Journal of Planning Education and Research

Journal of Planning Education and Research

2015 Impact Factor: 1.051
2015 Ranking: 33/55 in Planning & Development | 19/39 in Urban Studies
2016 Release of Journal Citation Reports, Source: 2015 Web of Science Data
Published in Association with the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning

Subhrajit Guhathakurta Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Nancey Green Leigh Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Other Titles in:
Planning | Urban Planning

eISSN: 15526577 | ISSN: 0739456X | Current volume: 36 | Current issue: 3 Frequency: Quarterly


The Highest Percentage Increase in Total Citations in the Field of Social Sciences!
(source: ISI Essential Science Indicators)

SAGE is proud to publish the Journal of Planning Education and Research (JPER) on behalf of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. JPER, a double blind peer-reviewed journal, is a forum for planning educators and scholars (from both academia and practice) to present results from teaching and research that advance the profession and improve planning practice. The journal covers planning theory, planning practice, and planning pedagogy. It also encompasses disciplines drawn upon by planners such as urban geography, welfare economics, interest-group politics, policy analysis, as well as other subjects used in the planning classroom.

Some of the key topics seen in recent articles include:

  • Citizen Participation/Dispute Resolution
  • Methods, Information Systems, Mapping
  • Demographic and Spatial Analysis, Applied GIS
  • Land Use, Zoning, Growth Management, Planning Law
  • Housing and Real Estate
  • Community Development, Neighborhood Planning
  • Transportation, Infrastructure and Capital Facilities
  • Environment, Energy and Natural Resources
  • Health, Education and Social Services
  • Economic Development
  • Design, Historic Preservation, Urban Form
  • Public Administration, Finance, Budgeting
  • Politics and Society
  • Global Context of Urban and Regional Planning
  • International Planning & Development
  • Planning and Urban History
  • Ethics and Professional Concerns

The journal features articles reporting original and current research, new developments in planning pedagogy and instruction, commentary, book reviews, and news and reports from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning.

Available: "Manuscript Tips" from a former Editor!

The Journal of Planning Education and Research (JPER) is a forum for planning educators and scholars (from both academia and practice) to present results from teaching and research that advance the profession and improve planning practice. JPER is the official journal of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) and the journal of record for North American planning scholarship. Aimed at scholars and educators in urban and regional planning, political science, policy analysis, urban geography, economics, and sociology, JPER presents the most vital contemporary trends and issues in planning theory, practice, and pedagogy.

Managing Editor
Review Editor
Katrin B. Anacker George Mason University, USA
Editorial Board
Rachelle Alterman Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
Howell S Baum University of Maryland, College Park, USA
Yasminah Beebeejaun University College London, UK
Evelyn Blumenberg University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Timothy Chapin Florida State University, USA
Karen Chapple University of California, Berkeley, USA
Jason Corburn University of California, Berkeley, USA
Linda C. Dalton California State University, East Bay, USA
Reid Ewing University of Utah, USA
Raphaël Fischler McGill University, Canada
Ann Forsyth Harvard University, USA
Kathryn Frank University of Florida, USA
Anna Haines University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Susan Handy University of California, Davis, USA
Charles J. Hoch University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
Daniel Immergluck Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Jack Kartez University of Southern Maine, USA
Richard Klosterman University of Akron, USA
John D. Landis University of Pennsylvania, USA
Lucie Laurian University of Iowa, USA
Sugie Lee Hanyang University, South Korea
T. William Lester University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA
Michael Manville Cornell University, USA
Kirk McClure University of Kansas, Lawrence, USA
Vinit Mukhija University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Dowell Myers University of Southern California, USA
Richard K. Norton University of Michigan, USA
Ayse Pamuk San Francisco State University, USA
Alan Peters University of New South Wales, Australia
Gavin Shatkin Northeastern University, USA
Qing Shen University of Washington, USA
Matti Siemiatycki University of Toronto, Canada
Dominic Stead Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
Frederick Steiner University of Texas at Austin, USA
Ruth L. Steiner University of Florida, USA
Mark Stevens University of British Columbia, Canada
Brian Stone Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Lois M. Takahashi University of California, Los Angeles, USA
June Manning Thomas University of Michigan, USA
Karen Umemoto University of Hawaii, USA
Vanessa Watson University of Cape Town, South Africa
Fulong Wu University College London, UK
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  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines

    The Journal of Planning Education and Research (JPER) is the official journal of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) and consistently ranks among leading peer-reviewed planning journals. Aimed at scholars and educators in urban and regional planning, political science, policy analysis, urban geography, economics, and sociology, JPER presents the most vital contemporary trends and issues in planning theory, practice, and pedagogy. JPER is published by SAGE Publications on behalf of ACSP.

    Electronic Submission: To submit an article, please visit our online submission and review system at Prepare your manuscript in Microsoft Word, double-spaced, in 12-point font. Redact all self citations in your manuscript and omit all other identifying information, such as author name, affiliation, biography, contact information, acknowledgments, forthcoming articles, and works in progress. This information can be added if your paper is accepted for publication. Our online system saves author contact information, title, abstract, and keywords separately during submission. Authors should use active voice in their writing and carefully copyedit manuscripts before submitting.

