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"Planning Theory provides an invaluable outlet for the increasing number of scholars in planning who are interested in theoretical issues, whether they be debates around sustainability, or justice, or difference, or ethics, or power and knowledge. Most of the major names in the field (Patsy Healey, James Throgmorton, John Forester, Heather Campbell, Stanley Stein and Thomas Harper for example) have been publishing in this journal in recent years, indicating its respectability and status". Leonie Sandercock, Professor and Director, SCARP, University of British Columbia
"Since its launch in 2002, Planning Theory has attracted a set of highly regarded editors and an eminent editorial board representing 'the fine fleur' of planning theory. The editors and editorial board guarantee a continuous high quality of articles. Leading theorists choose Planning Theory for their best theoretical papers." Louis Albrechts, Professor of Planning, University of Leuven
"Planning Theory provides a unique and much-needed forum for interchange of concepts and theories of planning. It will be an invaluable source of state-of-the-art thinking in the field for scholars, students, and practitioners alike." Bent Flyvbjerg
"Planning Theory is excellent news... I am delighted to see that Planning Theory intends to expand and deepen both the internationalism and the critical debate." Beth Moore Milroy
"Planning Theory will assume a central place in debates about planning issues and concepts. I very much welcome the renewal of this most important forum for debate of planning ideas and concepts." Brendan Gleeson
Launched in 2002, Planning Theory is an international peer-reviewed forum for the critical exploration of planning theory. The journal publishes the very best research covering the latest debates and developments within the field. A core publication for planning theorists, the journal will also be of considerable interest to scholars of human geography, public administration, administrative science, sociology and anthropology.
Planning Theory is available electronically on SAGE Journals Online at http://plt.sagepub.com/
Planning Theory is an international ISI-indexed, peer-reviewed forum for exploring ideas concerned with a broad conception of spatial planning. The Editors welcome intellectually diverse contributions that advance planning theory understanding and debate.
There exists a broad range of views about what planning theory is and could, or should, be. This reflects an equally diverse range of views about the processes and products of planning as practised in different parts of the world. One of the roles of Planning Theory as a journal is to work through the agreements and tensions between views by publishing quality papers presenting, for instance, strong theoretical arguments, innovative ways of thinking, new ways of applying theory and so on.
At the core of planning is a concern with space and with ethical judgments that may affect immediate as well as trans-generational temporal scales. Sources of planning theories are eclectic and diverse, drawing on disciplines and concerns that range from philosophy, architecture, post-colonial studies and law to the social sciences and design practices. The journal encourages a critical exploration of planning paradigms and ideas that reflect on major planning issues such as social conflict, urbanisation, notions of informality and environmental change. Especially welcome are contributions that clarify or critique current planning theories or introduce disciplinary, cultural, moral or methodological concepts that advance theoretical debates about planning.
