Call for Book Review Editor Journal of the American Planning Association

Journal of the American Planning Association

The Journal of the American Planning Association seeks a new Book Review Editor or Editorial Team. Successful applicants will combine scholarly expertise with a broad interest in planning practice.

The Review Editor has substantial autonomy but will work with the JAPA Editor and Editorial Board to ensure the highest quality and most relevant content is published in JAPA, for the benefit of scholars and planners in all practice settings. The applicant must be comfortable working with electronic technology. The role will also engage with APA staff in areas such as communications, and will be supported by a professional Managing Editor employed by APA.

The role includes the following scope of work:

  • Identifying, soliciting, and receiving key books (and potentially other kinds of works) for potential review in the Journal from across the planning field.
  • Assigning the appropriate reviewer(s), establishing reviewer willingness to prepare a fair review of the work on an appropriate timeline for publication in the Journal.
  • Obtaining and evaluating reviews prepared, communicating with reviewers as needed, and generally keeping an appropriate flow of quality reviews.
  • Conducting initial substantive copyediting, and uploading documents into the editorial management system for use by the Managing Editor according to established production deadlines.
  • Maintaining administrative files for the book review section, including files of communications with reviewers and others.
  • Keeping the Editor and Managing Editor apprised of ongoing work.
  • Participating in Editorial Board meetings in person or virtually at the annual conferences of the American Planning Association and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, and providing reports about the status of the section.
  • Working with APA staff to publicize reviews through social media and web sites.

The successful candidate will assume the position of Review Editor in April 2019. The term of the editorship is five years (2019-2023). The American Planning Association provides a small stipend to the JAPA Book Review Editor.



The application will include:

A 500-1,000 word statement.
CVs for all in the team.
Names, phone numbers, and emails for two references.


The statement should address the following topics.

  • What you will bring to the role.
  • A vision for the scope of the section topically, and in terms of media reviewed and review formats.
  • Where JAPA’s review section fit in the landscape of other reviews e.g. other journals, Planning Magazine, free blogs, etc.

Send applications to JAPA Managing Editor Michelle Trevino ( by January 11, 2019. Video interviews will be conducted in late January or early February. It is expected that the Book Review Editor will be introduced to the JAPA Editorial Board at the APA National Conference in April 2019.

Questions can be addressed to the incoming JAPA Editor, Ann Forsyth ( and the outgoing Book Review Editor Tim Chapin (


Incoming JAPA Editor Ann Forsyth has established a committee to select the new Book Review Editor:

Ann Forsyth, Harvard University, incoming JAPA Editor
Elisabeth Hamin, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, JAPA Editorial Board
Rob Olshansky, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, JAPA Editorial Board and former Book Review co-Editor
Lois Takahashi, USC, JAPA Editorial Board
Rachel Thompson Panik, Toole Design Group, APA Student Representative Council Chair and APA Board of Directors


About JAPA

Since 1935, the quarterly Journal of the American Planning Association has published research, commentaries, and book reviews useful to practicing planners, scholars, students, policy makers, and others interested in the planning profession. JAPA publishes double-blind peer reviewed, original research and analysis. It aspires to bring insight to planning the future, to air a variety of perspectives, to publish the highest quality work, and to engage readers.