Environment and Urbanization

Environment and Urbanization

2016 Impact Factor: 1.986
2016 Ranking: 41/105 in Environmental Studies | 9/38 in Urban Studies
Source: 2016 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate Analytics, 2017)

Sheridan Bartlett IIED, New York, USA
David Satterthwaite IIED, London, UK
Managing Editor
Christine Ro IIED, London, UK

eISSN: 17460301 | ISSN: 09562478 | Current volume: 29 | Current issue: 1 Frequency: Bi-annually

This twice-yearly journal focuses on urban and environmental issues and their interconnections, with a particular emphasis on Africa, Asia and Latin America (where most of world's urban population now lives). Founded in 1989 by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), from 2006, it has been published by Sage, in association with IIED.

Each issue of the journal focuses on a particular theme and includes between 7 and 12 papers on that theme, papers responding to the themes of previous issues and, since 2007, papers on climate change and cities. Each issue also has an editorial and a Book Notes section with details of new publications. Examples of themes include: city governance and citizen action; ecological urbanization; resilient cities; community-driven mapping and enumerations; globalization and cities; chronic poverty; meeting the Millennium Development Goals in urban areas; participatory governance; violence and security; water and sanitation; sustainable cities; and rural-urban linkages. Some issues of the journal include profiles of innovative organizations and papers on participatory tools and methods. Each issue has between 250 and 380 pages.

Discounted rates are available for charities and individuals, institutions and students in middle and low- income countries. This includes all nations in Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Please contact subscriptions@sagepub.co.uk +44 (0) 20 7324 8701 for more information.

For a list of the themes of recent and forthcoming issues, see http://journals.sagepub.com/page/eau/collections/themes/index

The full text of all papers published the journal (starting with Vol 1 No 1 in April 1989) is available at http://journals.sagepub.com/home/eau; there is also a comprehensive search facility here that allows searches by (for instance) author, nation, city and subject.

Environment & Urbanization Briefs: Five-page summaries of each issue of the journal are available in print and electronically; these are primarily for the staff of government departments, city authorities and development assistance agencies. These can be accessed at no charge at: http://www.environmentandurbanization.org/eu-briefs

Read what others have to say about Environment & Urbanization

"The only journal that I don't push to the side of my desk when it arrives. I eagerly check its contents and before I know it the journal is on the desk of a colleague or postgrad. It is uncannily relevant. Probably because it is rooted in the real policy debates of our day. And because it takes cities seriously." - Peter Newman, Professor of City Policy, Murdoch University, and Director of Sustainability Policy Unit, Western Australian Government

What I especially appreciate about this journal is that (a) it contains many pieces from our colleagues in Asia, Africa and Latin America; and (b) that it taps NGO work, academic work, agency work -- in short the very wide range of sources that we need, in order to understand the extremely diverse and changing nature of this very important subject." - Richard Stren, Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto

"An essential resource for anyone interested in reducing urban poverty and improving urban livelihoods. It provides a unique international meeting place for the sharing of experiences, resources, and research-based information. It bridges the gap between research and practice in ways that no other publication does." - James Garrett, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

"By far the best, most accessible journal for policy and applied research on the 'brown agenda' of the environment of cities." - Mike Douglass, Professor of Urban & Regional Planning, University of Hawaii

"In this journal, more than any other, urban theory and research gets to meet urban policy and practice - and the party is very lively! Its particularly strong in its analysis of governance and civic participation at the community level." - Roger Hart, Children's Environments Research Group, New York

SAGE also publishes a sister journal to Environment & Urbanization, called Urbanisation, in association with the Indian Institute for Human Settlements. Urbanisation can be accessed from http://journals.sagepub.com/home/urba

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

Environment & Urbanization is a peer-reviewed journal which aims to provide an effective means for the exchange of research findings, ideas and information in the fields of human settlements and environment among researchers, activists and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in low- and middle-income nations and between these and researchers, international agency staff, students and teachers in high-income nations. Most of the papers it publishes are written by authors from Africa, Asia and Latin America. Papers may be submitted in French, Spanish or Portuguese, as well as English - and if accepted for publication, the journal arranges for their translation into English. The journal is also unusual in the proportion of its papers that are written by practitioners.

