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New and interdisciplinary information and communications technologies (ICT) are increasingly used to build smart and large-scale systems. ICT technologies, such as IoT, 5G, data analytics, smart sensors, and artificial intelligence have further enabled realisation of future smart cities. Smart cities are envisioned to solve life-pressing issues such as traffic congestion, air pollution, health hazards, natural disasters, improving quality of life, public safety, utility, housing, etc.

IET Smart Cities is a gold Open Access journal publishing the latest advances on ICT for Smart Cities. It addresses standards, technologies, systems, research, implementation, deployment, applications, benchmarking and policy. It will also cover various aspects of smart cities, such as smart health, transport, energy, homes, living, environment, etc. This journal, however, will not address civil and mechanical engineering issues.

Smart City Standards and Frameworks

  • International Standards for smart sustainable cities
  • Standard development efforts by working groups
  • Interoperability frameworks of smart cities
  • Smart City Design, Technologies, and Implementation


  • Smart city ICT system design, models, requirements, specifications
  • Smart city ICT system architectures, and services
  • Roadmaps, blueprints and future directions

  • Smart city operating systems and software platforms
  • Smart city “brain”, operations, management and control Platforms
  • 5G/NG/NB-IoT/C-IoT Wireless and optical connectivity
  • Radio spectrum and backbone networks Networks
  • Mobile ad hoc, mesh, LPWAN networks Telecoms,
  • IoT, IoX and sensor technologies for smart cities
  • V2X, EV, and AV technologies for smart cities
  • Cloud and edge computing for smart cities
  • Distributed storage and computing for smart cities
  • Data centers design for smart cities
  • Security protocols, AAA, blockchain, etc. for smart cities
  • Data Analytics and Geospatial for smart cities
  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for smart cities
  • Neural Networks and Deep Learning for smart cities
  • Urban-social Computing

  • Implementation issues and challenges
  • Trials, pilots, proof-of-concepts (PoCs)
  • Integration, testing and deployment issues
  • Smart City Measurement, Comparisons, and Ranking

  • Maturity models and benchmarking metrics
  • Rankings and indexes of smart cities
  • Performance comparisons of smart cities, etc.
  • Smart City Verticals and Applications

  • Smart Transport
  • Smart Homes
  • Smart Living
  • Smart Health
  • Smart Tourism
  • Smart Energy & Smart Utilities
  • Smart Environment
  • Smart Campus
  • Smart Banking, Retail and e-commerce
  • Smart City mobile applications
  • Society impact and issues
  • Smart City Citizens' Engagement
  • Smart City Governance, Planning and Policy

  • City planning, governance, regulations, and frameworks
  • City data harvesting and sharing policies
  • City urban management
  • City urban operations
  • All Article Processing Charges (APCs) are waived for submissions received before the end of 2020.

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