Information for Authors

General information

Journal of Communications and Networks (JCN) was launched in March 1999. It is published six times per year, and is committed to publishing high quality papers that advance the state-of-the-art and practical applications of communications and information networks. Theoretical research contributions presenting new techniques, concepts, or analyses, applied contributions reporting on experiences and experiments, and tutorial expositions of permanent reference value are welcome. The subjects covered by this journal include all topics in communication theory and techniques, communication systems, and information networks. JCN is indexed in Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE) and Scopus. The official title is Journal of Communications and Networks (JCN) and the abbreviate title is ‘J.Commn.Net’.

Aim and Scope

COMMUNICATION THEORY AND SYSTEMS
Includes information theory, modulation/signal design, detection/estimation, fading/equalization, optical communications, transmission systems, access systems, synchronization, error control coding, source coding/data compression, security/cryptography, cognitive radio, compressed sensing, and network coding
WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS
includes mobile and portable communications systems, transmission modulation and coding for mobile terrestrial and satellite systems, multicarrier systems, cooperative communications, multi antenna/user systems, ultra-wideband communications, wireless network design and performance evaluation including traffic analysis, ad hoc and sensor networks, MAC protocols, and generally simulation or analytical evaluation of any wireless systems.
NETWORKS AND SERVICES
includes network physical and software architecture, communication protocols, network hardware and software technologies, switching and routing, multimedia techniques, Internet/Intranet protocols and services, mobility networks and protocols, operations and management, signaling and control, active networks, services and applications.

Manuscript preparation (Download JCN LaTex Template)

JCN accepts double column FULL papers of over 8 pages only that follow the standard of JCN (or similar IEEE) publication format. The manuscript must be formatted in any kind of LaTex source and you should upload its PDF version. JCN is technically co-sponsored by IEEE ComSoc and follows the IEEE submission policy accordingly.

For your checking of the page length, submitted papers, in English, should be concisely written and the length should not exceed 20 double-spaced, single-sided pages (10 pt. font, 26 lines per page) excluding tables and figures. Manuscripts exceeding these guidelines may be returned to the authors. Each manuscript must be accompanied by a 75-200 words abstract and a list of about 5 index terms.

Introductory discussion should be kept to a minimum and material published elsewhere should be referenced, not reproduced. Material not essential to the continuity of the text should be placed in Appendices.

Formulas must be numbered. Figures must be numbered and referred to in the text, with captions typed on separate sheets in the same format as the main text. Tables must be numbered and referred to in the text. Each table, with caption, must be typed on a separate sheet. References must be numbered in the order of occurrence and referred to in the text by bracketed numbers. The list of references must be typed on separate sheets, in the same format as the main text, and ordered consecutively. Each reference item should include the author(s), title, journal name, volume, number, pages, month, year, and publisher, as applicable.

