Recent Advances on Radio Access and Security Methods in 5G Networks

Submission Deadline: 1 December 2017

IEEE Access invites manuscript submissions in the area of Recent Advances on Radio Access and Security Methods in 5G Networks.

5G wireless access solutions will include an evolution of LTE-Advanced in combination with new Radio Access Technologies (RATs). Currently there are no detailed specification of the new 5G RAT by the 3GPP at the time of this Special Section’s call for papers, there is inherent uncertainty about its nature. 5G is envisioned to support a wide range of different applications, many of which are yet unknown or unexplored. Therefore, the radio access solutions should be able to evolve and adapt to encompass new requirements and new service characteristics.

At the same time, 5G will be a cornerstone for connectivity in the upcoming applications made possible by the progressive implementations of Internet of Things, as well as Smart Cities concepts, in order to pave the way to the so-called Networked Society. For these reasons, security and privacy represent two demanding aspects in 5G solutions in order to become the platform regarding to the future above-mentioned networked infrastructures for public communication and human empowerment. Specifically, 5G will have to face new requirements in terms of security and privacy imposed by the upcoming applications, which some novel threats and increasing privacy problems have to be solved.

This Special Section in IEEE Access aims to bring together researchers to report recent advances in radio access and security for 5G networks, exchange new ideas with innovative technologies and solutions towards IMT-2020. The Special Section will include the collections of outstanding technical surveys and new research results, while covering a wide range of topics within the scope of the special section.

Authors are invited to submit original and unpublished papers in any of, but not limited to, the following topics of interest:

  • Advanced Multiple Access Scheme
  • Waveform Design
  • Flexible Duplex
  • New Type of FDD/TDD Frame Structure
  • Channel Coding, Channel, and Traffic Models
  • Multi-antenna Transmission and Beam-forming
  • Multi-site Connectivity and Tight Interworking
  • System-access Functionality Improvement
  • Scheduled and Contention-based Transmissions
  • New Types of Wireless Links, Wireless Backhaul Solutions
  • Interoperability between FDD and TDD Systems
  • Routing/relay and Re-transmission Protocols
  • Cooperative Communications
  • Cognitive Radio Techniques
  • Could Computing
  • Cloud Security in a 5G Context
  • Energy Efficient Transmissions
  • Energy-efficient Security
  • 5G radio Network Security and Identity Management
  • Conflicts between Usability and Security in 5G Systems
  • Implications for Security and Privacy in 5G and Standardization Efforts
  • 5G MAC and PHY Layers Security
  • Smart Devices Privacy Protection and Authentication

We also highly recommend the submission of multimedia with each article as it significantly increases the visibility, downloads, and citations of articles.


Associate Editor: Guangjie Han, Hohai University, China

Guest Editors:

  1. Richard Yu, Carleton University, Canada
  2. Hsing-Chung Chen, Asia University, Taiwan
  3. Bin Shen, Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications University, China
  4. Christian Esposito, University of Salerno, Italy
  5. Xin Su, Hohai University, China


Relevant IEEE Access Special Sections:

  1. Physical and Medium Access Control Layer Advances in 5G Wireless Networks
  2. Security and Privacy in Applications and Services for Future Internet of Things
  3. The Internet of Energy: Architectures, Cyber Security, and Applications


IEEE Access Editor-in-Chief: Michael Pecht, Professor and Director, CALCE, University of Maryland

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