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Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope
Section Policies
Peer Review Process
Publication Frequency
Open Access Policy


Focus and Scope
The relation between the city and the time has been explored in many disciplines as history, philosophy, sociology, economy, architecture and many others. Since the beginning of the XX Century, the urban conservation (or historic preservation) has been a scientific field developed to the understanding of the human values generated in the intellectual apprehension of the city and time relationship.

Although initially concerned only with buildings, urban conservation enlarged continuously it field of knowledge to include the conservation of large urban environments, cultural landscapes and the immaterial aspects of the urban phenomena. Recently, due to the vigorous development of the sustainable development teories and of the information and communication technologies, and its relation to the cultural practices, the urban conservation field has passed by an important redefinition of its purposes, sharpening and deepening its focus on the contributions the old forms of the urban artifact to the understanding of the human development and how we should address and live in it, keeping its values for the use of the future generations.

In spite of this enlargement of perspectives, there is a clear need for the exploration of the relation of the city and the time from a broad interdisciplinary perspective, since the disciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches are insufficient to address to themes of the time in cities as, for example: permanence, continuity, transformation and ruptures of urban values.

City & Time is the first international journal to be devoted to the study and advancement of the transformation/conservation process of cities values, which brings together the interests of scholars and professionals in an interdisciplinary approach gathering contributions from the architecture, art, history, philosophy, law, planning, economics, political studies, physical and materials science, cultural anthropology, environmental conservation, and others.


Section Policies
Articles
   Open Submissions
  Peer-Reviewed
   Indexed
  Research Support Tool
 The section Papers follows a scientific track for the text you are planning to write for submission. It requires the articles to be based on methodological research and to provide conclusions

The papers in this section should be minimum 3000 and maximum 5000 words long.

We recommend that the scientific articles follow the following structure of contents:

Objectives > Problem(s) > Methodology > Outcomes > Discussion > Conclusions.
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Book/Media Reviews
   Open Submissions
  Peer-Reviewed
   Indexed
  Research Support Tool
 
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Conceptual articles
   Open Submissions
  Peer-Reviewed
   Indexed
  Research Support Tool
 This section follows a conceptual track for the submission of the article. It requires novelty of ideas and viewpoints and invites leaving some of the questions open.

The papers should be up to 2000 words.

We have no specific recommendation to the structure of the conceptual papers. They must clearly and concisely unfold the ideas of the author.

The editors reserve the right to reject any submitted article if it does not fit into the thematic scope or does not satisfy other criteria and policies pursued by City & Time.

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Introduction
   Open Submissions
  Peer-Reviewed
   Indexed
  Research Support Tool
 
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Conservation experiences
   Open Submissions
  Peer-Reviewed
   Indexed
  Research Support Tool
 This section disseminates experiences and analysis of innovative actions carried out by individuals or groups working with institutions of planning and management of urban conservation.
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Peer Review Process

The flow of a typical article, from author to publication:



  • An author is contacted by an editor to write an article, or

  • An author submits an article to an editor by electronic mail. The paper is forwarded by electronic mail to the Chief Editor.

  • The Chief Editor starts the peer?review process by forwarding the article to two City & Time?s editors and reviewers by electronic mail.

  • Comments on the article are received in the Editorial Office and the author is asked to complete a revision.

  • The revised paper is reviewed and accepted for publication.

  • A proof version of an upcoming issue is prepared; authors and editors review the contents and make corrections as necessary.

  • The issue is released to the public on the City & Time quaterly number, and a notice of availability is circulated to subscribers of City & Time`s Tables of Contents Service. This Service is free; see www.ceci-br.org/city&time 





Publication Frequency
C&T is published three times a year.


