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Discussion Papers

Academic research, viewpoints and solutions

Starting in 2021-2022, City Building Ryerson will publish scholarly, peer-reviewed discussion papers examining diverse topics from any academic discipline at Ryerson. The aim is to create a growing collection of works that showcase excellence in Ryerson academic research and viewpoints related to city building and urban innovation.

Two inaugural themes have been selected to guide submissions in the first year of the project: (1) Cities and a climate future, and (2) Urban pandemic recovery. Submissions may also fall outside these themes, based on authors’ expertise and current projects.

Publish with us! For more information, see details below.

About this initiative

This initiative gives Ryerson faculty members--and graduate students as co-authors--an opportunity to share their work on an accessible platform, with a relatively quick turnaround of 2-3 months. The short (6 pages max.) papers can consist of works in progress, commentary on timely subjects, short empirical pieces, policy recommendations and more.

In addition to managing the publishing process, City Building Ryerson will contribute strategic communications to promote individual papers and themed series.

Starting in June 2021, eligible authors are invited to submit questions and expressions of interest in publishing discussion papers with City Building Ryerson. The submissions process will open in early September 2021 on this page, with peer-reviewed papers to be completed and published on a rolling basis throughout the 2021-2022 academic year. 

There are no fees involved for authors at any point in time. 

Who and what is eligible

Information presented can include completed research, research in progress or viewpoints from an academic perspective from any discipline. If the subject is urban in focus and is related to an urban issue, or the improvement of urban systems and/or communities, it falls within the acceptable definition of “city building.”

  • Manuscripts authored and/or co-authored by current Ryerson faculty members are eligible. 
  • Manuscripts co-authored by graduate students when the principal author is a current Ryerson faculty member are eligible. 
  • Manuscripts authored by graduate students independently are also eligible; however in this case we request that authors contact us in advance with a short description of the proposed work to be vetted by our editorial team.

Two inaugural themes have been selected to guide submissions in the first year of the project: (1) Cities and a climate future, and (2) Urban pandemic recovery. Submissions may also fall outside these themes, based on authors’ expertise and current projects.

Manuscripts must be original and unpublished, and not intended for academic publication (i.e. preprints) now or in future. They may, however, form a portion of, or be related to, works intended for academic publication in another form at a later date. 

First draft submission guidelines

The submitting author is solely responsible for communicating with City Building Ryerson and for managing communication between any/all co-authors. They are also responsible for the accuracy of all content in the draft, including names and affiliations.

  1. Manuscripts must be submitted in Word format, no longer than six pages (not including appendices).
  2. Images, Graphics and Figures:
    1. Images, graphics and figures must be copyright of the author(s), or available for use free of licensing.
    2. Figures that are not original require permission, obtained through the authors, from the copyright owner, prior to publication.
    3. Images and graphics must be supplied in high resolution format.
  3. Style and format requirements--see guidelines (download).

Selection and review

City Building Ryerson will oversee the processes of selection, response and peer review.

  1. All submissions will be initially reviewed by minimum two volunteers from the City Buidling Ryerson Academic Council (i.e. full-time faculty members).
  2. Submissions will be reviewed periodically, as the volume of submission demands. Applicants will be notified of the status of their application via email by the stated deadline.
  3. The selection process is not competitive and submissions will not be weighted; they will be evaluated based on merit and relevance to city building.
  4. Following selection, the discussion paper will enter into peer review by the volunteer editorial committee. This process will take roughly one month. Please note there is no formal signed agreement required.
  5. Submitting authors are welcome to suggest alternative/additional peer reviewers based at Ryerson University. Additional experts may be invited to review if material submitted is technical to a discipline.
  6. Next, the author(s) will have approximately one month to respond to peer review queries and commentary, and to submit a final draft to City Building Ryerson.
  7. If works are not accepted, they may be submitted again at a later date.

Getting to the final product

  1. Prior to publishing, CBR will perform a professional line edit and basic fact check for accuracy. Authors may need to answer final queries. References will be published in the format provided; the editorial process will not verify references.
  2. City Building Ryerson will perform design and layout, and create final PDFs.
  3. City Building Ryerson will not redraw figures or create graphics--these all must be supplied in original format. However when possible, tables and figures will be reset in the fonts selected for the discussion papers series.

N.B. Authors will only be contacted in the case where additional materials and/or information is needed; no final review or approval is required in this process.

Contact us

Starting in June 2021, eligible authors are invited to submit questions and expressions of interest in publishing discussion papers with City Building Ryerson via email. Please note there may be some delays in response due to summer holidays, but we will get back to you!

The submissions process will open in early September 2021 on this page. All those who expressed interest or asked questions will be notified of this date.