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IEEE Open Journal of the Communications Society (OJ-COMS)

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The IEEE Open Journal of the Communications Society (OJ-COMS) is an open access, all-electronic journal that publishes original high-quality manuscripts on advances in the state of the art of telecommunications systems and networks. Submissions reporting new theoretical findings (including novel methods, concepts, and studies) and practical contributions (including experiments and development of prototypes) are welcome. Additionally, review and survey articles are considered; however, tutorials are not included.

The IEEE Open Journal of the Communications Society covers science, technology, applications and standards for information organization, collection and transfer using electronic, optical and wireless channels and networks, including but not limited to: Systems and network architecture, control and management; Protocols, software and middleware; Quality of service, reliability and security; Modulation, detection, coding, and signaling; Switching and routing; Mobile and portable communications; Terminals and other end-user devices; Networks for content distribution and distributed computing; and Communications-based distributed resources control.

Hallmarks of the IEEE Open Journal of the Communications Society (OJ-COMS) are a rapid peer review process and open access of all published papers.  The broad scope of the journal comprises, but is not limited to:

Big Data and Machine Learning for Communications
Cloud Computing, Edge Computing, and Internet of Things
Communications and Information Security
Communications Theory and Systems
Green, Cognitive, and Intelligent Communications and Networks
Multimedia Communications
Network and Service Management

Network Science and Economics
Optical Communications and Optical Networks
Resource Management and Multiple Access
Signal Processing for Communications
Underwater Communications and Networks
Wired Communications and Networks
Wireless Communications and Networks
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Special Issues
Special Issue on Non-Orthogonal Multiple Access for 5G and Beyond
Submission Date: 2020-08-01

IEEE Open Journal of Communications Society (OJ-COMS) invites manuscript submissions in the area of non-orthogonal multiple access (NOMA) for 5G and beyond. Future wireless networks are expected to meet the unprecedented requirements: higher spectral-energy efficiency, massive connectivity, ultra-reliability and low latency. Recently, non-orthogonal multiple access (NOMA) has been envisioned as one of the key enabling techniques to fulfil these demanding requirements. In contrast to the conventional orthogonal multiple access (OMA) schemes, NOMA introduces a paradigm shift in accessing networks. The fundamental concept of NOMA is to remove orthogonality in between the allocated resource blocks to different users and serve multiple users simultaneously by sharing those limited system resources. In fact, this non-orthogonal concept is a generalized framework of recently proposed different multiple access schemes for 5G and beyond wireless networks such as power-domain NOMA, sparse code multiple access, lattice partition multiple access, multi-user shared access, and pattern division multiple access. Furthermore, NOMA principles have been considered in the development of a number of standards including multi-user superposition transmission (MUST) in 3GPP LTE Advanced and layered division multiplexing (LDM) in the next generation digital TV standard. Without any doubt, this novel technique has attracted a great deal of research interest from both academia and industry. This special issue will provide a platform to bring together the latest research developments, key ideas, novel solutions to address challenging issues in NOMA which will bridge the gap in theory and practice while tailoring NOMA to incorporate in the disruptive technologies for 5G and beyond 5G (B5G) wireless networks. Prospective authors are invited to submit original manuscripts on topics including, but not limited to: Information theoretic limits and performance analysis of NOMA Transceiver design for NOMA Advanced design of channel coding and modulation for NOMA MIMO techniques for NOMA Cooperative NOMA NOMA for massive MIMO and cell-free massive MIMO Novel resource allocation techniques for NOMA Interference management in multi-cell NOMA NOMA assisted wireless caching and mobile edge computing Artificial intelligence driven techniques for NOMA Energy efficient designs for NOMA Security provisioning in NOMA Cross-layer design and optimization for NOMA Hybrid multiple access with NOMA NOMA for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) NOMA for Terahertz communications NOMA with other disruptive technologies for 5G and beyond wireless networks Reconfigurable intelligent surfaces and meta-surfaces for NOMA Emerging applications of NOMA Hardware implementations of NOMA Submission Guidelines Prospective authors should submit their manuscripts following the IEEE OJ-COMMS guidelines at Authors should submit manuscript to: Lead Guest Editor Kanapathippillai Cumanan, The University of York, UK Guest Editors Daniel Benevides da Costa, Federal University of Ceara (UFC), Brazil Derrick Wing Kwan Ng, The University of New South Wales, Australia George C. Alexandropoulos, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece Jie Tang, South China University of Technology, China Mojtaba Vaezi, Villanova University, USA Zhiguo Ding, The University of Manchester, UK
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Special Issue on Reconfigurable Intelligent Surface-Based Communications for 6G Wireless Networks
Submission Date: 2020-09-01

