Guide for Authors


    Aims and Scope

    Computer Communications is a peer-reviewed international journal that provides engineers, researchers, consultants and systems managers in academia and industry with key papers on theory and developments in computer and telecommunications technology.

    Computer Communications invites scientific articles (both theory and practice) and survey papers covering all aspects of future computer communication networks (on all layers, except the physical layer), with a special attention to the evolution of the Internet architecture, protocols, services, and applications.

    Submission Policy

    Papers submitted to Computer Communications must contain original material. The submitted paper, or any translation of it, must neither be published, nor be submitted for publication elsewhere. Papers that have been previously published in conference proceedings are suitable for consideration for COMCOM publication only if the COMCOM submission is a substantial revision of the conference paper containing significant novel material (at least 30% of additional material). In this case, at the submission time, the authors must indicate in the cover letter when and where the paper has been published, and explain the major differences of the COMCOM submission with respect to earlier publication(s). A copy of the earlier publication(s) should be provided as part of the submission. Violations of these rules will normally result in an immediate rejection of the submission without further review.

    Contributions should be written in English and include a 100-200 word abstract. The paper should not exceed 14 pages in its final form.

    Types of Contributions

    The journal welcomes the following types of contributions:

    • Original research articles
    • Review articles, providing a comprehensive review on a scientific topic

    Submission of Articles

    Electronic submissions only

    All manuscripts and any supplementary material should be submitted via the journal's online submission and peer-review systems at Please follow the instructions given on this site.


    In case you submit a special section paper that will be handled by a designated Special Section Guest Editor, please follow the instructions below:

    1. Author registers in EES (follow the instructions on the site)
    2. Select: Submit Manuscript from Main Menu
    3. When choosing Article Type please select the title of the special issue you are submitting to

    From then on follow the steps as laid out in EES.

    Submission of an article implies that the work described has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis), it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, its publication is approved by all authors and tacitly or explicitly by the responsible authorities where the work was carried out, and that, if accepted, it will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in English or in any other language, without the written consent of the Publisher.

    Upon acceptance of an article, authors will be asked to transfer copyright. This transfer will ensure the widest possible dissemination of information. A letter will be sent to the corresponding author confirming receipt of the manuscript. A form facilitating transfer of copyright will be provided.

    If excerpts from other copyrighted works are included, the author(s) must obtain written permission from the copyright owners and credit the source(s) in the article. Elsevier has preprinted forms for use by authors in these cases, which can be obtained from the Author Gateway's Guide to Publishing with Elsevier at

    NB: Papers submitted to Computer Communications may also be posted on The Computer Science Preprint Server at Such posting on The Computer Science Preprint Server is in conformity with Elsevier copyright policy and in no way conflicts with submission to Computer Communications.

    Open Access

    This journal offers authors two choices to publish their research:

    Open Access
    • Articles are freely available to both subscribers and the wider public with permitted reuse
    • An Open Access publication fee is payable by authors or their research funder

    • Articles are made available to subscribers as well as developing countries and patient groups through our access programs (
    • No Open Access publication fee

    All articles published Open Access will be immediately and permanently free for everyone to read and download. Permitted reuse is defined by your choice of one of the following Creative Commons user licenses:

    Creative Commons Attribution (CC–BY): lets others distribute and copy the article, to create extracts, abstracts, and other revised versions, adaptations or derivative works of or from an article (such as a translation), to include in a collective work (such as an anthology), to text or data mine the article, even for commercial purposes, as long as they credit the author(s), do not represent the author as endorsing their adaptation of the article, and do not modify the article in such a way as to damage the author's honor or reputation.

    Creative Commons Attribution–Non Commercial–ShareAlike (CC BY–NC–SA): for non-commercial purposes, lets others distribute and copy the article, to create extracts, abstracts and other revised versions, adaptations or derivative works of or from an article (such as a translation), to include in a collective work (such as an anthology), to text and data mine the article, as long as they credit the author(s), do not represent the author as endorsing their adaptation of the article, do not modify the article in such a way as to damage the author's honor or reputation, and license their new adaptations or creations under identical terms (CC BY NC SA).

    Creative Commons Attribution–NonCommercial–NoDerivs (CC–BY–NC–ND): for non-commercial purposes, lets others distribute and copy the article, and to include in a collective work (such as an anthology), as long as they credit the author(s) and provided they do not alter or modify the article.

    To provide Open Access, this journal has a publication fee which needs to be met by the authors or their research funders for each article published Open Access.

    The Open Access publication fee for this journal is $USD 2400, excluding taxes.

