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Sustainable Cities and Society
https://www.journals.elsevier.com/sustainable-cities-and-society
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Call For Papers
Sustainable Cities and Society (SCS) is an international journal focusing on fundamental and applied research aimed at reducing the environmental and societal impact of cities. We encourage submission of cross-cutting, multi-disciplinary research in the areas of,

    Monitoring and improving air quality in built environment and cities (e.g., healthy built environment and air quality management).
    Clean energy sources (e.g., solar energy, wind, bio mass/ bio-gas, geothermal energy and hybrid sources), waste recycling in cities (reduce waste and recycle materials).
    Energy efficiency, low/ zero carbon buildings/ communities such holistic approaches to design and control; design, optimization and decision tools for low impact communities; modelling/ optimization of the energy performance of new and existing communities; development of new materials (e.g., high performance construction materials); and adaptation and resilience of buildings and cities to climate change (heat island, heat wave, water supply, and post occupancy evaluation).
    Distributed energy generation such as integration of micro-generation/ energy storage systems with building and community services and control of renewable energy devices, dynamic demand management: matching demands and supply.
    Urban design/ planning, regulations, legislation, certification, economics, policy, social, health and environmental impact related to sustainable and future cities.
    City transport (e.g., innovative and smart transport methods; health and societal impacts of future transportation).
    Water harvesting and management (development of appliances designed to minimize water use, water recycling and solar-powered systems), water treatment (emerging pollutants).
    Robust engineering for sustainable cities in developing countries that cuts across environmental, social, and behavioral topics.
    Big data in sustainable smart cities, from data integration to data mining, from knowledge discovery to knowledge visualization; machine learning and deep learning; heterogeneous information network mining; sensory data mining on Internet-of-Things (IoTs).
    Critical infrastructure protection in sustainable smart cities with the emphasis on security, privacy, and reliability of critical cyber-physical systems such as smart grids, water supply, transportation systems, broadband, etc. Research topics include but not limited to intrusion detection and prevention, vulnerability analysis, risk analysis and management, emergency management, dependability, survivability, and resilience of critical infrastructures, disaster recovery, etc..

We support a wide range of methodological and technical approaches including experimental, observational, monitoring and management studies and policy analysis. In addition to fundamental and applied papers, review articles on important developments will be considered. Special issues devoted to international conferences and major reports will be considered for publication as well.
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Special Issues
Special Issue on Internet of Health Things (IoHT)-based Connected Living for Sustainable Smart Cities
Submission Date: 2021-07-01

Connected Living is a philosophy in which ICT-enabled technologies are shared with users in all facets lives, including residences, work environments, and the community. Connected living's industry-leading technological innovations provide senior living tenants, staff, and families with increased peace of mind. To sustain connected living innovations, they must pass the three pillars of sustainability: financial sustainability, social sustainability, and environmental sustainability. Smart healthcare has been a field of incredible change and growth in the new age of smart houses, smart communities, and all things digital. It has become among the most important ingredients of connected living. A total of 50 billion health-related things are projected to be wired by 2021, and 5G would increase the Internet of Health Things (IoHT) standard of operation. The IoHT includes a network linked with many types of medical sensors and devices such as image digitizer, vital sign sensing devices such as ECG, blood pressure, and oxygen monitor devices, display, modems, storage devices, and communication networks. 