The Western Planner (WP) encourages subscribers, readers, and others to submit articles and columns for publication. We now offer two platforms for publication – the print Journal and the enewsletter/blog postings. TheWP doesn’t pay for articles.   All articles must be submitted to WP Editor Rachel Girt at Rachel@girtcommunications.com. Please follow the article guidelines listed below.

Types of Articles Accepted

Make sure the article has widespread applicability to the West, is interesting, solutions are offered, and that it provides ideas for bringing together planners, the public, elected officials, and the development community. Please follow the submission guidelines below. WP does not publish every article that is submitted.  Some articles are not a good fit for the WP either because of content or substandard writing.

Feature Article for the Printed Journal:

  • Topic: Feature articles should be articles about successful planning techniques and projects that work or may work in the West, and address the problems Western Planners face.
  • Length: A good length for a feature article is between 1,200 and 2,000 words.  If the article is longer than 2,000 words, the editor may return the article and request that it be edited.
  • Requirements: Need (1) a short author bio; (2) citations if necessary; (3) suggested headline; (4) suggested resources, books and/or websites for help on the topic; and (5) color graphics and/or photos. Photos/graphics must include a cutline and photo credit.
  • When Published: Please note that our publication schedule is lengthy with only five issues printed a year.  It might be several months from submittal until an article is published in print.  All articles are sent for a blind review by the Editorial Board. Most of the time, the review results in a request from the author for minor changes or possibly some clarification.

Column for the Printed Journal:

  • Topic:  Columns should have widespread applicability to the West and offer solutions.
  • Length: A good length is between 700 and 1,000 words.
  • Requirements: Need (1) a short author bio; (2) citations if necessary; (3) suggested headline; (4) suggested resources, books and/or websites for help on the topic; and (5) color graphics and/or photos. Photos/graphics must include a cutline and photo credit.
  • When Published: Please note that our publication schedule is lengthy with only five issues printed a year.  It might be several months from submittal until an article is published in print.  All articles are sent for a blind review by the Editorial Board. Most of the time, the review results in a request from the author for minor changes or possibly some clarification.

State News, Enewsletter and Blog Postings:

  • Topic:  Should have widespread applicability to the West and offer solutions. Should offer links to other websites and online resources
  • Length: A good length is between 200 and 700 words.
  • Requirements: Need (1) a short author bio; (2) citations if necessary; (3) suggested headline; (4) suggested resources, books and/or websites for help on the topic; and (5) color graphics and/or photos. Photos/graphics must include a cutline and photo credit.
  • When Published:  Our blog is updated several times a week. So we will first need to review your article and then can posted. Our blog postings are promoted in our monthly enewsletter.

Obtaining AICP CM Credits for writing articles

 Authors who wish to obtain AICP CM Credits for articles should request the article or column be double-blind peer reviewed.  Authors can claim 8 CM credits with a maximum of 16 credits per two year reporting period for double-blind peer reviewed articles that are published in the Journal. 

  • The article must be planning related.
  • The article must be published in a journal that follows the double-blind peer-review process.
  • See details about AICP member start dates and claiming credits on the authoring information page.
  • Members will receive 8 CM credits per article, regardless of length.
  • Authoring cannot exceed 16 CM credits per two-year reporting period.
  • While the 8 credits will immediately be added to a member’s log, CM staff may contact you to provide further documentation.
  • These credits are claimed electronically by filling out and submitting an online form that is accessed from the CM member log.

Article Submission Guidelines

The guidelines are inclusive rather than exclusive as we encourage planners to assist others by writing about what has been successful for them.  

  • Email an abstract of the topic to the editor at Rachel@girtcommunications.com.  She will review the abstract and contact you about whether to proceed. Successful submissions have a widespread applicability to the West, is interesting, solutions are offered, and that it provides ideas for bringing together planners, the public, elected officials, and the development community.
  • Submit your article to the editor at Rachel@girtcommunications.com in a Word document and include photos and graphics as separate attachments (ie not in the Word document). Be sure to include a suggested headline, any citations and a short bio.
  •  Upon submittal, the editor and the Editorial Board will review the article. Most of the time, the review results in a request to the author for minor changes or possibly some clarification.
  • Submission of an article to WP implies that the material has not been published before and that this article has not been simultaneously submitted to any other publication outlet unless previously agreed upon.
  • Each article should be accompanied by a list of resources on the topic at hand: relevant books and reports, conferences, and contact people and their phone numbers (if necessary).
  • Each submission is encouraged to also submit color photos and graphics. We prefer to receive artwork electronically. All graphics/photos should include credit and caption information.

Copyright Notice for Article Submission

  • Unless otherwise noted, all articles on the website or in the print journal are a copyright of The Western Planner to whom all rights are reserved and are not for multiple printing or copying for reproduction. The articles cannot be reproduced without  permission from The Western Planner and the author. To request permission to republish material, please contact rachel@girtcommunications.com.
  •  If The Western Planner and the author approves the reprint, then the articles must include the following tagline: “This article was originally published in The Western Planner. Visit www.westernplanner.org to learn more.”
  • The authors give The Western Planner the first right and perpetual subsequent right to publish, reproduce, distribute, display and store the work in any medium. In cases where an article is not accepted for publication by the editorial board, the authors can submit the article to any other publication for first publication.

Disclaimer:

The publisher, editors and authors accept no responsibility for any statement made or opinion expressed by any other person in this work. Consequently, they will not be liable for any loss or damage sustained by any reader as a result of his or her action upon any statement or opinion in this work.