About the Journal

Focus and Scope

Contesti. Città, Territori, Progetti  is the Journal of Regional and Urban Planning, studies and design of the Architecture Department of Florence University. The Journal, considering its editiorial  structure and the quality of the contributions hosted, represents since many years a credited voice in the field of the urban and regional studies and of the related policies and practices of planning and design. The peculiar profile of the Journal particularly draws on its critical-reflexive approachand remarkable attention paid to the “thickenss” and relevance of the cross-disciplinary dialogue in the context of urbanism and planning as contribution that can feed and contour a wider “territory and urban sciences” theoretical and operational domain. Moreover, such an approach reflects with peculiar effectiveness, in the attention paid by the Journal to the opportunity to grasp with –either in interpretive/analytical and design terms- the complex “bundle” of interwined connections and feed-backs occourring between the current territorial transformative processes, underlying global change drivers entailing new challenges and social demands and the – material, socio-economic and cognitive – endowments that constitute the long-lasting “genetic pool” of  -and for- the  urban and territorial evolution. In this framework, through the different section – Essays, Researches, Readings - the Journal accounts for a plurality of topics and studies, research/action, policies, planning and design experiences with the aim to render in reflexive and critical terms the multifaceted complexity of the transformative processes  that affects built environment and human settlements.

Peer Review Process

Submissions are first evaluated by the Editors / Board of Directors and by the members of the Editorial Boards. If the manuscript is considered suitable for publication, it is sent to at least two reviewers. The peer review process is double-blind, whereby both referees and authors are kept anonymous. If the reviews are positive, but the manuscript requires to be revised and resubmitted, the author is expected to submit the revised version. Publication decisions by the Editors / Board of Directors are final.

Legal deposit

This Journal is experimenting a National legal deposition and long-term digital preservation service

Publication Frequency

This journal is published two time per year.

Article and Submissions Processing Charges (APC)
This journal does not ask for articles and submissions processing charges APC
Open Access Policy
Contesti provides immediate open access to its content. Our publisher, Firenze University Press at the University of Florence, complies with the Budapest Open Access Initiative definition of Open Access: By “open access”, we mean the free availability on the public internet, the permission for all users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full text of the articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain is to guarantee the original authors with control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited. We support a greater global exchange of knowledge by making the research published in our journal open to the public and reusable under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Public License (CC-BY-4.0). Furthermore, we encourage authors to post their pre-publication manuscript in institutional repositories or on their websites prior to and during the submission process and to post the Publisher’s final formatted PDF version after publication without embargo. These practices benefit authors with productive exchanges as well as earlier and greater citation of published work.
Authors who publish with Contesti agree to the following terms:
  • Authors retain the copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Public License (CC-BY-4.0) that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgment of the work's authorship and initial publication in Substantia.
  • Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgment of its initial publication in this journal.
  • Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).
Fee waivers do not apply at Firenze University Press because our funding does not rely on author charges. 
In accordance with the generally accepted standards of scholarly publishing,Contesti does not alter articles after publication: "Articles that have been published should remain extant, exact and unaltered to the maximum extent possible".
In cases of serious errors or (suspected) misconduct Contesti publishes corrections and retractions (expressions of concern).
In cases of serious errors that affect or significantly impair the reader’s understanding or evaluation of the article, Contesti publishes a correction note that is linked to the published article. The published article will be left unchanged.
 In accordance with the "Retraction Guidelines" by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) Substantia will retract a published article if: 
  • there is clear evidence that the findings are unreliable, either as a result of misconduct (e.g. data fabrication) or honest error (e.g. miscalculation)
  • the findings have previously been published elsewhere without proper crossreferencing, permission or justification (i.e. cases of redundant publication)
  • it turns out to be an act of plagiarism
  • it reports unethical research.
An article is retracted by publishing a retraction notice that is linked to or replaces the retracted article. Contesti will make any effort to clearly identify a retracted article as such.
If an investigation is underway that might result in the retraction of an article Contesti may choose to alert readers by publishing an expression of concern.
Contesti and Firenze University Press are experimenting a National legal deposition and long-term digital preservation service.