The IEICE Transactions on Communications The Information for Authors


The information described herein is subject to change without prior notification. [Last Revised on April 1, 2021]

1. General guidelines

1.1 Type of manuscript

The manuscripts published in the Transaction are categorized as PAPER or WRITTEN DISCUSSION. PAPER is further classified into (regular) PAPER, SURVEY PAPER, or POSITION PAPER.

1.1.1 PAPER

PAPER: Includes reports on research, developments, and examinations for the specific fields shown in the category list such as detailed below, the contents of which may advance the development of science and industry:
(1) Reports on new theories, experiments with new contents, or extensions of and supplements to conventional theories and experiments.
(2) Reports on development of measurement technology and various applied technologies.
(3) Reports on the planning, design, manufacture, testing, or operation of facilities, machinery, parts, materials, etc.
(4) Presentation of new methods, suggestion of new angles, ideas, systematization, software, or any new facts regarding the above (1) to (3).

SURVEY PAPER: Includes the following, targeting the same range and content as the PAPER:
(5) Reports that reflect a set understanding of the field involved, and effectively respond to inquiries from researchers or other involved parties about the significance of the field. In short, reports that support entries by new researchers, development by on-site researchers and applications by involved parties in that field.
(6) Reports that differ from tutorials (explanatory articles appearing in journals) in that they demand a high caliber of technical knowledge. In short, reports that envision readers as specialists in the field, place their focus on classification of existing documents, provide overviews of the field, evaluate the latest trends and cover other areas in that field.
(7) Reports targeting major and large-scale fields (areas in which numerous readers have an interest) that effectively develop a basic framework or overall image of that field. In short, summary introductions that will hopefully encourage new research and otherwise supply readers with high-level assessments of the field, while systematically presenting existing research from a set perspective.

POSITION PAPER: Defined as articles with at least one of the following features, potentially having a significant influence to the theory and practice of communication technology.
(8) Introduction of novel viewpoints, frameworks, and/or paradigms
(9) Proposal of technologies or methods based on innovative ideas (not just extension of existing technologies)
(10) Novel ideas with the potential to bring about innovative technologies
(11) Prototyping or experimental results with noteworthy features, such as achievement of the world's best performance or the world's first realization

Comprehensive evaluations of the proposed viewpoints, frameworks, paradigms, or ideas are not necessarily required. In view of this criterion, POSITION PAPERs are assumed to be shorter (around 6 pages) than PAPERs (standard number of pages is 8), although there is no restriction on the number of pages.

* Published POSITION PAPERs are available by open access through the website of the IEICE Transactions on Communications.


1.1.2 WRITTEN DISCUSSION

To submit opinions on articles published in the Transaction, articles that aim to raise readers' critical intellect through completely objective discussions.

1.2 Scope

The IEICE Transactions on Communications is an all-electronic journal published occasionally by the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers (IEICE) and edited by the Communications Society in IEICE. The IEICE Transactions on Communications publishes original, peer-reviewed papers that embrace the entire field of communications, including:

- Fundamental Theories for Communications
- Energy in Electronics Communications
- Transmission Systems and Transmission Equipment for Communications
- Optical Fiber for Communications
- Fiber-Optic Transmission for Communications
- Network System
- Network
- Internet
- Network Management/Operation
- Antennas and Propagation
- Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC)
- Wireless Communication Technologies
- Terrestrial Wireless Communication/Broadcasting Technologies
- Satellite Communications
- Sensing
- Navigation, Guidance and Control Systems
- Space Utilization Systems for Communications
- Multimedia Systems for Communication

Military technology is out of the scope of the IEICE Transactions on Communications. The IEICE Transactions on Communications does not reject a submission by reason of the source of research funding and/or the affiliation of authors. If necessary, the IEICE Transactions on Communications negotiates with authors.

1.3 Recommendation for non-members to join the IEICE

If there are non-members among the authors, we recommend that the authors take this opportunity to join the IEICE. For detailed information on the IEICE Membership Application, refer to here. If all authors are non-members, the article processing charge for non-members will be applied, except for invited papers. We also note that OMDP (Overseas Membership Development Program in Section 5.2) is not applied if all authors are non-members.

