City & Community

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Edited By: Co-Editor: Lance Freeman, Columbia University

Impact Factor: 1.079

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 17/39 (Urban Studies); 61/142 (Sociology)

Online ISSN: 1540-6040

Author Guidelines

City & Community (C&C) aims to advance urban sociological theory, promote the highest quality empirical research on communities and urban social life, and encourage sociological perspectives on urban policy. It welcomes contributions that employ quantitative and qualitative methods as well as comparative and historical approaches. The journal encourages manuscripts exploring the interface of global and local issues, locally embedded social interaction and community life, urban culture and the meaning of place, and sociological approaches to urban political economy. The journal also seeks articles on urban spatial arrangements, social impacts of local natural and built environments, urban and rural inequalities, virtual communities, and other topics germane to urban life and communities that will advance general sociological theory.

City & Community is a quarterly journal established in 2001 to publish scholarly work of interest to urban and community sociologists.  Published by Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., it is sponsored by the Community and Urban Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association.  For detailed information on the range of the Journals' concerns, and topics already dealt with in previous issues of the journal, visit the journal’s website:

Guidelines for Submission to City & Community

City & Community has now adopted ScholarOne Manuscripts for online manuscript submission and peer review. The new system brings with it a whole host of benefits including:

·     Quick and easy submission

·     Administration centralized and reduced

·     Significant decrease in peer review times

From now on all submissions to the journal must be submitted online at Full instructions and support are available on the site and a user ID and password can be obtained on the first visit. If you require assistance, please click the Help link that appears at the top right of every ScholarOne Manuscripts page.

Manuscript Preparation

All copy must be typed (12-point type size preferred), double-spaced (including foot notes and references). Margins must be a minimum of 1¼ inches on all four sides.

Submitted papers should be no longer than 40 pages long. This includes: (1) title page, (2) abstract, (3) text, (4) footnotes, (5) references, (6) tables, and (7) figures. If you have any concerns about your manuscript’s length feel free to write the Editor at the e-mail address above.

Detailed instructions for manuscript preparation are as follows:

1. Please prepare a separate title page should include the full title, the author's name (listed vertically if more than one), the institutional affiliation of each author, and a "running head." Use an asterisk (*) to add a footnote to the title giving the full address of the author to whom communications about the article should be sent. In the same footnote. cite acknowledgment, credits, or grant numbers. Your actual manuscript should NOT have any of this information on it.

2. Type the abstract (fewer than 150 words) on a separate page headed by the title. Omit author information.

3. The text of your manuscript should begin on a new page headed by the title. No author identification. References, footnotes, tables, and figures each appear in separate sections following the text.

a. Headings and subheadings in the text indicate the organization of the content.

b. References in the text cite the last name of the author and year of publication. Include page references whenever you think it would help the reader. Identify subsequent citations of the same source in the same way as the first. Examples follow:

·      If author's name is in the text, follow it with year in parentheses [". . . Duncan (1959)."].

·      If author's name is not in the text, enclose the last name and year in parentheses [". . .(Gouldner, 1963)."].

·      Pagination follows year of publication after a comma [". . .(Kuhn (1970, p. 71)."].

·      Give both last names for joint authors [". . .(Martin and Bailey, 1988)."].

·      Give all last names for up to three authors each time citation appears. For four or more authors, use et al. in the citation [". . .(Carr, Smith, and Jones, 1962), and for a reference to Carr, Smith, Jones, and Henry, use (Carr et al., 1969).

·      For institutional authorship, supply minimum identification from the beginning of the complete citation [". . .U.S. Bureau of the Census, 1963, p. 117). . ."].

·      Separate a series of references with semicolon [". . .(Burgess, 1968; Parson et al., 1971). . ."].

·      For unpublished materials, use "forthcoming" to indicate material scheduled for publication. Otherwise, use "unpublished," e.g. ["Smith (forthcoming) and Jones (unpublished). . ."].

c. Footnotes in the text should be numbered consecutively throughout the article with superscript Arabic numerals. If a footnote is referred to again later in the text, use a parenthetical note "(see note 3)."

