RS-OJICT Instructions

Instructions for Authors Provided by RS Open Journal on Innovative Communication Technologies (RS-OJICT)


Aims & Scope
The RS Open Journal on Innovative Communication Technologies (RS-OJICT) covers science, technology, applications and standards for information organization, collection and transfer using electronic, optical and wireless channels and networks, including but not limited to: Systems and network architecture, control and management; Protocols, software and middleware; Quality of service, reliability and security; Modulation, detection, coding, and signaling; Switching and routing; Mobile and portable communications; Terminals and other end-user devices; Networks for content distribution and distributed computing; and Communications-based distributed resources control.

Article Submission
• All articles must be submitted via our submission link at
• Format your article for submission by using the article template, located in the RS Author Center. [Word and LaTeX versions are available.] • Submit your article text in PDF format. Visit the RS Author Center for information on writing the abstract, using equations in your article, publishing author names in native languages, and more.
• To enhance the appearance of your article on RS-Pubpub library, a graphical abstract can be displayed along with traditional text. The graphical abstract is considered a part of the technical content of the article, and you must provide it for peer review during the article submission process. For more information about graphical abstracts and their specifications, please visit the RS Author Center website.
• Submit your figures individually in PS, EPS, PDF, PNG, or TIF format. Visit the RS Author Center for information on resolution, size requirements, file naming conventions, and more.
• For information on submitting supplementary material such as multimedia or datasets, visit the RS Author Center.

Submission Guideline and Article type

The submitted papers should be original, not published or currently under review for publications in any other journal. Submitted Articles have no page limits and can be any of the following types: technical, tutorial, survey, overview, magazine, letter, or commentary. Also, authors are allowed to submit multiple articles to the same issue.

Open Access
This journal is 100% open access, which means that all content is freely available without charge to users or their institutions. All articles are published under a CC BY NC 3.0 license, and the author retains copyright. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, as long as proper attribution is given.
Open access is provided through the payment of an article processing charge (APC) of 500 £ paid after acceptance. APCs are often financed by an author’s institution or the funder supporting their research.
The articles in this journal are peer reviewed in accordance with the requirements set forth in the RS PSPB Operations Manual. Each published article is reviewed by a minimum of two independent reviewers using a single-blind peer review process, where the identities of the reviewers are not known to the authors, but the reviewers know the identities of the authors. Articles will be screened for plagiarism before acceptance.
Corresponding authors from low income countries are eligible for waived or reduced APCs. If the income of the corresponding author is less than 15,000$ per year, 50-80% discount on APC fees will be granted. Also, there will be 50-100% discount on APC fees for articles submitted before 30/12/2022.

RS PSPB Editorial process

All manuscripts received are duly acknowledged. Upon submission, the Editorial Office will check the manuscript’s conformity to technical quality and author guidelines. Manuscripts with insufficient conformity are returned to authors for revision. Manuscripts with insufficient originality, serious scientific or experimental flaws, or lack of interest to the readership of the journal will be rejected by the Executive Associate Editor without further peer review. Manuscripts deemed suitable for publication are sent to the Editor-in-Chief. The Editor-in-Chief will make initial assessment and will serve as the Associate Editor, who in turn will appoint 2-3 editorial board members and/or external referees to complete peer reviews within one week. Based on the recommendations and comments made by peer reviewers, the Associate Editor will make a formal recommendation to the Editors-in-Chief who will make the final decision within 1 week, in consultation with other editorial board members, if deemed necessary. The comments and recommendations (acceptance/ rejection/ minor revision/ major revision/language revision in manuscript) received from reviewers are conveyed to the corresponding author. If necessary, the author is required to provide a point by point response to reviewers’ comments and submit a revised manuscript. This process will be repeated till reviewers and editors are satisfied with the revised manuscript. Manuscripts accepted for publication are copy edited for grammar, punctuation, print style, and format. Page proofs are sent to the corresponding author. The corresponding author is expected to return the corrected proofs within 48 hours. The whole process of submission of the manuscript, final decision, sending and receiving proofs is completed online. To achieve faster and greater dissemination of knowledge and information, the journal publishes articles online as ‘Ahead of Print’ immediately upon acceptance.
During submission, the contributor is requested to opptionally provide names of at least three qualified reviewers who have had experience in the subject of the submitted manuscript. The reviewers should not be affiliated with the same institutes as the contributor/s. However, the selection of these reviewers is at the sole discretion of the editor.

All RS authors are expected to adhere to RS’s publishing ethics, including the definition of authorship, the appropriate citation of sources, the accurate reporting of data, and the publishing of original research. Visit the RS Author Center to learn more. All articles submitted for publication should be original and not under consideration elsewhere; if your article is based on a previous publication such as a conference proceeding, cite the original publication and clearly indicate how the articles differ. Contact the Editor-in-Chief with any questions on publishing ethics.

All RS journals require an Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) for all authors. ORCID is a persistent unique identifier for researchers and functions similarly to an article’s Digital Object Identifier (DOI). You will need a registered ORCID to submit an article or review a proof in this journal.

English Language Editing Services
English language editing services can help refine the language of your article and reduce the risk of rejection without review. RS authors are eligible for discounts at several language editing services; visit the RS Author Center to learn more. Please note these services are fee-based and do not guarantee acceptance.

Share Your Code and Data
Increase the impact of your work by sharing your code and data for others to view, build upon, and reuse. RS journals works with Researcherstore, a cloud-based platform to make your code discoverable and sell-able. RS platform, an online data store of simulation codes, datasets and data analysis tools, etc. That makes your codes and datasets discoverable. Visit the RS store platform for more information.

Article Processing Charges (APCs)
The APC for this journal is £500 per article, plus applicable local taxes with varying discounts. This journal has no page limits. Corresponding authors from low income countries are eligible for waived or reduced APCs. Particularly, If the income of the corresponding author is less than a certain amount per year, 50% discount on APC will be granted. There will also be 50-100% discount on APC fees for articles submitted before 30/12/2022.

If your article is accepted for publication, you will receive emailed instructions regarding your next steps. You may be asked to upload final production-ready files. Shortly after final files are uploaded, you will receive your article proofs for final review, along with instructions on how to review your proofs and submit any corrections. Please note that major changes to your article, including the list of references, are not permitted after the article is accepted for publication. Please contact the Editor-in-Chief if you have any doubts about whether a modification you wish to make is appropriate.

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