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Optical Communications and Networks

Series Topic


Optical Communications have evolved as a key technology in today’s information age, providing unprecedented communication capacity and cost-effective interconnecting capability to support bandwidth-hungry applications, such as cloud computing, file sharing and storage, and real-time video communications.  

IEEE Optical Communications Series (OCS) is a specific series of IEEE Communications Magazine, a flagship IEEE publication with a global readership, dedicated to the exciting field of optical communications. It publishes top-quality, high-impact, original and unpublished Magazine-style articles in all areas of optical communications and networking, covering aspects such as research, development, standardization, education, and applications in this field. The Series consists of two main issues published biannually, every February and August, along with feature topic issues focusing on emerging technology trends. Such feature topics can be scheduled for publication either within or outside the two OCS issues. 

IEEE Optical Communications Series invites manuscript submissions addressing the following topics:

  • Optical networks supporting core, metro, access, and data center applications
  • Novel multi-layer architectures and protocols (Ethernet, Internet, Physical Layer)
  • Novel architectures and protocols for multi-domain optical networks
  • Novel optical networking systems and architectures
  • Novel optical switching technologies, devices and architectures
  • Novel control and management mechanisms for optical networks
  • Novel digital signal processing technologies for optical communications
  • Next generation optical transport systems
  • Optical components, devices and subsystems
  • Software defined optical networks
  • Security in optical networks
  • Flexible-grid elastic optical networks (EONs)
  • Energy-efficient/green optical communications systems and optical networks
  • Protection and restoration in optical networks
  • Performance analysis of optical communications and networking systems
  • Chip-scale optical communications
  • Optical network virtualization
  • Network functions virtualization (NFV) in optical networks
  • Data analytics for optical network and service management, and knowledge-based optical networks
  • Hybrid networks for fixed-mobile convergence
  • Fiber-based and free-space optical communications
  • Industry developments and deployments in optical communications
  • Educational programs and research collaborations in optical communications
  • Emerging standards in optical communications


Zuqing Zhu
University of Science and Technology of China

Xiang Liu
Huawei Technologies, USA