Information For Authors
Before starting the submission process we recommend that you review the journal's section policies, as well as the Manuscript Preparation Guidelines. Authors need to register with the journal prior to submitting or, if already registered, can simply log in and begin the five-step process.
**Types of contributions accepted for review are Original Research, Review Articles, Book Reviews, Case Studies and Monographic studies.
** There is no fees or charges for manuscript processing and/or publishing materials in the Journal of Contemporary Urban Affairs.
**Submitted papers need to be prepared according to the standards of The Journal Of Contemporary Urban Affairs. The papers that are not adequately prepared will not be reviewed.
1- Minimum requirements for submission
To start the review process, the authors should submit a minimum of two files. a) Cover Letter and b) Manuscript.
a) Cover Letter:
The Author's academic title, The name(s), professional or academic affiliation(s), and email address(es) of the corresponding author(s), ORCID Number (s) should be submitted separately in one cover letter. You may use the following template as a cover letter. Cove Letter.doc
b) Manuscript File (anonymous):
The manuscript file should not contain the author's name or affiliation. Please use the following manuscript template for submission. Manuscript File.doc
-In other to submit your manuscript, authors and co-authors MUST have an ORCID Number. Obtain your ORCID Number from here
-For each and every reference in the manuscript, there should be either a DOI Number or they should be a book.
-We will not be able to start the review process if the references are not in line with the requirements of APA style.
-You may use the following templates of references in APA style prepared by Victoria University. https://libraryguides.vu.edu.au/apa-referencing/7JournalArticles
2- Submission Preparation Checklist
As part of the submission process, authors are required to check their submission’s compliance with all of the following items. Submissions will be returned to the authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
- The submission has not been previously published nor it is before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
- The submission file is in Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect format.
- Where available, DOIs for the references have been provided.
- The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font.
- The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
- Have checked the paper for possible accidental plagiarism. Some plagiarism checker websites include: www.grammarly.com, www.plagtracker.com, http://www.ithenticate.com/ or www.duplichecker.com
To verify originality, your article will be checked by the originality detection service CrossCheck.
Submissions will be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
-Manuscripts should be submitted in Microsoft Word format, A4, Times New Roman, 12-point for abstract and keywords and 12-point for text.
-A complete manuscript file should be a maximum of 7,000 words including references, tables, figures and appendices.
- Italic font should be used to emphasise text, quote or sentences.
-The use of abbreviations should be to a reasonable level or perhaps be avoided. If it is inevitable to use abbreviations, the letters in the first abbreviation should be used throughout the manuscript. using the first Abbreviations should be used throughout the text the same.
-For headings use a maximum of three levels. (1., 1.1., 1.1.1)
3- New Submissions
Manuscripts must be submitted online and proceeds are totally online. Authors will be guided stepwise in the creation and uploading of files. The Electronic submission process reduces the time involved in editorial processing, review and submission for publication.
3.1. Submission Declaration and Verification
Please submit your article via
4- Structure of Manuscripts
4.1. Title of the Manuscript
The title of the manuscript should be concise and informative.
The abstracts should contain a maximum of 200 words. The abstracts should avoid any abbreviations and mathematical formulas. The abstract is a summarization of the full report, written in one or two paragraphs, and should include at least the purpose of the study, methodology, results, conclusions, and recommendations.
4.3. Keywords should include 4-6 keywords.
In the introduction paragraph, avoid a detailed literature survey or a summary of the results. Write your Introduction into three sections:
- “What” is known about the Research
- “What” is not known about the Research
- “Why” the research was done
4.5. Materials and Methods
Provide sufficient detail to allow the work to be reproduced. Methods already published should be indicated by a reference: only relevant modifications should be described.
Results should be clear and concise.
This should explore the significance of the results of the work, not repeat them. A combined Results and Discussion section is often appropriate. Avoid extensive citations and discussion of published literature.
The main conclusions of the study may be presented in a short Conclusions section, which may stand alone or form a subsection of a Discussion or Results and Discussion section.
Collate acknowledgements in a separate section at the end of the article before the references and do not, therefore, include them on the title page, as a footnote to the title or otherwise. List here those individuals who provided help during the research (e.g., providing language help, writing assistance or proofreading the article, etc.).
