Submission Guidelines

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Online ISSN: 2816-7414

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Aim and Scope

The Journal of City Climate Policy and Economy aims to cover relevant urban climate policy themes, based on the needs of C40 cities. The journal aims to publish dynamic pieces that reflect and respond to the fluctuating needs and pressing issues urban policymakers face, as well as content that highlights ambitious, near-term climate action, with a particular focus on human-centered solutions to today’s most pressing climate challenges. The journal welcomes submissions on the following themes:

  • Climate Science and Action
  • Transformation and Structural Change
  • Just Transition and Equity

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Peer-Review Process

JCCPE uses an online peer-review system where authors and peer reviewers can submit material online. From initial submissions to final acceptance, the system streamlines the publication process to make it easy and effective for authors, reviewers, and editors alike. When your article is ready for submission, please submit it here: https://mc04.manuscriptcentral.com/utp_jccpe.

Anonymous Peer Review

JCCPE employs a peer-review process where author and reviewer are anonymous to each other. Anonymizing a manuscript entails removing all references to your name and publications, and to the setting and participants in your research, where relevant. Appropriately anonymizing your manuscript requires that you delete your name (and any co-author’s names) from the text. Please remove any information that would identify you from the Properties section of your Word file as well.

Manuscripts that have not been anonymized will be returned to the authors for anonymizing before they are sent out to the reviewers, which delays the review process. If the article is accepted for publication, authors will have the opportunity to restore all personal information, acknowledgements and references to any other publications.

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Manuscript Types and Requirements

Manusript Type Description Requirements

Original Research

Peer-reviewed

Original research articles can use any method (qualitative, quantitative, other methods) as appropriate to the goals and objectives of the research, as long as it falls within the journal’s areas of editorial scope. Original research articles should be specific enough to contribute to the international literature in the author’s discipline but written so that the content can be easily understood by the journal’s multidisciplinary audience.

Length: 5,000-7,500 words (not including references)

Abstract: Maximum of 250 words; abstracts should be structured with the following subheadings: Background, Methods, Results, Conclusions.

Summary for Policymakers: Maximum of 200 words; should be a short, concise summary of the key takeaways of your article to aid mayors and city policymakers, written in bullet points.

Articles should be structured with the following headings:

  • Background: Explains the topic of study, states the objective of the study, and provides context in which the research arose
  • Methods: includes setting, patients, study type/design, and main measurements or outcomes. The complete study protocol and/or study documents (e.g., questionnaires) may be included in an appendix.
  • Results: Reports the result for the main outcome reported in absolute and relative terms (when possible), including confidence intervals and other measures of statistical significance. This also includes quantitative results arranged in tables.
  • Conclusion: Summarize the main results of the study, discuss the findings in light of other related studies in the literature, explore limitations of the study, and indicate future directions for inquiry

Review Article

Peer-reviewed

Critical evaluations of previously published research or policies. Review articles synthesize the relevant literature on the topic to provide readers with a deeper understanding of the topic of study through summary, classification or analysis.

Length: 3,000-5,000 words (not including references)

Abstract: Maximum of 250 words; abstracts should be structured with the following subheadings: Background, Methods, Results, Conclusion.

Summary for Policymakers: Maximum of 200 words; should be a short, concise summary of the key takeaways of your article to aid mayors and city policymakers, written in bullet points.

Policy Guidelines

Peer-reviewed

Policy guidelines should provide a critical summary of peer-reviewed research or robust grey literature that you have already published, setting out the concrete policy and implementation recommendations arising from this research. The aim is to convey concise, accurate, and relevant information for city leaders, policy-makers and urban practitioners. It should be written in a clear language style, and in an actionable and accessible format for decision-makers.

Length: 2,000-3,000 words (not including references)

Abstract: Maximum of 250 words; unstructured

Summary for Policymakers: Maximum of 200 words; should be a short, concise summary of the key takeaways of your article to aid mayors and city policymakers, written in bullet points.

Commentary

Non-peer-reviewed

Commentaries should be of immediate interest to a broad readership and are written in an accessible, non-technical style. They may take the form of discussion fora, with multiple commentaries published by various authors published alongside one another.