5G promises a drastic extension of the spectrum, expected to be 100 times quicker than 4G. In brief, the convergence of high-speed Broadband, reduced latency, and larger capacity would boost modern healthcare. Given these incentives, it cannot be an afterthought for the data protection problems that arise from 5G. Sustainable health and social care is an important element of a sustainable society. In a sustainable society, health and social care programs need to be developed and supported in a manner that will satisfy the demands both of today’s population and future generations. As the Digital Age firms its hold on all facets of our society, massive quantities of data are created daily from sensors, personnel records, social networks, the Internet of Things, businesses, and the Internet in numerous scales and formats. This certainly poses a major challenge to the efficiency of our built systems and infrastructures. As these structures age, and become weak, and potentially unstable after a running time, improving the efficiency and sustainability of devices, cloud, big data networks, and software has become increasingly important. The technical challenges of the IoHTs in a sustainable smart city include (a) reducing cost for a balanced service to achieve the financial sustainability, (b) gaining acceptability of the patients and clients to obtain the social sustainability, (c) dipping the emission of toxic gases to attain the environmental sustainability. These challenges can be subdivided into (i) hacking and unauthorized use of IoHT, (ii) lack of standards and communication protocols, (iii) errors in patient-data handling, (iv) data integration, (v) managing device diversity and interoperability, and (vi) scalability, data volume and performance. The sustainability can be obtained by addressing the issues of (vii) physician compliance, (viii) data overload, (ix) privacy and security policy. These challenges should be addressed to provide a real-time, seamless, robust, and acceptable healthcare facility for connected living in smart cities and sustainable societies. This special issue seeks to discover recent developments and promulgate state-of-the-art techniques on IoHT-based connected living for smart cities complying with financial, social, and environmental sustainability. Manuscripts will be judged solely based on the unique contribution to the field of IoHT-based connected living for smart and sustainable cities. They should be original, unpublished, and should not be already accepted or are under review in any journals. Papers will be peer-reviewed by at least three independent reviewers and will be chosen based on contributions including their originality, scientific quality as well as their suitability for this special issue. The journal guest editors will make the final decision on all accepted papers. There will be a round of revisions for articles accepted. Topics The list of topics in this special issue includes, but is not limited to: IoHT-based chronic disease management for sustainable societies IoHT-based remote assisted living complying with financial sustainability IoHT-based wellness and preventive care (Lifestyle Assessment) complying with social sustainability Prevention against data theft, insecure data transfers, and irregular network connections Beyond 5G in smart healthcare for sustainable cities Management of IoHT devices connectivity and interoperability for sustainable societies IoHT-based systems for COVID-19 like pandemic screening IoHT-based mass surveillance in smart cities to prevent the spread of pandemic Energy efficiency and sustainability of IoHT Design of environment friendly and sustainable IoHTs Emergency health management in sustainable smart city environments Socio-economic issues of smart health in sustainable societies Timeline Deadline for Submissions: July 1, 2021 Decisions Sent to Authors: September 15, 2021 Publication: December 15, 2021 Guide for Authors Instructions for article submission follow the guide in this link: Guide for Authors Guest Editors Prof. Ghulam Muhammad, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Email: ghulam@ksu.edu.sa Prof. Fakhri Karray, IEEE Fellow, University Research Chair, co-Director, Waterloo AI Institute, University of Waterloo, Canada Email: karray@uwaterloo.ca Prof. Abdulmotaleb El Saddik, IEEE Fellow, Distinguished University Professor, University of Ottawa, Canada Email: elsaddik@uottawa.ca Prof. Hani Hagras, IEEE Fellow, Director of Research, University of Essex, United Kingdom Email: hani@essex.ac.uk Prof. Tiago H. Falk, L’ Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS), Montreal, Canada Email: falk@emt.inrs.ca
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Special Issue on Integration of Emerging Technologies and Governance for Sustainable Smart Cities
Submission Date: 2021-08-30

Sustainable cities and society have the capacity to transform the social and economic fabric of nations. For eras, cities have been at the heart of thriving businesses and innovative ideas and are responsible for the bulk of production and consumption around the world. Meeting the production and consumption needs of urban populations in terms of healthcare, energy, industry and transport is putting severe strain on rural and urban ecosystems. Many cities are already struggling with environmental degradation, traffic congestion, inadequate urban infrastructure, and lack of smart governance. Maintaining economic growth, while creating sustainable cities and a society for all, is the greatest challenge facing in the ear of digital world. Recently, the rapid growth of emerging information and communication technologies (ICTs) has shown the ability to tackle problems and challenges in all aspects of the sustainable development ecosystem. ICT is an amazing revolution that allows information to be shared