Information To Authors - Journal of Planning

Information To Authors

Authors must follow these instructions carefully to avoid delays in submission, blind peer-review and publication processes.


Journal of Planning which is the publication of UCTEA Chamber of Urban Planners, publishes original articles, research briefs, book reviews and current discussion, opinions and reviews on the field of urban and regional studies. The Journal, annually distributed free to the members of the Chamber, aims to reach colleagues and readers with case studies and tools in urban and regional planning fields as well as politics and sociology. 

Each submission in the Journal, which is published three times a year, are blind-reviewed by external, independent expert peer reviewers in order to ensure an unbiased evaluation process. The Editors invite external and independent reviewers to manage the evaluation processes of manuscripts submitted by the Editorial Board members of the Journal. The Editors are the final authority in the decision-making process for all submissions.

The Editorial Board of the Journal of Planning and Kare Publishing adhere to the principles of the Council of Science Editors (CSE), the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the European Association of Science Editors (EASE). 


All authors’ Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) numbers need to be submitted when creating an account for correspondence. To obtain an ORCID number, please visit:

In social studies that required an ethics committee decision, ethics committee approval should be obtained and stated in a way that does not lead to the disclosure of the identity of the author(s), this issue should be clearly stated in the application letter and the ethics committee report or and equivalent official letter should be uploaded to the system as a separate file.

Manuscripts can be submitted both in English and Turkish. Preferred length for manuscripts (excluding title, abstract, keywords, references; including text, tables, figures, notes) is 9000 words for research articles, 5000 words for reviews, and 2500 words for book reviews and viewpoints. Each submission is reviewed by the Journal Secretary and the Editors initially and then sent to reviewers for evaluation. Evaluation and improvement process is carried out anonymously. If necessary, further information might be requested from the author(s). The manuscripts that are accepted, are processed with detailed control for accuracy and then the approval of the author(s) is asked before publication.

Submission of a manuscript implies that the work has not been published before and that its publication in Journal of Planning is approved by the author(s). The author(s) transfer(s) the copyright to UCTEA Chamber of Urban Planners after the approval, and the author(s) guarantee(s) that the manuscript will not be published elsewhere in any other language without the consent of the Chamber*. If the manuscript was presented at a conference, this should be stated together with the meeting name, date and the place of the meeting. If the manuscript was generated as a part of a postgraduate thesis, this should be stated together with the thesis name and institution. For preventing identity disclosure, this statement should definitely not be indicated in the main text, but be noticed to the editor in the related section of manuscript submission system in order to be located as a footnote. 

Author(s) is(are) responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyrighted material from other sources and is(are) required to sign an agreement for the transfer of copyright to the publisher. As an author, you are required to secure permission if you want to reproduce any figure, table, or extract text from any other source. This applies to direct reproduction as well as "derivative reproduction" (such as when you have created a new figure or table which is derived substantially from a copyrighted source). 

* Copyright transfer process is fulfilled via e-mail -sent by the publisher- during the publication preparations, after your article is accepted.


Research Articles: These are the manuscripts that have an original and genuine conclusion based on a sufficient scientific study, observation and research. Articles in Turkish must have title, abstract and keywords in both Turkish and English in addition to Turkish introduction, material and method, findings, disputes, conclusion and references. There is a 9000 words limit for the research articles excluding title, abstract, keywords, references; including text, tables, figures, notes. Articles in English must have title, abstract and keywords both in English and in Turkish, and also have to be written according to the manuscript preparation guide for the Turkish articles. The limit for the abstracts in all languages is maximum 250 words.

Review Articles: These are the manuscripts based on a comprehensive literature review or current developments drawn up by experienced writers with extensive studies or scientific researches in a particular field specified in the article categories. It is expected in these original articles that the existing knowledge accumulation and intellectual formations are synthesized, with a critical evaluation emphasizing their strengths and weaknesses, and the controversial or incomplete points in the literature are mentioned. The title and abstract section of these manuscripts should be written in the original research article format, the following sections should be arranged as introduction, main text, and references and should not exceed 5000 words.

Viewpoint Articles: These are the manuscripts written on the fields specified in the article categories that also reflect and evaluate the opinion and/or research results of the author(s) over an important contemporary issue. The manuscript’s title and abstract sections should be in the same format as research articles and continue with introduction, main text and references, and not exceed the limit of 2500 words.

The manuscripts apart from the above mentioned categories and book reviews (translations, presentation of competitions, research reviews, chamber viewpoints, and considerations and discussions) are accepted and published in accordance with the evaluation of the Editors and/or the Editorial Board.


Submissions are only accepted online through the “Online Manuscript Submission” or “Journal Agent” tab on the web site of the Journal ( / / 

The manuscript must include main text, references, tables, figures, ethics committee approval (if necessary). The following documents must be uploaded to online submission system separately:

  1. Application Letter

  2. Title Page

  3. Main Text & References

  4. Tables, Figures & Photos (if any - upload separately)

  5. Acknowledgement (if any)

  6. Ethics Committee Approval Form (if necessary)

Articles should have double-line spacing, leaving margin 2,5 cm (1 inch) on all sides. The font size is 11 points in Arial style. The main text, figures and tables should be uploaded as separate files, main text should be in Word format without adding line numbering. All pages of the main text should be numbered consecutively.

