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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The manuscript constitutes an original and novel contribution that is not undergoing appraisal by another publication. If it results from previous work, please state it in the Comments to the Editor section.
  • Submission files are in Microsoft Word, OpenOffice ou RTF format (maximum 2MB and 9,000 words)
  • Reference URLs/DOIs should be provided whenever available.
  • The text follwos the style and bibliographic referencing patterns (APA format) as descripted in Author Guidelines.
  • Spell and grammar checks have been performed.
  • All authors have read the manuscript and agree to publish it.

Author Guidelines

CIDADES, Comunidades e Territórios

Author Guidelines

Articles submitted for consideration should meet the journal’s style standards. Initial desk approval is dependent on the following 4 issues being properly guaranteed:

  1. Original submission, which is not under evaluation by other publications. In case a similar work has been previously presented/published (e.g. conference paper, book chapter or other publication type), this should be clearly stated;
  2. Submission document is anonymous, editable (MS Word) and does not exceed 2MB nor 9000 words;
  3. Metadata, in lower case includes English versions of the title, abstract and keywords;
  4. Bibliography includes all (and only) in-text references, in APA format (samples below);

If these conditions are met, suitable, scientific articles will be sent to the reviewing panel should they fit the journal’s scope.

If you are invited to resubmit your manuscript, please mark all the changes in the revised version of your manuscript, and include a note outlining a response to the reviewers’ comments.  If you disagree with a comment, or are unable to address it, provide a rationale for your disagreement or inability.

General guidelines

(1) Language – Articles can be written in Portuguese, English (Oxford spelling), French, Italian and Spanish;

(2) Extension – Articles must not exceed maximum size including diagrams, tables, notes and bibliography. For larger files, the editorial team must give prior consent;

(3) Font – 10-point Times New Roman; line spacing (1.15 lines); bold and italics rather than underlining (except URL addresses).

(4) Structure - No collapsable headings/chapters in the text. No toggle field codes or other embedded data.

(5) Figures – Tables, charts, photographs, etc., should be placed in the text (rather than at the end of the document). All tables and charts should be editable whenever possible. See sample:

Figure 2. Cidade de Deus scene


Source: Globo Filmes.

(6) Authors’ identities – No evidence of the authors' identity (name, email, affiliation, references, etc.) should be provided in any way throughout the text or by reference in the article (e.g. document properties);

(7) Title – If the article is written in a language other than English, please submit both an original and an English version of the title;

 (8) Abstract – Articles should be accompanied by an abstract of no more than 250 words;

(9) Keywords – 3 to 6 keywords;

(10) URL – All URL addresses in the text and bibliography/references should be active and ready to click;

(11) Permission – Authors are required to obtain permission to reproduce previously copyrighted materials from other sources in both print and electronic form;

 (12) Style and bibliography Standards (APA style). For more information, please refer to

Only references cited throughout the text should be listed in the complete reference list.

Please check the following referencing samples:

 (12.1) In the text

 (Luhmann, 1992, pp.64-65)

 (12.2) Reference list

Journal article:

Johnson, B. T., & Eagly, A. H. (1989). Effects of involvement in persuasion: A meta-analysis. Psychological Bulletin, 106 (4),  290–314.


Achterberg, J. (1985). Imagery in healing. Location: Shambhala Publications.

Book chapter:

McGuigan, F. J., & Lehrer, P. M. (2007). Progressive relaxation: Origins, principles, and clinical applications. In P. M. Lehrer, R. L. Woolfolk, & W. E. Sime (Eds.), Principles and practice of stress management (3rd ed., pp. 57–87). Location: Guilford Press.

Paper presentation:

Lange, S. (1982, August 23–27). A realistic look at guided fantasy [Paper presentation]. American Psychological Association 90th Annual Convention, Washington, DC.


Yu, S. F. (2004). Effects of progressive muscle relaxation training on psychological and health-related quality of life outcomes in elderly patients with heart failure (Publication No. 3182156) [Doctoral dissertation, The Chinese University of Hong Kong]. ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global.


Freebird Meditations. (2012, June 17). Progressive muscle relaxation guided meditation [Video]. YouTube.

Policy Brief

Presents, analyzes and promotes discussion about important policy issues of socially, politically or economically relevance in urban studies, for academic, policy-maker and general audiences.

The Policy Briefs section addresses questions of development policy on the scope of urban studies. Publications under this format constitute a key tool to present research and recommendations to a non-specialized audience, serving as a channel to provide evidence-based policy advice to help readers make informed decisions.

In this sense, Policy Briefs translate research findings into plain language and draw clear links to policy initiatives. Therefore, Policy Briefs are clear and concise documents that focus on a single topic, include recommendations aimed at policymakers, practitioners, and representatives of urban planning and managing entities. Besides, the series also addresses everyone interested in the issues analysed.

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