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The Journal of Spatial Planning

  • Editor-in-Chief: Ali shamsoddini
  • Manager-in-Charge: Mohammad Reza Sharifikia
  • Publisher: Tarbiat Modares University
  • Journal Type: Scientific
  • Publication Period: Quarterly
  • Access Policy: Open
  • Publication Format: Electronic
The Journal of Spatial Planning is one of the TMU Press journals that is published by the responsibility of its Editor-in-Chief and Editorial Board in the determined scopes.
Aim and scope
The Journal of Spatial Planning is devoted to publishing peer-reviewed, high-quality, original papers in the field of Geography Science. The Journal welcomes, but is not limited to, papers on the following topics:
-Land use Planning
-Urban & Regional Planning
-Rural Planning
-Climatic & Geomorphological Hazards
-Remote Sensing

Open Access Policy:   This Journal contents and the individual articles are freely available to readers without subscriptions or payments through the journal website or its permanent repositories. 

This open-access journal is published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License which permits Share (copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format) and Adapt (remix, transform, and build upon the material) under the Attribution-NonCommercial terms.

Peer-Review Policy: The peer review process in The Journal of Spatial Planning is double-blinded in which the reviewer’s name is unknown to the author and, vice versa. Submitted articles go through a structural and subject evaluation to align with The Journal of Spatial Planning principles. Matches go through a double-blind peer review by three field experts (non-editorial staff) chosen by the Board based on specialty. The Board makes the final article selection.

Duties of Reviewers:

  • Assist editor in decision-making and potentially help authors improve papers through editorial communication.
  • Decline reviews if unqualified or unable to promptly review.
  • Treat manuscripts as confidential documents and avoid unauthorized sharing.
  • Conduct objective reviews, avoiding personal criticism and providing clear, supported feedback.
  • Identify relevant, uncited published work and report potential plagiarism or overlap with other publications.
  • Maintain confidentiality of information and ideas, avoiding personal gain or reviewing papers with conflicts of interest
This Journal  is licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial  "(CC BY-NC)
Publishing Ethics: This journal follows all the terms and conditions of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and complies with the highest ethical standards in accordance with ethical laws. Authors may refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors for comprehensive information.
Authors fees : Dear authors/ paper contributors, you are being humbly informed that the journal charges 5,000,000 rials (In two steps: Reviewing and Publishing).
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Self-archiving policies for authors
Authors are permitted to post their work online in institutional/disciplinary repositories or on their own websites. Pre-print versions posted online should include a citation and link to the final published version in this Journal as soon as the issue is available; post-print versions (including the final publisher's PDF) should include a citation and link to the journal's website.

Copyright Policy: Under open access license, authors retain ownership of the copyright for their content, but allow anyone to download, reuse, and reprint, modify, distribute, and/or copy the content as long as the original authors and source are cited properly

