The Critical Planning Journal was established in 1993 to serve as a forum for the urban planning community to present current research interests, debate important issues, and share ideas about the field of urban planning. Over the years, the Critical Planning staff has expanded to include both doctoral and masters students in the UCLA Department of Urban Planning, as well as a few Urban Planning students at the University of Southern California. During this period, the journal has developed from a publication produced largely by a few individuals to one that is produced through the collective effort of more than twenty students.
The Journal is distributed for free to all students in the Department of Urban Planning, and is sold to the outside community. While remaining faithful to its mission to provide a forum for the UCLA community, Critical Planning also attracts submissions from other disciplines and universities. In 1999, Critical Planning was indexed at the Library of Congress with ISSN number 1522-9807.
In addition to subscription revenue, the Journal receives financial support from a number of sources. The UCLA Graduate Students' Association provides primary funding support for the publication. Over the years, the Department of Urban Planning and the Lewis Center for Policy Studies have provided substantial additional funding for publication and outreach, as well as for other Journal-sponsored activities.
Critical Planning welcomes all submissions from scholars, researchers, and practitioners on urban planning, and specifically on topics relevant to our current call for papers.