Call For Submissions

Perspectives on Urban Education is currently accepting submissions for our 15thanniversary issue. We invite the submission of manuscripts that reflect on changes in Urban Education in the last 15 years—What issues have we resolved? What progress have we made? What challenges remain? How can we surmount them? Where will we be 15 years from now?  We encourage authors to refer to earlier issues of Perspectives as they prepare their manuscripts for submission.

Please see the complete current call here

We encourage researchers, graduate students, practitioners, policy makers, and youth to publish studies in progress, as well as findings from completed research and reflections on practice. We also welcome submissions that present content in creative ways through multimedia formats. Submissions must follow the style outlined in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (2009, 6th edition)--quick reference here, and must be blinded as per our submission guidelines here. Please send all submissions to


Submission Categories

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Submissions for commentaries should report opinions on topical issues in education, respond to current controversies and debates, or apply academic theories to practice. Perspectives on Urban Education encourages commentaries that are both traditional short essays or reflections as well as nontraditional in terms of their presentation and may incorporate multimedia such as videos, photo, blogs, podcasts, vlogs, etc. Commentaries need not include a literature review or description of methodology but should develop a coherent and well-informed interpretation or analysis of a current urban educational issue.

  • Length: 3,000 words max.
  • Abstract: 100 words max.
  • Photos/Images: Include as additional high-resolution attachments clearly labeled [Image 1; Image 2; etc.]. In-text clearly mark [Insert Image 1].
  • If including pictures of minors, must submit PDF of consent and release forms. 


Voices from the Field

Voices from the Field is designed to encourage thoughtful reflection from those who are positioned to have current first-hand knowledge of critical issues of teaching and learning in an urban context. Perspectives on Urban Education encourages writing from a variety of voices within different urban educational settings: teachers, students, parents, social workers, community leaders, and others with experience in education. Voices from the Field should present what those working in education have learned through their practice and/or research or provide a commentary on educational practice, experiences and ideas. We welcome early-stage reports on research in progress. 

  • Length: 1,500 words max.
  • Abstract: 100 words max.
  • Photos/Images: Include as additional high-resolution attachments clearly labeled [Image 1; Image 2; etc.]. In-text clearly mark [Insert Image 1].
  • If including pictures of minors, must submit PDF of consent and release forms. 


Book Review

Our goal is to provide readers with a timely guide to newly published literature on teaching, learning and leading within an urban educational context. We encourage you to reach out to publishers to secure a copy of the book you are interested in reviewing. In some cases the publisher will not release a copy of a book without a letter from the Journal. If this is the case, please email us at with the title of the volume; a brief blurb as to its relevance to the mission of this journal; and the publisher name, mailing address, and contact information. The book is yours to keep in appreciation for writing the review. If for any reason you will be unable to complete the review, we ask that you return the book to us so we might send it out to another reviewer.

Length: 800-1200 words

Suggested Content:

  • An overview of the book's topic or argument
  • An assessment of its strengths, weaknesses, and overall contribution
  • An evaluation of its usefulness for readers' teaching or research
  • Avoid citations of other works, but if you must use them, please include a reference list at the end of your review.  


Format: Include at the top of the first page of your review:

  • The full book citation [see below for format]
  • Your name and affiliation as you wish them to appear
  • Print all text double-spaced, including block quotes
  • Leave right margin "ragged" (unjustified)


Note: Reviewers of edited volumes are not obliged to mention each contribution separately, but please make brief reference to the overall size of the book (e.g., it contains 12 chapters) and provide an overview of the chapters or themes presented.

Please refer to these samples for use on the first page information:

American Indian Higher Educational Experiences: Cultural Visions and Personal Journeys. Terry Huffman. New York: Peter Lang, 2008. 228 pp.

Reviewed by Dorothy E. Aguilera, Lewis and Clark College

Reimagining Civic Education: How Diverse Societies Form Democratic Citizens. E. Doyle Stevick and Bradley A.U. Levinson, eds. New York: Rowan and Littlefield, 2007. 349 pp.

Reviewed by Jeannette Bellemeur, University of Texas at Austin