1.4 Originality of manuscript

1.4.1 Copyright Compliance

(1) Obey the IEICE Provisions on Copyright.
(2) Do not submit content identical or extremely similar to material that has already appeared under the name of another author(s). Do not reproduce copyrighted material without the permission of the copyright holder.
(3) Even if you are the author(s) of a manuscript, do not submit it if copyright problems exist, for example, if the copyright is held by a body other than the IEICE and cannot be transferred to the IEICE.
(4) In cases deemed to comprise plagiarism, penalties identical to those assessed in the event of duplicate submission shall be applied.


1.4.2 No Duplicate Submissions

If a submitted material satisfies the following conditions (1) or (2) and the materials in the corresponding condition share at least one author, the IEICE will consider the material submission as "DUPLICATE SUBMISSION" even if it does not violate "1.3.1 Copyright Compliance". In this case, the IEICE applies the strict penalty to the author(s) of the submitted material. The IEICE does not care about its written language, but cares about semantic-content similarity.

(1) A material submitted to the IEICE is identical or extremely similar to a material that has already appeared or is under review in any journal or elsewhere.
(2) A material submitted to any journal or elsewhere is identical or extremely similar to a material that has already appeared or is under review in the IEICE.

Here, "under review" means the state from its submission either to publication, to rejection or to withdrawal. Notwithstanding the above, a submission will not be treated as a duplicate submission if every such material in the above conditions is applicable to at least one of the following conditions from (a) to (f).

a) a patent publication gazette or the like
b) a university undergraduate thesis, master's thesis, doctoral thesis, technical report, etc.
c) the abstracts, proceedings, etc. of a meeting, seminar, or international conference of the IEICE or other academic organization
d) a book, a corporate technical journal or bulletin etc.
e) a newspaper article or the like
f) a preprint server of a highly public nature, an author's own home page or the like

Note that refereed materials among the above (a) to (f) should be cited in submitted material as the footnotes or references.

When an author reuses text, figures, tables, photographs, or other graphics from his/her own previously published material, the author shall:
1. clearly indicate all reused material and provide a full reference to the original publication of the material and
2. if the previously published material is used as a basis for a new submission, clearly indicate how the new submission differs from the previously published work(s).

*Regarding Submission to "Information Technology Letters": The manuscript that had appeared in "Information Technology Letters" in or before 2007 is not accepted as it is. "Information Technology Letters" is published by the IEICE Information and Systems Society, IEICE Human Communication Group and Information Processing Society of Japan.

* As indicated in 1.1.1, POSITION PAPERs may be published even if comprehensive evaluations of the proposed viewpoints, frameworks, paradigms, and ideas are not presented. We encourage submission of the extended version of a POSITION PAPER based on the same approach but with the associated thorough evaluations to the IEICE Transactions on Communications as a PAPER. In that case, note that the original POSITION PAPER should be referred to in the PAPER appropriately.

1.5 Counter measures against duplicate submission

If a manuscript is suspected of duplicate submission to any journal, the IEICE Editorial Committee has the right to investigate the situation by exchanging information with the Editorial board of the concerned journal. When the duplicate submission is confirmed by discreet inquiries, the IEICE Editorial Committee will apply the following sanctions against all the authors of the manuscript.
(1) Immediate rejection of the manuscript in question, and also immediate rejection of all other manuscripts under review that include at least one of the authors of the manuscript in question.
(2) Prohibition of any new submissions to all the IEICE transactions and journal for a term of one year or less.
(3) Notification to the Editorial board of the concerned journal about the duplicate submission.
(4) Publication of a notice that announces the cancelation of the paper (or written discussion), as well as the indication of the cancelation on the web site of Transactions Online, in the case that the manuscript has already been published in our transactions.

1.6 Protection of Personal Information

Sufficient care should be exercised when submitting a manuscript bearing personal data such as photographs or names to the transactions. If necessary, written permission should be obtained from the individual concerned.

1.7 Ethical considerations in research involving human participants

The author(s) should obtain approval from the ethics committee or the equivalent organization within the author's institution for research related to the life or living organism of the participants. However, if the author group consists of multiple institutions, it is sufficient to obtain approval from at least one of the institutions.


2. Process for Initial Submission of a Manuscript


Each submitted manuscript is categorized as either a "PAPER" or a "WRITTEN DISCUSSION". When submitting a manuscript to a Regular Section, the author(s) should register their submission by using the "Manuscript Registration Form" provided on our web page. Manuscript Registration Form for Initial Submission.


