By submitting to JURD, the author indicates that the article:

  • is an original contribution (all papers will go through plagiarism check upon submission);
  • has not been published elsewhere (except as a part of author's thesis, or conference abstract); and
  • is not under consideration for publication in any other journal.

JURD conducts a double-blind review for all submission after editorial check and quality control.  The author(s) might be asked to implement revisions to the manuscript according to the assessment of the reviews and/or editorial team. The article could be accepted or rejected after the revision process is completed. Please note that the article cannot be further revised after it is accepted for publication. Please make sure that the manuscript is accurate and updated.

The proficiency of the English language, including the proper usage of grammar and uniform spelling, must be checked prior to submission of the manuscript. Either American or British spellings are acceptable as long as it remains constant throughout the manuscript. If the manuscript does not pass the initial quality control, the author(s) will be advised to use a professional proofreading service before the review process begins. In order to accelerate the publication process, the authors are advised to ensure language proficiency prior to submission. JURD uses a neutral language and the usage of pronouns such as “I”, “we”, “our” should be avoided if possible.

The manuscript must remain anonymous throughout the review process, so all names (including the acknowledgement) must be removed before the manuscript is accepted for publication. The name of interviewed individuals, participants, and collaborators can be added only with a written consent.  Please make sure that all supplementary materials (tables, figures, maps, charts, etc.) are embedded in the text and submitted separately with the highest quality resolution for print.

Currently, JURD accepts the following types of articles:

  • Original research articles
  • Editorials and guest editorials
  • Book reviews


Original research articles

The submission must comprise a cover page and an anonymous manuscript according to the following order:

Cover page:

  • The title (it is recommended not to exceed 20 words)
  • The name and affiliation of the author(s)
  • Full contact details of the corresponding author
  • Email addresses of co-authors

The manuscript:

  • Title: must not exceed 20 words.
  • Abstract: no more than 150 words, the abstract should present a simple summary of the paper for a general and wide range of audiences.
  • Keywords: 3 to 6 keywords must be provided with the abstract for indexing and search engine optimization.
  • Sections: the article must include an introduction and conclusion section; the rest (e.g. methodology, literature review, discussion, and/or analysis) can be formulated by the author(s).
    • The introduction must clearly explain the main aims and objectives of the paper.
  • Length: the manuscript should be between 5000 to 8000 words (not including the abstract, tables, figures, and references).
  • The manuscript should be typed as single-spaced.
  • Tables and figures: must be uploaded both embodied in the manuscript and in a separated zip file.
    • All tables and figures must have captions and must be cited within the manuscript.
  • See Presentation and Formatting page for further specifications.


Editorials and guest editorials

Both editorials and guest editorials require an invitation from the JURD editorial board. JURD editorial board will also consider proposals for guest editorial including specific thematic suggestions. The content of editorial material will be subjected to the same ethics and principles that are required for original research articles.


Book reviews

Book reviews must follow the general instructions for authors in terms of language and formatting.  The review should include a critical reading of the book describing the main framework, the key objectives, and intended target audience for the book. It should also include a critical analysis of how or if the author has achieved the main objectives set by the author. The review must provide constructive criticism addressing the strengths and weaknesses of the book.

  • Book reviews must include introductory information: Author(s) names, title, publisher, price, number of pages, hardcover / paperback, and ISBN.
  • The book reviews should be between 1200 and 1500 words.



JURD follows Harvard referencing style. The style comprises authors’ last name and the year of publication enclosed in parenthesis. The page number must be provided if quoted directly. When the citation is a natural part of the sentence, only year of publication (and, if required, page number) must be in parentheses. All listed references must have a corresponding in-line citation. For inline citations, please use the following guideline:

  • One author: (Hoskara, 2018), or Hoskara (2018), or Hoskara (2018, p. 25)
  • Two authors: (Dehghanmongabadi & Hoşkara, 2018), or Dehghanmongabadi and Hoşkara (2018), or Dehghanmongabadi and Hoşkara (2018, p. 25)
  • Three or more authors: (Doratli et al., 2004), or Doratli et al. (2004), or Doratli et al. (2004, p. 25)
  • Publications by the same author(s) in the same year: (Hoskara 2018b), or Hoskara (2018b), or Hoskara (2018b, p. 25)
  • Personal communications can be cited in the text and not in the final reference list: (Hoskara, 2008, personal communication)
  • To-be-published works must be cited as ‘forthcoming’ in the text: (Doratli et al., forthcoming), or Doratli et al. (forthcoming).
  • Any reference in a language other than English should be witten in its original title with an English translation in parentheses: Hoskara, S., 2006, “Tarihi Kentsel Alanların Korunmasında “Sürdürülebilir Canlandırma Yaklaşımı” (Sustainable Revitalization” Approach for The Conservation of Historic Urban Quarters), Yapı, No. 296, July 2006, pp. 38-42.


References must be organized according to the alphabetical order of the first author’s last name. The use of Endnote or similar indexing software are highly encouraged. Please use the following examples as a general guideline:


Cresswell, J.W. (1994), Research Design: Qualitative & Quantitative Approaches, SAGE Publications, London.

Chapters in edited books

Hoskara, S.O. (2008). Designing architectural curricula according to international documents: the case of the Eastern Mediterranean University, North Cyprus. In The Oxford Conference: A Re-evaluation of Education in Architecture (Vol. 2001, No. 7, p. 415). WIT Press, London.

Articles in journals

Doratli, N., Hoskara, S.O. & Fasli, M. (2004). An analytical methodology for revitalization strategies in historic urban quarters: a case study of the Walled City of Nicosia, North Cyprus. Cities21(4), pp. 329-348.

Articles in conference proceedings

Mulliner, E. & Maliene, V. (2011). Criteria for sustainable housing affordability. In Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Environmental Engineering,Vilnius, Lithuania, 19–20 May 2011, pp. 966–973.

Unpublished papers/talks presented at conferences

Hoskara, S., Doganer, S. (2019), “Morphological Formation of King Williams Historic District, San Antonio”, ISUF 2019: Cities as Assemblages, 2-9 July 2019, Nicosia, Cyprus.


Iranmanesh, A. (2019), “Exploring the distribution of urban socio-spatial ‘nteractions through the perspective of digital mobile communication” (unpublished doctoral dissertation), Eastern Mediterranean University, Famagusta, North Cyprus.

Research papers/reports/working papers

Bloom., G. et. al. (2005). Poverty Reduction During Democratic Transition: The Malawi Social Action Fund 1996-2001. Brighton, UK: Institute of Development Studies. IDS Research Report no. 56.

Newspaper or magazine articles (without a named author)

Economist (2005). The mountain man and the surgeon. 24 December, pp. 24–26.


Bond, S. A., Hwang, S., Lin, Z. and Vandell, K. (2005). Period risk in a portfolio context: theory and empirical estimates from the UK commercial real estate market. Cambridge, UK: Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge (mimeo).


Habitat, U.N. (2003). The challenge of slums: global report on human settlements. London: Earthscan.

Online sources

James, C. (2000), “Research Report on Training for Urban Design”, (date you reach)