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Book Review Guidelines

Planetizen 2006 Book Review Guidelines

We accept book reviews of the best urban planning and development books published within the last two years (and occasionally earlier).

What book are you reviewing?

Each year, Planetizen publishes a list of the top ten planning and development books published during the course of the previous year. You can find these lists at Any book on these lists published within the last two years is eligible for review. Planetizen also maintains a list of Honorable Mention books, as well as other good books that did not make the top books list. If you are interested in learning more about these other books, email [email protected] with your areas of interest to receive some ideas about books to review.

You may also propose a book to review. Any book proposed should meet the high standards of quality exhibited by the Planetizen Top Books, including important subject matter of wide-ranging interest to the planning and development community, and a reputable publisher. If you would like to propose a book to review, please email [email protected] with information on the book, its author and publisher, and why you feel Planetizen should publish its review.

What are the guidelines for the review?

  • Before you begin: Please email [email protected] with an initial 100-word abstract of your proposed review, as well as a biography and/or resume, for review and approval by our editorial board.
  • Content: Reviews must be original, unpublished works which address a book relevant to a national or international planning and development audience.
  • Length: Reviews should range between 600 and 1,000 words, although this count is flexible.
  • Photos/Graphics: We typically include a photograph of the author of the review, and will require your photograph at the time you submit your review. You may submit your photograph in an electronic form (preferred), or mail us a photo, which we will scan and return to you. You are welcome to submit suitable graphics for inclusion in the review as well.
  • Editing: We reserve the right to edit your submission for content and grammar, although this is a collaborative process, and all edits are communicated with the author of the feature.
  • First Rights: We do not run reviews that have previously appeared in other publications, or that will appear in another publication prior to publication on Planetizen. If your review has previously been published, let us know, and we may include a summary and link to it in the daily newswire. After publication of your original review on Planetizen, future publication of the same piece must include first publication credit to Planetizen. We require that all feature authors complete and sign a publication agreement prior to publication on Planetizen.
  • Due Date: The editor with whom you are corresponding will let you know the deadline for submission of your feature. This is usually two to three weeks from the date of initial correspondence.
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