Environment and Planning A

Environment and Planning A

2015 Impact Factor: 1.460
2015 Ranking: 54/104 in Environmental Studies | 27/77 in Geography
2016 Release of Journal Citation Reports, Source: 2015 Web of Science Data

Managing Editor
Jamie Peck University of British Columbia, Canada
Trevor Barnes University of British Columbia, Canada
Brett Christophers Uppsala University, Sweden
David Demeritt King’s College London, United Kingdom
Deborah Dixon University of Glasgow, United Kingdom
Jessie Poon University of Buffalo, USA
Henry Yeung National University of Singapore, Singapore
Graphics Editor
Danny Dorling University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Web Editor
Mark Graham University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Honorary Editors
Sir Nigel Thrift University of Warwick, United Kingdom
Sir Alan Wilson University College London, United Kingdom
Editor in Chief of the Environment and Planning journals
Jamie Peck University of British Columbia, Canada
Editorial Manager

eISSN: 14723409 | ISSN: 0308518X | Current volume: 49 | Current issue: 4
Environment and Planning A is an interdisciplinary journal focused on the interface of human geography, environmental studies, and urban and regional research.

Ashby Prizes:
The Editors of Environment and Planning A are pleased to announce the joint winners of the Ashby Prize for 2014:

  • D Asher Ghertner, India’s urban revolution: geographies of displacement beyond gentrification (Rutgers University)
  • Jim Glassman and Young-Jin Choi, The chaebol and the US military–industrial complex: Cold War geopolitical economy and South Korean industrialization(University of British Columbia; Seoul National University)
  • J Miguel Kanai and (the late) Rafael da Silva Oliveira, Paving (through) Amazonia: neoliberal urbanism and the reperipheralization of Roraima (University of Miami)

Travel Awards: Environment and Planning A is pleased to announce that the following early career researchers have been awarded EPA travel awards to attend the Fourth Global Conference on Economic Geography at Oxford University in August, 2015:

  • Tania Debnath (Jawaharlal Nehru University)
  • Alyssa Maraj Grahame (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
  • Ivana Socoloff (IEALC-Universidad de Buenos Aires-CONICET)

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

Environment and Planning A is an international peer-reviewed journal concerned with contemporary issues at the interface of human geography, environmental studies, and urban and regional research. We are especially keen to publish agenda-shaping papers that advance knowledge and that tackle questions of significance for social science and society at large. Innovation is a priority for the journal—whether this is defined in theoretical, methodological, or in other terms. Substantively, the horizons of Environment and Planning A are wide, but issues of particular concern for the journal include: the governance and contestation of environmental change; globalization and development; urban and regional restructuring, innovation, and creativity; metropolitan policy, planning, and governance; political ecology and resource management; urban cultures, lives, and technologies; spaces of finance, risk, and speculation; and geographies of transformation in housing, labour, and commodity markets. To these ends, Environment and Planning A embraces an array of theories, methods, and approaches, especially where these engage with research traditions, evolving debates, and new directions in urban, regional, and environmental studies, in human geography, and in closely allied fields.

Editorial Advisory Board
Karen Bickerstaff University of Exeter, United Kingdom
Marc Boeckler Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, Germany
Tim Bunnell National University of Singapore, Singapore
Jessica Dempsey University of British Columbia, Canada
Andrew Donaldson Newcastle University, United Kingdom
Jürgen Essletzbichler University College London, United Kingdom
Desiree Fields University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
Julie Guthman University of California, Santa Cruz, USA
Nik Heynen University of Georgia, USA
Leigh Johnson University of Oregon, USA
Deborah Leslie University of Toronto, Canada
Chi-Kin Leung California State University-Fresno, USA
Andrew Leyshon University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
Colin McFarlane Durham University, United Kingdom
Jonathan Metzger KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Sarah Mills Loughborough University, United Kingdom
Phillip O'Neill Western Sydney University, Australia
David O'Sullivan University of California, Berkeley, USA
Anssi Paasi University of Oulu, Finland
Antonia Páez McMaster University, Canada
Bae-Gyoon Park Seoul National University, South Korea
Jane Pollard Newcastle University, United Kingdom
Stefano Ponte Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
David Rigby University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Andrés Rodríguez-Pose London School of Economics, United Kingdom
Tim Schwanen University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Xiaobo Su University of Oregon, USA
Alan Walks University of Toronto, Canada
Fulong Wu University College London, UK
Matthew Zook University of Kentucky, USA
  • Clarivate Analytics: Current Contents - Social & Behavioral Sciences
  • Clarivate Analytics: Social Science Citation Index
  • EBSCOhost
  • EconLit
  • ProQuest: International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS)
  • PubMed: MEDLINE (selectively indexed)
    1. Article types
    2. Editorial Policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
      2.3 Acknowledgments
      2.4 Funding
      2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
      2.6 Research ethics and patient consent
      2.7 Clinical Trials
      2.8 Reporting Guidelines
    3. Publishing Policies
      3.1 Publication Ethics
      3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
      3.3 Open Access and author archiving
      3.4 Permissions
    4. 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
    5. Submitting your manuscript
      5.1 How to submit your manuscript
      5.2 Title, keywords and abstracts
      5.3 Corresponding author contact details
    6. On acceptance and publication
      6.1 SAGE Production
      6.2 Access to your published article
      6.3 Online First publication
    7. Further Information

