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Environment and Planning D: Society and Space

Environment and Planning D: Society and Space

2017 Impact Factor: 2.466
2017 Ranking: 40/108 in Environmental Studies | 21/84 in Geography
Source: Journal Citation Reports®, 2018 release, a Clarivate Analytics product

Managing Editor
Natalie Oswin McGill University, Canada
Kate Derickson University of Minnesota, USA
Alexander Vasudevan University of Oxford, UK
Review and Open Site Editors
Bobby Benedicto McGill University, Canada
Lauren Martin Durham University, UK
Peer Review Assistant
Editor in Chief of the Environment and Planning journals
Jamie Peck University of British Columbia, Canada

eISSN: 14723433 | ISSN: 02637758 | Current volume: 36 | Current issue: 4

Environment and Planning D: Society and Space is an international and interdisciplinary journal that publishes theoretically innovative scholarship that examines the contingent and possible relations between the social and the spatial. It seeks to push the boundaries of theoretical debate and maintains a commitment to considering the political and social justice imperatives of research and theory.

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Visit the other journals from the Environment and Planning suite:

Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space

Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science

Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space

Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space

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

Environment and Planning D: Society and Space is a peer reviewed journal publishing theoretically innovative scholarship that examines the contingent and possible relations between the social and the spatial. The editors encourage submissions that push the boundaries of theoretical debate while remaining contextually driven, attentive to questions of power, and inspired through empirical research.

We are committed to interdisciplinary approaches to social, economic, political, and cultural analyses across a range of research sites and topics. We hold equally firm commitments to considering the political and social justice imperatives of research and theory. Thus, theorizing the spatial contours of political violence and possibility are as vital to the journal’s mission as are conceptual debates that drive more abstract, although integral, understandings of space and society.

Editorial Advisory Board
Aren Aizura University of Minnesota, USA
Teo Ballvé Colgate University, USA
Gautam Bhan Lead - Academics & Research, Indian Institute for Human Settlements, India
Joe Bryan University of Colorado, USA
Brenda Chalfin University of Florida, USA
Rosemary-Claire Collard Simon Fraser University, Canada
Melinda Cooper University of Sydney
Deborah Cowen University of Toronto, Canada
Ayona Datta King's College London, UK
Anja Karlsson Franck University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Ilse Helbrecht Humboldt University, Germany
Caleb Johnston University of Edinburgh, UK
Anja Kanngieser University of Wollongong, Australia
Nadim Khoury Arctic University of Norway, Norway
Ashok Kumar Queen Mary University of London, UK
Loren Landau University of Witwatersrand, South Africa
Angela Last University of Glasgow, UK
Agnieszka Leszczynski University of Auckland, New Zealand
Francis Nyamnjoh University of Cape Town, South Africa
Rupal Oza Hunter College, USA
Álvaro Reyes University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, USA
Álvaro Sevilla Buitrago Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
Rashad Shabazz Arizona State University, USA
Kendra Strauss Simon Fraser University, Canada
Zoe Todd Carleton University, Canada
Helen Wilson University of Durham, UK
Woon Chih Yuan National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • Clarivate Analytics: Current Contents - Social & Behavioral Sciences
  • Clarivate Analytics: Social Science Citation Index
  • EBSCOhost
  • ProQuest: CSA Engineering Research Database
  • ProQuest: CSA Technology Research Database
  • ProQuest: International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS)
  • PubMed: MEDLINE (selectively indexed)
  • Taylor & Francis Studies on Women and Gender Abstracts (Online)
  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines: Environment and Planning D

    This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site 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 and Planning D: Society and Space will be reviewed.

    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

    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.

    1. What do we publish?
      1.1 Aims & Scope
      1.2 Article types
      1.3 Writing your paper
    2. Editorial policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
      2.3 Acknowledgements
      2.4 Funding
      2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
      2.6 Research ethics and patient consent
      2.7 Clinical trials
      2.8 Reporting guidelines
      2.9 Data
    3. Publishing policies
      3.1 Publication ethics
      3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
      3.3 Open access and author archiving
    4. Preparing your manuscript
      4.1 Formatting
      4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
      4.3 Supplementary material
      4.4 Reference style
      4.5 English language editing services
      4.6 Author Biographies
    5. Submitting your manuscript
      5.1 ORCID
      5.2 Information required for completing your submission
      5.3 Permissions
    6. On acceptance and publication
      6.1 SAGE Production
      6.2 Online First publication
      6.3 Access to your published article
      6.4 Promoting your article
    7. Further information

    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & Scope

    Before submitting your manuscript to Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

    1.2 Article Types

    Environment and Planning D: Society and Space accepts original manuscripts of between 7000 and 10000 words, including abstract, all tables, figures and references.  Figures account for 250 -500 words, depending on size.

