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JOURNAL of COMMUNICATIONS and NETWORKS (JCN)
A Publication of the Korea Institute of Communications
and Information Sciences (KICS)
Technically cosponsored by the
IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc)

  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 (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.)

  JCN is available in both paper and electronic formats, with the latter available in the JCN Digital Library in the JCN Web site, http://jcn.or.kr. 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.

 

Upcoming Special Issues

JCN SPECIAL ISSUE ON
CODING FOR WIRELESS STORAGE SYSTEMS

PUBLICATION DATE: December 2014

Cloud storage has emerged in recent years as an inexpensive and scalable solution for storing large amounts of data and making it widely available to users. The growing success of cloud storage has been accompanied by new advances in the theory of erasure codes for such systems, namely the application of network coding techniques for distributed data storage and the theory of regenerating codes introduced by Dimakis et al., followed by a large body of further work in the literature.

However, a majority of the results achieved exclusively concern the network layer, assuming either a perfect errorfree channel or a simple bit-flip error or bit erasure scenario. Surprisingly few initiatives have been taken towards the actual physical layer functionality, e.g., how to protect the data transmission following a data reconstruction or node repair request when communication takes place over a wireless fading channel. Isolated from the storage point of view, on the other hand, wireless communications research has matured over the past two decades. The aim of this Special Issue is to draw these two aspects together and to encourage a new research direction for coding for wireless distributed and cloud storage systems.

This Special Issue therefore seeks articles that address fundamental research issues regarding distributed and cloud storage systems over wireless networks, the scope being in the physical layer rather than the network layer design or, alternatively, on the joint design across both (or more) layers. Examples of topics of interest:
  • Physical layer coding for distributed storage transmissions
  • Storing and communicating data securely over a wireless networks and wireless wiretap channels
  • Space-time coded communication in a wireless storage system
  • Partial downloading schemes to combat fading
  • Joint channel code and regenerating code design
Continuing JCN’s tradition of fast turnaround together with full peer reviews, a tentative schedule is set as follows:

- Deadline for the paper submission: May 25, 2014
- Deadline for the first review: July 31, 2014
- Submission deadline for final version: September 5, 2014.
- Publication date: December 5, 2014

Prof. Camilla Hollanti, Aalto University, Finland, camilla.hollanti@aalto.fi
Prof. Alex Dimakis, University of Texas at Austin, TX, USA, dimakis@austin.utexas.edu
Prof. Tracey Ho, California Institute of Technology, CAL, USA, tho@caltech.edu
Prof. Hsiao-feng (Francis) Lu, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan, francis@mail.nctu.edu.tw

Electronic submissions should be made through http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com:80/jcommnet. Information about submissions is available on the JCN web site, http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jcommnet. Please direct inquiries and intent to submit notifications to the Lead Guest Editor (email: camilla.hollanti@aalto.fi).

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.

JCN SPECIAL ISSUE ON
MOBILE SOCIAL NETWORKS

PUBLICATION DATE: April 2015

Social networks contribute a significant fraction of Internet traffic, and increasingly this traffic is in support of mobile social networking using smart phones. This situation has spurred considerable recent research interest in mobile social networks. Social networks have been studied for decades, although most of the earlier work in this area addressed issues lying outside the scope of technological networks. High bandwidth wireless networking enabling ubiquitous access of smart phones to the Internet completely enriches various potential of mobile social networks. However, there are still significant technological challenges in the development of the cloud infrastructure and mobile terminal devices. The purpose of this special issue is to highlight recent advances that address some of these mobile user-centric challenges. In light of the rising prevalence of mobile social networks, this special issue will focus on the following subjects of interest, as well as related issues:
  • Inference and knowledge discovery with big mobile data for large mobile social networks providing personal and location-based services
  • Computational and interdisciplinary foundations of technologies enabling massive mobile social networks
  • Trusted networking, privacy and security, user behavior and dynamic in mobile Internet supporting mobile social networks
  • System architecture, protocols, middleware, deployment and operations, and standards for cloudbased mobile social networks
  • Social networks enable resource sharing among users or networks, and other aspects of network economy
  • Social networking applications and services for mobile Internet, mobile-commerce, mobile Internet of Things, and smart transportation
  • Terminal device technology to enable mobile social networks
  • Interplay between social networks and wireless communications
  • Applications of large social network analysis to the design of advanced wireless communication networks and software-defined network architecture
Continuing JCN’s tradition of fast turnaround together with full peer reviews, a tentative schedule is set as follows:

