Publication Guidelines

4th International Conference on Canadian, Chinese and African Sustainable Urbanization

Density, Diversity & Mobility: the City in an Era of Cascading Risks

Montréal, Canada

July 27-August 1, 2021

A Guide for Authors on Chapter Manuscript Preparation

for Springer Book Series: City Development: Issues and Best Practices


The deadline for the submission at [email protected] on June 15, 2021


Objective of ICCCASU4 publication:

We are very pleased to welcome you to publish your original scientific or policy papers presented in ICCCASU4, such as academic research, comparative and applied research, and case studies, etc. in our Springer book series: City Development: Issues and Best Practices. We are planning publish books according to each thematic area of ICCCASU4 as following:

  1. Health crises in cities: learning from the past and planning for the future
  2. Preparedness and management of COVID-19 and climate change in cities
  3. Toward more resilient cities worldwide
  4. Forecasting and forward-looking urban risks management: managing increasing density, diversity, and mobility
  5. Privacy, surveillance, security, governance and collective wellbeing
  6. Housing access, affordability and finance: comparative strategies, best practices and lessons learned from Canada, Africa and China
  7. Industrial Parks, Agro-processing Zones and Urban Transformation
  8. Others

Overview of the book series:

The current rate of urbanization is unprecedented and poses enormous challenges for governing bodies. New approaches to development and urban management are essential in the context of globalization and the need for local sustainability. While the developing world itself offers an abundance of lessons, case studies and best practices, these have rarely been positioned as cutting-edge contributions to reformed practices in city development. It is well recognized that the experience of the developed world is an incomplete guide to the new challenges posed by urbanization in the contemporary era. The City Development: Issues and Best Practices book series includes academic research, comparative and applied research, and case studies across various scales: neighborhood, city, regional, national, and supranational levels. This series will offer an opportunity to present the latest academic research and best practices in urban development with the goal of promoting sustainable and inclusive development, learning from the diverse and complementary experiences of rapidly urbanizing areas worldwide. Although this book series focuses primarily on the developing world, we intend to include the latest academic research and evolving best practices from developed countries. The series is intended for geographers, planners, engineers, urban designers, architects, political scientists, sociologists, and economists, as well as policy makers and representatives from government, civil society, industry, etc. who are interested in the developing world. The series will also interest students seeking a foundation in the comparative analysis of key issues facing rapid urban expansion across the world. It will include monographs, edited volumes, and textbooks. Book proposals and final manuscripts will be peer-reviewed.

Important Dates

  • Full chapter submission to editorial team: June 15, 2021
  • Peer reviewers’ notification and editorial team’s decision: September 30, 2021
  • Submission of final version of the chapter: October 15, 2021
  • Publication of the books: December 31, 2021

Please note there are no submission or acceptance fees for the manuscripts for the participants of ICCCASU4.

Editorial Team and Contact

Editors in Chief:

  • Huhua Cao, University of Ottawa, Canada
  • John Zacharias, Peking University, China
  • Claude Ngomsi, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), Kenya

Assistants of Editors in Chief:

  • Yuenan Li & Liqing Zhang

The coordinators of each thematic area of ICCCASU4 are the editors for the book corresponding to their thematic area (please see the details at

Please see the complete list of the editorial board members at

All inquiries should be directed to the attention of editorial team at [email protected]. Please send your questions in either English or French copied to [email protected]. We will respond to your email within two business days.

Preparing your Manuscript

Language and length of the text

The books will be ONLY published in English with American English style. The chapter manuscript should contain 5000-8000 words.

However, if your present research is in French or Chinese, the editorial team can have a preliminary review for your chapter. If the decision is positive, you can submit your chapter in English. ICCCASU can also provide the translation services for your manuscript at your cost. If you would like to submit your chapter in French or Chinese for a preliminary review, please submit your manuscript with a 250-word English summary by May 15, 2021 at [email protected]

Formatting Tools

We encourage the authors to use the Springer Manuscript Preparation Tool for Word (or Latex, at your preference).

We provide the links of the tools as below:

Use of this tool is not mandatory. Alternatively, you may either use a blank Word document or the standard LaTeX book class (for monographs) or article class (for individual contributions) and apply the default settings and styles (e.g., for heading styles, lists, footnotes, etc.).

Manuscript Guidelines

The manuscript guideline is attached, alternatively the manuscript guideline can be found at:

ICCCASU4 Organizing Committee

University of Ottawa

E-mail:   [email protected]

[email protected]

Web site:

ICCCASU Testimony:


优酷 (for China):

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