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Journal of Planning Literature

Journal of Planning Literature

Published in Association with The Ohio State University
Incorporating The CPL Bibliographies

eISSN: 15526593 | ISSN: 08854122 | Current volume: 36 | Current issue: 4 Frequency: Quarterly

The Journal of Planning Literature aims to give the reader an understanding of the state of knowledge of the field for use in research or professional practice in planning and design. The Journal of Planning Literature publishes review articles, annotated bibliographies, listings and abstracts of recent literature in city and regional planning design. Each issue contains one to three refereed literature reviews and Council of Planning Librarians Bibliographies; book reviews; several hundred abstracts of books, journal articles, dissertations, and several hundred bibliographic listings.

New features have been added to JPL to provide even more information to researchers, professionals and collection development specialists: § Abstracts of PhD dissertations in Planning § Listing of books by subject code § Core Collections section has experts list the best book and journal articles in their specialties Your valuable subscription includes: § Literature reviews which provide excellent up-to-date reviews of new developments throughout the field of city and regional planning and design § Comprehensive source list which gives a complete delineation of resources in the field § Abstracts, listings of articles, and annotated bibliographies provide excellent resources for teaching, research, or practice and make it easy to find what you need § Practitioners can use JPL to learn what others are doing, how they are doing it, and to discover new directions for practice. § The combination of refereed articles, abstracts, title listings, and CPL bibliographies make JPL the perfect tool for scholars, students, practitioners and architecture and planning librarians.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Journal of Planning Literature publishes review articles and abstracts of recent literature in city and regional planning and design. A typical issue contains one to three refereed literature reviews; a Council of Planning Librarians (CPL) Bibliography; several hundred abstracts of recent journal articles and dissertations; and several hundred bibliographic listings. JPL aims to give the reader an understanding of the state of knowledge of the field for use in research or professional practice.

Rachel Kleit The Ohio State University, USA
Associate Editors
Maria Manta Conroy The Ohio State University, USA
Tijs Van Maasakkers The Ohio State University, USA
Managing Editor
Basar Ozbilen The Ohio State University, USA
Book Review Editor
Kathryn Terzano Arizona State University, USA
Editorial Board
Isabelle Anguelovski Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain
Osman Balaban Middle East Technical University, Turkey
Tridib Banerjee University of Southern California, USA
Marlon Boarnet University of Southern California, USA
Rachel Bratt Tufts University, USA
Scott Campbell University of Michigan, USA
Robert Cervero University of California, Berkeley, USA
Barry Checkoway University of Michigan, USA
Arza Churchman Technion, Israel
Jennifer Evans-Cowley University of North Texas, USA
Joan Fitzgerald Northeastern University, USA
John Forester Cornell University, USA
David L. A. Gordon Queens University, Canada
Nikhil Kaza University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA
Mickey Lauria Clemson University, USA
Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Jack Nasar The Ohio State University, USA
Arthur Nelson The University of Arizona, USA
Connie Ozawa Portland State University, USA
Burcu Ozuduru Gazi University, Turkey
Kenneth Pearlman The Ohio State University, USA
Kelcie Ralph Rutgers University, USA
Kenneth Reardon University of Massachusetts Boston, USA
William Rees University of British Columbia, Canada
William Rohe University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA
Sandra Rosenbloom University of Texas at Austin, USA
Catherine Ross Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Andrew Rumbach Texas A&M University, USA
Gerardo Sandoval University of Oregon, USA
Peter V. Schaeffer West Virginia University, USA
Daniel Schneider University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Michael Southworth University of California, Berkeley, USA
Emily Talen University of Chicago, USA
Tuna Tasan-Kok University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Willem van Vliet University of Colorado, Boulder, USA
Anne Vernez-Moudon University of Washington, Seattle, USA
Oren Yiftachel Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
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  • Journal of Planning Literature (JPL) is a leading peer-reviewed journal in the planning field. We aim at scholars, educators, students and practitioners in urban and regional planning and related fields, such as public policy, geography, economics and others. JPL is published quarterly by SAGE publications.


