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Journal of Planning History

eISSN: 15526585 | ISSN: 15385132 | Current volume: 23 | Current issue: 2 Frequency: Quarterly
The Journal of Planning History (JPH), a quarterly peer-reviewed journal from Sage Publications, provides a scholarly outlet for the growing multidisciplinary cadre of academics and practitioners in the broad field of planning history.

The Journal of Planning History publishes peer-reviewed articles, commentaries, review essays, and exhibition/conference reviews in the field of planning history around the world and including transnational interactions. JPH invites scholars and practitioners of planning to submit articles and features on the full range of topics embraced by city and regional planning history, including planning history, transnational planning experiences, planning history pedagogy, planning history in planning practice, the intellectual roots of planning processes, and planning history historiography.

The journal also provides professors of planning history with an effective tool for classroom instruction.

The Journal of Planning History publishes peer-reviewed articles, book, conference and exhibition reviews, commissioned essays, and updates on new publications on the history of city and regional planning with case studies from around the world. JPH invites scholars and practitioners of planning to submit articles and features on the full range of topics embraced by city and regional planning history, including local case studies around the world, transnational planning experiences, planning history pedagogy, planning history in planning practice, the intellectual roots of the planning processes, and planning history historiography.

Brent D. Ryan Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Sanjeev Vidyarthi University of Illinois Chicago, USA
Review Editor
Andrew Whittemore University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA
Editorial Advisory Board
Robin Bachin University of Miami, USA
Carlton Basmajian Iowa State University, USA
Eugenie Ladner Birch, F.A.I.C.P. University of Pennsylvania, USA
Daniel Campo Morgan State University, USA
Yasser Elsheshtawy Columbia University, USA
Robert Freestone University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
David Gordon Queens University, Canada
Richard Greenwald Fairfield University in Connecticut
Richard Harris McMaster University, Ontario, Canada
Sonia Hirt University of Georgia, USA
Greg Hise University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA
Jyoti Hosagrahar World Heritage Center, UNESCO
Liu Jian Tsinghua University, China
Ahmed Z. Khan Free University of Brussels, Belgium
Laura Kolbe University of Helsinki, Finland
Abidin Kusno University of British Columbia, Canada
Kristin Larsen University of Florida, USA
Randall Mason University of Pennsylvania, USA
Madalena Cunha Matos Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal
Panayiota Pyla University of Cyprus, Cyprus
Eric Sandweiss Indiana University, USA
Mary Corbin Sies University of Maryland, College Park, USA
Christopher Silver University of Florida, USA
Amita Sinha University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Lawrence Vale Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
  • America: History and Life
  • Clarivate Analytics: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI)
  • Historical Abstracts
  • ProQuest: CSA Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
  • Scopus
  • Sociological Abstracts

Manuscripts should be submitted to the editorial office at

Guidelines for Original Research Papers

Manuscripts are evaluated for appropriateness to the journal objective, originality in research and approach, clarity of presentation, and relevance to previously published literature in the field. Authors should follow the below listed guidelines:

  • Manuscript abstract should be 100 words
  • Manuscripts should be between 15 and 25 pages (using a standard 12 pt font, and 1.5 line spacing), not including illustrations
  • Manuscript should be anonymous.
  • The authors’ details should be submitted in a separate title page document. These details should include names, emails, affiliations, and a mailing address for the corresponding author. Please ensure that authors’ names and surnames are displayed correctly and, in a manner, consistent with previous publications.
  • Manuscript should list 5 relevant keywords
  • Submission should include a short biography of all contributing authors (50-100 words). The biography should include the authors’ ORCIDs. Due to ethical obligations, ORCIDs cannot be added or changed once manuscripts are published.
  • Authors are encouraged to submit illustrations and other graphics that help to illuminate the themes of the contribution, and that will reproduce effectively in black and white. Authors must ensure that the submitted Images are 300dpi (or above). The suitable image formats are either the editable images in word or excel formats, or high resolution images in .jpg or .tiff formats
  • All figures, tables, supplements, and references must be called out within the manuscript
  • Tables and Figures must include captions.
  • All the tables should be submitted in a separate file. Tables must be editable and mention the source.
  • All the figures should be submitted in a separate file. If figures are from another source than author, original source files should be provided along with the statement of copyright approval to reproduce those figures
  • Authors should ensure that the manuscript includes references for all in-text citations, and all references are mentioned in the text
  • Bibliographic citations should be provided in accordance with the guidelines of the "Notes and Bibliography style" of The Chicago Manual of Style