    Manuscripts should not exceed 9,000 words, including figures, tables, and references. Smaller tables and figures equate to 250 words, if they can be published one half page or less; larger tables and figures count for 500 words. Submissions exceeding 9,000 words are strongly discouraged and will not go to peer review without special dispensation from the editors. Notes, additional figures, supplementary materials, and detailed methodological explanations may be included in a separate file of no more than 3,000 words, which may be published online as an appendix. The abstract should be 100 words or less and summarize the purpose, methods, and findings of your paper.

    Submission of a manuscript implies the author's commitment to publish in this journal. An author submitting a manuscript to JPER should not submit it to another journal; nor should the manuscript repeat information published elsewhere in substantially similar form or with substantially similar content. Authors in doubt about what constitutes prior publication should consult the editors.

    Review Process: After an initial evaluation by the editors, regular manuscripts deemed appropriate for the journal are sent to three reviewers in a double-blind review process. Decisions are generally made within four months of submission. Authors can monitor the status of their submissions through the online submission system and should feel free to contact the editors with any concerns. Once manuscripts are accepted by the editors and forwarded to the publisher (SAGE) in final form, it generally takes about six months for them to appear in print.

    Research Articles: Research articles should make clear the research question, why it is important and pertinent to planning, how the research procedures address the question, what results have been obtained, and how these results should be interpreted. Both quantitative researchers and those whose scholarship is qualitative or theoretical should consider their work for submission.

    The editors welcome a diverse mix of submissions representing the breadth of the planning profession, and are hospitable to wide-ranging views and schools of thought. In addition, scholars are encouraged to advance the frontiers of analytical methods used in planning, and to present robust research in a comparative context and/or at the global scale. Contributions to and applications of other literatures relevant to planners (such as urban geography, welfare economics, interest-group politics, and policy analysis) are welcome as well.

    Manuscripts should clearly demonstrate their relevance to planning. JPER defines planning as concerned with public actions that are efficient, effective, and equitable. JPER addresses planning practice at all levels of government and by nongovernmental organizations and in all substantive areas.

    Instruction Articles: Manuscripts concerned with pedagogical topics also are considered and may include descriptive accounts of innovative approaches to teaching; locally derived analyses of student recruitment, advising, or alumni career successes; or illustrations of classroom exercises and techniques. Accounts of a specific course or teaching innovation should be grounded in pedagogical theories and offer strong evidence of learning outcomes to support their conclusions. Instructional articles should include sufficient evidentiary base to support the validity of their conclusions. Typically, more than one instance of curriculum delivery is preferred to evaluate whether sufficient evidentiary base exists. Accounts of student outcomes or learning should not identify individuals. For detailed guidelines on instruction articles, please see our Guidelines for Pedagogy Papers.

    Reports: As a publication of ACSP, reports of general importance to ACSP and its membership are welcome and serve as a record of the actions and ideas that propel the organization of planning education. Eligible materials include, but are not limited to, reports of ACSP study commissions and general addresses given at ACSP conferences. Entries in the Reports section will ordinarily be invited and subject to a limited review process.

    Commentary: Essays addressing current issues and developments in planning education or scholarship are welcome for the Commentary section. Speculative arguments may be accepted for publication if they are seen as convincing, important, or provocative. Commentary manuscripts should not exceed 10 typewritten pages and are subject to a limited review process.

    Letters: Letters responding to articles, commentary, reviews, or editorials are welcome. Authors will be offered the opportunity to reply. Contributors should address the substance of issues in a way that avoids attacking individuals.

    Style, Spelling, and Usage: Manuscripts should conform to requirements set forth in the Chicago Manual of Style, fifteenth & sixteenth editions (University of Chicago Press 2003 & 2010, JPER's spelling authority is Webster's Third New International Dictionary (Merriam-Webster Co. 2002).

    Tables and Figures: During the review stage, all tables and figures should be embedded within the manuscript, and they should be captioned and numbered sequentially. Tables should be formatted in standard table format with separate columns and rows. Upon acceptance, tables must be placed at the end of the text file, one table per page, with callouts indicating placement within the text (e.g., "Table 1 here"). Figures must be uploaded as separate, high-resolution, native files.

    References and Notes: References should be cited in the text using the author's last name, year of publication, and page numbers where appropriate. For example, (Turner and Murray 2001), (Wheeler 2000, 130), (Florida Department of Environmental Regulation 1987, 129-43). Page numbers are necessary whenever a specific argument or finding, rather than the general focus of a work, is cited. For details, see the Chicago Manual. Statutes, government regulations, and court decisions should be cited in the text without a corresponding reference list entry using the style presented in The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, nineteenth edition (Harvard Law Review Association 2010). Notes should be typed double-spaced at the end of the manuscript. Length and number should be kept to a minimum, and they should not be used for the purpose of citation or acknowledgments.

    Inquiries should be sent to JPER Managing Editor Karen Lowrie ( You can also contact JPER Co-Editors Clinton Andrews (, 848-932-2808) and Frank Popper (, 848-932-2740).

    Those interested in reviewing books or other materials, please send by e-mail a brief resume to Katrin B. Anacker, the Review Editor, indicating your area of expertise. Professor Anacker also welcomes suggestions for materials that merit review in JPER. You can reach her at George Mason University, School of Public Policy, 3351 N. Fairfax Drive, MSN 3B1, Arlington, VA 22201; by email (; by phone (703-993-2262); or by fax (703-993-8215). Detailed guidelines for writing book reviews are posted at our electronic submission site (

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