References

Periodicals
[1] J. K. Author, “Name of paper,” Abbrev. Title of Periodical, vol. x, no. x, pp. xxx-xxx, Abbrev. Month, year.
[2] M. Ito et al., “Application of amorphous oxide TFT to electrophoretic display,” J. Non-Cryst. Solids, vol. 354, no. 19, pp. 2777-2782, Feb. 2008.
Books
[1] J. K. Author, “Title of chapter in the book,” in Title of His Published Book, xth ed. City of Publisher, (only U.S. State), Country: Abbrev. of Publisher, year, ch. x, sec. x, pp. xxx-xxx.
[2] L. Stein, “Random patterns,” in Computers and You, J. S. Brake, Ed. New York, NY, USA: Wiley, 1994, pp. 55-70.
Report
[1] J. K. Author, “Title of report,” Abbrev. Name of Co., City of Co., Abbrev. State, Country, Rep. xxx, year.
[2] E. E. Reber, R. L. Michell, and C. J. Carter, “Oxygen absorption in the earth’s atmosphere,” Aerospace Corp., Los Angeles, CA, USA, Tech. Rep. TR-0200 (4230-46)-3, Nov. 1988.
Handbooks
[1] Name of Manual/Handbook, x ed., Abbrev. Name of Co., City of Co., Abbrev. State, year, pp. xxx-xxx.
[2] Transmission Systems for Communications, 3rd ed., Western Electric Co., Winston-Salem, NC, 1985, pp. 44-60.
Published Conference Proceedings
[1] J. K. Author, “Title of paper,” in Abbreviated Name of Conf., (location of conference is optional), year, pp. xxx-xxx.
[2] G. R. Faulhaber, “Design of service systems with priority reservation,” in Conf. Rec. 1995 IEEE Int. Conf. Commun., pp. 3-8.
Papers Presented at Conferences
[1] J. K. Author, “Title of paper,” presented at the abbrev. Name of Conf., City of Conf., Abbrev. State, year.
[2] J. G. Kreifeldt, “An analysis of surface-detected EMG as an amplitude-modulated noise,” presented at the 1989 Int. Conf. Medicine and Biological Engineering, Chicago, IL, USA, Nov. 9-12, 1989.
Patents
[1] J. K. Author, “Title of patent,” U.S. Patent x xxx xxx, Abbrev. Month, day, year.
[2] J. P. Wilkinson, “Nonlinear resonant circuit devices,” U.S. Patent 3 624 125, July 16, 1990.
Theses (B.S., M.S.) and Dissertations (Ph.D.)
[1] J. K. Author, “Title of dissertation,” Ph.D. dissertation, Abbrev. Dept., Abbrev. Univ., City of Univ., Abbrev. State, year.
[2] J. O. Williams, “Narrow-band analyzer,” Ph.D. dissertation, Dept. Elect. Eng., Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA, 1993.
Unpublished
[1] J. K. Author, “Title of paper,” unpublished
[2] B. Smith, “An approach to graphs of linear forms,” unpublished.
Standards
[1] Title of Standard, Standard number, date.
[2] IEEE Criteria for Class IE Electric Systems, IEEE Standard 308, 1969.

Copyright

It is the policy of the KICS to own the copyright to the technical contributions it publishes. Authors are required to obtain company clearance before submission. Authors may make their papers available on their own www sites, with acknowledgement of the KICS copyright.

Conflict of interest statement

The corresponding author must inform the editor of any potential conflicts of interest that could influence th author’s interpretation of the data. Examples of potential conflicts of interest are financial support from or connections to companies, political pressure from interest groups, and academically related issues. In particular, all sources of funding applicable to the study should be explicitly stated.

Publishing Schedule

JCN is published six times a year: February 28, April 30, June 30, August 31, October 31, and December 31.

Submission

All manuscript submissions must be in electronic format. Authors should submit the manuscript for publication consideration in electronic file (LaTex) via JCN website (http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jcommnet) 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.) If successfully uploaded, the web-based paper processing system will automatically reply with an acknowledgement of receipt. Further information is available by activating the Click here to submit a new manuscript icon in the JCN website: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jcommnet.

Peer review process

JCN reviews all manuscripts received. A manuscript is first reviewed for its format and adherence to the aims and scope of the journal. If the manuscript meets these two criteria, it is dispatched to three investigators in the field with relevant knowledge. Assuming the manuscript is sent to reviewers, JCN waits to receive opinions from at least two reviewers. In addition, if deemed necessary, a review of statistics may be requested. The acceptance criteria for all papers are based on the quality and originality of the research and its scientific significance. Acceptance of the manuscript is decided based on the critiques and recommended decision of the reviewers. An initial decision will normally be made within 2-3 months of receipt of a manuscript, and the reviewers’ comments are sent to the corresponding author by e-mail. The corresponding author must indicate the alterations that have been made in response to the reviewers’ comments item by item. A final decision on acceptance/rejection for publication is forwarded to the corresponding author from the editor.

