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Authors' Guide


The Editors welcome submission of manuscripts for consideration.

The Editors welcome submission of manuscripts for consideration. By submission of a manuscript, an author certifies that the work is original and is not being considered simultaneously by another publisher. The Editors expect that papers will reflect the wide spectrum of disciplines found in the tradition of urban theory as well as cross-disciplinary analysis of planning practice. The submission of papers from practitioners and scholars in the field who represent the policy community as well as the academic community is particularly encouraged. Articles should be rigorous with quantitative, qualitative and technical sophistication as necessary.

Submission via email

Please email your manuscript in Word format to  If email is not possible, submissions can also be made via post.  If so, please send three copies of your manuscript to:

Managing Editor, Faculty of Urban and Regional Planning, Cairo University, Tel: +2023570083 - 35700831. Fax: +202356808623. Make sure, please, your contact address information is clearly visible on the outside of all packages you are sending to Editors.

 To submit your paper online please click here

Manuscript Format

Follow these templates in formatting your manuscript.  Manuscript should bear the title of the contribution and name(s) of the author(s). Contributions should not normally be more than 8000 words in length and should be written in either English or Arabic language. They should also include an abstract of 100 words. Arabic-written manuscripts should be accompanied by an English summary of around 1500 words.

Tables and captions to illustrations

Tables and figures should be in black and white, numbered consecutively and referenced in the text.
Figures and artwork must be submitted in suitable condition for publication.

Publication charges

To cover publication costs, authors are required to pay page charges of LE 30 per page with the submission of manuscripts.

Peer review

The practice of peer review is to ensure that only good science is published. It is an objective process at the heart of good scholarly publishing and is carried out by all reputable scientific journals. Our referees play a vital role in maintaining the high standards of JUR and all manuscripts are peer reviewed following the procedure outlined below.

Initial manuscript evaluation

The Editor first evaluates all manuscripts. Manuscripts rejected at this stage are insufficiently original, have serious scientific flaws, have poor grammar or English language, or are outside the aims and scope of the journal. Those that meet the minimum criteria are normally passed on to 3 experts for review.

Type of Peer Review

JUR employs double blind reviewing, where both the referee and author remain anonymous throughout the process.

How the referee is selected

Whenever possible, referees are matched to the paper according to their expertise and our database is constantly being updated.

Referee reports

Referees are asked to evaluate whether the manuscript: - Is original - Is methodologically sound - Follows appropriate ethical guidelines - Has results which are clearly presented and support the conclusions - Correctly references previous relevant work.

Language correction is not part of the peer review process, but referees may, if so wish, suggest corrections to the manuscript.

How long does the review process take?

The time required for the review process is dependent on the response of the referees. Should one referee's report contradicts the other two referees?reports or a report is unnecessarily delayed, a further expert opinion will be sought. In cases for which it is extremely difficult to find a third referee to review the manuscript, or when the two referees' reports have thoroughly convinced the Editor, decisions at this stage to accept, reject or ask the author for a revision are made on the basis of only two referees' reports. The Editor's decision will be sent to the author with recommendations made by the referees, which usually includes verbatim comments by the referees. Revised manuscripts are returned to the initial referees who may then request another revision of a manuscript.

Final report A final decision to accept or reject the manuscript will be sent to the author along with any recommendations made by the referees, and may include verbatim comments by the referees.

Editors Decision is final Referees advise the editor, who is responsible for the final decision to accept or reject the article.

Proofs will be sent to authors if there is sufficient time to do so. They should be corrected and returned to the publisher within three days. Major alterations to the text cannot be accepted.

Free article access: online access to published articles through our website is free.

Copyright:   It is a condition of publication that authors assign copyright or license the publication rights in their articles, including abstracts, to Faculty of Urban and Regional Planning. This enables us to ensure full copyright protection and to disseminate the article, and of course the Journal, to the widest possible readership in print and electronic formats as appropriate. Authors are themselves responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyright material from other sources.

Becoming a referee for JUR  If you are not currently a referee for JUR but would like to be considered as a referee, please contact the editors. The benefits of refereeing for JUR include the opportunity to read, see and evaluate the latest work in your research area at an early stage, and to contribute to the overall integrity of scientific research and its published documentation. You may also be able to cite your work for JUR as part of your professional development requirements for various Professional Societies and Organizations.