Environment & Urbanization

World leading environmental and urban studies journal

Submitting papers for publication

The next submission date is 15 January 2024, for the issue on "Forced displacement and the city".

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 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. Feedback articles have to be really innovative, offering cutting-edge scholarship. Our Climate Change in Cities section is a sub-section within Feedback that we have because of the significance of the climate change crisis for our collective future. Please do not send us papers that replicate research undertaken elsewhere unless the findings offer substantive new insights. Successful authors will have analysed the literature and identified an innovative take on this literature. It is not enough to do an existing study in a new location; rather it has to examine an original hypothesis or idea.

E&U publishes 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 is 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 January for the October issue and 15 July 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). This limit includes tables and figure text but excludes references and endnote text.

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.