All manuscripts from editors, employees, or members of the editorial board are processed same to other unsolicited manuscripts. During the review process, submitters will not engage in the decision process. Editors will not handle their own manuscripts although they are commissioned ones.

Page charge

After a manuscript has been accepted for publication, the author will be requested to pay a mandatory page charge of $90 per printed page to cover part of the cost of publication. For papers in excess of six printed pages, a mandatory page charge of $150 per printed page will be requested for the printed pages beyond six pages. Detailed instructions will accompany the payment request. (The new rule for page charges takes effect for papers submitted after February 1, 2006). Electronic versions of the publication present and past will be available to paid subscribers on the JCN Web site.

Publishing and Manuscript Ethics Bylaw of KICS

Article 1 (Purpose)
The purpose of these bylaws is to present principles for the roles and responsibilities of a researcher who submits a manuscript on his/her research results for publication to conference proceedings and academic journals which are published by the Korean Institute of Communications and Information Sciences (hereafter referred to as the Society) so that integrity of the concerned manuscript can be identified clearly.
Article 2 (Scope of Application)
These bylaws shall be applied to the manuscripts to be submitted to or to be published in the academic journals published by the Society and to the manuscripts to be submitted to or to be presented at the academic conferences organized by the Society.
Article 3 (Definition of Terms)
1. Forgery: The act of forging research results.
2. Falsification: The act of fabricating materials, equipment, processes, etc. of experiments or the act of changing or omitting research results in a false manner.
3. Distortion: The act of drawing wrong conclusions by exaggerating or reducing a part of the relevant data.
4. Plagiarism: The act of using - as is or in a changed form - all or part of another person’s research results without identifying the source or using all or part of the key concepts of another person’s research results without identifying the source.
5. Self-plagiarism: The act of using - as is or in a changed form - all or part of one’s own research results already published, without identifying the source.
6. Overlapping submission: The act of submitting substantial content overlapping with one’s own paper already submitted or published.
Article 4 (Authorship)
1. The author of a manuscript refers to the one who has contributed to the completion of the manuscript by planning and executing the research and analyzing the research results.
2. The corresponding author refers to the one who takes charge of the entire process of submitting the manuscript, and he/she should obtain approval of all co-authors in such matters, such as inclusion of co-authors, submission of the manuscript and revision of the manuscript.
Article 5 (Submission of Manuscript)
1. The manuscript to be submitted to the Society’s academic journals or academic conferences should include new findings or views, new interpretations of existing studies or developmental understanding of existing studies.
2. The research results in the manuscript to be submitted to the Society’s academic journals or academic conferences should not be forged, fabricated or distorted.
3. In the case of quoting another person’s research results, the source should be identified without exemption.
4. In the case of using figures, tables, sentences or major conclusions from one’s own research results already published, they should be identified as quotes without exemption. Also, all related or similar manuscripts in the course of submission, reviewing or publication (including those in other languages) should be identified.
5. Submission to the Society’s academic journals is allowable in the following cases:
a) It is possible to develop in a meaningful way a manuscript already presented at an academic conference organized by the Society or other domestic or international academic societies, for submission to one of the Society's academic journals. However, the manuscript already presented at the academic conference should be quoted without fail, and any meaningful development made to the submitted manuscript should be identified. In case of only an abstract was presented at a previous academic conference, submission of the concerned manuscript to one of the Society's academic journals is also possible, if this fact should be announced without fail.
b) In the case of submitting a manuscript that includes translations of all or part of a paper by the same authors presented in other language at other journal or other academic conference, submission is allowed if there is a noticeable difference between the readers of the other journal and those of the Society’s academic journal or between the participants of the other academic conference and those of the Society’s academic conference. However, the paper in other language should be an already published one, and also should be quoted or identified at the time of submission. As for translating and using contents of the existing paper, the author should take charge of the process.
