IEEE Network
Special Issue on Quantum Communications and Networking
Call for Papers

*** Manuscript Submission Deadline: 20 April 2022

Quantum communication researchers have achieved significant progress
during the recent decades and quantum networking has shown promise in
terms of improving the overall functional benefits of the Internet and
enabling applications with no counterpart in the classical world. It
is a breakthrough technology towards the unimaginable future. In a
quantum network, the source and destination may be connected by
quantum repeaters/routers for facilitating qubit transmissions. The
quantum network of the future is envisaged to pervade the entire
globe, relying on terrestrial components, satellites, airplanes, ships
and other vehicles. It is anticipated that it will support nearly
unconditional security, super-computing power, large network capacity
- even at high velocity - and privacy.

In the current era, quantum networks are similar to the early stage of the
classical Internet in the 1970s. However, they exhibit fundamentally
different features, obeying the uncertainty principle, the non-orthogonal
indistinguishable theorem, the quantum non-cloning theorem, entanglement
and superposition. These constraining features make the design of quantum
networks a challenging task. To make the promise of quantum networking a
reality, the entire protocol stack spanning from the physical-layer
enabling techniques to the application layer requires a dedicated
collaborative effort from a large fraction of the engineering and physics

This Special Issue focuses on recent advances in quantum communications and
networking, and we seek original contributions in quantum networking
architectures, concepts, protocols, and technologies in support of
long-distance qubit transmissions and novel network applications. Topics of
interest include, but are not limited to:

 -  Quantum communication and networking applications
 -  Quantum network architectures and design principles
 -  Entanglement generation, scheduling, and distribution
 -  Quantum information theory and communication protocol
 -  Quantum memory and repeater design
 -  Quantum routing metrics and new routing algorithms
 -  Congestion control and resource allocation for quantum networks
 -  Quantum data plane and quantum control plane design
 -  Security, privacy, and trust in the context of quantum networks
 -  Quantum network management
 -  Simulators, testbeds, prototypes, implementations, and field experiments
 -  Verification of the existing knowledge in real quantum networks
 -  Performance evaluation and modeling
 -  Migration from classical networks to quantum networks

Submission Guidelines:
Manuscripts should conform to the standard format as indicated in the
"Information for Authors" section of the Paper Submission Guidelines.
All manuscripts to be considered for publication must be submitted by the
deadline through Manuscript Central. Select "September 2022/QCN" from the
drop-down menu of topic titles.

Important Dates:
Manuscript Submission Deadline:   20 April 2022
Initial Decision Notification:   31 May 2022
Revised Manuscript Due:  30 June 2022
Final Decision Notification: 15 July 2022
Final Manuscript Due:  31 July 2022
Publication Date:  September 2022

 Guest Editors:
Ruidong Li, Kanazawa University, Japan
Prineha Narang, Havard University, USA
Melchior Aelmans, Juniper Networks, Netherlands
Guoliang Xue, Arizona State University, USA
Peter Mueller, IBM Zurich Research Laboratory, Switzerland
Guilu Long, Tsinghua University, China