STEP 1:
Register Basic Information, and STEP 2:Register Detailed Information

First, the author(s) must fully assent to IEICE policy. Then, the following information must be provided.

1. Journal (IEICE Transactions on Communications)/Section (Regular Section/Special Section)
2. Title of the manuscript
3. Personal information on each author: name, affiliation, membership status, and membership number
4. Detailed information on the author for correspondence: affiliation, department, tel/fax number, and e-mail address
5. Type of manuscript (Paper/Invited Paper/Technical Committee Recommended Paper/Survey Paper/Position Paper).
  ATTENTION: "WRITTEN DISCUSSION" cannot be selected at this phase. Please follow the special instruction on the page.
6. Research field (Editorial Subject Index) chosen from the list in Appendix D.
7. Summary and keyword(s)
8. The Manuscript ID of the previously submitted manuscript if this is a re-submission.


STEP 3:
Submit Manuscript

Upload a PDF file (limit: 10 MB) for review and editable electronic files (limit: 10 MB per file) for publishing in accordance with the instructions. If the file size exceeds the limit, please contact the IEICE Transactions Section.
Authors who would like to include their Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) in the published manuscript are required to upload the following item (as one of the editable electronic files):
- a text file named "ORCID.txt" including the list of name and ORCID of each author in the following format:
Name of author 1, ORCID of author 1
Name of author 2, ORCID of author 2
***
Note that ORCID will not be included in advance publication articles.

The article processing charges will be calculated depending on the format (LaTeX or Word) of the electronic source files. Electronic source files using the IEICE LaTeX style file will result in the lower article processing charges for the author(s) than using the Word format. Since the author(s) cannot alter the files once a "Receipt of Manuscript" e-mail is sent, using the IEICE LaTeX style file at the time of submission is recommended to those author(s) who would prefer lower article processing charges.


STEP 4:
Copyright Transfer and Article Processing Charge Agreement

The author(s) must agree to the "Copyright Transfer and Article Processing Charge Agreement" by clicking the checkbox on the "Manuscript Registration Form."

After we receive your manuscript, a "Receipt of Manuscript" will be sent to you by e-mail in a week. Please use your Reference Number specified in the "Receipt of Manuscript" if you want to know the review status of your manuscript or when asking questions. IN CASE you have difficulty submitting your manuscript via our web site or you do not receive the "Receipt of Manuscript," please contact the IEICE Transactions Section.

The IEICE Transactions Section:
The Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers
Kikai-Shinko-Kaikan Bldg., 5-8, Shibakoen 3 chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 105-0011 JAPAN,
Tel:+81-3-3433-6692  Fax:+81-3-3433-6616
E-mail:Trans.on Communications:  trans-b@ieice.org


3. Manuscript Style Specifications


3.1 Length of manuscript

The standard number of pages is 8 for a PAPER and 2 for a WRITTEN DISCUSSION. The maximum number of pages for the initial submission of a WRITTEN DISCUSSION is 4. One page has approximately 900 words. The article processing charges are considerably higher for extra pages as shown in Appendix B. Authors are not allowed to divide a longer manuscript into several shorter manuscripts to reduce the article processing charges.


3.2 Manuscript style

A manuscript must contain the following elements in the order as specified below. If there are no figures, photographs or tables, (11) can be omitted.

1 .
Title
2 .
Name and membership status (member/non-member) of each author
3 .
Affiliation and correspondence address
4 .
Summary (about 300 words for a PAPER, 50 words for a WRITTEN DISCUSSION)
5 .
Keywords (4-5 keywords)
6 .
Body of the manuscript
7 .
Acknowledgments, if any
8 .
Reference list
9 .
Appendix, if any
10.
Author photograph and biography of each author (not necessary for a WRITTEN DISCUSSION)
11.
All figures, photographs, or tables


3.3 Manuscript format

Two formats are available for manuscript submissions. Please prepare your manuscript using either
(1) the IEICE LaTeX style file, or
(2) the MS Word template file.

(1) Preparing your manuscript using the IEICE LaTeX style file
The LaTeX style file provided by the IEICE allows you to produce a manuscript virtually identical to the final published version. If you prepare your manuscript using the LaTeX style file, the article processing charges are lower. Please refer to the description of the style file for details.
(2) Preparing your manuscript using the MS-Word template file
The MS-Word template file provided by the IEICE allows you to produce a manuscript close to the final published version. Please note however that the page charges are higher if you use the MS-Word template file.