Length: 3,000-5,000 words (not including references)

Abstract: Maximum of 250 words; unstructured

Summary for Policymakers: Maximum of 200 words; should be a short, concise summary of the key takeaways of your article to aid mayors and city policymakers, written in bullet points.

Editorial

Non-peer-reviewed

Length: Maximum of 1,500 words (not including references)

Abstract: Maximum of 150 words; unstructured

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Author Submission Guidelines

All Journal of City Climate Policy and Economy submissions, reviews, and editorial work is done through our online manuscript submission system. Manuscripts are received with the understanding that they are submitted solely to the journal and that none of the material contained in the manuscripts has been published previously or is under consideration for publication elsewhere, excluding abstracts.

At the time of submission, complete contact information (affiliation, postal/mail address, email address, and telephone numbers) for the corresponding author is required. First and last names, email addresses, and institutional affiliations of all coauthors are also required. After the manuscript is submitted, the corresponding author will receive an acknowledgment confirming receipt and a manuscript number. Authors will be able to track the status of their manuscripts via the online system. All submissions should be in English.

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Manuscript Components

Manuscripts should include the following components:

  • title page
  • abstract and keywords
  • summary for policymakers
  • introduction
  • methods
  • results
  • discussion
  • acknowledgements, as applicable
  • references
  • figure captions and legends, as applicable
  • tables, as applicable

Figures should be supplied in separate image files as detailed below. Number the pages consecutively, beginning with the title page as 1.

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Cover Letter

All manuscripts must be accompanied by a covering letter detailing what is being submitted and indicating the author to whom we should address correspondence and page proofs in the case of multiple authors (please include a contact address, telephone number, and e-mail address).

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Title Page

Title pages should include the following items:

  • main article title
  • a short running title of 55 characters or less
  • all authors’ full names, qualifications, and affiliations
  • the name of the institution from which the work originated

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Abstracts

Abstracts are required for Original Research, Review Articles, Policy Guidelines, and Commentaries. Please see “Structured Abstracts” for Original Research and Review Articles. Please see “Unstructured Abstracts” for Policy Guidelines and Commentaries.

Structured Abstracts

Structured abstracts are required for Original Research and Review Articles. Structured abstracts should include the following subheadings:

Background: This should include a clear statement of the aim of the study and the research question.

Methods: This should include the research design, setting of the study, and participants, including number participating and criteria for selection, entry, and exclusion. The interventions, if applicable, should be clearly outlined, as well as primary and secondary outcome measures.

Results: The main findings should be quantified with 95% confidence intervals and the number needed to treat or harm, if applicable. Absolute, rather than relative, risks are preferable.

Conclusion: This should state the overall conclusions that can be drawn from the study as well as any limitations and needs for further inquiry.

Unstructured Abstracts

Unstructured abstracts are required for Policy Guidelines and Commentaries. Unstructured abstracts should include a brief description of the manuscript.

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Summary for Policymakers

The Summary for Policymakers should be a short, concise summary of the key takeaways of your article to aid mayors and city policymakers, written in bullet points. Maximum of 200 words.

Abbreviations

Abbreviations must be defined at the first mention in the abstract and at the first mention in the text. Abbreviations and acronyms should be written out in the table notes, even if the first usage has already occurred in the text. Abbreviations should be avoided in article titles.

Units of Measure

All measurements should be in SI units (International System of Units).

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Acknowledgements

Brief acknowledgements may appear at the end of the manuscript before Contributions. See also the definition of Authorship. Substantial contributions to the research or manuscript that do not qualify as authorship should be included in Acknowledgement.

Submit a Permission to Acknowledge Form (PDF) for all individuals you wish to publicly acknowledge.

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Contributions

Author contributions to the article should appear after the Acknowledgments. They should be structured according to the CRediT taxonomy and author names should be listed with first and middle initials and last name. For example:

Conceptualization: S Peterson and NM Wang
Data curation: NM Wang
Funding acquisition: NM Wang
Investigation: S Peterson
Methodology: NM Wang
Writing – Original Draft: S Peterson and NM Wang
Writing – Review & Editing: S Peterson and NM Wang

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References

Authors are responsible for the accuracy and completeness of references and for correct text citation. The journal uses APA style for references.

