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The IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS (TWC) invites the submission of high-quality technical manuscripts on advances in the state-of-the-art of wireless communications.  Both theoretical contributions (including new techniques, concepts, and analyses) and practical contributions (including system experiments, prototypes, and new applications) are encouraged.

Submission Instructions and Requirements

Transactions Papers should be concisely written and must be no longer than 30 single-column double-spaced pages (12-point font, approximately 30 lines per page with 6.5-inch line length) including the title, names of authors and their complete contact information, abstract, index terms, text, equations, figures, tables, appendices if any, and all references.  References can be in 10 point font.  Figures and tables should be placed along with text, rather than at the end of the paper. These requirements can be met easily by using the IEEEtran.cls file along with this heading and standard 1 inch margins, which need not even be specified: \documentclass[12pt, draftclsnofoot, onecolumn]{IEEEtran}.   Official templates, if desired, can be accessed here.

Manuscripts which violate these requirements will be returned without review. The only exception is for revised papers where the required changes require substantial additional material, in which case the limit shall be a maximum 32 pages, if the permission of the handling Editor is given.  In general, however, revised papers must also be 30 pages.  In all cases, authors are responsible for page charges as spelled out below, which should serve as an additional incentive to be as concise as possible.

Two part papers that cannot each stand on their own merits will not be considered for publication.  Papers should not include “Part I” or “Part II” in their title.

Transactions Comments or Corrections are used to make extremely specific comments on papers that were published in TWC, and typically serve the purpose of pointing out an important error or to propose an erratum or correction. Transactions Comments or Corrections are usually very short (often less than a printed page) and cannot contain any original contribution.  Only Comments and Corrections that are deemed to contain critical information for the readership are considered for publication.

All submissions are handled Electronically through  the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications Manuscript Central Web Site (

Note that IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications is a hybrid journal that allows Open Access, at an additional charge of $1,950 per article, paid by the authors, in addition to the below page charges. If you choose the Open Access option you should contact the production staff ( upon submission of the final materials to insure that your paper will be classified correctly.


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

Paper Organization and Format

All papers must be written in fluent English, or will be returned without review.  The title should be descriptive and specific.  The abstract should be 75 to 200 words and concisely summarize the contribution of the paper.  The introduction shall motivate the contribution, review relevant prior work placed in the context of the proposed contribution, and summarize the main outcomes of the paper.  The main body of the paper is followed by Conclusions, which do not restate the claims in the abstract, but rather provides a summary of key takeaways from the paper, parting comments, and helpful suggestions for future work.  The conclusions may, if necessary be followed by an appendix with heavy derivations, and then finally, the references.

*Note that IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications now accepts manuscripts for publication that are developed in Microsoft Word as well as Latex format.*  Latex is highly preferred for papers with more than about 10 equations.  In all cases, the actual submitted manuscript should be in PDF form. 

Policy on Double Submission

Material that has been previously copyrighted, published, or accepted for publication will not be considered for publication. 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 any substantially similar paper (published, under review, or to be submitted in the next two months) must be disclosed at the time of submission in Manuscript Central, and cited in the actual manuscript.  Please see our webpage on Conference vs. Journal submissions for details regarding submissions that have or will appear in part at a conference.   The official IEEE guidelines can be read here:

Time Frame for Paper Revision

As TWC is committed to the timely publication of very high-quality papers, authors are required to revise their papers within six weeks. All revised manuscripts that are not returned to the reviewing system within eight weeks will be rejected unless a special extension is obtained from the Editor-in-Chief.

IEEE Copyright Form

The IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications requires, when a submitted manuscript is uploaded to the Manuscript Central web site (, a signed copy of the IEEE Copyright Form. While submitting your paper, at the end of the process, after confirming your submission, you will automatically be redirected to a fully digital version of the IEEE Copyright Form. It includes an important feature (the Wizard) 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.

Page Charges 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 US$110.00 per printed Transactions page, for the first eight pages, to cover part of the cost of the publication. Payment of these page charges is not a prerequisite for publication. The authors will receive 100 free reprints if the page charge is honored.

All submissions that are accepted for publication are subject to a mandatory page charge of $220.00 for each Transactions page exceeding eight printed pages. This mandatory overlength charge is based on the final typeset length, including biographies and pictures. Detailed instructions and an invoice will accompany the page proofs.

Electronic Posting Policy

Author submitting manuscripts for review to ComSoc publications should be aware of the IEEE policy on "Electronic Preprints".  The policy particularly applies to authors who post part or all of a submitted manuscript on a Web site, such as or their own personal website.  This policy is found in the Publication Services and Products Board (PSPB) Operations Manual, in Section 8.1.10B, that is,

Electronic Preprints.  Upon submitting an article to the IEEE for review and possible publication, the author must add the following notice to the first screen of any of his/her previously posted electronic preprint versions of the paper.  "This work has been submitted to the IEEE for possible publication.  Copyright may be transferred without notice, after which this version may no longer be accessible."

When IEEE accepts the work for publication, the author must add the IEEE copyright notice shown in Section 8.1.10A above to any previously posted electronic version of the particular paper submitted and provide IEEE with the electronic address (URL, ftp address, etc.) of the primary electronic posting.

When IEEE publishes the work, the author must replace the previous electronic version of the accepted paper with either (1) the full citation to the IEEE work or (2) the IEEE published version, including the IEEE copyright notice and full citation.  Prior to revised version of the paper must not be represented as the published version

Please also note that any additional or supplemental materials posted with such a paper on such a website, such as extended Proofs and derivations not in the submitted paper, should be disclosed and referred to at the time of submission.  Under no circumstances can such material be moved there from the submitted paper, particularly after acceptance, unless explicitly directed to do so by the Editor or Editor-in-Chief.

Guidelines for Author Supplied Electronic Text and Graphics

 For further details and/or if you have any questions/suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact:

Martin Haenggi