August 10, 2014 Electronic manuscript (.ps or .pdf) submission to JCN website
[An earlier note to editors with intent to submit will be appreciated.]
November 1, 2014 Reviews returned to authors. Papers will be either accepted, rejected, or returned
to the authors with requests for changes
December 15, 2014 Final revised manuscript due
April 5, 2015 Special Issue published

Prof. Kwang-Cheng Chen, National Taiwan University, ckc@ntu.edu.tw
Prof. Frank Fitzek, Aalborg University, ff@es.aau.dk
Prof. Victor Leung, University of British Columbia, vleung@ece.ubc.ca


Electronic submissions should be made through http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com:80/jcommnet. Information about submissions is available on the JCN web site, http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jcommnet. Please direct inquiries and intent to submit notifications to the Lead Guest Editor (email: ckc@ntu.edu.tw).

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.

JCN SPECIAL ISSUE ON
ADVANCES IN CHANNEL CODING

PUBLICATION DATE: August 2015

Since the invention of turbo codes in 1993 there has been an enormous interest and progress in the field of capacity approaching code constructions. Many classical constructions have been replaced by newer, better performing codes with feasible decoding complexity. Most of these modern code constructions, such as turbo codes, Gallager’s lowdensity parity-check (LDPC) codes and their generalizations, can be modeled by sparse graphical models. Spatial coupling of sparse graphical models has in the last years attracted a lot of interest due to the threshold saturation phenomenon, which leads to capacity achieving performance with iterative message passing decoding. Polar codes are a recently discovered class of capacity achieving codes that are formed by an explicit construction based on a phenomenon called channel polarization. These codes, too, have various low-complexity decoding algorithms based on message passing on a sparse graph that has a recursive structure similar to that of fast transforms in signal processing.

Despite the enormous advances in channel coding in the last two decades, the state-of-the-art in this area is far from meeting the challenges of the near-future communication systems in terms of throughput, performance, robustness, flexibility and energy consumption. To give one example, it is unclear how current forward error-correction coding (FEC) techniques will scale to the 100+ GB/s data rates foreseen for wireless backhaul communications in the near future. New code constructions and algorithms as well as novel concepts may have to replace the techniques that we use today.

This Special Issue therefore seeks original research articles, as well as expository and survey papers, addressing the challenges of future channel coding schemes. Examples of topics of interest:
  • New code constructions and algorithms addressing the challenges of future communication systems
  • Efficient decoding algorithms in terms of complexity and energy consumption
  • Binary and non-binary coded modulation for spectrally efficient transmission
  • Coding techniques for multi-terminal and cooperative communications
  • Analysis and bounds on trade-offs in performance, latency, complexity and energy consumption
  • Survey papers assessing the state-of-the-art in FEC vis-a-vis future challenges
Continuing JCN’s tradition of fast turnaround together with full peer reviews, a tentative schedule is set as follows:

December 15, 2014 Electronic manuscript (.ps or .pdf) submission to JCN website
[An earlier note to editors with intent to submit will be appreciated.]
February 15, 2015 Reviews returned to authors. Papers will be either accepted, rejected, or returned
to the authors with requests for changes
April 1, 2015 Final revised manuscript due
August 5, 2015 Special Issue published

Prof. Erdal Arıkan, Bilkent University, Turkey, arikan@ee.bilkent.edu.tr
Prof. Michael Lentmaier, Lund University, Sweden, michael.lentmaier@eit.lth.se
Prof. Guido Montorsi, Politecnico di Torino, Italy, guido.montorsi@polito.it


Electronic submissions should be made through http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com:80/jcommnet. Information about submissions is available on the JCN web site, http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jcommnet. Please direct inquiries and intent to submit notifications to the Lead Guest Editor (email: arikan@ee.bilkent.edu.tr).

