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IC‘s “Spotlight” series features peer-reviewed tutorials and surveys (up to 3,500 words, including approximately 250 words for each figure) on emerging technologies or new aspects of existing technologies that will provide the software platforms for Internet applications. Spotlight articles should give developers of advanced Web-based applications a practical introduction to applying the technologies and methods. Previous articles have covered a range of topics, including RDF, device independence, and Web services.

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General Submissions

As a crossroads between academic researchers and software professionals, IEEE Internet Computing presents novel content from academic and industry experts on a wide range of topics. It applies theory to the practice of building Internet systems and feeds the experience of Internet system construction and use back into research and theory. The magazine reaches more than 7,000 subscribers internationally, comprising leading researchers, developers, and engineers.

IC invites researchers and practitioners to submit articles describing their efforts and experiences with developments and key trends in Internet technologies and applications. IC is about the engineering, science, and art of building networks and networked applications. Software systems can often be understood as layers of elements that each rely on services provided by lower layers and provide services to the layers above them. Because a skilled developer at any architectural level must be familiar with both the facilities and pragmatics of the lower levels and the requirements of higher levels, IC covers a range from just above the details of network protocols to just below the domain-specific details of applications. On the other hand, some possibilities—such as security and quality of service — cross-cut many or all layers and are also of great interest to our readers.

As the IEEE’s Internet journal, IC is widely available, both in print and in digital libraries, which makes it the premier place to publish novel scientific and engineering papers that have actual impact on the practice of system development. Appropriate topics of interest include but are not limited to

  • programming, information, and e-commerce technologies for Internet applications;
  • network protocols, structures, and services;
  • security, reliability, manageability, and scalability in Internet application;
  • Internet application technologies, including streaming multimedia, collaboration, knowledge management, education, medicine, engineering  design, science, and games and entertainment;
  • human-interface issues for Internet systems; and
  • social effects/aspects of the Internet.

Articles should be understandable to a broad audience of science and engineering professionals and students. The writing should be down to earth, practical, and original, avoiding too much focus on theory, mathematics, jargon, and abstract concepts. Authors should not assume that the audience will have specialized experience in a particular subfield.

Accepted papers will be professionally edited for content and style. Submissions must be original manuscripts of fewer than 5,000 words including all text, the abstract, keywords, bibliography, biographies, and 250 words for each figure and table. All manuscripts are subject to peer review on both technical merit and relevance to IC‘s international readership. We do not accept white papers, and we discourage strictly theoretical or mathematical papers. For author guidelines and information on how to submit a manuscript, please log in to Manuscript Central to create or access an account, which you can use to log on to IC‘s Author Center and upload your submission.