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Call for Smart Cities Articles

The Internet of Things Magazine (IoTM) publishes high-quality articles on IoT technology and end-to-end IoT solutions. IoTM articles are written by and for practitioners and researchers interested in practice and applications, and selected to represent the depth and breadth of the state of the art. The technical focus of IoTM is the multi-disciplinary, systems nature of IoT solutions. IoTM is a forum for practitioners to share experiences, develop best practices, and establish guiding principles for technical, operational and business success.

Smart Cities Articles

The magazine is currently soliciting articles for a regular feature section on smart cities technologies, strategies, standards, implementation, and lessons-learned for publication. Articles should discuss:

  • A high-level operational description of the smart cities solution, addressing the problem identification, the application of information and communication technology to solve the problem, and a discussion of outcomes.
  • A high-level technical description of the smart cities system:
    • What technical challenges were encountered?  
    • What solutions were developed?
    • What were the technical risks encountered in development? How were they overcome?
    • How did the solution fit with existing infrastructure?
    • What would you wish you’d done differently?
    • What type of partnerships were developed to build the solution?
  • A summary of the business case:
    • Who were the stakeholders?
    • What role did the citizens play in the solution definition and testing?
    • What benefits were anticipated and received from the solution? How were the benefits measured?
    • Were any policy or regulatory issues encountered?
  • Lessons learned from planning, deployment and operation: What were the key lessons learned? Can this experience contribute to defining best practices? What were the risks and rewards?
  • How was the user experience designed and tested?

Articles should present real-world experiences with smart cities projects, with the intended audience being all members of the IoT and smart cities community, independent of technical or business specialty. Articles are expected to add to the knowledge base or best practices of the IoT community; sales/marketing materials are not appropriate. Authors are asked to strive to make their papers understandable by the general IoT practitioner.

Mathematical material should be avoided; instead, references to papers containing the relevant mathematics should be provided. Authors are encouraged to use color figures and submit multimedia material along with their articles for review. Authors should target 4,500 words or less (from introduction through conclusions, excluding figures, tables, and captions), or six (6) pages. Figures and tables should be limited to a combined total of six. The number of archival references is recommended not to exceed fifteen (15).

Smart Cities’ Columns

IoTM also publishes regular columns on topics of interest to the IoT community. Topical columns update readers on issues and events in the world of IoT. Regular columns are published in areas such as:

  • Standardization
  • Ethics and social responsibility
  • Recent events or technology developments
  • Privacy and security
  • Book reviews

Columns that focus on issues of concern to the Smart City community are welcome. Columns should be of general interest to all members of the IoT community. Columns should inform the reader about issues and events that may affect the business and practice of IoT; sales/marketing materials are not appropriate. Authors are asked to strive to make their articles understandable by the general IoT practitioner. Authors should target 1500 words or less (from introduction through conclusions, excluding figures, tables, and captions), or two (2) pages. Figures and tables should be limited to a combined total of two. The number of archival references is recommended not to exceed five (5). 

Submission Guidelines

Authors should submit articles and columns through Manuscript Central.

Note: IoTM does not have a specific template and does not require manuscripts to be submitted in any specific layout. However, authors can use the template for IEEE Transactions to get a rough estimate of the page count.