ISSN 1012-280X printed version
ISSN 2415-0495 online version



Scope and Policy

Town and Regional Planning is a South African accredited journal for independently adjudicated research articles on applicable topics in town, urban and regional planning. The journal focuses on world planning issues as applicable to Africa.

Manuscripts in the form of articles, notes, case discussions, book reviews and letters of a legal nature are welcomed by the editorial board.

The journal peer review process and all the policies can be found on the journal's website


Manuscript Form and Preparation

  • 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, (excluding references list) 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. All illustrations, figures, and tables must be placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • 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 the author(s) 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).
  • In-text page numbers: Include page numbers to in-text references when incorporating a direct quotation into a sentence, paraphrase a passage, summarise an idea from a particular page, mention statistics, or you wish to direct the readers to a specific page. Page numbers are not necessary if you are referring to the entire work as a whole. Use a colon to indicate the page number e.g.: (Chunga et al., 2016: 5-7).
  • Use of et al.: 4 authors, or more - first citation is immediately truncated to the first author’s surname and the abbreviation ‘et al.’ follows.
  • Foot- and endnotes are likewise done in the Harvard style of referencing and be included at the bottom of the page.
  • 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.
  • URLs for the references of internet documents cited in the text and listed in the references must accompany the article. Also, indicate the date that the internet sites were visited.
  • 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.
  • Authors may submit the names and addresses of three persons (not members at own place of work) who might be qualified adjudicators.  
  • The article must contain the title, qualifications and affiliation of the author(s). The address, telephone number, e-mail address, and ORCID must also be provided.


Manuscript Submission

Articles may be forwarded to:
The Editor
Town and Regional Planning
The University of the Free State
P.O. Box 339
Bloemfontein, South Africa
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