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ETT SI 2015 : Special Issue on Emerging Topics in Device to Device Communications as Enabling Technology for 5G Systems


When Jan 1, 2016 - Jan 31, 2016
Where Wiley ETT
Submission Deadline May 31, 2015
Notification Due Sep 30, 2015
Final Version Due Nov 15, 2015
Categories    5G   D2D   wireless networks   cellular

Call For Papers

Wiley Transactions on Emerging Telecommunications Technologies
Special Issue on "Emerging Topics in Device to Device Communications as Enabling Technology for 5G Systems"
Deadline: 29 June 2015


The growing demand for mobile data traffic and the proliferation of applications requiring high data rates has raised the need for the definition of new standards for the mobile market. Next generation mobile and wireless communications systems will have to respond to an avalanche of traffic, an explosion of the number of connected devices and a large diversity of use cases and requirements. One of the key enabling technologies at the heart of the 5G systems is Device-to-Device communications. Devices being close to each other can activate direct links and bypass the base station (BS) or access point (AP) by either using cellular communications resources or using alternative radio technologies such as Wi-Fi. The D2D communications paradigm holds, indeed, the promise of to overcome the limitations of conventional cellular systems with very high bit rates, low delay, and low power consumption. There are a number of applications where D2D communications can provide significant improvements. For example, it can be useful to provide mobile data offloading for proximity based applications, to extend the network coverage, or supporting content sharing among users and group oriented services. However, there are many issues still waiting for a solution before a widespread use of D2D communications in next 5G systems is granted. These include network and device discovery, radio resource allocation and resource management, non-network-assisted direct links formation, capacity evaluation. Moreover, some research aspects, such as mobility management, multicast and broadcast communications and radio access procedures for D2D received little attention so far. Purpose of this special issue is to promote novel solutions for design and modeling of D2D communications as enabling technology for future 5G systems. The topics relevant to this special issue include but are not limited to:

- Network and device discovery techniques for D2D communications
- Energy efficiency and power control in D2D communications in 5G systems
- Centralized and distributed coordination for D2D communications in 5G systems
- Network assisted and self-organizing D2D implementations for multimedia services
- Radio resource allocation and management for D2D communications in 5G systems
- Optimization and game theoretic approaches for D2D communications
- D2D communications in massive MIMO systems
- Mobility management in single and multi-cell scenarios for D2D communications
- Multi-hop D2D communication for content distribution in Cloud and Internet of Things environments
- Full-duplex in D2D communications
- Channel estimation techniques for D2D communications
- Impact of HW imperfections and limitations on for D2D communications performance
- Modeling of control plane support for cellular network assisted D2D communications
- D2D as enabler for Human-Type-Communication (MTC) and Machine-Type-Communications (MTC)
- D2D communications for vehicular networks
- WiFi-Direct, LTE-Direct for supporting D2D communications
- Physical layer aspects and frequency band analysis for D2D applications
- Current and future standardization activities for D2D technology

Papers must be tailored to the problems of 5G communications systems and explicitly consider Device to Device Communications as the enabling technology. The editors maintain the right to reject papers they deem to be out of scope of this special issue.

Only originally unpublished contributions and invited articles will be considered for the issue. The papers should be formatted according to the ETT guidelines ( Authors should submit a PDF version of their complete manuscript via Manuscriptcentral ( according to the timetable below. Questions about the special issue
should be directed to the Guest Editors.

Wei Xiang, University of Southern Queensland (USQ), Australia (
Kan Zheng, Beijing University of Posts & Telecommunications (BUPT), China (
Dusit Niyato, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore (
Leonardo Militano, Mediterranea University, Italy (
Giuseppe Araniti, Mediterranea University, Italy (

Paper submission deadline: June 29, 2015
Author Notification: October 15, 2015
Final manuscript: November 30, 2015
Expected publication: January/February 2016

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