Environment and Planning D: Society and Space
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Environment and Planning D: Society and Space

2015 Impact Factor: 1.659
2015 Ranking: 48/104 in Environmental Studies | 23/77 in Geography
2016 Release of Journal Citation Reports, Source: 2015 Web of Science Data

Managing Editor
Natalie Oswin McGill University, Canada
Editors
Kate Derickson University of Minnesota, USA
Alexander Vasudevan University of Oxford, UK
Darshan Vigneswaran University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
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: 35 | Current issue: 1

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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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 Senior Consultant, Indian Institute for Human Settlements, India
Joe Bryan University of Colorado, USA
Brenda Chalfin University of Florida, USA
Rosemary Collard Concordia University, Canada
Melinda Cooper University of Sydney, Australia
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, United Kingdom
Anja Kanngieser University of Wollongong, Australia
Nadim Khoury Arctic University of Norway, Norway
Ashok Kumar Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom
Loren Landau University of Witwatersrand, South Africa
Angela Last University of Glasgow, United Kingdom
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 Manchester, United Kingdom
Woon Chih Yuan National University of Singapore, Singapore
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    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 Data
    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
      4.7 Author Biographies
    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/societyandspace 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 D: Society and Space 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.

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    1. Article types

    Environment & Planning D 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 & 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 epd@sagepub.co.uk. 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.

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    All manuscripts submitted to Environment & Planning D 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

    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 D 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 D 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.

    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 & Planning D requests all authors submitting any primary data used in their research articles alongside their article submissions to be published as an accompaniment to 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 & Planning D 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 D 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 D conforms to the SAGE house style.  Please review guidelines on SAGE UK House Style

    4.5 Reference style

    Environment & Planning D 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.

    4.7 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

    5.1 How to submit your manuscript

    Environment & Planning D is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit https://mc04.manuscriptcentral.com/societyandspaceto 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 and 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 epd@sagepub.co.uk.

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