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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).
  • All author's names and email addresses have been inputed into the system. Co-authors have been informed prior to submission, and adhere to the ICJME authorship criteria:
  • Documents for first submissions have been anonymized (i.e., author's names omitted) to facilitate double-blind peer review. Use of submission template is encouraged but not required for first submissions.
  • Resubmissions include an itemised Response to Reviewers, and are submitted using the template:
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines. Where available, DOIs and URLs for the references have been provided.

Research Articles

  • Up to 4,000 words (excluding references)
  • Please include the following sections:
    • Abstract (200 words)
    • Summary of practical implications for those working in urban design and mental health (under 80 words)
    • Introduction
    • Methods
    • Results
    • Discussion
    • References

Dialogue (previously Analysis and Op-eds)

  • 1,000-2,000 words (excluding references).
  • Abstracts not required.
  • Please write in essay style, focusing on a specific topic pertaining to an aspect of urban design and mental health.

City case studies

  • Conduct an assessment of a selected city's approach to urban design for mental health
  • 3,000 - 8,000 words (excluding references)
  • Select a city and use our research protocol to summarise the rationale, principles and prioritisation of urban design for mental health in your city of choice. Identify particular approaches your city takes, and extract opportunities for your city, plus any lessons for other cities.
  • To proceed, view City Case Study Methods and Protocol.

Project case studies

  • Urban projects designed with an intention of promoting mental health
  • 1,000-2,000 words (excluding references)
  • Please use whatever format works best for the project you are describing. Please focus on the relevance of the project for mental health, including the ideas behind the project and any feedback.
  • Please include photographs with appropriate attributions.

Review Articles

  • Research summaries and Reviews
  • Up to 4,000 words (excluding references)
  • No specific format required, but please include a short Summary of Practical Implications for those working in urban design/mental health.

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