Peer-review process
All submitted articles are evaluated at the submission to meet the structural and subject principles of The Journal of Spatial Planning. The matched articles will gone under a double-blinded peer-review process by at least 3 reviewers (expert in the field who are not part of the journal’s editorial staff) who are selected by the Editorial Board members according to their field specialties. The Editorial Board members have the final responsibility to select the articles.
Governing body
The Journal of Spatial Planning is under the scientific control of Editorial Board whose members are recognized experts in the subject areas included within the journal’s scope. Some executive roles of the Editorial Board members are delegated to the Editor-in-Chief who is well-known in the journal’s scope.
Editorial team
The Journal of Spatial Planning is under the scientific supervision of the Editorial Team whose members are all experts with high number of publications in their field.
Author fees/Access
There are No Fees or Charges at all for submission, reviewing and publishing processes in The Journal of Spatial Planning.
The Journal of Spatial Planning follows the Bethesda Statement on Open Access Publishing.
The content of The Journal of Spatial Planning is under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Public License. To the extent this Public License may be interpreted as a contract, we are granted the Licensed Rights in consideration of your acceptance of these terms and conditions, and the Licensor grants you such rights in consideration of benefits the Licensor receives from making the Licensed Material available under these terms and conditions.
Process for identification of and dealing with allegations of research misconduct
Publisher and editors of The Journal of Spatial Planning are reasonable to identify and prevent the publication of papers where research misconduct has occurred, including plagiarism, citation manipulation, and data falsification/fabrication, among others. In doing so, The Journal of Spatial Planning follows COPE’s guidelines in dealing with allegations.
Ownership and management
The Journal of Spatial Planning is owned by Tarbiat Modares University, Iran, and is managed and published by YektaPub Co.
Conflicts of interests
All The Journal of Spatial Planning Editorial Board members and the Editor-in-Chief submitted articles are gone under the same reviewing process as the other authors gone. In the cases that a reviewer suspects undisclosed conflict of interest in a submitted manuscript or a reader suspects undisclosed conflict of interest in a published article (all authors are filling the ICMJE Form for Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest at the submission time) The Journal of Spatial Planning will follow COPE’s guidelines.
Revenue sources/Advertising/Direct marketing
The Journal of Spatial Planning is financially supported completely by Tarbiat Modares University, Iran, and has no other sources for earning funds. The Journal of Spatial Planning accepts No advertisements in the site or even as a report article.
Publishing schedule/Archiving
The Journal of Spatial Planning is published 4 issues per year. All the content from the beginning to the end will be available for ever on The Journal of Spatial Planning exclusive website. Also The Journal of Spatial Planning is included at EBSCOhost and has the plan to enter to Scopus and Thomson-Reuters databases.


This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, and although their new works must also acknowledge you and be non-commercial, they don’t have to license their derivative works on the same terms.
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Sharifikia, Mohammad; - of Remote Sensing and GIS
Affiliation: Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran 
Email: sharifikia@yahoo.com
Tel: +98 (912) 2449619
Roknedin-Eftekhari, Abdolreza; Professor of Geography and Rural Development Planning
Affiliation: Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran
Email: aftekhari@yahoo.com
Tel: +98 (21) 82884622
Editorial Board

Ahmadipour, Zahra; Associated Professor of Political Geography
Email: ahmadyz@modares.ac.ir
Tel: +98 (21) 82883688
Paple-Yazdi, Mohammad Hossein; Professor of Geography
Affiliation: Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran
Email: papoli.mh@gmail.com
Tel: +98 (21) 82880
Pourahmad, Ahmad; Professor of Urban Planning Geography
Affiliation: Tehran University,Tehran, Iran
Email: apoura@ut.ac.ir
Tel: -
Pourtaheri, Mahdi; Assistant Professor of Geography and Rural Planning
Affiliation: Tarbiat Modares University,Tehran, Iran
Email: mahdit@modares.ac.ir
Tel: +98 (21) 82883622
Servati, Mohammad Reza; Professor of -
Affiliation: -
Email: servati@yahoo.com
Tel: +98 (21) 82880
Shayan, Siavash; Assistant Professor of Geomorphology
Affiliation: Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran
Email: shyan@yahoo.com
Tel: +98 (21) 82884611
Ziari, Keramatollah; Professor of Planning of Local and Regional Development
Affiliation: -  
Email: zayyari@yahoo.com
Tel: -
Safavi, Seyed Yahya; Perofessor of geopolitic
Affiliation: Supreme National Defence University, Tehran, Iran
Email: rsafavi@yahoo.com
Tel: -
Alijani, Bohlol; Professor of Geomorphology
Affiliation: Kharazmi University, Tehran, Iran
Email: alijani@yahoo.com
Tel: +98 (21) 82880
Azizi, Mohammad Mahdi; Professor of Urban Planning
Affiliation: -  
Email: mmazizi@ut.ac.ir
Tel: -

Ali-Mohammadi, Abbas; Associate Professor of Remote Sensning
Affiliation: K.N.Toosi University, Tehran, Iran
Email: alimohammadi@yahoo.com
Tel: +98 (21) 82880

