- Published on 23 April 2021
Submissions are invited for a Special Issue of EPJ ST on “Complex Urban Systems”.
The rapid trend of urbanization that will see 68% of the world’s population living in cities by 2050 poses numerous challenges to our cities and to the local governments that bear responsibility for addressing the needs of its citizens. Science and technology play a key role in helping us increase our understanding of urban processes and in solving complex urban problems, such as facilitating the reliable transportation of people and goods, securing availability of electrical power and water that meet the needs of the growing population and related waste disposal needs, ensuring the health and wellness of urban populations (in particular of older adults and people with disabilities), making our cities more accessible and inclusive, preparing for the expected waves of migration due to environmental change, and supporting local governments to be more responsive to the needs of the citizens they serve. None of these challenges can be addressed in isolation: urban environments represent complex, intertwined social-economic-technical-environmental systems that require new inter-/cross-disciplinary approaches for scientific research and the development of technological solutions.
The articles in this issue aim to provide a snapshot of ongoing methodological and translational research on complex urban systems, along with an outlook about this exciting, growing field of research that brings together data scientists, engineers, environmental scientists, mathematicians, physicists, innovators, and policy experts. We invite contributions for the following types of articles from researchers who work in the area of urban system with a special emphasis on their complexity.
A 10–15 pages contribution, with about half of the material in the form of a representative mini-review of the entire (sub)topic, followed by a short review of own past and present work, approximately of the same length and coherently summarized and explained in the broader context of the ﬁrst part.
A 15+ pages tutorial review on a broader topic that adds more introductory and background material to make it reasonably self-contained reading for graduate students and non-specialists from related areas.
(a) A typically 5–10 pages contribution, which contains a signiﬁcant fraction of original material e.g. a follow up paper of a recently published letter with more background and details and new results.
(b) A short study, typically 3–5 pages containing predominantly new material, on a very speciﬁc aspect of some broader research published elsewhere.
Authors should submit their original articles or short reviews to the Editorial Office of EPJ ST via the submission system. Submissions should be clearly identified as intended for the Special Issue "Complex Urban Systems". Papers will be published continuously and will appear (as soon as accepted) on the journal website. The electronic version of the Special Issue will contain all accepted papers in the order of publication. All submitted papers will be refereed according to the usual high standards of the journal. More general information about EPJST is available at http://epjst.epj.org/.
Please note that there are NO publication charges for EPJ ST. However, the authors have the freedom to opt for Open Access.
Open Access: EPJST is a hybrid journal offering Open Access publication via the Open Choice programme and a growing number of Springer Compact “Publish and Read” arrangements which enable authors to publish OA at no direct cost (all costs are paid centrally).