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Submission Guidelines

Critical Planning Journal (CPJ) is a double-anonymous peer-reviewed publication. Submissions should be original (not published elsewhere). CPJ accepts various submission formats including, but not limited to, academic articles, fiction, poetry, manifestos, and personal essays. We also welcome multi-media submissions, including photographs, maps, art, design projects, and digital works  related to the call. We encourage submissions that incorporate cross-disciplinary, multi-scalar, multi-sited, transnational, or mixed-method approaches. If you wish to submit a photograph to be considered for the volume’s cover, please indicate so in your submission.

Article submissions
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. Academic articles should generally be between 5,000 and 7,000 words. Submissions should not exceed 7,000 words including notes, bibliographic references, and in-text citations. All academic submissions should be written according to the standards of the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th Edition (author-date style). Cite references in the text by name and year in parentheses. Please refer to the Chicago Manual of Style Online Citation Guide. We highly recommend using a citation management program (e.g. Zotero, Endnote, Mendeley) to maintain consistency. Please double-space all parts of the manuscript and leave one-inch margins on all sides. We recommend submitting image files in medium resolution (200 dpi - 300 dpi).

Multimedia Submissions
We invite makers of art in all forms to submit their work for publication. This may include (but is not limited to): photographs, photo series, maps, paintings, sketches, cartoons, etc. as well as digital media including videos and sound work. Accepted submissions must engage directly with the theme of openness. Multi-media files will be accepted via direct email to critplan@ucla.edu, and should include a cover sheet that states the title of your piece, your full name, institutional affiliation (if any), phone number, email address, and a two-sentence biographical statement, as well as a one-paragraph statement about your submission. We recommend submitting image files in medium resolution (200 dpi - 300 dpi). Once your submissions has been accepted for publication, CPJ will follow up to request high-resolution files.

The Editorial Collective behind CPJ Volume 27 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.

Submissions are due by Friday, January 13, 2023.

To submit, please visit https://escholarship.org/uc/uclaspa_criticalplanning and follow the "Submit" link and instructions on the top right side of the screen (you will be asked to create an account). We expect to publish CPJ Volume 27 in Fall of 2023.

For more information, please email critplan@ucla.edu, Claire Nelischer cnelischer@ucla.edu or Andrés F. Ramirez aframirez@ucla.edu.