Most Urban History authors would jump at the chance to include more images than were allowed in the print version, and many urban history authors have marvelous over-sized maps that could never be reproduced adequately in the black and white pages of the journal. There are audio and video files as well that many authors have either collected or created. All of these materials can be simply appended to the print and online versions of the original article, by using very simple, off-the shelf software products and platforms, many of them free. Authors whose articles have been formally accepted for publication are encouraged to visit the Simple Online Companions web page, and inform the Multimedia Editor (or Multimedia Associate Editor), of their interest. The Multimedia Editor and Associate Multimedia Editor shall support those authors through email and phone calls, to implement the simple solutions explained in the Simple Online Companions web page.
The Editors of Urban History encourage authors of paper-printed articles to produce peer-reviewed, online-only companion multimedia essays, which will be self-contained web sites published by Cambridge Journals Online (CJO) at approximately the same time as the shipment of the Urban History issue in which their article appears. These multimedia companions are produced, evaluated, and published in tandem with the review and acceptance of a print journal article.
Authors wishing to produce a multimedia companion to their Urban History submissions will make this intent known at the time their print article is accepted. Approval to start development of their multimedia companion is dependent upon acceptance of the print article, but the Editors may consider other criteria and approval to develop a Multimedia Companion must be given by the Editor who handled the editorial review process for the print article. No additional peer review will be required for the Companion, but the Companion site shall be subject to review and approval by the Editor. During the usual one-year period between acceptance and the publication of an article, authors will have ample time to plan and develop their Multimedia Companion. All development costs for the production of the website shall be assumed by the author(s). Timing of the websites completion will be set to coincide with the publication of the print version. The multimedia companion will be referenced in the print version on the first page and in the abstract, and also hot linked to the digital version of the same article in CJO. The Multimedia Companion, however, will be published separately from the electronic version of the print article on CJO. See full policies and procedures.
Pending approval at the March 2010 Editorial Board Meeting, Authors will be invited to submit a multimedia work on urban history that stands alone principally as a work of digital scholarship. Each online-only multimedia article will include a print anchor, consisting of a 1-2 page abstract and introduction to the online-only publication. This print anchor will also appear with the online journal edition published by Cambridge Journals Online, with links to the live site from the online text. The proposed policies and procedures of this program can be reviewed in a separate document.