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:

  • Hold a PhD degree and/or be a recognized expert in the field;
  • 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 the iThenticate 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

Original submissions must have a maximum length of 6,000 words. The article processing charge (APC) for each manuscript accepted for publication after peer-review is as follows:

  • Articles up to 8,000 words: €950 (plus VAT if applicable)
  • Articles from 8,001 to 9,000 words: €1050 (plus VAT if applicable)
  • Editorials, Commentaries, and Book Reviews up to 2,000 words: Free of charge
  • Editorials, Commentaries, and Book Reviews from 2,001 to 3,000 words: €150 (plus VAT if applicable)

Note: The word count includes all elements in the document, without exception. You can use the Word Count dialog box in your software to know the number of words in the document.

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 abstract 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 with 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:

  • Flat Fee Membership: The institution pays an annual flat rate which covers the article processing fees of all manuscripts under 8,000 words accepted for publication in this journal with the corresponding author belonging to the member institution (authors whose articles range from 8,001 to 9,000 words will have to be charged a fee of 150€).
  • 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 the corresponding author 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.

Joining Cogitatio's Institutional Membership Program


Institutions interested in joining Cogitatio's Institutional Membership program can contact us at membership@cogitatiopress.com.

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).

 

Australia

- Edith Cowan University: Edith Cowan University covers the article processing charges (APC) of all articles authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 5 August 2017.

- University of Western Australia: University of Western Australia covers the article processing charges (APC) of all articles authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 30 April 2021.

 

Austria

- University of Innsbruck: University of Innsbruck covers the article processing charges (APC) of all articles authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 28 September 2020.

 

Belgium

- KU Leuven: KU Leuven covers the article processing charges (APC) of all articles authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 23 November 2020.

- Université libre de Bruxelles - Faculty of Architecture: The Faculty of Architecture at Université libre de Bruxelles covers the article processing charges (APC) of all articles authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 1 January 2020.

 

Canada

- Simon Fraser University: Simon Fraser University covers the article processing charges (APC) of all articles authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 19 December 2018 and only applies to articles that meet the university's eligibility criteria - authors must contact the Simon Fraser University Library (oa-fund@sfu.ca) in advance of submission.

- University of Waterloo: University of Waterloo covers the article processing charges (APC) of all articles authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 1 January 2021.

- Western University: 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.

- York University: York University 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 June 2021.

 

Finland

- Tampere University: Tampere University covers the article processing charges (APC) of all articles authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 11 June 2021.

- University of Helsinki: University of Helsinki covers the article processing charges (APC) of all articles authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 28 September 2018.

- University of Jyväskylä: University of Jyväskylä covers the article processing charges (APC) of all articles authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 11 October 2018.

- University of Turku: University of Turku covers the article processing charges (APC) of all articles authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 21 June 2019.

 

Germany

- Bauhaus University: Bauhaus University covers the article processing charges (APC) of all articles authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 26 February 2018.

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

- Forschungszentrum Jülich: Forschungszentrum Jülich covers the article processing charges (APC) of all articles authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 21 January 2021.

- Freie Universität Berlin: 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.

- Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg: Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg covers the article processing charges (APC) of all articles authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 23 July 2018.

- GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences: GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences covers the article processing charges (APC) of all articles authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 1 January 2020.

- Goethe University Frankfurt: Goethe University Frankfurt covers the article processing charges (APC) of all articles authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 2 February 2018.

- Humboldt University Berlin: Humboldt University Berlin covers the article processing charges (APC) of all articles authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 1 January 2018.

- Potsdam University: Potsdam University covers the article processing charges (APC) of all articles authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 10 September 2018.

- Ruhr-University Bochum: Ruhr-University Bochum 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 25 February 2021.

- Technische Universität Dresden: Technische Universität Dresden covers the article processing charges (APC) of all articles authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 23 April 2020.

- TU Braunschweig: TU Braunschweig covers the article processing charges (APC) of all articles authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 22 January 2020.

- TU Dortmund: TU Dortmund covers the article processing charges (APC) of all articles authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 20 January 2021 and only applies to articles that have no other sources of funding available - authors must contact the TU Dortmund Library (open-access@tu-dortmund.de) in advance of submission.

- University of Bremen, Hochschule Bremen and Hochschule Bremerhaven: University of Bremen, Hochschule Bremen and Hochschule Bremerhaven cover the article processing charges (APC) of all articles authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 25 May 2020.

- University of Göttingen: University of Göttingen covers the article processing charges (APC) of up to two articles per calendar year authored by corresponding authors of the institution (including the University Medical Center). The administrator of the Open Access Fund is the University Library of Göttingen (https://www.sub.uni-goettingen.de/elektronisches-publizieren/open-access/verlagsvereinbarungen). This agreement is valid as of 1 September 2017.

- University of Kassel: University of Kassel covers the article processing charges (APC) of all articles authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 25 November 2020.