Page charges for a standard-length (eight-page) Paper
For manuscripts prepared using the provided IEICE LaTeX style file: 90,936 yen
For manuscripts prepared using the MS-Word template file: 136,944 yen
*The above article processing charges will be changed to 92,620 yen and 139,480 yen respectively after the October 2019 issue.

NOTE: As shown in the Tables for Article Processing Charges (Appendix B), the article processing charges rise sharply for papers that exceed the standard length. We also note that if all authors are non-members, the article processing charge for non-members will be applied.


3.4 When using the IEICE LaTeX style file

A PDF file of the manuscript should be submitted, created by converting the manuscript as prepared using the IEICE LaTeX style file (ver. 1.5 for PLaTeX2E recommended) to PDF format. This PDF file will be referred to in preparation of the final published version. In case of a manuscript submitted after a conditional acceptance, the revisions should not be highlighted in the PDF file of the manuscript to be included in the editable electronic files. Diagrams created in the LaTeX environment, as well as figures produced electronically and then imported into the text in EPS or other format, should be output as they are. In case of diagrams that cannot be thus imported into the text, enter the number of the diagram at the appropriate point in the text, along with the caption, and leave enough space for the diagram; then, in the margin of the PDF file of the manuscript, enter the number of the diagram to be inserted. When submitting the electronic data of the manuscript and accompanying diagrams, please keep the following in mind:
(a) Attach a LaTeX source file that is basically the same as that used to produce the PDF file of the manuscript in (1). There is no need for figures and such imported in EPS format to be deleted from the source. Nonetheless, be sure to attach the EPS file of the relevant figures in order to prevent errors during compilation.
(b) Save figures and photographs in EPS format. No EPS file is required for figures created using LaTeX functions such as the Picture environment, Pictex, and Epic.
(c) Insert tables directly in the source file of the text using the LaTeX table environment. Tables created using other software can be imported into the text in EPS or other format, in which case an EPS file of the relevant tables should be attached.
(d) The minimum width of line for figures and photographs in the final published version is 0.1 mm; please keep the scale ratio in mind when preparing your manuscript. If preparing figures or photographs in an application that does not allow you to adjust line width numerically, do not use the narrowest line width.



3.5 When using the MS-Word Template file

A PDF file of the manuscript should be submitted, created by converting the manuscript as prepared using the MS-Word template file to PDF format. This PDF file will be referred to in preparation of the final published version. In case of a manuscript submitted after a conditional acceptance, the revisions should not be highlighted in the PDF file of the manuscript to be included in the editable electronic files. In case of diagrams that cannot be imported into the text, enter the number of the diagram at the appropriate point in the text and leave enough space for the diagram; then, in the margin of the PDF file of the manuscript, enter the number of the diagram to be inserted. Manuscripts prepared using the MS-Word template file are converted to LaTeX format at the editing company. When preparing the data, therefore, please keep the following in mind:
(a) Save the data with a filename and extension.
(b) Save figures in EPS format, except those created in Word, Excel, or PowerPoint, which should be saved in their respective special formats.
(c) Save photographs in EPS format. In case of photographs saved in PICT format, a resolution of around 300 dpi is recommended.
(d) For tables, save just the contents of each table in text file format, deleting information on layout such as lines and borders. Lay out the contents as in the original table.
(e) Save all data for figures, photographs, and tables together in a single folder separate from the file containing the main text. Also, in an appropriately named text file, save the name (version) of the software used to create the figures and photographs, along with the names of the fonts used.
(f) During preparation of your manuscript, remember that the minimum width of line that can be used for figures and photographs in the final published version is 0.1 mm. If using an application that does not allow you to adjust line width numerically, do not use the narrowest line width.



3.6 Style for figures, photographs and tables

1.
All figures, photographs, and tables must be original works of the author(s).
2. All figures, photographs and tables must have captions.
3. Figures and tables must be neat.
4. Color figures, color photographs, and color tables can be included in the manuscript.
5. Electronically produced photos should be saved on appropriate media for the relevant computer environment. Please note that extremely thin lines and half-tone dot meshing will not appear in the final publication.
6. Figures, photographs, and tables should have a width of 8cm if they are to occupy one column and a width of 16cm if they are to occupy 2 columns. In the case of submission of these items in hard copy, they must be the same scale as of the publication.
7. Printed characters in figures and tables must appear in the final publication at 7-point size (minimum).


