Journal of Urban Affairs

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Edited By: Igor Vojnovic and Laura Reese, Editors

Impact Factor: 0.889

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 28/39 (Urban Studies)

Online ISSN: 1467-9906

Author Guidelines

The Journal of Urban Affairs (JUA) is committed to publishing manuscripts that make substantial contributions to the field of urban affairs. The Editor invites manuscripts that do one or more of the following:

  • Advance urban theory or theoretical lines of inquiry relevant to the study of urban and regional phenomena;
  • Develop theoretical, conceptual, or methodological approaches to community and metropolitan problems;
  • Present results of empirical research that advance the understanding of society and social change in the urban milieu; and
  • Describe and analyze issues, policies, or programs of current interest to those who work in the field and study the urban and regional environment.

The JUA publishes scholarly work with an array of ideological and disciplinary perspectives, with varying methodological approaches, and from diverse urban settings across the globe. Reviews of manuscripts, in general, consider the following: 1) the substantive contribution of the manuscript to the field of urban affairs; 2) the value of the manuscript content to the JUA audience; and 3) the overall quality of the manuscript.

Submission Requirements

  1. Authors must submit manuscripts online at All manuscripts must include an abstract not exceeding 150 words. The JUA does not have a formal page limit. However, most accepted papers are under 35 pages in length. This length includes references, tables, graphics, etc.

  2. To ensure anonymity in the blind review process, all identifying material - author names, affiliations, contact information, and acknowledgements - must be removed. Manuscripts should include only the title and abstract for identification. A separate cover page giving authorship, institutional affiliation, and contact information must be uploaded, and all co-authors must be added to the authors list.

  3. All copy must be double-spaced (including indented material and references) and written in 12-point font (Times or Times New Roman preferred). Margins must be a minimum of 1.5 inches.

  4. Each table and figure must be included on a separate page at the end of the manuscript. Insert location note at the proper place in the text, e.g. “Table 2 about here.”

  5. Tables must be clear and consistently presented throughout the manuscript. Figures must be “camera ready.” The JUA does not print any material in color, so figures, including photographs, must be black and white.

  6. References in text need to be cited within parentheses using the author-date style. The reference list must begin on a new page following the text, be typed double-spaced, be organized in alphabetical order, and conform to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Authors must ensure that their references are up-to-date and cited accurately.

    Journal articles published online ahead of issue compilation should be cited using the journal article DOI rather than the phrase "in press."

    Eg: Elliott-Howard, F. E., DuFrene, D. D., & Daniel, L. G. (1997). The ethical issues rating scale: An instrument for measuring ethical orientation of college students toward various business practices. Educational and Psychological Measurement, 57. doi:10.1177/0013164497057003012  

Book Review Section

Questions about book reviews in the JUA should be directed to the Book Review Editor: 

   Professor David Varady, University of Cincinnati,


If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

For authors signing the copyright transfer agreement

If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:

CTA Terms and Conditions

For authors choosing OnlineOpen

If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

Creative Commons Attribution License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services and visit

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by certain funders [e.g. The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) or the Austrian Science Fund (FWF)] you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with your Funder requirements.

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