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Environment and Urbanization ASIA

Environment and Urbanization ASIA

Published in Association with National Institute of Urban Affairs

eISSN: 09763546 | ISSN: 09754253 | Current volume: 11 | Current issue: 1 Frequency: Bi-annually

Environment and Urbanization ASIA aims to support the exchange of ideas and information in the fields of human settlements and the environment across Asia. Its audience is researchers, academicians, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), activists and students particularly in Asia. The journal hopes to stimulate conversation among this audience and international agency staff, students and researchers in the developed countries. Six core themes have been identified, based on recent trends in Asia: development, governance, poverty and pro-poor development, housing, finance and climate change. Environment and Urbanization ASIA publishes original research specific to Asian countries and complements Environment and Urbanization published by International Institute for Environment and Development and SAGE London.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Environment and Urbanization ASIA journal aims at:
(i) Supporting the exchange of ideas, research outputs, intervention strategies and innovative solutions in the fields of urbanization, environment and human settlements across Asia, and
(ii) Informing and initiating dialogue and debate among researchers, policy makers and civil society on various subjects relevant to urbanization and environment in Asia.

The themes and topics covered in the journal include governance, finance, land, infrastructure, housing, migration, sprawl, climate change, green growth, inclusion and sustainability, and the inter-relationships between these aspects of urbanization and environment.
This bi-annual, interdisciplinary and peer-reviewed journal is prepared and supported by the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) and published by SAGE Publications, India, in New Delhi.

Debolina Kundu Professor and HUDCO Chair, National Institute of Urban Affairs, New Delhi, India
Managing Editor
Pragya Sharma National Institute of Urban Affairs, New Delhi, India
Editorial Advisors
Emma Porio Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, School of Social Sciences, Ateneo de Manila University, Manila, Philippines
Editorial Board
Atiq Kainan Ahmed Programme Specialist Climate Change and Climate Risk Management (CCCRM), Asian Disaster Preparedness Center, Bangkok, Thailand
R B Bhagat Professor and Head Department of Migration and Urban Studies, International Institute for Population Sciences, Mumbai, India
Amita Bhide Professor and Dean, School of Habitat Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India
Daniel Biau Civil Engineer, Urban Planner, Former Deputy Executive Director of UN-Habitat
Somsook Boonyabancha Secretary General,  Asian Coalition for Housing Rights, Thailand
G Shabbir Cheema Senior Fellow, Research Program Director, Asia Pacific Governance and Democracy Initiative, East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Bharat Dahiya Senior Lecturer, Bualuang ASEAN Fellow, College of Interdisciplinary Studies, Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand
C Michael Douglass Professor, Asia Research Institute-Asian Urbanisms Cluster; Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Shreekant Gupta Professor, Department of Economics, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, New Delhi, India
Nasir Javed Chief Executive Officer, The Urban Unit, Planning and Development Department, Government of Punjab, Pakistan; Chief Editor, Pakistan Journal of Urban Affairs, Pakistan
Darshini Mahadevia Professor, School of Arts and Sciences, Ahmedabad University, Ahmedabad, India
André Mueller Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR), Berlin, Germany
Anjal Prakash Associate Professor and Associate Dean, The Energy Resources Institute (TERI) School of Advanced Studies, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
Bo Qin Professor and Chair, Department of Urban Planning and Management, School of Public Administration and Policy, Renmin University of China, Beijing, China
Wilmar Salim Senior Lecturer in Regional Planning, School of Architecture, Planning and Policy Development, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia
Bishwapriya Sanyal Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA
Remy Sietchiping Leader, Regional and Metropolitan Planning Unit Urban Planning and Design Branch, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), Nairobi, Kenya
Ravi S. Srivastava Chairperson, IDS, Jaipur, Director, Centre for Employment Studies, IIHD, Former Professor, Centre for the Study of Regional Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
Sara Stace Manager Walking and Cycling Strategy at Transport for New South Wales, Chair of the Urban Mobility Task Force for Smart Cities Council ANZ, Australia
Wang Yiti Associate Professor, China Academy of Urban Planning and Design, Beijing, China
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  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines: Environment and Urbanization ASIA

    This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics

    Manuscripts and all editorial correspondence should be addressed to:
    Dr Debolina Kundu, The Editor,
    Environment and Urbanization ASIA, National Institute of Urban Affairs, New Delhi.
    Please mention Manuscript for Submission in the subject line. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Environment and Urbanization ASIA will be reviewed.