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.
JCN SPECIAL ISSUE ON
TERAHERTZ COMMUNICATIONS

PUBLICATION DATE: December 2013

In wireless communication networks a rapid increase in demand for capacity has been observed in conjunction with the development of applications that require rapidly increasing data rates even on a single link. Within the next decade applications will be developed that demand data rates of several 10s of Gbit/s. These data rates can be achieved only by either significantly improving spectral efficiencies or by extending the available spectrum to several 10s of GHz. Such an amount of spectrum is available only beyond 300 GHz, which is called the Terahertz (THz) frequency range. The development of systems operating beyond 300 GHz at data rates of several 10s of Gbit/s is a challenging task requiring an interdisciplinary approach incorporating areas such as propagation and channel modeling, antennas, RF transceiver design, appropriate baseband technologies, MAC protocols, etc. Consequently, activities in research, standardization and regulation in this regime have emerged in recent years. Applications of THz communications range from single stand alone and dedicated super high capacity data pipes up to a “THz nano cell” as a part of an integrated cellular multi-layer system. This special issue of JCN will present high quality research articles related to the complete area of Terahertz Communications. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
 
Propagation and channel modeling for Terahertz Communications
Antenna concepts for Terahertz Communications
Photonic and/or electronic transceiver technologies
Transmission technologies and demonstrators for x 10 Gbit/s
New concepts for MAC protocols
System simulations and system concepts
Nano communication networks operating in the THz frequency range
Interference with other systems operating in the same frequency band
IO interface and buffer requirements for 10/100Gbps wireless devices
Applications

Continuing JCN’s tradition of fast turnaround together with full peer reviews, a tentative schedule is set as follows:

June 30, 2013 Electronic manuscript (.ps or .pdf) submission to JCN website
[An earlier note to editors with intent to submit will be appreciated.]
October 4, 2013 Reviews returned to authors. Papers will be either accepted, rejected,
or returned to the authors with requests for changes
October 25, 2013 Final revised manuscript due
December 5, 2013 Special Issue published

Thomas Kurner, Technische Universitat Braunschweig, Germany, t.kuerner@tu-bs.de
David Britz, AT&T Shannon Labs, USA, briswold@gmail.com
Tadao Nagatsuma, Osaka University, Japan, nagatuma@ee.es.osaka-u.ac.jp


Electronic submissions should be made through http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com:80/jcommnet. Information about submissions is available on the JCN web site, http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jcommnet. Please direct inquiries and intent to submit notifications to the Lead Guest Editor (email: t.kuerner@tu-bs.de).

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.
JCN SPECIAL ISSUE ON
COGNITIVE NETWORKING

PUBLICATION DATE: April 2014

Limited transmission resources such as scarce spectrum and energy are slowing down our response to ever increasing demand for higher data rates and lower latency in communication networks. Cognitive networking is a promising emerging research area that has demonstrated potential to tackle some of these challenges. Recent developments in cognitive radio research at the physical layer have mainly focused thus far on spectrum sensing, multi-user access to spectrum, and interference mitigation. Although cognitive networking at all layers will be considered, the emphasis of this special issue will be on MAC, Network, and higher layers to address network wide problems in the context of spectrum sharing and limited energy scenarios.