Since its inception in 1989, Environment & Urbanization has been available at no charge to NGOs and teaching or training institutions in low- and middle-income nations, if they have difficulty obtaining the foreign exchange needed to subscribe. It currently goes to around 1,600 such institutions. This has been made possible by the support of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and the Royal Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DANIDA). For more details, e-mail eandu@iied.org

Associate Editors
Editorial Board
E J Anzorena Selavip
Julio D Dávila Development Planning Unit, University College London, UK
David Dodman IIED
Diana Mitlin IIED
Advisory Editorial Board
Adil M Ahmad University of Khartoum, the Sudan
Tade Akin Aina Partnership for African Social & Governance Research (PASGR), Nairobi
Somsook Boonyabancha Asian Coalition for Housing Rights, Thailand
Jessica Budds The Open University, UK
Yves Cabannes Development Planning Unit, University College London, UK
Allan Cain Development Workshop, Luanda, Angola
Sandy Cairncross London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Gustavo Garza El Colegio De Mexico, Mexico
Malick Gaye ENDA, Dakar, Senegal
Ana Hardoy IIED - América Latina, Argentina
Arif Hasan Arif Hasan Associates and Orangi Pilot Projects, Pakistan
Graham Haughton University of Manchester, UK
Christine Kessides World Bank, USA
Bingqin Li College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University, Australia
Gordon McGranahan Institute of Development Studies (IDS), UK
Mark Montgomery State University of New York at Stony Brook and Population Council, USA
Caroline Moser Manchester University, UK
Anupama Nallari Children’s Environments Research Group (CERG), USA
Sheela Patel Society for the Promotion of Area Resource Centres (SPARC), Mumbai, India
Ann Schlyter Centre for Global Gender Studies, Goteborg University, Sweden
Carolyn Stephens London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK
Richard Stren University of Toronto, Canada
Cecilia Tacoli IIED, London, UK
Serigne Mansour Tall UN Habitat, Senegal
Haroldo Torres Centro Brasileiro de Analise e Planejamento (CEBRAP), Brazil
David G Westendorff Urban China Partners, China
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    1. Article types
      1.1 Timing
      1.2 Length
      1.3 Language
    2. Editorial Policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
      2.3 Acknowledgments
      2.4 Declaration of conflicting interests
      2.5 Promotion
    3. Publishing Policies
      3.1 Publication Ethics
      3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
      3.3 Open Access and author archiving
      3.4 Permissions
    4. Preparing your manuscript
      4.1 Word processing formats
      4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
      4.3 Supplementary material
      4.4 Paper Structure
      4.5 Reference style
      4.6 English language editing services
      4.7 Spelling
      4.8 Currency
    5. Submitting your manuscript
      5.1 How to submit your manuscript
      5.2 Title, keywords and abstracts
      5.3 Author contact details
    6. On acceptance and publication
      6.1 Access to your published article
      6.2 Online First publication
    7. Further Information


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

    Please read the guidelines below, then submit your manuscript at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/eauj. 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 & Urbanization
    will be reviewed.

    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.

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    1. Article types

    Since each issue of the journal is on a particular theme, papers should be submitted on that theme. The themes that have been chosen for future issues are published in each issue of the journal, and are also listed at http://www.environmentandurbanization.org/themes-future-issues.

    Papers may also be submitted to the section on Climate Change and Cities, and the Feedback section for papers responding to themes covered in previous issues. However, there is usually a backlog of papers waiting to be published in the Feedback section.

    1.1 Timing

    Papers should be submitted by 15th March for the October issue, and 15th September for the April issue. The editorial team tries to get responses back to authors within two months of receiving the paper. The peer review process can take up to several months.

    1.2 Length

    Articles should be between 1,500 and 7,000 words. This does not include references and explanations in endnotes.

    1.3 Language

    Although the journal is an English language publication, papers may be submitted in French, Spanish or Portuguese; if accepted for publication, the cost of translation will be borne by the journal.

    Authors are encouraged to avoid using the term “slum”; if it is used, a qualification will be added as a footnote. Reference 1 in this paper is an example.

    Authors are encouraged to avoid using the term “developing country”. We prefer countries to be classified by their region and/or as low-, lower-middle, upper-middle or high-income.

    Please provide brief explanations of any concepts or terms that may be unfamiliar to non-specialist readers. Overall, plain, clear, jargon-free language should be used.

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    Papers submitted to the journal are reviewed by external referees - generally by one who is a specialist on the topic of the paper and another who is a specialist on the region, country or city on which the paper focuses. The editorial team tries to get responses back to authors within two months of receiving the paper.

    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 who 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.

    Please also specify any organizations that have funded this research.

    2.4 Declaration of conflicting interests

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

    2.5 Promotion

    SAGE has a guide to author self-promotion. Please contact the editor of Environment & Urbanization to give or receive other suggestions on promoting your paper, or if you would like to record a video abstract.

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    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.

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

    3.1.1 Plagiarism

    Environment & Urbanization 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 articles published in the journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked using duplication-checking software. Where an article is found to have plagiarized other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where 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 (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author’s institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the journal or all SAGE journals, or appropriate legal action.

    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 our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    3.3 Open Access and author archiving

    Environment  & Urbanization 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. Please inform the editorial team on submitting your article if you would like it to appear open access.

