Canadian Institue Of Planners

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Plan Canada

Plan Canada features informative and beautifully presented articles on innovative projects and best practices in Canadian planning, as well as original research by practitioners and academics.

It is the premier planning magazine in Canada and the official magazine of the Canadian Institute of Planners.



We invite submissions of short papers and research reviews, notes on practice, and book or film reviews. Articles submitted must be original and not published or submitted for publication in other media (including websites, electronic newsletters or other print publications). We favour articles with a strong policy framework and context, containing clear methodologies pertaining to studies and research, and providing critical reflection or lessons for planning practice. See our Author Guidelines below for further submission information.

Submission deadlines are:

  • Summer 2015 – Submission date is March 12th 2015
  • Fall 2015 - Submission date is June 12th, 2015
  • Winter 2015 - September 18th, 2015

Please submit articles electronically to Andrea Németh, Managing Editor, at

Authors can expect a minimum 3-month time frame for initial review of submitted material. They will be will be notified by the Plan Canada Board whether their submission is rejected, accepted as is, or accepted conditionally with revisions. All submitted articles will be returned to authors along with comments and advice regarding any revisions required to render it suitable for publication.

Refereed peer review

Plan Canada accepts a limited number of articles each year for formal refereed peer review. Articles submitted for refereed peer review should not contain information identifying the author on any pages of the document (except in a cover note). The Editorial Board Chair (or delegate) will appoint appropriate referees (typically, two academic and one practitioner) to undertake the review process, which typically takes longer than three months. All submissions will be returned to authors along with the Editorial Board's decision regarding publication, as well as comments and any advice offered. Plan Canada will identify refereed articles in the article lead or page header.

Author Guidelines

  • Word count: Article length should be 700-1400 words (excluding graphics and tables). Under special circumstances, articles of up to 2000 words may be considered.
  • Content: The Editorial Board and the publisher ultimately determine all content for publication. They reserve the right to reject any submission and to edit all submissions for length and content (including the removal of inappropriate or inaccurate information).
  • Article summary: Submissions must be accompanied by a one paragraph summary not exceeding 100 words.
  • Author's biography: Authors will be identified by name in the byline, and a short (one or two-sentence) biography will be included at the end of the article indicating title, company or academic institution, credentials and professional affiliation as relevant to the subject of the article. Please submit this information with your article, also including an email address for reader correspondence.
  • Authors' responsibilities: Authors are responsible for the accuracy of all information, references and attributions contained in any submissions. Authors making submissions for publication in Plan Canada must attach a completed Waiver Form for Authors. They must acknowledge their understanding of Plan Canada's Official Language Policy when making a submission.
  • Sending Text Files: All text should be submitted as either a MAC or PC-compatible document. With the exception of suggested bold and italic formatting, do not apply complex formatting (columns, inserts, text boxes, headers etc.). Do not embed photos, tables, etc. in the article text; images should be sent as separate file attachments. Please name your file using the convention AuthorLastName_ShortTitle_Type_Date.doc (or .docx). Finally, be sure to include your name and contact information within the file itself, as it may become separated from the details of your submission.
  • Images: Authors are encouraged to submit images to accompany their articles, and to obtain clearances of copyright involving photos, graphics, tables, etc; without confirmation of such permission, the image cannot be published. Confirmation of clearances and permissions must be submitted with the respective images. Photos and graphics should be submitted in TIFF, JPEG or EPS formats at a minimum resolution of 300 DPI in their largest possible sizes. Images taken from websites will not be accepted.

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Inquiries about submissions or author guidelines should be addressed to:
Editor | NAYLOR Association Solutions
Direct: 416.519.4386 | Fax: 416.519.0222 |