Guidelines for authors: EPA

Papers should be submitted as Word or rtf files using the ScholarOne Manuscripts submissions website here

Submission of a paper implies acceptance of the following conditions:
(1) the paper reports unpublished work;
(2) the paper is not being submitted to any other journal;
(3) you are fully authorised to submit the material for publication;
(4) if accepted, the paper will not be republished without the consent of the publishers.
A copy of the license to publish can be found in the ‘Instructions & Forms’ section (top right-hand corner) of the author centre on our ScholarOne submissions website.

Papers should be written in English, in nonsexist, nonracist language.

Please think very carefully when writing your title so that it contains the keywords that readers would use when searching for papers on the same topic. Describe your work fully in the abstract, reiterating key phrases (be sure to include your anonymised abstract in both the “abstract” field and in your uploaded manuscript file on ScholarOne).

Papers should be formatted as per the style guidelines provided below, and particular attention should be paid to the style of references and accepted figure formats. The editor's decision is final, and acceptance of a paper for publication implies assignment of copyright to Pion Ltd.

Submission-specific Additional Instructions:

Original Manuscripts    Commentaries    Theme Issue Proposals    Featured Graphics

Original Manuscripts

A separate title page with full contact details (including email addresses) of all authors and any acknowledgements you would like to make, should be uploaded separately from the main document. Identifying information should not be included in your main document or any other uploaded file besides the title page.

Articles submitted to the journal should be double-spaced with 12-point font size and are normally 7000 to 9500 words in length. This word limit includes all text in the article (abstract, title page, keywords, acknowledgements, references, and any appendices) as well as visual aids such as maps, images, or figures. Visual aids are calculated based on their size relative to a journal page, which is 500 words (eg, a half-page figure would count as 250 words). Submissions that exceed this word limit may be returned for reduction prior to review.

Commentaries: Commentary submissions should be double-spaced with 12-point font size and should be 1000 to 4000 words in length, including everything. Visual aids are calculated based on their size relative to a journal page, which is 500 words (eg, a half-page figure would count as 250 words). Submissions that exceed this word limit may be returned for reduction prior to review. Commentaries are reviewed internally by editors. Please choose “Commentary” under Manuscript Type on step 1. Proceed through the steps following the instructions at the top of each page. During file upload, you may choose to designate the commentary as a main document (anonymisation in this case is not required).

Theme issue proposals: please click here for further instructions.

Featured Graphics: Featured graphic submissions are reviewed by our Graphics Editor Danny Dorling. Decisions are made once the month you submitted in has passed. For example, if you submit in January, you should expect a decision in early February.

When submitting your graphic, please choose “Graphics” under Manuscript Type on step 1. Proceed through the steps following the instructions at the top of each page. During file upload, you may choose to designate the graphic as a main document. Anonymisation is not required.

Preferably only one graphic is included in each submission, and the graphic should be understandable (for the viewer/reader) whether printed in either black and white or colour. No abstract is required. Text should be kept between 400 and 600 words in length including a small number of references in the word count. If more than one graphic is included, then less text is helpful.

Should you require any help with submitting on ScholarOne, please email Lisa Dam at .


All papers will be copyedited in accordance with the house style of Pion Ltd. Spelling is subject to Webster's Collegiate Dictionary.


· Figures should be submitted in TIFF or EPS format, with at least 300dpi resolution for greyscale TIFFs and at least 600dpi resolution for black and white TIFFs. PDFs are also accepted. Other formats are not accepted (JPEG, GIF, BMP, Powerpoint, Excel, etc).

· The author must obtain copyright permission for any copyrighted figures and must pay any necessary fees. Copies of permission should be included with the manuscript.

· All figures and tables should be mentioned in the text and should be numbered according to the order in which they are mentioned.

· Figures should be submitted in black and white unless colour is really necessary. Colour printing is expensive and is charged at cost, though, alternatively, colour figures can be made available online free of charge. Any figures intended for colour printing, either in print or online, should be indicated as such.


· The full list of all references cited in the paper should appear at the end of the text, in alphabetical order by author, and in ascending chronological order for each author. They should be formatted in the house style (see example references). If you are an Endnote user, there is an output style called Environment and Planning.ens

· References must be cited in the text, and should be cited alphabetically in the format shown by the following examples: Batty, 2003; 2005a; Batty and Xie, 1994; Webster et al, 1999b.

· Where more than one reference appears for the same year, labels a, b, c etc should be used, in the order in which the papers are cited.

· All authors and editors should be listed for each citation.

· Any unpublished material, or material published by an organisation or department (such as conference proceedings) must be accompanied by full contact details of availability, as shown in the example references (it is not sufficient, for example, to provide the name and year of a conference and the place at which it was held).

· A full contact address is required for any organisations.

· Acts of Parliament, statutes, government publications, legal judgments, etc, must be fully referenced as shown in the example references.

· First and last pages should be provided for all articles published in journals or books.

If mathematics feature in the manuscript, care should be taken that they are formatted as per our mathematics style.


Upon acceptance, papers will be copyedited, typeset, and proofread, after which proofs will be sent to the contact author.

Upon publication of the paper, the main author will receive a pdf of the published version and a copy of the issue in which the paper appears.


Please send theme issue proposals along with an abstract on your theme issue to Lisa Dam ( The abstract will be sent out to potential referees should your theme issue be approved, so be sure to keep it anonymised. Note that we do not consider theme issue proposals that are also being considered by other journals.

Typically, proposals for theme issues should contain 4–9 potential papers. In 1–2 pages, theme issue guest editors should provide an overview of the theme issue, its central contribution, and its distinctiveness. this should be followed by abstracts and brief author bios of each of the proposed papers. Do not submit your introductory paper at this stage as this will only be called upon if the theme issue is viable after the review process. Proposals are reviewed internally by our Editors. (Note that we have a general guideline of one lead-authored paper per contributor.)

Theme guest editors should also nominate a potential Environment & Planning A editor who they deem to be appropriate for handling their theme issue should the proposal be accepted.

If proposals are accepted, one of the Environment & Planning A Editors will be assigned to handle the theme issue. A deadline for paper submission is agreed upon with guest editors, who will be requested to provide suggestions for potential referees at the time of submission. A detailed information sheet will be sent to guest editors upon acceptance of the proposal with further details and instructions. It is the responsibility of the guest editors to follow the instructions and to forward the authors’ instructions to their contributors, making sure they too follow the guidelines.

Each of the papers will be reviewed independently according to our standard review procedures for original paper submissions. Theme issues are scheduled for print publication once the final paper in the collection is accepted. In the (quite rare) event that fewer than three papers are eventually accepted, these will be published as “regular” papers and not as a theme issue.