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Call for Papers 2019 :


Special Issue “Governance in Port City Regions”



PORTUSplus – published by RETE, International Association for the Collaboration between Ports and Cities – is an open-access journal, peer reviewed and indexed, dedicated to the multidisciplinary study of the relationship between port and cities and urban waterfronts. The Journal publishes scientific investigations – original works, experimental or theoretical studies or research results – from around the world. Our goal is to encourage the dissemination of knowledge on port-city-region relationships over time, to promote systemic investigation, application and interaction between policies and practices in the process. PORTUSplus invites scholars and researchers, experts and professionals to submit works in response to a Call for Paper 2019 – Special Issue.



Governance in Port City Regions


Port city regions are complex territories where multiscalar markets and globalizing value chains overlap with urban and rural needs and interests. At times and in places where all these interests are aligned, port city regions emerge as strong economic, political and cultural centers that facilitate trade and travel. The ongoing fragmentation and transformation of port territories, governance systems and flexible coalitions of actors in different power positions, influences localities within cities and beyond. Port expansion, river dredging, but also different types of waterfront renewal depend on complex governance systems involving a diverse group of stakeholders. Contrasting visions among the various stakeholders in port city regions require careful assessment and new solutions to overcome barriers and to align the goals of all partners.

This is particularly important at the current time when multiple transitions – social, technical, energy – are in play. This special issue calls for papers that take a holistic approach and help identify and analyze port-city-region themes such as a governance from an multi-disciplinary perspective. We welcome articles that examine governance at diverse scales, from regions to waterfront spaces.


Actors in port city regions are multiple and with different goals and functions. Ports are regional and sometimes national economic power houses. Port authorities often shape national and regional policy making. A port’s economic, infrastructural and environmental footprint reaches far beyond the limited territory it controls and impact municipalities in the vicinity. To facilitate the function of the ports, national governments in several countries, such as Japan and Italy, have put in place regional port governance systems to improve both the competitive position of the ports and to provide them with a better capacity to negotiate their position in complex territories. To improve their standing, ports reach beyond their perimeter, building infrastructure or purchasing stakes in other ports and companies.


We also invite contributions that focus on the role of port cities and municipalities or on waterfront governance. Port city regions are hosts of the ports. They are large consumer hubs that include also non-maritime or non-port oriented economic, ecological, socio-cultural and spatial goals. They have limited control over the port authorities, but need to provide port functions. As ports have grown beyond the territories of the cities that generated them, the number of governance actors that have a say in port development has increased. Port authorities need to engage with more and more diverse stakeholders, political pressures, market forces and legislations. Furthermore, choices on form and function of reuse in historic port areas often depend on local actor constellations.


We invite contributions from scholars from diverse disciplines to investigate changing, often asymmetric, governance constellations in port city regions and their evolution over time. We propose an exploration of governance that investigates formal and informal actor constellations. We also ask authors to think through the theoretical and methodological implications from government to governance systems that can contribute to a redefinition of port and city and region relationships.


We specifically ask:


  • How do government and governance patterns (and their change over time) influence port city region development in terms of economic relevance (throughput), technical innovation, social transformation (education) port city culture?
  • Are there historical, political, or geographical particularities that shape governance?
  • Are there path dependencies that have a long-term impact?
  • What theoretical frameworks can help understanding port-city-region governance?
  • What quantitative and qualitative frameworks and sources can facilitate comparison among port city regions?
  • What administrative or functional scales are relevant for comparison of port city regions?
  • How do governance constellations within cities foster or hinder design approaches and processes in support of sustainable urban and port transformation?
  • How have port authorities influenced regulations and negotiations? How have they interacted with local, regional, national and international institutions in their respective location?
  • How do governance constellations within cities influence the ways in which waterfront transformation is projected and realized?
  • How do port authorities influence adaptations in urban form and infrastructure (logistics, heritage)?
  • How does port activity (and the changing of patterns, such as the emergence of cruise shipping) transform governance patterns?
  • How can governance agencies satisfy at times competing interests of formal and informal actors?




Paper Submission Process


PORTUSplus publishes exclusively papers that have not been published previously and are not under consideration for publication elsewhere, rigorous, well-written, high-quality, high-impact papers, with findings of basic/experimental research and development, as well as applications and innovative practices, to generate discussions and fresh perspective.


Participation in the selection of contributions can be requested by answering the “Call for papers” before the established deadline and following the instructions for the submission, under penalty of exclusion:


  •  Declaration of Responsibility (Attachment A) filled out and signed by each author (.DOC file format with digital signature, or .PDF or.JPG file format with scan of the original signature);
  • Registration and Personal data processing (Attachment B) – pursuant to article 13 of UE Regulation “GDPR 2016/679″ – filled out and signed by each author (.DOC file format with digital signature, or .PDF or.JPG file format with scan of the original signature);
  • “Paper” in .DOC file format approximately 5,000 words (or 30,000 characters) – spaces included – with images, charts, tables and relative captions, in the Required Format (Attachment C);
  • “References” in the .DOC file format, to be inserted at the end of the paper, in the Required Format (Attachment C);
  • images in high definition, 300 dpi, files in format .JPG/.TIFF;
  • a brief Profile of the Author (Attachment D) in the .DOC file format.



