Aims & Scope
The IEEE Open Journal of the Communications Society (OJ-COMS) is an open access, all-electronic journal that publishes original high-quality manuscripts on advances in the state of the art of telecommunications systems and networks. Submissions reporting new theoretical findings (including novel methods, concepts, and studies) and practical contributions (including experiments and development of prototypes) are welcome. Additionally, survey and tutorial articles are considered.
The IEEE Open Journal of the Communications Society covers science, technology, applications and standards for information organization, collection and transfer using electronic, optical and wireless channels and networks, including but not limited to: Systems and network architecture, control and management; Protocols, software and middleware; Quality of service, reliability and security; Modulation, detection, coding, and signaling; Switching and routing; Mobile and portable communications; Terminals and other end-user devices; Networks for content distribution and distributed computing; and Communications-based distributed resources control.
Hallmarks of the IEEE Open Journal of the Communications Society (OJ-COMS) are a rapid peer review process and open access of all published papers. The broad scope of the journal comprises, but is not limited to:
|Big Data and Machine Learning for Communications
Cloud Computing, Edge Computing, and Internet of Things
Communications and Information Security
Communications Theory and Systems
Green, Cognitive, and Intelligent Communications and Networks
Network and Service Management
Network Science and Economics
Optical Communications and Optical Networks
This journal is 100% open access, which means that all content is freely available without charge to users or their institutions. All articles are published under a CC BY 4.0 license, and the author retains copyright. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, as long as proper attribution is given.
Open access is provided through the payment of an article processing charge (APC) paid after acceptance. APCs are often financed by an author's institution or the funder supporting their research.
The articles in this journal are peer reviewed in accordance with the requirements set forth in the IEEE PSPB Operations Manual (sections 8.2.1.C & 8.2.2.A). Each published article was reviewed by a minimum of two independent reviewers using a single-blind peer review process, where the identities of the reviewers are not known to the authors, but the reviewers know the identities of the authors. Articles will be screened for plagiarism before acceptance.
Corresponding authors from low income countries are eligible for waived or reduced APCs.
All IEEE authors are expected to adhere to IEEE’s publishing ethics, including the definition of authorship, the appropriate citation of sources, the accurate reporting of data, and the publishing of original research. Visit the IEEE Author Center to learn more. All articles submitted for publication should be original and not under consideration elsewhere; if your article is based on a previous publication such as a conference proceeding, cite the original publication and clearly indicate how the articles differ. Contact the Editor-in-Chief with any questions on publishing ethics.
- All articles must be submitted via our submission site at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/oj-coms.
- Format your article for submission by using the template for IEEE Open Journals, located in the IEEE Author Center. [Word and LaTeX versions are available.]
- Submit your article text in PDF format. Visit the IEEE Author Center for information on writing the abstract, using equations in your article, publishing author names in native languages, and more.
- To enhance the appearance of your article on IEEEXplore®, a graphical abstract will be displayed along with traditional text. 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. As an example, the graphical abstract can be a figure or image from the accepted article that can provide a concise, visual summary of the findings. For more information about graphical abstracts and their specifications, please visit the IEEE Author Center website. Please note that when uploading final files, you must submit the graphical abstract again, to be published with your article.
- Submit your figures individually in PS, EPS, PDF, PNG, or TIF format. Visit the IEEE Author Center for information on resolution, size requirements, file naming conventions, and more.
- For information on submitting supplementary material such as multimedia, or datasets, visit the IEEE Author Center.
The journal has a series of special issues (with CFP listed), aiming at publishing top papers in recently emerging research areas. Paper submissions to special issues will be reviewed immediately upon submissions, not necessarily until the deadline of the special issue. The earlier the authors submit to the special issues, the earlier the authors can get feedback about the paper. If the paper is accepted, it will be published right after acceptance.
All IEEE journals 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). You will need a registered ORCID to submit an article or review a proof in this journal. Learn more about ORCID and sign up for an ORCID today.
English Language Editing Services
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 discounts at several language editing services; visit the IEEE Author Center to learn more. Please note these services are fee-based and do not guarantee acceptance.
Share Your Code and Data
Increase the impact of your work by sharing your code and data for others to view, build upon, and reuse. IEEE works with Code Ocean, a cloud-based computational reproducibility platform, to make your code discoverable. IEEE DataPort, an online data repository of datasets and data analysis tools, makes your datasets discoverable. Visit the IEEE Author Center for more information.
IEEE Author Tools
Preparing your article for submission is easy with IEEE Author Tools. Tools are available to help you find the right publication for your research, check the quality of your graphics, validate your LaTeX files, and verify your reference list.
Article Processing Charges (APCs)
The APC for this journal is US$1,450 per article for members of the IEEE Communications Society and US$1,750 for non-members, plus applicable local taxes.
Effective 1 January 2023 – The APC will be US$1,950 plus applicable local taxes.
IEEE Members receive a 5% discount.
IEEE Society Members receive a 20% discount (when the special offer does not apply).
These discounts cannot be combined.
2022 APC pricing is based upon articles submitted in 2022. Articles submitted in 2021 will maintain the 2021 APC pricing when billed.
This offer cannot be combined with any discounts.
For a limited time, IEEE ComSoc will be subsidizing the APC for its members to keep the same rate as in 2020 and 2021, i.e., US$1,450.
IEEE ComSoc membership will be determined based on the IEEE Author Gateway account of the corresponding author. This journal has no page limits.
If your article is accepted for publication, you will receive emailed instructions regarding your next steps. You may be asked to upload final production-ready files. Shortly after final files are uploaded, you will receive your article proofs for final review, along with instructions on how to review your proofs and submit any corrections. Please note that major changes to your article, including the list of references, are not permitted after the article is accepted for publication. Please contact the Editor-in-Chief, area editor and/or