3.7 References


3.7.1 Style for references

References should appear in the format given below. In the case that cited references are written by coauthors, family names and given name initials for each must be given. Titles of journal papers must be all lowercase except for the first letters of the first word. Exceptions are also made for abbreviations and proprietary name. The journal names should be abbreviated as shown in Appendix C: Abbreviated Journal Names. Items referenced should be limited to material that is easily accessible by the public at the date of publication.
Since web pages are subject to revision and deletion, citations of URLs should be avoided in so far as possible, except in the case of standard-setting organizations and other bodies that publish documentation on their web page.

Journal papers
[1] H. Rice, A. C. Wine, and B. D. Grain, "Diffusion of impurities during epitaxy," IEICE Trans. Fundamentals, vol.E103-D, no.3, pp.284-290, 2020.

Books or edited collections
[2] M. G. F. Fuortes, ed., Handbook of Sensory Physiology, Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1972.

One section of a book
[3] H. K. Hartline, A. B. Smith, and F. Ratlliff, "Inhibitory interaction in the retina," in Handbook of Sensory Physiology, ed. M. G. F. Fuortes, pp.381-390, Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1972.

Conferences
[4] Y. Yamamoto, S. Machida, and K. Igeta, "Micro-cavity semiconductors with enhanced spontaneous emission," Proc. 16th European Conf. on Opt. Commun., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, no.MoF4.6, pp.3-13, Sept. 1990.

Web pages
[5] Copyright Management Committee, "Standards for requesting the use of copyrighted articles etc. published in the Japanese and English IEICE publications (Except the IEICE Technical Report)," Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers, https://www.ieice.org/eng/about/explanation_table3.html, accessed Aug. 3. 2009.


3.7.2 Articles with DOI

If an article has a digital object identifier (DOI), it is recommended to include the DOI in its citation.

Example
[6] I. Yamagami and J. Yamashita, "A Medium Access Control Protocol for Cognitive Radio Networks," IEICE Trans. Commun., vol. E62-B, no. 1, pp. 20-27, Jan. 2014. DOI:10.1587/transcom.2014EBP0001


3.7.3 Citation of references

References should be cited by number in brackets, e.g. [12]. Superscript format should not be used.



4. Galley Proofs


About 6-7 weeks prior to the publication, authors will be asked only once to proofread the galley proofs. In revising the manuscript, only misprints may be changed. Be aware that we do not accept any change in the authors' names including the order of the listed authors.



5. Article Processing Charges


5.1 Article processing charges

Upon accepted for publication, all authors, including authors of invited papers, are required to pay for the article processing charges to partially cover the cost of publication. Peer review of your manuscript is provided as a service. Authors should notice that the manuscript is held for publication including "Advance Publication" until the payment is completed. If the payment cannot be confirmed within one year, the manuscript will be handled as rejection and the IEICE Transactions will not receive any manuscript written by one of the authors for one year or less as the penalty. For Special Section, the period of the payment will be shortened.

The article processing charges will be calculated from the format (LaTeX or Word) of the electronic source files. The electronic source files using IEICE LaTeX style file cost author the lower article processing charges than using Word format. Since author can not replace the files after a "Receipt of Manuscript" e-mail is sent to author, using IEICE LaTeX style file in time of submission is recommended to the author who prefers the lower article processing charges.

Article processing charges for a standard-length (eight-page) Paper
For manuscripts prepared using the provided IEICE LaTeX style file: 92,620 yen
For manuscripts prepared using the MS-Word template file: 139,480 yen

NOTE: As shown in the Tables for Article Processing Charges (Appendix B), the article processing charges rise sharply for papers that exceed the standard length.

Detailed information on article processing charges is given in Appendix B.The charge of LETTER in Appendix B is applied to WRITTEN DISCUSSION.
Please note that if all authors are non-members, the article processing charge for non-members will be applied.