IEEE Open Journal of Communications Society (OJ-COMS) invites manuscript submissions in the area of reconfigurable intelligent surface-based communications for the 6th generation (6G) wireless networks. The future 6G communications looks exciting with the potential new use cases and challenging requirements. However, one thing has become certain to academia and industry members in the 5G standardization process: there is no single enabling technology in the physical layer (PHY) that can support diverse 5G application requirements. Within this perspective, extensive research has already started on 6G wireless technologies. Although a plethora of modern PHY solutions have been introduced in the last few decades, it is undeniable that a level of saturation has been reached in terms of adapted modulation/coding solutions and accordingly the maximum capacity. In other words, innovative research on finding both spectrum and energy efficient techniques with low hardware cost is still imperative for realizing a sustainable wireless network evolution with scalable cost in the future. Since the beginning of the modern era of wireless communications, the propagation medium has been perceived as a randomly behaving entity between the transmitter and the receiver, which generally degrades the quality of the received signal due to the uncontrollable interactions of the transmitted radio waves with the surrounding objects. However, this common belief has been changed by the recent advent of reconfigurable intelligent surfaces (RISs), also known as intelligent reflecting surfaces (IRSs), large intelligent surfaces (LISs), smart mirrors, programmable wireless environments (PWEs), hypersurfaces (HSFs) etc., which enables the proactive control of the scattering, reflection, and refraction characteristics of the radio waves, by overcoming the negative effects of natural wireless propagation. Recent results have revealed that RISs can effectively enable novel and effective functionalities including wave absorption, tunable anomalous reflection, and reflection phase modification, which makes it as a potential candidate for 6G to overcome the inherent drawbacks of legacy wireless systems. This special issue aims to capture the most recent and promising research advances on the analysis, design, simulation, modeling, and implementation of RIS-assisted wireless networks, and to provide new research directions in this emerging field of research. The topics of interest include, but are not limited to Design and modeling of RIS-assisted communication systems Fundamental performance limits of RIS-assisted wireless networks Experimental results and real-time implementation of RISs Machine/deep learning (ML/DL) based solutions for RIS-assisted communication systems Channel estimation for RIS-assisted communication systems Transmission protocol design/optimization for RIS-assisted wireless networks Resource allocation and interference management with non-ideal and practical RIS models RIS-assisted multi-user and non-orthogonal multiple access systems RIS-assisted physical layer security and cognitive radio/spectrum sharing solutions Radio localization with RISs Deployment and network planning of RIS-empowered wireless networks Application of RISs for massive MIMO, millimeter wave and TeraHertz communication systems Integration of RISs to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), simultaneous wireless information and power transfer (SWIPT) systems, and vehicular communications Submission Guidelines Submit manuscript to Manuscript Central. For information regarding IEEE OJ-COMS including its publication policy and fees, please visit the website. Lead Guest Editor Ertugrul Basar, Koç University, Turkey Guest Editors Ian F. Akyildiz, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA Emil Björnson, Linköping University, Sweden Linglong Dai, Tsinghua University, China Andreas Pitsillides, University of Cyprus, Cyprus Qingqing Wu, National University of Singapore, Singapore
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Special Issue on Aerial Wireless Networks: Drones for Communications and Communications for Drones
Submission Date: 2020-09-01

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly referred to as drones, have received growing attention for their versatility and applicability to a number of domains: in surveillance systems, aerial photography, traffic control, agriculture, and even for parcel delivery and future urban transportation services, e.g., aerial taxi. To allow unmanned operation, reliable and secure service delivery, UAVs need to be connected exploiting a communication infrastructure based on robust, low latency, energy efficient transmission technology. Additionally, their use is particularly beneficial for the provision of remote connectivity or to offer emergency/disaster connectivity. Drones can also be deployed to assist terrestrial communication networks (cellular radio networks) acting as flying base stations or gateways to increase coverage and/or capacity. Radio communications play a key role in both scenarios, i.e., in communication networks for drones, and in drones for communication networks. While there exists a body of literature that reports results from the analysis, integration and experimentation of existing radio communication technology, fundamental studies and optimal design are still missing. This special issue seeks contributions of fundamental nature that assess the challenge of optimal design of the physical and media access control layers, the characterization of the communication media, the study of channel capacity and energy efficiency, the development of routing and self-organization mechanisms in both drone-assisted networks and in networks for drones. In addition, contributions related to novel radio localization techniques in support of drone navigation, as well as drone-assisted radio positioning solutions, are encouraged. The topics of interest include, but are not limited to: Fundamental performance analysis of drone-assisted terrestrial radio networks Fundamental performance analysis of radio communications for drone networks Channel characterization and modeling of drone radio networks Transmission technology and physical layer design of drone radio networks Resource management for network-connected drones Interference management for drone networks Energy efficient, ultra-reliable, low latency radio techniques Energy-aware or energy-constrained aerial network design Energy-aware or energy-constrained trajectory optimization in drone aided communication networks Path planning and coordination under energy and communication constraints in networks of drones Media access control of drone-assisted terrestrial radio networks Media access control of radio communication systems for drone networks Networking, routing and self-organization in drone-assisted networks and in networks for drones Radio localization for drone networks Drone-assisted radio localization systems Experimental results and field-tests of aerial wireless networks Submission Guidelines Prospective authors should submit their manuscripts following the IEEE OJ-COMMS guidelines. Authors should submit manuscript to Manuscript Central. Lead Guest Editor Andrea M. Tonello, University of Klagenfurt, Austria Guest Editors Marco Levorato, University of California, Irvine, USA Christos Masouros, University College London, UK Constantinos Papadias, Athens Information Technology, Greece Yong Zeng, Southeast University, China
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Special Issue on Full-Duplex Transceivers for Future Networks: Theory and Techniques
Submission Date: 2020-10-01