- University of Mannheim: University of Mannheim covers the article processing charges (APC) of up to 4 articles per calendar year authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 20 July 2020.

- University of Munster: University of Munster covers the article processing charges (APC) of all articles authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 6 October 2020.

 

Hungary

- Centre for Social Sciences: Centre for Social Sciences covers the article processing charges (APC) of all articles authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 5 May 2020.

 

Italy

- European University Institute: European University Institute covers the article processing charges (APC) of all articles authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 20 July 2021.

- University of Urbino Carlo Bo - Department of Economics, Society and Politics: The Department of Economics, Society and Politics at the University of Urbino Carlo Bo 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 30 September 2019.

 

Netherlands

- Delft University of Technology: Delft University of Technology covers the article processing charges (APC) of all articles authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 10 January 2018.

- Erasmus University Rotterdam: Erasmus University Rotterdam covers the article processing charges (APC) of all articles authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 11 June 2018.

- Radboud University: Radboud University covers the article processing charges (APC) of all articles authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 15 October 2020.

- Tilburg University: 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 of Amsterdam: University of Amsterdam covers the article processing charges (APC) of all articles authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 14 June 2017.

- University of Groningen: 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 Twente: University of Twente covers the article processing charges (APC) of all articles authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 31 August 2020.

- Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam: 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.

 

Norway

- University of Agder: University of Agder covers the article processing charges (APC) of all articles authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 2 September 2020.

- University of Oslo: University of Oslo covers the article processing charges (APC) of all articles authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 20 February 2018.

 

Poland

- Gdańsk University of Technology - Faculty of Architecture: The Faculty of Architecture at Gdańsk University of Technology covers the article processing charges (APC) of all articles authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 23 April 2020.

 

Slovakia

- Paneuropean University: Paneuropean 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 26 October 2020.

 

Spain

- Universidad Loyola Andalucía: Universidad Loyola Andalucía covers the article processing charges (APC) of all articles authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 1 January 2022.

 

Sweden

- Karlstad University: Karlstad University covers the article processing charges (APC) of all articles authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 7 June 2021.

- Lund University: Lund University covers the article processing charges (APC) of all articles authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 1 January 2019.

- Stockholm University: Stockholm University covers the article processing charges (APC) of all articles authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 25 June 2018.

- Södertörn University: Södertörn University covers the article processing charges (APC) of all articles authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 17 February 2020.

- University of Gothenburg: University of Gothenburg covers the article processing charges (APC) of all articles authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 19 March 2020.

 

Switzerland

- ETH Zurich: ETH Zurich covers the article processing charges (APC) of all articles authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 20 April 2018.

- University of Basel: 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 Geneva: University of Geneva covers the article processing charges (APC) of all articles authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 27 January 2020.

- University of Lausanne: University of Lausanne covers the article processing charges (APC) of all articles authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 11 June 2018.

- University of Lucerne: University of Lucerne covers the article processing charges (APC) of all articles authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 10 July 2018.

- University of Zurich: University of Zurich covers the article processing charges (APC) of all articles authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 21 August 2020.

- École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne: École 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.

 

United Kingdom

- Anglia Ruskin University: 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.

- Lancaster University: Lancaster University covers the article processing charges (APC) of all articles authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 10 June 2021.

- Queen's University Belfast: Queen's University Belfast covers the article processing charges (APC) of all articles authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 7 June 2017.

- University of Birmingham: University of Birmingham covers the article processing charges (APC) of all articles authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 23 June 2017.

- University of Dundee: University of Dundee covers the article processing charges (APC) of up to six articles per calendar year authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 19 February 2018.

- University of Exeter: University of Exeter covers all the article processing charges (APC) of articles authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 31 August 2020 and only applies to articles that meet eligibility criteria, which the university will verify on a paper-by-paper basis. Authors must contact the University of Exeter Library (openaccess@exeter.ac.uk) in advance of submission to confirm whether they are eligible for funding.

- University of Manchester: 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 Stirling: 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.

- University of Warwick: University of Warwick covers the article processing charges (APC) of all articles authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 9 September 2020.

 

United States

- Duke University: Duke University covers the article processing charges (APC) of all articles authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 7 September 2017.

- Elon University: 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.

- Grinnell College: Grinnell College 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 8 October 2018.

- Macalester College: 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.

- Michigan State University: Michigan State University covers the article processing charges (APC) of all articles authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 26 May 2020.

- Trinity University: Trinity 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 4 January 2019.

- University of Iowa: University of Iowa covers the article processing charges (APC) of all articles authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 5 April 2019.

- University of Kansas: University of Kansas 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.

- Virginia Tech: Virginia Tech covers the article processing charges (APC) of all articles authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 1 September 2016 and only applies to articles that meet the university's eligibility criteria - authors must apply to the APC fund as soon as the article is accepted for publication.

- Wake Forest University: Wake Forest University 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 valid as of 7 May 2019.