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Guidelines for Accepted Articles

Please review the Electronic Posting Policy and Self-Plagiarism Policy. Manuscripts submitted for publication in IEEE Wireless Communications should be original work submitted exclusively to the magazine, not previously published, and not under consideration for publication elsewhere.

These guidelines are for accepted articles only after they have been through the review process and accepted by the Editor-in-Chief (EiC). If you are submitting an article for review and possible acceptance, please visit the Paper Submissions Guidelines. The production process is separate from the review process and requires a full set of materials to be sent directly to the production team. The Publications Staff does not have access to materials submitted to Manuscript Central and cannot retrieve files.

Please make sure you have referred to The IEEE Communications Society Publications Department Style Guide before submitting your article. When your page proofs are sent to you, remember to check them carefully for any discrepancies that might have occurred in the original transfer process. This is especially true if symbols (mathematical, Greek, etc.) and unusual fonts were used in the article.

Important Dates

  • Final manuscripts due: The 1st of the following month, 2 months prior to issue date. For example, all final materials for an article in the April issue are due by February 1st.
  • Page proofs sent to contact author: 4 weeks prior to issue date.
  • Page proofs back to department: 3 weeks prior to issue date.

Submission of Materials to Publications Staff

IEEE Wireless Communications does not use style sheets or templates for submission of materials. If you are familiar with the submission of materials for a journal, such as IEEE JSAC, please be aware that these guidelines are different. Read them carefully and do not make assumptions on what we need based on your prior experience with journal publication.

All final electronic materials should be emailed to the Publications Department and must include the following:

  • An editable electronic file (Microsoft Word or LaTex)
    • Microsoft Word is our preferred format, but LaTex and ASCII files will be accepted. LaTex files are acceptable as long as all sections (abstract, introduction, bibliography, etc.) have been merged into one text-only document. Please include abstract, biographies, and captions for tables and figures.
  • A PDF file of the manuscript
    • This PDF will be used as our reference of your article for all formatting. Please include abstract, figures, tables, equations, references, and biographies (50 to 100 words). Figure and table callouts must be included within the text. Articles should include all required formatting in text, figures, tables, and equations. References must be numbered sequentially, not alphabetically.
  • Separated figure files (PDF and Hi-Res Digital Images)
    • Figures must be separated out even if they are included within the manuscript pages. To separate the figures out, place each figure with captions, one per page, at the end of the article.
    • Include ALL original ungrouped/unlocked/unflattened .eps or .pdf files for each figure. Send vector files if possible and ensure the text is not rasterized. If your article contains photographs, please send 300 dpi high-resolution or greater .tif files. If your article contains screenshots, please send the original digital image. If your image contains a map, include the map without text, as a separate file. DO NOT send figures with logos or other elements you do not have permission to publish. If you cannot supply us with a high-resolution digital file, we cannot be responsible for the results you will see in the final printed magazine.
  • A completed and signed copyright form
    • Upon completion of the paper submission process in Manuscript Central, you will be asked to electronically transfer copyright to the IEEE though the use of the IEEE eCopyright Form. Please include the receipt you receive as proof of the submission of your copyright when you send your final material.
    • See the Additional Information section for more details on the copyright form.
  • Topic title and issue month for which you are submitting your materials
    • Must include the topic title and the name of the editor who accepted your article.
  • Contact information for the corresponding author
    • Include an email address for each author if available.

Additional Information


IEEE assumes that material submitted to its publications is properly available for general dissemination to the readership of those publications. It is the responsibility of the authors, not IEEE, to determine whether disclosure of their material requires the prior consent of other parties and, if so, to obtain it.


Statements and opinions given in works published by the IEEE are the expressions of contributors. Responsibility for content of published papers rests with the authors, not the IEEE.

IEEE Copyright

It is the policy of the IEEE to own the copyright to technical contributions it publishes on behalf of the interests of the IEEE and its authors and their employers, and to facilitate the appropriate reuse of this material by others. To comply with IEEE policy under the U.S. Copyright Law, authors are required to sign an IEEE Copyright Form before publication. This form returns to authors and their employers, full rights to reuse their material for their own purposes.

The U.S. International Traffic in Arms Regulation page should be viewed by authors who are submitting military- or defense-related material, are U.S. nationals (including green card holders); work for a U.S.-based organization, regardless of where they are physically located; or work at a U.S. location of a non-U.S.-based organization. All authors must ensure that they are in compliance with ITAR and the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control regulation as outlined in the above page. If you have any questions on these two regulations, please contact the email address listed on that page. For information on IEEE copyright policy, permission to reuse IEEE copyrighted material, electronic preprints, or posting your article on your own server, please visit the IEEE Intellectual Property Rights page.

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 IEEE Communications Society publications by the author(s).


Information on ordering reprints of your article can be found by emailing the IEEE Reprints Department.

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