Urban Planning is a new international peer-reviewed open access journal of urban studies

Open Access Journal | ISSN: 2183-7635

Focus and Scope

Urban Planning is a new international peer-reviewed open access journal of urban studies aimed at advancing understandings and ideas of humankind’s habitats – villages, towns, cities, megacities – in order to promote progress and quality of life.

Numerous disciplines and perspectives are involved in the process of understanding urban phenomena. The journal is founded on the premise that qualitative linked to quantitative approaches provide mutually sympathetic outcomes for adding knowledge to the complex and polyhedral system par antonomasia as the city is.

The journal brings urban science and urban planning together with other cross-disciplinary fields such as sociology, ecology, psychology, technology, politics, philosophy, geography, environmental science, economics, maths and computer science, to understand processes influencing urban forms and structures, their relations with environment and life quality, with the final aim to identify patterns towards progress and quality of life.

 

Section Policies

Article

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Book Review

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Commentary

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Editorial

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Review

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Short Note

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process

Manuscripts will undergo a very stringent double-blind peer-review process, where the identities of authors, reviewers and editors remain undisclosed in order to guarantee the highest quality of the journal. All manuscripts (except for Editorials, Commentaries, and Book Reviews) will be sent out for review and at least two review reports per manuscript will be collected. All reviewers will be carefully selected by the journal’s Editors for each submitted manuscript and must fulfill the following criteria:

  • Be a recognized expert in the field;
  • Hold a PhD degree;
  • Not have co-authored publications with the author(s) for the last 5 years;
  • Not be affiliated with the same institution as the author(s).

Even if, in principle, a double-blind peer-review system could allow this task to be performed by scholars who are acquainted with the authors, our Editorial Office still wishes reviews to be completed only by reviewers who do not have any recent professional contact with the authors in order to fully guarantee that there are no conflicts of interests and that reviews are indeed totally unbiased. Spontaneous applications from scholars to join the journal’s pool of reviewers will not be considered. All reviewers will be selected and invited by the Editorial Office to review manuscripts according to the field of expertise of the submissions received.

Reviewers will be asked to complete their review within two weeks, but are allowed to extend the review period in order to complete and submit their report. All relevant information for reviewers can be consulted in the Instructions for Reviewers.

 

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.

All of Cogitatio’s journals are open access, that is, they can be accessed free of charge by any reader, anywhere in the world, regardless of affiliation. This means that not only researchers backed by well-funded institutions, but also policy-makers, NGOs, journalists, practitioners, students, and an interested public have free access to the research articles. This increases the exposure gained by new works and allows them to be disseminated to a much wider audience than is possible through traditional subscription journals.

Open access publication also helps correct the information bias towards the developed world, where institutions are much more likely to have the resources to subscribe to journals than elsewhere. Cogitatio is committed to the democratisation of knowledge, and open access means that any researcher from any institution, anywhere in the world is able to access the full extent of our publications with no subscription fees.

Furthermore, unlike traditional journals, Cogitatio does not assume copyright for articles published through open access. This means that the authors retain the copyright to their own works and are free to distribute them as they wish. Once again, this allows authors to maximise the audience their works are able to reach, rather than tying them to a limited audience of subscribers.

 

Archiving

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...

 

Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

Cogitatio is committed to enforcing the most stringent publication ethics, and all parties involved in the publishing process of the journal (authors, editors, reviewers and publisher) are expected to agree to the highest standards of ethical behavior.

Publishers Responsibilities
The publisher is committed to the highest ethical and transparent publishing principles, and guarantees full integrity and professionalism in all its editorial processes. Cogitatio endorses the Code of Conduct established by the Committee on Publication Ethics (http://publicationethics.org) and has a zero tolerance policy regarding plagiarism, fraudulent publication and scientific misconduct. To verify the originality of all work published by Cogitatio, all submissions are screened using a plagiarism detection system before being sent out for peer-review. All cases of alleged unethical behavior are taken very seriously by the publisher and an investigation will be initiated in consultation with the authors, editors and/or peer-reviewers, as appropriate. In cases of proven misconduct the publisher, in collaboration with the editors, will take all appropriate measures to amend the situation, and is always willing to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions, and apologies when needed.

Editorsresponsibilities
The editor, an independent expert with a highly reputable academic record, is responsible for ensuring the quality of the material published in the journal and maintaining the integrity of its academic record. The editor shall rely solely on the quality and merit of the article as a criterion for publication, and act independently of the race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors. The editor also agrees not to disclose any information regarding submitted manuscripts to any other party or to use any part of the content on their own behalf.

Authorsresponsibilities
Authors are responsible for submitting original work for publication which has neither been previously published in English nor is under consideration elsewhere. The authors confirm that their work is the result of proper and ethical research conduct, that all data in articles is real and authentic, and that the use of any other authors’ work and/or words is duly cited or quoted. Authors shall guarantee that all those who have made significant contributions to the work are listed as co-authors, and to declare any potential acknowledgements and/or conflict of interests.

