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Each issue of the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications (J-SAC) is devoted to a specific technical area within the scope of the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc). Papers submitted to J-SAC must be targeted to a specific issue for which a call for papers has been published. These calls for papers are published in J-SAC, in other appropriate ComSoc publications, and on the J-SAC website. All submissions are reviewed by competent referees selected by the guest editors of J-SAC special issues and are considered on the basis of their significance, novelty, and usefulness to the J-SAC readership.

IEEE and ComSoc take very seriously author misconduct, including plagiarism and multiple submissions. The IEEE policies governing the response to such misconduct are described in section 8.2.4 of the IEEE Publications Services and Products Board Operations Manual. In addition to the IEEE policies, pre-publication author misconduct, such as double-submission or plagiarism, will result in rejection of the manuscript(s), and a minimum 6 month ban on submissions to fully owned ComSoc publications by the author(s).

With respect to authors' previously published or to-be-published work, material which has been previously copyrighted, published, or accepted for publication will not in general be considered for publication in J-SAC. Exceptions to this rule include an author's prior publications that have had limited distribution, have been printed in abstract form only, or have appeared in conference records or digests. All papers are considered on the basis of their individual merit alone, and the fact that a paper may have been accepted for presentation at a conference does not ensure its acceptance for publication in J-SAC. In many cases, a conference paper must be substantially revised to meet the technical standards maintained by J-SAC. A manuscript identical to or largely based upon a conference paper must be so identified. Please refer to IEEE's policy on originality of content for more detailed information on the use of previously-published work as the basis for a J-SAC submission.

J-SAC is a hybrid journal that permits both traditional subscription-based content as well as open access, author-pays content. The quality of the review process for open access and traditional articles is the same. Any open access papers published within J-SAC are included in the hardcopy as well IEEE Xplore versions. Please consult Open Access for J-SAC for more information.

Journal papers should be concisely written and be no longer than 30 double-spaced pages in single-column format, inclusive of figures and tables. The text portion of the manuscript should be in 12-point font with approximately 30 lines per page and 6.5-inch line length. Authors are required to submit their manuscripts in both the single-column format as well as the single-spaced double-column IEEE format (as discussed below). It is essential that each manuscript be accompanied by index terms and a 75- to 200-word abstract clearly outlining the scope and contributions of the paper.

To enhance the appearance of your article on IEEEXplore®, a graphical abstract can be displayed along with traditional text. The graphical abstract should provide a clear, visual summary of your article’s findings by means of an image, animation, video, or audio clip.

NOTE: The graphical abstract is considered a part of the technical content of the article, and you must provide it for peer review during the article submission process.

For more information about graphical abstracts and their specifications, please visit the IEEE Author Center.

Please note that the graphical abstract provided by the author will need to follow a standard naming convention. Please inform your EICs that an author providing  graphical abstract should identify it as follows:

For an image-only graphical abstract, the author should label it:


For video graphical abstract, the author needs to also include a cover image for the video to display as a still frame (or static image) in front of the video:


For audio graphical abstract, the author needs to also include a cover image for the audio file to display as a static image for the audio:


And then also add on the Paper Submissions Guidelines page at the end.

GRAPHICAL ABSTRACT: This journal accepts graphical abstracts and they must be peer reviewed. For more information about graphical abstracts and their specifications, please visit the IEEE Author Center.

Overlength Page Charges:

All papers submitted before December 31, 2019 that are accepted for publication are subject to a mandatory page charge of US$220.00 for each journal page exceeding eight printed pages. All papers submitted after January 1, 2020 that are accepted for publication are subject to a mandatory page charge of US$220.00 for each journal page exceeding ten printed pages.

Double-column version of manuscript. *You are required to also submit a roughly formatted version of the manuscript in single-spaced, double-column (2-column), IEEE format (10-point font size), using the IEEE style files. (Though this application allows you to extend equations beyond the column width in the submitted version of the article, JSAC style does not permit this in the published version. Publications staff will relocate any equations that extend into the margin to the top of the following page and will change your text to accommodate the move. You may prefer to do this yourself so the text will more adequately reflect your intentions and you will be able to determine more accurately the length of your paper.) This version will serve as a confirmation of the approximate publication length of the manuscript at submission, and gives an additional confirmation of your understanding that any manuscript which exceeds 10 (8 if the paper was submitted before December 31, 2019) journal pages will have mandatory overlength charges of $220 per page applied.

