Special Issue on
"Cognitive Radio Networks: Survey, Tutorial, and New Introduction "

in KSII Transactions on Internet and Information Systems

Over the last decades, wireless communications have undoubtedly undergone an explosive growth with myriad applications, which have become an inevitable part of human life. In this view, broadband wireless technologies have enabled efficient voice and data communications and more lately a rather satisfactory mobile internet access. A plenty of mobile devices have come out lately. Additionally, the users' demand has dramatically increased in a short time and results in pushing the systems performance to their limit. However we have a limited resource such as spectrum bands. According to communication theory, the data rate in wireless communications is directly related to the signal-to-noise-ratio of the corresponding information signal and the channel bandwidth. The dramatic users’ service demand has led to the development of numerous sophisticated technologies to meet the corresponding data rate requirements. Nevertheless, these achievements were mainly accomplished at the expense of substantially increased bandwidth (Hz) and energy (joules) resources. The increased resource requirements have given us engineering complexity and very high financial cost while a significant scarcity of the available spectrum resources has become a notable burden. This urgent situation has motivated both industrial and academic sectors to focus their efforts on meaningful solutions to the problems. To this end, Cognitive radio (CR) is expected to play an important role in the next generation of wireless communication systems. CR techniques enable us to utilize limited spectrum resources and thus to relieve the current spectrum scarcity.

The goal of this special issue is to gather recent research contributions and advances in cognitive radio networks (CRNs). More specifically, this special issue aims at fostering innovative and significant research on the design, implementation, usage, and evaluation of CRNs. This special issue will also bring together leading researchers and developers in fields of CRNs in the world. In particular, this special issue calls for only tutorial, survey, and new introduction to state-of-the-art papers. We limit mathematical formulas within a maximum of 3. If the authors need more mathematical formulas, you should put them in Appendix of your article. Articles SHOULD be written in a style comprehensible to readers outside the specialty of the article. Thus, articles are suggested to be written by easy and short sentences.


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

•   Coexistence and interferences issues
•   Spectrum sensing
•   Spectrum sharing
•   Spectrum management
•   Spectrum mobility
•   Cognitive radio in 5G
•   Cognitive radio for co-existence of M2M and LTE-A in 5G
•   Cognitive radio in cloud computing
•   Network and physical layer security in cognitive radio networks
•   Aggregate interference and coexistence issues
•   MIMO techniques in cognitive radio networks
•   Cognitive medium access control, handoff, and routing protocols
•   Resource allocation for cognitive radio networks
•   Green cognitive radio networks
•   Cross-layer design and optimization of cognitive radio systems
•   Self-configuration and interoperability issues
•   Practical testbeds in cognitive radio networks
•   Industrial report on practical cases

 Submission Guideline

Authors are invited to submit tutorial, survey, and introductory papers. Papers SHOULD be new and insightful for readers. Submissions should follow the author guidelines of KSII Transactions on Internet and Information Systems and the complete instructions for prospective authors can be found at http://www.itiis.org. Papers should be submitted to the ScholarOne manuscript submission system, http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tiisjournal. You should select “Special Issue-Cognitive Radio Networks: Survey, Tutorial, and New Introduction” as manuscript type. All submissions will undergo initial screening by the Guest Editors for fit to the theme of the special issue and prospects for successfully negotiating the review process.

 Important Schedule:

Manuscript Due:June 1, 2014   

First Round of Reviews: August 15, 2014     

Publication Date: October or November 2014 Issue

 Lead Guest Editor:

Prof. Daniel Benevides da Costa
    Federal University of Ceara, Brazil
    E-mail: danielbcosta@ieee.org

 Guest Editors:

Prof.Richard Demo Souza
   Federal University of Technology, Parana, Brazil

Dr.Haiyang Ding
   Xian Communications Institute, Xian, China


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Special Issue on
"WBANs for Pervasive Healthcare, Consumer Electronics, and

Entertainment Applications: Issues & Challenges"
in KSII Transactions on Internet and Information Systems )

A WBAN (Wireless Body Area Network) interconnects low-power, miniaturized, and intelligent sensor nodes in, on, or around a human body to serve a variety of healthcare, Consumer Electronics (CE), and entertainment applications. It provides unprecedented opportunities for long-term health monitoring of patients without additional interference with their normal activities. When integrated in hospitals and clinics, WBAN can support people with disabilities and chronic diseases and can treat or even predict life threatening diseases. Medical applications include supervised rehabilitation, early detection of abnormal condition, and treatment of chronic diseases, such as diabetes and hypertension. Non-medical applications include monitoring forgotten things, establishing social networks, monitoring of athletes, or assessing soldier fatigue and battle readiness. Numerous publications have focused on the design and development of novel technologies for WBAN (mostly for healthcare applications). However, many issues and challenges should be resolved to make this technology adaptable and ubiquitous for non-medical applications, such as CE and entertainment applications. This includes solutions to many technical issues and challenges such as interference, energy efficiency, reliability, network management, scalability and interoperability, and security issues. The interference and coexistence are among the most important topics to be addressed because they may degrade the performance of WBANs and can lead to loss of crucial health information. Other important topics are the interoperability, which may allow WBANs to work in heterogeneous wireless networks, and the integration of WBANs with cloud computing, which may allow to store and process huge amount of data collected by WBANs.

