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Discover Cities
Publishing model:
Open access

Aims and scope

Discover Cities is a fully open access, peer-reviewed journal that supports multidisciplinary research and policy developments across the field of urban science. The journal aims to be a resource for researchers, policy makers and the general public for recent advances in urban research, and the range of interdisciplinary studies that focus on cities and urban life. As a fully open access journal, we ensure that our research is highly discoverable and instantly available globally to everyone. The journal particularly welcomes work that aims to address the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, especially Sustainable Cities and Communities; Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure; and Responsible Consumption and Production.


Topics welcomed at Discover Cities include but are not limited to the following:

Smart Cities:
  • Big data processing and analytics
  • Machine learning, and artificial intelligence applications
  • Mobile and wireless sensor networks; location-based services
  • Internet of Things (IoT); 5G and satellite-based communications
  • Cloud and edge computing; smart city governance
  • Digital twin of urban areas and systems
Urban Energy and Sustainability:
  • Renewable energy sources; energy consumption and carbon emissions
  • Smart grids and energy management; urban heat island mitigation
  • Energy transition and decentralization
  • Energy storage; water-energy nexus; energy communities; zero-energy building (nZEB) 
Urban Planning, Design and Transport:
  • Urban design, development, regeneration and revitalization
  • Public transportation; pedestrian infrastructure; cycling infrastructure; shared mobility services
  • Urban public transportation and traffic management
Urban Constructions:
  • Assessment and retrofitting of existing constructions
  • Sustainable constructions
  • Innovative construction materials and techniques
  • Lifecycle assessment of buildings and building stocks
Urban Climate and Impacts:
  • Impact of climate on safety and life quality in cities
  • Extreme climatic events and effects
  • Effects of climate changes on the urban environment; adaption and mitigation
Built Environment:
  • Green architecture and building design; urban infrastructure;
  • Indoor environment
  • Building information modeling (BIM)
Urban Water:
  • Urban water infrastructure and management
  • Urban drainage; urban catchment hydrology and modeling
  • Urban water storage and contamination
  • Urban wastewater collection, treatment and recycling
Urban Agriculture and Forestry:
  • Urban farming; community gardens; rooftop farms
  • Vertical farming
  • Planting, maintaining, protecting of urban trees
Urban Economics & Policy:
  • Urban infrastructure investment and financing; Incentives for renewable energy adoption; energy-efficient building codes; urban housing markets and affordability
  • Urban poverty, inequality, and social welfare policy
  • Urban tourism
Urban Health and Well-being:
  • Healthcare services and facilities in urban areas
  • Urban health disparities and inequities
  • Urban environment and its effects on public health

Content types
Discover Cities welcomes a variety of article types – please see our submission guidelines for details. The journal also publishes guest-edited Topical Collections of relevance to all aspects of urban science. For more information, please follow up with our journal publishing contact.