    3.4 Permissions

    Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from 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 visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    4. Preparing your manuscript

    4.1 Word processing formats

    The preferred format for the text is Word DOCX. The text should be single-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be 11 point and in Times New Roman. Word processing guidelines 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.

    Please do not submit more than five each of the following: maps, tables, figures and photos. Images should have a resolution of at least 300 dpi (dots per inch). These should be numbered, e.g. Figure 1, Map 1, Map 2, Figure 2, etc.

    If you are including maps, photographs or figures in your article, please send them separately as jpegs or Excel files as these are the publisher’s preferred formats. Also add full titles and source details. Notes (if any) should be numbered. Titles, source details and notes can be sent in a separate captions file or added in the text. For example:


    INSERT FIGURE 1: Urban areas liable to flooding

    NOTE: (1)SD = standard deviation.

    SOURCE: [Add full details. For photos, please specify the photographer’s/organization’s name and the year the photo was taken.]


    4.3 Supplementary material

    Supplementary material will be published online only. It will not be specially formatted.

    4.4 Paper Structure

    Section headings should be numbered with Roman numerals and placed in all caps. Sub-sections should be followed by lowercase letters, with only the first letter capitalized. For example:


    a. State of sanitation in urban India
    b. The adolescent girl




    4.5 Reference style

    References can use authors’ full names or the initial letters of any given names plus the full surnames. This should be applied consistently, e.g.:
    Kernic, Franz and Lisa Karlborg


    Kernic, F and L Karlborg.

    The surname appears first only for the first author.

    The system of referencing uses sequential numbers inserted into the text of the article (1,2,3...), linked to a numbered list of references or notes running alongside the article. One reference can contain multiple works. All references within the text should be (bracketed) in superscript and inserted as endnotes – please see below:

    …This means that it has become routinized or normalized into daily life,(1) provoking references to failed cities.(2) Fear and insecurity pervade people’s lives, with serious implications for trust and well-being among communities and individuals.

    Subsequent references to a previously cited work appear as See reference [number]. For example, if reference 3 is to a particular UN report and reference 6 is to the same report, endnote 6 should appear simply as See reference 3. Any later references to the same report would also appear as See reference 3.

    A full set of references should also be included at the end of each paper. Some examples of the style to be used in references are below.

    For a book:
    Scheper-Hughes, Nancy (1992), Death Without Weeping: The Violence of Everyday Life in Brazil, University of California Press, Berkeley, 614 pages.

    For a paper in an edited volume:
    Abers, Rebecca (1998), “Learning democratic practice: distributing government resources through popular participation in Porto Alegre, Brazil”, in Mike Douglass and John Friedmann (editors), Cities for Citizens, John Wiley and Sons, Chichester, pages 39–65.

    For a paper in a journal:
    Montiel, René Pérez and Françoise Barten (1999), “Urban governance and health development in León, Nicaragua”, Environment & Urbanization Vol 11, No 1, pages 11–26.

    For a report:
    Sutherland, C, G Robbins, D Scott and V Sim (2013), Durban City Report, Report prepared for Chance2Sustain, 94 pages, accessed 14 July 2015 at http://www.chance2sustain.eu.

    For a conference/seminar paper:
    Legacy, Crystal, Carolyn Whitzman and Jennifer Day (2011), “Planning, urban governance, gender and poverty reduction: making the links in the Asia–Pacific region”, Paper presented at the 3rd World Planning Schools Congress, Perth, 4–8 July.

    For a working/discussion paper:
    Bapat, Meera (2009), “Poverty lines and lives of the poor: underestimation of urban poverty – the case of India”, Poverty Reduction in Urban Areas Series, Working Paper 20, IIED, London, 56 pages.

    4.6 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.

    4.7 Spelling

    Environment & Urbanization generally uses Oxford spelling. This involves z in verbs and variants like organize and organization, and UK spelling otherwise, e.g. per cent and kilometre.

    4.8 Currency

    If you are using a currency other than US$, £ or €, please specify the conversion into US$ and the rough date on which the conversion rate was applicable.

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    5. Submitting your manuscript

    5.1 How to submit your manuscript

    To submit your paper, please visit Environment & Urbanization’s SAGE Track site: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/eauj. If you experience any difficulties using the site, please contact christine.ro@iied.org

    5.2 Title, keywords and abstracts

    Please supply a title, an abstract and six–eight keywords to accompany your article. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    5.3 Author contact details

    Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email and mailing address. Academic or institutional affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review. Social media information, such as Twitter usernames, can also be provided for any authors. Please also include a short biography and an organizational affiliation, if applicable, for each author.

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    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 Access to your published article

    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.2 Online First publication

    Online First allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a final journal issue which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication.

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    7. Further Information

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

    David Satterthwaite, IIED, 80-86 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8NH, UK, david@iied.org.

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