About JPER
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About JPER

The official journal of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning is the Journal of Planning Education & Research (JPER).

JPER is a forum for planning educators and scholars (from both academia and practice) to present results from teaching and research that advance the profession and improve planning practice. Members receive the quarterly printed journal and can view the JPER online, including archives of articles dating back to the first issue of the first volume published in July of 1981! JPER is published by SAGE Publications in association with the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning.

See Manuscript Submission Guidelines for more information.

Go to the SAGE Publications website for more information about the journal.

Journal of Planning Education and Research (ISSN 0739-456X) is published four times a year - September, December, March and June. The editorial office can be contacted at jper@acsp.org.

JPER is abstracted and indexed in Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals, Current Contents: Social & Behavioral Sciences, Current Index to Journals in Education (CIJE), Environmental Abstracts, Environmental Knowledgebase, Environmental Periodicals Bibliography, Geographical Abstracts: Human Geography, Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts, PAIS International, Sage Urban Studies Abstracts, Social Sciences Citation Index (Web of Science), Social Services Abstracts, Sociological Abstracts, and CSA Worldwide Political Science Abstracts.

Authorization to Photocopy
Authorization to photocopy items for personal or educational use is granted to individuals and libraries. Inquiries concerning other forms of reproduction or use should be sent to the managing editor, jper@acsp.org.


  • ACSP Members - ACSP member departments' declared full-time faculty, individual faculty members, retired faculty members and student members receive a one year subscription to JPER with each payment of annual membership dues. Inquiries concerning association membership should be sent to membership@acsp.org.
  • Non-Members - All other individual or library subscription inquiries, orders and renewals should be addressed to journals@sagepub.com; http://journals.sagepub.com/home/jpe; or telephone (800) 818-SAGE (7243).

 Non-Members Subscribe to JPER

General Questions
For non-subscription information on JPER, contact: jper@acsp.org

Free Access to Institutions in the Developing World
JPER's publisher, SAGE, gives free access to institutions in the developing world through HINARI, part of the Research4Life program. 200 countries are eligible to receive free access based on the annual GDP per capita, though currently only 108 have registered with HINARI to give access to their schools. You can find more information on HINARI here (http://www.who.int/hinari/en/) or on Research4Life, the umbrella program, here (http://www.research4life.org/Pages/R4L_homepage.aspx). For institutions in these countries to gain access to SAGE journals, they can visit the HINARI homepage and follow the instructions under the “How to Join?” heading.


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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