Call for Papers: Special Issue on Smart and Circular Cities
Computer seeks submissions for this upcoming special issue.

Submission deadline: 30 March 2022
Publication: December 2022

Smart cities are emerging worldwide, addressing the need for sustainable urban development as population grows and cities attract increasingly larger population. The growth of mega-cities around the world is astonishing in terms of the number of cities as well as in terms of population. In order to address the resulting economical and climatic effects, smart cities increasingly employ and enable circular economies that reduce climate impact.

Smart cities are emerging as highly complex technological endeavors that combine technology from many engineering disciplines ranging from transportation to energy and from building management to secure transactions. Embedded and cyberphysical systems, the Internet of Things (IoT)–including specialized subsets such as the Industrial Internet and Internet of Vehicles–smart energy systems, building management systems, and cyberscecurity constitute only a small part of apparent technologies that are fundamental to a vision for smart cities.

Challenges exist in many directions, including technological, economic, and social, for several application subdomains of smart cities; energy, sustainability, smart transportation, and digital twinning are representative. Clearly, multi-disciplinary approaches are necessary to make a reality the paradigm of smart circular cities. Computing, however, constitutes the common component of all these subdomains, as computing tools and AI approaches have emerged to address most of the important technologies involved in smart cities.

The goal of this special issue is to address the domain of smart cities from a computational point of view, to improve the state of the art, and to present recent technological advances and experiences that are employed in smart cities to enable circular economies and reduce their climate impact. Authors are encouraged to submit original contributions related to smart and circular cities. Topics of interest for this special issue include (but are not limited to):

  • Smart cities as systems of systems
  • Smart city applications and services
  • Smart city pilot projects
  • Smart city embedded and cyberphysical systems
  • Smart city management platforms
  • Computing for smart cities (IoT, edge/cloud, Industry 4.0, Society 5.0, etc.)
  • Communication technologies, including 6G
  • Data management and knowledge extraction
  • Distributed ledger technologies supporting smart city ecosystems
  • Robust smart and circular cities
  • Open data initiatives, cases, and applications
  • Digital twins and their application to smart cities
  • Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) in the smart city domain
  • People-centric systems and crowd-based computing in smart cities
  • Tools and techniques for urban co-creation
  • Studies on behavioral change aspects for sustainability
  • Policy for smart cities and their development
  • Business models for smart and circular cities

Submission Guidelines

Please read Computer’s Author Information page before submitting a manuscript. For more generalized information on the peer review process, FAQs, and other information, authors can visit the Computer Society’s magazine peer review resource page. For full paper submission, go to ScholarOne Manuscripts.

Only submissions that describe previously unpublished, original, state-of-the-art research and that are not currently under review by a conference or journal will be considered. Extended versions of conference papers must be at least 30 percent different from the original conference work. There is a strict 6,000-word limit (figures and tables are equivalent to 300 words each) for final manuscripts. Computer also caps references at 20. Authors should be aware that Computer cannot accept or process papers that exceed word count or reference limits. Articles should be understandable by a broad audience of computer science and engineering professionals, avoiding a focus on theory, mathematics, jargon, and abstract concepts. All manuscripts are subject to peer review on both technical merit and relevance to Computer’s readership. Accepted papers must be well written and understandable, as the level of editing will be a light copyedit. For accepted papers, authors will be required to provide electronic files for each figure according to the following guidelines: for graphs and charts, authors must submit them in their original editable source format (PDF, Visio, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc.); for screenshots or photographs, authors must submit high-resolution files (300 dpi or higher at the largest possible dimensions) in JPEG or TIFF formats.


Please direct any correspondence before submission to the guest editors at

Guest Editors

Dimitrios Serpanos, CTI and University of Patras (Greece)
Luis Muñoz, University of Cantabria (Spain)
Ioannis Chatzigiannakis, Sapienza University of Rome (Italy)

Special Issue on Smart and Circular Cities
30 March 2022