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Author guidelines for Urban Island Studies

Urban Island Studies welcomes submissions of original research papers that fit the journal’s Scope. It is expected that papers engage with the existing island and urban literature. (For a selection of existing literature, see the ‘Bibliography of Urban Island Studies’.) Submitted papers must differ substantially from papers published or under consideration for publication elsewhere. Note that all research paper submissions will be subject to double-blind peer review. To submit a paper, please e-mail your files to the Lead Editors R. Swaminathan (swaminathan.ramanathan@etnologi.uu.se) and Zrinka Ana-Mendas (zmendas@islanddynamics.org).


The primary language of Urban Island Studies is English, and all papers must be submitted in English. Although British English is preferred, any form of standard English is acceptable as long as authors are consistent. Only papers in correct, easily comprehensible English will be published. Even native English speakers can sometimes struggle. The journal editors may undertake minor corrections but will not undertake comprehensive language editing. Following peer review, the journal editors may recommend that authors hire a language editor to assist with editing their texts.

Multilingual publication.

Urban Island Studies will also publish versions of accepted papers in the authors’ non-English native language(s) where requested and provided by authors. These non-English versions of the papers will not be subject to peer review, and the English-language version will be the version of record. To learn more about possibilities for multilingual publication, please contact R. Swaminathan (swaminathan.ramanathan@etnologi.uu.se) and Zrinka Ana-Mendas (zmendas@islanddynamics.org).

Article format, structure, and details.

All papers should be between 4000 and 8000 words in length (excluding abstract but including acknowledgments, references, appendices, etc.) Papers of up to 10,000 words in length will be considered under exceptional circumstances. Maximum word lengths apply both prior to and following peer review. Submit papers as Microsoft Word© or OpenOffice© documents.

The first page of the document should state the title of the paper as well as the names, e-mails, and institutional affiliations of all authors. The second page of the document should provide the title, abstract (150-200 words), and six keywords. The paper must be completely anonymised with the exception of the first page: All mentions of authors in the text should be replaced by the word ‘AUTHOR’, and all references to authors in the References section should be removed. Make sure to anonymise the document’s metadata as well.

Keep the paper’s internal structure as possible, using bolded and numbered section titles and bolded and italicised subsection titles. Do not use sub-subsections.

Do not use of footnotes or endnotes. Any material that you wish to place in a note should be incorporated into the body of the text.

Short quotes should be surrounded by double quotation marks (“xxx”), and quotes of over 40 words should appear as indented paragraphs without quotation marks.

Any illustrations (maps, photographs, etc.) should be both inserted into their approximate places in the document and submitted separately as numbered as .jpg or .gif files (300 dpi). Authors must acquire necessary written permission for reproduction of any copyrighted material from third parties prior to submission.

Citations and references.

Urban Island Studies uses a Harvard referencing system.

Use in-text citations to refer to items in the References list. In-text citations should use the following format: (Baldacchino, 2002, p. 98), (Royle, 2010a, pp. 214-216), (Sørensen et al., 2009; Beck, 2001, p. 3), (Grydehøj & Hayward, 2014, 2011).

References should be listed at the end of the manuscript in the following formats:

Journal articles

King, R. (2009). Geography, islands and migration in an era of mobility. Island Studies Journal, 4(1), 53-84.

Baldacchino, G., & Kelman, I. (2014). Critiquing the pursuit of island sustainability: Blue and green, with hardly a colour in between. Shima, 8(2), 1-21.

Articles in edited volumes

Bartmann, B. (2000). Patterns of localism in a changing global system. In G. Baldacchino & D. Milne (eds) Lessons from the political economy of small islands: The resourcefulness of jurisdiction (pp. 38-55). New York: St. Martin’s Press.


Baldacchino, G. (2010). Island enclaves: Offshoring, creative governance and subnational island jurisdictions. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Edited volumes

Brenner, N. (Ed.) (2014). Implosions/Explosions. Berlin: Jovis.

Web pages

Island Dynamics (2015). ‘About Island Studies’. Available at: http://www.islanddynamics.org/island-studies.html. Accessed 07 February 2015.