This Special Issue seeks articles that address fundamental research issues in Cognitive Networking as well as articles that tackle engineering problems that need solving for a reduction to practice. Examples of topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:
 
Heterogeneous cognitive radio networks
Innovative ideas for spectrum sharing
Spectrum management for quality-of-service
Spectrum policy and economics models
Game theoretic formulations
Small cell, relay, and cooperative cellular networks
Cross-layer optimization and resource management
Cognitive techniques and networks for 5G
Energy efficiency
White space networking
Multimedia transmission
Routing and transport layer protocols
Test-beds and experimentations
Applications and services

Continuing JCN’s tradition of fast turnaround together with full peer reviews, a tentative schedule is set as follows:

September 15, 2013 Electronic manuscript (.ps or .pdf) submission to JCN website
[An earlier note to editors with intent to submit will be appreciated.]
November 15, 2013 Reviews returned to authors. Papers will be either accepted, rejected,
or returned to the authors with requests for changes
December 31, 2013 Final revised manuscript due
April 5, 2014 Special Issue published

Prof. Ali Abedi, University of Maine, USA, ali.abedi@maine.edu
Prof. Ekram Hossain, University of Manitoba, Canada, ekram@ee.umanitoba.ca
Dr. Maziar Nekovee, Samsung R&D, UK, maziar.nekovee1@gmail.com
Prof. Sumit Roy, University of Washington, roy@ee.washington.edu


Electronic submissions should be made through http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com:80/jcommnet. Information about submissions is available on the JCN web site, http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jcommnet. Please direct inquiries and intent to submit notifications to the Lead Guest Editor (email: ali.abedi@maine.edu).

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.
JCN SPECIAL ISSUE ON
CODING FOR WIRELESS STORAGE SYSTEMS

PUBLICATION DATE: December 2014

Cloud storage has emerged in recent years as an inexpensive and scalable solution for storing large amounts of data and making it widely available to users. The growing success of cloud storage has been accompanied by new advances in the theory of erasure codes for such systems, namely the application of network coding techniques for distributed data storage and the theory of regenerating codes introduced by Dimakis et al., followed by a large body of further work in the literature.

However, a majority of the results achieved exclusively concern the network layer, assuming either a perfect errorfree channel or a simple bit-flip error or bit erasure scenario. Surprisingly few initiatives have been taken towards the actual physical layer functionality, e.g., how to protect the data transmission following a data reconstruction or node repair request when communication takes place over a wireless fading channel. Isolated from the storage point of view, on the other hand, wireless communications research has matured over the past two decades. The aim of this Special Issue is to draw these two aspects together and to encourage a new research direction for coding for wireless distributed and cloud storage systems.

This Special Issue therefore seeks articles that address fundamental research issues regarding distributed and cloud storage systems over wireless networks, the scope being in the physical layer rather than the network layer design or, alternatively, on the joint design across both (or more) layers. Examples of topics of interest:
 
Coding for physical layer distributed storage over wireless networks
Storing and communicating data securely over a wireless wiretap channel
Space-time coded communication within a wireless storage system
Partial downloading schemes to combat fading
Joint channel code and regenerating code design

Continuing JCN’s tradition of fast turnaround together with full peer reviews, a tentative schedule is set as follows:

May 5, 2014 Electronic manuscript (.ps or .pdf) submission to JCN website
[An earlier note to editors with intent to submit will be appreciated.]
July 5, 2014 Reviews returned to authors. Papers will be either accepted, rejected,
or returned to the authors with requests for changes
September 5, 2014 Final revised manuscript due
December 5, 2014 Special Issue published

Camilla Hollanti, Aalto University, Finland, camilla.hollanti@aalto.fi
Alex Dimakis, University of Texas at Austin, TX, USA, dimakis@austin.utexas.edu
Tracey Ho, California Institute of Technology, CAL, USA, tho@caltech.edu
Hsiao-feng (Francis) Lu, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan, francis@mail.nctu.edu.tw

Electronic submissions should be made through http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com:80/jcommnet. Information about submissions is available on the JCN web site, http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jcommnet. Please direct inquiries and intent to submit notifications to the Lead Guest Editor (email: camilla.hollanti@aalto.fi).

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.
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