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About the Journal


"Public space in cities is a common good, meant to be open, inclusive and democratic, a fundamental human right for everybody."

Dr Luisa Bravo
The Journal of Public Space, Founder and Editor in Chief
City Space Architecture, Founding Member and President
(from the statement submitted at the 26th UN-Habitat Governing Council held in Nairobi, Kenya, 8-12 May 2017)
Stand up for Public Space!  |  UN-Habitat Global Urban Lecture by Dr Luisa Bravo (click here)  |  A global campaign launched at the Habitat III conference in Quito, Ecuador, 2016 (click here)


The Journal of Public Space (ISSN 2206-9658) is a research project developed by City Space Architecture, a non-profit organization based in Italy, in partnership with UN-Habitat, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, based in Kenya.
The Journal of Public Space is the first, international, interdisciplinary, academic, open access journal entirely dedicated to public space. It speaks different languages and is open to embrace diversity, inconvenient dialogues and untold stories, from multidisciplinary fields and all countries, especially from those that usually do not have voice, overcoming the Western-oriented approach that is leading the current discourse.
As a proper public space, The Journal of Public Space is free, accessible and inclusive, providing a platform for emerging and consolidated researchers; it is intended to foster research, showcase best practices and inform discussion about the more and more important issues related to public spaces in our changing and evolving societies.

Read more about the Editorial Team.


Focus and scope
Established on a well-consolidated global network of scholars and professionals, The Journal of Public Space is committed to expand current scholarship by offering a global perspective and providing the opportunity for unheard countries to speak up and to discuss neglected as well as emerging topics that are usually sidelined in mainstream knowledge.
The Journal of Public Space is addressing social sciences and humanities as a major field, and is interested also in attracting scholars from several disciplines. It will perform as a scholarly journal but also as an interdisciplinary platform of discussion and exchange by scholars, professionals, organizations, artists, activists and citizens, whose activities are related to public space.
The Journal of Public Space will be enriched by hosting papers on design projects, art performances and social practices, fostering civic engagement and non-expert knowledge.
Read more about the topics we are interested in discussing.
The publishing platform will be open to discussion for registered – not anonymous – users whose activities are related to public space, from different points of view.

Open access policy
The Journal of Public Space provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.
The Journal of Public Space is published through an Open Journal Systems as part of the Public Knowledge Project (PKP). It is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

Articles processing charges (APC)
The Journal of Public Space does not require authors to pay any article processing charges (APC) when submitting an article for possible publication.

Peer review policy
A double blind peer review process, based on a distinguished board of editors and editorial advisors, will ensure the quality and high standards of research papers. Each paper will be assessed by two reviewers and any identifying information in relation to the author will be removed during the review process.
Reviewers follow an evaluation framework and recommendation guidelines to ensure objectivity and fairness.
Submitted articles should not have been previously published. If publication or dissemination through presentation has occurred, then the article should acknowledge this and pay due credit to the original source.

Publication frequency
The Journal of Public Space is published 3 times per year. One or more special issues, focusing on specific topics, could be published every year.

Privacy statement
The names and email addresses entered in The Journal of Public Space 's website will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of the journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.

Publication Ethics Statement
The Journal of Public Space aligns itself with the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) best practice guidelines for dealing with ethical issues in journal publishing and has adopted the COPE guidelines which the journal members (Scientific Board, Advisory Boards, Editorial Board and the Journal Manager) have agreed meet the purposes and objectives of the Journal.
COPE provides international standards for authors of scholarly research publications and describes responsible research reporting practice. They may be summarised as follows:
- the research being reported should have been conducted in an ethical and responsible manner and should comply with all relevant legislation;
- researchers should present their results clearly, honestly, and without fabrication, falsification or inappropriate data manipulation;
- researchers should strive to describe their methods clearly and unambiguously so that their findings can be confirmed by others;
- researchers should adhere to publication requirements that submitted work is original, is not plagiarised, and has not been published elsewhere;
- authors should take collective responsibility for submitted and published work;
- the authorship of research publications should accurately reflect individuals’ contributions to the work and its reporting;
- funding sources and relevant conflicts of interest should be disclosed.

Open Access Journal
ISSN 2206-9658