The IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking enjoys a strong impact factor and approximately 10,000 subscribers. The journal has a commitment to a rapid but thorough review process, a fairly short time from paper acceptance to appearance on IEEE XPlore, and an outstanding editorial board. To authors, the journal offers an attractive vehicle for rapid and wide dissemination of their research results. For readers, the journal is the place to go for the most important, up-to-date research developments in the field. We welcome and encourage the submission of manuscripts for potential publication. All papers submitted should be within the scope of the journal.

Submission Format and Length

Submitted papers must use two-column formatting with single-spaced text in a 10-point font. Style files are available for Latex and Word. Papers not meeting these guidelines will be returned to the authors for revision before being reviewed. The typical maximum length of submitted papers is 14 pages in the two-column Transactions format. If your paper exceeds this limit, it is preferred that you use the supplementary materials option below to submit the extra pages. Otherwise, you will need to discuss the appropriateness of the length of your manuscript with the Editor-in-Chief before you submit the manuscript. If the EiC agrees with your justification for the length of the paper, you should include this justification in the cover letter and mention in the cover letter that this has been discussed with the EiC. Please see below for information regarding page charges applied to all papers accepted for publication which are over 10 pages in length.

Paper Organization Guidelines

All papers should be written in English. It is essential that each manuscript be accompanied by an abstract that clearly outlines the scope and contributions of the paper. Introductory discussion should be kept at a minimum and material published elsewhere should be referenced rather than reproduced or paraphrased. Authors should strive for maximum clarity of expression, bearing in mind that the purpose of publication is dissemination of technical knowledge and that an excessively complex or poorly written presentation would obscure the significance of the work described. Care should also be taken in organizing the results such that contributions of the work, as well as a logical, consistent progression of thought are evident. It is strongly suggested that material which is not essential to the continuity of the text (e.g., proofs, derivations, or calculations) be placed in Appendices.

In order for an abstract to be effective when displayed in IEEE Xplore as well as through indexing services such as Compendex, INSPEC, Medline, ProQuest, and Web of Science, it must be an accurate, stand-alone reflection of the contents of the article.

Guidelines for Prior or Concurrent Submissions

In case a submission contains material which has been previously published in any form, the submission's cover-letter should include specific information identifying such prior publication(s) together with a link to the publication(s), as well as a brief explanation of the differences between the prior publication(s) and the present submission. The previously published work must also be listed as references in the submission.

Papers that have been previously published fully or in part in another journal or book will not be considered for publication in the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking. Papers that are currently under submission at another journal, book, conference, symposium or workshop will not be considered for publication in the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking. Similarly, it is a violation of the journal's policy to submit to another venue any paper, fully or partially, that is under consideration for publication in the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking.

Failure to comply with this rule will result in immediate rejection of the paper from both venues where it has been submitted with no possibility of future resubmission; IEEE will typically impose a 6 months publication ban on all co-authors of such papers. In addition to the IEEE policies, pre-publication author misconduct such as double-submission or plagiarism will result in a minimum 6 month ban on submissions to fully owned ComSoc publications by the author(s).

Papers published in conference, symposium, or workshop proceedings may be submitted to the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, provided the technical depth is similar to what is expected from a ToN paper. While there is neither a strict guideline regarding how different a submission must be from a previous version nor a minimum requirement for additional or extended material, ToN will typically not republish verbatim copies of conference papers. It is the opinion of the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking editorial board that:

  1. Conference submissions are frequently deadline-driven and will often benefit from an additional round of polishing for clarity and quality of presentation.
  2. Conference refereeing or presentation in a public forum will normally result in valuable feedback which should result in meaningful improvement, and which should thus be incorporated into the paper for publication in an archival journal.
  3. The page limits for conference papers are often below ToN's limit of 14 pages (with additional pages possible under exceptional circumstances). Many papers will benefit from the inclusion of additional material or will require additional pages to incorporate feedback.

Authors are required to include with their submission a letter in which they identify all prior publications on which their ToN submission may be based, provide pointers to publicly available versions of those publications, and articulate any changes made to improve and/or expand on those conference publications.

Previously rejected papers cannot be resubmitted to the Transactions. If a paper was rejected with an encouragement for resubmission after substantial revision, ie, as unacceptable in current form, then the authors are required to refer to the previously submitted version in their cover letter and provide a detailed statement explaining how the revised paper is substantially different from the previous submission. This should include a point-by-point response to the reasons for the rejection of the previous version.

