We are pleased to present the third issue of Planning and Markets, a wholly electronic journal, and our fourth will be out soon. Although there are many journals that now publish in hard copy and electronic form, there are very few in the social sciences that are solely electronic. We strongly believe that this is the wave of the future.
We welcome papers from both a market-oriented and a planning and more interventionist perspective. We are pleased to welcome the new Dean of our School of Policy, Planning and Development, Dan Mazmanian, to our Editorial Board. Dean Mazmanian is an expert on sustainable communities. We hope that his joining will help us in our goal of attracting more diverse submissions.
The standards for publications in an electronic journal are identical to those of a hard-copy journal. All submissions should be unpublished. Each paper submitted is subject to external review by 2-3 outside referees and is also reviewed by each of the Editors. Please be assured that this is a fully refereed journal, and that its standing will be determined by the papers that we publish in the future.
Our aim is to beat by far other journals in terms of manuscript turnaround. This is where we can gain a competitive edge. We will publish issues as fast as quality manuscripts dictate. The rest is up to you. If you have relevant research, please consider us in your future submissions.
Remember that our journal is free with no subscription rate. In this way, we hope to reach more readers than could be dreamt about by any conventional hard-copy journal. Electronic journals are not only about convenience but about spreading research results fast.
The Editors welcome comments about the authors' contributions or with suggestions for improving our communicability.