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Publication Date

Second Quarter 2023

Manuscript Submission Deadline

Special Issue

Call for Papers

Thanks to its three major enablers, i.e., enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB), massive machine type communications (mMTC), and ultra-reliable low latency communications (URLLC), 5G communications paved the way to use cases such as networked robotics and autonomous systems, distributed and collaborative sensor/actuator technologies, personalized user experience and extended reality. These applications seek lower latency (100 microseconds at peak rate), faster speed (i.e., 100x), and higher penetration per square kilometer (i.e., 10x).

Expected to become a reality in 2030, 6G communications call for efficient and effective solutions that align with the 6G roadmap. With this in mind, the Special Issue on Network Enablers for 6G Use Cases invites researchers to submit their original contributions leveraging transformational methods, techniques, and platforms to advance state-of-the-art and address open issues and challenges from the standpoint of networking in the realization of 6G Use Cases.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Novel approaches for design, planning, and control to ensure ultra-reliable and resilient services over 6G networks
  • Bridging agility, flexibility, and personalized user experience
  • Novel and transformative methodologies and paradigms for AI-enabled 6G network automation
  • Networking challenges in the convergence of satellite, aerial and terrestrial networks for maximized coverage
  • Networking impacts of THz and Reconfigurable Intelligent Surfaces (RIS) communications
  • Role of blockchains in the realization of spectrum efficiency
  • Massive MIMO-based solutions for spectrum usage in 6G use cases
  • 6G- and 6G use case-specific network security solutions
  • Transformative methodologies to achieve sustainability goals in the 6G Era
  • Edge integration into a complete Cloud Continuum for 6G
  • Optical Core, Metro, and Inter-DC network design and operation catering to 6G Services
  • Quantum Networking and Computing
  • Data and management plane solutions for fiber-wireless convergence in 6G scenarios
  • Experimental results and experimentation platforms for 6G networks

Submission Guidelines 

Manuscripts should conform to the standard format indicated in the Manuscript Submission Guidelines on the IEEE Networking Letters website. Please, check these guidelines carefully before submitting since submissions not complying with them will be administratively rejected without review.

All manuscripts to be considered for publication must be submitted by the deadline through the Author Portal. Select the "IEEE Networking Letters Special Issue on Networking Enablers for 6G Use Cases" topic from the drop-down menu at the time of submission.

Important Dates

Manuscript Submission Deadline: 31 January 2023
First Round of Decision Notification: 15 March 2023
Final Decision: 10 April 2023
Final Manuscript Due: 25 April 2023
Target Publication Date: Second Quarter 2023

Guest Editors

Burak Kantarci
University of Ottawa, Canada

Paolo Monti
Chalmers University of Technologies, Sweden

Raouf Boutaba
University of Waterloo, Canada