Open Access Policy
Open Access Research


The City & Time is one of a new generation of "open access journals, supporting free and unrestricted access to research information on the web. This publishing model is becoming increasingly popular among researchers, who have learned that "open access" articles are more visible and more frequently cited. The City & Time supports and operates in line with the Budapest Open Access Initiative. The following excerpts from the Budapest Open Access Initiative explains the philosophy and business model behind this approach: 



(...) The new technology is the Internet. The public good they make possible is the worldwide electronic distribution of the peer-reviewed journal literature and completely free and unrestricted access to it by all scientists, scholars, teachers, students, and other curious minds. Removing access barriers to this literature will accelerate research, enrich education, share the learning of the rich with the poor and the poor with the rich, make this literature as useful as it can be, and lay the foundation for uniting humanity in a common intellectual conversation and quest for knowledge. (...) 



While the peer-reviewed journal literature should be accessible online without cost to readers, it is not costless to produce. (...) Achieving open access will require new cost recovery models and financing mechanisms. (...) Because price is a barrier to access, these new journals will not charge subscription or access fees, and will turn to other methods for covering their expenses. There are many alternative sources of funds for this purpose, including the foundations and governments that fund research, the universities and laboratories that employ researchers, endowments set up by discipline or institution, friends of the cause of open access, profits from the sale of add-ons to the basic texts, funds freed up by the demise or cancellation of journals charging traditional subscription or access fees, or even contributions from the researchers themselves. 



The publication of a high-quality online journal service such as the City & Time is an expensive business. In addition to all the fixed costs usually associated with print journal publishing (reviewing, editing and data processing and printing and distribution), there are costs associated with online publication (including software development costs, hosting and user support). The scientific research and professional community considers author charges as a viable way of covering publication costs.



Article Processing Fee (APF)


The Article Processing Fee to cover the publication costs for peer-reviewing, copyediting and publishing is waived if the corresponding author is from a institution which is a Patron of the Center for Advanced Studies in Integrated Conservation - CECI. Authors should encourage their department or university to become an institutional CECI affiliate prior to submitting an article.


For authors not affiliated with institutional members, articles accepted by
the City & Time are subject to an article-processing fee of US$ 500.
This fee can change without further notice. However, for the first 3 volumes of the journal, discount 100% of the APF is offered.


This table illustrates the APF for both tracks




















APF Scientific Conceptual

Installment 1

(peer review)


 USD 250 USD 125
Installment 2

(accepted for publishing)
USD 250 USD 125

The fee will be paid to the account of the CECI, and will be used to pay the costs for an external copyeditor and for hosting the journal. This fee does not apply to letters-to-the-editor, editorials, and solicited material, as well as to randomized trials and systematic reviews. In most cases, the institution or department of the corresponding author will be able to cover this fee from research accounts and grant money, much as they already pay for reprints, page charges, or color plates in printed journals. Authors who have no sources of support to pay for the processing fee can apply for a fee waiver



How to pay 




APF payments can be made by cheque. However, the preferred option is to pay via PayPal. CECI has a business account at PayPal, which enables us to accept all major credit cards from everybody, even if the payor does not have a PayPal account. 

To pay the APF online [in case of article acceptance only!] click here (note that $15 have been added to cover PayPal fees). 


Fee waivers 


Authors who have - prior to submission - evaluated all possible avenues of having the article processing fee paid by their department, institution or other national research institution, and who did not succeed in convincing the department or institution to become an institutional member, may appeal for a waiver, if they have a written proof from their institution or department head saying that they cannot cover the costs. The application is formless and must be made at the time of article submission, included in the "comments field" for the editor in the online submission system. The editor may request additional documentation, such as a fax of the letter of the department or institution head confirming that there is no budget for publishing research in an open access journal. The editor will consider each case individually and also take into account the quality and importance of the submitted work (thus, a statement on the acceptance of a waiver can only be made after submission of the paper, not in advance). If the waiver is granted, the editor will inform the corresponding author immediately. If the waiver is rejected, the paper cannot be published in the
City & Time



Authors can apply for a "A"-waiver: authors have no funds for paying a processing fee and article describes high quality research articles rated A (outstanding) by the Chief Editor. This is a subjective evaluation of the editor prior to external peer-review. Criteria to be taken into account are the importance and innovativeness of the paper, but also the amount of editorial work required by reviewers, editors and copyeditors to bring the paper into a publishable form. 












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