Aims & Scope

The Journal of Smart Cities and Society will focus on the already existing and well-known concept of smart cities which amalgamate smart infrastructures with human’s needs through services at a community level. Smart cities is an emerging concept which has been gaining momentum as the technology available becomes more sophisticated and provides continuous stimuli to solve some of the growing concerns due to demographical growth.

There are already various “smart” areas of technology quite consolidated and making their way into business and society. These smarter systems are supported by various areas in computer science, for example sensor networks and context-aware software, which facilitate delivering more specific services to humans in more specific daily life contexts and are better aligned to their individual preferences. This has not been a sudden revolution, but rather another stage in technological evolution. With areas such as artificial intelligence maturing and basic infrastructures including increasingly capable communication networks looming in the technical horizon there are strong signals that this trend will only continue. Then it seems quite a natural progression for society in general, and for our technical communities as well, to move from the various current “smart” silos, such as smart homes, smart cars, smart transportation, smart food grow, smart health, to be interconnected through an overall area which focuses on the multiple combinations and on their cooperation to achieve benefits for society none of those single areas can achieve in isolation.

Hence there are strong motivations for their emergence and consolidation and on the other hand given the combination and complexity of resources required is a topic which will require a long and patient discussion. Design, experimentation, community involvement, cultural adaptations into different parts of the planet, and much more will be required to create services which work effectively in the real world.  

Another interesting facet of this area is that it is essentially a multi-disciplinary endeavour. Technology acts in this area as a bonding element as for each of the services which it underpins, so many other groups of professionals are required in order to create meaningful services. Although this area has computer science and sensing at its core, it also requires interventions from various branches of engineering, architecture, social sciences, environmental sciences, emergency services, city planners, and many more, ultimately citizens themselves as they know which services they need. Hence this area is a fascinating opportunity for society to grow in a more organic way with a more democratized and decentralized way of using progress for common good.

The journal will consider submissions from various disciplines addressing the following areas:

Technological infrastructure for smart cities support: sensing, actuation, sensor networks, interfaces, artificial intelligence, big data and machine learning, Internet of things (IoT), embedded systems, radio frequency identification (RFID), near field communication (NFC), ubiquitous computing, pervasive computing, cyber-physical systems (CPS), virtual reality, augmented reality, robotics, context awareness, autonomic computing, decision support systems, knowledge creation.

“Smart” sub-systems: smart campus, smart homes, ambient assisted living, smart hospitals, e-health, m-health, telemedicine, smart transport, smart shopping, smart industry, smart farming, smart water management, smart waste management.

 Urban mobility: automated and connected urban systems, accessibility, interconnected public spaces, smart parking, smart mobility, electric vehicles, autonomous vehicles, intelligent transportation systems, mobile ad hoc networks (MANETs), Vehicular ad hoc networks (VANETs), vehicle-to-everything (V2X).

Data management: cloud computing, fog/edge computing, analytics, visualization, GDPR, privacy, security, blockchain, participatory sensing, citizens as scientists.

Responsible innovation: sustainability, accelerating decarbonisation, smart grid, energy efficiency, renewable energies, monitoring and verification of building performance, resilience, global warming governance (mitigation, energy systems, environmental justice, adaption).

E-government: city logistics, optimization and decision-making support, open government, smart partnerships, smart services, citizen engagement and participation, social inclusion, co-production, citizen centricity, quadruple helix of innovation, citizen involvement and innovative governance.

Disaster management: simulation, detection, prevention, emergency services support, large crowds guidance and support, environmental modelling.

Smart city application platforms: methodologies to tackle real problems in cities, bottlenecks and enablers, practical problems, pilots, complex systems modelling.

Editorial Board


Juan Carlos Augusto
Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Computer Science, Middlesex University
London, United Kingdom

Editorial Board

Attila Adamkó
University of Debrecen
Debrecen, Hungary

Ross A. Astoria
University of Wisconsin – Parkside
Kenosha, WI, USA

Johan Barthelemy
University of Wollongong
Wollongong, New Zealand

Patrick-Benjamin Bök
Münster, Germany

Manuel Pedro Rodríguez Bolívar
University of Granada
Granada, Spain

Sunil Choenni
Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security
The Hague, The Netherlands

