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IEEE Communications Letters (COMML) publishes letters on the frontiers of research within the field of interest of the IEEE Communications Society in a timely manner. Material that has been previously copyrighted, published, or accepted for publication will not be considered for publication. In addition to the IEEE policies, IEEE COMML has a strict policy regarding pre-publication, double-submission or plagiarism. Such cases are considered as author misconduct, and will result in the rejection of the manuscript(s), as well as in a minimum 6 month ban for the author(s) to submit manuscripts to fully owned IEEE Communications Society publications.

IEEE Communications Letters uses a web-based submission and review processing of manuscripts. It is requested that you submit your manuscript through the Communications Letters Manuscript Central Web Site.

IEEE Communications Letters follows the double-blind
review process

IEEE COMML follows a double-blind review process. This means that in addition to the reviewers being unknown to the authors, the authors are also unknown to the reviewers. The double-blind review process is a way to prevent bias or the perception of bias towards any author.

To preserve the required anonymity, all submissions to IEEE COMML cannot contain any information that identifies the authors, their places of work or their funding sources.

The authors submitting their manuscripts to IEEE COMML for review need to comply with the following rules:

  • Remove names and affiliations from the manuscript. Use instead Author 1, Author 2, etc. (the number of authors need to match the one provided under Manuscript Central). The same in the footnote for the affiliations.
  • When referring to their prior work, the authors need to avoid using terms as "my" or "our" but should reference the work in the third person (e.g., "It was shown that [ref]...").
  • Remove references to funding sources.
  • Remove acknowledgments.
  • Make sure that the figures do not contain any affiliation related identifier.
  • Do not submit the IEEE Copyright Form with the manuscript.

Note that lack of affiliation, funding, etc., is for the submitted manuscript, and not for the final accepted/publishable paper. Additionally, the IEEE Copyright Form will need to be submitted for the accepted/publishable paper.

Submission Format

Letters must be concisely written and no longer than 5-page limit in IEEE standard print format (10-point single-spaced double-column version) using the IEEE style files. Letters not exceeding 4 printed pages will not incur page charges. 5-page letters will incur an overlength charge of US$220. This includes the title; names of authors and their complete contact information (see above for instructions to submit the manuscript for review); abstract; index terms; text; figures and tables; and references. The abstract should be 75- to 100-words, clearly outlining the scope and contributions of the letter.

Authors are required to upload the manuscript as a PDF file at the time of submission.  Manuscripts that fail to comply with the above guidelines will not be processed further.

All submissions must be classified by the authors with an EDICS (Editor’s Information Classification Scheme), provided at the end of this page. Failure to do so will likely result in a delay of the peer review process.

As additional documents for review, the authors need to upload PDF versions of all items in the reference list that are not publicly available, such as unpublished (submitted) papers. For these documents, please follow the rules mentioned above to comply with the double-blind policy. Furthermore, in this case, remove the names of the authors from the list of references.

Note that the manuscript needs to contain all necessary information for the readers to understand the work.

For more information on how to prepare a journal manuscript, the authors are referred to the IEEE author-Digital tools.

Time Frame for Paper Revision

IEEE COMML is committed to the timely publication of high-quality letters. It permits one “reject-resubmission allowed” and two “accept-minor revisions” decisions. The authors have 75 and 21 days to address the reviewers’ comments in the former and latter case, respectively. The revised manuscripts must be returned to the reviewing Editor within the revision time, unless a special extension is obtained from the Editor. 

Submission of Final Materials

Following the instructions provided in the acceptance letter, the authors must submit their final materials through the “Awaiting final files” queue in the author center of the Manuscript Central within two weeks from the date of the paper acceptance. 

IEEE Copyright Form

The IEEE Copyright Form must be submitted for the accepted/publishable paper only, and not for the initial submission of the manuscript (in order to comply with the double blind policy of the journal). The authors will be required to complete the IEEE Electronic Copyright Form after the submission of the final files related to the accepted paper, under Manuscript Central. 

Page Charge Policy

Overlength page charges are incurred only on papers that are longer than eight double-side pages. Therefore, the policy for page charges does not apply for the IEEE COMML

IEEE COMML is a hybrid journal allowing either:

  1. Traditional manuscript submission enables access to all qualified subscribers and purchasers via IEEE Xplore. No open access (OA) payment is required.
  2. Open access (author-pays OA) manuscript submission at the discounted rate of US$2045 per article.
    The OA option, if selected, enables unrestricted public access to the article via IEEE Xplore. The OA option is offered to the author at the time the manuscript is accepted. If selected, the OA fee must be paid before the article is published in the journal. If you have unusual circumstances about this, please contact the Editor-in-Chief.

The IEEE peer review standard of excellence is applied consistently to all submissions. All accepted articles are included in the print issue mailed to subscribers.

If you choose the Open Access option you should contact the Production Staff 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 ORCID. 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 email/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.

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