Planning Theory publishes:
Book reviews and review essays
|Lucie Laurian||University of Iowa, USA|
|Simone Abram||Leeds Metropolitan University, UK|
|Henri Acselrad||Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|E.R. Alexander||University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA|
|Judith Allen||University of Westminster, UK|
|Philip Allmendinger||Clare College, Cambridge University, UK|
|Howell S. Baum||University of Maryland, College Park, USA|
|Richard Bolan||University of Minnesota, USA|
|Kang Cao||Zhejiang University, China|
|Susan S. Fainstein||Harvard University, USA|
|Andreas Faludi||Delft University of Technology, Netherlands|
|Bent Flyvbjerg||Said Business School, Oxford University, UK|
|John Forester||Cornell University|
|John Friedmann||University of British Colombia, Canada|
|Enrico Gualini||University of Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|Patsy Healey||University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK|
|Judith Innes||University of California, Berkeley, USA|
|Neema Kudva||Cornell Institute for Public Affairs, USA|
|Mickey Lauria||Clemson University, USA|
|Helen Liggett||Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio|
|Nicholas Low||University of Melbourne, Australia|
|Alan March||University of Melbourne, Australia|
|Jonathan Metzger||KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden|
|Beth Moore Milroy||Ryerson University, Canada|
|Nihal Perera||Ball State University, USA|
|Mark Purcell||University of Washington, USA|
|Ananya Roy||University of California, Berkeley, USA|
|Yvonne Rydin||Bartlett School of Planning, University College London, UK|
|Tore Sager||Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway|
|Bruce Stiftel||Georgia Institute of Technology, USA|
|James Throgmorton||University of Iowa, USA|
|Karen Umemoto||University of Hawaii, USA|
|Joris Van Wezemael||University of Fribourg|
|Niraj Verma||Virginia Commonwealth University, USA|
|Lawrence Wai-Chung Lai||University of Hong Kong, China|
|Tanja Winkler||University of Cape Town, South Africa|
|Stephen Wood||University of New England, Australia|
|Oren Yiftachel||Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel|
- Article types
- Editorial Policies
2.1 Peer review policy
2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
- Publishing Policies
3.1 Publication Ethics
3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
3.3 Open Access and author archiving
- Preparing your manuscript
4.1 Word processing formats
4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
4.3 Supplementary material
4.4 Journal layout
4.5 Reference style
4.6 English language editing services
- Submitting your manuscript
5.1 How to submit your manuscript
5.2 Title, keywords and abstracts
5.3 Corresponding author contact details
- On acceptance and publication
6.1 SAGE Production
6.2 Access to your published article
6.3 Online First publication
- Further Information
There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.
Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/planningtheory to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.
Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Planning Theory will be reviewed.
As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.
The editors recognize that planning theory is not a precisely bounded area of intellectual inquiry. The journal enshrines a broad view of planning theory; it is a forum in which differences within and between schools of thought and intellectual traditions can be debated. It prizes rigour, and the attempt to communicate across as well as within competing traditions and perspectives. The submission of papers from less experienced or established scholars is especially welcomed.
Planning Theory publishes peer-reviewed articles, essays, book reviews and review essays.
Articles should not normally be more than 7000 words in length and should be written in the English language. They should include an abstract of about 100 words.
All manuscripts submitted to Planning Theory are reviewed initially by the Editors and only those papers will be sent for outside peer review that meet academic and editorial standards and which fit within the aims and scope of the journal. In submitting their manuscripts authors testify that their manuscript is not currently under consideration for publication by another journal. Planning Theory adheres to a rigorous double-blind reviewing policy in which the identity of the reviewers and author/s are concealed from all parties. Each manuscript is sent to at least three referees. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, and an editorial decision is generally reached within four months of submission.
All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.
All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.
Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.
2.3.1 Writing assistance
Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance. It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.
Planning Theory requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.
Planning Theory encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway
SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway
Planning Theory and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of articles published in the journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked using duplication-checking software. Where an article is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author’s institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the journal or all SAGE journals, or appropriate legal action.
Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.
Planning Theory offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.
Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway
Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. LaTeX files are also accepted. The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.
For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines
Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.
Planning Theory conforms to the SAGE house style. Click here to review guidelines on SAGE UK House Style.
Planning Theory adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style. Click here to review the guidelines on SAGE Harvard to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.
Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.
Planning Theory is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/planningtheory to login and submit your article online.
IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created. For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.
Please supply a title, short title, an abstract and keywords to accompany your article. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting the SAGE Journal Author Gateway for guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online
Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.
Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.
SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.
Online First allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a final journal issue which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. For more information please visit our Online First Fact Sheet
Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Planning Theory editorial office as follows:
Managing Editor, Michael Gunder (email@example.com)
Books for review, review suggestions, and manuscripts in response to review requests:
Reviews Editor, Lucie Laurian, School of Urban and Regional Planning, The University of Iowa, 347 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, IA 52242-1316, USA.