Farajzade-Asl, Manouchhr; Associated Professor of Remote Sensing and GIS
Affiliation: Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran
Email: farajzam@modares.ac.ir
Tel: +98 (912) 1723124, +98 (21) 82884666
Nazarian, Asghar; Professor of Regional Planning
Affiliation: Azad University Science and Research, Tehran, Iran
Email: as_nazarian@yahoo.com
Tel: -
Yamani, Mojtaba; Associate Professor of Geomorphology
Affiliation: -
Email: myamany@ut.ac.ir
Tel: +98 (21) 61113235

Guideline to Publishing Articles in the Journal of Spatial Planning

The articles in this journal are only accepted through the journals’ website of Tarbiat Modares University: http://hsmsp.ir 

To prevent delay in on-time judgment and publication, the esteemed authors are requested to consider the following points:

1. The Modares Journal of Spatial Planning is specialized in Applied Geography, and just accepts relevant topics including the following:

1. Planning models, techniques and methods

8. Techniques of spatial/locational data processing in environmental planning

2. Ecological planning and sustainable development

9. Tourism planning and space economy

3. Civil planning

10. Defensive and security planning of space

4. Rural and tribal planning

11. Regional planning

5. Planning of environmental management and risks

12. Cultural planning

6. Planning and political organization of space

13. Skeletal and territorial planning

7. Locatings

14. Local planning

2. The article should be the result of scientific and research works and leads necessarily to the production of a new science and knowledge. The journal welcomes the articles extracted from PhD dissertations, salient theses and independent research plans provided that the principles and standards of scientific research methodology in the related fields are duely observed and enjoy theoretical or methodological innovation. The journal does not accept the articles recurrent in topic or methodology in different situations.

3. The journal welcomes theoretical articles, which scientifically investigate scientific theories and the available theoretical discourses and models, and  or deal with the invention and introduction of new scientific models and theories by outstanding scholars and professors.

4. Review articles by experienced authors and the authors of research articles in the related fields are accepted provided that they have taken advantage of well-documented research, and the authors have actively contributed to the discussion.

5. The scientific responsibility (correspondence) of the article is upon the first author.

As to the articles written by MA and PhD students with the cooperation of supervisors  or advisors, the article should be sent to the journal by the scientific responsibility, signature and form completion on the part of the supervisor, and his/her name should be mentioned as the first author. Otherwise, it will not be raised in the authorship board.  

6. The journal does not accept compiled and translated articles for publication.

7. The article should not have already been published either in another journal- internal or external- or in a seminar article collection and scientific communities, and it should not simultaneously be sent to another journal for publication. The author is required to send a written commitment to the journal along with the article, provided as a form in the journal’s website.

Note: The articles submitted in the scientific communities will be considered provided that they are noticeably changed and have undergone the addition of new materials.

8. The structure of the article should include Persian and English abstracts, keywords, introduction, main body (theoretical discussions, data and research methodology, research findings, analysis and conclusion), acknowledgement, references and appendix.

9. In the articles with more than one author, it is essential that the name of the correspondent author be mentioned in the titel page.

10. The article should contain maximally 15 pages including the text, figures, tables, maps, references and the English abstract while observing the typesetting standards of the journal. The articles with beyond 15 pages will not be considered.

11. The typesetting of the article should be done in word 2003, line spacing should be single, and the margins should be 4, 4.5, 4.5 and 4 centimeters for top, bottom, right and left margins, respectively. In typing the articles, it is necessary to use half-space. The authors are required to use the following fonts:

Farsi text: B Lotus soft 12; English text: Times 11; article title: Bold B Nazanin 15; author, (s), reference information: Bold B Nazanin 12; Farsi abstract: Bold B Nazanin 10; within-text titles: Bold B Nazanin 13; references: B Nazanin 12.

