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Information for Authors

Please review the Electronic Posting Policy and Self-Plagiarism Policy. The submitted manuscript should not be published elsewhere or be under review for any other conference or publication.

  • Articles should be tutorial in nature and should be written in a style comprehensible to readers outside the specialty of the article.
  • Articles may be edited for clarity and grammatical accuracy, and will be copy edited according to the magazine's style. Please refer to The IEEE Communications Society Publications Department Style Guide when preparing your article.
  • Articles should not exceed 4500 words (Introduction through Conclusions, excluding figures, tables and captions). Abstract, and References are also excluded from the word count.
  • Figures and tables should be limited to a combined total of six. If the article exceeds these recommended limits, contact the Guest Editor handling the manuscript.
  • Mathematical equations should not be used. In justified cases up to three simple equations may be allowed, provided you have the consent of the Guest Editor. The inclusion of more than three equations requires permission from the Editor-in-Chief (EiC).
  • References should be included only to guide readers to more information on the topic; the reference list should not include every available source. A limit of 15 archival references is recommended. The inclusion of more than 15 references requires permission from the EiC. References to web pages should be checked immediately for accessibility before submitting material to the Publications Staff. Each reference to online sources (website URLs, web-posted papers/reports) is required to show an “accessed” date.

Types of Submissions

All articles to be considered for publication in IEEE Network must be submitted through Manuscript Central. Below is a list of the types of articles that can be submitted. After determining which type of article you have, go to Manuscript Central, register or log in, and go to the Author Center. Follow the instructions there.

Special Issue

If you are submitting an article to a topic listed in the Call for Papers page, you will need to note the issue date and topic name from the listing in order to submit through Manuscript Central. If you have not noted this information, please return to the Call for Papers page, determine your topic and issue date, and then move on to Manuscript Central. Choose the appropriate issue date and topic from the "Please Select an Article Type" drop-down menu.

Open Call

If you would like to submit an article for review and possible acceptance as an Open Call article, visit Manuscript Central and select "Open Call Article" in the "Please Select an Article Type" drop-down menu.

Special Issue Proposal

Prior to submitting proposals for new feature topics, please consult the Guest Editor Guidelines.

Guidelines for Accepted Articles

Once your article has been accepted for publication, please view the Author Guidelines. During preparation of the article for submission, prospective authors may wish to consult those guidelines as time may be saved by paying careful attention to these instructions at an early stage.

Reviewer Guidelines

Potential authors may wish to consult the Reviewer Guidelines used by the referees in reviewing manuscripts and preparing comments and critiques to authors. While each referee will have an additional set of considerations, the general guidelines are used by ALL referees, so authors may save considerable time by considering those guidelines.

Potential authors should note that the primary difference between submission for consideration and submission for publication is that the publisher needs original text in order to be able to lay out the magazine while the reviewer needs only a clean, readable version.


All IEEE publications require an Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) for all authors. ORCID is a persistent unique identifier for researchers and functions similar 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. The author will need a registered ORCID in order to submit a manuscript or review a proof in this publication.

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 email/name in the drop-down 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.

Appeal of Editorial Decisions

IEEE Communications Society is committed to providing fair and impartial treatment of each article submitted to its magazines. Unless there is a clear content-related problem with the article, it will receive at least three reviews that are used by the responsible editor for making a recommendation to the EiC. The EiC then makes the final decision based on the combination of the editor recommendation and reviews. In the event that the author(s) find a compelling reason to disagree with the decision, the IEEE Policies and Procedures specify the rights of authors to appeal an editorial decision. This policy is specified in Section 8.2.3 of the IEEE Publications Services and Products Operations Board Manual (PSPB).

Note that there are situations where articles may receive positive reviews and yet still be legitimately rejected. For example, if there are multiple articles covering essentially the same content submitted to the same feature topic or series, the editors must choose the best article among them. Note also that feature topics and series have space for a limited number of articles, and consequently must choose the set of articles that both have excellent review scores and best cover the breadth of the topic.