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Urban Agriculture & Regional Food Systems is a multi-disciplinary, peer-reviewed and open access journal focusing on urban and peri-urban agriculture and systems of urban and regional food provisioning in developing, transition, and advanced economies.
The journal intends to be a platform for cutting edge research on urban and peri-urban agricultural production for food and non-food (e.g. flowers, medicine, cosmetics) uses and for social, environmental and health services (e.g. tourism, water storage, care, education, waste recycling, urban greening). It aims to explore, analyze, and critically reflect upon urban and regional food production, processing, transport, trade, marketing, and consumption and the social, economic, environmental, health and spatial contexts, relations, and impacts of these food provisioning activities.
The journal addresses one of the contemporary grand societal challenges: how to secure the availability, affordability, and access to culturally appropriate, nutritious, and safe food for a growing and rapidly urbanizing world population in times of increasing resource scarcity, diet-related ill-health, and climate change. This contemporary grand societal challenge requires a multi-disciplinary approach and hence Urban Agriculture & Regional Food Systems welcomes contributions from a wide variety of disciplines, such as sociology, economics, marketing and consumer studies, gender studies, human and economic geography, urban and regional planning, architecture, urbanism, landscape architecture, political science, agronomy, soil science, water management, and public health studies. The journal publishes original research as well as critical reviews.

Manuscript Submission

Urban Agriculture & Regional Food Systems uses an online editorial office system. To submit a manuscript for review, authors should go here: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/urbanag. Manuscripts will be sent to referees for review. In all cases the Editor's decision will be final. Correspondence relating to previously published material is encouraged as long as its principal aim is to improve accuracy and refine or refute an argument. Submission of an article means that it has not been published elsewhere, nor under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Submit Online: Complete manuscripts should be submitted as Microsoft Word (preferred) or PDF files at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/urbanag. New users will be asked to register at this site and will receive a user name and password.
Format: MS Word or PDF files may be submitted. All sections of the manuscript should be double-spaced. Use the page-numbering and line-numbering functions in your original file to allow discussion of particular sections of the manuscript. TeX files are not accepted for review or production of accepted manuscripts.
Peer Review: All manuscripts submitted undergo double blind peer review. See the editorial policy information page for additional information on review policy.
Reviewers: Authors will be prompted to provide a list of potential reviewers. These reviewers must not have a conflict of interest involving the authors or paper, and the editorial board has the right to not use any reviewers suggested by authors.
Internal Reviews: If internal reviews are required at your research institution, these reviews must be completed prior to submission to the journal. If a manuscript is altered on the basis of an internal review after acceptance, publication will be delayed and the manuscript may be returned to the editorial board for an additional review.
Revision of Manuscripts: Authors have four weeks to review and return their manuscript following reviewer and associate editor comments. Manuscripts may be released if revisions are not received, and the paper will have to be submitted as a new manuscript.

Article Requirements

Authors should follow the ASA-CSSA-SSSA style when formatting manuscripts for submission. Articles for Urban Agriculture & Regional Food Systems have to be between 6000 and 8000 words.
Please submit the manuscript file in Word or PDF format containing the title, abstract, text, references, and tables. Please submit figures in separate files. Ensure that the manuscript is anonymous by omitting your name, funding information, and excluding self-identifying references. 

The submission should contain the following elements:
• Title
• Core ideas
• Abstract
• Abbreviations list
• Text
• References list
• Figure captions
• Tables
• Figures (figures may be submitted separately as high-resolution image files in the following acceptable formats: EPS, TIF, PDF, or JPEG)