Reviewersresponsibilities
Reviewers are responsible for evaluating manuscripts, assisting the editor in making editorial decisions and improving the quality of the articles published in the journal. Reviewers shall conduct their assessment in a timely and objective manner, avoiding any personal or unsupported criticisms. Reviewers agree not to disclose any information regarding the manuscript to any other party or to use any part of the content on their own behalf. If they wish to suggest other potential reviewers or to share the reviewing task with other colleagues they shall always inform the editor before making any contact with a third party. To guarantee a completely rigorous and unbiased review process, reviewers should not have any conflict of interests with respect to the research, the authors and/or the research funders.

 

Publication Fees

The article processing charge (APC) for each manuscript accepted for publication is €900 (plus VAT if applicable). The journal does not have any submission fees.

As an open access publisher, Cogitatio is committed to ensuring permanent and universal free access to all published articles, unlike closed-access journals which limit their readership to those able to pay subscription fees. This means that Cogitatio does not receive any income from either subscriptions or article views/downloads. As publishing is not without its costs, the journal needs to offset all production costs through article processing charges. These charges are used to finance the whole publication and archiving process, including peer review, editing, proof-reading and copy-editing, and hosting and maintenance of the journal archives. Without proper financing for such necessary expenses, the journal would be unable to provide the rigorous and professional service upon which we pride ourselves.

Numerous universities and funding agencies allocate funds to cover article processing charges, and authors are advised to check with their departments and libraries if funds are available to cover open access publication costs. Authors affiliated with institutions that have joined Cogitatio's Membership Program can publish their articles totally free of charge.

Authors who demonstrate financial need and cannot afford the article processing charge can apply for a waiver during the article submission procedure (waiver requests during or after peer-review will not be considered). Requests will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and may be granted in cases of genuine need. Due to the numerous costs associated to open access publishing, Cogitatio can only accept to process a limited number of waived submissions per issue.

 

Institutional Memberships

Institutional Membership is destined for institutions, groups and societies that wish to cover the whole cost of open access publishing and allow their authors to freely publish and disseminate their articles to a broader readership. Cogitatio offers two different types of Institutional Membership:

  • Prepaid Membership: The institution pays an annual flat rate which covers the article processing fees of all manuscripts accepted for publication in this journal with one or more authors belonging to the member institution.
  • Postpaid Membership: The institution is not charged an annual rate, and only pays article processing fees for articles accepted for publication in the journal with one or more authors belonging to the member institution. The institution receives an automatic discount of 20% for each accepted manuscript. Institutions may establish a cap for the maximum number of manuscripts to be considered under this Postpaid Membership agreement.

The following institutions have joined Cogitatio’s Membership Program, enabling their authors to publish in this journal without having to directly incur any Article Processing Charges (APC).

- Anglia Ruskin University (UK): Anglia Ruskin University covers the article processing charges (APC) of up to five articles per calendar year authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 1 December 2014.

- Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland): Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne covers the article processing charges (APC) of all articles authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 24 March 2017.

- Elon University (USA): Elon University covers the article processing charges (APC) of up to 3 articles per calendar year authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 19 December 2016.

- Freie Universität Berlin (Germany): Freie Universität Berlin covers the article processing charges (APC) of all articles authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 1 April 2017.

- Ghent University - Department of Special Needs Education (Belgium): The Department of Special Needs Education at Ghent University covers the article processing charges (APC) of up to two articles per calendar year authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 24 June 2016.

- Kansas University (USA): Kansas University covers the article processing charges (APC) of up to two articles per calendar year authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 1 July 2014.

Macalester College (USA): Macalester College covers the article processing charges (APC) of up to three articles per calendar year authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 1 January 2015.

- Swinburne University (Australia): Swinburne University covers all the article processing charges (APC) of articles authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 22 March 2016.

- Tilburg University (The Netherlands): Tilburg University covers the article processing charges (APC) of all articles authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 20 March 2017.

- University College London (UK): University College London covers all the article processing charges (APC) of articles authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 17 March 2016 and only applies to articles that meet eligibility criteria, which the university will verify on a paper-by-paper basis.

University of Basel (Switzerland): University of Basel covers the article processing charges (APC) of all articles authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 9 November 2016.

University of Groningen (The Netherlands): University of Groningen covers the article processing charges (APC) of all articles authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 1 June 2015.

- University of Manchester (UK): University of Manchester covers the article processing charges (APC) of all articles authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 8 February 2017.

- University of Oslo (Norway): University of Oslo covers the article processing charges (APC) of up to 10 articles per calendar year authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 1 April 2016.

- University of Stirling (UK): University of Stirling covers the article processing charges (APC) of all articles authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 15 September 2016 and only applies to articles that meet the university's eligibility criteria - authors must apply to the APC fund in advance of submission.

- Virginia Tech (USA): Virgina Tech covers the article processing charges (APC) of all articles authored by corresponding authors of the institution that have no other sources of funding available (this agreement is not valid for papers resulting from research sponsored by agencies that allow allocations for APCs). This agreement is valid as of 1 September 2016.

- Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (The Netherlands): Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam covers the article processing charges (APC) of all articles authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 4 April 2017.

- Wageningen UR (The Netherlands): Wageningen UR covers all the article processing charges (APC) of articles authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 3 March 2015.

Western Sydney University (Australia): Western Sydney University covers the article processing charges (APC) of all articles authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 6 April 2016.

Western University (Canada): Western University covers the article processing charges (APC) of all articles authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 19 July 2016.

For a membership quote please contact us at membership@cogitatiopress.com