    Manuscript submission. Manuscripts for publication in the journal, and editorial correspondence pertaining to these manuscripts should be submitted online through


    Article types. JPL publishes Review Articles and Perspectives on Emerging Planning Topics. Please see the Special Issue Policy for possible exceptions to this rule.


    JPL Review Articles. Review articles provide scholarly assessments of the planning literature. These articles create a synthesis of the existing work for an important research question or an area of research. The authors should use a systematic and critical approach, describe their methods, and be clear in terms of their findings, as well as their implications to the field, and future research.


    Manuscripts of review articles should not exceed 11,000 words, including tables, figures and references. Tables and figures count as 250 words if they fit on one page or less, otherwise they count as 500 words. The abstract should not exceed 100 words.


    JPL Perspectives on Emerging Planning Topics. JPL Perspectives present viewpoints on existing literature, fundamental concepts, and emerging topics as well as prevailing ones that are of broad concern to the planning community in general. While the Perspective Articles present authors’ unique viewpoints, they should also present clear supporting evidence and/or logical reasoning for their argument points.


    Manuscripts of Perspectives on Emerging Planning Topics should be around 2,000 to 3,000 words including tables, figures and references. Tables and figures count as 250 words if they fit on one page or less, otherwise they count as 500 words. The abstract should not exceed 100 words.


    Peer-review policy. JPL applies double-blind review process. Please remove all identifying information before submission. In addition to author names, these may include acknowledgments, citations to works in progress, and forthcoming articles. Please submit your manuscript file with author names and contact information cut from the text, and placed in a separate word document.


    Special issue policy. Scholars interested in leading Special Issues will propose their ideas to the Editor. The Editor, the Editorial Board, and SAGE will evaluate the Special Issue proposals.  The proposals should clearly argue the case for the Special Issue, outline the plan for soliciting papers, and the expected structure of the Special Issue. Based on the topic, JPL Special Issues may include original research articles, in addition to review articles and perspectives. The Call for Submissions should clearly discuss the details regarding the article types considered for the Special Issue.  We expect Special Issues to start with an editorial that sets the agenda for the issue. All papers submitted for the Special Issue will go through JPL’s peer-review process. The process will be managed by the Editor and the Special Issue Guest Editor(s). We anticipate one special per year. Please contact the Editor for details and required information prior to submitting a Special Issue proposal.


    References. References should be cited in the text, giving the author’s name and year of publication. For example: (Lynch 1960), (Lynch 1960, ch. 2), (Lynch 1960, 109). References should be listed alphabetically by the author’s last name and typed double-spaced beginning on a separate sheet at the end of the manuscript. Bibliographic information should be ordered as follows: author’s last name, first name, and middle initial; publication date; title of work; and (in the case of books) the place of publication and publisher or (in the case of articles) the periodical title, volume and issue number, and inclusive page numbers. For further guidelines, see The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th ed.


    Council of Planning Librarian (CPL) Bibliographies:


    Bibliographies for publication in the journal as a CPL Bibliography or correspondence pertaining to them should be submitted online through Submissions should fill a significant need in the planning literature. Although JPL does not have formal limits for articles, the editor recommends that you limit CPL annotated bibliographies to 40,000 words. Authors should clearly state the scope of the bibliography and the method of its compilation. They should provide complete bibliographic citations. Annotations are highly recommended.


    Table of Contents. The bibliography should have a table of contents that categorizes the topic into convenient and practical subcategories and facilitates use of the bibliography by the reader.


    Introduction. The bibliography should have an introduction section that gives a general overview of the topic and particulars on the bibliographic treatment to follow. Authors should clearly define the scope of the bibliography in two ways. First, they should detail the method used in its compilation (e.g., library catalogs, periodical indexes, databases, and special collections) and identify other resources consulted and search terms and strategies used. Second, they should describe the scope of the bibliography in terms of limitations on citations selected for inclusion. Limitations may relate to time period, geographic area, place of publication, language, publication format, and intended audience.