4. References follow the text in a section headed "References." All references used in the text must be listed in the references section, and vice versa. Publication information for each must be complete and correct. Type the references alphabetically by author(s), use first and last names for all authors. If there are two or more items by the same author(s), list them in the order of year of publication. If the cited material is unpublished but has been accepted for publication, use "Forthcoming" in place of the date, and give the name of the journal or publisher. Otherwise, use "Unpublished" in place of the date.

If two or more works are by the same author(s) within the same year, distinguish them (in the order published) by adding the letters a, b, etc., to the year (or to "Forthcoming" or "Unpublished"), and list them in a, b,. . ., order.

For multiple authorship, only the name of the first author is inverted (e.g., "Jones, Arthur B., Colin D. Smith, and James Petersen."). List all authors; using "et al." in the reference section is not acceptable.

A few examples follow:

  • Books:

    Habermas, Jurgen. 1990. Moral Consciousness and Communicative Action, translated by Christian Lenhardt and Shierry Weber Nicholsen. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press.
    U. S. Bureau of the Census, 1960. Characteristics of Population , Vol.1. Washington D. C. : U. S. Government Printing Office.
    Weber, Max. [1896] 1976. The Agrarian Sociology of Ancient Civilizations, translated by R. I. Frank. London: NLB.

  • Periodicals:

    Merton, Robert K. 1985. 'The Historicist/Presentist Dilemma: A Composite Imputation and a Foreknowing Response. ' History of Sociology 6:1 (Fall): 137-51.
    Nelson, Benjamin. 1974. "Max Weber's 'Author's Introduction' (1920): A Master Clue to His Main Aims." Sociological Inquiry 44:4, 269-78

  • Collections:
    Clausen, John A. 1972. "The Life Course of Individuals." Pp. 457-514 in Aging and Society , vol.3, A Sociology of Stratification , edited by M. W. Riley, M. Johnson, and A. Foner. New York: Russell Sage.
    Elder, Glen H. 1975. "Age Differentiation and the Life Course." Pp. 165-90 in Annual Review of Sociology , vol.1. edited by A. Inkeles, J. Coleman, and N. Smelser, Palo Alto, CA: Annual Reviews.

5. Type the footnotes in numerical order as a separate section (headed "Footnotes") following the references. Begin each with the superscript Arabic numeral to which it is keyed in the text e.g., "1This is footnote one." Because long footnotes distract the reader and are expensive to print, use them only when they are absolutely necessary. Rather than including detailed or complex material in a footnote, consider (i) inserting a short footnote indicating that the material is available from the author, or (ii) adding an appendix. If you use an appendix, the reference in the text should read, "(see Appendix A for complete derivation)."

Footnotes can (a) explain or amplify text, (b) cite materials of limited availability, or (c) append information presented in a table.

6. Number tables consecutively throughout the text and type each on a separate sheet at the end. Insert a note in the text to indicate the placement, e.g., "Table 2 about here." Each table must include a descriptive title and headings for columns and rows (no abbreviations). Gather general footnotes to tables as "Note:" or "Notes:". Use a, b, c, etc., for footnotes. Asterisks * and/or ** indicate significance at the 5 percent and 1 percent levels, respectively. Do not photo-reduce tables.

7. Number figures and/or illustrations consecutively throughout. Each should be accompanied by a caption. Insert a note in the text to indicate placement. e.g., "Fig. 1 about here." Figures/illustrations submitted with the final draft must be "camera-ready," executed in black ink on white paper or vellum, with clear, medium weight lines. All lettering should be done by an artist in pen and ink, or by applying press-type or typeset text to the art work. Figures/illustrations should be legible when reduced or enlarged to 51/16 inch (full page width).

8. For details on submission of electronic artwork, see


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