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Author Guidelines

Submitting Manuscripts to Urban Library Journal 

Manuscripts, written in APA style, must be submitted electronically as an email attachment in MSWord to the editors.

  1. Articles should be formatted in APA style.
  2. MS Word document
    1. Body of text--Century 12-point font (if you don’t have Century, use Times New Roman)
    2. Section headers—Century 14 pt, centered
    3. Title of article—Century 16 pt, centered
  3. Please use  one-inch margins on all sides.
  4. Text should be single spaced.
  5. Please do not include page numbers.
  6. There should be a single blank line between paragraphs with no indentation for the first line.
  7. All copy aligned left; do not justify.
  8. Please divide your article into sections; there should be two hard breaks before and after sections.
  9. Only insert a single space between words and after punctuation.
  10. There should be  two hard breaks between citations in bibliography (treat each citation as a paragraph)
  11. Distinguish between hyphens between words, dashes in ranges of numbers and parenthetical dashes.
  12. Please do not include headers and footers.
  13. Please do not reduce images. Embed into Word documents any illustrations or graphs; if possible, also send images separately as .gif or .jpg files.
  14. Please include an abstract (50-200) words.
  15. Please include a brief biography (50 words).
  16. Please supply four to six keywords for your article.

For questions about manuscripts, editorial queries, or comments, contact:

Junior Tidal
NYC College of Technology 


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.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

    1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

    2. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.

    3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).


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