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Spectrum Sharing and Aggregation for Future Wireless Networks


IEEE JSAC Special Issue on
Spectrum Sharing and Aggregation for Future Wireless Networks

The skyrocketing growth of mobile internet and internet of things is overwhelming the limited spectrum supply, and thus triggering an urgent need for smarter and improved spectrum usage to eliminate the spectrum supply-demand gap. Spectrum sharing and spectrum aggregation are promising approaches to facilitate efficient use of fragmented and under-utilized spectrum. Many rapid advances, research opportunities and technical challenges are contiguously emerging. Motivated by these observations, this special issue aims to capture the state-of-the-art advances in spectrum sharing and aggregation, and foster new avenues for research in this area. The topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Performance limits and bounds of spectrum sharing and aggregation.
  • Spectrum sharing and aggregation across licensed and unlicensed bands.
  • Spectrum sharing and aggregation in large-scale antenna systems.
  • Spectrum sharing and aggregation for hyper-dense heterogeneous networking.
  • Spectrum sharing and aggregation in massive access/connections systems.
  • Spectrum sharing and aggregation in satellite-ground communications systems.
  • Inter-operator spectrum sharing and aggregation.
  • Full duplex spectrum sharing and aggregation.
  • Geo-location database driven spectrum sharing and aggregation.
  • Security and privacy issues in spectrum sharing and aggregation.
  • Social and Economic issues in spectrum sharing and aggregation.

In addition to technical research results, we invite very high quality submissions of a tutorial or overview nature, including accessible summaries of important results to date, and/or visionary articles about future trends. We also welcome relevant creative papers outside of the areas enumerated here. Prospective authors can contact the Guest Editors regarding topics that are not listed.

Submission Guideline

Authors must follow the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications guidelines regarding the manuscript and its format. Important: for accepted papers typeset in the final IEEE format (single-spaced, double-column, 10-point font), all pages over the first 8 will attract page charges of 220$ per page. For details and templates, please refer to Submissions should go through EDAS ( according to the following schedule:

Initial paper submission: 4/15/2016 Extended to 5/7/2016
Reviews complete: 7/1/2016
Final materials to IEEE: 8/1/2016
Publication: 9/1/2016

Guest Editors

Theodoros A. Tsiftsis, Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan & TEI of Central Greece
Guoru Ding, Southeast University, China,
Zhu Han, University of Houston, USA,
George K. Karagiannidis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece,
Yulong Zou, Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China,
Lajos Hanzo, University of Southampton, UK,