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IEEE Network Paper Submission Guidelines

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  • Articles should be tutorial in nature and should be written in a style comprehensible to readers outside the specialty of the article.

  • Articles may be edited for clarity and grammatical accuracy, and will be copyedited according to the magazine's style. Please refer to The IEEE Communications Society Publications Department Style Guide when preparing your article.

  • Mathematical equations should be kept to a minimum, and not be used unless they are vital to the presentation. If the article has numerous equations, please contact the Guest Editor (or the Editor-in-Chief) to discuss.

  • References should be included only to guide readers to more information on the topic; the reference list should not include every available source. A limit of 15 references is recommended. The inclusion of more than 15 references requires permission from the Editor-in-Chief. References to Web pages should be checked immediately for accessibility before submitting material to the Production Staff. Use footnotes only where necessary.

  • Articles should not exceed 4500 words.

  • Figures and tables should be limited to a combined total of six. If the article exceeds these recommended limits, contact the Guest Editor (or the Editor-in-Chief) handling the manuscript.



  • Submission of articles to IEEE Network is through ScholarOne Manuscripts at

  • During preparation of the article for submission, prospective authors may wish to consult the guidelines for manuscripts and the Author Guidelines applicable to authors whose papers have been accepted. Time may be saved by paying careful attention to those instructions at an early stage.

  • Also, potential authors may wish to consult the Reviewer Guidelines used by the referees in reviewing manuscripts and preparing comments and critiques to authors. While each referee will have an additional set of considerations, the general guidelines are used by ALL referees, so authors may save considerable time by considering those guidelines.

  • Potential authors should note that the primary difference between submission for consideration and submission for publication is that the publisher needs original text in order to be able to lay out the magazine while the reviewer needs only a clean, readable version.



Prior to submitting proposals for new feature topics please consult the Guest Editor Kit.



See the Author Guidelines.


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



ComSoc is committed to providing fair and impartial treatment of each paper submitted to its magazines. Unless there is a clear content-related problem with the article, it will receive at least three reviews that are used by the responsible editor for making a recommendation to the EiC. The EiC then makes the final decision based on the combination of the editor recommendation and reviews. In the event that the author(s) find a compelling reason to disagree with the decision, the IEEE Policies and Procedures specify the rights of authors to appeal an editorial decision. This policy is specified in Section 8.2.3 of the IEEE Publications Services and Products Operations Board Manual (PSPB).

Note that there are situations where papers may receive positive reviews and yet still be legitimately rejected. For example, if there are multiple papers covering essentially the same content submitted to the same Special Issue, the editors must choose the best paper among them. Note also that Special Issues have space for a limited number of papers, and consequently must choose the set of papers that have both excellent review scores and best cover the breadth of the topic.