About the Journal

plaNext-Next Generation Planning is an international peer-reviewed open access e-journal. The young academics network of AESOP founded plaNext to provide prospective authors with an opportunity to engage their ideas in international planning debates as well as to make their research available to the wider planning audience. plaNext invites authors to submit original work that includes: empirical research; theoretical discussions; innovative methodologies; case studies; and book reviews on selected books, textbooks, or specific topics dealing within planning.

Two volumes are published per year. The first volume compiles manuscripts submitted anytime of the year, investigating any planning related issue. Manuscripts would be published as Online First, once submitted manuscripts become accepted for publication. The second volume consists of selected contributions from the annual conference of AESOP’s Young Academics Network. All manuscripts published in plaNext are published open access and thus are freely and permanently available to the general public for comments and discussions.

Journal Policies

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or comments regarding the following policies.
plaNext Editorial Board Contact: planext@aesop-youngacademics.net

Ethical Policy

plaNext core values are based on democracy, the equal value of human beings, human rights and freedom and free and open discussion. Please find plaNext journla ethics policy from the menu.


plaNext is committed to fostering an ethical environment with regard to authorship and co-authorship attribution. Being a journal by and for early-career researchers, plaNext is particularly attentive to guaranteeing that co-authorship is managed correctly in situations where the authors have relations of supervision or similar. Despite not being a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), plaNext encourages authors to follow COPE guidelines for determining co-authorship and resolving disputes. See, e.g., COPES’s guidelines on “How to handle authorship disputes: a guide for new researchers”.

Changes in authorship during the peer-review process are discouraged. In case they are considered to be necessary, a request should be made to the Editorial Board. In cases of request to add new authors, it is generally expected that this is made on the grounds of specific reasons (e.g., empirical or theoretical competences necessary to the review of the manuscript).

Open access policy

All manuscripts published in plaNext are published Open Access. Open access publication means that the article is freely and permanently available on the Association of European Schools of Planning (Aesop) digital platform (http://journals.aesop-planning.eu/) via which all plaNext volumes are digitally published. Published manuscripts are thus freely and permanently available to the general public for comments and discussions.

Article full text, metadata and citations may be crawled without special permission or registration. We ask that where you reuse content you attribute the original source e.g. by citing doi and linking to the published article on the journal website.

At present, plaNext has been awarded funding from AESOP and there is therefore currently no fee levied on authors to publish with plaNext. There are also no subscription fees, article pay-to-view fee or any other form of access fee and no publication embargo is applied.

Copyright and authors’ rights

All contributing authors are asked to grant plaNext the right to publish her or his article as the final, definitive, and citable Version of Scholarly Record. Authors are required to sign an Open Access Article Publishing Agreement to facilitate this. Publishing under the CC BY licence allows others to distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation. Authors do however have the choice of opting for the Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial Licence should they so choose. Reuse conditions will be subject to the license type chosen by the author.

Authors sign an exclusive license agreement are granted the rights to: share their manuscripts in the same ways permitted to third parties as long they contain the DOIs of manuscripts; retain patent, trademark and other intellectual property rights (including research data); proper attribution and credit for the published manuscript. plaNext is granted the rights to: publish and distribute manuscripts when authors submit signed copyright agreements; grant rights to other publishes who do not have commercial purposes; provide the manuscripts in all forms and media so the manuscripts can be used on the latest technology even after publication; to enforce the rights in the manuscripts, on behalf of authors, against third parties, for example in the case of plagiarism or copyright infringement.

Review policy

plaNext publishes several types of manuscripts, with different review policies:

  • research articles (peer-reviewed);
  • essays (shorter articles, reviewed by the Editorial Board and/or issue editors);
  • editorial introductions to special issues (reviewed by the Editorial Board);
  • forewords (reviewed by the Editorial Board);
  • book reviews (reviewed by the Editorial Board);
  • other types of manuscript (reviewed by the Editorial Board).

For full information regarding plaNext’s review system or on how to join plaNext as a reviewer please refer to the guideline for reviewers, available through our website.