Submission Guidelines and Style Guide

Manuscript Submission Guidelines (from SAGE):

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. Articles and Research Synthesis manuscripts should not exceed 12,000 words (approximately 30 pages) and Research Notes should not exceed 5,600 words (approximately 14 pages). These limits are provided as a guide to authors and longer versions (particularly for Research Notes) may be considered. Word count totals include all text, endnotes, references, tables and figures.

All text, endnotes, and references should be typed and double-spaced, with one-inch margins. An abstract of approximately 150 words should accompany the manuscript. Manuscripts must be submitted in 12pt, Times New Roman font.

UAR utilizes a double-blind review process to evaluate manuscripts for publication. The author(s) identity must not be indicated on the title page or any other place in the document submitted and all obvious references that reveal the author(s) identity, including previous work, should be omitted in the version submitted for review. Please do not upload a second title page listing the author information. Sagetrack captures author information as part of the submission process, making this additional title page unnecessary.

For any other queries regarding the submission process please consult the UAR Blog or contact the managing editor at Here are the contact details of the editorial office:

Urban Affairs Review Editorial Office
Jered B. Carr, Managing Editor
Elizabeth Motyka, Assistant Managing Editor

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


If you or your funder wish your article to be freely available online to nonsubscribers immediately upon publication (gold open access), you can opt for it to be included in SAGE Choice, subject to the payment of a publication fee. The manuscript submission and peer review procedure is unchanged. On acceptance of your article, you will be asked to let SAGE know directly if you are choosing SAGE Choice. To check journal eligibility and the publication fee, please visit SAGE Choice. For more information on open access options and compliance at SAGE, including self/author archiving deposits (green open access) visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

At SAGE, we are committed to facilitating openness, transparency and reproducibility of research. Where relevant, The Journal encourages authors to share their research data in a suitable public repository subject to ethical considerations and where data is included, to add a data accessibility statement in their manuscript file. Authors should also follow data citation principles. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway, which includes information about SAGE’s partnership with the data repository Figshare.

Style Guide