between communication technology platforms. It facilitates to improve accessibility and inclusiveness for the transmission, distribution, delivery and reception of information. For instance, in the development of energy power grids, ICTs have become important for reducing energy consumption, CO2 emission levels and increasing efficiency. Meanwhile, Blockchain is one of the technologies made possible by the global distribution of computing capacity. The power of blockchain therefore does not lie in the technology itself, but rather in the way it has reframed many discussions in different parts of our society and economy. Blockchain technology shows that there are options, that we can organize society differently. On the other hand, the Green Internet of Things (IoT) is an emerging field that has attracted a lot of attention from researchers and industries, as it provides energy efficient services and enables the production and use of renewable energy. An important limitation of IoT devices in urban computing is powered by finite battery capacity because when IoT devices communicate with each other, large amount of energy is consumed due to which devices operate for limited duration only, as long as battery lasts. Then energy management in IoT devices helps available energy harvesting components. Due to the heterogeneity and variability of energy harvesting sustainable urban computing in IoT, it should be evaluated using evolutionary algorithms and predictive methods to ensure their dependability, correctness and safety. The integration of blockchain technology and IoT has become a highly adoptable technology for developing sustainable smart cities and is attracting considerable interest from energy supply companies, start-ups, financial institutions, governments and researchers. Developing sustainable cities and society to use smart ICTs in an inclusive way requires proper planning and development. At all stages of the smart cities and society planning process, a wide variety of stakeholders with appropriate feedback mechanisms need to be involved so that these technologies can be updated to meet the evolving needs of city dwellers. Our actions destroy habitats and endanger the lives of future generations in which we must take steps to protect ourselves and the environment. Green governance practices and the adoption of emerging technologies are essential to achieve the goals of building sustainable smart cities. The objective of this special issue is to explore new frontiers, research gaps and challenges in the field of green governance, green IoT, green industry, green computing, green finance, including the optimal use and management of energy resources, applications and services for sustainable smart cities. The topics of interest for this special issue include, but are not limited to Blockchain technology towards green IoT Adoptions of emerging technologies in green computing Green governance framework for sustainable development Energy efficiency and greenhouse emission control in sustainable smart cities Sustainable business strategies for sustainable cities and society Taxonomy of green governance for sustainable cities and society Empirical analysis to reduce CO2 footprint for sustainable cities and society Security and privacy techniques in sustainable smart city Self-learning adaptive networking architecture Artificial intelligence for edge computing green IoT network Light weight consensus protocol for green finance and industry Integration of secure solutions for sustainable commuting infrastructure Fog/Edge-enabled green computing for smart city Light weight deep learning algorithms for smart city healthcare Sustainable urban energy management in IoT smart city Energy efficient smart transportation on sustainable urban computing Urban mobility and routing protocols for energy harvesting solutions in IoT Formal verification and modelling on smart grid and sustainable urban energy distributions Guest Editors Pradip Kumar Sharma, University of Aberdeen, UK, pradip.sharma@abdn.ac.uk Alireza Souri, Islamic Azad University, Iran, a.souri@srbiau.ac.ir Yi Pan, Georgia State University, USA, yipan@gsu.edu Kim-Kwang Raymond Choo, University of Texas at San Antonio, USA, raymond.choo@utsa.edu Neil Yuwen Yen, University of Aizu, Japan, neilyyen@u-aizu.ac.jp Lina Yao, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, lina.yao@unsw.edu.au Important Dates Submission Deadline: 30 August 2021 Revision Notification: 31 October 2021 Acceptance Deadline: 30 December 2021 Submission Guidelines Only original manuscripts can be submitted, according to the ‘Guide for Authors’ published on the Sustainable Cities and Society website https://www.journals.elsevier.com/sustainable-cities-and-society. As regards the online submission system of Sustainable Cities and Society, the authors are invited to follow the link “Submit your Paper”, located in the main page of the Journal website, and submit manuscript to Article Type “VSI: IETG-SSC” in Sustainable Cities and Society. The recommended papers for the section are subject to final approval by the Editor-in-Chief. Some papers may be published outside the special section, at the EiC discretion.