Article 6 (Handing of Ethics Violations)
1. In case questions of unethical act such as forgery, falsification, distortion, plagiarism, self-plagiarism, and overlapping submission are raised against the manuscript presented at or published by the Society, the vice president in charge of academic affairs shall organize an investigating committee consisting of six members or less including the editor-in-chief in charge of the concerned paper and the concerned executive director, within two weeks. The vice president in charge of academic affairs shall become the chairman of the investigating committee (hereafter referred to as the Chairman).
2. The Chairman shall send a letter of inquiry on unethical acts (with regard to the concerned manuscript) to all authors of the concerned manuscript, within two weeks from the organization of the investigating committee, and demand them to submit individually a written explanation within two weeks. Upon receiving the letters of explanation, the Chairman shall convene a meeting of the investigating committee to review the explanation by the authors of the concerned manuscript within two weeks. In case unethical acts are recognized at the meeting, the committee shall determine the contents of the unethical acts, and make a decision on disciplinary action by selecting one among “severe reprimand” and “reprimand” and “warning”, in accordance with the gravity of the unethical act.
3. The Chairman shall report the investigating committee’s judgment and decision on the unethical acts (with regards to the concerned manuscript) to the president of the Society, who shall refer the case to the Society’s board of directors. After the board’s voting on the final decision regarding the unethical acts, the president of the Society shall take the following steps:
a) Warning - All authors of the concerned manuscript shall be notified of this fact and the already published manuscript shall be invalidated. A warning shall be given so that the authors should take caution in writing manuscripts in the future.
b) Reprimand - All authors of the concerned manuscript shall be notified of this fact and the already published manuscript shall be invalidated. Also, the fact of plagiarism and the resultant deletion shall be posted on the Society’s website for one month and announced in the concerned journal. Also, all the manuscripts of the authors found guilty of misconduct currently under review by the Society or waiting to be published in the Society’s publications shall be disqualified. In addition, all the authors found guilty of misconduct of the concerned manuscript shall be disqualified in submitting manuscripts to the Society for the coming 12 months.
c) Severe Reprimand - This fact shall be notified to all the authors of the concerned manuscript and to the department head of the affiliated institution of the authors found guilty of misconduct as well. Also, the already published manuscript shall be invalidated and the fact of plagiarism and the resultant deletion shall be posted on the Society’s website for 3 months and announced in the concerned journal. Also, all the manuscripts of the authors found guilty of misconduct currently under review by the Society or waiting to be published in the Society’s publications shall be disqualified. In addition, all the authors found guilty of misconduct of the concerned manuscript shall be disqualified in submitting manuscripts to the Society for the coming 36 months.
d) After taking the above steps, the Society shall send an official document which notifies of the steps taken on the decided unethical acts regarding the concerned manuscript to the authors of the original manuscript.
Supplementary Provisions
1. These bylaws shall be applied starting from October 10, 2014.
2. Matters not stipulated in these bylaws shall be determined by deliberation and decision by the editorial committee.

Final Preparation for publication

After the paper has been accepted for publication, the authors should submit the final version of the manuscript. JCN is technically co-sponsored by IEEE ComSoc and follows the IEEE submission policy accordingly and all the Latex files MUST be compiled by JCN trans. cls for the JCN publication of your paper. The requirements for submitting final materials are listed below. Please review these requirements carefully, as your compliance will facilitate prompt turnaround of galley proofs and early placement of your paper in a future issue. As a checklist, the final package of files submitted to the JCN editorial office (jcn@kics.or.kr) must include the following:

Author’s Check list

Abstracting and Indexing

Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE), Scopus

Contact

Journal of Communications and Networks (JCN) Editorial Office
Hyundai Kirim Officetel #1504-6, 1330-18 Seochodong, Seocho-gu, Seoul, 137-858, Republic of Korea
Fax: +82-2-539-5588
Tel.: +82-3453-5555(4)
email: jcn@kics.or.kr

Publisher

The Korean Institute of Communications and Information Sciences