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TNSM welcomes and encourages the submission of manuscripts for potential publication in the journal. TNSM has a commitment to a rapid but thorough review process, offers an attractive vehicle for rapid and wide dissemination of their research results thanks to its on-line nature.

TNSM allows publication free of charge of papers of up to 10 pages, and has a page charge policy of US$220 for each additional page. More details (including the possibility of waiving of publication fees) are provided below.

Papers that are published, or concurrently submitted to another journal, conference, or book will not be considered for publication in IEEE ComSoc Transactions on Network and Service Management. Revised or extended versions of papers published in conference, workshop or symposium proceedings may be submitted to TNSM. Notice of such prior publication must be disclosed at the time of submission to this Journal, by mentioning the prior publication in the cover letter, together with the list of extensions compared to the prior publication. The prior publication should also be properly cited in the submitted paper and the main differences between the submitted paper and the prior publication should be mentioned in the submitted paper. Note: verbatim copies of such papers will not be considered, as such paper can be improved as a result of conference refereeing, presentation in a public forum, and feedback provided by that forum. Please refer to the IEEE Policy on Self-Plagiarism (included below). All papers are reviewed by expert referees and are considered for publication in TNSM on the basis of their individual merit in terms of significance, novelty, and usefulness to the Journal readership.

Survey papers on emerging and popular topics are welcomed as well.

In addition to the IEEE policies, pre-publication author misconduct, such as double-submission or plagiarism, will result in rejection of the manuscript(s), and a minimum 6 month ban on submissions to fully owned ComSoc publications by the author(s).

ATTENTION: This Publication is a Hybrid Journal Allowing Either:

  • Traditional manuscript submission
  • 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 will be offered to the author at the time the manuscript is submitted. 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 traditional option, if selected, enables access to all qualified subscribers and purchasers via IEEE Xplore. No OA payment is required.

The IEEE peer review standard of excellence is applied consistently to all submissions. All accepted articles will be 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

Paper scope:

Submitted papers should be within the scope of TNSM.

Paper Organization/Format Guidelines:

All papers should be written in English, accompanied by a 75 to 200 word abstract that clearly outlines the scope and contributions of the paper and a list of key words. A section should be included relating the work described in the paper to other related work, indicating novelty, improvements etc., together with an appropriate set of references. 

The format of papers submitted to TNSM should follow IEEE editorial and typographical standards, as described on the IEEE website.

Refer to the sections titled “Article Preparation and Submission” and  “Template for all Transactions (except IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, IEEE Magnetics Letters and IEEE Photonics Journal.)

Submission of Manuscripts for Possible Publication

Only electronic submission of manuscripts is accepted. Manuscripts must be in the form of uncoded Postscript files or pdf files attached to standard emails (pdf is preferred). When printed, the manuscript must satisfy all the page and figure count guidelines noted in the Paper Organization/Format Guidelines.

A section should be included relating the work described in the paper to other related work, indicating novelty, improvements etc., together with an appropriate set of references. IEEE TNSM offers a searchable index service to find related works that appeared in recent issues of the journal.

All submissions to IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management must be made using the on-line Manuscript Central system.  

To submit a paper, log onto our Manuscript Central site. If you don't have one already, you will need to create an account. If you have questions regarding paper submission contact the TNSM Editorial Assistant.

Page Charge Policy

Mandatory Page Charges: All authors of accepted papers are entitled to 10 pages free of charge (in two-column format, including title, abstract, all figures, tables, references, biographies and author pictures). All papers submitted after January 1, 2020 that are accepted for publication are subject to a mandatory page charge of US$220.00 for each Transactions page exceeding 10 printed pages. If page charges apply, authors can expect to receive a bill directly from IEEE at the time of publication. Page charges will be handled by IEEE Publications and the editorial staff of this Transactions has no involvement with these charges.

Authors from academic institutions who are unable to cover page charges may apply for a waiver by providing evidence to TNSM that there is no available funding source to cover the page charges. No requests for waivers of these charges will be considered after 30 days from the notification of acceptance for publication.

Policy on Self Plagiarism

IEEE Publications has long maintained the policy that verbatim copying of another’s work (plagiarism) is unacceptable author conduct.

The Communications Society values the intellectual contributions of its authors, and vigorously enforces the IEEE policy on plagiarism.  As IEEE modifies its publication policies, it is important that authors who submit their work to ComSoc journals and magazines are informed of these changes.

In November 2002, the IEEE Board of Directors approved a new policy on Duplicate Publication and Self-Plagiarism.  This policy is found in the IEEE Policies document, Sections 6.4.1B(f) and 6.4.1B(h).  These two sections are given below.

(f) Plagiarism is unacceptable.  The verbatim copying or reuse of one’s own research (as indicated in paragraph “h” below) is considered another form of plagiarism or self-plagiarism; it is unacceptable.

(h) Except as indicated in Section 6.3.4 (Multiple Publication of Original Technical Material in IEEE Periodicals), authors should only submit original work that has neither appeared elsewhere for publication, nor which is under review for another referred publication.  If authors have used their own previously published work(s) as a basis for a new submission, they are required to cite the previous work(s) and very briefly indicate how the new submission offers substantial novel contributions beyond those of the previously published work(s).

For further details and/or if you have any questions/suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact:

Guidelines for Author Supplied Electronic Text and Graphics


Hanan Lutfiyya
The University of Western Ontario, Canada

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