Request for Proposals for New JPER Editor
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ACSP is soliciting applications for qualified individuals to serve as Editor of the Journal of Planning Education and Research. JPER was established in 1980 as the official journal of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. Since then it has developed into one of the leading international outlets for scholarship in urban and regional planning. It is published by SAGE Publications.

The editor(s) will serve a four and one-half year term from January 1, 2020 to June 30, 2024. The first six months of the term will overlap with the last six months of the present editors’ term, to provide a transition period to facilitate an effective changeover. The editor(s) will be responsible for producing four issues of JPER each year starting with the Fall 2020 issue (Volume 40).

The JPER editors receive financial support from ACSP to operate the editorial office. The host institution is required to provide additional cash and in-kind support (such as the editor’s time) to handle the editorial responsibilities. Details on the budget matters can be obtained by contacting the JPER editors and the Selection Committee Chair at the addresses listed below.

The editorial office has full responsibility for the manuscript review and selection process as well as various organizational responsibilities to ACSP, including student subscriptions and the Chester Rapkin Award. The editorial office works closely with SAGE Publications in preparing issues for publication (including manuscripts, images, covers, reviews, etc.). This includes assuring that authors adhere to the publication schedule set by SAGE as well as anticipating and responding to problems with graphics, formatting, page counts, and the like. SAGE does the copyediting, layout, typesetting, printing and mailing. In addition, the editors work closely with SAGE in marketing the Journal.

JPER has a circulation of nearly 6,000 subscribers including institutions and faculty throughout North America and worldwide. The Journal publishes four issues per volume (year), totaling 512 pages. It is indexed or abstracted in fourteen leading citation services, including Current Contents/Social and Behavioral Sciences (SSCI).

Editing JPER provides faculty with the opportunity to be at a key center of research in urban and regional planning. In addition, the editor is a non-voting member of the ACSP Governing Board and attends Governing Board meetings in conjunction with the ACSP annual fall conference and the APA annual spring conference.

Applications, due Friday, January 25, 2019 by 5 pm Pacific Time in PDF format emailed to the Chair of the Search Committee ( with cc to Donna Dodd (, should include the following information:

  1. A statement outlining the applicant’s qualifications, reasons for seeking the position, and overall objectives as editor of JPER. In explaining overall objectives, specifically address the vision and identity of the Journal to be achieved during the applicant’s tenure; the steps to be taken to ensure the pool of high quality, publishable manuscripts; and the means to be employed to expand the circulation and readership of the Journal and other revenues.
  2. A current C.V.
  3. Names and complete contact information of at least three references.
  4. Evidence of institutional support, in the form of a letter from the appropriate university or college administrative officer assuring release time for the Editor(s) (suggested ½ time) the allocation of editorial space, and other overhead expenses. Institutional support should include general office staffing sufficient for fiscal and administrative record keeping and computer operations.
  5. A plan for identifying and selecting a book review editor. The book review editor’s term will begin on July 1, 2020. The current book review editor is Katrin Anacker, George Mason University.

In its deliberations, the Committee will be guided by the following criteria. The editor of the Journal should:

  1. Be affiliated with an accredited academic planning program.
  2. Be established in the academic planning community by virtue of contributions in teaching, research and publication.
  3. Exhibit a broad understanding of planning reflected through education, interests and publications.
  4. Have sufficient and sustained institutional support over the full term of the editorship

The Search Committee (Marlon Boarnet, USC, ACSP vice-president/president-elect, search committee chair; Clint Andrews, Rutgers University; Nancey Green Leigh, Georgia Tech University; and Cathy Liu,Georgia State University) expects to recommend the next editor to the ACSP Governing Board at its March, 2019 meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It is hoped that the new editor(s) will participate in the annual Writing Workshop sponsored by JPER. The 2019 Writing Workshop will be at Rutgers University during July 17-19, 2019. The new editor(s) will begin reviewing manuscript submissions on January 1, 2020 and will accept full responsibility for Journal production on July 1, 2020.

ACSP will provide a transition budget of $27,500 for the period January 1 – July 1, 2020. After the transition, ACSP provides an annual amount of $70,500 to support editorial operations and to pay for the managing editor salary (typically a half-time position), editor travel, operating expenses, the annual writing workshop, efforts to publicize JPER on the web and via social media (in cooperation with SAGE), and other costs associated with the Journal. In-kind support, office space, release time for editors, and any additional funds needed for journal operation should be provided by the host university and detailed in the proposal.

An applicant can choose to contract for the services of the managing editor. Estimated cost based on prior experience is $38,000 annually. The current managing editor has indicated a willingness to continue in this role.

Interested applicants are encouraged to contact the current editors of the Journal as well as the Search Committee Chairperson for any additional information and details at their addresses given below:

Present Editors:
Clint Andrews, Rutgers University
Frank Popper, Rutgers University
Telephone (848) 932-2808 (Andrews) and (848)-932-2790 (Popper)
Email: (Andrews) and (Popper)

JPER Editorial Search Committee Chairperson:
Marlon Boarnet
USC Department of Urban Planning and Spatial Analysis
Telephone: (213)-740-3696


The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning promotes education, research, service and outreach in the United States and throughout the world by seeking to:

  • 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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