IEEE Transactions on Information Theory

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IEEE Transactions on Information Theory  
Former names
IRE Transactions on Information Theory
Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
IEEE Trans Inf Theory
Discipline Electrical engineering, Computer science and Communications
Language English
Edited by Frank R. Kschischang
Publication details
Publication history
Frequency Monthly
ISSN 0018-9448 (print)
1557-9654 (web)
LCCN 58035217

The IEEE Transactions on Information Theory is a scientific journal published by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). It is dedicated to the study of information theory, the mathematics of communications. The early name of the journal was IRE Transactions on Information Theory.

This journal contains original published research in the areas of Shannon theory, error control coding, communications theory, estimation theory, quantum communications and quantum information, communication networks, statistical inference, cryptography and other related topics.

According to van Lint, it is the leading research journal in the whole field of coding theory.[1] A 2006 study using the PageRank network analysis algorithm found that, among hundreds of computer science-related journals, IEEE Transactions on Information Theory had the highest ranking and was thus deemed the most prestigious. ACM Computing Surveys, with the highest impact factor, was deemed the most popular.[2]

As of 2007, IEEE Transactions on Information Theory supports posting preprints on arXiv for faster dissemination.[3]


  1. ^ van Lint, J.H. (1998). Introduction to Coding Theory (3rd ed.). Springer. [...] for many years now the most important results on coding theory have been published in IEEE Transactions on Information Theory. 
  2. ^ Johan Bollen, Marko A. Rodriquez and Herbert Van de Sompel (December 2006). "Journal status". Scientometrics 69 (3): 669–687. arXiv:cs.GL/0601030. doi:10.1007/s11192-006-0176-z. 
  3. ^ Information Theory Society

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