    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & Scope
    1.2 Article types
    1.3 Writing your paper

    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy
    2.2 Authorship
    2.3 Acknowledgements
    2.4 Funding
    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    3. Publishing polices

    3.1 Publication ethics
    3.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement
    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    4. Preparing your manuscript

    4.1 Formatting
    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
    4.3 Supplementary material
    4.4 Reference style
    4.5 English language editing services

    5. Submitting your manuscript

    5.1 Information required for completing your submission
    5.2 Permissions

    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 SAGE Production
    6.2 Online First publication
    6.3 Access to your published article
    6.4 Promoting your article

    7. Further information              

    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & Scope
    Before submitting your manuscript to Environment and Urbanization ASIA, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

    1.2 Article types
    Types of manuscripts that can be submitted for the journal are:

    • Articles
    • Perspective
    • Book Review

    Environment and Urbanization ASIA will consider original manuscripts not previously published or currently under consideration elsewhere. Contributions to conferences and workshops are welcome, as long as they are not published in the same form in conference proceedings or on the internet. The journal publishes articles under the following categories: research articles, policy analyses,  and book reviews.

    1.3 Writing your paper
    The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.

    1.3.1 Make your article discoverable
    When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online

    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    The Journal adheres to a rigorous double-blind reviewing policy in which the identity of both the reviewer and author are always concealed from both parties.

    Authors will be notified of decisions regarding acceptance, rejection, or revision of articles only after both the internal and the external peer review processes are complete. The internal review will take 6 weeks and the peer review will take 6 to 8 additional weeks. Manuscripts must meet minimum standards in terms of relevance and clarity before they are sent for external peer review.

    2.2 Authorship

    All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

    2.3 Acknowledgements

    All contributors which do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

    Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    2.3.1 Writing assistance
    Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance. It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.

    2.4 Funding

    Environment and Urbanization ASIA requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors. 

    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    Environment and Urbanization ASIA encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway

    3. Publishing Policies

    3.1 Publication ethics

    SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway

    3.1.1 Plagiarism
    Environment and Urbanization ASIA and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

    3.1.2 Prior publication
    If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

    3.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement      

    Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway

    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    Environment and Urbanization ASIA offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

    4. Preparing your manuscript for submission                                                          

    4.1 Formatting

    The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines  

    Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    4.3 Supplementary material

    This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files

    4.4 Reference style

    Environment and Urbanization ASIA adheres to the APA reference style. View the APA guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    •  Contributors must provide their affiliation, complete postal and email addresses and fax and telephone numbers with their articles.
    • It is the author’s responsibility to disclose any potential conflict of interest regarding the manuscript.
    • Articles should be no longer than 8,000 words, inclusive of abstract, references, notes, tables and figures. Book reviews should be no longer than 1,575 words.
    • Articles must be accompanied by an abstract of 150–200 words.
    • The authors should provide four to seven keywords that reflect the important points of the articles (for example: urban planning; urban development; risk reduction; risk management).
    • All figures, i.e., diagrams, images and photographs, and tables should be provided separate from the text at the end and numbered in the order that they appear in text. Locations of tables and figures should be indicated in the text using callouts (e.g., insert Table 1 here) inserted after the respective paragraphs. Each figure and table should have a heading, an explanatory caption if necessary, and a source or reference in a separate file.
    • Images should be provided in TIFF/JPEG format. For line art, images must be at least 1,200 dots per inch (dpi); for grayscale, images must be at least 300 dpi.
    • Notes should be numbered serially, the numbers embedded in the manuscript. The notes should be presented at the end of the article. Notes must contain more than a mere reference.
    • Use British spellings rather than American spellings (‘labour’ not ‘labor’, ‘centre’ not ‘center’; universalize in ‘-ize’ and ‘-ization’ words).
    • Use single quotes throughout. Double quotes should only be used within single quotes. Spellings of words in quotations should not be changed. Quotations of 45 words or more should be separated from the text and indented with a line space above and below.
    • Use ‘nineteenth century’, ‘1980s’. Spell out numbers from one to nine, 10 and above to remain in figures. However, for exact measurements use only figures (3 km, 9 per cent not %). Use thousands and millions (instead of lakhs and crores).
    • Use of italics and diacriticals should be minimized, but used consistently. Avoid excessive use of italics for emphasis, but use it for book titles, journal names, and foreign words.
    • Avoid the use of abbreviations in the text. Common abbreviations such as i.e. or e.g. can be used only in parentheses.
    • A consolidated alphabetical list of all books, articles, essays and theses referred to (including any referred to in the tables, graphs and maps) in the text should be provided at the end of the article. Sources for tables and figures should accompany the table or figure. If more than one publication by the same author is listed, the items should be given in chronological order.

