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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

  • Town and Regional Planning publishes articles in Afrikaans or English or any other official language. The desired length for an article is between 4 000 and 8 000 words, double-spaced in third person.
  • A copy of the typed article must be submitted (authors keep the original) in electronic format (MS Word) forwarded via email to the Editorial Office. The format must be kept as plain as possible for extracting and printing purposes.
  • Articles on an applicable topic in town, urban and regional planning, well presented, written in any easy style and already proofread, will be considered for publishing.
  • The Editor reserves the right to alter articles where necessary with regard to the style and presentation to bring it in line with the journal. If the referees propose large-scale changes, the article will be returned to the author for alterations.
  • Copyright is transferred to Town and Regional Planning when an article is accepted for publication.
  • Titles must be short and concise, but informative. Supply suitable headings and sub-headings where necessary.  Titles must be provided in both Afrikaans and English.  The Editorial Staff can be of assistance here.
  • Short summaries of no more than 150 words in English and Afrikaans, must be provided at the beginning of the article. (By choice also in any other official language, except if other arrangements were made with the editor).
  • For sections and subsections use Arabic numbers with full stops in-between, i.e. 1. Followed by 1.1 and 1.1.1 up to the maximum of three levels. After that use an (a).
  • Source references in the text must be in the Harvard style of referencing. i.e. (Healey, 1996: 201-202).
  • Footnotes must also be in the Harvard style of referencing and be included at the bottom of the page (or at the end of the article).
  • The references list (in the Harvard style of referencing) must contain all the relevant information, and be listed alphabetically according to the names of the authors, i.e. HEALEY, P. 1997. Collaborative planning.  London: McGraw-Hill.
  • Abbreviations must be limited and only used for corporations etc. in general use, then only after it was written out in full at first, with the abbreviation in brackets. After this the abbreviated form is used.
  • Words in other languages and stereotyped Latin terms such as per se must be in italics. Italics must be used sparsely. Emphasis must be in single inverted commas.
  • Diagrams, maps and photos must preferably be provided in Tif or Jpeg format, 300dpi resolution on separate pages to simplify scanning. Computer graphics are welcome, but must also be provided camera-ready on A4 paper. Clearly legible text and markings is a must.
  • Details concerning the origin of the article must be indicated, i.e. if it was presented at a congress. An article will only be referred to the panel of referees if the author clearly states that it had not received prior publication and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere; also that the research has not been submitted for publication nor has it been published in whole or in part elsewhere.
  • It is editorial policy to use a double-blind refereeing system, therefore the author’s name/address should not appear anywhere on the paper including on the cover page. Authors may submit the names and addresses of three persons (not members at own place of work) who might be qualified adjudicators.  If possible one of the proposed experts will be asked to act as a referee.
  • Authors will each receive two complimentary copies of the edition of the relevant number of the journal.
  • The article must contain the title, qualifications and affiliation of the author(s). The address, telephone number, facsimile and e-mail address must also be provided, for easy accessibility.

All submissions should be accompanied by a signed Publishing Agreement

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