About the Journal

Focus and Scope

CIDADES, Comunidades e Territórios is an academic journal in the scientific area of Urban Studies that was established in 2000 by a team of researchers from the former Centre for Territorial Studies, consolidating an acquis of scientific research and academic work at ISCTE for over twenty years. Its founder and first director was Professor Vítor Matias Ferreira.

CIDADES, now in e-journal format, strives to disseminate research and discussions in the scientific area of Urban Studies, seeking to consolidate itself in the academic publishing scene, nationally and internationally, as a reference publication in its field.

The orientation of CIDADES is based on the plurality of theoretical perspectives and disciplinary approaches to the analysis of the city, as enshrined in the array of multidisciplinary scientific area of Urban Studies. CIDADES seeks further knowledge about urban problems and policies in order to intervene and, in general, concerning the processes of transformation of cities, communities and territories.

Peer Review Process

Cidades, Comunidades e Territórios is a peer reviewed journal; a Double Blind Peer Review is ensured as strict anonymity is accorded to both authors and referees. In order to ensure the Blind Peer Review process, authors are asked to make sure that all information about their identities (names, emails, affiliations, and references) is removed from the text (See also Author Guidelines).

Each article will be reviewed by two external referees designated by the Editorial Committee for their expertise.

In case of ressubmission recommendations, updated versions of the manuscripts shall go through additional reviewing rounds by the original referees. Additional referees may be requested to contribute in case of highly divergent stances. Final decisions in these circumstances are up to the Editorial Committee.

Open Access Policy

CIDADES, Comunidades e Territórios advocates free, open, public, online: (i) access by person or machine to the publicly-funded archival scientific and technical research literature; and (ii) computational reuse, integration, and distillation of that literature into higher-order knowledge elements.

Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement

CIDADES, Comunidades e Territórios is committed to ensuring ethics in publication and quality of articles.

Conformance to standards of ethical behaviour is therefore expected of all parties involved: Authors, Editors, Reviewers, and the Publisher. As of 1 January 2019, COPE practices are actively enforced.

In particular, 

Authors: Authors should present an objective discussion of the significance of research work as well as sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the experiments. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behaviour and are unacceptable. Review articles should also be objective, comprehensive, and accurate accounts of the state of the art. The authors should ensure that their work is entirely original works, and if the work and/or words of others have been used, this has been appropriately acknowledged. Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable. Authors should not submit articles describing essentially the same research to more than one journal. The corresponding author should ensure that there is a full consensus of all co-authors in approving the final version of the paper and its submission for publication.

Editors: Editors should evaluate manuscripts exclusively on the basis of their academic merit. An editor must not use unpublished information in the editor's own research without the express written consent of the author. Editors should take reasonable responsive measures when ethical complaints have been presented concerning a submitted manuscript or published paper.

Reviewers: Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviews should be conducted objectively, and observations should be formulated clearly with supporting arguments, so that authors can use them for improving the paper. Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and excuse himself from the review process. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.

Publishers and editors will publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when needed and requested by concerned parties. 

Any allegations of misconduct pre-publication and post-publication are taken seriously. Authorship and contributorship must be disclosed upon publication, allowing for full transparency around who contributed to the work and in what capacity. Complaints will be handled by the Editorial Committee and, in case of unsettled dispute, the Editorial Advisory Board will be consulted. Any conflicts of interest must be fully disclosed, whether identified before or after publication. Discussions and/or corrections are welcome and available through letters to the editor.

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Editorial Statute

CIDADES, Comunidades e Territórios (CCT) is a scientific journal which specializes in urban studies. It mainly publishes original research articles, although other materials, such as review papers deemed relevant towards the advancement of knowledge in this area, are also encouraged.

The selection of published materials at CCT is exclusively under the responsibility of the editorial committee and is done according to the stated criteria in terms of scope and publication guidelines, promoting quality and innovation, with no academic degree, institutional affiliation, nor geographic origin restrictions. Original research articles are selected and evaluated following a double-blind peer-review process.

CCT is a DINÂMIA'CET-ISCTE publication, situated in Lisbon, Portugal. Nevertheless, CCT has an international and diversified character in terms of its published authors and subjects, its editorial and consultung bodies, publication languages (Portuguese, English, French, Spanish or Italian) and overall circulation.

CCT actively strives for ethical principles in social science research and publication. The editor reserves the right to act by whichever legal means necessary should those principles be not respected by published and submitting authors, including cases of plagiarism, fraudulent manipulation of data and other instances of disrespect for audiences' good faith.

CCT is published exclusively online (ISSN 2182-3030) triannually. Its is wholy available in open access with no restrictions on the journal's website (http://revistas.rcaap.pt/cct) as well as in other scientific publications collections, such as OpenEdition and SciELO, under a Creative Commons – Attribution-NonCommercial 34.0 Unported (CC BY-NC 4.0) licence. Authors are exempt from any sort of publication fees and receive no financial compensation for published materials.

Research Centre

CIDADES, Comunidades e Territórios is an online jornal published by DINÂMIA'CET-ISCTE.

DINÂMIA'CET – Research Centre on Socioeconomic Change and the Territory – is an ISCTE study centre with the primary aim of conducting multidisciplinary and comparative research and studies on processes of social, economic and territorial change in the European and international contexts. It currently has over 200 researchers, including around 100 PhDs, from many different disciplinary backgrounds (economics, sociology, law, architecture, regional and urban planning, anthropology, geography, management, quantitative methods, etc.).
Multidisciplinarity and interdisciplinarity have been a key part of the Centre’s identity from the outset, and this has been reinforced not only by the merger of DINÂMIA and CET - Territorial Study Centre in 2009, but also by the addition of ISCTE-IUL’s researchers in architecture to the team in 2010.

DINÂMIA'CET-ISCTE researchers combine extensive involvement in advanced international research with commitment to furthering knowledge about the Portuguese reality in the belief that this is the best way to contribute to the country’s socioeconomic and territorial development process. The Centre belongs to many international and national networks, including European networks of excellence. Its researchers participate regularly in conferences, colloquiums and scientific seminars in Portugal and abroad and disseminate the outcome of their work in journals, books and other national and international publications.

In addition to fundamental and applied research and the provision of services to the community, the Centre is firmly committed to scientific dissemination and organises dozens of seminars and conferences every year. DINÂMIA'CET also publishes an on-line journal on urban and territorial studies and a series of Working Papers – both of which are peer reviewed.

DINÂMIA'CET has the following three main areas of research, each organised into multi-annual research programmes:

  • Innovation and Labour
  • Cities and Territories
  • Governance, Economy and Citizenry

DINÂMIA'CET-ISCTE is an associate centre of ISCTE Master’s and PhD programmes in the areas of economics and public policies (more specifically in monetary, territorial, innovation and human resources fields and supporting the formulation, monitoring and evaluation of policies), economic and social development, urban and territorial studies, architecture and urbanism, and law. All these areas are built upon a solid knowledge base and are thus able to support many PhD scholars and frame post doctoral studies. It is a part of the ISCTE School of Social and Human Sciences.

The unit is certified and evaluated by FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (Foundation for Science and Technology). It has received funding from public and private entities – both national and European; these include the FCT, the Gulbenkian Foundation, Portuguese public entities and institutions, IPSS, professional and employers’ associations, trade unions, the European Commission, European foundations, among many others. It works regularly in partnership with a range of Portuguese and foreign research centres.

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