    Learn more about Elsevier's pricing policy

    Preparation of Manuscripts

    Please write your text in good English (American or British usage is accepted, but not a mixture of these. Use decimal points (not commas); use a space for thousands (10 000 and above).Authors in Japan kindly note that, upon request, Elsevier Japan will provide a list of people who can check and improve the English of an article before submission. Contact our Tokyo office: Elsevier K.K., Editorial Service, 1-9-15 Higashi Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0044, Japan; tel.: +81-3-5561-5032; fax: +81-3- 5561-5045; e-mail:

    Provide the following data on the title page (in the order given).

    Title. Concise and informative. Titles are often used in information-retrieval systems. Avoid abbreviations and formulae where possible.

    Author names and affiliations. Where the family name may be ambiguous (e.g., a double name), please indicate this clearly. Present the authors' affiliation addresses (where the actual work was done) below the names. Indicate all affiliations with a lower-case superscript letter immediately after the author's name and in front of the appropriate address. Provide the full postal address of each affiliation, including the country name, and, if available, the e-mail address of each author.

    Corresponding author. Clearly indicate who is willing to handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing and publication, also post-publication. Ensure that telephone and fax numbers (with country and area code) are provided in addition to the e-mail address and the complete postal address.

    Present/permanent address. If an author has moved since the work described in the article was done, or was visiting at the time, a 'Present address' (or 'Permanent address') may be indicated as a footnote to that author's name. The address at which the author actually did the work must be retained as the main, affiliation address. Superscript Arabic numerals are used for such footnotes.

    Abstract. A concise and factual abstract is required. The abstract should state briefly the purpose of the research, the principal results and major conclusions. An abstract is often presented separate from the article, so it must be able to stand alone. References should therefore be avoided, but if essential, they must be cited in full, without reference to the reference list.
    Non-standard or uncommon abbreviations should be avoided, but if essential they must be defined at their first mention in the abstract itself.

    Keywords. Immediately after the abstract, provide 3-5 keywords, avoiding general and plural terms and multiple concepts (avoid, for example, 'and', 'of'). Be sparing with abbreviations: only abbreviations firmly established in the field may be eligible. These keywords will be used for indexing purposes.

    Abbreviations. Define abbreviations that are not standard in this field at their first occurrence in the article: in the abstract but also in the main text after it. Ensure consistency of abbreviations throughout the article.

    N.B. Acknowledgements. Collate acknowledgements in a separate section at the end of the article and do not, therefore, include them on the title page, as a footnote to the title or otherwise.

    Subdivision of the article. After the abstract, divide your article into clearly defined and numbered sections. Subsections should be numbered 1.1 (then 1.1.1, 1.1.2), 1.2, etc. (the abstract is not included in section numbering). Use this numbering also for internal cross-referencing: do not just refer to 'the text.' Any subsection may be given a brief heading. Each heading should appear on its own separate line.

    Appendices. If there is more than one appendix, they should be identified as A, B, etc. Formulae and equations in appendices should be given separate numbering: (Eq. A.1), (Eq. A.2), etc.; in a subsequent appendix, (Eq. B.1) and so forth.

    Acknowledgements. Place acknowledgements before the references, in a separate section, and not as a footnote on the title page.


    Reference links
    Increased discoverability of research and high quality peer review are ensured by online links to the sources cited. In order to allow us to create links to abstracting and indexing services, such as Scopus, CrossRef and PubMed, please ensure that data provided in the references are correct. Please note that incorrect surnames, journal/book titles, publication year and pagination may prevent link creation. When copying references, please be careful as they may already contain errors. Use of the DOI is encouraged.

    Reference formatting
    There are no strict requirements on reference formatting at submission. References can be in any style or format as long as the style is consistent. Where applicable, author(s) name(s), journal title/book title, chapter title/article title, year of publication, volume and issue/book chapter and the pagination must be present. Use of DOI is highly encouraged. The reference style used by the journal will be applied to the accepted article by Elsevier at the proof stage. Note that missing data will be highlighted at proof stage for the author to correct. If you do wish to format the references yourself they should be arranged according to the following examples:

    Text: Indicate references by number(s) in square brackets in line with the text. The actual authors can be referred to, but the reference number(s) must always be given.
    Example: '..... as demonstrated [3,6]. Barnaby and Jones [8] obtained a different result ....'
    List: Number the references (numbers in square brackets) in the list in the order in which they appear in the text.
    Reference to a journal publication:
    [1] J. van der Geer, J.A.J. Hanraads, R.A. Lupton, The art of writing a scientific article, J. Sci. Commun. 163 (2010) 51–59.
    Reference to a book:
    [2] W. Strunk Jr., E.B. White, The Elements of Style, fourth ed., Longman, New York, 2000.
    Reference to a chapter in an edited book:
    [3] G.R. Mettam, L.B. Adams, How to prepare an electronic version of your article, in: B.S. Jones, R.Z. Smith (Eds.), Introduction to the Electronic Age, E-Publishing Inc., New York, 2009, pp. 281–304.

