Ontario Planning Journal

Ontario Planning Journal

The Ontario Planning Journal informs members and subscribers about planning issues, leading practices and emerging trends in the various sectors, fields of practice, and geographic locations that engage planners. The OPJ can now be viewed online by signing into your profile and past issues may be accessed in the OPJ Archives for ease of reference. Published six times a year, the OPJ is the most effective way to connect with planning professionals across the province.

We want your articles! Submit an article by email to the editor in a format and timeframe consistent with the Editorial Policy for Submitting Articles & Artwork and, as appropriate, accompanied by Guidelines for High Resolution Images. Questions about images should be sent to the OPJ art director.

Send information about job changes, retirements and awards to the editor.

Send a letter to the editor about content in an issue of OPJ for publication in an upcoming issue.

Contact or become a Contributing Editor. Contact the editor if you are interested in becoming a Contributing Editor.

Place an advertisement. OPPI can not only help you reach your target audience but can make it easier for prospective clients and colleagues to reach you. Check out the Advertising Rates & Specifications and send the completed contract and artwork to OPPI. Questions about artwork should be sent to the OPJ art director. Questions about ad rates and contracts should be sent to the OPPI Director of Finance & Administration.

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Editorial Policy for Submitting Articles & Artwork

Article & file name - Ensure the article has a suitable title; use that following your last name as the electronic file name when submitting (i.e., file name: lastname_title.doc). Be sure to include your name and contact information in the file as it will get downloaded and thus separated from the email.

Content - OPJ editor and publisher ultimately determine the content of the publication, including all articles and reserve the right to reject any submission, or to edit all submission for length, content that may have been covered in a previous article, inappropriate or inaccurate information for the interest of our members. As a general policy, articles previously published in other periodicals or newsletters will not be republished in OPJ.

Style - With the exception of bold and italics all formatting codes must be omitted. For example: remove any codes for centering, tabs, footnotes, graphic lines, underlining, headings, footnotes, style and font changes, line spacing, pagination, redlining, etc. (A formatted version of the article may be attached in a separate file.) Articles should avoid the use of legal and technical jargon and acronyms; if used, acronyms must be spelled out in full on the first reference.

Length - Articles may vary in length with feature articles being in the order of 1,500 words and book reviews being around 300-500 words. While articles should be submitted in the length it takes to cover the topic, concise articles are best.

Author notes - Authors are responsible for the accuracy of all information, references and attributions contained in a submitted article. Authors will be identified in the "by line" by name. A short bio (typically one sentence) will be included at the end of the article indicating title, company, credentials and professional affiliation as relevant to subject of article. Please submit this information with your article.

Copy & Artwork Deadlines

Issues Copy & Artwork Due Dates
January/February November 15th
March/ April January 15th
May/ June March 15th
July/ August May 15th
September/ October July 15th
November/December September 15th

Guidelines for High Resolution Images

Images must be submitted digitally by email or on a photo CD and not embedded in the text file. All images must be accompanied by a short suggested caption and its source. Digital photos must be in a high resolution format (300 dpi), suitable for print in any of the following four formats: jpg, psd, tiff, eps. (Expect the uncompressed file to be several megabytes in size, not kilobytes).

Send the highest resolution image file possible (e.g., TIF, GIF, PNG formats, preferably not JPG), before it may have been used in another document (e.g., PowerPoint, Word, PDF) or used on the web. If possible, also send the original vector file (e.g., EPS, Illustrator, InDesign CS3 formats) in which it was drawn.

As a guide, for an image to print 5 inches across, it should be about 1500 pixels wide. If text or details aren't legible when viewed at this size, enlarge them in the originating program. Do not enlarge an image file to make it 300 dpi after it has been created.

Avoid saving diagrams, logos, charts or graphs as JPGs. If you are planning to take an image using a digital camera, ensure your camera is set for the maximum memory that the camera settings provide per image. Following are some tips to ensure the best possible reproduction:

  • The smallest quantity of pictures for the memory card will ensure a larger amount of memory per picture, thus raising the resolution
  • A 4 x 6" image, in full colour, at 300 dpi should take approximately 3 to 4 M (megabytes) of memory
  • If you are taking a portrait, ensure the subject is standing or sitting in front of a simple, plain background
  • If the camera is measuring your picture's size in KB (kilobytes), it is NOT high resolution
  • DO NOT submit pictures taken off a website for print reproduction. The 72 dpi resolution of a website is not high enough and thus will not hold clearly in the printing process.

Hard copies (i.e., magazine covers, photographs, illustrations, etc.) for scanning by the Art Director in the proper 300 dpi resolution, may be sent by overnight courier to the OPPI Office.

If you are sending hard copies of images, please note this in the email to the editor with the text article. If requested, originals may be returned.

Contributing Editors

Contributing Editors submit and may solicit articles in a specific subject area for publication in OPJ on a regular basis. Contact the relevant Contributing Editor if you are interested in exploring a story idea or submitting an article in specific topic area or one that is district-specific.

New Technology Robert Voigt, MCIP, RPP 
Environment Steve Rowe, MCIP, RPP
Heritage Michael Seaman, MCIP, RPP
In Print David Aston, MCIP, RPP
ELTO Eric Gillespie
Provincial News Leah Birnbaum, MCIP, RPP
Urban Design  
Transportation Dennis Kar, MCIP, RPP