New Urban Research Submission Guidelines

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For decades, U.S. transportation policy gave priority to automobile movement over the social and economic needs of people living along our streets. A focus on mobility eroded accessibility, degraded the public realm, created travel spaces unsafe for pedestrians and bicyclists, and led to spatial inequalities that characterize our metropolitan regions today.

CNU is soliciting papers that focus on the interaction between equity and transportation – exploring equity impacts of transportation planning decisions as well as incorporating issues of equity into how these decision are made. CNU is interested in research on particular user groups that have been historically underrepresented in transportation planning decisions (minority and low-income populations, women, children, the elderly, and people with disabilities) and innovations in the decision-making processes that lead to more equitable cities.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Street and Street Network Design
  • User and Performance Metrics
  • Transit and Transit-Oriented Development
  • Transportation Pricing and Finance
  • Health Impacts of Transportation
  • Shared Mobility (i.e. bike sharing and car sharing)


Papers will be reviewed by at least two members of a distinguished group of professionals. Final selection will be based on the paper's contribution to the critical discussion on enhancing the social and economic needs of people living along our streets and helping answer how transportation standards can be redefined to support safe, vibrant, and more equitable transportation systems.

Selected authors will be asked to present their papers at CNU 23 in Dallas/Fort Worth, April 29-May 2, 2015. Accepted papers and abstracts will first be published on the CNU website. All submissions must be unpublished, original work, and written in English. The following instructions will facilitate the work of the reviewers and will guarantee procedural fairness.

DEADLINE: January 15, 2015 at 5:00 PM CST


Email your paper to no later than the deadline posted above. The subject line of the email should be the title of the paper. The body of the e-mail should also include the author's name, e-mail address, phone number, and brief bio for the CNU speaker database (not to exceed 100 words). The submission e-mail shall have two (2) PDF attachments.

  • The first PDF file shall contain the author's name(s) and address, the title and/or subtitle of the paper (BOLD), a current e-mail address, and the author's phone number. This file will be used by the Congress for the New Urbanism for pure administrative purposes.
  • The second file shall contain the title and/or subtitle of the paper (BOLD), an introductory abstract of no more than 150 words (must appear at the front page), and a text/graphic submission not to exceed 2400 words or 15 pages ‚ –whichever is less. The inclusion of the author's name(s) anywhere in the context of this file will be enough cause for disqualification.

All papers will be reviewed by, at least, two (2) members of a distinguished panel of professionals and scholars. All authors are entitled to receive copies of their reviewer comments.  Illustrations incorporated into the text in are strongly preferred, however they can be sent as additional attachments with the email so long as they do not exceed a total of 5MB.

Email your paper to no later than the deadline posted above.

Please send any questions to


Selected papers will be considered for publication in a future special issue on "Equity & Transportation" to be published by the Journal of Urbanism.Papers submitted to the Journal of Urbanism should be more extensive than those submitted to CNU's Call for Papers. Ideal word length for Journal of Urbanism papers is 6,000 - 8,000 words Further peer-review will be conducted by Journal of Urbanism editors, Emily Talen and Matthew Hardy.

Wesley Marshall, Assistant Professor in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Colorado Denver, will be the guest editor. For more information on the Journal, the upcoming special issue, and their procedure for peer-review, please contact Emily Talen.