12. Sending the article is only possible through the website and includes the following:

A pdf file including the whole article without the reference information of the author (s) of the article;

A word file including the entire main article along with the name and complete characteristics of the author (s) as stated in Section 9 of this guideline.

Complementary files including a commitment from showing that the article will neither be published in another journal nor will it be simultaneously sent to other journals; the approval form of the article for the articles elicited from theses or dissertations and the approval form of research works for independent articles;

A word file including the extended abstract as stated in Section 14 of this guideline.

13. The first and the second pages of the article should be arranged as stated in the following:

The first page: The article’s title in Farsi and English; author (s)’s name in Farsi and English (the name of the corresponding author should be marked with an aster. The scientific level and the related institute in Farsi and English; the full address of the corresponding author including the postal address, phone number, fax number, and e-mail in Farsi and English; the name of the institute supporting or paying the financial expenditures of the research (optional).

Note: The information related to the author (s) should not be mentioned in any part of the article except for the first page. 

The second page: The full title of the article in Farsi; Farsi abstract (a maximum of 200 words and a minimum of 100 words); Farsi keywords (a maximum of 5 words); English abstract (a maximum of 250 words and a minimum of 200 words).  

14. The article should have an extended abstract and the following structure:

The first page: Article’s title, the name of the related institute, and the scientific level of the author (s).

The second page: The extended abstract includes the following components:

 Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results and Discussion, Conclusion and Keywords.

This abstract should contain a minimum of 400 words and a maximum of 600 words and the Farsi extended abstract should accompany it. The English text should be originally written in English within the English structure and grammar, and a non-scientific translation of Farsi to English should be avoided.

15. Foreign words/terms with exact and clear Farsi equivalents and the complete name of the abbreviated words and acronyms in the text should be referred to the footnote. 

16. The references should be in APA or Chicago styles and the documented resources in the text should have the family name of the author, year of publication and the page number with them inside the parenthesis: (Ganji, 2007/1386: 22).

17. In the arrangement of the tables and figures, it is essential to observe the following points:

A. The information in the tables should not be repeated in the form of figures or diagrams in the article. The number and the title of the table should be mentioned above the table. If the tables or figures are taken from other resources, they should be mentioned beneath the tables or figures.

B. Each column of the table should have its own title and unit. If all of the values in the table have the same units, the unit can be mentioned in the table’s title.

C. Explanation related to the table’s title and text should be mentioned in the footnote.

D. Figures include curves, diagrams, pictures and maps, and should all be numbered like the figures. The figures should be prepared in color or in black and white, and their numbers and titles should come beneath them.

Pictures should be clear, readable, with suitable and favorable scale and quality (300 to 500 dpi) in one of the gifpdfjpgpng and tif formats (in the case a color print of the maps and diagrams is needed, the cost will be calculated and received separately).

18. The DOI of the electronic resource used should be mentioned at the end as much as possible (doi: 10.1000/182).

19. Writing manner of the reference information at the end of the article in alphabetical order should be according to the following examples: 

Book: Family name of the author (s) / his/her first name, book’s title (in italic), translator, place of publication, publisher, publication year, and the related DOI. 

Journal: Family name of the author (s) / his/her first name, the article’s title (within the “quotation marks”), journal’s name (in italic), the journal number, numbers of  the first and the last pages of the article, publication year, and the related DOI.   

Internet sources: Family name of the author (s) / his/her first name, (the year of publication or availability), work’s title, website address, and the related DOI.

Note: If the author is a legal entity (organization, institute, etc.), the title of that legal entity should be mentioned instead of the full name of the author.

20. In legal terms, the responsibility of the accuracy of the materials is upon the author (s).

21. The journal has the right of rejecting, accepting or editing the articles, and the received articles will not get returned.

22. The articles sent for modification, in the case not corrected by the author in due time (maximally one month, which might increase as requested by the author) and the rejected or withdrawn articles (after three months), will be removed from the journal’s archive, and the journal will have no accountability in this regard.