4.10 Conflict of interests
A conflict of interests exists when an author’s financial interests or other opportunities for tangible personal benefit may compromise, or reasonably appear to compromise, the independence of judgment in the research or scholarship presented in the manuscript submission.
If there is more than one appendix, they should be identified as A, B, etc. Formulas and equations in appendices should be given separate numbering: Eq. (A.1), Eq. (A.2), etc.; in a subsequent appendix, Eq. (B.1) and so on. Tables and figures should be done in a similar way: Table A.1; Fig. A.1, etc. Appendices should come after References.
4.12. Footnotes and abbreviations
Footnotes should be avoided. Abbreviations should also be avoided. If inevitably used, footnotes should only contain additional text (comment), and not information about sources used. The abbreviations stated in tables and pictures should be explained.
4.13. Reference Style
All manuscripts should be formatted using the American Psychological Association (APA) citation style, which is used primarily in the social sciences. For additional examples, consult the most recent edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. You are referred to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition, ISBN 978-1-4338-0561-5, copies of which may be ordered from http://books.apa.org/books.cfm?id=4200067 or APA Order Dept., P.O.B. 2710, Hyattsville, MD 20784, USA or APA, 3 Henrietta Street, London, WC3E 8LU, UK. Use of DOI is highly encouraged.
5- Citing References in the Text
Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list (and vice versa). Any references cited in the abstract must be given in full. Citation of a reference as ‘in press’ implies that the item has been accepted for publication.
- When a work has two authors, always indicate both names, year and specify the conjunction “&” in-between surnames of the authors.
Nightlinger and Littlewood (2003) demonstrated ...
As has been shown (Busk & Serlin, 1993) ...
- When in plain text quoting the names of three, four or five authors, first make sure to include all the names, and text enough to write only the first and add ‘’ and associates’’.
First time: Yan, G., Tian, H., Bai, X. & Rayner, K. (2006). found ...
Second time: Yan, G.et al. (2006) found ... (ibid, p. 12)
- When a work has no author’s name, whether it’s because it is issued by the agency, organization, or governmental institutions, rather than the names of authors mention the name of the institution or organization that has signed the paper, and if a name is long, just so many words or abbreviation as needed to locate the source in the list of references.
First time: (National Institute of Mental Health [NIMH], 1999) ...
Second time: (NIMH, 1999) ...
- When you do not have the names of institutions or authors, or when the work is anonymous, then only mention the first few words of the title, and quote them in parentheses using plain text in italics.
These result present (‘’ Study Finds, ‘’ 2002) ...
The book College Bound Seniors (2003) ...
When work is labelled as anonymous, in a close bracket, indicate that it is anonymous and cite the year in English (Anonymous, 2011).
- If there are two references with the same author’s last name, be sure to mention it when citing the initials to avoid an unnecessary search in a list of references.
JM Goldberg and Neff (1961) and ME Goldberg and Wurtz (1972) studied ...
- If the same author or the same authors cite two or more references, then in brackets do not repeat names but just add a year for the next release.
- If the same author or the same authors cite two or more references, do not repeat names but just add a year for the next release in brackets.
Past research (Edeline & Weinberger, 1991, 1993) ...
Past research (Gogel, 1984, 1990) ...
- When the same author has more work within a year, then these sources are labelled using the letters of the alphabet a, b, c and so on.
Several studies (Gogel, 1984, 1990a, 1990b) ...
- When there are several authors, cite them in the same bracket
Several studies (Balda 1980, Kamil 1988, Pepperberg & Funk, 1990) ...
- When quoting hearsay, cite the author’s name and year of the original work; followed by a semicolon, cited code, last name, year and from which he quoted the original work.
The first definition of intrinsic motivation gave Decy (1975; see Suzić 2005, p. 108) ...
- If the year of the first publication of the work is known, then it is to be written with the year of translation by first stating the year of first publication, a slash and year translation.
- For an Internet source that does not have a bookmarked Web page, use a pair of and paragraph number on the page where it was published.
(Myers, 2000, 5)
- Personal communication or publicly spoken words in a lecture should be quoted with the date and only in plain text, but not included in the list of references.
Decy (personal communication, April 18, 2001) ...