Please note that sometimes Guest Editors will impose a maximum allowable page length to accepted papers for their issue. Maximum allowable page length IS NOT the same as overlength page charges. Authors are still responsible for paying the overlength page charge of $220 per page for any manuscript which exceeds 10 (8 if the paper was submitted before December 31, 2019) journal pages, even if the maximum allowable page length for their issue is 11 (9 if the paper was submitted before December 31, 2019) or more journal pages.

The maximum allowable page length is not the same for all JSAC issues. It depends both on how many papers are accepted for that issue, and how many total pages have been used up by earlier JSAC issues in that year. For example, if an issue has only 10 papers accepted (a very small number) then there might be NO maximum imposed. An author could turn in a final paper of 20 pages, and that would be OK (however, overlength page charges would still be incurred for all pages beyond 10 (8 if the paper was submitted before December 31, 2019). If however an issue has 25 papers accepted, then a page limit of 12 pages per paper might be imposed. At the time of initial submission, it is not yet known whether or not a maximum allowable page limit will be imposed (since we don't yet know how many papers will be accepted), but the limit for avoiding page charges is known (it equals 10 (8 if the paper was submitted before December 31, 2019)).

All papers must be written in English. Introductory discussion should be kept to a minimum, and material published elsewhere should be referenced rather than reproduced or paraphrased. Authors should strive for maximum clarity of expression, bearing in mind that the purpose of publication is dissemination of technical knowledge and that an excessively complex or poorly written presentation can only obscure the significance of the work described. Care should be taken in the organization of the paper, such that a logical and consistent progression of thought is evident. It is strongly suggested that theorems, derivations, calculations, and other elements of a paper which are not essential to the continuity of the text be placed in Appendices. Authors with language difficulties should, whenever possible, obtain the assistance of a colleague fluent in English before submitting a manuscript for publication. For pre-submission professional editing assistance and services, IEEE has approved SPI Publisher Services. Please go directly to the SPI Publisher Services website.

All authors must enclose signed IEEE copyright forms when their paper is submitted for possible publication. All papers must have company clearance before submission and are presumed to contain no proprietary material unprotected by patent or patent application. Responsibility for technical content and for protection of proprietary material rests solely with the author and the author's organization and is in no way the responsibility of the IEEE or its editorial staff. The format of manuscript submitted to the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications must follow IEEE editorial and typographical standards. For more information on preparing a manuscript, please refer to the Information for Authors website. Authors should follow the submission instructions of the specific Call for Papers for each issue of JSAC.

Authors should be aware of the IEEE Policy on Electronic Preprints.

Once a paper is accepted for publication, supplementary materials, such as author biographies and photographs and original illustrations, will be requested. Follow the instructions at the JSAC Checklist for Authors page. Authors of accepted manuscripts must provide the final version of their manuscript in LaTex along with a .pdf file of the article and a hardcopy or PDF file of the copyright form. An IEEE LaTeX style file can be obtained by email from or by visiting the CTAN website. You can also download a pdf of instructions on how to use the IEEEtran class from the same page, as well as the bare_jrnl.tex file that can be used as a template. Figures, tables, and author photographs should be submitted electronically. TIFF, postscript, and encapsulated postscript files (eps) are accepted for graphics. Before submitting graphics, please review the electronic graphics guidelines available on the Web at JSAC Electronic Submissions of Manuscripts.

After a manuscript has been accepted for publication, the author's company or institution will be requested to pay a charge of $110 per printed page for the first 8 pages to cover part of the cost of publication. These page charges (for the first 8 pages) are not obligatory, nor is the payment a prerequisite for publication.


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 website. 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.

English language editing services can help refine the language of your article and reduce the risk of rejection without review.  IEEE authors are eligible for a 10% discount at American Journal Experts; visit the American Journal Experts website to learn more. Please note these services are fee-based and do not guarantee acceptance.