5.2 Overseas Membership Development Program (OMDP)

As part of our effort to support IEICE Overseas Members residing in Asia (except Republic of Korea, Taiwan, China and Singapore), Africa, Central America & South America, the Overseas Membership Development Program (OMDP) provides a discount on article processing charges. For details on eligibility for each Membership grade, please refer to Provisions of Overseas Membership Development Program (OMDP).
If the first author of a manuscript meets the requirements of the OMDP, the article processing charges will be reduced by 60% at the authors request. Furthermore, in case that the first author is an Overseas Student Member, the article processing charges will be reduced by 80%. Any authors who wish to apply for the discount should submit a written request to the OMDP. The discount will only be considered for manuscripts of which an electronic version of the manuscript is submitted in the format specified by the IEICE LaTeX style file provided by the IEICE. Failure to follow any of the above procedures will disqualify the applicant from receiving the discount, and full payment of the article processing charges will be requested.

NOTE: Because of the recent rapid economic development of China and Singapore, applications from members of these countries for the IEICE Overseas Membership Development Program (OMDP) are no longer accepted from April 2011. (The discount on article processing charges by OMDP is not provided to author(s) whose manuscript is submitted after April 1, 2011 (JST).)
We also note that OMDP is not applied if all authors are non-members


5.3 Open Access Option

Papers published in January 2019 issue and following issues will be offered a trial basis option which can make the papers open access, if authors pay an additional charge on top of the usual article processing charge. The additional charge to make the paper open access is JPY5,093/page.

Example:
When making an 8-page paper of MS word template file open access:
Usual article processing charge (JPY 139,480) + additional charge (JPY 5,093) * 8 pages = Total JPY 180,224
When making an 8-page paper of LaTeX style file open access:
Usual article processing charge (JPY 92,620) + additional charge (JPY 5,093) * 8 pages = Total JPY 133,364


Please note that, since this service is provided on a trial basis, the open access period will be limited to 3 years from the date that the paper (not the early published edition but the final edition) is published and the service may be reviewed for the following period.

6. Copyright


The copyrights of all articles in the Transactions published by the IEICE are automatically transferred to the IEICE. However, the original authors retain the right to copy, translate or modify their own manuscripts.
In cases when a manuscript is translated into another language or when any portion of the manuscript is to be submitted to another publication, authors should register the action with the IEICE, and the original manuscript should be clearly cited in the publications.

(1) When transfer of the copyright of the manuscript to the IEICE is difficult for any of the following exceptional reasons, a report should be submitted at the time of initial submission to the IEICE Transactions Section for further discussion.

(a) Author(s) do not desire to transfer the copyright of an article contributed as a special lecture at a conference.
(b) Contents of an article jointly belong both to the author and to an organization to which the author belongs, and the organization will not permit copyright transfer of the manuscript. Manuscripts should be prepared upon understanding of the above rules.

(2) When citations from other publications are made, the following should be noted.
(a) Attention should be paid to the copyright of references to be cited.
(b) When references to figures, tables, and photos in other books and journals are cited, obtain permission from authors and publishers holding their copyrights prior to their use.
For the detail, refer to the IEICE Provisions on Copyright.

7. Review Process


7.1 Review criteria

There are three basic criteria upon which a review is based.

1. Originality: Has/Have the author(s) contributed original work that has added new information or knowledge to previous work?
2. Practicality: Are the results useful from an academic or industrial viewpoint?
3. Reliability: Are the results reliable from the readers' point of view?

For POSITION PAPERs, only papers having the significant feature(s) defined in Section 1.1.1 will be accepted, while comprehensive evaluations of performance or effectiveness will not be required.

7.2 Decision to accept for publication

Based on the judgments of the reviewers, the Editorial Committee will make one of the following decisions regarding PAPERS and WRITTEN DISCUSSIONS.

1. Acceptance:
The decision is made if the manuscript meets the overall criteria described in Section 7.1,and is judged to be of interest to the readers of the IEICE Transactions.

2. Conditional acceptance:
The decision is made if the manuscript in its present form does not meet the overall criteria described in Section 7.1, but is judged to be capable of meeting them with revision. The conditional acceptance is made only once, and a revised manuscript (described in below) that fails to satisfy the conditions will be rejected.

