Content: Since each issue of the journal is on a particular theme, papers should be submitted on that theme. The themes that have been chosen for future issues are published in each issue of the journal. Themes are chosen by the journal's readers — through returning the questionnaires sent to all subscribers every 2–3 years.
Papers may also be submitted to the section on Participatory Tools and Methods, and the Feedback section, which includes papers responding to themes covered in previous issues. However, there is usually a backlog of papers waiting to be published in the Feedback section.
Timing: Papers should be submitted by March 15th for the October issue, and 15th September for the April issue.
Sending papers: Papers may be submitted at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/eauj.
If you are running out of time to get the paper to us by the deadline and have no access to e-mail, papers can be faxed to +44 207 388 2826 but we prefer them sent by e-mail or post. Receipt of your paper will be acknowledged.
Length: Articles should be between 1,500 and 7,000 words (or between 6 and 22 pages if typed in double spacing).
Language: Although the journal is an English language publication, papers may be submitted in French, Spanish or Portuguese; if accepted for publication, the cost of translation will be borne by the journal.
References: A slightly modified Yale system of referencing is used — with sequential numbers inserted in the text of the article (1,2,3.....) linked to a numbered list of references or notes running alongside the article.
Some examples of the style to be used in references:
Scheper-Hughes, Nancy (1992), Death Without Weeping: The Violence of Everyday Life in Brazil, University of California Press, Berkeley, 614 pages.
For a paper in an edited volume:
Abers, Rebecca (1998), "Learning democratic practice: distributing government resources through popular participation in Porto Alegre, Brazil", in Douglass, Mike and John Friedmann (editors), Cities for Citizens, John Wiley and Sons, Chichester, pages 39–65.
For a paper in a journal:
Montiel, René Pérez and Françoise Barten (1999), "Urban governance and health development in León, Nicaragua", Environment and Urbanization Vol 11, No 1, April, pages 11-26.
Referees: Papers submitted to the journal are reviewed by external referees — generally by one who is a specialist on the topic of the paper and another who is a specialist on the region, country or city on which the paper focuses. The editorial team tries to get responses back to authors within two months of receiving the paper.