Environment & Urbanization

World leading environmental and urban studies journal

Submitting papers for publication

The next submission date is 15 August 2020, for the issue on "Education and learning for inclusive development".

Fast-tracking papers on COVID-19 in Environment and Urbanization. The COVID-19 pandemic brings such devastating current and future impacts: on health, on national and local economies and livelihoods, on society, on governance. It demands our attention and commitment to work together to overcome it. So we encourage the submission of papers on COVID-19. If accepted for publication, a paper will be fast-tracked and will go straight onto our website open access (and later published in print too). We particularly welcome papers on civil society and local government initiatives, interventions, actions, projects and innovations to address the pandemic in cities in the global South. We also welcome papers on understanding and addressing the pandemic’s health and economic consequences for low-income groups and high-risk groups. For an example, see Annie Wilkinson’s recently published paper on COVID-19 in informal settlements (https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0956247820922843).  

Submitting papers

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.

Papers may also be submitted under the Climate Change and Cities theme, and to 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.

E&U are planning to publish Field Notes, which are papers which bring empirical findings to a wider audience without the in-depth engagement with academic debates and associated literature that is required for academic research papers. Field Notes are expected to:

• Clearly present the original findings from a research project that add significantly to an existing body of knowledge

• Demonstrate that the research methodologically sound and explain the research methodology in the paper.

• Be a good fit for E&U and address themes relevant to the special issue.

We may occasionally publish Field Notes in Feedback but we do not anticipate that this will be widely used. Field Notes do not have to provide a theoretical framework. Nor do they have to provide a review of relevant literature, or have a critical engagement with the findings of that literature. Field Notes are especially welcome from practitioners, for instance authors working with local governments, social movements and planning agencies. We would expect authors to make it clear to us when sending a paper to E&U that they are asking for it to be considered as a Field Note.

Timing: Papers should be submitted by 15 February for the October issue and 15 August for the April issue.

Sending papers: Papers may be submitted at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/eauj.

Length: Articles should be between 1,500 and 7,500 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.