List of OA journals

The YA and AESOP believe in an Open Access future. This is why we have launched plaNext – next generation planning, the journal of the YA and we are enthusiasts of Transactions of AESOP, the journal of AESOP.

This is a list of high-quality, Open Access journals in planning and related disciplines, compiled by Simone Tulumello (originally, for the Open Access Week 2015). It has been growing thanks to contributions by Simon Batterbury (who has a great list of OA journals in geography, political ecology and other social sciences), Tamara Maričić, Enzo Falco, Ilan Kelman, Gennaro Bicienne, Mario Paris, Sabine Knierbein, Simón Escoffier, Luisa Bravo, Lole Humer, Erhan Kurtarir, Luis Estevez (further contributions are welcome).

The list focuses on four aspects. First, Open Access, here, means that no fees apply to authors (so-called Article Processing Charges): publishing in these journals is free – I believe “Gold” OA to be worst than traditional publication, because it shifts unequal access from readers to authors. No one profits from the journals included in this list, in the vast majority of cases they are directly managed by universities or scientific societies.

Second, priority is given to multi-lingual journals, for the belief that the construction of an international publishing environment around one single language is an oxymoron.

Third, quality is not understood in terms of metrics or procedures. Almost all journals are peer-reviewed, but there are some exceptions. Most journals are indexed by not-for-profit and/or public indexes (e.g. Scielo, DOAJ), some are included in for-profit indexes (e.g. Web of Science, Scopus), others are not indexed. Some of these journals took the political decision to not be included by fancy indexes, others will never be because they are not in English or do not conform to the (parochial) standars necessary to be included there. These journals publish good stuff, that’s all. Where they claim inclusion in indexes in their webpage, this is mentioned below (in italic).

Fourth, no strict borders among disciplines. Some are planning journals, most are journals urban and/or regional studies, geography, development studies. Also multi-disciplinary journals that accept articles in planning and related areas are included.

