COVID-19 update

Urban Studies Journal is committed to ensuring that our authors, editors and reviewers are coping with their journal commitments and feel supported during this difficult period.  We appreciate that the current crisis affects both work and personal circumstances and understand that this is a stressful time to take on additional workloads.  We are happy to grant extensions if required so please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any issues or questions.  At present, we are operating as normal and continue to receive daily submissions.  We will endeavour to process papers as efficiently as possible, but ask that authors are patient during this period as there may be delays during the review process as reviewers are adapting to recent changes and may be unable to take on reviews. 


Our publisher SAGE has provided the following update:

SAGE is supporting the higher education teaching and research communities we serve as together we navigate this difficult time. We are committed to doing what we can to support research. We know that the work of the research community will be critical to addressing the challenge of COVID-19. To support this work, we have taken a number of actions: 

  • We have removed the subscription gateway to articles that we believe will be of value to researchers and practitioners at this time. 
  • We have signed and committed to the Wellcome coordinated statement on Sharing research data and findings relevant to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
  • We have created and will maintain a microsite that highlights both social and behavioral sciences and medical sciences research on COVID-19 and more broadly on managing pandemics. 
  • We have collated a collection of blog posts on impacts for researchers, instructors, and the public in general on Social Science Space. 
  • We will prioritise publishing open access research relevant to the current pandemic and move it through production as fast as we can. 
  • We plan to further promote our free online SAGE Campus ‘How to Get Published’ course to support the global author community, many of whom are preparing articles for publication in remote and challenging circumstances.

Please find further details of actions taken by SAGE on their website.


Please do not hesitate to get in touch with our Editorial team if you have any issues due to the current crisis.