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Planning Viewpoints in JAPA

Wednesday, November 7, 2018  
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The Journal of the American Planning Association is calling for submissions of Planning Viewpoints. JAPA Planning Viewpoints will make well-reasoned arguments that draw on planning scholarship and research and are relevant to planning practice. Examples might include critiquing a practice case, evaluating a key planning idea, identifying an omission in planning research, or speculating on the future of a domain of planning. Clearly conceptualized, Planning Viewpoints will also acknowledge or engage with alternative interpretations. Planning Viewpoints should be 1,500-3,000 words excluding abstract, notes, references, tables, and figures. They will be reviewed using the standard double-blind refereeing process.

JAPA is particularly interested in Planning Viewpoints on the following topics and encourages submission before February 1, 2019.

• How can or should U.S. planners engage with the international practice of planning?
• What is the role of planning, or planning research, in a post-truth period?
• What can planning do about growing inequality?
• How will technological changes affect planning practice?
• Is planning doing enough about climate change?

While authors can submit Planning Viewpoints at any time on any relevant subject, this particular call is for Planning Viewpoints written in response to the questions listed above. Authors are strongly encouraged to submit by the listed deadline. Additional topics of interest will be disseminated periodically.

If they pass peer review JAPA will publish multiple Planning Viewpoints on the same topic as a way to encourage debate.

Questions about the section can be directed to Ann Forsyth (, incoming JAPA editor starting January 1, 2019.

JAPA also accepts articles of up to 6,000 words and review essays of up to 8,000 words excluding abstract, notes, references, tables, and figures. Editorially reviewed letters of up to 750 words and responding to articles in JAPA are also accepted. For more detail see the JAPA web site at


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  • recognize diverse needs and interests in planning;
  • improve and enhance the accreditation process, and;
  • strengthen the role of planning education in colleges and universities through publications, conferences, and community engagement;
  • extend planning beyond the classroom into the world of practice.


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