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The IEEE Transactions on Machine Learning in Communications and Networking (TMLCN) publishes high-quality manuscripts on advances in machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) methods and their application to problems across all areas of communications and networking. Furthermore, articles developing novel communication and networking techniques and systems for distributed/edge machine learning algorithms are of interest. Both theoretical contributions (including new theories, techniques, concepts, algorithms, and analyses) and practical contributions (including system experiments, prototypes, and new applications) are solicited. IEEE TMLCN also particularly encourages the submission of papers that simultaneously advance both the fields of machine learning and wireless networking. The journal also advocates for reproducible and public sharing of codes, datasets, software, and other artefacts related to research contributions.

Open Access

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.

Article Submission

  1. All articles must be submitted via our Authors Portal submission site at
  2. Format your article for submission by using the article template, located in the IEEE Template Selector.  
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. For information on submitting supplementary material such as graphical abstracts, multimedia, or datasets, visit the IEEE Author Center.
  6. General information: All papers should be written in English. Introductory discussion should be kept at 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 the 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 material such that contributions of the work and a logical, consistent progression of thought are evident. It is strongly suggested that material which is not essential to the continuity of the text (e.g., proofs, derivations, or calculations) be placed in Appendixes.
  7. Originality and submission of extended conference versions: In general, material which has been previously copyrighted, published, or accepted for publication will not be considered for publication in these Transactions. Exceptions to this rule include items that have limited distribution, have appeared in Abstract form only, or have appeared only in conference proceedings; notice of such prior publication or concurrent submission elsewhere must be given at the time of submission to these Transactions. A manuscript identical to, or largely based on, a conference paper must be so identified. All papers are reviewed by competent referees and are considered on the basis of their significance, novelty, and usefulness to the Transactions readership.


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 $1850 per article, plus applicable local taxes. Members of the IEEE receive a 5% discount, while members of any IEEE Society receive a 20% discount. This journal has no page limits, but we highly recommend remaining within a reasonable number of pages.


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. In order to promote reproducible research, authors of accepted papers are strongly encouraged to: a) include a GitHub link to their codes and datasets in their camera-ready version and/or b) to submit their codes and other relevant experimental artefacts. 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 if you have any doubts about whether a modification you wish to make is appropriate.

Policy on Plagiarism

All authors must comply with the IEEE Policy on Plagiarism and the IEEE Electronic Posting Policy. In addition to the IEEE policies, pre-publication author misconduct, such as double-submission or plagiarism, will result in immediate rejection of the manuscript(s), and a minimum 6 month ban on submissions to ComSoc publications by the author(s).

Consent of Co-Authors

The corresponding author of a paper accepts the responsibility for obtaining the consent from all co-authors to be designated, as such as well as their approval of all submitted, revised, and final versions of the manuscript. Failure to do so will result in immediate rejection of the manuscript and may draw further punishment from IEEE.

Guidelines for Author Supplied Electronic Text and Graphics

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.