    Theme Issues
    Environment and Planning D: Society and Space occasionally publishes special issues or sections. We include only a very small number of projects because of pressures on journal space, but we welcome proposals on themes that fall within the journal's remit. Those that are interdisciplinary and international in scope tend to fare better in our selection process.

    To propose a theme issue/section, send a proposal to The proposal should include the following:

    • A brief rationale for the theme issue/section setting out what debates and literatures it seeks to further and why the proposed collection is suitable for Society and Space.
    • A description of the contents, including a list of authors and their affiliations, titles, and abstracts for both the guest editorial introduction and all papers.
    • A timeline from submission to publication.

    Theme issues/sections may vary in length, consisting of at least 4 papers.

    Once a proposal is provisionally accepted, the guest editor(s) will work with the journal editors at all stages from submission to production. Guest editors must coordinate with authors to ensure that papers are received in timely fashion. They must also review all contributions prior to submission to the journal to ensure that they are of suitable quality for peer review and that they conform to the journal's style guidelines. When papers are submitted, the guest editor(s) will assist the journal editors in generating reviewer names, while the ultimate choice of reviewers will be at the journal editors' discretion. After the external review is completed, the journal editors will send along the reviewer reports and notify the authors and guest editor(s) of the editorial decision on individual papers.

    After all papers have completed the review process, the guest editor(s) will write an editorial introduction that conceptually frames the special issue and describes the contents of the accepted papers. The journal editors will review this introduction.

    Should fewer than four papers be ultimately accepted, the papers may be published individually rather than as a special issue/ section. Papers that do not meet submission and revision deadlines set by the journal and guest editors may be removed from consideration as part of the collection.

    1.3 Writing your paper

    The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.

    1.3.1 Make your article discoverable

    When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    All manuscripts submitted to Environment and Planning D: Society and Space are subject to a double blind peer review process in which the author’s name is withheld from the reviewer, and the reviewer’s name from the author.  Please ensure that your paper is fully anonymised.  All papers are reviewed by at least 2 individuals.

    2.2 Authorship

    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.

    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.

    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.

    2.4 Funding

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

    2.6 Data

    SAGE acknowledges the importance of research data availability as an integral part of the research and verification process for academic journal articles.

    Environment and Planning D: Society and Space requests all authors submitting any primary data used in their research articles alongside their article submissions to be published in the online version of the journal, or provide detailed information in their articles on how the data can be obtained. This information should include links to third-party data repositories or detailed contact information for third-party data sources. Data available only on an author-maintained website will need to be loaded onto either the journal’s platform or a third-party platform to ensure continuing accessibility. Examples of data types include but are not limited to statistical data files, replication code, text files, audio files, images, videos, appendices, and additional charts and graphs necessary to understand the original research. The editors may consider limited embargoes on proprietary data. The editors can also grant exceptions for data that cannot legally or ethically be released. All data submitted should comply with Institutional or Ethical Review Board requirements and applicable government regulations.

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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 and Planning D: Society and Space 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 published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the 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; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

    3.1.2 Prior publication

    If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

    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 the SAGE Author Gateway

    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    Environment and Planning D: Society and Space  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.

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    4. Preparing your manuscript for submission

    4.1 Formatting

    The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. 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  

    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. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files

    4.4 Reference style

    Environment and Planning D: Society and Space adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style. View the SAGE Harvard guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    If you use EndNote to manage references, you can download the SAGE Harvard EndNote output file.

    4.5 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.

              4.6 Author Biographies

    Please provide an author biography of 80-120 words.  Author biographies must be included in the title page of the manuscript and not in the text file so as not to compromise blind peer review.

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    5. Submitting your manuscript

    Environment and Planning D: Society and Space is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit 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.

    5.1 ORCID

    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities ensuring that their work is recognised.

    We encourage all authors to add their ORCIDs to their SAGE Track accounts and include their ORCIDs as part of the submission process. If you don’t already have one you can create one here

    5.2 Information required for completing your submission

    You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

    5.3 Permissions

    Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary 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 see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway

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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.  Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.

    6.2 Online First publication

    Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the SAGE Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.

    6.3 Access to your published article

    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.4 Promoting your article

    Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice. In addition, SAGE is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich, share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximise your article’s impact with Kudos

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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 Environment and Planning D: Society and Space editorial office as follows:

    Individual Subscription, Print Only

    Institutional Subscription, E-access

    Institutional Subscription, Print Only

    Institutional Subscription, Combined (Print & E-access)

    Institutional Subscription & Backfile Lease, E-access Plus Backfile (All Online Content)

    Institutional Subscription & Backfile Lease, Combined Plus Backfile (Current Volume Print & All Online Content)

    Institutional Backfile Purchase, E-access (Content through 1998)

    Individual, Single Print Issue

    Institutional, Single Print Issue