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SI - QoS-SC 2017 : Elsevier Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing - Special Issue on Quality of Service in Smart Cities


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Submission Deadline Mar 31, 2017
Notification Due Jun 30, 2017
Final Version Due Nov 30, 2017
Categories    smart cities   quality of service

Call For Papers

Elsevier Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing - Special Issue on Quality of Service in Smart Cities (

Aims and Scope:

With rapid urbanization, it is predicted that by the year 2050, two-thirds of the estimated global population of 9.5 billion will be residing in cities. This will place huge demands on the core city systems including transport, energy, education, environment, communication, water, healthcare, citizen services, waste management, housing and livelihoods. These large scale, distributed and heterogeneous systems will have to be managed effectively, efficiently and economically in order to ensure sustainable development and high quality of life.

The vision of Smart Cities addresses the above challenges by using advances in information and communication technologies to instrument urban city systems, interconnect them and make them more intelligent. Instrumentation allows the monitoring, collection and storage of data from distributed users, networks, infrastructures and environments, and extraction of actionable information from it; interconnection enables the sharing of data and information among distributed systems, services, applications and communities; and intelligence supports better decision-making.

Quality of Service (QoS) in the context of distributed Smart City systems can refer to quality of data collected, the quality of information extracted or the quality of decision-making. It can refer to the quality of protection of distributed data and information and related issues of security, privacy and trust in distributed systems. It can refer to the traditional distributed systems’ quality related issues including performance, availability, reliability, scalability, interoperability, reusability, provision and management of Smart City networks and infrastructures. From an end-user perspective, it can refer to the quality of experience as perceived by the citizens, and can include quality of presentation, delivery and perception, and finally, it can refer to quality of life.

Topics of Interest:

This special issue on Quality of Service in Smart Cities seeks high-quality papers that address quality related issues in the context of ICT-enabled distributed Smart City systems, services and applications including, but not limited to the following areas:

Quality of Service
Quality of Data
Quality of Information
Quality of Protection
Quality of Decision-making
Quality of Experience
Quality of Presentation
Quality of Delivery
Quality of Perception
Quality of Life
Smart & Efficient Energy Management
Smart Transportation
Smart Buildings
Internet of Things for Smart Cities
E-Government Services
Emergency Management
Social Computing & Networks
Environment and Urban Monitoring
E-Health Systems
Intelligent Traffic Management

Guest Editors:

Dr Surya Nepal, Data61, CSIRO, Australia
Dr Mohan Baruwal Chhetri, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
Dr Rajiv Ranjan, Newcastle University, United Kingdom
Prof Ryszard Kowalczyk, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

Submission Guidelines:

The special issue invites original research papers that make significant contributions to the state-of-the-art in "Quality of Service in Smart Cities". The papers must not have been previously published or submitted for journal or conference publications. However, the papers that have been previously published with reputed conferences could be considered for publication in the special issue if they are substantially revised from their earlier versions with at least 30% new content or results that comply with the copyright regulations, if any.

The authors should prepare their manuscript following the formatting guidelines at Guide for Authors online:, and submit through Elsevier Editorial System (EES): All papers will be peer-reviewed following the JPDC reviewing procedures.

It is important that authors select "SI: QoS-SmartCities" when they reach the "Article Type" step in the submission process.

Tentative Schedule:

Full manuscript due: March 31, 2017
Notification of first review process: June 30, 2017
Revision due: August 30, 2017
Final acceptance notification: October 30, 2017
Final manuscript: November 30, 2017
Publication date: March 2018 (Tentative)

Contact Information:

Dr. Surya Nepal (

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