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The IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications (TWC) invites the submission of high-quality technical manuscripts on advances in the state-of-the-art of wireless communications.  Both theoretical contributions (including new techniques, concepts, and analyses) and practical contributions (including system experiments, prototypes, and new applications) are encouraged.

We are making the following changes to streamline the submission process:

  1. We are removing the requirement of a 100 word summary on Scholar One Manuscripts when submitting a paper.
  2. Papers previously rejected by other journals no longer need to include a response from the previous reviewers to be considered for TWC. If it is a resubmission of a manuscript previously rejected by TWC, the authors still need to upload a point-to-point response outlining how the revision addresses the reviewers’ comments.

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-anonymous 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 open access APCs.

Submission Instructions and Requirements

Transactions papers may not exceed 13 double-column single-spaced pages (10-point font size) including the title, names of the authors and their complete contact information, abstract, index terms, text, equations, figures, tables, appendices if any, and all references.  Figures and tables should be placed along with text, rather than at the end of the paper. Official templates can be accessed in IEEE Template Selector (LaTeX and MS Word). You will need to click “IEEE Template Selector” and follow the instructions for the template you need.

The revised manuscripts may not exceed 16 double-column single-spaced pages (10-point font size) including the title, names of the authors and their complete contact information, abstract, index terms, text, equations, figures, tables, appendices if any, and all references.

In all cases, authors are responsible for page charges as described in the Page Charge Policy.

Two-part papers that cannot each stand on their own merits will not be considered for publication.  Papers should not include “Part I” or “Part II” in their title.

Transactions Comments or Corrections are used to make extremely specific comments on papers that were published in TWC, and typically serve the purpose of pointing out an important error or to propose an erratum or correction. Transactions Comments or Corrections are usually very short (often less than a printed page) and cannot contain any original contribution.  Only Comments and Corrections that are deemed to contain critical information for the readership are considered for publication.

All submissions are handled Electronically through  the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications Manuscript Central website.

Note that IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications is a hybrid journal that allows Open Access, at an additional charge of $2,495 per article, paid by the authors, in addition to the below page charges. If you choose the Open Access option you should contact the production staff upon submission of the final materials to insure that your paper will be classified correctly.

Resubmission of Previously Rejected Manuscripts

Authors of manuscripts rejected from any journal are allowed to resubmit their manuscripts only once. That is, a manuscript which is previously rejected by two different journals is not eligible for resubmission to IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications. At the time of submission, the corresponding author will be asked whether the manuscript is a new submission or a resubmission (or shortened version) of an earlier rejected manuscript. If it is a resubmission of a manuscript previously rejected by TWC, the authors need upload a point-to-point response outlining how the revision addresses the reviewers’ comments. If it is a resubmission of a manuscript previously rejected by any journal other than TWC, the journal name and manuscript ID identifying the previous submission need to be provided, and the authors need confirm that the new version has addressed the reviewers’ comments adequately (there is no need to upload a response though). Papers that do not disclose the connection to a previously rejected paper will be rejected without review.


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 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 Organization and Format

All papers must be written in fluent English, or will be returned without review.  The title should be descriptive and specific.  The abstract should be 75 to 200 words and concisely summarize the contribution of the paper.  The introduction shall motivate the contribution, review relevant prior work placed in the context of the proposed contribution, and summarize the main outcomes of the paper.  The main body of the paper is followed by Conclusions, which do not restate the claims in the abstract, but rather provides a summary of key takeaways from the paper, parting comments, and helpful suggestions for future work.  The conclusions may, if necessary be followed by an appendix with heavy derivations, and then finally, the references.

*Note that IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications now accepts manuscripts for publication that are developed in Microsoft Word as well as Latex format.*  Latex is highly preferred for papers with more than about 10 equations.  In all cases, the actual submitted manuscript should be in PDF form. 

Policy on Double Submission

Material that has been previously copyrighted, published, or accepted for publication will not be considered for publication. 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 any substantially similar paper (published, under review, or to be submitted in the next two months) must be disclosed at the time of submission in Manuscript Central, and cited in the actual manuscript.  Please see our webpage on Conference vs. Journal submissions for details regarding submissions that have or will appear in part at a conference.   View the official IEEE guidelines on Plagiarism and Multiple Submissions.

Time Frame for Paper Revision

As TWC is committed to the timely publication of very high-quality papers, authors are required to revise their papers within eight weeks. All revised manuscripts that are not returned to the reviewing system within eight weeks will be rejected. The handling editor may grant a two-week extension if requested and justified by the authors. Any further extension requires permission by the Editor-in-Chief and is only granted in special circumstances.

IEEE Copyright Form

The IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications requires, when a submitted manuscript is uploaded to the Manuscript Central website , a signed copy of the IEEE Copyright Form. While submitting your paper, at the end of the process, after confirming your submission, you will automatically be redirected to a fully digital version of the IEEE Copyright Form. It includes an important feature (the Wizard) that, through a series of questions and replies, determines the author's copyright status and brings the author to the appropriate Form to electronically sign.

Page Charges Policy

After a manuscript has been accepted for publication, the author's company or institution will be requested to pay a Voluntary Page Charge of US$110.00 per printed Transactions page, for the first ten pages, to cover part of the cost of the publication. Payment of these page charges is not a prerequisite for publication. 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 ten printed pages.

This mandatory overlength charge is based on the final typeset length, including biographies and pictures. Detailed instructions and an invoice will accompany the page proofs.

Electronic Posting Policy

Author submitting manuscripts for review to ComSoc publications should be aware of the IEEE policy on "Electronic Preprints".  The policy particularly applies to authors who post part or all of a submitted manuscript on a Web site, such as or their own personal website.  This policy is found in the Publication Services and Products Board (PSPB) Operations Manual, in Section 8.1.10B, that is,

Electronic Preprints.  Upon submitting an article to the IEEE for review and possible publication, the author must add the following notice to the first screen of any of his/her previously posted electronic preprint versions of the paper.  "This work has been submitted to the IEEE for possible publication.  Copyright may be transferred without notice, after which this version may no longer be accessible."

When IEEE accepts the work for publication, the author must add the IEEE copyright notice shown in Section 8.1.10A above to any previously posted electronic version of the particular paper submitted and provide IEEE with the electronic address (URL, ftp address, etc.) of the primary electronic posting.

When IEEE publishes the work, the author must replace the previous electronic version of the accepted paper with either (1) the full citation to the IEEE work or (2) the IEEE published version, including the IEEE copyright notice and full citation.  Prior to revised version of the paper must not be represented as the published version

Please also note that any additional or supplemental materials posted with such a paper on such a website, such as extended Proofs and derivations not in the submitted paper, should be disclosed and referred to at the time of submission.  Under no circumstances can such material be moved there from the submitted paper, particularly after acceptance, unless explicitly directed to do so by the Editor or Editor-in-Chief.

Guidelines for Author Supplied Electronic Text and Graphics

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

Vincent Wong

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.

Author Names in Native Languages: IEEE supports the publication of author names in the native language alongside the English versions of the names in the author list of an article. For more information, please visit the IEEE Author Center.