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Call for papers: Complexity and the City

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Cities worldwide are well known to be living laboratories to experiment on modeling, characteri-zation, optimization, and control of complex systems. Complex phenomena, in fact, evolve within cities with multiple and intertwined space and time scales, yielding emerging behaviors whose explanation is never simple. Moreover, cities encompass networked systems very often overlapped or stacked in layers: information, transportation, power grids, epidemics, pedestrians, are just a few examples of such networks. To address the complexity of urban systems, a broad range of interdisciplinary topics should be covered that touch on issues from the network science, cyber–physical systems, to policy and finance perspectives in smart cities.

This special issue will collect contributions aiming at modeling, characterizing, optimizing, and controlling complex and networked systems, with a particular focus on urban environments. 

We encourage submissions on theory, methods, and applications of complex and networked systems in urban environments. Topics of interest include but are not limited to theoretical aspects, algorithms, methods, and fields of applications, such as: 

  • Epidemic spreading
  • Social networks
  • Information and misinformation spreading 
  • Pedestrian dynamics and human behavior in cities
  • Transportation networks and urban mobility
  • Complexity of urban IoT systems 
  • City monitoring strategies and techniques 
  • Urban planning 
  • Citizen science experiments 
  • Financial systems 
  • Diffusion of policies

Survey and review papers, as well as submissions that are a significant extension (more than 30%) of previously published work, are welcome.

Important dates
Expression of interest and abstract submission: February 17, 2019  
Abstract feedback notification: March 17, 2019 
Paper submission deadline: April 30, 2019 
Target publication: June 1, 2019

Articles will be published as soon as they are accepted.

Submission Instructions
We invite authors to submit a brief expression of interest containing a short outline or extended abstract (approx. 1000 words), including the topic, key concepts, methods, expected results, and conclusions.

Abstracts should be submitted via EasyChair to ANSCC19 (Applied Network Science: Special Issue on Complexity and the City) at the address:

The abstracts will be reviewed to determine if the submission is in the scope of this special issue.

Authors with accepted abstracts will be invited to submit their papers through the journal submission system for a full review and publication.

Lead guest editor
Alessandro Rizzo, Politecnico di Torino, Italy, 

Guest editors
Luca Maria Aiello, Nokia Bell Labs, UK,
Amin Anjomshoaa, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA,
Elsa Arcaute, University College London, UK,
Neal Zachary, Michigan State University, USA,

For more information, please direct your questions to the lead guest editor.

Annual Journal Metrics

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    67 days to first decision for reviewed manuscripts only
    67 days to first decision for all manuscripts
    141 days from submission to acceptance
    29 days from acceptance to publication

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