IEEE Future Networks Tech Focus Author Guidelines

IEEE Future Networks Tech Focus, an online publication indexed by all search engines and promoted by IEEE Future Networks, features practical and timely technical information and forward-looking commentary on developments and deployments of current and future generations of networking around the world.

Designed to bring clarity to the developing wireless network activities and deployments and to foster greater understanding and collaboration between diverse stakeholders, Tech Focus provides a broad view by bringing together diverse experts, thought leaders, and decision-makers to exchange information and discuss the current and coming convergence of many rapidly developing new and existing individual technologies and systems that connect our world.

The IEEE Future Networks Technical Community Web Portal ( is home to IEEE Future Networks Tech Focus. The leadership of the publication include:

  • Rod Waterhouse, Editor-in-Chief
  • Mithun Mukherjee, Managing Editor
  • An editorial board of more than 20 experts who fulfill peer review of submitted papers


IEEE Future Networks Tech Focus publishes articles of 1000-2000 words authored by a mix of IEEE and non-IEEE members. When you offer or accept an invitation to submit an article, please provide your IEEE affiliation. Please also provide 1-2 images or drawings to help illustrate your article, with appropriate citations. 

Submitted articles are edited and peer-reviewed before being assigned to a specific issue. Final articles, revised if necessary to accommodate reviewers’ comments, should be submitted with a bio and headshot photograph of all authors. Articles are accepted on a rolling basis and will be assigned a particular deadline and issue by the Managing Editor.

Article Guidelines

IEEE Future Networks Tech Focus articles are practical rather than highly technical in nature – not journal papers – to keep the community up to date on next generation networking issues and developments around the world.

The articles should be approximately 1000-2000 words in length. We strongly recommend authors use the template provided below where important information such as a title, author names and affiliations and an abstract of 50 to 100 words, should be included. Appropriate citation of references is to be provided. 

Please make sure your opening paragraphs communicate your main message, and convey why that message is relevant or important for readers to appreciate right now.

Potential elements of Tech Focus articles include but are not limited to the following:

  • Statement of the challenge/opportunity: gaps, opportunities, and drivers
  • Technological innovation/advances with some good simple illustrations. What is the state-of- the-art? What are emerging or pivotal? Why is this novel and important?
  • Why is this important and high in potential (alignment/fit with 5G and future networks research and development)?
  • Process/how to get it deployed/implemented
  • Anticipated costs/risks and benefits/impacts

Submissions or Further Questions

Please address questions to the email address below or submit your manuscript with your bio (approximately 100 words and including details of your IEEE affiliation), high resolution photo, and images/illustrations via Track Chair


Rod Waterhouse, IEEE Tech Focus Editor-in-Chief, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thank you for contributing to this insightful and influential publication!


IEEE Future Networks Tech Focus Article Template  (Download PDF)


Author’s Name
Email address 

Abstract: The abstract must be a concise yet comprehensive reflection of what is in your article and it must be self-contained, without abbreviations, footnotes, or references. It should be a microcosm of the full article. The abstract must be between 50 to 100 words. Be sure that you adhere to these limits; otherwise, you will need to edit your abstract accordingly. The abstract should include three or four different keywords or phrases, as this will help readers and search engines to find it. Ensure that your abstract reads well and is grammatically correct.

1. Introduction

Please make sure your opening paragraphs communicate your main message, and convey why that message is relevant or important for readers to appreciate right now. For example, in [1], the article starts with: The wireless industry must develop fifth-generation (5G) millimeter-wave (mmWave) wireless communication networks to keep up with consumer demand for content and the generated traffic. Major standard bodies like the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) are voting on wideband channel models — a necessary first step in developing and comparing different air interface protocols and determining spectral efficiency (SE) of advanced mmWave physical (PHY) layer concepts such as beamforming and massive multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) … …

2. Section 2 Title 

The main ideas/topics and results of the research work should be presented in a constructive way and possibly in separate sections. The IEEE 5G Tech Focus articles should be of interest to a broad audience and understandable by non-experts in the field. The language of the article can be less formal than that desired for IEEE Transactions. Liberal use of headings and subheadings that may include "catchy" phrases are encouraged. Equations should be used sparingly. Specialized terms should be avoided, and abbreviations and acronyms should be clearly defined before they are used in the text. The use of diagrams or illustrations to explain the main concepts is encouraged. A general IEEE style guide on how to prepare your graphs is available at

3. Section 3 Title 

4. Section 4 Title 

 … …

5. Conclusion

A conclusion may review the main points of the paper, however, do not replicate the abstract as the conclusion. In the conclusion, you might further elaborate on the importance of the work and give future outlooks.


The references in the article should be numbered consecutively within brackets [1]. Refer simply to the reference number, as in [3]—do not use “Ref. [3]” or “reference [3]” except at the beginning of a sentence: “Reference [3] was the first ...”. Papers that have not been published, even if they have been submitted for publication, should be cited as “unpublished”. Papers that have been accepted for publication should be cited as “in press”. A general IEEE style guide on references is available at

  1. S. Rappaport, S. Sun, and M. Shafi, “5G Channel Model with Improved Accuracy and Efficiency in mmWave Bands,” IEEE 5G Tech Focus, vol. 1, no. 1, Mar. 2017.
  2. S. Turner, “New directions in communications,” IEEE J. Sel. Areas Commun., vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 11-23, Jan. 1995.
  3.  Young, The Technical Writer’s Handbook, Mill Valley, CA: University Science, 1989.
  4. New York University, NYUSIM, 2016. [Online]. Available:


First A. Author (M’78–SM’81–F’87) and all authors shall include short biographies, in approximately 100 words. The first sentence may contain the author’s educational background. The degrees should be listed with type of degree in what field, which institution, city, state, and country, and year the degree was earned. The second part lists work experience and job titles. Current and previous research interests may be included. The third part may list memberships and contributions for IEEE committees and publications. A photograph shall also be provided and it should be of good quality and professional-looking. 


Additional Notes

The article should be approximately 1000-2000 words in length. Please also provide one representative image or drawing in a separate file that can be put on the abstract webpage to help illustrate your article.


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Rod Waterhouse, Editor-in-Chief
Mithun Mukherjee, Managing Editor
Imran Shafique Ansari
Anwer Al-Dulaimi
Stefano Buzzi
Yunlong Cai
Zhi Ning Chen
Panagiotis Demestichas
Ashutosh Dutta
Yang Hao
Gerry Hayes
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James Irvine
Meng Lu
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