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Submission Guidelines

Types of SubmissionsCritical Planning accepts various submission formats including, but not limited to, academic articles, fiction, poetry, manifestos, and personal essays. We also welcome submissions of photographs, maps, art, or design projects related to the call for proposals for publication in the journal. We encourage submissions that incorporate cross-disciplinary, multi-scalar, multi-sited, transnational, or mixed-method approaches. If you wish for a photograph submission to be considered for the issue’s cover, please indicate so in your submission.

Length: Feature articles are generally between 5,000 and 7,000 words, while shorter articles are between 1,000 and 3,000 words. Submissions are not to exceed 7000 words including all notes, bibliographic references, and in-text citations.

Style: All academic submissions should be written according to the standards of the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition. Submissions should include a cover sheet and an anonymized manuscript. Your cover sheet should include the title of your piece, your full name, institutional affiliation (if any), phone number, email address and a two-sentence biographical statement. Please double-space all parts of the manuscript and leave one-inch margins on all sides. Images should be provided in .TIF format, not to exceed a width of 5 inches and a resolution of 600 dpi (a width of 3000 pixels).

Language: The Editorial Collective behind CPJ Issue 25 is managing a multilingual review process. We will accept submissions in any language, pending the availability of fluent reviewers. If you are hoping to make a submission in any non-English language, we ask that you contact the editors in advance regarding our capacity to review in that language.

Process and Timeline: To submit, please visit and follow the link and instructions to the left of the screen (you will be asked to create an account). Should you have any difficulties submitting, please contact us at Critical Planning is a double-blind peer-reviewed publication. We expect to publish CPJ Volume 25 in Fall of 2021.

Deadline: Submissions should be received by December 15, 2020. Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis, and we highly encourage early submissions.