Volume 18

Deadline:  January 9, 2017

Send questions and submissions to planningforum@austin.utexas.edu


Submission Guidelines

Planning Forum is seeking two types of submissions: Inquiries and Explorations. In order to develop a platform for original ideas on planning issues, we are interested in publishing both scholarly research and other, more varied forms. Detailed information on each section is included below:


Include a cover page with the submission’s title, author’s name, phone number, email address, and a two- to three-sentence biographical statement. Include a word count and an abstract of no more than 150 words. All submissions are blind-reviewed. The authors should identify themselves only on the cover page.

Inquiries Section Guidelines

The Inquiries section is for original scholarly research and is double-blind peer reviewed. Submissions for this section are limited to approximately 6,000 words and 5 images (if applicable). Image resolution should be a minimum of 300 dpi in .jpg or .tiff format. Submissions should follow the APA 6th edition in style for formatting and citation. Diagrams, tables, and images should be on separate sheets with their desired position in the text clearly indicated. All maps, tables, graphs, figures, etc. should be provided via email attachment as manipulable data (i.e. editable spreadsheets, compressed folder of ArcGIS .mxd files with all sub-files).

Explorations Section Guidelines

Submissions to the Explorations section may take a variety of forms. Critical, theoretical, and exploratory essays, personal or journalistic accounts, interviews and conversations are all welcome, in addition to photo essays and other creative visual or written work. Submissions for the Explorations section are limited to approximately 1,500 words and 3 images (if applicable) for primarily written work OR 500 words and 10 images for primarily visual work. Diagrams, tables, and images should be on separate sheets with their desired position in the text clearly indicated. All tables, graphs, figures, etc. should be provided via email attachment as manipulable data (i.e. editable spreadsheets, compressed folder of ArcGIS .mxd files with all sub-files).

Review  Process

The Editorial Board (made up of current doctoral and masters students in the Community and Regional Planning Department at The University of Texas at Austin) and peer reviewers (faculty or PhD students in planning or allied fields) evaluate submissions with regard to their interest/originality, writing quality, and academic rigor. Planning Forum uses a double-blind review process.

In all cases, for both Inquiries and Explorations sections, final decision regarding revisions and publishing of submissions rests with the Managing Editors.


Submissions to the Inquiries section are first evaluated by the Editorial Board and articles found appropriate for the journal are reviewed by two peer reviewers. Throughout the review process authors remain anonymous to the Editorial Board and reviewers. In order to be published, submissions must be revised by authors to address comments and questions raised by reviewers.


Submissions to the Explorations section are evaluated by the Editorial Board, which makes recommendations to the Managing Editors whether to publish submissions. Managing Editors may provide reviews of submissions, though not in all cases. Authors are required to address comments and questions raised in reviews in subsequent revisions.

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