- A form to guide references in the journal’s papers is as follows:
The author’s name [comma], initial / names [point], [open small brackets] year of publication [close little brackets] [point] title of the paper [point], the name of the magazine - in italics [comma] the number or volume - in italics [comma] page starting work [line] Page completing work [point].
Yavuz, A., Ataoğlu, N., & Acar, H. (2019). The Identification of the City on the Legibility and Wayfinding Concepts: A Case of Trabzon. Journal of Contemporary Urban Affairs, 4(2), 1-12. https://doi.org/10.25034/ijcua.2020.v4n2-1
- A Form to guide in quoting the works of authors of books is as follows:
The author’s name [comma], initial / names [point], [open small brackets] year of publication [close little brackets] [point] title deeds - in italics [point], the city (and state) [two counts], the publisher [Point].
Hirsch, Jr., E. D. (1996). The schools we need and why we do not have them. New York: Doubleday.
- When you mention a paper published in a journal or as part of a book as a chapter, apply the following form:
The author’s name [comma], initial / names [point], [open small brackets] year of publication [close little brackets] [point] title of the paper [point], In Proceedings ... (note that the work was published in a journal or book ...) The name of the publisher [open small brackets] Issue. (Note that this is a publisher) [Close little brackets] [comma] title of the collection - in italics [open small brackets] page starting work [line] Page completing work [point], the city (and state) [two counts], publisher [point].
Barrett, KC, & Campos, JJ (1987). Perspectives on emotional development: II. A functionalist approaches emotions. In Osofsky JD (Ed.), Handbook of Infant Development (2nd ed., pp. 555-578). Oxford, England: Wiley.
- If seven or more authors, list the names of the six authors, and the seventh and the other authors should be referred to as ‘’ and associates ‘’.
Adam, JJ, Paas, F. Teeken, JC van Loon, EM, Van Boxtel, MPJ, Houx, PJ, et al. (1998). Effects of age on performance and a finger-precuing task. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 24, pp. 870-883.
The second and last author in a list of references is always stating afterwards conjunctions & English.
- In articles published in magazines, cite using the following form:
the author’s name [comma], initial / names [point], [open small brackets] day, month and year of publication [close little brackets] and the title [point], the name of the magazine or newspaper - italics [comma], number of journals or Newspapers - italics [comma], page beginning of the text [line] Page completing the text [point].
Henry, W. A., III. (1990, April 9). Beyond the Melting Pot. Time, 135, 28-31.
- When there is a need to mention the name of an article and the type of material it is, write the printed title of the book or article and indicate at the end of the title with a closed bracket if it is a brochure, video recording and the likes. See the example below:
Research and Training Center on Independent Living. (1993). Guidelines for reporting and writing about people with disabilities (4th ed.) [Brochure]. Lawrence, KS: Author.
- The work of famous authors downloaded electronically applies the following form:
The author’s name [comma], initial/names [point], [open small brackets] year of publication [close little brackets] [point] title of the paper [point], an indication of what kind of material is in square brackets, taken (note that work will take) the day, month and year, with (internet address).
Schwarzer, R. (1989). Statistics software for meta-analysis [Computer software and manual]. Retrieved March 23, 2001, http://www.yorku.ca/faculty/academic/schwarze/meta_e.htm
- When the list of references is made to the work that is being prepared for the press, after the authors’ name(s), in parentheses/closed bracket, write “in press” in English.
Zuckerman, M. Kieffer, SC (in press). Race differences in faceism: Does facial prominence imply dominance? Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
- When the list of references cites a newspaper article without the author, indicate in this order: the name of the article, the time of publication, the title and number - in italics, and of the pages on which the article was published. If it is a long title, it is recommended to shorten the optimum number of words by taking the first few words.
The new health-care lexicon. (1983, August / September). Copy Editor, 4, 1-2.
- In a journal, if the publisher publishes a special issue as a monograph, it is important to indicate so after the heading.
Ganster, DC, Schaubroeck, J. Sime, WE, & Myers, BT (1991). The nomological validity of the Type A personality among employed adults [Monograph]. Journal of Applied Psychology, 76, 143-168.
- When an abstract or summary of an article is quoted from the original source after the title indicates in the closed bracket that it is abstract. See the example below:
Woolf, NJ, Young, SL, Famselow, MS, & Butcher, LL (1991). Map-2 expression in cholinoceptive pyramidal cells of rodent cortex and hippocampus is altered by Pavlovian conditioning [Abstract]. Society for Neuroscience Abstracts, 17, 480 harvesters.
