Guidelines for authors: EPB
Submission   Style   Acceptance

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(1) the paper reports unpublished work;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 of the author centre on the submissions website (see below for link).
Please also note that we will not accept a submission from an author who already has two papers currently in the submission system.

Papers should be submitted as Word or rtf files using the ScholarOne Manuscripts submissions website here
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 (the abstract should not be repeated in the first paragraph). We also ask that you select 3 – 5 keywords from the choices given on the submissions website.
Papers should be double spaced with 12-point font size. Papers should be no longer than 8000 words (including tables, equations, etc). Please embed all tables within the document. Please attach figures separately, as these are appended to the end of the manuscript document.
A separate title page should be attached. This will be detached during the refereeing stage to maintain the anonymity of the author. Please include your acknowledgements on the title page. Identifying information should not be included in the main document.
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.

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.