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site https://mc04.manuscriptcentral.com/epa 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 Environment & Planning A 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.

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the editorial office as follows: katie.nudd@fl.nudd.org.uk

    IMPORTANT NOTE: At the beginning of 2018, EPA will be relaunched as EPA: Economy and space, coinciding with the launch of a new journal, EPE: Nature and space, with an independent editorial team. Formally speaking, the aims and scope of EPA will remain unchanged through to the end of 2017, but from this point on we are no longer accepting new submissions for review at EPA in the areas of environmental studies, environmental science, and political ecology, since these topics will now fall under the purview of the new title, EPE, while EPA will focus primarily on heterodox economics, political economy, and urban and regional studies. Please note that we will not be able to internally transfer papers submitted to EPA to EPE, as it will be under separate editorial control. Therefore, if you are interested in submitting these or any other manuscripts to the new journal, please do so separately at your convenience. Further information about EPE: Nature and space will be provided in the Spring of 2017, and submissions in the fast-developing areas of environmental studies, environmental science, and political ecology will be welcomed by the new journal's editors later on in the year.


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    1. Article types

    Original Manuscripts:

    Articles submitted to the journal are normally 7000 to 9500 words in length.  This word limit includes all text in the article (abstract, title page, keywords, acknowledgements, references, and any appendices - Abstracts should be a maximum of 250 words.) as well as visual aids such as maps, images, or figures.  Visual aids are calculated based on their size relative to a journal page, which is 500 words (eg, a half-page figure would count as 250 words).  Submissions that exceed this word limit may be returned for reduction prior to review.

    A separate title page with full contact details (including email addresses) of all authors and any acknowledgements you would like to make, should be uploaded separately from the main document. Identifying information should not be included in your main document or any other uploaded file besides the title page.


    Commentary submissions should be 1000 to 4000 words in length, including everything. Visual aids are calculated based on their size relative to a journal page, which is 500 words (eg, a half-page figure would count as 250 words). Submissions that exceed this word limit may be returned for reduction prior to review.  Commentaries are reviewed internally by editors.  Please choose “Commentary” under Manuscript Type on step 1.  Proceed through the steps following the instructions at the top of each page. During file upload, you may choose to designate the commentary as a main document (anonymisation in this case is not required).

    Featured Graphics:

    Featured graphic submissions are reviewed by our Graphics Editor Danny Dorling: danny.dorling@ouce.ox.ac.uk.  Decisions are made once the month you submitted in has passed. For example, if you submit in January, you should expect a decision in early February.

    When submitting your graphic, please choose “Graphics” under Manuscript Type on step 1.  Proceed through the steps following the instructions at the top of each page.  During file upload, you may choose to designate the graphic as a main document. Anonymisation is not required.

    Should you require any help with submitting on ScholarOne, please email katie.nudd@fl.nudd.org.uk.

    Theme Issue Proposals

    Please send theme issue proposals to Katie Nudd (katie.nudd@fl.nudd.org.uk). Note that we do not consider theme issue proposals that are also being considered by other journals.

