Calls for Papers on Special Issues


Paper Topic Publication Date Manuscript Submission Deadline
IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine – Special Issue on Full Duplex Communications Theory, Standardization and Practice February 2021 May 30 2020
IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation – Special Issue on Antennas and Propagation Aspects of In-Band Full Duplex Applications August 2021 October 31 2020
IEEE Open Journal of the Communications Society (OJ-COMS) – Special Issue on Full-Duplex Transceivers for Future Networks: Theory and Techniques Second Quarter 2021 February 28 2021

IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine – Special Issue on Full Duplex Communications Theory, Standardization and Practice

Conventional half-duplex wireless systems rely on transmitting and receiving in non-overlapping time slots or frequency channels. Accordingly, time and frequency division duplexing are key enabling technologies to realize bidirectional communications between transmitting and receiving nodes in cellular and wireless local area networks. With increasing user demands, these conventional systems are challenged by meeting spectral efficiency, throughput and latency requirements. Full duplex (FD) communications – that is supporting the concurrent transmission and reception in a single time/frequency channel – has the potential of improving the attainable spectral efficiency and throughput and reducing latency.

Due to recent advances in antenna hardware and signal processing techniques specifically in multiple input multiple output (MIMO) systems applied to radio frequency and baseband signals, self-interference (SI) suppression of 80-110 dB is becoming possible. This high level of SI suppression is enabled by employing techniques in the analog, digital, propagation and spatial domains. Indeed, combining directional communications and their capabilities of separating radio signals in the spatial domain with advanced SI suppression methods that operate in the analog and digital domains is attracting a large interest by the research and engineering communities.

Full-duplex radios facilitating simultaneous transmission and reception (STAR) enable new military communication applications as well. In addition to enhanced spectral efficiency, the STAR capability can give a technical advantage for armed forces by enabling their radio transceivers to conduct electronic warfare while receiving or transmitting information signals in the same frequency band. Also, advancements in SI cancellation technologies are expected to improve the performance of continuous-wave radar systems in terms of operational range, since enhanced SI cancellation allows to increase the transmit power.

In addition to various wireless communication scenarios and applications, there are a couple of other segments that have adopted full duplex techniques, including SI cancellation. The cable distribution node standards have incorporated SI cancellation and echo cancellation as DOCSIS -FDX to improve upstream throughputs. The digital subscriber line specifications (such as G.FAST) are also considering such techniques for the next revision of the standard called G.mgFAST. Also, continuous-wave radars apply SI cancellation to prevent the transmitted signal from leaking directly into the receiver chain. SI may also be applied to acoustic signals, such as when hearing aids use blind SI cancellation to suppress acoustic feedback signals.

The purpose of this special issue of IEEE Wireless Communications is to provide an overview of the status of FD wireless and wireline communications, report recent advances and identify open research and development challenges. Topics of interest for this special issue include but are not limited to:

  • Advanced self-interference cancellation techniques for full-duplex
  • Advanced antenna and transceiver designs for full-duplex
  • Multiple input multiple output full-duplex transceiver design
  • Performance analysis of full-duplex transceivers, systems and networks
  • New full-duplex multiple input multiple output techniques, beamforming and spatial multiplexing for multiuser interference cancellation
  • Non-orthogonal multiple access and full-duplex techniques
  • Physical layer security and full-duplex techniques
  • Full-duplex relaying and cooperative communications
  • Cognitive radio and full-duplex techniques
  • Full-duplex techniques with wireless power and energy harvesting
  • Full-duplex device-to-device and machine-to-machine communications
  • Full-duplex small cell deployments and heterogeneous networks
  • Ultra-reliable low-latency medium access control and routing protocols for full-duplex networks
  • Cross-layer design and virtualization for full-duplex networks
  • Resource allocation, medium access control, and scheduling for full-duplex systems
  • Channel measurements and channel modeling for full duplex
  • Experimental evaluation of full-duplex transceivers and networks
  • Full-duplex for novel radar applications
  • Self-interference cancellation for military applications

