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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 Microsoft Word file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • 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.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • Please check the JULTR dcoument formatting guide before submitting manuscripts, which can be found at

Author Guidelines


Submissions for the JULTR must clearly have urban education, teaching, learning, and/or research as their focus. Manuscripts must be double-spaced, in Times New Roman 12-point font, with one-inch margins, on numbered pages, including the first page.

Manuscript title and abstract should appear in the body of the manuscript. To facilitate the double-blind review process, no authors’ names or institutional identifiers should be noted in the manuscript. If identifying information is included, the manuscript will be returned to the author(s) without a review.

The recommended manuscript length is approximately 3,000-4,000 words.

Figures, tables (must be in Word format), charts and graphs must be camera ready and in APA. All manuscripts must conform to the stylistic guidelines of the most recent publication manual of the American Psychological Association (APA). Please check the JULTR dcoument formatting guide before submitting manuscripts for copy editing.

Submission Guidelines

Empirical as well as theoretical manuscripts will be considered for publication.

We are looking for a variety of contributors: K-12 practitioners, administrators, professors of education, etc. We will pay particular attention to issues of intersectionality, social justice, and the issue of teachers as public intellectuals when vetting proposals. 

Some topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • The uprisings of summer 2020 and their implications for urban education
  • Issues of equity caused by the COVID-19 global pandemic
  • Intersectional feminist issues in urban education
  • Charter schools in urban areas
  • Differential discipline within urban environments
  • Experiences of urban teachers, teachers, and principals
  • Historical examinations of urban education
  • Intersectional experiences and issues of social justice in urban education
  • School financing in urban areas
  • School pushout
  • Teacher shortage and turnover in urban areas

Book Reviews

JULTR also publishes book reviews dealing with issues of urban education.

Books that are reviewed must have been published between 2019-2021 and must clearly have urban education, teaching, learning, and/or research as their focus.

Reviews should be approximately 500-750 words each.

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