Sample journal article reference

Parry, I., Heine, D., Kizzier, K., & Smith, T. (2022). A Carbon Levy for International Maritime Fuels. Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, 16(1), 25-41. https://doi.org/10.1086/717961

Parenthetical citation: (Parry et al., 2022)

Sample book reference

One Author

Miller, D. (2020). Solved: How the World’s Great Cities Are Fixing the Climate Crisis. University of Toronto Press.

Parenthetical citation: (Miller, 2020)

More than one author

Chu, C. L., & He, S. (2022). The Speculative City: Emergent Forms and Norms of the Built Environment. University of Toronto Press.

Parenthetical citation: (Chu & He, 2020)

Sample website references

Blumer, B. (2022, February 2). How Spiking Energy Prices Complicate the Fight Against Global Warming. The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/02/climate/oil-gas-prices-climate-change.html

Parenthetical citation: (Blumer, 2022)

C40 Cities. (n.d.). Green & Healthy Streets Declaration. Retrieved 13 February, 2022, from https://www.c40.org/declarations/green-healthy-streets-declaration/

Parenthetical citation: (C40 Cites, n.d.)

Personal Communication

Authors may cite personal communication or unpublished data in manuscripts. Personal communication must be accompanied by written permission from each source of such information. Personal communication should be cited parenthetically and should not be listed in the references.

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Tables

Use the table tool in Word to create tables on a separate page from the rest of the text.

  • Number tables in the order of table citation within the text
  • Add a brief and descriptive title to each table (10–15 words)
  • Add explanatory comments in footnotes below the table
  • If abbreviations are used within the table but not elsewhere within the text, an alphabetical listing must be included in the table footnotes

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Figures and Images

  • All figures should be submitted in their original formats. The lettering, decimals, lines and other details within figures should be sufficiently large to withstand reduction and reproduction.
  • Images should have a resolution of 300 dpi (dots per inch) or higher. Photographs and graphics should be submitted as graphic digital files saved as a high-resolution .jpeg, .tiff or .pdf file.
  • Graphs should be created using Microsoft Word (.doc/.docx), Microsoft PowerPoint (.ppt/.pptx), Microsoft Excel (.xls), or Adobe Illustrator (.ai or .eps).
  • All figure and image files should be uploaded separately from the manuscript file. Add a section to the manuscript file listing all figures. Figures will be included in the package for peer review.
  • Include an in-text callout in the article for figures and images (ex. “See Figure 1”).
  • Permissions to reproduce the images must be acquired.

Figure and Image Captions

At the end of the manuscript (following references), add a section listing figures in the same order in which figures are presented in the text.

  • Number figures in the order of appearance within the text
  • Add a brief and descriptive title to each figure (10–15 words)
  • If useful for clarity, add explanatory comments in footnotes below the figure
  • If abbreviations are used within the figure but not elsewhere within the text, an alphabetical listing must be included in the figure footnotes

Figure and Image Permissions

If authors do not hold copyright to images to be included in the article, written permission must be obtained from the copyright holder to reproduce any images using the Copyright Permission Form. Permissions must include the title of the article and the journal and must provide a non-exclusive, worldwide license for online publication in perpetuity.

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Editorial Policies for Authors

Authorship

Defining Authorship

All authors must have significantly contributed to the research; “guest”/“gift” authorship is strictly prohibited. With submission of the manuscript, a letter of transmittal must indicate that all authors have participated in the research, and have reviewed and agree with the content of the article.

According to the guidelines of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), authorship is based on the following criteria:

  • Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; and
  • Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and
  • Final approval of the version to be published; and
  • Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

All authors listed in a manuscript as authors should meet these criteria, and all who meet the criteria should be identified as authors in the manuscript. Individuals who do not meet these criteria for authorship should be acknowledged in an Acknowledgement section.

Submit a Permission to Acknowledge Form (PDF) for all individuals you wish to publicly acknowledge.

Author Contributions

Author contributions to the article should be included and structured according to the CRediT taxonomy. Please refer to our guidelines for Contributions.

