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    Special Issue on Communications and Computing for Sustainable Development Goals

    Special Issue on Communications and Computing for Sustainable Development Goals

    MDPI Future Internet (Scopus / DBLP Indexed)


    Submission Deadline 5 March 2017




    The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector is currently focused on exploring different technological challenges, such us increasing the speed, maximizing the available capacity, and, in general, improving the performance of ICT systems. However, little attention has been paid so far to the role of ICT towards sustainable development. For example, the forthcoming 5G technology is mainly devoted to urban areas, while the development of such technology in rural zones is not yet considered. Additionally, more than two billions people still lack an Internet connection, and relatively low number of initiatives are being put into place to invert this trend.

    This Special Issue dedicates itself to explore the role and impact of the transformational power of ICT for making our world more sustainable: saving energy and material resources by creating more value from less physical input, increasing quality of life for ever more people without compromising future generations ability to meet their needs. In this context, the United Nations General Assembly has proposed the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a list of actions over the next fifteen years in areas of critical importance for the humanity and the planet. The goal of the special issue is to pursue these goals in all areas of networking and computing. Papers related to ICT for Sustainability in a broad sense such as Sustainability by ICT, Sustainability in ICT and their overarching aspects, and especially papers developing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), are welcome.

    The list of topics includes, but is not limited to:

    - 5G networks for rural zones

    - Sustainable backbone networks/cellular network or data centers

    - New paradigms to improve the network sustainability: softwarization and fog computing

    - Networks elements and storage units powered by renewable sources

    - Sustainable architectures for increasing the connectivity in rural zones

    - Sustainable drone-services and network-services

    - e-Health applications for rural zones

    - Emergency services in rural zones

    - Case-studies results from the application of networks and services for improving the sustainability

    - Measurement of sustainability including metrics and benchmarks in networks and computing resources




    Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

    Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Future Internet is an international peer-reviewed Open Access quarterly journal published by MDPI.



    5 March 2017

    Guest Editors


    Dr. Luca Chiaraviglio

    DIET Department, University of Rome Sapienza, Via Eudossiana 18, 00184 Rome, Italy


    Dr. William Liu

    Department of Information Technology and Software Engineering, School of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland 1142, New Zealand


    Prof. Dr. Jaap Van de Beek

    Luleå University of Technology, Sweden


    Dr. Filip Idzkikowski

    Poznan University of Technology, Plac Marii Skłodowskiej-Curie 5, 60-965, Poznań, Poland


    About MDPI Future Internet


    Future Internet (ISSN 1999-5903) is a scholarly open access journal which provides an advanced forum for scientific studies related to Internet technologies and the information society. It publishes regular research papers, reviews and short communications. The journal aim is to encourage scientists to publish their experimental and theoretical results in as much detail as possible. Therefore, there is no restriction on the length of the papers or the use of colour figures.

    For Future Internet (ISSN 1999-5903), authors are asked to pay a fee of 500 CHF (Swiss Francs) per processed paper, but only if the article is accepted for publication in this journal after peer-review and possible revision of the manuscript. An additional fee of 250 CHF may apply for those articles that need major editing and formatting and/or English editing. Note that many national and private research funding organizations and universities explicitly cover such fees for articles originated in funded research projects. Discounts are available for authors from institutes that participate with MDPI's membership program.

    Future Internet is covered by following databases:

    - Scopus (Elsevier)

    - DBLP Computer Science Bibliography (Universität Trier)

    - AGORA (FAO)

    - Compendex / Engineering Village (Elsevier)

    - DOAJ - Directory of Open Access Journals

    - INSPEC (IET)

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