Submitting to UAR and our Style Guide

Urban Affairs Review (UAR) now has moved to an online submission system (SAGE Track). By doing so Urban Affairs Review will further streamline the process from initial submission by author(s) through publication. In addition, authors will be able to track the status of their manuscript through the review process.
In order to effectively manage this transition, the journal requests that you use the following guidelines when making your submission.
  • Submit manuscripts electronically at
  • In order to submit a manuscript, the corresponding author must create an account on the online system.
  • Additional information about creating an account and submitting manuscripts are also provided on the website.
In addition, be aware that submission of a manuscript implies commitment to publish in the journal. Authors submitting manuscripts to the journal should not simultaneously submit them to another journal, nor should manuscripts have been published elsewhere in substantially similar form or with substantially similar content.

General Guidelines for Submitting Manuscripts
Manuscripts must be prepared in accordance with the Chicago Manual of Style (15th edition) guidelines. Full-length manuscripts should not exceed 30 pages (12,000 words) total, and research notes should not exceed 14 pages (5,600) total (including notes, references, and tables or figures). All text, endnotes, and references should be typed and double-spaced, with one-inch margins. UAR utilizes a double-blind review process to evaluate manuscripts for publication. All references to the author’s previous work should be omitted in the text and the author(s) identity should not be indicated on the title page or any other place in the document submitted. An abstract of approximately 150 words should accompany the manuscript.

For any other queries regarding the submission process please contact the managing editor Here are the contact details of the editorial office:

Urban Affairs Review Editorial Office
Jered B. Carr, Managing Editor
Aleea Perry, Assistant Managing Editor

College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs
University of Illinois at Chicago

Urban Affairs Review
Style Guide for Authors and Copyeditors
Revised February 3, 2015

Manuscripts must be prepared in accordance with the Chicago Manual of Style (15th edition) guidelines. Articles and Research Synthesis manuscripts should not exceed 12,000 words (approximately 30 pages) total and Research Notes should not exceed 5,600 words (approximately 14 pages). Word count totals include all text, notes, references, tables and figures. All text, endnotes, and references should be typed and double-spaced, with one-inch margins.

Special Treatment:

·         Do not change present tense to past.
·         Include author and title of book in TOC for Review Symposium (do not follow back issues). (Copy Editors only)  
·         Book titles and authors not listed in TOC for standard book reviews. (Copy Editors only)
·         Like the Book Reviews section, “Research Note” and “Research Synthesis”– if/when included, should have that heading on the title page. (Copy Editors only)
·         NOTE: Book Review section follows a more Chicago-style variation for book info (versus Sage-template APA-like style; see variances in specs following.


·         Chicago is first authority, Webster’s is second.
·         Use lowercase p. (pp.) for page ranges in extracted quotes.
·         Due to the increased flexibility in Chicago and the subject matter sensitivities of this journal, always capitalize Black and White when used as racial identifiers.

Other exceptions:

·         Exception: Capitalize the first word of a complete thought after a colon.
·         Exception: Capitalize all prepositions of five letters or more.
·         Capitalize Sunbelt as a noun only (frostbelt, rustbelt, and cornbelt should always be lowercase).
·         Capitalize Midwest as a noun (but not midwestern as an adj.). Capitalize Southern California but not southern Democrat (the difference being a specific region).
·         Census Bureau is capitalized (see Chicago 7.49); chamber of commerce is not (see Webster’s).


·         Put commas around “such as” phrases when they’re interruptive. No comma in front of “such as” phrases at the end of a sentence.
·         Put a comma after thus, hence, then, only when followed by a parenthetical phrase. If these words fall in the middle of a sentence (are interruptive), then put commas around them.
·         Put a comma after short introductory phrases.
·         Put a comma between two complete sentences joined by a conjunction. (e.g., “She was tall, and he was short.”)
·         Do not put a comma after the conjunction when an interruptive phrase immediately follows a conjunction in a sentence containing two separate clauses. (e.g., “Minority regimes fail to understand land’s importance, or more commonly, they focus on . . .”)