* Revised manuscript submission
A revised manuscript should be resubmitted within 60 days of the date of acknowledgement of Conditional Acceptance. If the 60 days limit is exceeded, and there are no extenuating circumstances, then the manuscript will be considered as a new submission. The time limit may be shortened for Special Sections (Special Issues). The author(s) must attach an accompanying letter to the Associate Editor indicating how they have revised the manuscript in accordance with the Reviewer's and Associate Editor's comments.
NOTE : In revising the manuscript, be aware of the following.
* When the Authors make any additions or corrections, the section(s) should be marked so that the Reviewer can clearly identify the changes made.
* No change in the list of authors is as a rule permitted. If authors would like to change the list of authors, the authors have to withdraw the submitting paper in accordance with 7.5 Withdraw Submission. Then, the authors have to resubmit the modified paper as a new paper with "Copyright Transfer and Article Processing Charge Agreement" after changing the list of authors.

3. Rejection:
The decision is made if the manuscript does not meet the overall criteria described in Section 7.1 and requires major revisions with excessive editing, or if the subject matter is not suitable for the scope of the IEICE Transactions.


7.3 Resubmission

For manuscripts receiving rejection notices or of manuscripts receiving conditional acceptance notices but withdrawn at authors' discretion, the revised version of the manuscript may be resubmitted. Authors are required to take the same steps as the initial submission when submitting a revised version of the manuscript. Upon resubmission, the authors are encouraged to provide the previous paper ID number and the "Reply Letter" to expedite the review process.

7.4 Request for Reconsideration

Authors who have received rejection notices may request reconsideration on the part of the Editorial Committee. This shall be done by clearly stating the specific reasons for the request by writing on a separate sheet under the title "Formal Complaint."

(a) Written request shall be accepted for reconsideration. The deadline for submission is within 60 days of the date of the rejection notice. When requesting reconsideration, no amendments or additions to that manuscript shall be accepted.
(b) The Editorial Committee shall carefully study the claims and if they should be recognized as being appropriate, the rejected manuscript shall be reconsidered.
(c) The procedures for the reconsideration of the manuscript shall be in accordance with the normal review procedures.
(d) Requests for reconsideration shall be limited to one request per manuscript.

7.5 Withdraw Submission

Authors should not withdraw their submitted papers because the withdrawal wastes voluntary works devoted by an associate editor and reviewers. But, we accept the withdrawal of a submitted paper if authors have unavoidable reasons. Authors must follow the procedures shown below when they withdraw their submitted papers.

1. Authors must send a withdraw request letter by e-mail with its scanned PDF file or by FAX to the IEICE Transactions Section before the notification of acceptance for publication. The withdraw request letter must include the following information.

(a) Paper number
(b) Paper title
(c) Authors names
(d) Reason why the paper must be withdrawn
(e) Date and signatures of all the authors (or signature of the contact author)

If only the contact author signs the letter, he/she must obtain the agreement of the withdrawal from all the other authors and the letter must include the description that all the other authors agreed the withdrawal.

2. After the paper is accepted for publication, the withdrawal is not permitted in principle. The authors must always pay the article processing charge even if the withdrawal is permitted.

3. The Editor-in-Chief of the Transactions decides whether the withdrawal is allowable or not. The IEICE Transactions Section will send the authors the decision of the Editor-in-Chief. If the authors don't receive any reply from the IEICE Transactions Section, they must send an inquiry about the withdrawal to the office.

4. The date of the withdrawal is given in the permission.

5. Any request of withdrawal that does not follow the above procedure is treated as invalid.
If illegal submission, e.g., plagiarized or duplicate submission, is found for a paper, the withdrawal of the paper will never be permitted and the authors will be punished based on the rule.

8. Advance publication (from December 1st, 2015)


The accepted papers will be soon published online on the web site of Transactions Online after the payment is completed. Please note that advance publication articles have not been proofread. These articles will be replaced by the finalized versions after proofreading. The date of advance publication is the date of publication of the article.
To cite an advance publication article, the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) of the article should be used. The DOI is a unique identifier for each article and it does not change after official publication. Although the volume, number and pages are assigned to the article after official publication, it is recommended that the DOI is also indicated.

Style for listing cited advance publication articles:
[1] I. Yamagami and J. Yamashita, "A Medium Access Control Protocol for Cognitive Radio Networks," IEICE Trans. Commun., Jan. 2014. DOI:10.1587/transcom.2014EBP0001

Style for listing cited articles after official publication:
Same as for advance publication articles, or,
[2] I. Yamagami and J. Yamashita, "A Medium Access Control Protocol for Cognitive Radio Networks," IEICE Trans. Commun., vol.E62-B, no.1, pp.20-27, Jan. 2014. DOI:10.1587/transcom.2014EBP0001