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Published: 19 Nov 2021

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Submit a Feature Topic Proposal

The IEEE Communications Magazine (ComMag) is soliciting creative Feature Topic (FT) proposals to complement its Series and Open Call publication tracks. A Feature Topic (FT) is a group of papers focusing on a timely narrow-scope topic of interest to the readership of the magazine. They must not duplicate other publication tracks and must offer opportunities for manuscript streams not traditionally submitted to Series and Open Calls.

Potential Guest Editors (GEs) interested in organizing an FT should fill out and submit the online Feature Topic Proposals form. FT proposals should not be sent by email. Proposers must read and fully understand the IEEE Communications Magazine guidelines for authors, reviewers, and editors, and must pay special attention the Policy for Proposing and Organizing a Feature Topic. Proposals not taking all the magazine guidelines into full consideration cannot be accepted. It is highly recommended that as first step the lead GE fills initially the form with topic and proposed GE list (before taking the time to prepare a complete proposal and/or finalizing a committed list of GEs for this matter). If approved, the form can be updated with full proposal and Call for Papers.

We are interested in all topics within the magazine scope and as described in the above mentioned guidelines. The preferred topics however change over time. Current topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

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  • Communications for data centers
  • Telework
  • Telco IT
  • Telco big data
  • Mobile money
  • Telecommunications business, economy, policies, and strategy
  • Quantum communications
  • Communication technologies to mitigate climate change
  • Internet neutrality and regulation
  • Telecommunications infrastructures

Feature topics are not supposed to aim at attracting the type of papers that is entirely within the scope of IEEE Communications Magazine Series and is already submitted to them. Creative feature topic proposals that add new, innovative, and untraditional ideas to the magazine are desirable. While the topic may partially overlap with an existing Series, it must pose a unique angle that results in submission of papers that would not be traditionally submitted to this Series (quantitatively and qualitatively). For example, a cutting-edge niche topic focusing on a recent discovery/technology and its special applications can be of interest. Technical topics at the intersection with economic, social, regulatory, and legal issues/challenges are of interest. Editorial creativity and innovation are keys to having a successful proposal and feature topic.

Download the 2021 IEEE COMMUNICATIONS MAGAZINE Call for Feature Topic Proposals