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Call of Papers on Asian Cities

FACTS Reports is a unique forum that publishes manuscripts and opinion pieces related to field-based activities in the areas of economics, health, education, agriculture, and environmental issues. The journal focuses on activities in developing countries and impoverished areas of developed countries.

FACTS Reports was founded and is supported by Philippe Kourilsky, Professor at the College de France in Paris and General Director of the Pasteur Institute from 2000 to 2005. It is also supported by a panel of distinguished personalities that includes among others, Amartya Sen, Rajendra K. Pachauri, Ellis Rubinstein, Ismail Serageldin, Mamphela Ramphele, Federico Mayor and Bernard Kouchner.

Aims and Scope

The goal of FACTS Reports is to collect and disseminate knowledge and best practices on field activities. Many field actors implement projects in developing countries to address issues related to the economy, health, agriculture, education, the environment and development in general. There are many opportunities to learn from the outcomes of these projects. Therefore, the aim of FACTS Reports is to provide a forum for communicating the results to a broad audience in order to capitalize knowledge and promote good practices.

Articles are submitted to peer review. The main criterion for publication is that the articles describe actions that are useful and can be reproduced. Editorials and opinions are also published. This process ensures critical input from world experts, allows for cooperation and competition among authors, and promotes a high level of science.


FACTS Reports promotes the capitalization of knowledge related to field actions at an international level. The journal represents the first Initiative of this type in the world. It provides key international development actors a neutral and independent platform for spreading good practices. In addition, it allows them to express freely their views and opinions, exchange experiences, and cooperate with other international development actors across the world. Additionally, the FACTS Initiative promotes activities such as international conferences, training courses, symposia, and educational awards.

Subject Coverage for the Special Issue : Asian Cities

FACTS Reports is accepting articles for a special issue on “Asian Cities”. The issue will contain articles on field actions relating to urban economy, poverty, land and housing, slum upgrading, city planning and development strategies, urban environment and disasters, cities and climate change, urban finance, urban governance and participatory decision-making.

Suitable topics and examples for the special issue include, but are not limited, to:

  • Cities and informal economy

  • Urban poverty reduction/alleviation

  • Urban-rural (economic) linkages

  • Slum upgrading and/or prevention strategies

  • Community-based approaches to the upgrading of informal settlements

  • Urban land

  • Urban housing

  • Basic urban services (including community-based approaches and third-sector providers)

  • Urban infrastructure (water supply, wastewater management, solid waste management, transport)

  • Social services in urban areas (health and education)

  • Cities and disaster risk reduction

  • Cities and post-disaster recovery/reconstruction

  • Cities and post-conflict recovery/reconstruction

  • Peri-urban areas and their planning/development challenges

  • Urban environment (including urban agriculture, control of air pollution)

  • Cities and climate change adaptation

  • Low carbon cities (including greenhouse gas reduction in cities)

  • Cities and Clean Development Mechanism (CDM)

  • Landscape architecture and cities

  • Cities and energy efficiency (including green buildings)

  • Cities and transport

  • Cities and development finance

  • Cities and public-private partnerships

  • Cities and information & communication technologies (ICT)

  • Cities and corporate social responsibility

  • City development strategies

  • Participatory urban planning and decision-making

  • Cities and children

  • Cities and youth

  • Cities and ageing

  • Cities and women

  • Urban governance

  • Urban planning education

Specific Notes for Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submitting papers are available in the Guidelines for authors at

Presubmission inquiries should be sent by e-mail to:

Manuscripts in MS Word format should be sent by e-mail to:

Please feel free to suggest up to five potential referees. Referees should not be from the same organization or institution as the authors, nor have collaborated recently on the same project.

Papers should not exceed 5,000 words and should contain appropriate references. Examples of questions that can be addressed in papers include:

  • What was the goal of the project or program?

  • How was the project implemented?

  • What were the barriers/problems?

  • How were they overcome?

  • What were the benefits/impacts of the project?

  • How could this project be improved or duplicated?

Submission Guidelines

Only original and unpublished research papers are considered, and manuscripts must be in English.  Abstracts for the articles will also be published in French, Mandarin and Spanish.

The deadline for initial manuscript submissions is June 2013. Please contact FACTS Reports (at or Bharat Dahiya (at if you would like to submit a manuscript at a later date, providing a tentative date for submission.

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