Informatics -Special Issue on Smart Government in Smart Cities

Informatics (ISSN 2227-9709) is an international, open access journal on information and communication technologies, human–computer interaction, and social informatics, and is published quarterly online by MDPI.    The journal is planning on a special issue on "Smart Government in Smart Cities" . 

A special issue of Informatics (ISSN 2227-9709) "Smart Government in Smart Cities"

Deadline for submission:  July 15, 2017

Guest Editor: Prof. Dr. Manuel Pedro Rodríguez Bolívar

Department of Accounting and Finance, Faculty of Business Studies, University of Granada, C/ Campus Universitario de Cartuja, s/n, 18071 Granada, Spain

This Special Issue of Informatics welcomes submissions on the topic of smart technologies and their applications to public administration in Smart Cities. In the early 21st century, the use of information and communication technologies (usually ICTs) and data has been considered as the means to solve the city’s economic, social and environmental challenges and it has been thought to rationalize and improve government because it has the potential to transform governance and organizational issues. Under this framework, the Smart Cities concept has gained a lot of attention, but studies about Smart Cities have been focused mainly on business-led urban development, on the social inclusion agenda, on the role of creative industries in urban growth, on the importance of social capital in urban development and on the urban sustainability. This special issue should contribute to the literature by filling the existing void and expanding knowledge in the field of the implementation of smart technologies into public administration in different fields, such as the improvement of transparency, efficiency (in public services, in sustainability, in mobility into a municipality, etc.), governance in a smart city, as well as the study of organizational issues arisen by these implementations. Therefore, I encourage authors to submit their original research articles, work in progress, surveys, reviews, and viewpoint articles in this field. This Special Issue welcomes applications, theories, models, and frameworks—whether conceptual, analytical, prescriptive, predictive, design-related, or otherwise—that are concerned with (but not limited to) the following topics:

  • Smart technologies implemented in public sector entities for improving transparency and interoperability (open data, disclosure of information, etc.).
  • Smart technologies implemented in public sector entities for improving efficiency (in the delivery of public sector services, in smart mobility, in smart environment, and in smart living).
  • Smart technologies implemented in public sector entities for improving governance of the city.
  • Organizational issues in the implementation of smart technologies in public sector entities.
  • Comparative studies on smart technologies implemented in public sector entities.
  • Empirical analysis on smart technologies and their best fit for public administrations in making Smart Cities to be successful.

Prof. Dr. Manuel Pedro Rodríguez Bolívar Guest Editor

Submission Guidelines:

Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Informatics is an international peer-reviewed Open Access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. For the first couple of issues the Article Processing Charge (APC) will be waived for well-prepared manuscripts. English correction and/or formatting fees of 250 CHF (Swiss Francs) will be charged in certain cases for those articles accepted for publication that require extensive additional formatting and/or English corrections.