Commonly asked questions:

Does Urban Studies have a word limit restriction and if so, does this word limit include abstract, keywords and references?

The word limit for USJ is 8500 words and this includes abstract, keywords and references.  It also includes tables and figures (each figure and table are counted as 250 words).

Can the word limit restriction be waived due to….xyz?

I am afraid that we have to be strict on word limit as we have limited pagination in the Journal.  Try reducing word count by combining images in figures or amalgamating tables where appropriate.  You can also create appendices or store supplementary material online.

Does the word count for figures and tables (250 each) count the number of words in each table or figure?

The 250 word count for tables and figures is per figure and table, regardless of the number of words in each table.

Is my article in scope for Urban Studies?

Articles may be theoretical or empirical, but authors should note that in the case of empirically focused manuscripts the subject matter should be suitably positioned in theoretical and/or conceptual terms. All articles are expected to have original content. Originality, clarity of writing style, logical structure of argument and integrity of empirical data are essential for an article’s acceptance. Authors are asked to submit articles that convey a strong sense of urban place. Relevant contextual background must be provided to enable an international readership to be fully cognizant of the urban location under study. Any local terms must be explained. The article should not assume any prior knowledge of the local setting. Authors are encouraged to reflect on urban debates in this journal and beyond. If you would like to discuss the subject matter of your paper more thoroughly before submitting then please contact Ruth Harkin.

How long does the peer review process take?

The peer review process can take up to 3 months. However, this is very approximate, please note that it can take longer due to unforeseen circumstances such as a reviewer declining to review or returning a review after deadline, excessive Editor workloads, etc.

Can I get an update on the progress of my manuscript?

You can contact one of our Editorial Office team for a manuscript update on your manuscript.

Can I submit my paper elsewhere while under review for Urban studies?

No, absolutely not, all material submitted to USJ must be exclusive and original. Any paper found to be submitted simultaneously elsewhere will be withdrawn immediately.

Can I get an extension for submitting my resubmission and if so, how do I do this?

If you find that you cannot resubmit a revised paper within the allotted deadline due to unforeseen or unavoidable circumstances then please contact the Editorial Office as soon as possible.

Can I publish my paper anywhere else online once it has been accepted for publication?

Your rights as the author are:

You may do whatever you wish with the version of the article you submitted to the journal (Version 1).

Once the article has been accepted for publication, you may post the accepted version (Version 2) of the article on your own personal website, your department’s website or the repository of your institution without any restrictions.

You may not post the accepted version (Version 2) of the article in any repository other than those listed above (i.e. you may not deposit in the repository of another institution or a subject-matter repository) until 12 months after publication of the article in the journal.

You may use the published article (version 3) for your own teaching needs or to supply on an individual basis to research colleagues, provided that such supply is not for commercial purposes.

You may use the article (version 3) in a book authored or edited by you at any time after publication in the journal.

You may not post the published article (version 3) on a website or in a repository without permission from SAGE.

When posting or re-using the article please provide a link to the appropriate DOI for the published version of the article on SAGE Journals (http://online.sagepub.com)

All commercial or any other re-use of the published article should be referred to SAGE. More information can be found at: http://www.sagepub.com/journalsPermissions.nav.


How do I get permission to use a published article (or parts of a published article) in another format, eg, in a book?

More information can be found at: http://www.sagepub.com/journalsPermissions.nav.

Or, you can locate the paper in question online at the USJ SAGE site at http://journals.sagepub.com/home/usj .  You will see 4 icons underneath the paper title and author names. Click on the “key” icon. This should automatically bring up a “Rightslink” pop window where you should be able to request the necessary permissions you need for the article in question.