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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.
  • 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).
  • The submission file is in an editable format: Microsoft Word (preferred). In special circumstances OpenOffice, Pages, or RTF file formats will be accepted. PDF or Locked files are NOT permitted.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided. The Reference List must be placed at the end of the document, compliant to APA6th citation style, and only list citations used in the body of the article. No un-cited bibliography will be accepted.
  • 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.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Author Guidelines (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY):

NOTE: You must first create or have a User Account (free) to access some of the links below.

Download Author Guidelines and Instructions

1) create or update your login to the journal site:
2) submit through your login,  your scholarly article for consideration being careful to remove affiliation and author name in the separately uploaded word.doc file.
3) select the track/theme you feel best fits your submission topic: submit in word.doc, or word.docx format
4) write in International English; may use Sub-Headings (Arial 14 BOLD Font Size) in body of article where essential, including final section named "References" in APA 7th Reference list Format: Arial 11 Normal Font size; normal kerning; Single Line spacing within paragraphs; double line spacing between paragraphs; Italics may be used sparingly for emphasis. Images to be clear and efficient in file size to Editors satisfaction (72psi to 300psi resolution, optimised for web or email file size).
5) use the APA 7th citation style
6) maintain active communication with the journal.
7) use A4 page size; 1.5cm margins all round; 

Your submission will be reviewed against the following principles:

  1. Topical for the study of Human Settlements and the New Urban Agenda.
  2. Thesis or assertion is clearly made in the abstract and introduction.
  3. Prior scholarly literature on the topic is given in the introduction sets the scene for the paper, including prior Ekistic articles/monographs.
  4. Methodology and methods are summarised and defended.
  5. Data, observations, visuals are clear and relevant: normally less than 5 such visuals/tables in the paper.
  6. Discussion of findings/issues raised is clear with logical conclusions offered.
  7. Reference list and in-text citation format are consistent with APA-7th standards 

Your article topics will be mapped against the Ekistic Grid

  1. Classification of articles for this journal: download the Ekitics Grid Guidelines
  2. Please familiarise yourself to the Ekistic Grid system.
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Paper Proposal

There are two ways to submit a paper to EKISTICS.  The first is the traditional way where a full paper is submitted directly for consideration in a general future issue.  The second is for a Two-Step submission process common for Special-Issues.  

This Section must be selected for the Two-Step process where the Author first submits a very short 200-300 word paper proposal (a short abstract only)  seeking advice if the proposed paper to follow is sufficiently on-theme for a Call put out by EKISTICS for an upcoming Special Issue.

Once the 200-300 word proposal is submitted, the Author will be given instructions on whether to proceed to them complete the process by uploading and submitting the full complete paper for double-blind peer review.  This may be for invitation towards the intended Special issue, or towards a general issue in the Jouranl's schedule. 

Front Matter

Standard Inside Cover content 


Scholary Articles

This section contains Scholarly Articles of research.  Papers and proposals are double-blind peer reviewed, and subject to quality editing.  Successful articles proceed to copy and proofing for an online pubication into a future issue of Ekistics and the New Habitat.

  1. Articles are typically 5000 to 7000 words with clearly labelled annotated figures and/or images.
  2. Ekistic Grid reference: All authors are responsible for assuring a final quality edit of their paper is demonstrated to the Editors.  The Authors must recommend their best-fit meta-reference points in the Ekistics Logarithmic Scale (ELS) or 'Ekistic Grid'.  The Editor reserves the right to adjust the grid reference for improved representation and consistency purposes.
  3. The structure of each Scholarly Article will follow the format below:
  • Title (normally less than 10 words)
  • List of Author(s) and their Institutional Affiliation.
  • Abstract (250 words)
  • Body with sub-headings (5000-7000 words)
  • Reference list at the end of the paper 

In-text and Reference list Citations Format to comply with APA-7th style.

Font: 11 point. Arial.

Please use the submission template.  


Scholarly Essays/Extended Abstracts

Scholarly Extended Abstracts are serious submissions for peer review status.  They are typically 1000 to 1500 words with in-text citations, and end of work full reference list to APA 7th Citation Standards. They typically include:

  1. Project/Abstract title
  2. Authors and co-authors, with institutional affliations
  3. Keywords
  4. Short summary (200 words)
  5. Extended Scholarly Abstract (1500)
  6. In-text citation and Reference list
  7. up to 3 images that together must to be contained in the space of one A4 page.

In-text and Reference list Citations Format to comply with APA-7th style.

Font: 11 point. Arial.

Practitioner Articles

This section is dedicated to critical reflections by practitioners.  It is peer reviewed for copy standard to yield an insightful article using the English language and a professional engaging tone.

The purpose of this section is to ring the voice of practice to the journal.

Articles, with images, are typically 1000 to 1500 words.  Scholarly references are optional.

  • Title (normally less than 10 words)
  • List of Author(s) and their Institutional Affiliation.
  • Abstract (250 words)
  • Body with sub-headings (1000-1500 words)
  • Reference list at end of paper optional

In-text and Reference list Citations Format to comply with APA-7th style.

Font: 11 point. Arial.



Book Reviews

This section invites reviews of non-fiction books, and reference books, to facilitate the wider community of research and practice in the field of human settlement studies. 

Typically a Book review is written in a professional tone, offers highlights and annotations, and suggests audiences they find the book interesting.

Typically 1200-1400 words, plus one to three sample images (including a cover image) and a URL for where to find the book online.

In-text and Reference list Citations Format to comply with APA-7th style.

Font: 11 points. Arial.

Viewpoint Articles

Viewpoint articles are typically proposed by an academic or professional with considerable experience. They appear with title, author, institutional affiliation, body text (1500-3000 words), and APA 7th References at the end of the article. They may focus on a timely issue that aligns with the journal's areas of interest.

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