Eduardo Costa
Federal University of Santa Catarina
Florianópolis, Brazil

Bilal Farooq
Ryerson University
Toronto, Canada

Peggy James
University of Wisconsin – Parkside
Kenosha, WI, USA

Anton Kamenskih
Perm National Research Polytechnic University
Perm, Russia

Ruizhi Liao
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Shenzhen, China

Daniele Manerba
University of Brescia
Brescia, Italy

Paula Rodriguez Müller
KU Leuven
Leuven, Belgium

Dmitry Namiot
Lomonosov Moscow State University
Moscow, Russia

Slawomir Nowaczyk
Halmstad University
Halmstad, Sweden

Joseph Nyangon
University of Delaware
Newark, DE, USA

Diego Gachet Páez
European University of Madrid
Madrid, Spain

Srikanta Patnaik
SOA University
Bhubaneswar, India

Andrew Roberts
Central Queensland University
Melbourne, Australia

Edna Iliana Tamariz – Flores
Meritorious Autonomous University of Puebla
Puebla, Mexico

Goran Vojković
University of Zagreb
Zagreb, Croatia

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[3] P.S. Meltzer, A. Kallioniemi, J.M. Trent, Chromosome alterations in human solid tumors. In: Vogelstein B, Kinzler KW, editors. The genetic basis of human cancer. New York: McGrawHill; 2002. p. 93113.
[4] P.R. Murray, K.S. Rosenthal, G.S. Kobayashi, M.A. Pfaller. Medical microbiology. 4th ed. St. Louis: Mosby; 2002.
[5] M.E. Rose, M.B. Huerbin, J. Melick, D.W. Marion, A.M. Palmer, J.K. Schiding, et al., Regulation of interstitial excitatory amino acid concentrations after cortical contusion injury. Brain Res. 2002; 935(12): 406.

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Peer Review

Journal of Smart Cities and Society Peer Review Policy

The Journal of Smart Cities and Society is a peer-reviewed journal. Articles submitted to the journal undergo a single-blind peer review process. This means that the identity of the authors is known to the reviewers but the identity of the reviewers is not communicated to the authors.

All submitted manuscripts are subjected to initial appraisal by the Editor-in-Chief and, if found suitable for further consideration, to rigorous peer review by independent, anonymous expert referees. Reasons to reject a paper in the pre-screening process could for example be that the work does not fall within the aims and scope, the writing is of poor quality, the instructions to authors were not followed or the presented work is not novel.

Papers deemed suitable to be reviewed will be assigned to a handling editor. The handling editor will then invite reviewers to comment on the work. Editors and reviewers are asked to excuse themselves from reviewing a submission if a conflict of interest makes them unable to make an impartial scientific judgment or evaluation. Conflicts of interest include but are not limited to: collaboration with the authors in the past three years; any professional or financial affiliations that may be perceived as a conflict of interest; a history of personal differences with the author(s).

As a standard policy, decisions are based on three reviews, in some specific circumstances a minimum of two reviews may be deemed sufficient to make a decision on a paper. The Editor-in-Chief strives to ensure a typical turnaround time of 3 months.

Reviewers are asked to judge a paper on at least:

  • Logical, concise ordering of ideas
  • Use of sound research methods
  • Adequacy of documentation    
  • Material has good applied use in the field    
  • Readability and interest level

Based on the received reviews the handling editor will propose to the Editor-in-Chief a recommendation:

  1. Accept article as submitted
  2. Accept article revision by the author according to suggestions made in review
  3. Revise and resubmit
  4. Reject
  5. Consider for another issue/publication

They mean the following:

  1. The manuscript is suitable for publication and only requires minor polishing; thus, no further reviews are requested.
  2. The authors are required to make moderate changes to their manuscript. The manuscript becomes acceptable for publication if the changes proposed by the reviewers and editors are successfully addressed. The revised manuscript will be examined by the Editor-in-Chief and possibly sent back to all (or a selection of) reviewers for a second round of reviews. Authors are requested to provide a letter to the reviewers detailing the improvements made for the resubmission.
  3. In its current form, the manuscript is not suitable for publication. A resubmission would require substantial revisions and is only encouraged in special cases. The resubmitted manuscript will be considered as a new submission.
  4. The manuscript is rejected as it is deemed to be out of scope, not relevant, or not meeting the journal’s quality standards in terms of significance, novelty, and/or presentation.
  5. The manuscript is rejected as it is deemed to be better suited for a different journal or publication.

Authors are notified by the Editor-in-Chief, whose decision is final.