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Aims and scope

Smart Water is a peer-reviewed open access journal published under the SpringerOpen brand. The journal covers:

1. Smart City and Smart Water Issues

  • Smart water management and governance
  • ICT and IoT for water solution
  • Smart water (micro-) grid technologies
  • Smart metering and big-data analysis for smart water
  • Cyber-security for smart water system
  • Interdependency between smart water and other systems (e.g., water and power grid)
  • Socio-economic measures for smart water
  • Educational and research transfer tools
  • Two-way communication in smart water
  • Business processes and modeling languages
  • Real-time information for stakeholders and customers
  • Water policy in smart city

2. Next-generation Smart Water Management

  • Blue-green solution for storm water control
  • Reuse and recycling of water (rainwater harvesting, greywater, desalination, decentralized waste water treatment)
  • Water system sustainability, resilience, and robustness
  • Asset management, life cycle analysis, and field work management
  • System anomaly detection and pinpointing (burst, leakage, etc.)
  • Water system energy operation and management based on real-time system monitoring
  • Renewable energy in smart water system

3. Artificial Intelligence for Smart Water

  • Optimization of smart water system design, operation, and management
  • Cyber-Physical System in smart water
  • Machine learning for water-related decision supporting
  • High-performance and cloud computing for smart water
  • Water system data-driven and physically-based modeling for smart city hydroinformatics

4. Others

  • AMI/AMR technology
  • Tools for Smart Metering / Smart Pricing (e.g. condition-based tariffs)
  • Wearable computers/devices for field workers

Benefits of publishing with SpringerOpen

High visibility

Smart Water's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience. 

Speed of publication

Smart Water offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles will be published with their final citation after acceptance, in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF; the article will then be available through Smart Water and SpringerOpen.


Online publication in Smart Water gives you the opportunity to publish large datasets, large numbers of color illustrations and moving pictures, to display data in a form that can be read directly by other software packages so as to allow readers to manipulate the data for themselves, and to create all relevant links (for example, to PubMed, to sequence and other databases, and to other articles).

Promotion and press coverage

Articles published in Smart Water are included in article alerts and regular email updates. 
In addition, articles published in Smart Water may be promoted by press releases to the general or scientific press. These activities increase the exposure and number of accesses for articles published in Smart Water


Authors of articles published in Smart Water retain the copyright of their articles and are free to reproduce and disseminate their work (for further details, see the copyright and license agreement).

For further information about the advantages of publishing in a journal from SpringerOpen, please click here.

Open access

All articles published by the Smart Water are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Further information about open access can be found here.

As authors of articles published in the Smart Water​​​​​​​ you are the copyright holders of your article and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate your article, according to the SpringerOpen copyright and license agreement.

For those of you who are US government employees or are prevented from being copyright holders for similar reasons, SpringerOpen can accommodate non-standard copyright lines. Please contact us if further information is needed.

Article-processing charges

Open access publishing is not without costs. Smart Water therefore levies an article-processing charge of £630.00/$980.00/€800.00 for each article accepted for publication, plus VAT or local taxes where applicable.

If the corresponding author's institution participates in our open access membership program, some or all of the publication cost may be covered (more details available on the membership page). We routinely waive charges for authors from low-income countries. For other countries, article-processing charge waivers or discounts are granted on a case-by-case basis to authors with insufficient funds. Authors can request a waiver or discount during the submission process. For further details, see our article-processing charge page.

SpringerOpen provides a free open access funding support service to help authors discover and apply for article processing charge funding. Visit our OA funding and policy support page to view our list of research funders and institutions that provide funding for APCs, and to learn more about our email support service.

For more information on APCs please see our Journal Pricing FAQs

Indexing services

The full text of all articles is deposited in digital archives around the world to guarantee long-term digital preservation. You can also access all articles published by SpringerOpen on SpringerLink.
We are working closely with relevant indexing services including PubMed Central and Web of Science (Clarivate Analytics) to ensure that articles published inSmart Water will be available in their databases when appropriate.

Smart Water is indexed in the following services:

  • DOAJ
  • EBSCO TOC Premier
  • Google Scholar
  • OCLC
  • Summon by ProQuest

Peer-review policy

Peer-review is the system used to assess the quality of a manuscript before it is published. Independent researchers in the relevant research area assess submitted manuscripts for originality, validity and significance to help editors determine whether the manuscript should be published in their journal. You can read more about the peer-review process here.

Smart Water operates a double-blind peer-review system, where the reviewers do not know the names or affiliations of the authors and the reviewer reports provided to the authors are anonymous.
Submitted manuscripts will generally be reviewed by two to three experts who will be asked to evaluate whether the manuscript is scientifically sound and coherent, whether it duplicates already published work, and whether or not the manuscript is sufficiently clear for publication. Reviewers will also be asked to indicate how interesting and significant the research is. The Editors will reach a decision based on these reports and, where necessary, they will consult with members of the Editorial Board.

Editorial policies

All manuscripts submitted to Smart Water should adhere to SpringerOpen's editorial policies.

Once your article is accepted, it will be processed by production and published shortly afterwards. In some cases, articles may be held for a short period of time prior to publication. If you have any concerns or particular requirements please contact the Journal.

Springer Nature remains neutral with regard to jurisdictional claims in published maps and institutional affiliations.

Citing articles Smart Water

Articles in Smart Water should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal. Because articles are not printed, they do not have page numbers; instead, they are given a unique article number.

Article citations follow this format:

Authors: Title. Smart Water [year], [volume number]:[article number].

e.g. Roberts LD, Hassall DG, Winegar DA, Haselden JN, Nicholls AW, Griffin JL: Increased hepatic oxidative metabolism distinguishes the action of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor delta from Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor gamma in the Ob/Ob mouse. Smart Water 2009, 1:115.

refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.

Appeals and complaints

If you wish to appeal a rejection or make a complaint you should, in the first instance, contact the Editor who will provide details of the journal's complaints procedure.

COVID-19 and impact on peer review

As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we are very aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times.  Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.

Annual Journal Metrics

  • Speed
    80 days to first decision for reviewed manuscripts only
    61 days to first decision for all manuscripts
    153 days from submission to acceptance
    27 days from acceptance to publication

    21 Altmetric mentions

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