    Typically, proposals for theme issues should contain 4–9 potential papers.  In 1–2 pages, theme issue guest editors should provide an overview of the theme issue, its central contribution, and its distinctiveness. Proposals should demonstrate how the papers contribute and engage with the chosen theme.  They must contain a summary abstract describing the theme issue as a whole (150-200 words). This should be followed by abstracts and brief author bios for each of the proposed papers. Guest editors need not submit their introductory paper at the submission stage; this will be requested once the review process is complete and the final line-up of papers is known. Proposals are reviewed internally by our Editors. (Note that we have a general guideline of one lead-authored paper per contributor.) Theme guest editors should also nominate a potential Environment & Planning A editor who they deem to be appropriate for handling their theme issue should the proposal be accepted.

    If proposals are accepted, one of the Environment & Planning A Editors will be assigned to handle the theme issue. A deadline for paper submission will be agreed with the guest editors, who will be requested to provide suggestions for potential referees on acceptance of the proposal (and prior to the submission of individual papers). Detailed information sheets will be sent to guest editors upon acceptance of the proposal. These will contain further details and instructions for both guest editors and authors; it is the responsibility of the guest editors to follow these instructions and to forward the author instructions to the contributors to the theme issue.

    Each of the papers will be reviewed independently according to our standard review procedures for original paper submissions.  The abstract for the theme issue will be included with each paper as it is submitted for review, for the benefit of referees.  Theme issues will be scheduled for print publication once the final paper in the collection is accepted. In the (quite rare) event that fewer than three papers are eventually accepted, these will be published as “regular” papers and not as a theme issue.

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    All manuscripts submitted to Environment & Planning A are subject to a double blind peer review process in which the author’s name is withheld from the reviewer and vice versa.  All papers are reviewed by at least 2 individuals; normally 3.

    2.2 Authorship

    Papers should only be submitted for consideration once consent is given by all contributing authors.  Those submitting papers should carefully check that all those whose work contributed to the paper are acknowledged as contributing authors.

    The list of authors should include all those who can legitimately claim authorship. This is all those who:

    1. Made a substantial contribution to the concept and design, acquisition of data or analysis and interpretation of data,
    2. Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,
    3. Approved the version to be published.

    Authors should meet the conditions of all of the points above.  Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.

    When a large, multicentre group has conducted the work, the group should identify the individuals who accept direct responsibility for the manuscript.  These individuals should fully meet the criteria for authorship.  A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

    Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group alone does not constitute authorship, although all contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgments section. Please refer to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) authorship guidelines for more information on authorship.

    2.3 Acknowledgements

    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.

    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.

    Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    2.4 Funding

    Environment & Planning A 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.” 

    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    Environment & Planning A encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway

    Information on informed consent to report individual cases or case series should be included in the manuscript text.  A statement is required regarding whether written informed consent for patient information and images to be published was provided by the patient(s) or a legally authorized representative.

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    3. Publishing policies

    3.1 Publication ethics

    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

    3.1.1 Plagiarism

    Environment & Planning A 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.

    3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

    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.

    3.3 Open Access and author archiving

    Environment & Planning A 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.

    3.4 Permissions

    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.

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    4. Preparing your manuscript

    4.1 Word processing formats

    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 12 point. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

    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.

    4.2.1 Maths

    Equations should to be submitted using Office Math ML and Math type.

    4.3 Supplementary material

    This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. These will be subjected to peer-review alongside the article.  For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files, which can be found within our Manuscript Submission Guidelines page.

    4.4 Journal layout

    Environment & Planning A conforms to the SAGE house style.  Please review guidelines on SAGE UK House Style

    4.5 Reference style

    Environment & Planning A adheres to its own SAGE Harvard reference style.  Click to review the guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to the SAGE Harvard reference style.

    4.6 English language editing services

    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.

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    5. Submitting your manuscript

    5.1 How to submit your manuscript

    Environment & Planning A is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit https://mc04.manuscriptcentral.com/epa 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.

    5.2 Title, keywords and abstracts

    Please supply a title, short title, an abstract (of no more than 250 words) and 6-8 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

    5.3 Corresponding author contact details

    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.

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    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 SAGE Production

    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.

    6.2 Access to your published article

    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.3 Online First publication

    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

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    7. Further Information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the editorial office as follows: katie.nudd@fl.nudd.org.uk

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