Prospective authors should prepare their submissions in accordance with the rules specified in the Information for Authors of the IEEE Wireless Communications guidelines (
Authors should submit a PDF version of their complete manuscript to

The timetable is as follows:

  • Manuscript Submission Deadline: 15 May 2020
  • Initial Decision Date: 1 August 2020
  • Revised Manuscript Due: 1 September 2020
  • Final Decision Date: 1 October 2020
  • Final Manuscript Due: 1 November 2020
  • Publication Date: February 2021

Guest Editors:

Gabor Fodor, Ericsson Research and KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden,

Chan-Byoung Chae, Yonsei University, Korea,

Risto Wichman, Aalto University, Finland,

Ashutosh Sabharwal, Rice University, USA,

Raghu Rao, GenXComm, USA,

Hirley Alves, University of Oulu, Finland,

Himal A. Suraweera, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka,

IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation – Special Issue on Antennas and Propagation Aspects of In-Band Full Duplex Applications

The frequency spectrum is congested due to usage on the part of many communication systems and a few radar and military systems. Most communication systems are half-duplex and they use separate bands or time slots to transmit and receive signals. This leads to underutilization of available resources and inefficient flow of information between wireless systems. Physical separation between the transmitter and receiver, with electromagnetic shielding or attenuation material placed in-between, can lead to their simultaneous operation in time and frequency; however, additional required space is often not available.

On the other hand, in-band full-duplex systems that transmit and receive simultaneously in the same frequency band overcome some of these issues. These systems, also known as simultaneous transmit and receive (STAR) systems, have potential to increase spectral efficiency by either doubling the number of users or by doubling the communication channel capacity for each user in the same frequency interval allocated for half-duplex communications. However, the implementation of in-band full-duplex systems is challenged by self-interference between the strong transmitted and the weak received signal at each transceiver device. The higher transmitted power and narrower communication channel the greater are the isolation requirements, in some cases more than 150 dB. Moreover, wideband self-interference cancellation is more challenging than narrowband designs, leaving significant rooms for research before modern wideband radio communications can take full advantage of in-band full-duplex radios.

The prevailing thought is that the solution to the self-interference challenge is the combination among several approaches including: (i) antenna design; (ii) analog cancellation, for example through RF frontend design as its wider dynamic range and sensitivity is of crucial importance ; (iii) digital cancellation; In the context of STAR systems with maximum utilization of resources, applying one of these approaches is not sufficient to achieve the level of self-interference cancellation that leads to a workable system. Moreover, the antenna subsystem design with co-channel self-interference reduction is required to ensure the low noise amplifiers and other actives in the chain do not overload. In this special issue, we consider novel contributions to self-interference cancellation that are based on antenna subsystem design and allow for the first level of cancellation in in-band full-duplex systems. We also gather new experimental evidences and models that explain them, based on extensive field tests of antenna systems along with physical and mathematical modeling of self-interference channels.

The purpose of this special issue is to draw attention to the latest progress in the understanding, development, and in-field deployment of antenna systems for in-band full-duplex applications. Contributions are sought for, but not limited to the following:

  • Both single antenna configurations and multi-antenna systems across frequency spectrum of interest for current and future narrow-and wide-bandwidth RF systems.
  • Advancements in novel techniques to integrate antennas and non-reciprocal devices or beamformers, use of novel materials and symmetries for improved self-interference cancellation.
  • New configurations and techniques for in-band full-duplex phased arrays and switched beam antennas.
  • Novel techniques for improved self-interference cancellation relying on polarization, space or beam multiplexing with major advancement in theory, experimental tests or demonstration in practical application scenarios.
  • Measurements of in-band full-duplex antenna subsystems, tolerance analysis, multi-physics analysis and co-design, platform effects inclusive of design for immunity to the host structure, use of STAR for other purposes than communications, MIMO in-band full-duplex antennas.

Guest Co-Editors:

Danilo Erricolo
University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA ,;
Dejan Filipovic
University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO, USA,;
Haneda Katsuyuki
Aalto University, Finland,;
Zhijun Zhang
Tsinghua University, China,


Paper Submission: August 1, 2020;
Publication Date: June 2021.