Call for papers: Special Issue of Networks and Spatial Economics on ‘Intersections between Urban Studies and Network Science’

References to ‘urban networks’ in scientific books and articles have grown exponentially over the past years. Research on the topic now extends across many social and natural science disciplines and over many scales of analysis from the intra-urban formation of social networks among neighbours, to the regional formation of transportation networks between cities, to the formation of transnational economic networks between global cities.

To further articulate this fast-evolving literature, Networks and Spatial Economics (NETS,, IF = 2,66) will publish a special issue on ‘Intersections between Urban Studies and Network Science’. NETS is a purposefully interdisciplinary journal devoted to the mathematical and numerical study of economic activities facilitated by human infrastructure networks. Papers for the proposed special issue, which will be guest-edited by Ben Derudder and Zachary Neal, should be methodologically focused, foregrounding the role of network and spatial analysis in the study of cities and city-systems. 

Submissions are welcome from now until 31 December 2017 at the very latest at When submitting a manuscript for this special issue, please be sure to observe the following title structure for your paper: “Urban Networks Special Issue: Actual Title” to ensure that it is correctly allocated in the editorial system. Prospective authors are strongly encouraged to share title/abstract with the guest editors via [log in to unmask] and [log in to unmask] before submitting a paper to check if the paper aligns with the special issue’s objectives.
Zachary Neal, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
Managing Editor, Journal of Urban Affairs
Associate Editor, Evidence and Policy
Michigan State University
316 Physics Road, Rm 262
East Lansing, MI 48824
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Twitter: @zpneal