- Titles that are not in English and the author want the research to be published in the journal in English, do the following: write the title in its original language, and then in a closed bracket, give the title translated into English. In addition to the title, everything else remains the original language.
Ising, M. (2000). Intensitätsabhängigkeit evozierter Potenzial their EEG: Sindh impulsive persons Augmenter stage Reducer? [Intensuty dependence and event related EEG potentials: Are impulsive individuals augmenters or reducers?]. Zeitschrift für Différentiel und diagnostisch Psychology, 21, 208-217.
- When you cite articles published on the university or one of the official institutions, universities, the authors’ first name should be written before the name of the institution. See the example below:
Broadhurst, RG, & Maller, RA (1991). Sex offending and recidivism (Tech. Rep. No. 3). Nedlands: University of Western Australia, Crime Research Center.
- When the list of sources cites a report of an organization or institution that has no author, it is best to indicate the owner or head of the organization, who can be or assumed to be the author
Employee Benefit Research Institute. (1992, February). Sources of health insurance and characteristics of the uninsured (Issue Brief No. 123). Washington, DC: Author.
- When the work was published on the Internet as a scanned copy, it should cite the original source noting that this is the electronic version.
Vandenbos, G. Knapp, S., & Doe, J. (2001). The role of reference elements in the selection of resources by psychology undergraduates [Electronic version]. Journal of Bibliographic Research, 5, 117-123.
- If you download a work from the Internet that you believe is different from the original, indicate the date of downloads and web address.
Vandenbos, G. Knapp, S., & Doe, J. (2001). The role of reference elements in the selection of resources by psychology undergraduates [Electronic version]. Journal of Bibliographic Research, 5, 117-123. Retrieved October 13, 2001, from http://jbr.org/articles.html
- When you download a document from the internet which has no date or author, then the document name takes the place of the author’s name.
8th GVU’s WWW User Survey. (Od). Retrieved August 8, 2000, from http://www.cc.gatech.edu/gvu/user_surveys/survey-1997-10/
- Materials from the symposium or a scientific paper which was only presented, but not published, indicate the professional or academic event the paper was presented. If the author has uploaded it on the event website, it is recommended to include the name and web page.
Cuter, LD, Frölich, B., & Hanrahan, P. (1997, January 16). Two-handed direct manipulation on the responsive workbench. Paper presented at the 1997 Symposium on Interactive 3D Graphics. Abstract retrieved June 12, 2000, from http://www.graphics.standard.edu/papers/twohanded/
- In referencing computer software, indicate the name of the software in italic.
Miller, M. E. (1993). The Interactive Tester (Version 4.0) [Computer software]. Weastminster, CA: Psytek Service.
- In referencing Data downloaded from government websites or another official organization website, indicate the filename of the data in italics.
Department of Health and Human Services, National Center for Health Statistics. (1991). National Health Provider Inventory: Home health agencies and hospices, 1991. [Data file]. Available from the National Technical Information Service Web site, http://www.ntis.gov
Standards take according to Suzic, N. (2010). Pravila pisanja naučnog rada APA i drugi standardi [Rules scientific APA work and other standards]. XBS Banja Luka.
7-Reference management software
The easier way to cite references is to use efficient reference management software such as:
EndNote (http://www.endnote.com/support/enstyles.asp) and
Reference Manager (http://refman.com/support/rmstyles.asp).
Above management software have plug-ins to word processing where authors only need to select the appropriate journal template when preparing their article and the list of references and citations to these will be formatted according to the journal style as described in this Guide. If you cannot find an available template, see the list of sample references and citations provided in this Guide to help you format these according to the journal style.
8- After Acceptance
8.1. Online proof correction
Corresponding authors will receive an e-mail with a link to our online proofing system for authentication. The final version is created in PDF and authors have to accept the final version or immediately report the error. We will do everything possible to get your article published quickly and accurately. Please check carefully before replying, as the inclusion of any subsequent corrections cannot be guaranteed. Proofreading is solely your responsibility.
Note: All the articles in this journal have been peer-reviewed. Nonetheless, editors and organizers are not responsible for the content shown in this publication.