All the required forms and other materials should be send together, in a single mail submission or in a forwarding immediately subsequent; will not be taken into account and will be rejected the partial forwarding of information, documents and materials required for publication.


All the Attachments (Call for Papers 2019 – Special Issue and Attachments) in .pdf and .doc file * may be downloaded below, at the end of this document. *





The articles must be submitted in English. If the author(s) desire, an additional version in a second language (Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian) can be included for the peer-review process and in the publication.



Paper Submission Deadline


For the paper submission the deadline is June 30, 2019.


Subsequently the documents deemed suitable and in line with the standards of the Journal will be subjected to a double-blind peer review process.

Authors will receive feedback by August 31, 2019.

After the revision, a final version has to be submitted by October 1st for publication presumably in October/November 2019.



Peer Review Process


The Scientific Advisory Board of PORTUSPlus, composed by prestigious academics and experts in different disciplines (planners, architects, engineers, geographers, historians, sociologists, etc.) together with other experts in the field will be called upon for the peer-review process.


The contributions are evaluated on the basis of the specific criteria (including originality of approach and methodology; scientific-academic level; quality and clarity of content; completeness and order of presentation; importance in disciplinary sector; scope of application of results; contribution to the international debate, appropriateness of illustrations, completeness of references; quality of writing). The reviewers will provide meaningful and constructive feedback as needed to increase the scientific relevance of the published articles and to support the Author(s) in the finalizing of the text. In case of disagreement among the peer reviewers, the Editor(s) will make the final decisions.


PORTUSplus publishes original high-quality papers, dedicated to the in depth exploration of issues regarding the relationship between city and port and the regeneration of urban waterfronts that demonstrate a significant scientific advancement by the proposals. Papers that are not compatible with these goals will be rejected, including:


  • papers that are exclusively descriptive, such as technical reports of projects, or proposals developed on the occasion of design competitions;
  • papers rejected earlier by the Editor(s) of PORTUSplus;
  • papers already published in other journals;
  • papers written by more than three authors;



Publication of Selected Papers


The papers selected by the Editor(s) in accordance with the indications of Scientific Advisory Board will be published in PORTUSplus with the ISSN code (2039-6422), the International Standard Serial Number that identifies publications.


The papers will be available on the new Journal website ( – under construction) presumably at the end of October 2019, published collectively, after the completion of the review and editing process, as part of a Special Issue of the Journal.



Open Access


All articles published on PORTUSplus are made freely and permanently accessible via the internet, immediately upon the publication, without restrictions, charges and embargo period. The articles are available to a wide audience and internationally, on the principle that the open access support a greater exchange of knowledge and experiences.



License and copyright


All articles published in PORTUSplus are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND) which allows a restricted use of the works: to copy, distribute, display and perform only verbatim copies of the work, not derivative works and remixes based on it. Therefore, it is possible to download and share the original papers, distribute them on any support, provided that these are not modified or used for commercial purposes, that the authorship is acknowledged and the original source of work is accredited (direct link to the work published on PORTUSplus, not to the PDF file). Any of the above conditions can be waived only with the permission of the Author(s) and the Publisher.


The Author(s) warrants that the content, figures, tables and all other materials produced for the article have been created and processed personally, and do not infringe any existing copyrights, or the rights of any third party.


All statements, opinions and views expressed in the papers are exclusively the opinions and views of the Author(s), and not of PORTUSplus. They in no way reflect those of the Publisher, Editor(s) or Editorial Team members. These cannot be held responsible for any errors or consequences arising out of the use of data and contents published in the Journal.






Pursuant to article 13 of (UE) Regulation 2016/679 “General Data Protection Regulation” (GDPR 2016/679), which contains provisions for the protection of the personal data of people and other subjects, the personal data provided will be treated in compliance with the aforementioned regulation and with the confidentiality to which the Journal is subjected.


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Principal Contact


For any further information, please to address issues and questions to the Information Contact of PORTUSplus.

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For the paper submission, please to address the required forms and others attachments to the Journal Contact of PORTUSplus.

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Communications that will not be correctly addressed, in relation to the object, to the two different email addresses, will not be taken into consideration.



* The Attachments may be downloaded below.



Attachment A: Declaration of Responsibility

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EN-ATTACHMENT A_Declaration of Responsibility


ES-ANEXO A_Declaración de Responsabilidad


IT-ALLEGATO A Dichiarazione di responsabilità


FR-ANNEXE A-Déclaration de responsabilité


PT-ANEXO A_Declaração de Responsabilidade



Attachment B: Registration and Personal data processing

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Attachment C: Required Format

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EN-ATTACHMENT C_Required Format


ES-ANEXO C_Formato Predefinido


IT-ALLEGATO C_Formato Predefinito


FR-ANNEXE C_Forme Imposé


PT-ANEXO-C_Formato Requerido



Attachment D: Profile of the Author

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EN-ATTACHMENT D_Profile of the Author


 ES-ANEXO D_Perfil del Autor


IT-ALLEGATO D_Profilo autore


FR-ANNEXE D_Profil Auteur


PT-ANEXO D_Perfil do Autor




The “Call for Papers – Special Issue “Governance in Port City Regions”

may be downloaded below:


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