Vancouver Island University’s (VIU) master’s program in community planning now has its own peer-reviewed academic journal.
Future Plans, an online academic journal accepting submissions from students, professional planners, consultants and researchers across Canada, released its first edition at the end of November. Authors featured in the inaugural edition include VIU students, a VIU professor, and an Ontario professor-student combination. Topics range from Victoria’s urban sprawl to legalizing marijuana and planning authentic places.
âOur master’s students in community planning are doing interesting research for the benefit of communities and residents of Vancouver Island and beyond. We wanted to give them another tool to present their research to a wider audience and stimulate a wider dialogue within the national and international planning community, âsaid Dr Pam Shaw, Director of the MCP program at VIU. âI hope this journal becomes a valuable resource for all planning students in Canada and anyone else interested in publishing in a fully digital, open access journal.
MCP sophomore Lainy Nowak is the newspaper’s editor this year. She spent last spring creating a website for the journal and engaging a group of reviewers from across Canada, including professional planners and academics from various planning programs. Submissions were collected in the spring and summer.
âIt’s really exciting to have this opportunity for our program students and planning professionals to share information,â she says. âIt’s huge to publicize our program. For many graduate programs, once students have completed their thesis, there aren’t many platforms to publish what they’ve just spent the past two years researching. They will of course have to reduce this research, but this gives them another opportunity to present it to a larger community. “
It will also give program students, like herself, that coveted experience of working on a true academic journal, Nowak adds.
Future Plans is published by VIU Press, which began in 2016 with the publication of the International Journal of UNESCO Biosphere Reserves online.
âWe are excited to publish online – what we believe is the way of the future for academic journals,â Nowak says.
CONTACT WITH THE MEDIA:
Jenn McGarrigle, Communications Officer, Vancouver Island University