The 3rd Work Meeting of the 2nd Editorial Board Committee of China City Planning Review Convened
On Oct. 25, 2015, the 3rd Work Meeting of the 2nd Editorial Board Committee of China City Planning Review (abbreviated as CCPR hereafter) was convened at the School of Architecture, Tsinghua University in Beijing. The Editorial Board members participated in the meeting. At the meeting, the Editorial Department of CCPR presented a Work Report of the 2nd Editorial Board Committee (2013 – 2015) and a Work Report of the Editorial Department, followed by open discussions.
Mao Qizhi, Associate Chief Editor (Executive), chaired the meeting. He started to summarize the work of the Editorial Board during 2013 – 2015. Then Liu Jian, Director of the Editorial Department, reported the goals completed over the past two years, including adding a Book Review section to the journal, adjusting the journal’s format design, diversifying the call-for-paper channels, enhancing online promotion, improving the journal’s website, and revising editing specifications. As a critical move forward, she also proposed to expand the journal’s Editorial Board and reviewer team, and presented the journal’s coming themes. She concluded that CCPR had made an encouraging progress when it was indexed by the Chinese Science Citation Database (CSCD) & EBSCO Discovery Service. The number of the journal’s institutional users had also increased. But in the meantime, she pointed out that CCPR was faced with a lot of challenges, for example, how to increase both the quantity and particularly quality of contributions, how to gain better popularity at home and abroad, how to further enhance the journal’s international influence through a more international editorial board, how to resolve issues when reviewers might vary in their criteria in reviewing manuscripts. Afterwards, Shi Nan, Associate Chief Editor, announced the journal’s future cooperation with international publishers.
Followed by keynote speeches, all editorial board members present gave constructive comments and suggestions to the journal’s future development. The main contents can be summarized as follows: the journal will stick to its focus on China’s urban-rural planning and development more clearly while targeting at an international audience; the journal will be dedicated to higher exposure to increase some key indicators such as the number of institutional users, the number of online readers, distribution channels, citations, etc.; the journal will diversify its call-for-paper channels and consider inviting contributions from well-known experts; besides the Editorial Board, the journal will set up a reviewer team to support its double peer-review system; the Editorial Department will start to conduct reader surveys for better understanding and reflecting on readers’ comments and expectations. At the end of the meeting, Academician Zou Deci, Chief Editor of CCPR, expressed hope that, on the occasion of the journal’s 30th anniversary of publication next year, the Editorial Board and the Editorial Department will jointly strive forward to make CCPR a high-standard academic journal of international influence in the field of China’s urban-rural planning and development.
New members of the Editorial Board (in alphabetical order):
1. Hyun Bang Shin, Associate Professor, Department of Geography and Environment, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, the UK;
2. Jean-François Doulet, Associate Professor, Paris Institute of Urban Planning, University of Paris East, Paris, France;
3. Li Bingqin, Associate Professor, Crawford School of Public Policy, College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia;
4. Seiyong Kim, Professor, Center for Urban Regeneration & Education, Korea University, Seoul, South Korea;
5. Zhang Yue, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, the US.