In this work, we propose a novel projective outer synchronization (POS) between unidirectionally coupled uncertain fractional-order complex networks through scalar transmitted signals. Based on the state observer theory, a control law is designed and some criteria are given in terms of linear matrix inequalities which guarantee global robust POS between such networks. Interestingly, in the POS regime, we show that different choices of scaling factor give rise to different outer synchrony, with various special cases including complete outer synchrony, anti-outer synchrony and even a state of amplitude death. Furthermore, it is demonstrated that although stability of POS is irrelevant to the inner-coupling strength, it will affect the convergence speed of POS. In particular, stronger inner synchronization can induce faster POS. The effectiveness of our method is revealed by numerical simulations on fractional-order complex networks with small-world communication topology.
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