    Citations. Complete bibliographic citations (e.g., full author names, publication titles, volume and issue numbers are required). CPL Bibliographies is guided by The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th ed.


    Annotations. Annotations are highly recommended and should be numbered sequentially for easy reference in the index(es). If annotations are not provided, the bibliography should be topically arranged to facilitate use.


    Indexes. All bibliographies should have the appropriate indexing (e.g., author, title, and/or subject indexes).


    General Manuscript Guidelines:


    Format. Must be typewritten, double-spaced, in a word document format. All copy must be double-spaced including quoted matter, references, notes, captions, and tables.


    Abstract. Each manuscript should be accompanied by a 100-word abstract.


    Style, Spelling, and Usage. The journal is guided in matters of style, spelling, and usage by The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th ed. and Webster’s Tenth New International Dictionary (G. & G. Merriam 1993).


    Explanatory Notes. When necessary for clarification, explanatory notes (not footnotes) may be used. Their length and number should be kept to a minimum. Notes should be consecutively numbered and typed double-spaced beginning on a separate sheet following the text and preceding the references. For further guidance, see The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th ed.


    Author Affiliation. Article title, author’s name, professional title, and institutional affiliation should appear on a cover page. The title of the article (but not the author’s name) should appear again on the first text page as a means of identification. JPL and CPL circulate submitted manuscripts for review without disclosing the author’s name or institutional affiliation.


    Tables. Tables should be titled, numbered consecutively with Arabic numbers, and typed double-spaced on separate sheets of paper at the end of the manuscript. The appropriate placement of each table should be indicated in the text.


    Figures. Figures should be titled, numbered consecutively with Arabic numbers, and included on separate sheets at the end of the manuscript. The appropriate placement of each figure should be indicated in the text.


    Copyright Material. Permission to reprint any previously published material included in the article (for example, tables, extensive quotations, illustrations) must be obtained by the author from the copyright owner.


    As part of the submission process you will be asked to provide the names of two peers who could be called upon to review your manuscript. Recommended reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Please be aware of any conflicts of interest when recommending reviewers. Examples of conflicts of interest include (but are not limited to) the below:

    • The reviewer should have no prior knowledge of your submission
    • The reviewer should not have recently collaborated with any of the authors
    • Reviewer nominees from the same institution as any of the authors are not permitted

    Please note that the Editor is not obliged to invite any recommended/opposed reviewers to assess your manuscript.



    SAGE Choice:

    If you or your funder wish your article to be freely available online to nonsubscribers immediately upon publication (gold open access), you can opt for it to be included in SAGE Choice, subject to the payment of a publication fee. The manuscript submission and peer review procedure is unchanged. On acceptance of your article, you will be asked to let SAGE know directly if you are choosing SAGE Choice. To check journal eligibility and the publication fee, please visit SAGE Choice. For more information on open access options and compliance at SAGE, including self/author archiving deposits (green open access) visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

    Authors who would like to refine the use of English in their manuscripts might consider using the services of a professional English-language editing company. We highlight some of these companies at


    Please be aware that SAGE has no affiliation with these companies and makes no endorsement of them. An author's use of these services in no way guarantees that his or her submission will ultimately be accepted. Any arrangement an author enters into will be exclusively between the author and the particular company, and any costs incurred are the sole responsibility of the author.


    Data Sharing:

    At SAGE, we are committed to facilitating openness, transparency and reproducibility of research. Where relevant, The Journal encourages authors to share their research data in a suitable public repository subject to ethical considerations and where data is included, to add a data accessibility statement in their manuscript file. Authors should also follow data citation principles. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway, which includes information about SAGE’s partnership with the data repository Figshare.

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