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Author Guidelines

The Editors welcome submission of papers from academics, practitioners, professionals and PhD students that are relevant to the aims of the journal. Contributions should be intended for an international readership and realized in a form which is significant for academics, professionals and planning officers. They should be analytical and critical rather than merely descriptive and theoretical concepts, where present, should be expressed clearly. Italian and comparative case studies of practice, critical comments of the activity of planning authorities, analysis of planning legislation and policies are welcome.

The Journal does not have neither article processing charges (APCs), nor article submission charges (ASCs). 


1. Length and review

Articles should not exceed 8000 words including references and any tables you may wish to include. Contributions on new or still ongoing initiatives should be of about 4000 words. IJPP operates a peer-review based on a double blind process where authors and reviewers are unknown to each other. Review process involves two stages. Firstly, a review of proficiency in the use of English academic writing is carried out. Articles which do not comply with this requirement are sent back to the author for modifications to be made rigorously within a two-week time. Secondly, once the paper has been accepted on this basis, the article is submitted to the selected reviewers for the double-blind peer review process which would take no longer than four weeks. Paper may be either accepted, refused or accepted under certain conditions as stated by the reviewers.

Authors may ask if they wish to receive notification of review either in English or Italian.


2. Submission

Paper submission is accepted solely through electronic format attached to an email addressed to the editors and the IJPP team at After submission and successfully completed review the article will be published in the pre-print section right away and later in the first available issue.

The first page should include the title of the article and an abstract of about 200 words. Authors must make sure that the names, affiliation and contact details are provided clearly and in case of articles with multiple authors they must indicate the corresponding parts.

Contributions are accepted for review on the basis that they have not been published elsewhere.


3. Format

Please make sure that the title accurately describes the content of the article. Use a sub-heading if you wish. Use a 12-point Times New Roman font for the main text.

Try to limit the use of footnotes where strictly necessary but generally try to make the point within the main text. Use footnotes not endnotes.

Please proof read your paper thoroughly before submission.

Papers in any other language rather than English will not be accepted.

The journal is published in A4 paper format.


4. Referencing

Generally, we expect papers to be properly referenced following the information provided below.

Check your paper to ensure that every citation is included in the reference list at the end of the article. Also make sure that the reference list does not contain references not cited in the paper.

Exception applies to author self citation as described in the following section.

4.1 Referencing system - Please use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing system. 

Examples can be found at:

In-text citation should give the surname of the author and the year of publication in brackets (Baron, 2008) or Boughton (2002). Where you cite authors with publications on the same year distinguish these by adding 'a', 'b', etc. to the date, eg 2003a and 2003b. Please ensure that for every quotation page number is provided. Self-citations should be presented as "Author" and year of publication, eg Author (2000).

4.2 List of references - References should be listed in alphabetical order at the end of the paper within the references list. Proide DOIs where available. For example:

  • Boyer, E.L. (1990). Scholarship reconsidered. Priorities of the Professoriate. Menlo Park, CA: The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

  • Goldstein, H.A., & Carmin, J.A. (2006) Compact, Diffuse, or Would-be Discipline?: Assessing Cohesion in Planning Scholarship, 1963-2002. Journal of Planning Education and Research, 26(1), 66-79. Doi: 10.1177/0739456X05282353.

  • Mazza, L. (2002) Technical Knowledge and Planning Actions. Planning Theory, 1(1), 11-26. Doi: 10.1177/147309520200100102. 

Title of journals should not be abbreviated.

5. Illustrations

Ensure that illustrations, figures and photographs are of good quality. They should be put separately from the main text.

All illustrations, figures and tables need a caption. They should be numbered 1, 2, 3, etc. and should be referred to in the text. They should be submitted in any of the commonly used electronic formats (jpg, gif, tif, pdf, etc.).


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.


Copyright Notice

The authors will hold the copyright and the publishing rights of their published articles.


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