IEEE Internet Computing

Measuring the Internet

Final submissions due: 13 November 2015
Publication issue: July/August 2016

Guest editors:

  • Mark Allman, International Computer Science Institute
  • Michael Rabinovich, Case Western Reserve University

Call for Papers

Internet measurements are crucial to the evolution of the Internet in many ways. At the infrastructure level, including the protocol aspects, measurement helps to identify the bottlenecks where innovation and investment would be especially beneficial. At the application level, measurement characterizes user behavior, driving application development to satisfy evolving user needs.

The Internet, however, is notoriously difficult to soundly measure, as its scale, diversity, and opacity present challenges to collecting representative measurement data. The tremendous volume of measurement data presents further challenges in handling and processing the data. A final, emerging, challenge concerns dealing with ethical issues that arise during measurement studies (including both the ethics of active probing and the ethics of dealing with sensitive in situ observations).

This issue will include articles addressing the challenges in obtaining and processing Internet measurement data as well as providing new measurement-driven insights into the Internet and its users. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Internet measurement methodology;
  • collection of representative Internet measurements;
  • scalable processing and visualization of big Internet measurement data;
  • traffic and workload characterization;
  • protocol measurement studies;
  • user behavior characterization;
  • application measurement — including social networks, games, search, and so on;
  • security and privacy assessment;
  • Internet-oriented measurements of wireless, mobile, and home networks; and
  • ethical considerations related to Internet measurement.

Submission Guidelines

All submissions must be original manuscripts of fewer than 5,000 words, focused on Internet technologies and implementations. All manuscripts are subject to peer review on both technical merit and relevance to IC’s international readership — primarily practicing engineers and academics who are looking for material that introduces new technology and broadens familiarity with current topics.

We do not accept white papers, and papers that are primarily theoretical or mathematical must clearly relate the mathematical content to real-life or engineering applications.

To submit a manuscript, please log on to ScholarOne ( to create or access an account, which you can use to log on to IC’s Author Center and upload your submission.