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Author Guidelines

The submission must not have been previously published, or submitted simultaneously to another journal for consideration.

Authors must submit their manuscripts within the platform, using the 5-step submission process. The manuscript file must contain the main text, without the author’s name appearing under the title, in notes and references (it should be substituted with ***). Also the document’s properties must not contain the author’s name or other personal details, using the anonymizing functions provided by the different softwares (see also Ensuring a Blind Review).

The anonymous manuscript will be uploaded at step 2 of the submission process. The manuscript must comply with the guidelines in “Formatting.”

Submission metadata will be provided at step 3 of the submission process, and must include the following:

  • For each author of the manuscript: first name and last name, email, ORCiD (if available), institutional affiliation, country, and a brief biographical note (50-100 words).

  • Title

  • An abstract (150-200 words)

  • Five keywords, separated by semicolons


  • City Culture and Creative Practices accepts only manuscripts in English. US English spelling is preferred.

  • Manuscripts should be submitted in .doc or .docx format.

  • Authors should prepare the manuscript with double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font. Paragraphs should be indented, and the page should have 2.5 cm margins. Footnotes should be used.

  • Papers should be maximum 6000 words including footnotes and bibliography (for the main, Écosophies and Anthropocene sections), and 4000 words for the Perspectives section.

  • The section Practices has no strict formatting standards, as it encourages cross-format contributions, ranging from texts (fiction and nonfiction), images, projects, audio-visual material, comic strips, etc.

Style and citations

Spelling should conform the US standard. Please Consult the Merriam-Webster’s 11th Collegiate Dictionary for spelling, hyphenation, italicization, capitalization, use of numbers, punctuation, and other matters of style.

Manuscripts should conform to the style requirements defined by the Chicago Manual of Style. CPCL uses the note and bibliography system. Notes are identified with a superscript number in the text.

Shortened notes must be used when referring to a work previously cited in the text. Two consecutive citations should be formatted as

  1. ibid., 45.

A bibliography, containing the full list of references must be included at the end of the text in the format specified below.

  1. Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia, trans. Brian Massumi (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1987), 315-16.

  2. Pierre Klossowksi, Nietzsche et le cercle vicieux (Paris: Mercure de France, 1969), 12.

Shortened notes
  1. Deleuze and Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus, 320.

  2. Klossowski, Nietzsche, 24.

Bibliography entry

Deleuze, Gilles and Guattari, Félix. A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia. Translated by Brian Massumi. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1987.

Klossowksi, Pierre. Nietzsche et le cercle vicieux. Paris: Mercure de France, 1969.

Chapter or other part of an edited book
  1. Susan Sontag, “Notes on ‘Camp,’” in Against Interpretation and Other Essays (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1966), 181-92.

  2. Jodi Dean, “From Scientific Socialism to Socialist Science: Naturdialektik then and now,” in The Idea of Communism, ed. Costas Douzinas and Slavoj Žižek (London and New York: Verso, 2009), 176-92.

Shortened note
  1. Sontag, “Notes on ‘Camp,’” 181.

  2. Dean, “Scientific Socialism,” 179.

Bibliography entry

Sontag, Susan. “Notes on ‘Camp,’” in Against Interpretation and Other Essays. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1966.

Dean, Jodi. “From Scientific Socialism to Socialist Science: Naturdialektik then and now,” in The Idea of Communism, edited by Costas Douzinas and Slavoj Žižek. London and New York: Verso, 2009.

Journal Article
  1. Robert Somol and Sarah Whiting, “Notes Around the Doppler Effect and Other Moods of Modernism,” Perspecta 33 (2002): 76

  2. Alina A. Payne, “Rudolf Wittkower and Architectural Principles in the Age of Modernism,” Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 53, no. 3 (1994): 325.

Shortened note
  1. Somol and Whiting, “Doppler Effect,” 75.

  2. Payne, “Rudolf Wittkower,” 323.

Bibliography entry

Somol, Robert and Whiting, Sarah. “Notes Around the Doppler Effect and Other Moods of Modernism.” Perspecta 33 (2002): 72-77.

Payne, Alina A. “Rudolf Wittkower and Architectural Principles in the Age of Modernism.” Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 53, no. 3 (1994): 322-342.

Figures and illustrations

Please provide figures in the highest resolution possible. Please make sure that images are at least 600 dpi for grayscale and 300 dpi for color images.

High-resolution figures should be saved separately from the text and uploaded in the author's submission form.

Low resolution copies of the images must be included within the text at the appropriate insertion point. Captions and image sources must be inserted under each image.

Low resolution copies of the illustration should be inserted, one per page in the manuscript, with captions and image sources, at the end of the text.

Image files should be named according to their figure number, eg. Figure01.jpg, Figure02.tiff, etc.

Image copyrights and reproduction permissions must be obtained by authors.


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 Microsoft Word document file format (.docx).
  3. Where available, DOIs or URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is double-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.

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