Call for Papers: The key trends in B5G technologies, services and applications


The foundation for the development of society has been digitalized and data-driven technologies, services, and applications. Recently, 5G networks have been designed and launched to meet the diverse vertical sectors like networked industries, intelligent transport systems and smart cities. However, it is certain that the sustainable development of the society in the future requires more disruptive and stringent technologies, services and applications. As a key driver for the society of tomorrow, beyond-5G (B5G) networks, i.e., 6G networks, are expected to support an ever advanced services and applications with peak data rates up to 1 Tbps per user, make a routine life smoother and safer, and serve a far beyond any global business model seen so far, etc., in ubiquitous, reliable, and near-instant context.

In fact, there will exist many challenges for 5G networks, towards 2030 for example, that will be progressed in B5G networks, e.g., how to serve the users moving at 1000km/h, there have been many remote areas over the world lacking connectivity, how to provide a resilient and tolerant telecommunications networks in emergency situations like natural disasters of which hardly a week passes by without news and scenes destroying people's lives, etc. And thus, there is an urgent need for conducting state-of-the-art research on further solutions for B5G networks. To overcome the aforementioned challenges and requirements of B5G networks, this special issue focuses on (but are not restricted to) the following topics.


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following scope:

  • Full-coverage broadband connectivity in B5G networks
  • Autonomous systems and various interconnected B5G networks
  • Sub-millisecond latency, high reliability and time-sensitive designs in B5G networks
  • Vertical services and applications for digitized society of tomorrow
  • High accuracy localization and high-resolution sensing services in B5G networks
  • Machine learning in B5G networks
  • Trust, security and privacy in B5G networks
  • B5G technologies, services and applications for smart cities
  • Edge intelligence for beyond 5G networks
  • Terahertz communications and networks
  • Massive connectivity in communication systems
  • UAV-ground and UAV-to-UAV communications
  • 3D beamforming for cellular-connected UAVs
  • UAV-aided eMBB, MMTC, URLLC
  • UAV swarm in 5G and beyond
  • Massive MIMO/Millimeter wave communications for cellular-connected UAVs

Important Dates

  • Manuscript submission deadline: 30th June 2021
  • Notification of acceptance: 1st August 2021
  • Submission of final revised paper: Oct 2021   
  • Publication of special issue (tentative): Jan 2022

Submission Procedure

This MONET Half Special Issue will publish six selected high-quality extended papers from INISCOM 2021 and from the open call-for-papers. Authors should follow the MONET Journal manuscript format described at the journal site. Manuscripts should be submitted on-line through

A copy of the manuscript should also be emailed to the Guest Editors at the following email address(es),,

Guest Editors:

Trung Q. Duong, Queen’s University Belfast, UK

Nguyen-Son Vo, Duy Tan University, Vietnam

Zhichao Sheng, Shanghai University, China

-------------------------------------------------- Guest Editors Bios ---------------------------------------------

Trung Q. Duong is a Full Professor and Chair of Telecommunications at Queen’s University UK and a Research Chair of Royal Academy of Engineering. His current research interests include cooperative communications, cognitive radio networks, physical layer security, massive MIMO, cross-layer design, mm-waves communications, and localization for radios and networks. He is an author/co-author of 350+ technical papers. Dr. Duong is currently serving as an Editor for the following journals: IEEE Trans on Wireless Communications, IEEE Trans on Communications, and an Executive Editor of IEEE Communications Letters. He has also served as the Guest Editor of the special issue (SI) for the following journals: Lead Guest Editor of the IEEE Journal in Selected Areas on Communications (JSAC) for the SI on “Location Awareness for Radios and Network” in 2015; Lead Guest Editor of the IET Communications for the SI on “Secure Physical Layer Communications” in 2013 and on “Green Telecommunications Systems and Computing” in 2016; Guest Editor of the IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine for the SI on “Green Media: The Future of Wireless Multimedia Networks” in 2014; Guest Editor of the IEEE Communications Magazine for the SI on “Millimeter Wave Communications for 5G” in 2014 and “Energy Harvesting Communications” in 2015; Guest Editor of the IEEE Access for the SI on “Security for Wireless Communications and Networking” in 2016 and on “Exploiting the Benefits of Interference in Wireless Networks: Energy Harvesting and Security” in 2017; Guest Editor of the EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking for the SI on “Cooperative Cognitive Networks” in 2013; Guest Editor of the EURASIP Journal on Advances Signal Processing for the SI on “Security Challenges and Issues in Cognitive Radio Networks” in 2014; Editor for Wiley Transactions on Emerging Telecommunications Technologies (2013-2016) and Electronics Letters (2015-2016). He was awarded the Best Paper Award at the IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC-Spring) in 2013, IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC) 2014, and IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM) 2016.

Nguyen-Son Vo received the Ph.D. degree in communication and information systems from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China, in 2012. He is with the Institute of Fundamental and Applied Sciences, Duy Tan University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. His research interests focus on self-powered multimedia wireless communications, quality of experience provision in wireless networks for smart cities, and IoT for disaster and environment management. He received the Best Paper Award at the IEEE Global Communications Conference 2016 and the prestigious Newton Prize 2017. He has been serving as an Associate Editor of IEEE Communications Letters, 2019; Guest Editor of Elsevier Physical Communication, Special Issue on "Mission Critical Communications and Networking for Disaster Management", 2019; Guest Editor of IET Communications, Special Issue on "Recent Advances on 5G Communications", 2018; and Guest Editor of ACM/Springer Mobile Networks & Applications, Special Issues on "Wireless Communications and Networks for 5G and Beyond", 2018 and "Wireless Communications and Networks for Smart Cities", 2017.

Zhichao Sheng received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from University of Technology Sydney, Australia, in 2018. From 2018 to 2019, he was a Research Fellow at School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, U.K. He is currently a Lecturer with Shanghai University, Shanghai, China. His research interests include optimization methods for wireless communication and signal processing. He has been serving as an Guest Editor of MDPI Sensors, Special Issue on " Vertical IoT Solutions and Their Applications in Smart Cities, Smart Agriculture, Smart Environment and Disaster Management", 2019.