Multi-lingual journals

Monolingual journals

  • Acta Geographica Slovenica – English (articles can be submitted in Slovenian, but cost of translation is to be convered by authors; published by Anton Melik Geographical Institute) (SCIE, Scopus, CGP, EBSCO, GEOBASE Journals, Geosource, JS, OHSU, Google Scholar, Geoscience e-Journals, ERIH Plus, CrossRef, Georef, SJR, OCLC WorldCat, I2OR).
  • Applied GIS – English (published by Monash University Library)
  • Articulo – Journal of Urban Studies – English (previously also French) (Scopus, AERES)
  • AUC Geographica (Acta Universitatis Carolinae Geographica) – English (published by Karolinum Press) (Scopus, EBSCO, GeoBibline, SCOPUS, Ulrichsweb, DOAJ)
  • A|Z ITU Journal of the Faculty of Architecture – English (published by Faculty of Architectur, ITU) (ICONDA,, DAAI, AVERY, DOAJ, GENAMICS).
  • Bulletin of Geography. Socio-economic Series – English (published by Nicolaus Copernicus University) (AGRICOLA, Arianta, Baidu Scholar, BazEkon, BazHum, CABI, CEEOL, CEJSH, CNKI Scholar, CNPIEC, Current Geographical Publications, Dimensions, DOAJ, EBSCO, EconBiz, ECONIS, Engineering Village, ERIH PLUS, Genamics JournalSeek, GeoRef, Google Scholar, Index Copernicus, ProQuest, JST, J-Gate, JournalGuide, JournalTOCs, KESLI-NDSL, Microsoft Academic, Naviga, Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, POL-index, Primo Central, ProQuest, Publons, QOAM, ReadCube, Reaxys, VINITI, RePEc, SJR, Scopus, Sherpa/RoMEO, SIGLA, Summon, TDNet, Ulrich’s, WanFang Data, WoS Emerging Sources, WorldCat)
  • Carnet de Géographes – French
  • Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal – English (published by University of Technology Sidney) (Scopus, DOAJ, EBSCO, Informit, Google Scholar, WoS Emerging Sources, TROVE, LivRe, BASE, EZ3, OADL, SHERPA/RoMEO, Ulrich’s,  LinkER, OpenAIRE)
  • Conservation and Society – English (published by Wolters Kluwer – Medknow; supported by the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment) (DOAJ, Indian Science Abstracts, SJR, Scopus, WoS)
  • Critical Housing Analysis – English (SCOPUS, ERIH PLUS, EBSCO, NSD, ANVUR)
  • Critical Planning Journal – English (thematic issues; published by UCLA)
  • Cuadernos de Investigación Geográfica – English (previously also Spanish) (published by Universidad de La Rioja) (Scopus, WoS Emerging Sources, Dialnet, DOAJ, Fuente Académica Premier, Francis, ISOC, ICYT, Latindex, PIO, REDIB, Ulrich’s, URBADOC, CIRC, CARHUS Plus, DICE, ERIH Plus, IN-RECS, MIAR, RESH, FECYT, SJR)
  • Electronic Green Journal – English (published by UCLA)
  • Environmental Humanities – English (published by Duke University Press; funded and managed by Concordia University, Sydney Environment Institute, UCLA, KTH, University of New South Wales) (DOAJ, WoS Emerging Sources, Ulrichsweb)
  • Environmental Health Perspectives – English (supported by National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences) (WoS, PubMED)
  • Europa XXI – English (published by Stanisław Leszczycki Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization) (Index Copernicus)
  • European Journal of Geography – English (published by European Association of Geographers) (WoS, Scopus, Google Scolar, SJR)
  • European Journal of Spatial Development – English (published by Nordregio and TU Delft) (Sopus, DOAJ, EBSCO, Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers, Academic Journals Database, SJR)
  • European Spatial Research and Policy – English (published by University of Lodz) (Arianta, Baidu Scholar, CEEOL, CNKI Scholar, CNPIEC, Dimensions, EBSCO, EconBiz, ECONIS, Engineering Village, ERIH Plus, Genamics JournalSeek, GeoArchive, Geobase, GeoRef, Google Scholar, Index Copernicus, ProQuest, JST, J-Gate, JournalGuide, JournalTOCs, KESLI-NDSL, Microsoft Academic, Naviga, Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers, POL-index, ExLibris, ProQuest, Publons, QOAM, ReadCube, Reaxys, VINITI, RePEc, SJR, Scopus, Sherpa/RoMEO, Summon, TDNet, Ulrich’s, WanFang Data, WoS Emerging Sources, WorldCat)
  • EyesReg – Giornale di Scienze Regionali – Italian (short articles; published by Associazione Italiana di Scienze Regionali)
  • Fennia – International journal of Geography – English (previously published in Finnish) (is experimenting non-blind reviews, some of which are published along with articles) (published by Geographical Society of Finland) (DOAJ, COPE, WoS, TSV)
  • Footprint – Delft Architecture Theory Journal – English (published by Jap Sam Books; supported by Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, TU Delft) (Scopus, Google Scholar, DOAJ, ERIH Plus, AVERY)
  • Foucault Studies – English (published by Copenhagen Business School; supported by  Danish Social Science Research Council and Danish Research Council for the Humanities) (SJR, EBSCO, Scopus)
  • Geographia Polonica – English (thematic issues) (published by Institute of Geography and Spatial Organisation of the Polish Academy of Sciences) (SJR, WoS, Scopus, Google Scholar)
  • Geography Research Forum – English (invited thematic issues)
  • Ghana Journal of Geography – English (supported by Department of Geography and Resource Development, University of Ghana)
  • Human Geographies – Journal of Studies and Research in Human Geography – English (published by University of Bucharest) (Scopus, ERIH Plus, EBSCO, ProQuest, Index Copernicus, NTiS, Bodleian Libraries, ExLibris SFX, DOAJ, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Library, Google Scholar, Ulrichsweb, SJR)
  • Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies – English (currently sponsored, but expects to cover APC once sponsorship limit will be reached; affiliated to the Southern African Society for Disaster Reduction; sponsored by the National Disaster Management Center) (DHET SA List, Scopus, PubMed, DOAJ, EBSCO, GALE, CENGAGE Learning, ProQuest, Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers, SciELO, WoS Emerging Sources)
  • Journal of Agriculture and Environment for International Development – English (published by Italian Agency for Development Cooperation) (DOAJ, Scopus, WoS)
  • Journal of Research Practice – English (published by Athabasca University Press; funded by institutional and individual sponsors) (Scopus, DOAJ, institute, Evaluation Portal, GlobeEthics, WoS Emerging Sources
  • Island Study Journal – English (optional donation of 150 Danish  Kroner, about € 20 or USD 22) (published by International Small Islands Studies Association and RETI: The Network of Island Universities) (DOAJ, Scopus, WoS)
  • Italian Journal of Planning Practice – English (Scopus, WoS Emerging Sources, DOAJ, ANVUR)
  • Journal of Settlements and Spatial Planning – English (published by Centre for Research on Settlements and Urbanism, Babeş-Bolyai University) (WoS Emerging Sources, Scopus, EBSCO, ProQuest, Ulrich’s, WorldCat, Giga, Google Scholar, AJD, PUBDB, DESI, CiteFactor, OALib, La Criée, WZB, MIAR, Scilit, SJR)
  • Journal of Transdisciplinary Environmental Studies – English
  • Journal of Urban and Regional Analysis – English (published by CICADIT, University of Bucharest) (WoS Emerging Sources, Scopus, EBSCO, ProQuest, Ulrichsweb, DOAJ, GESIS, Index Copernicus, CEEOL)
  • Mediapolis – A Journal of Cities and Culture – English (short articles; supported by Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, College of Arts and Letters, University of Notre Dame and Media Studies Initiative and the Society for the Humanities, Cornell University)
  • Miscellanea Geographica – Regional Studies on Development – English (published by Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, University of Warsaw) (Arianta, Baidu Scholar, Bibliografia Geologiczna Polski, CEJSH, CNKI Scholar, CNPIEC, Current Geographical Publications, Dimensions, DOAJ, EBSCO, Engineering Village, ERIH Plus, GeoArchive, GeoRef, Google Scholar, Index Copernicus, JST, J-Gate, JournalGuide, JournalTOCs, KESLI-NDSL, Microsoft Academic, Naviga, Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers, POL-index, ExLibris, Publons, QOAM, ReadCube, Reaxys, SJR, Scopus, Sherpa/RoMEO, Summon, DNet, Ulrich’s, WanFang Data, WoS Emerging Sources, WorldCat)
  • Pacific Geographies – English (published by Department of Human Geography, Hamburg University) (DOAJ)
  • plaNext – next generation planning – English (published by AESOP YA; supported by AESOP) (CrossRef)
  • Planning Forum – English (published by Community and Regional Planning Program, University of Texas at Austin)
  • Polish Geographical Review – English (published by Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization – PAS) (Scopus, GeoRef, ProQuest, Geobase, Current Geographical Publications, Bibliographie Géographique Internationale)
  • Radical Housing Journal (published by the RHJ Collective)
  • REGION – English (published by European Regional Science Association) in cooperation with WU (Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien) (Scopus, RePEc, DOAJ, ECONSTOR, Google Scholar, ERSA Journal Archive, Crossref, BASE, Acamdemic Resource Index, EconLit)
  • RIURBA – Revue Internationale d’Urbanisme – French
  • Shima – The International Journal of Research into Island Cultures – English (DOAJ, Scopus)
  • Spatium – English (published by Institute of Architecture and Urban and Spatial Planning of Serbia)
  • s u b \ u r b a n – Zeitschrift fur Kritische Stadtforschung – German (published by association sub\urban)
  • Suburban Sustainability – English (published by National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University; supported by University of South Florida Libraries)
  • Sud-Ouest Européen – Revue géographique des Pyrénées et du Sud-Ouest – French (published by Presses universitaires du Midi)
  • Surveillance and Society – English (published by Surveillance Studies Network) (WoS Emerging Sources, Scopus, Google Scholar, EBCSO, CSA, IBSS, DOAJ)
  • Tema. Journal of Land Use, Mobility and Environment – English (previously also Italian) (published by Università di Napoli Federico II) (SPARC, DOAJ, BASE, ACNP, EZB, Google Scholar, JournalTOCs, Socol@r, Summon, Worldcat)
  • Territorios – Spanish (published by Universidade de Rosario) (Scielo, Redalyc.org, DOAJ, Latindex, Dialnet, Redib, ErihPlus, Scilit, Journal Guide, Miar, Clase, WoS Emerging Sources)
  • The Journal of Public Space – English (published by City, Space, Architecture, in partnership with UN-Habitat)
  • Transactions of AESOP – English (published by AESOP)
  • Urban Development Issues – English (previously Problemy Rozwoju Miast, published in Polish; supported by Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Republic of Poland) (AGRO, Baidu Scholar, BazEkon, BazHum, CEJSH, CNKI Scholar, CNPIEC, EBSCO, Google Scholar, J-Gate, KESLI-NDSL, Naviga, ExLibris, ReadCube, Summon, TDNet, WanFang Data, WorldCat)
  • The Urban Transcripts Journal – English (published by Urban Transcripts)
  • Water Alternatives – English (ERIH Plus, DOAJ, WoS, Ulrich’s, Index Copernicus , Scirus, Scopus, Google Scholar, ScientificCommons, Agricola, EBSCO, ProQuest, CAB Abstracts, Genamics, Geobase, Open J-Gate, NewJour, OARE)

Journals previously included in the list and (apparently) discountinued

(Simone Tulumello; last update 5 April 2019)

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