA manuscript identical to, or largely based on, a conference paper must be so identified. All papers are reviewed by competent referees and are considered on the basis of their significance, novelty, and usefulness to the Transactions readership.

Submission Guidelines

Transactions Papers should be concisely written and be submitted in one column double-spaced format (12-point font, approximately 30 lines per page with 6.5-in line length) and cannot be longer than 30 pages including text, tables, and figures.  Authors are required to upload the manuscript in double-spaced single-column format as a PDF or Word file and also the single-spaced double-column version of the manuscript at the time of submission. Figures must be used sparingly and repetitive patterns or results omitted.  Authors can download a LaTeX template for their submission. Submitted manuscripts significantly exceeding these guidelines will be returned to the authors for revision before being reviewed. It is essential that each manuscript be accompanied by a 75- to 200-word abstract clearly outlining the scope and contributions of the paper and a list of up to five keywords should be included on the manuscript. The list of IEEE keywords is available by sending an email message to  All papers should be written in English. Introductory discussion should be kept at a minimum and material published elsewhere should be referenced rather than reproduced or paraphrased. Authors should strive for maximum clarity of expression, bearing in mind that the purpose of publication is the dissemination of technical knowledge and that an excessively complex or poorly written presentation can only obscure the significance of the work described. Care should be taken in the organization of the material such that contributions of the work and a logical, consistent progression of thought are evident. It is strongly suggested that material which is not essential to the continuity of the text (e.g., proofs, derivations, or calculations) be placed in Appendixes.

Copyright Form

The IEEE Transactions on Cognitive Communications and Networking requires, when final files for an accepted manuscript are uploaded, a signed copy of the IEEE Copyright Form. At the end of the upload process of your final files, you will automatically be redirected to a fully digital version of the IEEE Copyright Form that, through a series of questions and replies, determines the author's copyright status and brings the author to the appropriate Form to electronically sign.

Electronic Submission

Submissions should be made using the IEEE Transactions on Cognitive Communications and Networking Web-based editorial processing system at Submission instructions, including how to create an author account on the site, are available on line. Submissions in Portable Document Format (PDF) as well as Microsoft Word (DOC) are accepted. When printed, the manuscript must satisfy all the page count guidelines noted above. In addition, the author will be asked to provide (i) the name, email, and contact information of all the authors; and (ii) the title and a text-only version of the abstract. Only electronic submissions that conform to the respective guidelines will be accepted for review.

All authors should have company clearance before submission. Submitted papers are assumed to contain no proprietary material unprotected by patent or patent application; responsibility for technical content and for protection of proprietary material rests solely with the author(s) and their organizations and is not the responsibility of the IEEE or its Editorial Staff. The format of papers submitted to the IEEE Transactions on Cognitive Communications and Networking  should follow IEEE editorial and typographical standards, as described in "Information for IEEE Authors," available on request from the IEEE Transactions/Journals Department, 445 Hoes Lane, Piscataway, NJ 08855-1331 USA or by email to

Open Access Option

Please note that you have the option to make your article "open-access", i.e., available to non-subscribers from IEEE Xplore, for a fee of $1950 paid to the IEEE. If you wish for your article to be open access, please select the appropriate option during the electronic submission process. Note that this fee is in addition to any overlength page charges you may be assessed.

More information about IEEE open access policy may be found at:


All IEEE publications require an Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) for all authors. ORCID is a persistent unique identifier for researchers and functions similarly to an article’s Digital Object Identifier (DOI). ORCIDs enable accurate attribution and improved discoverability of an author’s published work. To create an ORCID, please visit The author will need a registered ORCID in order to submit a manuscript or review a proof in this journal.

Follow these steps to link a ScholarOne account to a registered ORCID:

1. Login to ScholarOne and click on your name in the top right corner of the screen.
2. Click E-mail / Name in the dropdown menu.
3. In the ORCID section at the top of the page, click the appropriate link to either register for a new ORCID or associate the account with an existing ORCID.
4. A new page will open to create and/or validate your ORCID. Once the validation is complete, the new page will close and you will return to ScholarOne.
5. Save the changes to your ScholarOne user account.

Authors who do not have an ORCID in their ScholarOne user account will be prompted to provide one during submission.
For more information on ORCID please visit the IEEE Support Center

Page Charge Policy

After a manuscript has been accepted for publication, the author's company or institution will be requested to pay a voluntary page charge of $110.00 per printed Transactions page, for the first eight pages of a paper, to cover part of the cost of the publication. Payment of page charges for this Transactions (in keeping with journals of other professional societies) is not a prerequisite for publication. All papers that are accepted for publication are subject to a mandatory page charge of $220.00 for each Transactions page exceeding eight printed pages.

Authors must upload to the Web-based editorial processing system at an electronic version of their paper after acceptance (PostScript files cannot be accepted). Make sure that as you make changes to the paper version you incorporate these changes into the final version before uploading. Try to adhere to the accepted style of this Transactions as much as possible. 

Policy on Plagiarism

All authors must comply with the IEEE Policy on Plagiarism and the IEEE Electronic Posting Policy. In addition to the IEEE policies, pre-publication author misconduct, such as double-submission or plagiarism, will result in immediate rejection of the manuscript(s), and a minimum 6 month ban on submissions to ComSoc publications by the author(s).

Consent of Co-Authors

The corresponding author of a paper accepts the responsibility for obtaining the consent from all co-authors to be designated as such, as well as their approval of all submitted, revised, and final versions of the manuscript. Failure to do so will result in immediate rejection of the manuscript and may draw further punishment from IEEE.

Guidelines for Author Supplied Electronic Text and Graphics

English language editing services can help refine the language of your article and reduce the risk of rejection without review.  IEEE authors are eligible for a 10% discount at American Journal Experts; visit to learn more. Please note these services are fee-based and do not guarantee acceptance.