IEEE OJ-COMS invites manuscript submissions in the area of Full-Duplex Communication Systems (both wired and wireless). Conventional wireless communication systems operate in half-duplex mode, i.e., current radios cannot transmit and receive at the same time and on the same frequency. Full-duplex (FD) wireless operation was generally assumed to be impossible due to the great difference in transmit and receive signal power levels. However, recent advances in antenna, hardware, and signal processing techniques have shown that FD operation is practically feasible. Thanks to novel combinations of antenna, analog, and digital cancellation techniques, self-interference (SI) suppression of 80-110 dB can be made possible. The feasibility in building a practical full-duplex radio using off-the-self hardware and software radios therefore alleviates many problems in wireless network design. While the vivid FD research continues soaring at its flat peak of popularity, the opportunity for innovation and research in FD radio remains tremendous. The FD capability is as important also in wired communications when aiming at realizing cables’ two-way capacity to the maximum. In fact, historically, FD capability has already been adopted in digital subscriber line (DSL) systems/standards in the form of echo cancellation decades before the research on wireless FD systems started. Thus, there is no question about the overall feasibility of FD wired networking, but interesting new research problems and innovation opportunities emerge from developing FD transceiver hardware, signal processing and networking concepts to outperform their half-duplex counterparts optimally in terms of different objectives and under varying design constraints. Recently, echo cancellation and FD operation were introduced into data over cable service interface specification (DOCSIS). This enables new architectures in cable network systems such as distributed access architecture (DAA) along with new access schemes like full duplex, dynamic spectrum split between upstream and downstream, and guard band elimination. FD communication in DOCSIS and DSL wired systems provides symmetric data rate and low latency to enable heterogeneous communication architecture that combines wired backhaul network with wireless access. This Special Issue solicits papers that provide novel contributions to the theory and practice of echo/self-interference cancellation and FD operation, targeting a broad range of physical and MAC layer issues as well as important applications of FD operation in future wireless and wired network designs. The topics of interest include, but are not limited to: Advanced full-duplex antenna and antenna array designs Advanced full-duplex transceiver designs (both wired and wireless) Experimental evaluation of FD transceivers and networks (both wired and wireless) Advanced self-interference/echo cancellation techniques Modelling of self-interference/echo and channel measurements in wireless and wired systems Massive MIMO and mmWave full-duplex transceiver design Performance analysis of FD transceivers, systems, and networks (both wired and wireless) Interference cancellation in full-duplex multi-user systems Non-orthogonal multiple access (NOMA) in full-duplex systems Full-duplex and self-interference cancellation techniques based on deep learning/machine learning applications Physical layer security and full-duplex techniques Full-duplex relaying and cooperative communications UAV communications with FD radios Full-duplex techniques with wireless power and energy harvesting Full-duplex device-to-device and M2M communications Full-duplex small cell deployments and heterogeneous networks Ultra-reliable low-latency communications and MAC and routing protocols with FD radios Cross-layer design, virtualization and wireless caching with full-duplex operation Echo cancellation in cable systems and hybrid fiber-coaxial architectures Submission Guidelines Submit manuscript to Manuscript Central. For information regarding IEEE OJ-COMS including its publication policy and fees, please visit the website. Lead Guest Editor Nghi Tran, University of Akron, USA Guest Editors Himal A. Suraweera, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka Taneli Riihonen, Tampere University, Finland Negar Reiskarimian, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA Hardik Jain, GenXComm Inc., USA Robert Schober, Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany For inquiries regarding this Special Issue, please contact
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