Call for Papers: Harnessing Data for Smarter Cities: Emerging Technologies and Applications (submission deadline: 31 August 2024)
Call for papers: Smart Living and Communications for the Next Generations Networks (submission deadline: 1 September 2024)
Call for papers: Technological and Innovative Advances for Smart Cities (submission deadline: 1 December 2024)

Aims & Scope

The Journal of Smart Cities and Society focuses 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 dimension of this area is that it is essentially a multi-disciplinary endeavour. Technology acts in this area as a bonding element 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 are the best to indicate 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 (non-exhaustive list of) 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, human-computer interaction.

“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.

Human-computer interaction: usability, end-user development, information visualization.

Editorial Board


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

Editorial Board

Attila Adamkó
University of Debrecen
Debrecen, Hungary

Christos Anagnostopoulos
University of Glasgow
Glasgow, UK

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

Patrick-Benjamin Bök
Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences
Kamp-Lintfort, Germany

Manuel Pedro Rodríguez Bolívar
University of Granada
Granada, Spain

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

Janick Edinger
University of Hamburg
Hamburg, Germany

Bilal Farooq
Ryerson University
Toronto, Canada

Jerry Gao
San Jose State University
San Jose, CA, USA

Song Guo
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Hong Kong, China

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

Anton Kamenskih
Perm National Research Polytechnic University
Perm, Russia

Sameer Kishore
Middlesex University Dubai
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dac-Nhuong Le
Haiphong University
Haiphong , Vietnam

Francesco Leotta
Sapienza University of Rome
Rome, Italy

Ruizhi Liao
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Shenzhen, China

Wathiq Mansoor
University of Dubai
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Paula Rodriguez Müller
KU Leuven
Leuven, Belgium

Dmitry Namiot
Lomonosov Moscow State University
Moscow, Russia

Slawomir Nowaczyk
Halmstad University
Halmstad, Sweden

Angela Orebaugh
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA, USA

Manuele Kirsch Pinheiro
Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University
Paris, France

Andrew Roberts
Central Queensland University
Melbourne, Australia

Raul Aquino Santos
University of Colima
Colima, Mexico

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

Goran Vojković
University North
Varaždin, Croatia

Khuong Minh Vu
National University of Singapore
Singapore City, Singapore

Sira Yongchareon
Auckland University of Technology
Auckland, New Zealand

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[2] P.S. Meltzer, A. Kallioniemi and J.M. Trent, Chromosome alterations in human solid tumors, in:  The genetic basis of human cancer, McGrawHill, 2002, p. 93113. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-385071-3.00004-6.
[3] R. Berkow and A.J. Fletcher, editors, The Merck manual of diagnosis and therapy, Rahway: Merck Research Laboratories, 16th ed., 1992.
[4] S. Andler, Predicate path expressions, in: Proceedings of the 6th. ACM SIGACT-SIGPLAN Symposium on Principles of Programming Languages (POPL '79), ACM Inc., 1979, pp. 226-236. doi: 10.1145/567752.567774.

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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. Please visit our reviewer guidelines for further information about how to conduct a review.

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