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Special Issue on COVID-19 and alike Crisis Control in Smart Healthy Cities
Submission Date: 2021-08-31

The ongoing coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) has resulted in tremendous loss of global deaths, diseases, economics etc. To prevent and control of COVID-19, a range of complex, spatially heterogeneous, control solutions and strategies have been conducted. So far, we have made great achievements for anti-COVID-19. During the process, many advanced techniques have played significant roles, such as IoT, AI and Big Data - driven solutions. The target of the present special issue is to present the critical knowledge/technologies for the control of COVID-19. More importantly, it is also expected that the new concepts, theories and methods could be proposed towards the construction of healthy cities with epidemic prevention function in the future. The submitted manuscript must meet the aim and scope of the SCS journal which should be focusing on fundamental and applied research aimed at designing, understanding, and promoting environmentally sustainable and socially resilient cities. Original and review research papers on the following topics are welcomed but not limited to: The physical, chemical and biological characteristics of respiratory virus-carried droplets; the influence of ambient environment parameters, such as temperature and humidity. The generation and transmission behaviors of respiratory droplets/nuclei in different scales: human respiratory tract, indoor and outdoor environment. Advanced testing measures for airborne and surface-attached virus. Advanced techniques/devices to assist diagnosis and epidemic tracking, such as AI-empowered thermal imagers, big-data based diagnosis etc. Precaution and prevention for COVID-19, such as facial mask etc. HVAC systems and relevant techniques for anti-COVID-19, such as ventilation, air-conditioning, cleaning, sterilizer etc. Infection and control of COVID-19 in built and transportation environments, such as offices, hospitals, shopping malls, airline cabins, trains, buses, cruise ships etc. AI tech. & data-driven solutions for control of COVID-19, such as population flow analysis, infection tracing, prediction for evolution trend etc. The psychology and behaviors of human beings during the period of COVID-19. Trade-off design for buildings and cities between epidemic and common situations. Lesson learned from the perspectives of policy making, social management towards future healthy cities and epidemics control. Big-Data and cloud-driven learning techniques in smart healthy cities. IoT-driven energy metering and load control for COVID-19 and alike crisis control in smart cities. AI-driven communication systems for green hospitals and facilities in smart cities. Smart applications for COVID-19 and alike diagnosis. AI-oriented Internet hospital and online diagnosis. Intelligent Hardware solutions for COVID-19 and alike diagnosis. Security and privacy aspects in medical diagnosis. Emerging Networks solutions for improved medical diagnosis results. Submission Guidelines Only original manuscripts can be submitted, according to the ‘Guide for Authors’ published on the Sustainable Cities and Society website https://www.journals.elsevier.com/sustainable-cities-and-society. As regards the online submission system of Sustainable Cities and Society, the authors are invited to follow the link “Submit your Paper”, located in the main page of the Journal website, and submit manuscript to Article Type “VSI: COVID-19 Control” in Sustainable Cities and Society. Please mention the name of the Special Issue in your cover letter. All manuscripts will be peer-reviewed in accordance with the established policies and procedures of the journal. The final papers will be selected for publication depending on the results of the peer review process and the reviews of the Guest Editors. Guest Editors Prof. Shi-Jie Cao -- Southeast University, School of Architecture Email: shijie_cao@seu.edu.cn Prof. Fadi Al-Turjman -- Near East University, Research Center for AI and IoT Email: Fadi.alturjman@neu.edu.tr Prof. Junyan Yang -- Southeast University, School of Architecture Email: yangjy_seu@163.com Prof. Ahmed E.Kamal -- Iowa State University, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Email: kamal@iastate.edu Prof. Xingyi Ge -- Hunan University, College of Biology Email: xyge@hnu.edu.cn Prof. Zhen Ding -- Jiangsu Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Environment and Health Email: jscdc@126.com A. Prof. Fabrizio Granelli -- University of Trento, Dept. of Information Engineering and Computer Science (DISI) Email: fabrizio.granelli@unitn.it Ph.D Zhuangbo Feng -- Southeast University, School of Architecture Email: fengzb@tju.edu.cn Please submit your paper starting in: 1st May, 2020 closing in 31st August, 2021