      References to other works should be provided in the text using citations written in the author-date method.

      Author-date method: Follow the author-date method of in-text citation, e.g., (Jones, 1998).

      Quotes: When directly quoting from a work, include the page number in the citation.

      Citation styles:

      1. One Work by One Author: (Walker, 2000)
      2. One Work by Multiple Authors: (Walker and Wasserstein, 2000)
      3. Two or More Works by Different Authors in One Citation: (Balda, 1980; Kamil, 1988; Pepperberg & Funk, 1990)
      4. Two or More Works by the Same Author(s) in One Citation: (Edeline & Weinberger, 1991, 1993)
      5. Two or More Works Published in the Same Year by the Same Author(s): (Johnson, 1991a, 1991b, 1991c)


      A consolidated listing of all books, articles, essays, theses and documents referred to (including any referred to in the tables, graphs and maps) should be provided at the end of the paper.

      Inverted names: In each reference, authors’ names should be inverted (last name first) for all authors (first, second or subsequent ones); give the last name and initials for all authors of a particular work unless the work has more than six authors. If the work has more than six authors, list the first six authors and then use ‘et al.’ after the sixth author’s name.

      Arrangement of references: Reference list entries should be alphabetized by the last name of the first author of each work.

      Chronological listing: When there are more than one work by the same author(s), list them in order by the
      year of publication, starting with the earliest.

      Reference styles:

      1. Book
      Calfee, R. C., & Valencia, R. R. (1991). APA guide to preparing manuscripts for journal publication. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

      2. Article in an edited book
      O’Neil, J. M., & Egan, J. (1992). Men’s and women’s gender role journeys: Metaphor for healing, transition, and transformation. In B. R. Wainrib (Ed.), Gender issues across the life cycle (pp. 107–23).
      New York: Springer.

      3. Conference Proceedings
      Schnase, J. L., & Cunnius, E. L. (Eds.). (1995). Proceedings from CSCL ‘95: The First International Conference on Computer Support for Collaborative Learning. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

      4. Article from the web
      Bernstein, M. (2002). 10 tips on writing the living Web. A List Apart: For People Who Make Websites, 149. Retrieved from

      5. Journal Article
      Scruton, R. (1996). The eclipse of listening. The New Criterion, 15(30), 5–13.

      6. Newspaper Article
      Schultz, S. (2005, December 28). Calls made to strengthen state energy policies. The Country Today (pp. 1A, 2A).

      Permissions and Releases: Material taken directly from a copyrighted source should be clearly identified, and the copyright holder’s written permission to reproduce it must be submitted in a separate file.

      Obtaining permission to reproduce copyrighted material is the author’s responsibility, as is payment of any fees the copyright holder may request. Further information and a template Permission Request Letter is available on SAGE’s Journal Author Gateway (

    4.5 English language editing services

    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

    5. Submitting your manuscript

    Manuscripts and all editorial correspondence should be addressed to: The Editor, Dr Debolina Kundu, Environment and Urbanization ASIA, National Institute of Urban Affairs, New Delhi. Email: Please mention Manuscript for Submission in the subject line.

    5.1 Information required for completing your submission

    You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

    5.2 Permissions

    Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permissionfrom copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway

    6. On acceptance and publication           

    6.1 SAGE Production

    Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.  Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.

    6.2 Online First publication

    Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the SAGE Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.

    6.3 Access to your published article

    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.4 Promoting your article

    Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice. 

    7. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Ms Pragya Sharma Environment and Urbanization ASIA editorial office as follows:


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