Changes in Authorship

Authors must determine the order of authorship. Any changes to authorship, such as the order, addition, or deletion, should be approved by all authors and communicated in writing to the Editor-in-Chief.

Acknowledgements

Substantial contributions to the manuscript that do not qualify under the definition of authorship must be included in Acknowledgements. Individuals who do not meet the criteria for authorship but made substantial contributions to the research reported in this manuscript (e.g., data collection or analysis, writing or editing assistance) should be included with their full names, affiliations, and specific contributions in the Acknowledgments section of the manuscript. Authors must obtain written permission to include the names of all individuals included in the Acknowledgements section.

Corresponding Author

Authors should identify a corresponding author for each manuscript. The corresponding author will be primary point of contact with the editorial team and publisher during the submission, review, and publication processes. If the manuscript is accepted, the corresponding author will review an edited manuscript and proof, handle all post-publication communications, and will be identified as the corresponding author in the published article.

The corresponding author is also responsible for ensuring that acknowledgements, funding, conflict of interest and other disclosures, and authorship information is complete and accurate.

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Conflict of Interest

All authors must disclose any commercial associations or any other arrangements (e.g., financial compensation received, patient-licensing arrangements, potential to profit, consultancy, stock ownership, etc.) that may pose a conflict of interest in connection with the article using the Disclosure of Interest form (PDF). This information will be made available to the editor and reviewers, and will be included as part of the published paper in the disclosure section.

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Funding

All financial and material support for the research should be clearly and completely identified in the manuscript under the subheading Funding. At the time of submission, information on the funding source (including grant identification) should be included in the online manuscript submission and review system.

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Ethics of Human Experiments

Methods

For studies involving human subjects, the Methods section of the manuscript must include a description of the process for obtaining informed consent from participants.

Approval by Ethics Review Board

The Journal of City Climate Policy and Economy requires that all studies involving human subjects are conducted ethically, meet the legal requirements of the study country, and are approved by an ethics review board. Authors are accountable for obtaining ethics approval certificates and must certify that approval was secured as part of the submission process. Editors may request documentation of the formal review and recommendations of the ethics review board.

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Data Sharing Policy

The Journal of City Climate Policy and Economy encourages authors to share and make available to readers all data and other artefacts on which the conclusions of the paper rely whenever ethically feasible. Authors should include in their paper a data accessibility statement and include a link to the appropriate public repository used whenever applicable.

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Editorial Conflicts of Interest

Following peer review, final decisions regarding publication are usually made by the Editor-in-Chief. In the event that the Editor-in-Chief has a potential conflict of interest with the manuscript or its authors, there is a recusal process and the manuscript is assigned to an Associate Editor or an alternative member of the editorial team who does not have a conflict of interest related to the manuscript.

In the event that a manuscript is authored or co-authored by a member of the editorial team (i.e., Editorial Board members, Associate Editors, or Editor-in-Chief), the manuscript will be assigned to another editorial team member in order to avoid a conflict of interest. For example, if the Editor-in-Chief is a co-author of a paper for peer review, an Associate Editor will act as the Editor-in-Chief for that paper. The editorial team member who is an author or co-author of a submitted paper will have access to the same information regarding the submitted paper as any non-editorial team author/co-author of any other paper.

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Author Publishing Agreement

Following a decision of acceptance, authors will receive author agreements in electronic format. Each author receives and completes a separate agreement. In this agreement, authors transfer copyright to the University of Toronto Press. Authors who are employed by a federal government are exempt from this agreement, and instead must submit a copy of the federal governmental office’s copyright license.

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Reproduction or Reuse

Manuscripts published in the Journal of City Climate Policy and Economy are copyrighted to the University of Toronto Press. Requests by third parties for permission to reproduce content published in Journal of City Climate Policy and Economy should be made to the University of Toronto Press using the Permission Request Form.

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Useful Forms

All submissions to the Journal of City Climate Policy and Economy must be the author’s original work, not previously published, and not currently under consideration for publication in another journal. Submissions must include the Disclosure of Interest Form (PDF) for each co-author and may require one of the following other forms as applicable. Please consult the Author Submission Guidelines for details.

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Further Author Resources

Additional resources available for authors include the following:

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