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Special Issue on the Creation of Cool Cities and Communities
Submission Date: 2021-09-15

Many cities and communities are under severe challenges of urban heat, compounding results of climate change and urban heat islands. The urban heat does not only threaten urban ecosystems and human health but also lead to significant economic and social consequences. The urban heat problem is projected to be further aggravated with the ongoing climate change and urbanization. Therefore, it is the high time to create cool cities and communities. For this, it requires extensive efforts in the identification and assessment of heat-related threats and risks, the development of heat mitigation and adaption techniques and strategies, the application of heat mitigation and adaption techniques and strategies, and then the assessment of their heat mitigation and adaption performance for future improvement. Nevertheless, such processes are also affected by various factors such as the feasibility and suitability of techniques and strategies, citizens’ awareness, attitudes and preferences, governmental policy and regulations, and economic and technological levels. This special issue aims to bring together researchers who are working on topics relevant to urban heat to share their latest accomplishments and research findings. The special issue is important to inform people with a comprehensive understanding of all possible issues relevant to the creation of cool cities and communities. The following types of papers are prospected: original research paper, reviews, short communications and perspective essays. The special issue aims to cover topics that include, but not limited to: Assessment of heat-induced environmental, economic and social loss in different industries and aspects Analysis and prediction of urban heat threats and risks in different aspects (e.g. infrastructure, productivity, health) Development of innovative urban heat mitigation and adaption techniques and strategies (e.g. green and blue infrastructures, cool materials, urban planning and design, building design) Feasibility and suitability of urban heat mitigation and adaption techniques and strategies in different contexts New (construction) techniques and methods in implementing such techniques and strategies Trade-offs of urban heat mitigation and adaption techniques and strategies in achieving multi-objectives Heat mitigation and adaption method and thoughts in various industries highly depending on outdoor activities (e.g. construction, tourism, logistics) Citizens’ awareness, knowledge and behaviours in coping with urban heat Stakeholders attitudes, participation and willingness to pay for heat resistant infrastructures Responses of the poverty, low-end labour migrants and vulnerable groups to urban heat problems Co-benefits of sustainable initiatives and activities (e.g. green building, zero-energy building green community, low-carbon eco-city) on urban heat resilience Drivers, barriers and motivations to urban heat mitigation and adaption techniques and strategies, Top-level design (e.g. international, national and local government policy) in achieving cool cities and communities Emerging urban heat prediction, warning, education, communication and decision-making technologies Excellent exemplar of cool cities and communities Submission Guideline Only original manuscripts can be submitted, according to the ‘Guide for Authors’ published on the Sustainable Cities and Society website: https://www.journals.elsevier.com/sustainable-cities-and-society. As regards the online submission system of Sustainable Cities and Society, the authors are invited to follow the link “Submit your Paper”, located in the main page of the Journal website, and submit the manuscript to Article Type “VSI: Cooling Cities” in Sustainable Cities and Society. Please mention the name of the Special Issue in your cover letter. All manuscripts will be peer-reviewed following the established policies and procedures of the journal. The final papers will be selected for publication depending on the results of the peer-review process and the reviews of the Guest Editors and Editor-in-Chief. Timeline: Starting on: October 1, 2020 Closing on: September 15th, 2021 Papers will be published regularly with volume and page number after acceptance. Guest Editors Dr. Bao-Jie He Faculty of Built Environment, University of New South Wales, Australia Email: Baojie.unsw@gmail.com Scientia (Distinguished) Professor Deo Prasad AO FTSE Faculty of Built Environment, University of New South Wales, Australia Email: d.prasad@unsw.edu.au Professor Phillip Jones OBE Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University, United Kingdom Email: jonesp@cardiff.ac.uk
