The writing process
Guidelines for articles
Urban Food Futures articles cover a wide array of issues related to urban food systems: from challenges to solutions. Articles present analysis about actions (carried out by citizens, communities or private actors), urban food policies (their levers, their governance and their impacts), other policies that have an impact on the sustainability of urban food systems. The primary focus of Urban Food Futures is on countries from the Global North, but it covers other parts of the world when relevant.
Sources for the articles
All Urban Food Futures articles are based on scientific publications. Sources for the articles are academic articles, doctoral dissertations, books or book chapters, reports or conference presentations. They are selected for their scientific quality and their relevance for action. We give priority to literature reviews (rather than single case studies) and to innovative topics that prepare tomorrow’s urban food systems.
All Urban Food Futures writers can choose from a publication list validated by our Editorial Board (ideas for new articles are welcome and will be included for validation by the Board).
All Urban Food Futures articles are based both on the original academic paper and an interview with the paper’s lead author (who is also given the opportunity to review it), in order to ensure its quality. All Urban Food Futures articles are validated by the Editor in Chief.
ARTICLES LENGHT and structure
Our articles are around 1,000 words long. They should be organised in 3 to 4 paragraphs with headings.
Writing for practitioners
All authors should keep in mind that they are writing to a non scientific audience. Therefore, they should make their article as easy-to-read as possible, avoid jargon or theoretical developments, give as many examples as possible to illustrate their points and formulate policy recommandations as concrete as possible. Your main question should be: "what's in this research that practitioners should know ?"
Articles are published in English and French. Writers are not expected to write in both languages, as translation is performed separately if needed.