·         Use numerals for:
§  –10 and higher
§  –Ranges, scales, and so forth
§  –Throughout a paragraph for like nouns (but spell out centuries, e.g., “seventeenth century”)
·         No sentences should begin with a number (even if spelled out)
·         Use % only, never percent


·         Follow style guide, then Webster’s, then consistency of each article or issue.
·         Do not hyphenate words with “less” or “more.”
·         Do not hyphenate prefixes (Exception: “de-emphasize”).
·         African-American, Asian-American (n or adj).
·         Policy-making level, policy maker; decision-making tools, decision maker (hyphenated as adj only).
·         lower-level income
·         Land-use is hyphenated as an adjective
·         private-sector, public-sector as adjectives


·         Capitalization and punctuation follows Chicago 8.73.
·         References: Follow Chicago:
·         Use “Univ.” for “University” for names of university presses. (Exception: “University Press of Kansas.”)
·         Use Government Printing Office, not “U.S. Government Printing Office” or “U.S. GPO.”
·         Use “edited by” instead of “ed.” for chapters in books.
·         Stet all issue numbers, months, and seasons in parentheses after the volume number, whether the journal repaginates with each new issue or not. Don’t ask the author for issue number, month, or season unless it appears the periodical repaginates with each new issue.
·         Space after colon following set of parentheses, but no space when no parentheses.


·         1990-1993, not 1990-93.
·         Percent/percentage: In text, use “percentage Black,” in tables, “use % Black.” Do not change % Black to percentage of Blacks in text or tables.
·         Page numbers of long quotations should come in text before the quote, whenever possible.
·         D.C. in text; DC in refs.
·         Double sets of parentheses are okay. e.g., “ . . . an opinion expressed by Garber (1986) (although many authors disagree) was that . . .”
·         Stet upon
·         Avoid use of personal pronouns except where the author is referring to him- or herself.
·         Possessive apostrophe: Add an “s” only if it’s pronounced (Louis’s, Jennings’).
·         In book reviews, retain first names of both authors.
·         When talking about what authors have said, use past tense.

Citations: Follow Chicago

·         Legislative acts require only a title and year in text. They do not require a reference. If author provides more info, it’s okay to retain it, but don’t query for more.
·         Personal communication citations should contain all information on the first mention. Thereafter, only first initial, last name, “pers. com.,” date.

Reference Styles:

CMS allows some flexibility in the style of references, such as instead of spelling out entire first name just using initials. Here are UAR’s preferred stylings:
·         Kogan, Herman, and Lloyd Wendt.1958. Chicago: A Pictorial History. New York: Dutton
·         Kelly, John D. 2010. “Seeing Red: Mao Fetishism, Pax Americana, and the Moral Economy of War.” In Anthropology and Global Counterinsurgency, edited by John D. Kelly, Beatrice Jauregui, Sean T. Mitchell, and Jeremy Walton, 67–83. Chicago: University of Chicago Press
·         Smith, John. 2009. “Steelers win Super Bowl XLIII.” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 2 [Include an active URL when available].
·         Smith, John, and Jane Doe. “Obama inaugurated as President.” (accessed February 1, 2009).
·         Kossinets, Gueorgi, and Duncan J. Watts. 2009. “Origins of Homophily in an Evolving Social Network.” American Journal of Sociology 115: 405–50. Accessed February 28, 2010. doi:10.1086/599247.
·         Adelman, Rachel. 2009. “‘Such Stuff as Dreams Are Made On’: God’s Footstool in the Aramaic Targumim and Midrashic Tradition.” Paper presented at the annual meeting for the Society of Biblical Literature, New Orleans, November 21–24.

Do not use the format below:
·         Calabrese, E. J., and L. A. Baldwin. 1999. Reevaluation of the fundamental dose-response relationship. BioScience 49: 725–32.
·         Schwarz, G. J. 2000. Multiwavelength analyses of classical carbon-oxygen novae (outbursts, binary stars). PhD diss., Arizona State Univ.

Author Biography:

·         Biography must be included immediately following references.
·         Biography for each author should not exceed 75 words.
·         Job title should be lower case

UAR Contact Information:

The editorial offices of the Urban Affairs Review are located at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Jered B. Carr, Co-Editor and Managing Editor
Aleea Perry, Assistant Managing Editor

University of Illinois at Chicago
College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs
Department of Public Administration
412 South Peoria Street
Chicago, Illinois 60607


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