Publisher: Mersin University | e-ISSN: 2687-5101

About the Journal

About the Journal

SKETCH: THE JOURNAL OF CITY AND REGIONAL PLANNING (S:JCRP) is a peer reviewed international open access journal e-published twice a year on every June and December, addressing issues on planning and design of the built environment in various scales, emphasizing the interfaces between urban and regional planning, policy, design and management through a wide and interdisciplinary approach.

The aim of the Journal is to gather a wide range of innovative studies on the advancements and discussions, to promote further research in specific issues on planning and design of the built environment (see Scope of the Journal), and to provide an international and interdisciplinary platform for theoretical and research papers that make significant contributions to the understanding, practice, and education on planning and design of built environment. The Journal also encourages an approach to research in planning and design that will close the gap between the well-established theory and diverse practice throughout the world.

The Journal seeks to widen the limits of planning and design of built environment by motivating the submission of manuscripts from both interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary perspectives.


Scope of the Journal

Authors are encouraged to submit original, unpublished manuscripts for publications within the spatial, social, economic and environmental aspects of subject areas on planning and design, including, but not limited to the following issues and related interdisciplinary topics;

    (in alphabetical order)
  • Design Control and Guidance
  • Heritage and Identity Studies
  • Infrastructure Management
  • Legal and Institutional Framework
  • Planning and Design Practices and Implementations
  • Planning Law and Regulations
  • Property Rights and Development
  • Regional Planning, Regional Studies
  • Rural Settlements and Rural Planning
  • Sustainable Development and Sustainable Settlements
  • Transportation Planning and Design
  • Urban Aesthetics and Townscape
  • Urban Conservation
  • Urban Development and Management
  • Urban Ecology
  • Urban History and Urban Archaeology
  • Urban Morphology, Urban Structure and Form
  • Urban Planning and Design Education
  • Urban Regeneration

Authors from all relevant academic fields are invited to submit high-quality articles for contributing to the development of knowledge in urban planning and design.


Editorial Policies


Open Access

SKETCH: THE JOURNAL OF CITY AND REGIONAL PLANNING (S:JCRP) is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to users or institutions. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access.

Copyright and Licensing

The submission of manuscripts to the Journal must be approved by all authors who acknowledge that the copyright is transferred to Head of the Department of City and Regional Planning, Mersin University if the manuscript is accepted for publication, and the article cannot be published elsewhere in the same or any other language without consent. The Journal requires the author(s) to sign the Copyright Transfer Form and upload to the System while submitting the manuscript.

All manuscripts published in the Journal are licensed by Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC 4.0). It is free to use, share and distribute the content for non-commercial purposes by citing the manuscript.

Plagiarism Control

All submissions are subject to investigation in terms of plagiarism and / or unethical situations by the editorial office. All manuscripts are checked with Plagiarism Detection Service iThenticate. Authors are responsible about the content of the manuscripts. Editorial Board claims no responsibility for the opinions expressed in the published manuscripts. It is the author(s) responsibility to obtain written permission from authors and publishers of any previously published material; text, tables, figures, etc.

Publication Charges

There is no submission and page fee for the Journal. The Journal does not charge any article submission, article-editorial processing or publication charges. All submission, editorial and publication processes are conducted free of charge.


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