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Submissions


The Urban Transcripts Journal is an independent, not-for-profit, open-access publication. And we want to keep it this way. We want readers from around the world to have free access to all of our published content. We want authors from around the world to be able to submit their work without being limited by submission fees. The journal is made possible by the pro-bono work of a committed team of editors, editorial board members, and reviewers. We cherish our independence and take pride in the quality of our content and the rigour of our editorial processes. To ensure such quality and rigour, and enable us to efficiently manage the workload for each issue’s publishing, we rely on essential services, such as content management and IT systems. We ask for your support to enable us to cover our service costs and help us keep the journal an independent and accessible platform publishing the work of researchers, professionals, creatives and activists across the world. You can support us by donating as little as £1 per month via our Patreon account.


The Urban Transcripts Journal is open to submissions of original as well as previously published work in response to one of our regular calls for submissions as well as work relevant to the journal’s broader agenda. We publish work in a variety of formats and media bringing together peer-reviewed research, design and policy proposals, activist and community voices, visual arts and creative writing, in a critical and analytical discourse on the city created by the strength of a diversity of perspectives from the Global North and the Global South. Work may be submitted for publication in the following sections of the journal:

  • Articles
    Research-led scholarly work intended for peer review.
  • Design and policy proposals
    Proposals that reimagine the city’s spatial, socioeconomic, and political design.
  • Activism and community initiatives
    Contributions from activists and community-led initiatives.
  • Reportage
    Stories that document the lived experience of urban change.
  • Drawing, photography, and film
    Work exploring the city through the visual arts.
  • Letters from the City
    Poetry and creative writing.
  • Book reviews
    Critical discussions of books recently published or republished in English.

General guidelines

  • Articles
    text between 2000 – 5000 words
    visual material up to 8 images/videos
  • Design and policy proposals
    text up to 3000 words
    visual material up to 8 images/videos
  • Activism and community initiatives
    text up to 3000 words
    visual material up to 8 images/videos
  • Reportage
    text up to 3000 words
    visual material up to 8 images/videos
  • Drawing, photography, and film
    text up to 1000 words
    visual material up to 24 images/videos
  • Letters from the City
    text up to 1000 words
    1 image
  • Book reviews
    text between 600 – 800 words
    book cover image

Submissions format

Please email us your work as a single pdf containing all text and any visual material including any links to material that cannot be contained within the pdf itself, e.g., video. If accepted for review you will be invited to submit your work through our manuscript management system. Please note that initial acceptance does not guarantee publication.

Style guidelines

All references, citations, and explanatory notes, are to be formatted as endnotes in the text – i.e. index each with a superscript number, do not use the author-date system. Please use Harvard style for the formatting of references in the endnotes – follow this link for a comprehensive list of examples of formatting different references.

Journal policies

By submitting your work to The Urban Transcripts Journal you agree to our policies with regards to open access, free publishing, submissions review processes, plagiarism, copyright, licensing and archiving.

Contact email

For further information please contact us at journal@urbantranscripts.org.

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