Research In Dictionary

PLANEX is a one-stop-shop bibliographic database for those researching or studying social or public policy and practice. It is available to universities via JISC Collections on either a one-year or three-year license agreement.

PLANEX is widely used by universities with a specialty in research and teaching in planning and the built environment. Current subscribers include:

  • Kings College London
  • University of the West of England
  • Oxford Brookes University
  • Leeds Beckett University
  • University of Westminster
  • Glasgow Caledonian University
  • University of Portsmouth
  • University of Ulster

Why is PLANEX different

Unlike the majority of bibliographic databases available today, PLANEX has always included hard-to-find grey literature and articles from the professional press.

This means it is an excellent resource for researching case studies, comment and opinion on policy developments, as well as academic articles.

The use of PLANEX helps avoid bias in systematic reviews and rapid evidence assessments by signposting users to UK research and practice.

What does PLANEX cover

PLANEX is a unique resource which contains over 200,000 bibliographic records and abstracts dating from 1980. The collection was assessed in 2000 by the British Library as being the most comprehensive of its kind. Over 150 new records are added each week, and PLANEX is updated nightly.

Planex covers a wide variety of subject areas, ideally suited for those studying or researching:

  • urban studies
  • town and country planning
  • regeneration and the built environment
  • housing and property development
  • geography and environmental studies
  • public or social policy
  • economic development
  • public health or social work
  • public sector management and finance     

Find out more about our subject coverage

How do you subscribe

University libraries interested in more information on institutional access should visit the JISC Collections website.

Individual university departments or faculties can also subscribe direct to our Information Service.

We have provided a library recommendation form that you can use.


To find out more please contact our team on 03330111694 or contact us online.




“MA Public Policy students at King’s College London need to find an appropriate database to use in their search for evidence as they begin their dissertations, and without doubt the best source has been Planex with its coverage of all the key policy issues facing both local and central government. Planex is a UK-produced database frequently ignored by researchers too often wedded to the major USA produced services which ignore vital information on UK issues from non journal sources.”

Alan Gomersall, Visiting Senior Research Fellow, King's College London


 "As a university lecturer I find it an efficient and easy way to access the latest literature on planning and planning-related topics. Through IDOX I have access not only to academic journals but also to reports and papers from professional practice and this is vital in a vocational discipline".

Senior Lecturer in Town and Regional Planning, University of Dundee