About This Journal

Opolis is a semi-annual, peer reviewed publication. The journal is broad-based and multidisciplinary, inviting submissions from across the social and natural sciences. Likewise, the methods used in articles are equally varied and cover a mix of qualitative and quantitative approaches. Opolis also profiles applied work that addresses new ways of improving metropolitan growth. Submissions to Opolis should be between 5,000-7,000 words and must follow in APA format (7th Edition). Because Opolis encourages a diverse readership, submissions must be jargon free (to the extent possible) and written in active voice. Opolis is a blinded, peer-reviewed journal (with up to three reviewers) so please ensure manuscripts are free of identifying material in the body of your submission and in the references. The online submission process automatically produces a blinded copy to send to reviewers. Please note that your submission clearly implies a commitment to publish in the journal.

If you have any questions about appropriate subject matter or submission requirements for the journal, please contact the editors at opolis@unlv.edu.

About the Name Opolis

Opolis, while not a proper word, comes from the more recognizable Greek root word “polis,” meaning a city-state of ancient Greece. Opolis, used as a suffix, has been used historically as a shortcut to quickly express the quality or main economic activity of a city such as “Cottonopolis (Manchester England)” or Porkopolis (Cincinnati Ohio).” The use of the Opolis for this journal purposely conveys the ambiguous and elusive nature of current metropolitan development. The term Opolis often resurfaces, as it did in the past, to describe the latest emerging trait (such as “Techopolis”) of the modern metropolis. A newly coined type of Opolis suggests a habitual way urbanites use to get a basic understanding of the most recent round of urban growth. The journal encourages authors to explore various ways to explain the new suburban and metropolitan form and fill out the meaning of Opolis beyond its traditional use.