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Urban Affairs Review

Urban Affairs Review

2018 Impact Factor: 2.081
2018 Ranking: 19/40 in Urban Studies
Source: Journal Citation Reports (Web of Science Group, 2019)

Peter Burns Soka University of America, USA
Jered B. Carr University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
António Fernando Tavares University of Minho, Portugal
Jill Tao Incheon National University, Korea

eISSN: 15528332 | ISSN: 10780874 | Current volume: 55 | Current issue: 6 Frequency: Bi-monthly

Urban Affairs Review (UAR) has been a leading scholarly journal focused on urban politics, policy, and governance for fifty years. Submissions reflecting different scholarly disciplines and methodological perspectives are welcome when the research advances theory and improves our understanding of political processes, policy impacts, and approaches to governance in urban, regional, and metropolitan settings. The Urban Affairs Review is affiliated with American Political Science Association’s section on Urban Politics.

Urban Affairs Review is a peer-reviewed, bi-monthly journal focused on questions of politics, governance, and public policy specifically as they relate to cities and/or their regions. Submissions of empirical and comparative research from different scholarly disciplines and methodological perspectives are encouraged.

Potential topics include: civic and political engagement; racial and ethnic politics; local and regional institutions; municipal fiscal health; and analyses of urban public policies directed at community development; economic, civic, and environmental sustainability; public education, affordable housing, public transportation, public safety, and physical infrastructure. 

Please direct all questions regarding the status of submitted manuscripts to:

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

UAR is grateful for the support provided by UIC’s College of Urban Planning and Public Affair (, and its Department of Public Administration (

Urban Affairs Reveiw (UAR) is a leading scholarly journal on urban issues and themes. For almost five decades scholars, researchers, policymakers, planners, and administrators have turned to UAR for the latest international research and empirical analysis on the programs and policies that shape our cities. UAR covers: urban policy; urban economic development; residential and community development; governance and service delivery; comparative/international urban research; and social, spatial, and cultural dynamics.

Assistant Managing Editor
Elizabeth Motyka University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
Associate Editors
Scott L. Minkoff SUNY at New Paltz, USA
Edgar Ramirez de la Cruz Center for Research and Teaching in Economics, México, Mexico
Yue Zhang University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
Editorial Board
Katrin Anacker George Mason University, USA
Claudia Avellaneda Indiana University, USA
Germà Bel University of Barcelona, Spain
Andrea Benjamin The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
Kenneth Bickers University of Colorado-Boulder, USA
Colleen Casey University of Texas at Arlington, USA
Stefanie Chambers Trinity College, USA
Michael Craw University of Arkansas at Little Rock, USA
Els de Graauw Baruch College - CUNY, USA
Richardson Dilworth Drexel University, USA
Nuno Ferreira da Cruz London School of Economics, UK
Michael Javen Fortner Director of Urban Studies, CUNY School of Professional Studies, USA
Christopher V. Hawkins University of Central Florida, USA
Mirya Holman Tulane University, USA
Benoy Jacob University of Nevada, USA
Janet Kelly University of Louisville, USA
Vladimir Kogan The Ohio State University, USA
Timothy B. Krebs University of New Mexico, USA
J. Celeste Lay Tulane University, USA
Anders Lidström Umeå University, Sweden
Zhilin Liu Tsinghua University, China
Joanna Lucio Arizona State University, USA
Steve McGovern Haverford College, USA
David Y. Miller University of Pittsburgh, USA
John Mollenkopf City University of New York, USA
Mai Thi Nguyen The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
Thomas Ogorzalek Northwestern University, USA
Marion Orr Brown University, USA
Rolf Pendall Urban Institute, USA
Deirdre Pfeiffer Arizona State University, USA
Bo Qin Professor and Chair, Department of Urban Planning and Management, School of Public Administration and Policy, Renmin University of China, Beijing, China
Ringa Raudla Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia
Peter Rosenblatt Loyola University Chicago, USA
Susan Saegert CUNY Graduate Center, USA
Jefferey Sellers University of Southern California, USA
Paru Shah University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA
Ellen Shiau California State University, Los Angeles, USA
Costas Spirou Georgia College & State University, USA
Kristof Steyvers Ghent University, Belgium
Gerry Stoker University of Southampton, UK
Clarence N. Stone George Washington University, USA
Todd Swanstrom University of Missouri-St. Louis, USA
Pawel Swianiewicz University of Warsaw, Poland
Matthew Thomas California State University, Chico, USA
Jessica Trounstine University of California, Merced, USA
Floris Vermeulen University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Ronald K. Vogel Ryerson University, Canada
Mildred E. Warner Cornell University, USA
Rachel Nicole Weber University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
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  • 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.

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