Planning West – Submissions & Editorial Contact

Planning West magazine relies upon the submissions of volunteer members and other authors, who regularly contribute to its rich and informative content. PIBC welcomes contributions and articles from members and non-members alike who are interested in reaching a professional planning audience or have something related to planning to share.

Contact the Editor

If you are interested in writing an article, making a submission or have any questions about the editorial content of Planning West, please contact the Editor:

Maria Stanborough MCIP, RPP

Publication & Submission Deadlines:

Planning West is published quarterly, every winter, spring, summer and fall. The following deadlines apply for submissions to each quarterly edition of Planning West:

  • Winter:  December 15th (publication – December/January)
  • Spring:  March 15th (publication – March/April)
  • Summer:  June 15th (publication – June/July) *
  • Fall:  September 15th (publication – September/October)

Making A Submission – Tips & Guidelines

If you are considering writing and article or other submission for Planning West, here are a few technical and editorial tips or guidelines to take into account:

  • Types of Submissions:  Planning West welcomes: planning-related feature articles, book reviews, and articles covering current events.
  • Submission Length: Typical feature articles should be around 1,000 – 1,200 words in length.
  • Submission Format: Submissions should be written in a long-form “story-telling” format, as opposed to a short-form, bullet point, or technical style. Submissions should be come in the form of a text-based electronic file (such as MS Word document file, or similar).
  • Photos & Graphic Elements: Planning West welcomes and strongly encourages the inclusion of accompanying photographs or graphic elements (such as charts, graphs, diagrams etc.). Be sure to include them with the submission as separate electronic files, not embedded within the submission document, and they must be of the appropriate resolution quality (minimum resolution of 300 dpi).
  • Author Information: Submissions should include the full name, occupational title, and organizational affiliation(s) of the author, for publication.
  • Original Work: Submissions should be the unique, original work of the author/submitter. Where outside sources, or other work are used, quoted, or relied upon, appropriate full disclosure and citations must be used. Appropriate source or credit information is also required for all photos or graphic elements.
  • Voluntary Submission: Submissions made to Planning West are entirely voluntary on the part of the originating author/submitter.
  • Editing: All submissions are subject to review. The Editor and the Institute reserve the right to accept and publish (in whole or in part), or reject, any submission for any reason. The Editor and the Institute also reserve the right to edit all submissions for publication, based on clarity, length, grammar, format, legal, or any other considerations. The Editor may, at her/his discretion, consult with a submission author/submitter regarding the editing of their submission for publication where appropriate.
  • Copyright: Planning West, and its entire contents, are copyright © The Planning Institute of British Columbia, and may only be copied, shared, or otherwise reproduced with the express written permission of the Institute.

Questions?  Should you have any questions, or require any assistance regarding Planning West submissions, please e-mail:

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