The posting of work on a public archive such as arXiv, an institutional repository, or a personal web page will not infringe on ToN's restrictions regarding prior or concurrent publication.

Copyright Information

Immediately after uploading the final paper for publication, authors will choose to transfer copyright to the IEEE or opt for Open Access (OA). In the case of transfer the copyright will be held by IEEE, with ACM having republishing rights; authors may post their own final versions of papers on personal or institutional websites, but not the final published version.

Clearance for all of the authors and included material must be obtained before submission of the paper for publication. Company clearance, if needed, should also be obtained before the final submission. The authors are responsible for obtaining all necessary copyright releases for copyrighted material which has appeared in non-IEEE publications.

While traditional transfer of copyright remains the default, the IEEE continues to review legal instruments that may be used to authorize publication of open access articles. The Open Access Copyright Form (OACF) now in use is a specially modified version of the IEEE Copyright Form that allows users to freely access the authors' content in Xplore, and it allows authors to post the final, published versions of their papers on their own and their employers' websites. The OACF also allows IEEE to protect the content by giving IEEE the legal authority to resolve any complaints of abuse of the authors' content, such as infringement or plagiarism. Some funding agencies have begun to require their research authors to use specific publication licenses in place of copyright transfer if their grants are used to pay article processing charges (APCs); the IEEE is willing to work with authors to help them comply with their funder requirements.

Authors with questions or concerns about the OACF, or who are required to submit any publication document other than the OACF, should be forwarded to the Intellectual Property Rights Office at +001 732-562-3966 or at copyrights at ieee dot org. The IEEE Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) office has additional information about the OACF, including an FAQ.

Publication of Accepted Papers

Voluntary Page Charges: After a manuscript has been accepted for publication, the author's company or institution will be requested to pay a charge of $110 per printed page to cover part of the cost of publication. Page charges for IEEE/ACM Transactions of Networking are not obligatory nor is their payment a prerequisite for publication. Page charges will be handled by IEEE Publications and the editorial staff of this Transactions has no involvement with these charges. An author will receive 100 free reprints without covers if the charge is honored. Detailed instructions will accompany galley proofs.

Mandatory Page Charges: Authors of accepted papers are entitled to 10 pages free of charge; additional pages will be $220 per page. Papers submitted prior to July 1, 2008 are entitled to 12 pages free of charge with additional pages charged at $200 per page. If page charges apply, authors can expect to receive a bill directly from IEEE at the time of publication.

Authors from academic institutions who are unable to cover page charges may apply for a waiver by providing evidence that there is no available funding source to cover the page charges.  No requests for waivers of these charges will be considered after seven days from the notification of acceptance for publication. If a waiver is granted, the published version of the paper will as a result not include any acknowledgment of support.  Authors from non-academic institutions are expected to cover page charges.

IEEE allows authors to make supplementary material available on IEEE Xplore in addition to the accepted paper.  The supplementary material may include appendices, data, and software associated with the paper. If authors are planning to upload appendices as supplementary material, the appendices must be reviewed by the reviewers and the Associate Editor handling the paper and so must be submitted along with the paper for review.  Data and software need not be submitted. Supplementary material will not appear in the print version of the Transactions, therefore the main body of the paper must be self-contained as determined by the Associate Editor.

Instructions for uploading the supplementary material can be found here on the  IEEE Author Digital Tool Box page.

ToN will cease publication on paper in 2017 and thereafter publish online-only on IEEE Xplore. Published papers will be posted to Xplore and assigned permanent Digital Object Identifiers a few weeks after final files are accepted; volume, issue, and page numbers will be assigned at the usual bimonthly intervals for issue publication to the papers in each issue. Paper reprints will be available from the IEEE.

Electronic Submission

All submissions to IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking must be made using the on-line Manuscript Central system. You can reach the system at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tnet-ieee.

To submit a paper:

  1. Please check the paper scope, organization, and length before submission. (Recommended even for veterans of this process!)
  2. Log onto our manuscript central site https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tnet-ieee. The process is self-explanatory. First time users will need to create an account. If you have reviewed a paper on the system you will already have an account. Also if you have an account but have forgotten your user name or password, the system can help you recover this information.
  3. ORCID Required: All IEEE journals 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. The author will need a registered ORCID in order to submit a manuscript or review a proof in this journal.
  4. If you encounter any difficulty in this process or have questions relating to paper submission please contact the ToN Editorial Assistant, ieeeton at ifp dot illinois dot edu .

