Call for Papers
IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications

Since the earliest days of radio regulation, spectrum management has been driven by gradual or revolutionary improvements in technology, from improved filters and frequency stability that allowed more channels to be created, to sophisticated logic and radio techniques that created the worldwide phenomenon of cellular. More recently, however, a new paradigm has emerged in which regulation has driven technology. A relatively small regulatory experiment in "open spectrum" that began in the ISM (Industrial/Scientific/Medical) bands has spawned an impressive variety of important technologies and innovative uses, from cordless phones and wireless LANs to toll takers, meter readers and home entertainment products. The exploding success of unlicensed services and advancements in technology have motivated the development of disruptive approaches that utilize the spectrum in an opportunistic and coordinated basis, without causing harm to existing services.

New technologies in the area of adaptive wireless networks have the potential to utilize the large amount of unused spectrum in an intelligent way while not interfering with other incumbent devices in frequency bands already licensed for specific uses. These technologies fall in the category of adaptive, spectrum agile and cognitive radios/techniques/networks, which are enabled by the rapid and significant advancements in radio technologies. Efforts such as the DARPA neXt Generation (XG) communications program, the NSF Programmable Wireless Networking (ProWiN) program, the agile spectrum policy initiatives conducted in the US, Canada and the European Union, and the standardization work taking place under the IEEE auspices indicate the level of activity in the field which has the potential to unleash tremendous spectrum capacity for a plethora of new applications. Clearly, the introduction of this revolutionary paradigm poses many new technical challenges in protocol design, power, interference metrics, environment awareness, new distributed algorithms, distributed measurements, QoS guarantees, and security. Overcoming these issues becomes even more challenging due to the scarcity of radio resource (i.e., spectrum), the inherent transmission impairments of wireless links (multipath, fading, noise) and user mobility.

The aim of this issue is to bring together the state of the art research contributions that address the various aspects of adaptive, spectrum agile and cognitive wireless networks. We seek original completed and unpublished work not currently under review by any other journal/magazine/conference. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Prospective authors should follow the IEEE J-SAC manuscript format described in the Information for Authors. There will be one round of reviews and acceptance will be limited to papers needing only moderate revisions. Authors should submit a PDF version of their complete manuscript (which should be compressed if the file size exceeds 1 Mbyte) via email to according to the following timetable:

Manuscript Submission:FEBRUARY 1, 2006
Acceptance Notification:August 1, 2006
Final Manuscript Due:September 1, 2006
Publication:1st Quarter 2007

Carlos Cordeiro
Wireless Communication and
Networking Dept
Philips Research USA
Briarcliff Manor, NY
Babak Daneshrad
Electrical Engineering Dept
Los Angeles, CA
Joseph Evans
Directorate of Comp & Info
Science & Engineering
North Arlington, VA
Narayan Mandayam
ECE Department, WINLAB
Rutgers University
Piscataway, NJ
Preston Marshall
Advanced Technology Office
Washington, DC
Sai Shankar N
Standards Engineering Dept
Qualcomm Inc
San Diego, CA