About the Journal

About Us

Metropolitan Universities journal (MUJ) is the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities’ (CUMU) quarterly online journal. Founded in 1990, the journal disseminates scholarship on cutting-edge topics impacting urban and metropolitan colleges and universities. It is a peer-reviewed, open access publication—which means that it employs traditional methods of evaluating manuscripts while ensuring that those accepted for publication are freely available to anyone interested in the issues and themes covered. MUJ’s readership includes those working to address issues facing modern universities and the communities they serve. Authors bring diverse institutional and professional perspectives to showcasing applications of theory and best practices to these issues.

MUJ publishes manuscripts on topics pertinent to urban and metropolitan institutions. Most issues are organized thematically and edited by a guest editor(s) who invites prospective authors to prepare submissions. Guest editors are typically selected from CUMU member institutions and represent a variety of academic backgrounds and fields of expertise.

MUJ publishes themed and non-themed issues, providing our readership with the opportunity to learn about critical, evidence-based studies on matters relevant to urban and metropolitan universities including programs, policies, initiatives and the application of ideas at an institutional, system or regional level. 


Metropolitan Universities is published by the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities. The journal is hosted and supported by the IUPUI University Library.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Users have the right to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles in this journal, or use them for any other lawful purpose.

Review Process

Metropolitan Universities uses a double-blind peer review process and each manuscript is reviewed by two reviewers. The identities of the author and the reviewers are concealed from one another throughout the entire review process. Authors should prepare their manuscripts according to the Instructions for Authors to ensure their identity is concealed.

Indexes & Abstracts

Articles in Metropolitan Universities journal are indexed by EBSCO, ERIC (Education Resources Information Center), DOAJ, Google Scholar, ProQuest, Ovid, and Taylor & Francis.

Archival Policy

Metropolitan Universities is digitally preserved using the PKP Private LOCKSS Network (PLN). For more information about the PKP PLN, see https://pkp.sfu.ca/pkp-lockss/.

Article Processing/Submission Charges

Metropolitan Universities does not use article processing charges (APCs) or other submission charges.


Metropolitan Universities believes in the power and value of diversity in scholarly communications. MUJ is an adopting organization of the Coalition for Diversity & Inclusion in Scholarly Communication (C4DISC) Joint Statement of Principles. Adopting the Joint Statement of Principles demonstrates our support for improving diversity and inclusion in our industry.


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