Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Italian Journal of Planning Practice (IJPP)is an open access brand new journal which aims at establishing a source for information on Italian planning practice. IJPP adheres to the BOAI definition of open access and all users have the right to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles.

The journal is concerned with encouraging reflections and disseminating knowledge and research on the peculiar characteristics of Italian planning practice and policy all across the world to the widest possible readership. IJPP also considers comparative case studies of fundamental importance for the understanding of planning practices.

IJPP is conceived for all Italian and international critical academics, researchers, professionals and students who wish to keep update with the evolution of the planning discipline in Italy and to contribute to the spreading of scientific research through their work.

IJPP emphasizes results of analytical research in a range of topics within the general field of town and regional planning and attempts to draw attention to the practical nature of problems.


Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement

The editors of the Italian Journal of Planning Practice (IJPP) are responsible, with the help of anonymous referees, for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published. In evaluating the submitted works, the editors should limit themselves only to the intellectual content. The editors should not be influenced by matters such as race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors. The editors can choose to ignore any material that breaks legal requirements regarding label, copyright infringement and plagiarism. The editors must ensure the confidentiality of the submitted works until they are published. In case the editors decide not to publish a material, the manuscript should not be used for other purposes without the express written consent of the author.
The referees of IJPP assist the editors in taking the decision of publishing a submitted manuscript. Also, by formulating suggestions to the authors, the referees can contribute to the improvement of submitted works.  In order to achieve these goals, the referees are to evaluate objectively the submitted works and to clearly present their views regarding the manuscript. The referees are bound to treat the manuscript received for peer reviewing as confidential. Since IJPP employs the double blind peer review system, the communication regarding the submitted manuscript would be made exclusively between the referees and the editors of IJPP.
The authors submitting articles to IJPP should draft their works in accordance to IJPP Author Guidelines (See Author Guidelines). The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works. When  the authors use other materials,  sources should be appropriately cited.  Any attempt of plagiarism should be followed by the rejection of the submitted manuscript. Authors should not submit the same work or describe essentially the same research in more than one journal. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behavior. When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor in correcting the material.


Section Policies

Research Articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Special Issue - Local development strategies in peripheral areas: a European challenge

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

All research articles in this journal have undergone rigorous peer review, based on initial editor screening and anonymous double-blind refereeing.


Publication Frequency

The IJPP publishes issues once or twice a year. Articles are included collectively within issues.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Authors will hold the copyright of their research published in the Journal.



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