July 3, 2013

APA's Scholarly Journal Appoints New Editor

CHICAGO — The American Planning Association is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Sandra Rosenbloom as the new editor of the Journal of the American Planning Association (JAPA) starting August 1, 2013. JAPA is the scholarly journal of APA; it provides critical insight into the trends and innovations that are changing the planning profession.

JAPAAs editor, Dr. Rosenbloom will be responsible for directing the editorial content and production of the Journal. She will serve a five-year term as editor, supported by nearly 20 associate editors.

Rosenbloom is a nationally recognized transportation expert who has joined the University of Texas at Austin as a faculty member of the graduate program in Community and Regional Planning (CRP) at the School of Architecture. She previously spent more than 20 years at the University of Arizona as a professor of planning and adjunct professor of natural renewable resources; she was the director of the Drachman Institute until 2004. She holds a doctorate in political science from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Rosenbloom has served as JAPA's co-interim editor with Dr. Tim Chapin of Florida State University since February 1, 2013. Dr. Chapin will serve as the journal's senior associate editor and will continue his role as the journal's book review editor.

"We are pleased to have Sandra Rosenbloom's continued leadership at the Journal," said Paul Farmer, FAICP, Chief Executive Officer of the American Planning Association. "JAPA is the journal of record in the field of planning, with very high impact scores. With Sandra's guidance, JAPA will continue its academic tradition of excellence." 

He added that APA's partnership with the University of Texas is the latest in a long line of similar collaborations throughout the Journal's history. UT Austin will serve as home base for the Journal editorship from August 2013 to July 2018. "APA is delighted to announce this new partnership and applauds its new partners' commitment to leadership in the planning field," Farmer said.

"We are thrilled to undertake this partnership with APA and to house the Journal at the University of Texas at Austin," said Fritz Steiner, dean of the university's School of Architecture. "We are equally delighted that Sandra Rosenbloom has returned to our faculty to lead this important undertaking. With her as editor, the Journal will continue to be a beacon for planning theory and scholarship."

About JAPA

JAPA publishes only double-blind, peer reviewed original research and analysis. It aspires to bring insight to the planning field. For more than 70 years, it has published research, commentaries, and book reviews useful to practicing planners, policymakers, scholars, students, and citizens of urban, suburban, and rural areas. It is read throughout the world.

JAPA is ranked first among the 37 urban studies journals ranked by Thomson Reuters in their Journal Citation Reports®. JAPA also attracted the greatest number of downloads to mobile devices among more than 1,500 journals published by Taylor & Francis Group, APA's publishing partner, during the last half of 2011 following the launch of the Taylor & Francis Online mobile site.


Roberta Rewers, APA Public Affairs; 312-786-6395; rrewers@planning.org