Call for Papers


JCN invites submission of high-quality papers in the areas of Communication Theory and Systems, Wireless Communications, and Networks and Services.

A prospective author should submit the manuscript for publication consideration in electronic file (pdf) via JCN ScholarOne Manuscripts website ( to an appropriate Division Editor (for regular papers) or to any Guest Editor of an appropriate Special Issue. (Special Issues may include regular papers to avoid unnecessary publication delays.)

JCN is available in both paper and electronic formats, with the latter available in the JCN Digital Library in the JCN Web site, For further details on paper submission and subscription, please visit the JCN Web site.

Low subscription rates are offered to members of KICS and its Sister Societies, including ComSoc, CIC, and IEICE. Application forms are available in the JCN web site.

Call for Special Issue Proposals

Journal of Communications and Networks (JCN) invites scholars to submit a special issue proposal. The purpose of the special issue is to provide collection of articles on a specific topic that the journal has not covered substantially and has the potential to be of high interest to the readers. We plan to consider proposals for special issue on Communications and Networks of highest quality throughout the year. JCN is a peer-reviewed, Open Access journal that publishes bimonthly, published by the Korean Institution of Communications and Information Sciences (KICS) and IEEE ComSoc. The JCN is committed to publishing high quality papers that advance the state-of-the-art and practical applications of communications and information networks. For any inquiry, please contact Prof. Anthony Ephremides and Prof. Inkyu Lee, Editor-in-Chief of JCN, at

Information to be provided in a proposal

The format of a proposal is not important but it should contain the following information:

  1. 1. 500 word rational explaining the significance, novelty, technical advancement, and adherence to the scope of the journal of the proposed theme.
  2. 2. A brief outline of the topics in the proposed theme.
  3. 3. A plan for obtaining quality papers.
  4. 4. A brief resume of the proposed Guest Editors. (JCN usually selects four or five Guest Editors based on balanced technical and geographical background.)
  5. 5. List of potential reviewers.
  6. 6. A proposed call-for-papers.
  7. 7. A proposed time schedule including submission deadline and completion of the editorial process.
  8. 8. JCN encourages guest editor-authored tutorial and overview papers.

Selection process of the proposals

  1. 1. Overall quality of the proposal.
  2. 2. Topic is within the scope of the journal.
  3. 3. Provides significant novelty and complements previously published issues of the journal.
  4. 4. Guest editor's experience in editorial work.
  5. 5. Securing high quality reviewers..
  6. 6. Delivering the final product within the proposed deadline.

Guest Editor’s Expected Role

  1. 1. Once the proposal is accepted, GE will circulate the call for papers for the special issue and invite submissions.
  2. 2. GE will manage submissions to the special issue in the ScholoarOne (the web-based journal management system) including assigning reviewers, collating reviews, communicating with authors, making editorial decisions of acceptance, decline and minor revisions.
  3. 3. GE will secure at least three subject experts as reviewers per submission and can make a final decision based on two review results.
  4. 4. GE will coordinate the editorial process in consultation with the Editor-in-Chief.
  5. 5. GE will meet deadlines and deliver the final project as scheduled.
  6. 6. GE will conduct all business with reviewers, authors, and editorial staff in ethical and professional manners.

Upcoming Special Issues



To satisfy the versatile business applications and extreme performance requirements of the future sixth-generation (6G), the ITU has identified Integrated Sensing and Communications (ISAC) as a representative application scenario for 6G in its published framework recommendation. ISAC possesses the capability to provide wide-area multi-dimensional sensing to acquire spatial information about unknown objects, connected devices, and the surrounding environment. This scenario will pave the way for pioneering innovative applications such as automation, safe driving, digital twins, and integration with artificial intelligence, enhancing the perception of the physical environment. ISAC fosters a seamless convergence of communication and perception symbiotically manner, exploiting coexistence design and dynamic spectrum allocation/access as well as interference suppression or management strategies to achieve a co-design of the communication and perception systems. Indeed, ISAC, compared to a single perception and communication function, is able to reduce hardware and signaling costs while improving both energy and spectral efficiency. In addition, ISAC pursues a deeper integration paradigm where communication and perception complement each other for mutual benefit.

This roll-out of ISAC paradigm raises numerous new challenges and opportunities. Although it has attracted tremendous attention from both academia and industry, there are still many open questions to be explored. The aim of this special issue is to collect information on the major technical challenges, recent breakthroughs, and novel applications related to ISAC and multifunctional networks.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Information theoretic limits towards ISAC
  • Network architecture/transport protocol/framework design for ISAC
  • Spectrum analysis and management for ISAC
  • Full-duplex/interference management techniques for ISAC
  • Precoding/waveform/modulation/receiver design for ISAC
  • Security and privacy issues towards ISAC
  • Machine learning/artificial intelligence/edge computing/data mining for ISAC
  • Next-generation MIMO, e.g., Reconfigurable intelligent surface (RIS)/holographic MIMO surfaces for ISAC
  • Millimetre wave/terahertz technologies towards ISAC
  • System-level simulation, hardware prototyping and field testing of ISAC systems
  • Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) enabled ISAC
  • ISAC for 6G Vehicle to everything (V2X) networks
  • ISAC standardization progress
  • ISAC for Multiple access

Guidelines according to the IEEE/KICS JCN Guidelines:

Important Dates:
Manuscript Submission Deadline: 14 May 2024
Initial Decision Notification: 30 June 2024
Revised Manuscript Due: 30 July 2024
Final Decision Notification: 30 August 2024
Final Manuscript Due: 15 September 2024
Publication Date: October/ November 2024

Guest Editors:
De Mi, Birmingham City University, United Kingdom. Email:

Zhengyu Zhu, Zhengzhou University, China. Email:

Fan Liu, Southern University of Science and Technology, China. Email:

Zesong Fei, Beijing Institute of Technology, China. Email:

Bo Ai, Beijing Jiaotong University, China. Email:

Derrick Wing Kwan Ng, University of New South Wales, Australia. Email:

Yajun Zhao, ZTE Corporation, China. Email:

JCN is a high-quality bimonthly archival journal, published by the Korean Institute of Communications and Information Sciences with the technical co-sponsorship of the IEEE Communications Society, covering the fields of Communication Theory and Systems, Wireless Communications, and Networks and Services. JCN began publication in March 1999.