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The number of unique visitors visiting our website has experienced a strong – but uneven – growth since our journal joined its new electronic portal in 2008. In April 2013, our website received 5806 unique visits, as can be seen below:
Unique visitors per month, March 2009 – April 2013
Our readership has long been dominated by visitors from France and from countries with a large population of French-speaking people such as Luxembourg, Switzerland, Belgium and Canada. This, of course, reflects the origins of the journal, created in Switzerland in 2005, and currently managed in Switzerland, Luxembourg and France. However, our efforts to publish in English and to recruit new editors from North America seem to have been paying off: the proportion of readers from France has decreased, from more than 50% in March 2012 to 40% in March 2013. The journal attracts a more international audience, composed of a larger number of non-French speaking countries. About 20% of our web pages are viewed today by readers living in the United States and the United Kingdom (see below).
Proportion of pages seen from the U.S. and the UK, and from France, 2011-13
The Editors are pleased to announce that Dr Christophe Mager has recently joined the scientific board of Articulo. Senior lecturer at the Institute of Geography and Sustainability at the University of Lausanne and research associate at the Braillard Architectes Foundation, Christophe Mager examines–from a Bourdieusian perspective–the interactions and multiplicative effects between the degree of social affiliation, the residential situation, and the spatial practices within an imposed context, made of social, political, and economic relations. Read more…
The Editors are happy to welcome Dr Sabine Dörry as Editor. Dr Dörry is an economic geographer at the Department of Geography, CEPS/INSTEAD, Luxembourg. She will notably be responsible for developing our international activities. Read more…
The Briefings section of the journal presents short, topical and informative texts about current developments in urban and regional research, policy and advocacy. The maximum length for Briefings is 2000-3000 words. Read more…
The frequentation of our Journal has increased steadily since Articulo joined Revues.org in 2008. The journal’s website received over 5,500 unique visits in March 2012. As the Figure below shows, seasonality is a crucial issue in on-line publishing: our readers definitively prefer the months of October and November. Our busiest day ever was Monday 10 October 2011, with 500 unique visits!
Unique visitors per month, March 2009 – September 2012 (projections)
Articulo is very happy to report that Dr Jen Nelles, our new Briefings Editor, is now at Hunter College, City University of New York. A number of Briefings are currently in preparation under Jen’s supervision. Don’t hesitate to encourage your colleagues and PhD students to submit short, topical and informative texts about current developments in urban and regional research to her.
Our Book Reviews Editor, Dr Sébastien Lord, has also crossed the ocean, and is now based at the Institute of Urban Planning, University of Montreal. Sébastien is currently preparing the on-line release of several book reviews, including Cities and Global Governance by Amen, Toly and McCarnny (2012), Children, Youth and the City by Hörschelmann and van Blerk (2012), Urban World History by Tellier (2009), and Re-Thinking the City: Urban Dynamics and Motility by Kaufmann (2011), a member of our scientific board.
Articulo will be renamed Articulo – Journal of Urban Research in the following weeks. This decision was motivated by our desire to revise our editorial line and be more heavily focussed on urban studies. The new name of the Journal, available in English only, also reflects our commitment to publishing a growing number of articles in English so as to raise the international profile of the Journal, increase the number of potential readers and allow the possibility of inclusion in SCOPUS or ISI Web of Science rankings. Thus the website will be in English only. Authors will still be able to publish articles in English and French in the next few issues but the long-term objective is to publish in English only.
The composition of the boards was modified in order to add new members, reflect the changing editorial policy and offer more responsibilities and more precise objectives to the persons in charge of the Journal. The new Editorial Board is composed of 11 scholars from Europe and North America. From now on, the Journal includes three Editors, one Book Reviews Editor in charge of collaborating with publishing companies and potential authors, one Briefings Editor in charge of developing topical texts, and several members in the Editorial Advisory Board.
We are pleased to announce that John Allen (The Open University), Vincent Kaufmann (Swiss Institute of Technology Lausanne), Jérôme Meizoz (University of Lausanne) and Thierry Ramadier (University of Strasbourg) have recently joined the scientific board of Articulo. The arrival of these new members will contribute to the development of our journal. We wish them a sincere welcome.
The Journal is happy to announce that the Centre for Population, Poverty and Public Policy Studies (CEPS/INSTEAD) and the Weicker Foundation in Luxembourg have agreed to fund the renovation of the website from next year.
Articulo will join Revues.org, a platform for journals in the humanities and social sciences run by the Centre for Open Electronic Publishing and several academic institutions in France.