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The ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks (TOSN) publishes high-quality papers reporting significant results in the research and applications of distributed, wireless or wireline sensor and actuator networks. As an interdisciplinary field, sensor networks draw upon many disciplines including signal processing, networking and protocols, embedded systems, information management, and distributed algorithms. Potential synergies among these fields are expected to open up new research directions.

Please use the site at: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/acm/tosn for new submissions, status of papers, assignment of reviewers and reviewing tasks. Please note, if you don't have an account at ACM Manuscript Central for TOSN you will need to create an account before you can log in and submit to Transactions on Sensor Networks.


Digital Archives

Please click here to access the ACM Digital Library archives of Transactions on Sensor Networks.

The list of papers to appear in upcoming issues are available here.


Editorial Charter

The Transactions serves as a central, archival venue for the interdisciplinary sensor network research community. It covers research contributions that introduce new concepts, techniques, analyses, or architectures, as well as applied contributions that report on development of new tools and systems or experiences and experiments with high-impact, innovative applications. The Transactions places special attention to contributions on systemic approaches to sensor networks.

The areas of sensor networks covered by this journal include, but are not limited to:

  • Applications of sensor and actuator networks
  • Data storage and query processing
  • Distributed and collaborative signal processing
  • Energy and resource management
  • Fault tolerance and diagnostics
  • Foundations of sensor networks
  • Information theory, coding and compression
  • In-network processing and aggregation
  • Learning of models from data
  • Location, time and other infrastructure establishment services
  • Low-power hardware design
  • Mobile or actuator systems
  • Modeling of systems and physical environments
  • Network protocols, coverage, connectivity, and longevity
  • Programming models and languages
  • Sensor fusion and distributed inference
  • Security, privacy, and data integrity
  • Scheduling, sensor tasking and control
  • Simulation tools and environments
  • System architectures and operating systems
The Transactions appear quarterly, in February, May, August, and November. The first issue was published in August 2005.

Type of Papers

TOSN publishes original research papers (approximately 30-40 printed pages each in ACM Transaction style) and tutorial and survey papers (approximately 30-50 printed pages each). We do not accept short technical notes.


Prior Publication Policy

TOSN accepts submissions of original technical contributions that neither have been published in archival publications nor are under consideration by another archival journal at the time of submission. In the case where a contribution has already been published by a refereed conference, publication in TOSN is permitted only if the editor judges that the revision contains significant amplification or clarification of the original material, or there is a significant additional benefit to be gained from the journal publication. In either case, any prior publication should be noted on the title page of the submission, and a summary of the differences with the conference version should be provided (as a cover letter) with the submission. Submissions that do not meet these requirements will be rejected without review.


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