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Raumforschung und Raumordnung | Spatial Research and Planning

Aims & Scope

"Raumforschung und Raumordnung | Spatial Research and Planning" is a forum for topics and debates relevant to the field of spatial sciences. The interdisciplinary journal addresses issues of spatial development and planning from perspectives of spatial sciences, social sciences (political sciences, sociology, and economic sciences), economic and social geography and/or jurisprudence. It focuses on spatial planning, policy of spatial and urban development, spatial oriented governance of all scales, landscape development, sustainable development, adaptation to climate change, mobility, and spatial oriented infrastructure.

"Raumforschung und Raumordnung | Spatial Research and Planning" consists of three different sections. Beiträge/Articles make new theoretic-conceptual and/or empirical contributions to national and international scholarly debates. Politik- und Praxis-Perspektive/Policy and practice perspective are scientific examinations of issues relevant to spatial planning and development practitioners. Additionally, the journal publishes Rezensionen/Book Reviews of recent books.

“Raumforschung und Raumordnung | Spatial Research and Planning” addresses four target groups, both domestic and foreign: the spatial research community, spatial policy makers, spatial planning practitioners, and the interested public. The journal facilitates integrative research in the sense of transdisciplinarity not only in a national but also in an international context. Manuscripts are welcome from all spatial disciplines and may be submitted both in German and in English. The journal thus bridges national and international debates. After an initial screening by the editors-in-chief, all submitted manuscripts undergo a double-blind peer-review by two anonymous reviewers experienced in the respective field.

Article processing charges und waiver policies

After the ahead-of-print publication of a text, author charges, known as article processing charges, of €250,- plus VAT are incurred. There are no submission fees. If you are unable to pay the charges, please contact the editors-in-chief. The editors of the journal have established “hardship funds” that may be possible to access.

Languages: German, English


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Plagiarism Policy

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Andreas Klee, ARL – Akademie für Raumentwicklung in der Leibniz-Gemeinschaft, Germany
Heiderose Kilper, Leibniz-Institut für Raumbezogene Sozialforschung (IRS), Germany
Angelika Krehl, ARL – Akademie für Raumentwicklung in der Leibniz-Gemeinschaft, Germany

Editorial Advisory Board
Ralf Bill, Universität Rostock, Germany
Jürgen Breuste, Universität Salzburg, Austria
Stefanie Dühr, University of South Australia, Australia
Maros Finka, Slovak University of Technology, Slovakia
Rachel Franklin, Newcastle University, UK
Johannes Glückler, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Germany
Boris Grésillon, Université Aix-Marseille, France
Graham Haughton, University of Manchester, UK
Martin Hess, University of Manchester, UK
Michael Hoyler, Loughborough University, UK
Simon Joss, University of Glasgow, UK
Roger Keil, York University, Canada
Evert Meijers, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
Patricia C. Melo, Lisbon School of Economics and Management (ISEG), Portugal
Frank Moulaert, KU Leuven, Belgium
Stephan Schmidt, Cornell University, USA
Claus-Christian Wiegandt, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Germany

Rainer Danielzyk, ARL – Akademie für Raumentwicklung in der Leibniz-Gemeinschaft, Germany
Oliver Ibert, Leibniz-Institut für Raumbezogene Sozialforschung (IRS), Germany
Sebastian Lentz, Leibniz-Institut für Länderkunde (IfL), Germany
Stefan Siedentop, ILS – Institut für Landes- und Stadtentwicklungsforschung, Germany
Marc Wolfram, Leibniz-Institut für ökologische Raumentwicklung (IÖR), Germany

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