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Manuscript Submission Deadline

Special Issue

Call for Papers

The rapidly growing data traffic brings more and more pressure to the wireless networks, which is predicted to increase by over 10,000 times in the next 20 years. Massive connectivity and coverage will be required for the massive number of IoT devices connected to wireless networks. This will also demand a huge increase in the aggregate data rate of the current terrestrial wireless communications systems. To accommodate the exponential growth of mobile data requirements, integrated femto-WiFi small cells have been introduced to offload data from cellular networks recently, in which part of the data can be delivered between mobile terminals through peer-to-peer WiFi communication networks.

In addition to coverage and rate, future wireless networks also need to guarantee service continuity for mobile IoT services. Ubiquitous communications, which will be the key to provide high mobility services in future wireless systems including the emerging sixth-generation (6G) wireless systems. Satellite network is an ideal solution to address such a problem. While the terrestrial networks can achieve high-speed data service at low cost, satellites may cover an area of thousands of kilometers in radius, providing coverage to otherwise inaccessible locations.

Heterogeneous communication networks, consisting of terrestrial mobile networks, satellite networks, IoT, WiFi, and etc., is a promising technique to meet the challenges in future mobile communications. Heterogeneous network resources are expected to cooperate with each other to support more efficient data transmissions and also provide more reliable services. However, current network architectures cannot efficiently exploit the benefit of heterogeneous wireless communication networks. Considering the deficiency in existing wireless networks nowadays, the most substantial amount of future system performance gains will be obtained by means of network infrastructure densification. Therefore, the heterogeneous communication networks should be deeply investigated to realize the full benefits of each of them. This special issue will bring together academic and industrial researchers to identify and discuss technical challenges and recent results related to heterogeneous communication networks.

The topics of interest for this special issue include, but are not limited to:

  • Advanced radio access network architectures (e.g., Cloud-RAN, Fog-RAN, Backhaul/Fronthaul techniques) to support heterogeneous communication networks
  • Self-organizing and heterogeneous communication networks
  • Advanced radio resource management (resource allocation, mobility management, interference management, SON, etc.) for heterogeneous communication networks
  • SDN, network function virtualization, network slicing for supporting for heterogeneous communication networks
  • Novel applications and service scenarios of for heterogeneous communication networks in vehicular Internet, and IoT
  • Energy harvesting, caching, and cognitive radio for supporting for heterogeneous communication networks
  • Energy efficiency, spectral efficiency, and big data techniques in for heterogeneous communication networks
  • Novel multiple access techniques in for heterogeneous communication networks, such as SCMA, NOMA, PDMA, MUSA, etc.
  • Supporting network applications, such as video applications for heterogeneous communication networks
  • Other topics (PHY layer, MAC layer, Network layer) in for heterogeneous communication networks

The papers for rigorous and well-coordinated peer-review process will be collected through the Manuscript Central System for IEEE Transactions on Network Science and Engineering

Submission Guidelines

Prospective authors are invited to submit their manuscripts electronically, adhering to the IEEE Transactions on Network Science and Engineering guidelines. Note that the page limit is the same as that of regular papers. Please submit your papers through the Manuscript Central online system and be sure to select the special issue or special section name. Manuscripts should not be published or currently submitted for publication elsewhere. Please submit only full papers intended for review, not abstracts, to the ScholarOne portal. If requested, abstracts should be sent by e-mail to the Guest Editors directly.

Important Dates

Manuscripts Due: 1 November 2019
Peer Reviews to Authors: 1 February 2020
Revised Manuscripts Due: 15 March 2020
Second-Round Reviews to Authors: 1 May 2020
Final Accepted Manuscript Due: 31 May 2020

Guest Editors

Chunxiao Jiang (Lead)
Tsinghua University, China

Mianxiong Dong
Muroran Institute of Technology, Japan

Abderrahim Benslimane
University of Avignon

Ekram Hossain
University of Manitoba, Canada