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The specialty section Urban Science aims to publish high-quality papers on all subjects of urban science, including urban change and evolution, urban form, urban ecology, urban health, spatial inequalities, social networks, urban infrastructure, virtual mobility, shared economies, innovation, urban analytics, modeling, and visualizations, indicators and dashboards, urban sensors, and big data.
Urban Science is a specialty section of Frontiers in Built Environment. Urban science is an emerging field at the intersection of the social, natural, and data sciences. It applies an interdisciplinary approach for uncovering fundamental laws that govern the dynamic and evolution of cities. Grounded in complexity theory and informed by the rapid growth and world-wide availability of high resolution, real-time empirical data, the science of cities aims to develop theoretical and practical insights that can inform decision-making and urban planning.
A diverse array of academic disciplines, ranging from ecology and public health to sociology, political science, economics, and computer science is converging and shifting to focus increased inquiry on the "urban." This specialty section, Urban Science, provides a peer-reviewed forum for scholars who integrate and synthesize theories, concepts, and data across multiple disciplines in order to advance both the science of cities and the practice of urban design and planning.
Themes of inquiry for submissions may include urban change and evolution, urban form, urban health, spatial inequalities, social networks, urban infrastructure, virtual mobility, shared economies, innovation, urban analytics, modeling, and visualizations, indicators and dashboards, urban sensors, and big data. We welcome submissions that apply observational, experimental, or theoretical approaches to the study of cities using a variety of modalities, including system dynamics, network analysis, and other complex adaptive methods. Studies that apply data mining, simulation, and agent-based modeling are also welcome, and we encourage submissions from scholars who integrate qualitative and quantitative approaches to understand micro-macro scale interactions, systemic changes, feedbacks, and emergent phenomena.
All manuscripts must be submitted directly to the section Urban Science, where they are peer reviewed by the Associate and Review Editors of the specialty section.
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Urban Science welcomes submissions of the following article types: Brief Research Report, Correction, Data Report, Editorial, General Commentary, Hypothesis and Theory, Methods, Mini Review, Opinion, Original Research, Perspective, Review, Specialty Grand Challenge and Technology and Code.
All manuscripts must be submitted directly to the section Urban Science, where they are peer-reviewed by the Associate and Review Editors of the specialty section.
Articles published in the section Urban Science will benefit from the Frontiers impact and tiering system after online publication. Authors of published original research with the highest impact, as judged democratically by the readers, will be invited by the Chief Editor to write a Frontiers Focused Review - a tier-climbing article. This is referred to as "democratic tiering". The author selection is based on article impact analytics of original research published in all Frontiers specialty journals and sections. Focused Reviews are centered on the original discovery, place it into a broader context, and aim to address the wider community across all of Built Environment.
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