  1. Application Letter

Application letter must be uploaded as a separate document. It must contain a brief statement that the article has been read and approved by all authors, that it has not been submitted to, or is not under consideration for publication in another journal. In addition, article title, author(s) name(s), surname(s) and titles, institutions and places, research ethics committee’s approval including committee name, date and issue (if the content of the research necessitates), if available supporting institution(s) and fund name should be stated. Besides, it must contain the name, full address, telephone number, mobile phone number and e-mail address of the corresponding author. 

  1. Title Page

Name(s) and surname(s) or initial of name(s) and surname(s) of author(s), name of organization(s) of author(s) work(s) or the shortening of the organization(s) should not be mentioned in main text, references, tables and figures or in the filenames of these documents. If the manuscript is generated as a part of a postgraduate thesis, full title or the shortening of the thesis should not be written in main text and related documents or in the filenames. If the manuscript has been presented at a meeting, the name or the shortening of the meeting should not be mentioned in main text and related documents or in the filenames.

This information should be uploaded to the system as a separate document.

  1. Main Text and References

Main Text: Main text should be arranged as full text and references. Title, abstract, keywords and author name(s) will be requested in the online manuscript application system and shall not be uploaded as separate documents.

References: The articles’ reference must be written according to the international APA 6.0 Formatting and Style Guide. References in the manuscript must give the surname of the author and the year of publication in brackets. The references must be listed in alphabetical order of authors’ names and in chronological order for each author. The upper- and lower-case rules and punctuation types of APA style must be carefully followed. Further details about APA referencing style can be seen from

  1. Tables, Figures & Photos (if any - upload separately)

All tables should be uploaded in a separate Word document (.doc, .docx) and figures should be uploaded as separate files in .jpg, .png format. Graphics, diagrams, maos, drawings and photographs are considered as figures. All figures and tables should be numbered in the relevant order as in the main text. The desired position of figures and tables should be indicated in the text (eg: “Figure 1 will be placed here”).

  1. Acknowledgement (if any)

Acknowledgement should be uploaded as a separate document.

  1. Ethics Committee Approval Form (if necessary)

In social studies that required an ethics committee decision, ethics committee approval should be obtained and uploaded to the system as a separate file.


Copyright Notice: All published material will become the sole property and will be copyrighted by the Journal. No part of the publication may be used without prior written permission of the publisher. Articles and illustrations become the property of the Journal after publication.

Open Access and Commons User Licenses: 

  • Open Access:The Journal of Planning is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author(s). This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access.

  • Commons User Licenses: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License (CC BY - NC 4.0).

Originality: The manuscripts are scanned by the Publisher’s Office using the iThenticate program for determination of plagiarism and unethical situations. In cases where the similarity rate exceeds 20% in total, the article is exclusively examined for the possibility of plagiarism. This review is also run if quotations based on the same resource are intense. The Editors may also refer to the opinion of the referee if necessary in the plagiarism review. It is up to the Editors to reject the submission in terms of plagiarism or to take it to the regular referee evaluation process.

Ethics: It is the author’s responsibility to obtain written permission from authors and publishers of any previously published material; text, tables, figures, etc.

In the event of alleged or suspected research misconduct, e.g., plagiarism, citation manipulation, and data falsification/fabrication, the Editorial Board will follow and act in accordance with Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) guidelines. Each individual listed as an author should fulfill the authorship criteria recommended by the European Association of Science Editors.


Pre-evaluation: Pre-evaluation is mandatory for all manuscripts. All manuscripts are reviewed by the Journal Sekretariat in accordance with the format of the Journal and manuscripts which are outside of the scope of the Journal are returned to the author(s). Appropriate manuscripts are sent to the Editorial Board and the reviewers to be reviewed in terms of scientific concept. Manuscripts that are subject to editing are sent to the author(s) for revision in written.

“Research Articles” that are found appropriate are sent to the referees for review by the Editorial Board. After a manuscript is evaluated by reviewer(s) and sent to author(s) for revising, the revision period limit is 6 months. If author(s) do(es)n’t resubmit within this period, the manuscript will be returned to author(s) without notification and will not be included in evaluation process again.

Liability of the Article: The author(s) has(have) the complete liability of the content of the printed manuscript. The Journal of Planning has no responsibility over the information given within the text. 

Right to Publish: Manuscripts can neither fully nor partly be published in any other journal without the written permission of the Editors and the Editorial Board of The Journal of Planning,

Further Information: The Editors or the Editorial Board have the right to ask to make further research on the fact that the manuscript is based on. Therefore, communication information (address and other) of the author(s) must be given in the title page.

Fees: Article submission, article processing or publication are free of charge.

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