    Submitting your illustrations, pictures, tables and other artwork in an electronic format helps us to produce your work to the best possible standards, ensuring accuracy, clarity and a high level of detail. For detailed guidelines on electronic figures, please refer to the 'artwork instructions' at This site shows how to prepare your artwork for electronic submission and includes: common problems, suggestions on how to ensure the best results, and guidelines for popular applications. See the links under Creating your Artwork for details about using specific artwork software.

    General points
    We accept most word-processing formats, but Word, WordPerfect or LaTeX, and if supplying latex, please accompany by PDF. An electronic word processor version of the text must be submitted for the final accepted version of a manuscript. We recommend that authors always keep a backup copy of the electronic file for reference and safety and that they label storage media with your name, journal title, and software used.

    Word-processed documents
    It is important that the file be saved in the native format of the word processor used. The text should be in single-column format. Keep the layout of the text as simple as possible. Most formatting codes will be removed and replaced on processing the article. In particular, do not use the word processor's options to justify text or to hyphenate words. However, do use bold face, italics, subscripts, superscripts etc. Do not embed 'graphically designed' equations or tables, but prepare these using the word processor's facility. When preparing tables, if you are using a table grid, use only one grid for each individual table and not a grid for each row. If no grid is used, use tabs, not spaces, to align columns. The electronic text should be prepared in a way very similar to that of conventional manuscripts (see also the Author Gateway's Quick guide: Do not import the figures into the text file but, instead, indicate their approximate locations directly in the electronic text and on the manuscript. See also the section on Preparation of electronic illustrations. To avoid unnecessary errors you are strongly advised to use the 'spell checker' function of your word processor.

    LaTeX documents
    LaTeX templates and detailed documentation for their use are available for downloading from the Elsevier LaTeX Support page. Note that the use of other specialized versions of TeX or extensive use of custom macros may necessitate conventional typesetting from the hard-copy manuscript. The use of templates is optional.

    If the LaTeX file is suitable, proofs will be produced without rekeying the text. The article shouldpreferably be written using Elsevier's document class 'elsart', or alternatively the standard document class 'article'. The Elsevier LaTeX package (including detailed instructions for LaTeX preparation) can be obtained from the Author Gateway's Guide to Publishing with Elsevier: It consists of the files: elsart.cls (use this file if you are using LaTeX2e, the current version of LaTeX), elsart.sty and elsart12.sty (use these two files if you are using LaTeX2.09, the previous version of LaTeX), guidelines for users of elsart, a template file for quick start, and the instruction booklet "Preparing articles with LaTeX".

    Note: Although Elsevier can process most wordprocessor file formats, should your electronic file prove to be unusable, the article will be typeset from the hardcopy printout.

    Reviewing policy

    Computer Communications review policy is based on the following principles:

    • All manuscripts will be subject to a well established, fair, unbiased peer review and refereeing procedure.
    • Authors may be asked to revise parts of a paper.
    • The reviewing structure will always ensure the anonymity of the referees.
    • The Editor reserves the right to reject a paper if it does not meet the aims and scope of thejournal, it is not technically sound, it is not revised satisfactorily, or if it is inadequate in presentation.
    • Should authors be requested by the editor to revise the text, the revised version should be submitted within 6 weeks. Authors who need more time are kindly requested to contact the editor. If the Editor has not heard from the author within 6 weeks after a request for revision, a revised version will be regarded as a new submission.


    One set of page proofs in PDF format will be sent by e-mail to the corresponding author. Only typesetting or editing errors may be corrected; no changes in, or additions to the accepted manuscript will be allowed at this stage. Corrections are to be returned by the author in one communication. Subsequent/late corrections will not be possible.

    The Publisher reserves the right to proceed with publication if corrections are not communicated to the Publisher within the term requested with the proofs. Should there be no corrections, please confirm this.

    Author benefits

    The corresponding author, at no cost, will be provided with a PDF file of the article via e-mail. The PDF file is a watermarked version of the published article and includes a cover sheet with the journal cover image and a disclaimer outlining the terms and conditions of use.

    Authors are entitled to a 30% discount on Elsevier books.


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