This special issue is dedicated to recent advances in WBAN for medical and non-medical applications. It invites high quality unpublished research & review articles that disseminate the state-of-the-art research and development on fundamental WBAN technologies, articulate new perspectives, and highlight open issues and challenges. Topics of interest include, but not limited to:

1-   Coexistence and interferences issues
2-   System Scalability and interoperability
3-   End-to-End QoS management
4-   Energy-efficient protocols and algorithms
5-   Cross layer optimization
6-   Multi-hop WBANs
7-   Novel technologies for multimedia communication in WBANs
8-   Integration of WBANs with cloud computing/other networks
9-   Mobility management
10-   RFID-based WBANs
11-   Security and fault tolerance issues
12-   RF propagation
13-   WBAN security
14-   Wireless prototype, tested, and software with hospital trials
15-   Wireless Body Area Nano-network
16-   Survey and tutorial articles in the above areas are highly encouraged

 Submission Guideline

1. All of submissions should follow the TIIS journal's author guidelines on the web page (http://www.itiis.org)

2.SELECT the "Special Issue Paper-WBANs for Pervasive Healthcare, Consumer Electronics, and Entertainment Applications: Issues & Challenges" in the manuscript type menu of the manuscript submission system. If you select other manuscript type, your submitted paper will NOT be considered for this special issue.

 Important Dates.

Paper submission deadline: Oct 15, 2012:   ---> Nov. 30, 2012   

First notification of acceptance: Jan 15, 2013:   ---> Jan 30, 2013   

Second notification of acceptance: 25 Feb 2013   

Camera ready final manuscript due: 25 March 2013   

Publication: May/June 2013   

 Guest Editors:

1. Sana Ullah (Corresponding Guest Editor)
    Chair of Pervasive and Mobile Computing
    College of Computer and Information Sciences
    King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
    Email: sullah@ksu.edu.sa or sanajcs@hotmail.com

2. Emil Jovanov
    Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
    The University of Alabama in Huntsville
    Huntsville, AL 35899, U.S.A.
    Email: emil.jovanov@uah.edu

3. Waleed Alsalih
    Computer Science Department
    Vice Dean for Projects and e-Services,
    Deanship of e-Transactions and Communications
    King Saud University, Saudi Arabia
    Email: wsalih@ksu.edu.sa

4. Abdelmajid Khelil
    Dept. of Computer Science, TU-Darmstadt,
    Hochschulstr 10, 64289 Darmstadt, Germany
    Email: khelil@deeds.informatik.tu-darmstadt.de

5. Bin Shen
    Key Lab of Mobile Communication Technology,
    Chongqing Univ. of Posts and Telecommunications (CQUPT),
    Chongqing, 400-065, P. R. China
    Email: shenbin@cqupt.edu.cn or shenbinem@gmail.com


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Special Issue on
"Machine 2 Machine Communications: Applications,

Architectures and Protocols"
KSII Transactions on Internet and Information Systems (indexed in SCI/JCR)


The next generation networks will have to support various communication technologies and integrate different devices. M2M (Machine to Machine) which covers various technologies, including sensing, communications, computing, data processing and control technologies support diverse devices to commutate with each other becomes an indispensablecomponent for next generation network, e.g. IoT (Internet of Thing) and cyber-hysical systems. Nowadays, M2M is widely applied to lots of applications and serves, even led to M2H (Machine to Human) and M2S (Machine to System) in the future. On the other hand, it illustrates the automatic end-to-end systems that provide smart and convenient services to users. Therefore, this special issue aims to address a variety of technical challenges and advanced solutions in the applications, architectures and protocols of Machine 2 Machine communications.


This special issue will provide a widespread overview of the design and development in applications, architectures and protocols in the field of the Machine 2 Machine communications. This issue seeks original research papersto provide timely information on this area. We accept only overview papers and tutorial and survey-style papers describing novel ideas and technologies. Specific topics include, but not limited to, the following:


Network Architectures for M2M, M2M Applications and System Development,

Sensing, Computing, and Controlling Technologies for M2M,

M2M Communication Managements and Operations, M2M Resource Management

Reliability, Security and Privacy for M2M, M2M Communication Protocols

M2M Spectrum Management, M2M in Vehicular Communications, M2M in Smart Robots M2M in Home Networks, M2M in Cyber-physical Systems, M2M in Healthcare

All papers should be submitted through the KSII Transactions on Internet and Information Systems journal’s manuscript submission menu in http://www.itiis.org/. A copy of the manuscript should also be emailed to the Guest Editor, Prof. Han-Chieh Chao as PDF file.


· Papers should be tutorial in nature and should be written in a way for readersoutside the specialty of    the paper to understand very easily.

· Mathematical equations should not be used. For the necessary case only, 3~4 simple equations could
   be allowed.

· NO more than 5000 words are allowed but exceptionally page limitation is NOT applied to survey

· Figures and tables should be very clear and high resolution.

· Select the "Special Issue Paper-Machine 2 Machine Communications" in the manuscript type menu of
   the ScholarOne manuscript submission system.


Submission Deadline: September 1, 2011:   ---> September 18, 2011: Review Results: October 31, 2011: Publication: January, 2012


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Call for a Special Issue Proposal


  We are looking for a special issue proposal. The special issue must be a hot and cutting edge topic currently that interests the readers of our journal. The areas of the topic are not limited. Those who are interested in organizing a special issue on KSII TIIS are supposed to submit the proposal to the Editor-in-Chief. The proposal includes the following:

            • Description of importance of the topic
            • Detailed areas of the topic
            • How to attract and review the submissions
            • Brief background information of the Guest Editors
              (The Guest Editors are to be recommended in the proposal)

  The proposal cannot be no more than 7 pages with 11 point-size, single space, and single column. The special issue proposal will be peer-reviewed.