When your paper is accepted you will need to submit final files for production. TeX files are not accepted because they are not compatible with our copyediting and layout system.
Title: A short title, not exceeding 12 words, is required. It must accurately describe the manuscript contents.
Author Affiliations: On the title page include all authors' names and complete mailing addresses. Use an asterisk in the author byline to identify the corresponding author and supply the email address of the corresponding author. Professional titles are not listed. Other information, such as grant funding, may be included here or placed in an acknowledgment. The submitting author should have sent each living co-author a draft copy of the manuscript and have obtained the co-author’s assent to co-authorship of it. From time to time, authors’ names are either added or deleted from a given manuscript between the time of submission and publication. In situations such as this the ethical and responsible manner of handling this type of change is for the lead author to advise the author being added or deleted of the addition or deletion and to notify, in writing, the Editor and Managing Editor of the journal.
Core Ideas: Include 3 to 5 summary statements that convey the core findings of the article. The purpose of these short, bullet-pointed statements is to identify the most relevant outcomes of the paper and to provide a synopsis encapsulating the significance of the research and its implications for readers. Each statement must be 85 characters or less (spaces included). If the article is accepted, the core ideas may also be used for promoting and publicizing the research.
Abstract: An informative, self-explanatory abstract, not exceeding 250 words, must be included. It should state specifically why and how the study was made, what the results were, and why they are important.
Math: Use keyboard formatting where possible (i.e., bold, super-/subscripts, simple variables, Greek font, etc.) and use MathType or the Microsoft Word equation editor for display equations. 
Tables: Tables must be numbered consecutively. Submit tables in a word-processing format, not as graphics. Do not duplicate matter presented in figures. Use the following symbols for footnotes in the order shown: †, ‡, §, ¶, #, ‡‡, ..., etc. The symbols *, **, and *** are used to show statistical significance at 0.05, 0.01, and 0.001 levels, respectively, and are not used for other footnotes.
Figures: Authors are responsible for obtaining all permissions for use of figures from other publishers; supply these releases at the time the accepted manuscript is forwarded for production. Authors are also responsible for obtaining permission from individuals whose images are included in photographs. Please note that ASA-CSSA-SSSA reserves the right to publish and republish any images you submit. Type figure captions in the word-processing file following the references. Authors can publish color photos, figures, and maps. Label all figure parts. Prepare graphs and charts that will read well both on screen and as a PDF file printed from an office-quality printer. The final journal will include a PDF version of each article that closely resembles a printed journal; thus, make the figure type large enough to be legible after reduction to a final width of 8.5 cm (1 column) or 18 cm (2 columns). Authors can test a figure's legibility by reducing it to this size on a photocopier. Use open style or block letters and heavy lines that don't disappear with reduction. Any legend for graph lines or symbols should appear in the figure itself rather than in the captions. Files accepted are pdf, TIF, or EPS. Be sure to check the quality of the file before you send it. A single pdf file with all figures is acceptable. If sending TIF or EPS files, please send one for each figure, joining multi-panel figures into one image. EPS files often do not work if the fonts have not been converted to graphics. Name files with the manuscript number, figure number, and file type extension. Artwork files should adhere to the following resolution settings: 300 dpi for line art; 150 for photos. Color should be RGB rather than CMYK. Do not include figure legends or other extraneous text in a graphic file. Please do not submit graphics as PowerPoint or Excel.
References: The author-year system is required; numbered references are not allowed. Single-authored articles should precede multiple-author articles for which the individual is senior author. Two or more articles by the same author(s) are listed chronologically; two or more in the same year are indicated by the letters a, b, c, etc. The reference list can include theses, dissertations, abstract publications, and accessible online material. Material such as personal communications or privileged data should be cited in the text in parentheses. For chapters from books, include author(s), year, chapter title, pages, editor(s), book title, and publisher's name and location. For proceedings references, include author(s), year, article title, pages, editor(s), proceedings' title, location, date, and publisher's name and location. Authors should make sure that all references cited in the text, tables, and figure captions are listed in the reference section and vice versa. Authors should also be sure that spellings of names and dates of the references listed match the citations.
SI Units: The International System of Units (SI) must be used. Corresponding English or metric units may be included in parentheses after the SI value.
Data Availability: Authors are required to make their original research data publicly available. We encourage authors to submit original data as supplemental information with their manuscript, or, alternatively, to make the information publicly available in an institutional or other type of repository (ex., Dryad). Authors should be mindful of the confidentiality of research respondents (ex., social science research).
Supplemental Data: Supplemental data - to be published online only - may include additional information regarding methodology, supplemental figures or tables, or primary data sets; it must be submitted with the original manuscript submission so it can be peer reviewed. See the style guide for additional details.

Language Editing

Particularly if English is not your first language, before submitting your manuscript you may wish to have it edited for language. This is not a mandatory step, but may help to ensure that the academic content of your paper is fully understood by journal editors and reviewers. Language editing does not guarantee that your manuscript will be accepted for publication. If you would like information about one such service please contact the editorial office. Authors are liable for all costs associated with such services. A list of paid resources can be found at https://dl.sciencesocieties.org/publications/language-help.

Publication Fees

High income countries: $950
High middle income countries: $550
Low middle income countries: $350
Low income countries: $100

The above classification has been made by the World Bank. A copy of these statistics will be sent to you immediately upon request. 

Open Access Options

All articles published in Urban Agriculture & Regional Food Systems are made immediately available worldwide under an open access, CC BY-NC ND license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/). Authors also have the option of choosing a CC BY license for an additional $500 fee over the regular manuscript fee.

CC BY https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
In summary: You may share immediately with attribution. Open access articles may be posted on an author’s personal Website, funder and institutional repositories, and article sharing sites.

CC BY-NC-ND https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/ 
In summary: You may share immediately with attribution, but not for commercial or derivative purposes. Open access articles may be posted on an author’s personal Website, funder and institutional repositories, and article sharing sites. This license permits noncommercial copying and redistribution of articles with proper attribution, and prohibits distribution of derivative content.

Important note: Some articles may contain figures, tables, or text taken from other publications, for which this publisher does not hold the copyright or the right to re-license the published material. Please note that you should inquire with the original copyright holder (usually the original publisher or authors), whether or not this material can be reused. 

Official Sources

• Spelling: Merriam-Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary
• Plant scientific names: USDA–ARS GRIN Taxonomy (http://www.ars-grin.gov/cgi-bin/npgs/html/index.pl)
• Chemical names: ChemBioFinder.com (http://chembiofinder.cambridgesoft.com/)
• Soil series descriptions: USDA–NRCS Official Soil Series Descriptions (https://soilseries.sc.egov.usda.gov/osdname.asp)
• Fungal nomenclature: Fungi on Plants and Plant Products in the United States (APS Press)
• Journal abbreviations: Chemical Abstracts Service Source Index (CASSI; American Chemical Society, http://cassi.cas.org/)

Plagiarism Screening

Papers submitted to Urban Agriculture & Regional Food Systems are screened for plagiarism prior to being sent for review. If there appears to be major repetition from other sources, the Editor will evaluate the duplication and take appropriate action as warranted.

 For questions about the format of submissions, the process of submitting a manuscript, or about the status of manuscripts that have been submitted and assigned a manuscript number, please contact Urban Agriculture & Regional Food Systems managing editor Liz Gebhardt.