Volume 19

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Abstract Deadline: July 15, 2022

We are now seeking abstract submissions for the 2022 Volume 19 issue.
In order to develop a platform for ideas on diverse planning issues, we are interested in publishing both scholarly research and other, more varied forms of articles. Therefore, Planning Forum is seeking abstracts for four types of submissions: 


The Inquiry section is for original scholarly research and is double-blind peer-reviewed. Submissions for this section should not exceed 6,000 words and 5 images (if applicable).


Articles in the Explorations section may take a variety of forms. Critical, theoretical, and exploratory essays, personal or journalistic accounts, interviews, and conversations are all welcome. Submissions for the Explorations section are limited to approximately 1,500 words and 3 images (if applicable).

Photo Essays

Submissions to the Photo Essays section can be a series, montage or a collage of photographic images with captions and comments. Submissions are limited to approximately 500 words and 10 original images

Book Review

Book review submissions should be analytical rather than descriptive and evaluate the book’s contribution to the related field(s). Submissions are limited to 800 words.

By July 15th, 2022 interested authors should submit an abstract. Email your 150 -300 words abstract to planningforum@austin.utexas.edu
By August 7th, 2022 the Planning Forum team will notify authors via email regarding their abstracts and provide any feedback or assistance needed before the full manuscript submission. 

Final Manuscript Deadline: October 15, 2022

Once authors have been notified regarding their abstracts, they are expected to submit a full manuscript by October 15th, 2022. The review process is as follows:

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 Ph.D. 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.

For all sections of the journal, final decisions regarding revisions and publishing of submissions rest with the Managing Editors.

All 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, Photo Essay, and Book Review sections are evaluated by the Editorial Board, which makes recommendations to the Managing Editors on 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. 

Planning Forum Volume 19 will be published by April 30, 2023 following the above review process. 

Formatting Guidelines

All articles in Planning Forum follow the APA 7th edition in style for formatting, citation and bibliographic referencing. All text must be left-indented, including the title, author’s name and sub-headings. The font for body text is Times New Roman, 12 pt, 1.5 spaced. 

Image resolution should be a minimum of 300 dpi in .jpg or .tiff format. 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).


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