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Special Issue on Machine/Deep Learning-based Efficiency, Reliability, and Resiliency Enhancement of Smart Grids and Cities
Submission Date: 2021-10-15

Theme: Smart grids/cities network size and complexity have rapidly been growing during the last decades due to the increase of load demands and network modernization, as well as disproportionally increasing loads and generation units. These drawbacks can make the smart grids/cities more vulnerable, and also increase the chance of severe brownouts and blackouts. To address these issues, a resilient, secure and reliable operation are required to save and protect the smart grids/cities networks, especially in the grid contingencies, natural disasters, and cyber/physical attack conditions, which are highly unpredictable and costly preventable. In addition, the resiliency and reliability of the smart grids/cities can be increase significantly by using the massive copious data that are historically generated by the measurement units. Advanced machine/deep learning technique has been merging into the smart grids/cities operation and planning, due to some significant advantages, e.g., train the system for unpredictable events, accurate forecasting, and real-time application. Thus, utilizing the advanced learning-based techniques in the smart grids/cities network operation can potentially increase the efficiency, reliability, resiliency, and security. To this end, this special issue aims to investigate applications of advanced learning-based techniques in smart grids/cities operation, analysis, planning, and cybersecurity, to increase the efficiency, reliability, and resiliency of the whole network. The topics include, but are not limited to: Learning-based reliability assessment of smart grids/cities Learning-based prediction, modeling, and forecasting in smart grids/cities Learning-based clustering, feature selection, and classification in smart grids/cities Learning-based cybersecurity assessment of smart grids/cities Learning-based operation of microgrids, smart grids, and smart cities Uncertainty quantization and modeling based on the advanced learning-based theory in smart grids/cities Learning-based energy management of smart grids/cities Learning-based efficiency improvement in smart grids/cities Learning-based smart sensing in smart grids/cities Learning-based resiliency and efficiency assessment of the smart grids/cities Submission Guidelines: Only original manuscripts can be submitted, according to the ‘Guide for Authors’ published on the Sustainable Cities and Society website https://www.journals.elsevier.com/sustainable-cities-and-society. As regards the online submission system of Sustainable Cities and Society, the authors are invited to follow the link “Submit your Paper”, located in the main page of the Journal website, and submit manuscript to Article Type “VSI: MLSC” in Sustainable Cities and Society. Note: The recommended papers for the section are subject to final approval by the Editor-in-Chief. Some papers may be published outside the special section, at the EIC discretion. Important Dates: Submission portal open: September 1, 2020 Submission Deadline: October 15, 2021 Lead Editor: Dr. Morteza Dabbaghjamanesh, The University of Texas Dallas, USA (Email: mortezadabba@utdallas.edu) Guest Editors: Dr. Abdollah Kavousi-Fard, Shiraz University, Iran (Email: kavousi@sutech.ac.ir) Dr. Zhao Yang Dong, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia (Email: zydong@ieee.org) Dr. Yan Xu, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (Email: xuyan@ntu.edu.sg) Dr. Mu-Yen Chen, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan (E-mail: mychen119@gs.ncku.edu.tw) Dr. Edwin David Lughofer, Johannes Kepler University, Austria (E-mail: edwin.lughofer@jku.at) Dr. Jose de Jesus Rubio, Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Mexico (E-mail: jrubioa@ipn.mx) Dr. Arun Kumar Sangaiah, Vellore Institute of Technology, India (E-Mail: arunkumarsangaiah@ gmail.com)
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Special Issue on Urban food production: challenges and opportunities towards sustainable cities
Submission Date: 2021-11-30

