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September 21, 2020

Introducing the new ITU Journal on Future and Evolving Technologies

By ITU News

The new ITU Journal on Future and Evolving Technologies – free of charge for both readers and authors – will provide complete coverage of all communications and networking paradigms.

The Journal will consider yet-to-be-published papers addressing both fundamental and applied research. It will share new techniques and concepts, analyses and tutorials, and learnings from experiments and physical and simulated testbeds. It will also discuss the implications of the latest research results for policy and regulation, legal frameworks, and the economy and society.

“Free of charge, globally representative and with a broad scope of interest and prospective impact, the ITU Journal is well positioned to deliver unique value to academia,” says the ITU Journal’s Editor-in-Chief, Ian F. Akyildiz.

Ian F. Akyildiz is the Ken Byers Chair Professor Emeritus in Telecommunications and Director of the Broadband Wireless Networking Laboratory at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He holds an h-index of 123, the number of citations to his papers exceeds 119,000, and he has supervised more than 45 PhD candidates.

“Free of charge, globally representative and with a broad scope of interest and prospective impact, the ITU Journal is well positioned to deliver unique value to academia.”

Akyildiz is known for asking the right questions, with a track record of proposing new directions in research ahead of the surge in interest in these directions.

He is known for leading highly successful teams, “teams that I would like to highlight have always had a good balance of men and women,” says Akyildiz.

And he is known for founding and leading a range of highly reputed journals, journals that Akyildiz explains took on characters influenced by his own.

“Reputation is highly important to the success of a journal,” says Akyildiz.

“A successful journal achieves a reputation for leading the way to new frontiers in research, impact in academia and industry, and respect for the academics that give life to the journal.”

Akyildiz sees the ITU Journal as the embodiment of the principles that lead to such a reputation.

“The ITU Journal is open access in the true sense of the term.”

“I see my reputation as inseparable from the journals that I lead. The qualities ITU brings to the journal align exactly with the qualities that I prize in a journal.”

Akyildiz explains the journal’s path to global impact:

“The journal will be first to publish breakthroughs in fundamental research, and first to publish applied research capable of impacting ICT markets on a global scale – it’s the open, inclusive character of the ITU Journal that lets me say that with certainty.”

The ITU Journal will publish online all year round, welcoming papers at any time, on all topics within its scope.

Accepted papers will also curated into regular special issues, with upcoming special issues expected to cover topics from network automation, machine learning and the Internet of Things to Terahertz communications, quantum communications and nano-scale communications.

It seeks global representation in its published papers and teams of reviewers and editors, and it welcomes an interdisciplinary approach to the broad scope of topics addressed by ITU.

The journal aims to build bridges between disciplines, connect theory with application, and stimulate international dialogue around the future and evolution of the digital transformation underway across our economies.

“Our focus on the future will break the new ground in research that results in citations,” says Akyildiz. “And our impact factor will derive from the relevance of journal papers to the priorities of academia and industry.”

Free of charge for both readers and authors, “the ITU Journal is open access in the true sense of the term,” highlights Akyildiz.

“It presents academia with a unique opportunity to share their work with an international audience invested in the broad scope of issues under the remit of ITU.”

“Our focus on the future will break the new ground in research that results in citations. And our impact factor will derive from the relevance of journal papers to the priorities of academia and industry.”

Akyildiz prides himself on doing things differently.

Asked what will be factor to define the journal’s success, Akyildiz’ answer is quite different to what some might expect.

“Respect,” says Akyildiz.

“Respect for the academics contributing papers, the team members working behind the scenes, and the communities invested in the journal. I’m proud to say that that’s my reputation, and why ITU and I align so well in our vision for the journal.”

Learn more about ITU and academia

The ITU Journal is the latest initiative to contribute to the growing strength of ITU’s relationship with academia.

ITU is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies (ICTs), with a global membership including 193 Member States and over 900 companies, universities, and international and regional organizations.

Researchers participate alongside policymakers and industry-leading engineers in ITU expert groups responsible for radiocommunications, standardization and development.

Contributions from research communities bring greater strength to the work of ITU, and participation in ITU helps these communities to increase the impact of their research.

Academics have made a key contribution to ITU’s work throughout the organization’s history, participating as part of Member State and private-sector delegations to ITU.

ITU formalized this relationship in 2011 with the introduction of a new ITU membership category for academia. Learn more about ITU Academia membership…

The ITU Kaleidoscope conference – ITU’s flagship academic event – shares research into topics of growing strategic relevance to the ITU membership. ITU Kaleidoscope 2020: Industry-driven digital transformation will be held virtually from 7 to 11 December 2020.

Contributions from research communities bring greater strength to the work of ITU, and participation in ITU helps these communities to increase the impact of their research.

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