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Planning Theory and Practice

Planning Theory & Practice is an international, peer reviewed journal, publishing high-quality, original research. Please see the journal's Aims & Scope for information about its focus and peer-review policy. RTPI members can get a heavily discounted subscription to the journal - more info here.

Please note that this journal only publishes manuscripts in English.

This journal accepts the following article types: reasearch articles; book reviews; comment articles; policy & planning briefs; interface articles.

Suggestions and proposals for themes to be explored in the Interface section are welcomed and should be discussed with the Interface editors in the first instance. Please contact Libby Porter, email:, John Forester, email:, or Lisa Bates, email:

Book Reviews should give the audience a concise summary and offer a critical assessment of the content and wider significance of texts for planning theory and practice. We welcome the re-evaluation of 'classic' planning texts within the context of a more recent publication. In addition, we are happy to discuss ideas for longer thematic reviews of one of more book, or 'review symposiums' where more than one author wants to tackle key text(s).

Policy & Planning Briefs can include (1) critical insights and analysis of key policy developments and debates; (2) analysis of spatial plans, with a preference for those plans that seek to depart from conventional structure, content, aims and plan processes; (3) analysis of innovative planning programs and approaches to planning problems or (4) retrospective analysis of pivotal strategic and spatial plans and their impact on practice. Policy & Planning Briefs should have an international relevance and appeal.

Comment articles can include retorts to previously published Planning Theory & Practice articles or critical reflections on developments within theory and planning practice. Longer style comment pieces that develop arguments and/or provocations directed at the practices, processes and theories of planning are also welcome.

Suggestions for comment and reviews should be emailed directly to the Comments and Reviews editors, Andy Inch, email: or Crystal Legacy, email:

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