According to OECD/FAO the demand for food will increase by 15 per cent in the next decade driven by the expected rise of world human population. UN estimates that by 2030, urban areas house 60 per cent of people globally and 10 more megacities will rise. Forthcoming food needs, in urban and peri-urban areas, may be threatened by several problems such the ones related to the lack of arable area due to the increase of urbanization, soil impermeabilization and availability of resources (e.g. quality water and soil) and to the impact of climate change and consequent effects imposed by several abiotic factors (e.g. water scarcity, urban heat island effect) on food products. Therefore, there is an actual need to find food productive systems that are resilient and adapted to the climate conditions, while integrate sustainable practices towards a circular economy. In particular, in urban and peri-urban areas new insights are needed to stimulate local food production and face actual challenges related with the increase of demographics and consequent demand for a higher availability of products. In addition, the increase of local food production will attenuate the dependence on imports and the impact of unpredicted food supply chains disruptions (e.g. global pandemic). This Special Issue aims to provide new insights on food production in urban context towards a more sustainable and healthier environment having in consideration the cutting-edge approaches towards social innovation, economical circularity and environmental sustainability. An interdisciplinary approach is needed to gather knowledge on food production at the level of best available nature-based solutions, dynamics of resource streams such as water, waste and energy, provision of ecosystem services, sustainable and integrative productive practices, nutrient cycling, biotechnology tools and narrowing cities' foodsheds. Further on, food production schemes in urban settings, encompass different scales of implementation such in buildings - indoor and outdoor - (e.g. plant fabrics, vertical and rooftop agriculture; edible walls) and urban locations (e.g., orchards, gardens). We welcome the submission of interdisciplinary work in the format of original research articles, reviews, and opinion papers on urban food production, that include the following topics, but not limited to: . nature-based solutions towards sustainable urban food production . food-productive urban landscapes . food production in urban and peri-urban areas . ecosystem services associated to productive schemes in cities . water reuse for edible crop irrigation . contamination of food products by pesticides and other contaminants . impact of climate change and associated abiotic stresses on edible crops . impact of air quality and solar radiation on plant growth . pathogenic microorganisms in edible crops produced in urban environment . application of biotechnological tools (e.g. bioinocula) to assist edible crop production in urban areas . sustainability of the productive process and overexploitation of resources . sustainable productive practices towards a circular economy . establishment of regulation and strategies for solutions implementation Submission guidelines Only original manuscripts can be submitted, according to the ‘Guide for Authors’ published on the Sustainable Cities and Society website https://www.journals.elsevier.com/sustainable-cities-and-society. As regards the online submission system of Sustainable Cities and Society, the authors are invited to follow the link “Submit your Paper”, located in the main page of the Journal website, and submit manuscript to Article Type “VSI: urban food production” in Sustainable Cities and Society. Please mention the name of the Special Issue in your cover letter. All manuscripts will be peer-reviewed in accordance with the established policies and procedures of the journal. The final papers will be selected for publication depending on the results of the peer review process and the reviews of the Guest Editors. Important Dates: Submission open: December 1, 2020 Final submission deadline: November 31, 2021 Guest Editors Cristina S. C. Calheiros, Environmental Engineer, PhD in Biotechnology; Research Scientist at CIIMAR-Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research, Portugal https://www.cienciavitae.pt/portal/5D10-BCF9-05F6 e-mail: cristina@calheiros.org Sofia I. A. Pereira, Master in Toxicology and PhD in Biology; Research Scientist at Centre for Biotechnology and Fine Chemistry (CBQF), Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Portugal https://www.cienciavitae.pt/portal/3416-CFB7-17A6 e-mail: sapereira@porto.ucp.pt Siv Lene Gangenes Skar, Master of Science in Horticulture; Research Scientist at NIBIO, Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research, Norway https://www.nibio.no/en/employees/siv-lene-gangenes-skar e-mail: Siv.Skar@nibio.no Ruth Pereira, PhD in Biology, Research Scientist and Scientific Coordinator of GreenUPorto – Sustainable Agrifood Production, Research Centre, https://www.cienciavitae.pt/portal/1F17-D0AD-0143 and https://www.fc.up.pt/GreenUPorto/pt/integrated-researchers/ruth-pereira/ e-mail: ruth.pereira@fc.up.pt
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