Copyrights Disclaimer

Once manuscripts are reviewed and accepted for publication in the journal of planning history, the corresponding author will be contacted to provide the following:

  • Journal Contributor Agreement (signed)
  • Permission(s) for usage of copyrighted material as appropriate (signed)

Guidelines for Book Reviews

The journal of planning history publishes only the solicited book reviews. If an author is interested in reviewing a book, feel free to contact the journal co-editor Andrew Whittemore ( who heads the book review articles.

Bibliographic Citations

The following examples indicate the style of citations:

Article in a Journal

1. Mervyn Miller, "Transatlantic Dialogue: Raymond Unwin and the American Scene," Planning History 22, no. 2 (May 2000): 17-38.

Chapter in a Book

1. Michael H. Lang, "The Design of Yorkship Garden Village," in Planning the Twentieth Century American City, ed. Mary Corbin Sies and Christopher Silver, 120-44 (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996).


1. Joan Draper, Edward Bennett: Architect and City Planner, 1874-1954 (Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 1982).

Newspaper (author named)

1. Mike Royko "Next Time, Dan, Take Aim at Arnold," Chicago Tribune, September 23, 1992.

Newspaper (author not named)

1. "The Washington of the North," Ottawa Evening Journal, June 19, 1983.


Articles accepted, published, or submitted for publication elsewhere cannot be considered. If an article contains material reproduced from other sources (including illustrations), the necessary written permission from the author(s) or source must be secured prior to publication. In other words, all figures, tables, charts, and other artwork should be submitted and must be cited in the text with appropriate descriptive headings. All artworks must also be submitted in high-resolution electronic form. (High-resolution images should come in a separate file from the manuscript). We suggest that you should obtain a grant of permission in case you have used any copyrighted element or portion of text/figures (especially) in your journal article.

Before publication, authors are requested to assign copyright to Sage; they retain their right to reuse material in other publications, written or edited by themselves, with first publication credit to the journal.


Journal of Planning History offers OnlineFirst, by which forthcoming articles are published online before they are scheduled to appear in print. OnlineFirst is a feature offered through Sage's electronic journal platform, Sage Journals. It allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be hosted online prior to their inclusion in a final print and online journal issue. This feature is commonly referred to as publish ahead of print. Access to full-text OnlineFirst articles is only available to paid subscribers or through a site license. OnlineFirst provides clear benefits to all researchers and users of the journal's online content.

The feature allows subscribers and members the ability to access the very latest papers in the field. Authors also benefit from greatly reduced lead times between submission and publication of articles. Without OnlineFirst, an author's work would only appear online once a finalized issue was sent to print. However, with OnlineFirst, manuscripts can appear online while other articles are being completed for an upcoming issue.

Each OnlineFirst manuscript is citable using the date of the manuscript's first online posting and the Digital Object Identifiers (DOI). Once an OnlineFirst article is assigned to its final issue and given its bibliographic data, such as volume, issue, and first page number, the hosting of the article online transitions from the OnlineFirst listing to that of the completed issue.

Supplemental Online Material

Authors are free to submit certain types of supplemental material for online-only publication. If the manuscript is accepted for publication, such material will be published online on the publisher’s web site, linked to the article.

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.

Data Sharing

At Sage, we are committed to facilitating openness, transparency, and reproducibility of research. Where relevant, The Journal encourages authors to share their research data in a suitable public repository subject to ethical considerations and where data is included, to add a data accessibility statement in their manuscript file. Authors should also follow data citation principles. For more information please visit the Sage Author Gateway, which includes information about Sage’s partnership with the data repository Figshare.

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