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IEEE Networking Letters publishes high-quality, original research results derived from theoretical or experimental exploration of the area of communication/computer networking, covering all network layers except the physical layer, including architecture and design, protocols, control mechanisms, operations and management of access, core and edge networks. Although the Letters will not cover original work focusing on the physical layer, the letters will cover cross-layer design techniques including physical transmissions. In addition to the IEEE policies, IEEE Networking Letters 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 ComSoc publications.

IEEE Networking Letters uses a web-based submission and review processing of manuscripts. Manuscripts must be submitted through the IEEE Networking Letters Manuscript Central Web Site.

Submission Format

Letters must be concisely written and no longer than the 5-page limit in IEEE standard print format (10-point single-spaced double-column version) using the IEEE Style Files. 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.  Letters not exceeding 4 printed pages will not incur any page charges. 5-page letters will incur a mandatory page charge of US$220.

Authors are required to upload the manuscript (4- or 5-page single-spaced double-column version) 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the authors need to upload PDF versions of all items in the reference list that are not publicly available, such as unpublished (submitted) papers.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 supplementary materials that the authors can include in the submission, please see the IEEE Guidelines.

Note that the 4- or 5-page single-spaced double-column 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.

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. 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. 

IEEE Networking Letters 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 rate of US$2,495 per article, as of 1 January 2024. 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 the 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.

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IEEE Networking Letters EDICS list (Editors' Information Classification Scheme)

NL1.1 - Modulation and Signal Design
NL1.1.0 - Spread Spectrum Networks
NL1.1.1 - Communication Theory
NL1.1.2 - Data Communications
NL1.1.3 - Spread Spectrum Theory and Applications
NL1.1.4 - Wireless Spread Spectrum
NL1.1.5 - Spread Spectrum Systems
NL1.1.6 - Theory/Systems and Electronic Processes
NL1.1.7 - Modulation
NL1.2 - Wireless Communications
NL1.2.0 - Wireless Techniques and Fading
NL1.2.1 - Wireless Communication Theory
NL1.2.2 - Wireless Networks
NL1.2.3 - Radio Communications
NL1.2.4 - Satellite Communications
NL1.2.5 - Wireless Personal Communications
NL1.2.6 - Wireless Systems
NL1.3 - Coding and Communication Theory
NL1.3.0 - Communication Theory and Coding Applications
NL1.3.1 - Coding Theory and Techniques
NL1.4 - Speech, Image, Video and Signal Processing
NL1.4.0 - Image Communications Systems
NL1.4.1 - Signal Processing
NL1.4.2 - Image Processing
NL1.4.3 - Video Imaging
NL1.5 - Transmission
NL1.5.0 - Coding

NL1.5.1 - Synchronization Techniques
NL1.5.2 - CAD Communication Systems
NL1.5.3 - Equalization
NL1.6 - Optical Communications
NL1.6.0 - Coherent Light Communications
NL1.6.1 - Optical Communications Systems
NL1.7 - Network Architecture and Design
NL1.7.0 - Local and Metropolitan Area Networks
NL1.7.1 - High-speed Networks
NL1.7.2 - Optical Networks
NL1.7.3 - Performance Analysis
NL1.7.4 - Switching
NL1.7.5 - Reliability and Survivability
NL1.8 - Communication Protocols
NL1.8.0 - Routing
NL1.8.1 - Flow/Congestion Control
NL1.8.2 - Error Control
NL1.8.3 - Multiple Access Protocols
NL1.8.4 - Formal Methods for Protocol Design and Testing
NL1.8.5 - Protocols for Mobile Networks
NL1.9 - Network Operations and Management
NL1.9.0 - ISDN and Broadband Systems
NL1.9.1 - SDH/ATM
NL1.9.2 - Distributed Systems
NL1.9.3 - Intelligent Networks
NL1.9.4 - Application Systems
NL1.9.5 - Multi-Media Systems
NL1.9.6 - ADSL Management

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