Submission Timeline

Papers are reviewed by the Editor-in-Chief as a batch after the 25th of each month - papers submitted after the 25th of a given month and before the 26th of the following month are processed at the end of the following month. All papers undergo a first assessment to determine their overall suitability to the journal; papers moving forward in the review process will then be assigned to Associate Editors. Authors are welcome to contact the editors of their papers directly regarding the status of their papers; the name and email address of the editor will be available within the online manuscript submission system.

The average and median times from editor assignment to a first decision are currently five months. The first decision can be acceptance for publication, rejection from further consideration for publication, or a request for further revision. Please note that no request for revision implies eventual publication. Papers requested to undergo further revision must be returned within a bounded amount of time, typically three months.

Requests for short extensions may be accommodated when warranted, but requests for longer extensions will be typically denied and the authors requested to submit their revision as a new papers. Submission as a new paper incurs no penalty toward the possibility of acceptance. Unless the authors of a resubmission explicitly request a different editor, the paper will typically be sent to the original editor who will then proceed to forward it to the original reviewers, minimizing additional delay. Avoiding unusually protracted revision periods does provide a fairer measure of how long it takes to be published in ToN.

The journal requires that authors complete final uploads of accepted papers no later than one month after acceptance in order to reserve a place in the publication queue. Accepted papers are made available on IEEE Xplore approximately 40 days after final files versions are received from the authors, and are print published approximately seven months later.

Accepted Papers

The final version of your manuscript must comply with IEEE Periodicals requirements for text and graphics processing. Please submit all final files through the “awaiting final files” queue in your author center on ScholarOne Manuscripts. Please make sure your final package is correct and complete upon submission. Once you have completed the submission of your final files, you will not be able to make changes until you have received page proofs from the IEEE.

By submitting your final files through ScholarOne Manuscripts, you are acknowledging and agreeing to any applicable page charges this paper may incur. If you have any questions about these charges, please contact the Journal Administrator prior to submitting your files.

Please do not send ANY items via email, regular mail, or fax, as they will not be processed if you do.

During the final submission process, please make sure all metadata in ScholarOne Manuscripts is correct and complete. When this is confirmed, please upload:

  1. A LaTeX or Microsoft Word application file: this should include keywords/index terms, biographies, and photos if you are including them. Failure to submit a source file may result in publishing delays.
  2. You can find 2-column LaTeX and MS Word style files here along with other useful information for authors. You should check to see if your final manuscript meets the length limitation using the IEEE formatting template. If your final manuscript is too long, it will be returned to you by the staff editor at IEEE publishing with a request to shorten the paper, and therefore publication of the paper may be delayed.
  3. IEEE uses 10-pt font in the body of the text, so PLEASE do not use a smaller font as this will cause an overrun in page length. In order to avoid exceeding the page limitation, figures and tables should be sized to fit into one column whenever possible. The font size of lettering in figures, diagrams, and tables that can be reduced to the width of a column should be large enough so that they will still be readable.
  4. A pdf of your entire manuscript - please note that a pdf alone is NOT sufficient for publication and make sure to submit the source file detailed in step 1.
  5. If your figures are not embedded in the source file of your manuscript, you will also need to upload separate figure files. The acceptable formats are doc, eps, ppt, pdf, png, ips, tiff, and xls. We do NOT accept jpeg files for figures.
  6. Biosketches should be uploaded at the same time as the other final files. These can be included at the end of your Microsoft Word or Latex source file, or submitted as a separate upload. For author photos, jpeg files are accepted.
  7. IEEE now offers the option to print figures in grayscale but post online in color free of charge. Any color figures submitted will be automatically processed by IEEE for online color. Figures may also be printed in color for a charge of $1045.00 (set-up) plus an additional $62.50 per color figure. If you would like figures to be printed in color, please attach a cover letter detailing which figures should appear in print color.
  8. Authors wishing to include multimedia files or datasets should refer to the IEEE's standards for video and multimedia documentation.

Please make sure that all files have unique file names in order for them to export successfully to IEEE.

IEEE has moved to an all electronic copyright submission system. Once you have submitted your final files, a link titled “transfer copyright” will appear in the “manuscripts with decisions” queue in your author center.

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